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Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Receive $80 Million in Funding

Recently, the Chicago company Tempus received $80 million in funding from a group of investors to continue their advanced technological research into cancer treatment. Tempus utilizes both clinical data and molecular data gathered during past treatments to discover common trends in the treatment of the disease that is affecting almost every life in the world today. Their global perspective is unique in that Tempus is working with healthcare organizations, physicians and drug companies from all over the place to find these trends in the treatment of the disease.

Since starting in 2016 under CEO Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus has seen rapid growth. Today, they employee 400 people and their rate of employment growth is huge with the demand for the data that the company is producing. The recent funding of $80 million came from famed investors like the Kinship Trust Company, T. Rowe Price Associates, New Enterprise Associates and Revolution Growth.

The rich story of Tempus starts with its co-founder and CEO Eric Lefkofsky, a Chicago based entrepreneur who has had his hands in many successful Chicago based businesses. After receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan, Lefkofsky began his career in startup companies by co-founding Starbelly in 1999. The initial success of this startup led to its sale in 2000 when Eric joined then as CEO. Shortly after in 2001, he would co-found InnerWorkings and stay on their board of directors until 2012.

While accumulating a lot of wealth with these first two companies, Lefkofsky would continue on by co-founding MediaBank in 2006. MediaBanks growth would lead to a merger with another large entity in 2012 to become Mediaocean. Here, Lefkofsky still acts as CEO for the company. In 2010, he would also co-found Lightbank prior to the startup of Tempus in 2016.

On top of the amazing feats in the business world, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife started a charitable trust with a focus on children and helping fund new organizations. As well, he sits on the board of directors at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institue of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital. He has also taught tech and business classes at DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

Jed McCaleb Believes Stellar Will be a Game-changer

After years of working in the financial technology sector, Jed McCaleb decided to create a localized payment network that would help solve many of the issues experienced by the world’s traditional financial institutions; a company entitled Stellar. Since the early 2000’s, Jed McCaleb has been known for his creation of eDonkey, an early peer-to-peer file-sharing network, as well as Ripple, and the first Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox. Ironically, it was his interest in Bitcoin that led to the development of the Stellar Network, as he quickly realized the potential within Bitcoin’s latent idea – it’s just a distributed database used to move value. According to the World Bank, there are currently billions of people around the world that are currently considered to be unbanked being that they have no reliable means of transferring funds cheaply and efficiently. Since the launching of the Stellar Network, Jed McCaleb has met with the United Nations regarding its prospects and has also developed a number of prominent partnerships with non-profit organizations such as South Africa’s Praekelt Foundation.

The keys to Jed McCaleb’s continued success as an entrepreneur lies in his preparation and planning. It is imperative to him, and in his opinion, to the success of any entrepreneur to ensure that the vision of the project is known and maintained by each member of the team working on its completion. He consistently breaks his workday down into two parts, consisting of a focus period and a reactive period. While working during his focus period, he generally spends his time building and coding the actual product that he is involved in, and while in the reactive session, he spends time writing and responding to emails that affect the trajectory of the business.

Jed McCaleb recently became involved with artificial intelligence, believing that it one of the most important forms of technology to impact the future of the world. Aligning himself with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, whose goal is to create tools that will make the safe operation of artificial intelligence a possibility for upcoming generations, he acts as an advisor and charitable donor.

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Joel Friant and the rise of the Original Habanero Shaker

The Original Habanero Shaker, developed by businessman and entrepreneur Joel Friant, is a popular product that first appeared on major grocery store shelves in Washington in 1995.

Joel had several years of business experience before developing the Original Habanero Shaker. He began his career by working in the real estate business. Joel initially performed two tasks in this industry: he sold homes as a real estate agent, and he also remodeled older homes to prepare them for the market.

Joel decided to pursue other business ventures and in 1995 he opened his first fast food restaurant. This concept was the first in the United States to feature Thai cuisine in a fast food setting. During this time Joel also had the idea for the Original Habanero Shaker.

By talking to his restaurant’s customers, Joel discovered that many had never had a Habanero pepper before visiting his restaurant. He also discovered that many people really enjoyed Habanero peppers.

He decided to dry and flake habanero peppers and to package them in a way that everyone, not just qualified chefs, could use them on their food. The Original Habanero Shaker became a hit and his customers loved being able to add the spice and smoky flavor of the habanero pepper to any dish or recipe.

Joel began to look at his own success and the success of others and try to develop ways to teach his methods to people who wished to become successful. He came up with the Income Thermostate and began to teach seminars over the web. These seminars were popular and effective so Joel published a few articles about success.

Joel continues to teach others how to achieve success. He has begun to use cryptocurrencies as a way for people to invest money to later put towards their business. He has also reintroduced the Original Habanero Shaker and has made it available on his website.

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Anthony Petrello, superhero CEO

Successful people come from all walks of life, whether they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth or their family struggled to keep food on the table. Everyone has an interesting story. It’s really what you do with your circumstances that shapes you as a person.

Yale University educated CEO Tony Petrello has a heart of gold. He was not born into riches and his family struggled to stay afloat during his youth. Even though Anthony’s childhood was not lavished in opportunities and gifts, he worked incredibly hard to make a better life for himself and his family. He had a knack for mathematics that blew everyone away including Serge Lang the well known mathematics theorist who believed in his potential. They worked together for a period of time on very complex math matters that would have anyone’s head spinning. This was at Yale University when Anthony Petrello received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics. Unfortunately his interest in the complicated system was waning so he moved on to another field of study. Mr. Petrello would study human sciences and law at Harvard Law School where he got his Juris Doctor. This seemed to suit him better and he enjoyed a long career focusing more on people than math.

Later Anthony got a fantastic job at Nabors Drilling Industries that would span over 30 years. With hard work and persistence Mr. Petrello worked his way up to eventually become Chief Executive Officer at Nabors. He was even noted to be the best paid CEO in the U.S. Not too shabby for a man who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He and his wife (who he met in college) even donates millions of dollars each year to their favorite charitable causes. He has done so much for the company including thousands of employees. Even though he is very well paid, it mostly comes from the revenue of Nabors. That means if the company’s revenue drops, his income does too. He is not a greedy individual that takes from employees to fund his own lavish lifestyle. Their 100,000 employees get paid a high wages due to their 1,050 rigs. Because he treats his employees with great pay and respect, they look up to him as a leader. His long list of accomplishments in life are purely incredible and have touched all the people around him.

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The Brains Behind Kerrisdale Capital, Sahm Adrangi

Sahm Adrangi, 32 years old, started Kerrisdale Capital Management LLC and is also its CIO. He is a holder of a Bachelor’s of arts in economics from Yale University where he graduated in 2003. In 2004, Adrangi started his career and worked for many well-known organizations like Longacre Fund Management as an investment analyst. He worked at Chanin Capital Partners as a member of their bankruptcy recruiting group, and he also worked in Deutsche Bank.

Sahm Adrangi founded Kerrisdale Capital Management LLC in 2009. This was a good start for Sahm because in the same year he made a lot of money. Since then, he has participated in several aspects of the company’s expansion and development. In 2010, he began to research U.S-listed Chinese companies.

The business world recognized him in 2010 and 2011 when he exposed fraudulent Chinese based companies like China Marine Food Group, China-Biotics, and Lihua International among many others. Currently, he is known for his work in Kerrisdale Capital. Kerrisdale is an investment management company that focuses on research of unique and valuable companies.

The firm centers majorly on three sectors. These sectors are biotechnology, telecommunications, and the mining sector. It has published research on many biotechnology companies like Pulse Biosciences and called into question the mining prospects of various mining companies such as Northern Dynasty Minerals. It has published various reports in association with the telecommunications sector.

In the year 2014, through Kerrisdale, Mr. Sahm Adrangi made an exposé on the flaws in Globalstar’s proposed Terrestrial Low Power Service in a webcast. In addition to publishing research, Sahm Adrangi is also an activist in several investments.

Kerrisdale under the leadership of Adrangi has been quite successful, and for this reason, he has been featured in more than a few publications like the Business Week. He has also given speeches at a number of conferences, including the value investing conference, the Distressed Debt Investing Conference, Sohn Conference, and Traders for a Cause. Furthermore, Sahm Adrangi has been interviewed on some networks like CNBC.

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The Healing Hands of Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman was born to two parents on a family-owned farm in rural Wisconsin. Neither of them had been to college. Nevertheless, education was important to them and they insisted young Mark go to school. In school, Mark excelled and soon he was bound for Yale University, a place upon which he left an indelible mark, followed by four incredible years at the University of Virginia Medical School (Crunchbase). What made Mark’s time at medical school so magical was not just the skills he learned there, or the philosophies of medicine which so entranced him, but also a young woman (and future surgeon) who would inspire him on to even greater things; not the least of which was a desire to take her hand in marriage.

After doctors Mark Holterman and Ai-Xuan Le tied the knot they set about hopping the globe, helping children wherever there was a need. First, they went to Canada, then they went to Vietnam. In 2011, Dr. Mark Holterman became a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also began serving as CEO of Mariam Global Health, an investment fund geared specifically towards developing new and exciting medical technologies meant to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

Mark has also spent a great deal of his career researching in the field of regenerative medicine, a medical science some experts predict could lengthen the average lifespan of a human being significant. In addition to all of this, Mark maintains two medical practices in Illinois (one in Maywood, another in Peoria) and he remains active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.

Mark’s favorite pursuit, however, is his involvement with the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam. Mark and his wife Dr. Ai-Xuan Le were inspired to reach out to, and care for, the people of Vietnam after a particularly emotional trip to that country in 1975. Their efforts there have done tremendous good, but that should be no surprise. Dr. Mark Holterman does well wherever he goes.

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Bruno Fagali: Brilliant, Ethical and Committed Towards the Advancement of Justice

Bruno Fagali is a young but qualified and accomplished Brazilian lawyer. His high competence as a lawyer stems from his illustrious academic background. He currently holds a law degree from the Pontiace Catholic University. Further, he attended graduate school at the University of Sao Paulo, graduating with a master’s degree in Law of the State in 2017. A strong believer in the concept that one can never have too much knowledge, Bruno Fagali has furthered his academic qualifications with a number of certificates touching on various areas of Brazilian law.https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/dino/bruno-fagali-fala-sobre-compliance-atualmente-uma-das-principais-responsabilidades-da-governanca-corporativa,da7796c2023b08e3ba5b3e4207d580dffb81cxb8.html

Corporate Integrity Management

Bruno Fagali has had a number of enviable stops throughout his professional journey. However, while he has had the pleasure of working in a number of Brazilian law firms, his most prestigious position while in employment has been serving as a corporate integrity manager at Nova/sb. As one of the largest advertising firms in the country, a considerable portion of the contracts Nova/sb gets into are with government bodies and agencies. Consequently, the advertiser is exposed to the many litigation risks associated with working with the government. For the last few years, Bruno Fagali has been working towards minimizing this risk by developing and maintaining a corporate integrity plan for the insurer.

Fagali Advocacy

In addition to working at Nova/sb, Bruno Fagali also owns his own law firm, Fagali Advocacy. He founded the firm with the genuine vision of advancing the law and justice. While still relatively young, the firm has grown to become one of the most sought after in the areas of compliance law, ethics, anticorruption law and administrative law. The law firm has in the past also taken on collective action cases. If it continues on its current trajectory, there is no doubt that Fagali Advocacy could become one of the largest, yet ethical law firms in the country.

A Look at the Success Achieved by JHSF under the Leadership of Jose AuriemoNeto

Since commencing its operations in 1972, JHSF has proven to be a dominant entity in Brazil’s high-income real estate sector. The company boasts of significant operations in both the commercial and residential real estate market development, management and acquisition of luxury hotels, an international executive airport and shopping centers.

JHSF is well-known for its ability to spot and take advantage of emerging opportunities in most of its operating areas. Furthermore, being daring, innovative and pioneering as well as presenting sustainable solutions in all its projects are some of JHSF’s attributes. Over the years, JHSF has consolidated its business ventures in several Brazilian cities including Manaus, Sao Paolo and Salvador just to mention a few. The company also enjoys an international presence in various locations like New York, Punta del Este in Uruguay and Miami.

Over the years, JHSF has established various shopping centers including CidadeJardim, Bela Vista, Catarina Fashion Outlet and Ponta Negra. Additionally, the company has redirected the focus on its business operations towards the income area.

About Jose AuriemoNeto

Jose AuriemoNeto prides himself as the man behind the steering of one of the leading high-end real estate development companies in Brazil, JHSF Participacoeas SA. The company is renowned for its significant focus on the development of both commercial and residential reals estate properties across Brazil. Jose AuriemoNeto is in charge of overseeing all the company’s interests ranging from hotels, office buildings and public developments. Additionally, he runs JHSF’s extensive retail and shopping portfolio which consists of several shopping complexes like the Bela Vista situated in Salvador, CidadeJardim, and Metro Tucuruv among many others. To know more click here.

Jose Auriemo is mostly associated with overseeing JHSF’s first venture into the retail industry through the signing of partnership agreements with some of the leading retail brands like Jimmy Choo and Hermes. He also took part in the launching of the brands’ first outlets in CidadeJardim, a shopping complex owned by JHSF. In 1997, Jose AuriemoNeto founded JHSF’s service department through the creation of Parkbem, a parking lot management company. Furthermore, he is acknowledged for playing a significant role in the securing of the company’s rights to develop its first shopping complex, the Shopping Santa Cruz.

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Hippos are Back at the Dallas Zoo Thanks to HCM’s James Dondero

Thanks to the efforts of Human Capital Management’s CEO, James Dondero, Dallas Zoo is now complete. James partnered with Zoo officials over the course of many years to create a picture-perfect dream home for the Zoo’s beloved celebrity Hippos, Adhama and Boipelo.

 

The new exhibit is more than two acres large, includes fresh, circulating water, soft grain sand, natural surroundings and a monorail line located above the pools. Visitors can now see the hippos without disturbing them. Dallas citizens have been waiting almost two decades for the Zoo to bring back these mesmerizing animals. The Zoo’s previous hippo resident passed away in 2001 – his name was Papa and he left behind no offspring.

 

It is difficult relocating hippos because they quickly adapt to a lifestyle and surroundings and so the new habitat had to be perfect and one with an unobtrusive visitor setting. To achieve this, the Zoo needed approximately $14 million and they were fortunate to find investment expert James Dondero. James founded HCM in the early 1990s. HCM helps investors from around the globe obtain credit solutions – but also focuses on giving back to the communities in which they’re located – and that is how Dondero helped Adhama and his female companion Boipelo find a fantastic new home at the Dallas Zoo. Adhama was previously located in Los Angeles, while Biopelo hails from Albuquerque. The Zoo hopes that after they settle into their new habitat and get comfortable with each other, they may breed future hippos for the Zoo and their visitors to learn from and enjoy.

 

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Marc Sparks: A Startup Legend

Marc Sparks is the epitome of success. His life success is a story of inspiration and motivation. Marc attributes his success to his faith in God, tenacity, the ability to see rare opportunity, and the ‘Marc’s speed.’

Marc did not go to college; he completed his education in high school. He has, however, established the over 60 startups proving that with hard work, there is nothing that one can’t do. Most of the startups that he developed were successful, but some were disastrous. He didn’t, however, focus on the failure, he used them to learn and soar to new heights.

Marc is a serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. As a venture capitalist, he has managed to support different companies by providing capital.

Over the years, Marc has developed great wisdom which he shared with his employees and also the world. Marc believes that the key to a successful business is to lead by example. He establishes the path for his employees to follow.

The ability to spot good businesses is what has given Marc the success. He takes ideas that people think are risky and creates a business model, goal, and objective. Marc then follows the blueprint until the idea is a successful business.

Marc is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Timber Creek Capital. Through the Company, he has managed to build a portfolio of successful companies. Not all companies are included in the portfolio.

Mark the Author

Marc has written and published a book ‘They Can’t Eat You.’ Even though it took a little convincing from his friends, Mark said that writing the book was the best thing. In the book, he provides different stories of his failures and triumphs. Marc said that people would learn more from his mistakes than his successes. For instance, he has included the story of how he established Insurance Company, and he lost it in a ninety-day period.

Marc, the philanthropist

Marc believes that ‘to whom much is given, much is required.’ That is the reason why he partnered and supported different organization. His love for humanity has made him partner with the Samaritan Inn in Texas. This is a shelter for the homeless. Through the home, Marc and the rest of the Samaritan Inn provide different programs. The residents of the home stay for five months during which they are equipped with skills and information on financial management.

Marc has also partnered with the Habitat for Humanity. The organization helps to build homes for various families.

Through his organization, Marc has managed to provide laptops to children from low-income households in a bid to end the cycle of poverty.

Outside work Marc loves, fishing, hiking, golfing, and hunting.