While completing his medical degree at Tulane Medical School, Dr. Mark McKenna realized that it would be difficult to make a sufficient income as a physician. As a result, he looked to go on to another field shortly after completing medical school. In 1999, Dr. Mark McKenna looked to build a real estate business so that he can establish long term wealth. Due to Hurricane Katrina, his business lost millions of dollars and he therefore had to rebuild his fortune. He would achieve this by investing in low priced homes and renting them out. Mark then moved to Atlanta, Georgia and opened up a business called ShapeMed which offered a number of cosmetic treatments such as Botox injections, laser hair removal and nutrition counseling. In 2015, Mark sold off the business and eventually started up a new venture known as OVME. This is an application that allows individuals to contact freelance Botox practitioners to provide injections on demand. It is known as the Uber of Botox treatment.
Dr. Mark McKenna decided to go on to business after medical school because he saw how his father was dealing with medical billing and reimbursement. Mark realized that his father was having difficulty collecting income in a timely manner and his practice was being negatively affected as a result. Due to this factor, Mark decided to invest in real estate during medical school.
In order to afford to invest in real estate as a student, Dr. Mark McKenna would work at prisons conducting physicals for a wage of $50 per hour. With the income he made at this, he would then use all of his income to acquire properties and take in the profits.
After completing medical school, Dr. Mark McKenna would work at his father’s general practice for five years. During this time, he would invest in more real estate and build a fortune. Real estate gave Mark a more fulfilling career because it allowed him to engage other parts of his brain and thinking.
Dr, McKenna would eventually start up OVME which would allow Botox patients a more convenient way of getting injections. The OVME venture would allow patients to contact OVME providers and then get their needed injections. This business venture has so far been a huge success for Mark.
Being a wealthy property developer, philanthropist, and renowned entrepreneur at the same time is something rare to find. Many people have tried to combine these three things in life with no success. Nonetheless, Hussain Sajwani is a man who beat all odds when it comes to achieving these three things. He owns DAMAC Properties, a multi-billion property development venture. The head offices of DAMAC Properties are based in Dubai. Although he is the one who came up with this great investment company, Sajwani is also the chairman of the company’s executive board. Through DAMAC Properties, Sajwani has worked with some of the prominent people in the world such as President Trump.
His relationship with President Trump is so deep that the President on one occasion referred to Sajwani’s family as beautiful people. DAMAC Properties manages and oversees most of the Trump’s real estate investments since his government affairs and tasks cannot allow him to do so. The great passion Sajwani has for business could be associated with the business environment he grew in. His father was a successful businessman who dealt with imported goods such as pens, shirts, and watches from China. Sajwani received a government scholarship that took him to Washington University to study industrial engineering. He graduated with a degree in economics and industrial engineering from this university. This became his stepping stone to his successful entrepreneurial journey.
Don’t forget that Sajwani was once a staff member of Abu Dhabi Industries in 1981. He worked with the finance department of this company for about two years before he founded a catering venture called Bechtel. This catering venture aimed at providing its top-notch catering services to the United States military. But before it could do this, it had to rebrand from Bechtel to Global Logistics Services. Although DAMAC is a real estate company, it is good to know that it started as a catering company. Sajwani is a family man, and he lives with his family in Dubai. He is married to one wife, and they are great parents of four wonderful children. He is naturally philanthropic, and he has committed himself to helping many charitable organizations and causes. He wrote a two million check, which saw more than 50,000 children get proper clothing and food.
Whitney Wolfe is the CEO of Bumble which is a female orientated dating site. This site has about 28 million users and it is the only app where women make the first move. That’s right fellas, you can’t just walk up and talk to a pretty girl on this app. You have to hope that she decides to pick you. This novel approach is what separates Bumble from other dating sites.
However, Bumble has some basic features and mechanics that are similar to other dating sites. As a matter of fact, Tinder is stating that Whitney Wolfe and her company stole some of their patented dating technology. That is the basis of their lawsuit against Herd’s company.
Whitney Wolfe used to be a member of the Tinder dating site as their co-founder. She was around when the site was first started, and she did her part to help get the site up and running. Eventually, she had to leave Tinder because she was apparently being marginalized because of her gender status. She was also sexually harassed while on the job. She had won a previous lawsuit against Tinder as the result of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Keep in mind that Bumble is not just a company that promotes online dating. This company is a strong supporter of women’s rights and gender equality. They are linked with various social movements such as the #MeTooMovement and they have linked themselves with the March for Our Lives Protests which stood out against gun violence. As a matter of fact, Whitney Wolfe stopped allowing most users to post pictures with weapons on her site.
Tinder wanted Whitney Wolfe to sell her company to them for $450 million dollars. Whitney Wolfe “swiped left” to this offer because she did not want to sell out her organization. Tinder is now suing her for adopting their patented technology to use on her site. As CEO, Whitney Wolfe states that she did not steal features and site mechanics from Tinder. The two online dating companies are now locked in court battle to determine if Bumble will have to change their site’s format or if Tinder will finally leave Bumble alone. Wolfe, is expecting that the case will be won in her favor and that Bumble will emerge victorious.
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.
The trendsetting cosmetic company “Lime Crime” has a founder and current CEO in Doe Deere that set the wild pace for the company when she launched it online in 2008 and has maintained that pace if not surpassed it ever since.
Doe Deere is a native of Russia and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where she operates the thriving and aggressive modern cosmetic line that has expanded from online sales at its inception to now being available in brick and mortar retail stores globally.
The makeup line is made up of bright, bold and exciting colors. At first Deere did not set out to begin a cosmetic company. She was designing her own clothes who where quite vibrant in color as well. She was having a hard time finding makeup that could stand up to the wild colors of her new clothing designs, which she was modeling herself. So like many entrepreneurs she was forced to fill a need. This is how she began to develop the standout trendy line of products and then she ran with it.
A huge animal lover and advocate, Doe Deere designed her entire company around creating an animal testing and cruelty free product that is exciting and fun combining her two passions for animals and beauty. The brand name “Lime Crime” was her choice at first for a clothing line concept Deere was planning while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. That lead her to playing around with the make up creation and market which she soon realized was a gold mine waiting to be tapped into.
Deere originally started online in 2004 with the Lime Crime clothing line featured in an Ebay store. Like so many other successful ecommerce brands she learned and grew from that first sale until the launch of the makeup line in 2008 which she began to promote with simple how to videos of makeup tutorials. Her social media and online presence has exploded to the tune of over 3 million followers on Instagram alone!
The successful entrepreneur shows the kind of strong and positive attitude it takes to win in such a competitive market place. She attributes her ability to listen to her customers feedback, take all criticism in stride and leverage both of those things to feed and help you grow your brand. Deere also enjoys speaking to fellow female entrepreneurs and giving them advice that will both teach and inspire.
The Lime Crime makeup line also has another unique feature that shows how well thought out the products and brands are. All the cosmetics are vegan-friendly which is not only a first in the industry but also positions the brand as a revolutionary and stand out.
With such a intuitive and creative character in charge Lime Crime most certainly will continue to enjoy success in the future with new and unique cosmetic products being introduced to its large and still growing fan and consumer base.The young entrepreneur will certainly continue to present consumers with products that are as bright and exciting as she is. Learn more: http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/25362-how-controversial-doe-deere-became-successful-entrepreneur