Equities First Holdings was first founded in 2002 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They have since opened up offices in Chicago, New York, and London. EFH specializes in giving companies and individuals financial solutions and counseling. They are willing and able to help organizations or individuals of any size and wealth. Since its founding, EFH has become profoundly respected all over the world with its services in much demand pretty much everywhere. The leadership of EFH is extremely optimistic about its future prospects and fully believe that it will be ascending ever higher. They are ready and willing to take it to those heights.
France has taken its entrepreneurship mentorship efforts to another level. It is launching a startup hub, expected to be the largest one in the world. The campus already exists and it’s referred to as Station F. Previously called the Freight Hall Halle Freyssinet, the space is located in Paris at a railway depot. France intends to use Station F to help entrepreneurs from underprivileged backgrounds. The space has 3,000 desks. It covers an area of around 366,000ft2. Those using the space will have access to 8 event halls, a bar and restaurant.
Station F is part of the French government’s efforts of fostering homegrown business. The space will be home to 26 international programs. France has already made plans to build more housing units around the campus. The new residential houses will accommodate those undergoing different programs at the startup incubation center. France wants to establish a tech incubation culture similar to the Silicon Valley of California. The government has partnered with French entrepreneur Xavier Niel to build Station F. Mr. Niel has already put in a quarter billion pounds into the project.
The startup campus is offering two programs: The Fighters Program and Founders Program. The Fighters Program is free for those accepted into the institution. On the other hand, The Founders Program charges a monthly fee of around $200 a desk. More than 200 startups have already enrolled for the Founders Program. The majority of programs at Station F are offered by big tech firms like Microsoft.
The Fighters Program was introduced for aggressive entrepreneurs with limited resources. The businesspeople accepted into this program include refugees, immigrants as well as entrepreneurs from French suburbs. According to Station F’s website, anyone can start a company as long as they can take the initiative to do so. The startup hub will change many lives and boost entrepreneurship in France.
A common criticism about startup companies is that they are far too risky to begin and far too poor an investment for outside capital. Companies that are just beginning are often touted as only having a one in ten chance of still being around after a few years. No one knows the perfect formula of things to do in order to be a successful business. But one thing we can do is look at all of the startups that have succeeded as of late and notice some very common characteristics between all of them. This is by no means a guarantee that your business will succeed but it certainly is comforting to know that your doing everything possible to mirror the most successful businesses around.
A recent article claims that there are six main characteristics that successful startups tend to have in common. The first is seed money from well established companies such as Google or Oracle. The second is a partnership with Universities all around the globe. The remaining four characteristics include human capital, investment capital, mentoring and values. One reoccurring thing in successful startups is capital capital capital. Very infrequently do startup companies with a low total capital value mature into adulthood. Partnerships with Universities usually aid in developing a new research method or help the company get over an issue with creating a prototype that they could not have otherwise created on their own. The final two characteristics, mentoring and values, often come as package deals associated with garnering capital and a relationship with a University. As more people come into your inner circle you will have more mentors at your disposal and if these people have been in your respective industry for a long time, will undoubtedly have the values to make your startup business succeed.
Amazon recently announced that they were acquiring Whole Foods and many questioned what synergies and opportunities would be identified as result of this acquisition. The recent launch, in test markets, of a meal delivery service that Amazon is launching may not bode well for Blue Apron, a major player in this market.
Blue Apron has recently undergone an IPO in July and the announcement by Amazon has led to a big drop in their stock, as they are likely to struggle competing against a competitor with as many resources available to them as Amazon has. This month alone, Blue Apron’s stock has dropped 30%. The Company had a high valuation and has never earned a profit in their business which is leading many to question the valuations that Blue Apron had. Many large institutional companies had invested in Blue Apron including Bessemer Venture Partners and First Round Capital, and Fidelity. The price that these institutional investors got in at is unknown and the Blue Apron stock is currently down from their IPO price of $10 a share to approximately $6.50.
The slogan that Amazon has trademarked for their newly launched meal delivery system of “We do the prep, you be the chef”. Amazon has been successful in many different product lines that they have launched including diverse fields from Cloud Computing to the development of video content. They have been recently trying to enter the grocery market to combat other major competitors like Walmart, given the vast size of this market opportunity. It is easy to see the synergies that Amazon could develop in the meal prep business along with their current delivery service and capabilities.
Amazon has been accused of reaching towards monopolistic levels of power, partly as a result of their acquisition of Whole Foods. While regulation does not appear to be forthcoming a larger breakup of Amazon to smaller respective parts may be a possible future outcome if they continue to expand and dominate in the online marketplace.
The omnipresent juggernaut Amazon is back in the news again, taking the competition’s ball, wrapping it in Prime shipping tape and not giving it back. In June, they announced their acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. As a result of this, customers were indifferent and competitors felt the heat as their stocks rose and fell through the day. However, there was one competitor that got the shorter end of the stick.
Blue Apron has existed as a private company for while but recently they decided to go public. By recently, I mean on the same day Amazon decided to make this announcement. Just to break this down even further, let me briefly explain what a IPO is and what it stands for. IPO means “initial public offering.” Initial public offering is the first time that the stock of a private company is offered to the public. Blue Apron’s IPO was initially forecast at $15-$17 per share but after Amazon’s announcement it plummeted to $10 per share.
On the Monday a week after Amazon’s announcement, they added insult to injury. Amazon Technologies Inc. filed a meal-kit trademark. This trademark states that “prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or vegetables . . . ready for cooking and assembly as a meal.” Yes, you read that correctly. Amazon filed a patent on something that is already in existence. Regular Amazon boss moves.
When everything was all said and done Blue Apron’s stock lingered somewhere around $6.66. Yikes! That means that it went down 9.4 perfect. The good news for Blue Apron is that they are still in the game and have enough money to stay afloat for a year to put together their next plan of action. Everybody isn’t just falling in line to Amazon. Netflix is currently beating the odds, reaching new subscriber levels that analysts said they would never reach. Their stock also rose 10%. Amazon is setting themselves up to be king of all domains but the competition is not going down without a fight.
When Waiakea Water made the announcement that they had developed a plastic additive that would allow their water bottles to fully degrade 97 percent faster than other bottles, it certain got the attention of an industry. Although the development of the additive will benefit generations hundreds of years into the future, it is what Waiakea Water is doing today that really is helping to change the way those less fortunate are able to access a most basic resource.https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2017/09/27/First-fully-degradable-plastic-bottle-Waiakea
Going back to 2012 when Waiakea Water got their start, they already were focused on helping others less fortunate. The company would donate 3 percent of their revenue to local Hawaiian communities and organizations. Waiakea Water was blessed to have access to millions of purified water each day, and knew from the start it was all about giving back in order to thrive. As the company began received awards for water taste and one of the fastest growing companies in America, they knew they had to do more.
Waiakea Water then partnered with PumpAid to be able to reach a global audience that were in need. These communities needed one thing, clean water, something many take for granted each day. Waiakea Water would not only donate money to these communities, they would donate their time, something that wound up being more valuable. Teams of employees would decend on these communities and help with the installation of the water pumps. Once installed, the communities were taught how to maintain the pumps, how to repair them, and how to preserve the water so they had access to clean water whenever they needed.
Each time a bottle of volcanic Waiakea Water is sold, the company donates a full week’s supply of fresh water to a community in need. There are more of these communities than many even realize, part of the reason millions die each year from lack of fresh water. There are newborn babies dying every day from water-born illnesses, something Waiakea Water is hoping to bring awareness to and eliminate at the same time. Waiakea Water hopes the development of the fully degradable water bottle brings more awareness to the lack of water many communities are dealing with.
Sleep technology is one of the newly advancing fields of medicine in recent times. Sleep specialists are relatively new in medicine, but their role in health cannot be downplayed. The current crop of sleep specialists has pioneered research advancements that touch on little-known sleep disorders. Dr. Avid Weisfogel is one of these renowned doctors in Dental Sleep Medicine. He has treated various sleep disorders among his patients for over 20 years.https://americansleepandbreathingacademy.com/asba-members-directory/8774/avi-weisfogel/
Dr. Weisfogel studied for a degree in Psychology and Biology from Rutgers University. He then proceeded to New York University for his Doctor of Dental Surgery certification. Having obtained the necessary qualifications, he began his dental practice and called it Old Bridge Dental Care. His clinic has won the Best Dentist Award for two consecutive years.
However, when Dr. Weisfogel wanted to venture into dental sleep medicine, he had first to take the course separately because it is not offered as part of the curriculum in dental school. Furthermore, since it was a little-known field of specialization, in the beginning, he could barely get referrals for patients. This inspired him to start the Healthy Heart Sleep channel. He was then able to work together with other medical specialists from the dental field to try and bridge this gap.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel has since been teaching other doctors how to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. This program includes daily communication with other doctors through various avenues for two weeks. The doctors also learn through monthly webinars and meet for retreats quarterly. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has treated patients with obstructive sleep Apnea using dental appliances.
Sleep Apnea is a health disorder in which a patient experiences an obstruction in their breathing while they are asleep. The breathing pauses for a few seconds or minutes while the patient is sleeping. When normal breathing resumes, the person experiences choking or makes a snorting sound. People with this disorder may not even be aware that they have it. Dr. Weisfogel has been credited for his contributions to research on dental sleep medicine and helping medical professionals understand disorders and their complications.
Louis R. Chenevert assumes the role of the President and CEO at the United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He was appointed the company’s Chairman in January 2010 and President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2008. He became the Director and Chief Operating Officer of UTC in March 2006. He previously worked at Pratt & Whitney as the President between April 1999 and March 2006.
Mr. Chenevert worked at General Motors before joining Pratt & Whitney in 1993. His role was to oversee the operations of General Motors’ St Theresa. He also serves on the board of the Business Roundtable as an Executive Committee member. Here, he serves as the chairman of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. He also serves on the board of the US-India CEO Forum and The Business Council. Louis Chenevert also served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Yale Cancer Center as well as the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Cargill. Louis Chenevert was inducted as the Fellow of AIAA in 2005.
Louis Chenevert went to the Universite de Montreal, Ecole des Hauste Estudes commerciales (HEC) and earned a bachelor’s degree in Production Management. He is a founding partner and Chairman of the Friends of HEC Montreal Board as well as Chairman of the Advisory Board of HEC Montreal Board. Louis Chenevert had a remarkable run since joining Pratt & Whitney in 1993. His rise to the position of the Pratt & Whitney’s President coincided with a renaissance of the company’s performance. It currently generates significant gains in market share for United Technology Corporation, its parent company.
Under his helm, UTC’S share-price has risen from a low of $37 to $117 within a week. That accounts for a 200% appreciation in shareholder value. Louis Chenevert has recently moved hundreds of its aerospace engineers to Connecticut to allow for greater flexibility when applying their skills. That has helped UTC to avoid staff layoffs as is seen at other companies. At UTC, Chenevert focuses in two broad markets, aerospace and building technologies. UTC has combined Otis with its control business to provide integrated solutions to infrastructure and commercial projects around the world.https://affiliatedork.com/how-former-ceo-louis-chenevert-helped-utc-become-a-global-force
Water is one of the world’s leading favorite beverages. However, bottled water has had its challenges, mainly due to the non-degradable nature of its plastic packaging. Waiakea Water Company has recently launched a 100 percent recyclable bottle that might be a big game changer.
It has taken Waiakea five years and over 1,200 trials to develop the new packaging. A major challenge that they experienced during this process was to create a degradable bottle without losing its plastic features as this would affect their sales. They also had difficulties obtaining a United States patent and trademark on the degradation of plastic. Good news is that they managed all these challenges and now consumers can now enjoy their favorite drink without fear of the effects it could have on the environment.
The history of Waiakea Water Company
Waiakea is a Hawaiian company established in 2012. It produces bottled water using exceptional, sustainable and environmental processes. The company’s culture has made it a famous brand not only in Hawaii but also in the United States. The firm’s co-founder, Ryan Emmons, was inspired by the Hawaiian culture, which focuses on the welfare of the people and not accumulating wealth.
Ryan’s family had access to the Mauna Loa volcano. It gave him an upper hand as a source of water which he could use for his company was readily available. So, at the age of 22, Emmons dared an already overcrowded industry. He established a volcanic water company and named it Waiakea Water. The company has since grown by 4000 percent since its establishment in 2012.http://ceocfointerviews.com/interviews/RyanEmmons-Waiakea17.htm
How Waiakea water is collected and processed
The water Waiakea package originates from Hawaii through both rain and snowmelt on the pristine peak of the active Mauna Loa volcano. It is one of the purest environments on the planet. After collecting the water, it undergoes filtration through 14,000 ft of porous lava. The process enhances the water with minerals and electrolytes thus making it delicious and naturally alkaline.
Besides Waiakea’s environmental consciousness, it also focuses on philanthropy. For instance, through the company’s partnership with Pump Aid, it donates 650 liters of clean water for every liter it sells to regions in need. It has given several hundred million gallons of water to needy areas. It is the company’s focus to donate as much as they can without limit.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is the Chief Executive Officer of Banco Bradesco and has been since 2009. He was appointed by Mr. Lazaro de Mello Brandao eight years ago in that calendar’s month of March. Mr. Brandao, at the time, was President of both the Board of Directors at Bradesco and the bank’s entire operations, having served in the role since his appointment in 1991.
Brandao was the second person in the bank’s history to be named President, a position he was promoted to after working as CEO for some ten years – similarly, he was only the second CEO in Bradesco’s history to work in that capacity.
Unfortunately for Banco Bradesco SA, the full legal name of the second-largest private financial institution in all of Brazil, Mr. Lazaro de Mello Brandao stepped down from his longtime position at President. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi announced in their press release for Bradesco that he would immediately assume both roles of CEO and President, although he will hand over Chief Executive Officer to another candidate starting sometime in March of 2018, when Mr. Trabuco and the board of directors at the bank will make a final decision.
Although nobody with a name at Bradesco indicated how many people would be considered for the title of chief executive, a few unnamed sources said that there would be seven people already on Bradesco’s inner circle. The names of the seven potential choices for CEO are listed below, as originally released and detailed by financial news media giant Bloomberg:
- Andre Rodrigues Cano – This potential Chief Executive Officer is 59 years of age and is currently over the human resources functions at Bradesco, a truly difficult job to maintain. However, he has been with the financial institution since 1977, making him one of the oldest choices to select from. He was hired onto Bradesco’s team of upper managers in December of 2016, less than one full calendar year ago.
- Octavio de Lazari – Mr. Lazari is 54 years old and similar to the above Mr. Cano, he was hired onto Bradesco in 1978. He is over insurance at Bradesco, formally titled Bradesco Seguro, and is held to about one-third of the bank’s net income.
- Marcelo de Araujo Noronha – This executive is only 52 years old, making him one of the youngest – if not the youngest – people to choose from for Chief Executive Officer. He’s over investment banking and credit card issuance for the established Bradesco BBI. Mr. Noronha is also over credit card issuance.
- Josue Augusto Pancini – Mr. Pancini is 57 years old and is over high-dollar customers at the bank. He has worked for Banco Bradesco longer than any other candidate on the list. He was first hired for the financial institution in 1975 and is also over Bradesco’s intricate, heavily detailed line of banks throughout the large country of Brazil.
- Domingos Figueiredo Abreu – Mr. Abreu is one of two executives on this list of seven under consideration for CEO that is known to be integral in the takeover and purchase of HSBC Holdings’ Brazilian retail unit of banks. He was hired in 1981, placing him near the middle of people being considered for hire. He is 58 years of age and is over treasury functions and consumer and business lending.
- Alexandre da Silva Gluher – Mr. Gluher is the one other person in this list of seven that was greatly involved in buying HSBC Holdings’ retail unit in the Portuguese-speaking country of Brazil for a whopping 5.2 billion United States Dollars. Mr. Gluher is 57 years old, was hired in 1976 by Banco Bradesco, and is the Chief Risk Officer of the organization.
- Mauricio Machado de Minas – Although he was only hired in 2009, Mr. Minas is a technological guru that is over information technology for Bradesco. He founded Next, a spinoff of Bradesco that can only be accessed through a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a connection to the World Wide Web. Mr. Minas joined the deep ranks of Bradesco in 2009 and has been at a cornucopia of other information technology firms, properly preparing him for a long-term career at Banco Bradesco. Visit:https://www.bradescori.com.br/site/conteudo/interna/default3.aspx?secaoId=572