As the Spring season breaks through wintry weather, homeowners are left with feelings to clean their houses. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough time or energy to clean: many people work long hours, have kids to take care of, and work multiple jobs. Home cleaners and maids are generally hard to find, not to mention expensive.
Handy, a revolutionary home cleaning mobile application, has effectively changed the cleaning economy. Handy gives home cleaners a place to advertise their services, whose listings are seen by local homeowners. Handy only takes approximately a 20% cut of the price listed, leaving home cleaners with both good advertising and a healthy share of earnings, something most independent cleaners aren’t able to achieve on their own. By collecting cleaners’ information and compiling it in the easily-accessible Handy mobile app, price for home cleaners is lower than when found on other mediums.
The average price of Handy’s cleaning professionals ranges between $15 and $22 per hour, an affordable rate for most homeowners. Customers are able to schedule appointments with cleaners when they are out of the house, as to not bother cleaning professionals. Payments are made through the Handy app electronically, holding funds in escrow until both homeowner and home cleaner have agreed the contracted jobs were completed successfully. Recently, Handy incorporated a feature to offer tipping within the application, saving involved parties wasted time and inconveniences.
Spring cleaning is certainly made easier by Handy, but every homeowner should dabble in spring cleaning themselves. Most professional cleaners suggest to first gather personal belongings around the house and organize them in desks, drawers, tables, cabinets, and shelves. Next, clear all clothes, toys, and other objects from the floor. Lastly, dust all exposed surfaces and sweep and mop the floors. There are tons of other tasks to take on outside of the aforementioned three, but most cleaners insist these are the most important.
Highland Capital Management LP is currently managing over $21 billion in assets. The company’s success is primarily based on high standards of engagement with the clients. The culture has been to establish trust and integrity with their customers especially on information that impacts the decisions of the clients about the investment approach to choose. Highland Capital Management (HCM) is known to utilize the diverse set of asset classes and structures that are within the landscape of the clients’ needs. The main categories include separate accounts, hedge funds, distressed and special situations private equity, mutual funds, CLOs, and ETFs. The company is known for its long history of playing the leader of alternative asset manager with a focus on the healthcare sector where it currently manages over $2.3 billion in assets.
Due to high growth of the company and its ability to attract new clients, the president of the company recently hired Mr. Jones to act as the President of the institutional products division. The newly appointed Terry Jones will be reporting directly to the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, Mr. Jim Dondero and will be based at the company headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
Terry Jones is expected to bring his many years of experience in the financial and investment industry and lead HCM’s discussions in finding the solutions on business development, a strategy that will serve as the complement to the HCM’s broader institutional sales platform. He will also be responsible for aligning portfolio risk management process across the firm. Mr. Jones will spearhead the development of the appropriate risk management infrastructure that will make it easier to identify, assess and mitigate financial risks.
James Dondero, also with over three decades of experience was excited by the decision of Mr. Jones joining the company and expressed his confidence that his leadership will enhance the risk-adjusted performance and expedite client solutions as markets become more and more complicated. Dondero serves on the boards of other companies including American Banknote Corporation, MGM Studios, and he is the current chairperson of Board of Directors for Cornerstone Healthcare.
James began his career in as an analyst in 1984 in Morgan Guaranty training program and later worked for various companies where he rose in ranks to become the portfolio manager. Before founding HCM, he was the chief investment officer of Protective Life where he transformed its subsidiary from inception to a subsidiary worth $2 billion in just five years.
Coriant is a networking solutions company that sought to hire the most qualified individual for the job. Someone to bring a more constructed form of innovation and professionalism; that person was Shaygan Kheradpir. He would be the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman for his consummate work at Marlin Equity Partners where he was an Operating Partner that helped form a personal alliance with Coriant’s senior management team. The point of the company is to provide creative solutions for network operators all across the world, and this is where Shaygan Kheradpir comes in. His undeniable presence here is to help Coriant flourish as one of the leading components in technological solutions; this kind of surgical reinvention would take a company like this to new heights and drive the market up several notches. Because of the highly sought after trend of data-intensive web applications that services the ever-expanding growth of Hyperscale computing and cloud infrastructure build-outs among other things, a person with the knowledge of how these things work is crucial. That’s why bringing in someone who is proficient in the field of data and packet optical networking can better a business and help them manage a more modern approach to technological innovation.
But before Shaygan Kheradpir was becoming the company president, he was busy rising in the ranks from his tenure at Cornell University; he was awarded a a doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering for all of his hard work there. Not only that, but he also has reputable experience in the technology, telecom and financial service bracket; talk about being the hardest working man in show business. And if you want to get even more in depth, Shaygan was also putting in work at Barclay’s, GTE, Verizon and Juniper Networks; you may have heard of those companies. With Verizon Wireless though, he was ushering in new telecommunication and automation services that was completely unheard of at the time. But when he wasn’t off contributing to the world of technology and business, he was busy creating the Integrated Operation Plan that was vital in bringing forth High-IQ networking and cloud builders. So to say that Shaygan Kheradpir isn’t an inspirational figure who does a great service to his respective area of expertise would be quite sacrilegious.
Coriant, a leading optical transmission supplier, has recently decided to name Shaygan Kheradpir as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will be taking over the position from former CEO, Pat Dipietro, who joined the company’s chair and took back his old place in Marlin Equity Partners as an operating partner. Today, Coriant brings new solutions to networking and supplies optical transmissions to clients in dozens of countries around the world.
This isn’t Shaygan’s first time in an executive position. He has almost 30 years of executive experience in the technology industry. Before his new position at Coriant, he was CEO of Juniper Networks. Kheradpir started his career in communications back in 1987 with GTE laboratories, where he used more modern computer science to work on the firm’s systems. He also worked at Verizon Communications as Chief Information and Technical Officer.
His long experience in the industry and reputable resume didn’t land him an easy spot as Coriant’s new CEO. Shaygan Kheradpir was able to work with Coriant early in 2015 while working as operating partner at Coriant’s parent company, Marlin Equity Partners. During his time working with Coriant’s management, he became a valuable resource. The former CEO even expressed his excitement after having been able to work with Shaygan and his capabilities for insight and strategic execution of operations.
Shaygan plans to use his CEO position to strategize for Coriant’s future. He will expand on Coriant’s systems and build a stronger focus on its clients, while finding the optimal solutions to positively impact their standing on the highly competitive technological market.
Sanjay Shah was recently interviewed by Eric Dye for Dye’s podcast, Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio. The interview was recapped in an article from PR Newswire that was recently posted by Pharmiweb. The article discussed Shah and ran through a number of his accolades. One of the main areas of Shah’s life that the article focused on was the founding of Autism Rocks. Shah shared that he had founded the charity after his son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism.
One of the big questions that the interview tackled was how to make a business successful. Shah mentioned that new business owners should keep 2 things in mind. The first thing is that you need to make sure you have plenty of money when you start out and the second thing is that you need to understand that you may have to bring in other people to do some of the work.
Sanjay Shah is the founder of Solo Capital. Even though the firm was only founded in 2011, it has already seen so much success that Shah has been able to step back from his daily oversight and become mostly retired. Since he retired Shah has been focused on 2 projects that he is passionate about. Both of the projects are enmeshed in the music industry. One project is the charity that Shah founded, Autism Rocks. This charity raises money for autism research by hosting private concerts. Guests are asked to make a donation of at least 500 pounds and performances include Drake, Michael Buble and Prince.
The other project that has been keeping Shah busy is a partnership with a Dubai based promotional firm, Done Events. Several years ago, Shah approached the company and asked if they would be interested in teaming up and hosting a reggae festival in Dubai. Done Events said that they would love to team up with Shah on a jazz festival, because there was no real fan base for reggae in Dubai. The jazz festival was a major success and is now happening annually.
Philip N. Diehl is not someone who has a lot of free time on his hands. He is the president of U.S. Money Reserve, one of the biggest distributors of precious metal coins in the United States. The day-to-day operations of the business and all its endeavors do require a lot of work.
Diehl was able to take some time out for a 15-minute interview on the EPN podcast network. The 15 minutes reveals a tremendous amount about the subject of gold coins and investing. Diehl puts forth some biographic information about himself that is both interesting and entertaining.
The interview is a must listen. The highlights are worth reading. PR Newswire did a nice job of covering a few of those highlights.
Philip Diehl amassed a great deal of experience in the public sector before moving into the president’s chair of U.S. Money Reserve. Diehl ran one very important department in the U.S. Government, the U.S. Mint. The Mint, of course, produces the monetary supply for the nation. In addition to standard coins and paper currency, the U.S. Mint creates rare, collectible coins made of 99+% gold, silver, and platinum.
Looking to step things up, Diehl drove the distributions numbers of U.S. Mint coins up significantly. He helped established a massive global network. Now, he brings that enthusiasm to U.S. Money Reserve.
During the interview, Diehl notes that U.S. Money Reserve prefers to deal in U.S. Mint-produced gold coins. There are a few reasons why believes these coins are worth the investment. For one, they are backed by the powerful economy of the U.S. government. They are legitimate coins. Diehl reveals the shocking truth that a number of gold bars, bullion, and coins imported into the United States are total fakes. Coins from the U.S. Mint are absolutely not fakes.
In many ways, the decisions of others to buy gold leads many to do the same. If a major bank buys up a lot of gold, a great many people are going to take this as the hint to buy their own reserves. Worries about the strength of the stock market and currency also prompt buying.
Michael Zomber is a gun collector and his weapons of interest are antique. He has been collecting, as well as buying and selling such weaponry for more than 40 years. His interest in guns began as a child, but he did not actively begin acquiring his collection until he was a young man. He was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. and educated at UCLA where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in English Literature and Psychology and a Master’s degree in English Literature. He currently resides with his family outside of Philadelphia.
He recognizes the horrors that weapons bring upon society, but as a historian realizes the importance of maintaining a positive perspective when it comes to weaponry. He is a great supporter of groups whose mission it is to foster peace, such as Amnesty International, UNICEF and Doctors without Borders.
Part of his goal is to educate people and help them understand such weapons when used in an adverse manner will cause negative results, but they can be collected and studied and owners will find the beauty in such weapons from the way they are manufactured to the detail that reveals the great history behind them.
Besides being a gun collector, Michael Zomber wears several other hats and one of those hats is story teller. He loves to share his knowledge of guns and has appeared on the History Channel series Tales of the Gun. Mr. Zomber is also a recognized International authority on Japanese samurai swords. Another of Mr. Zomber’s hats is writer and has a dozen screen plays and a number of historical novels to his credit. He has penned a non-fiction work, as well. All his writings are in print.
Zomber and his wife, Andrea, established a production company named Renascent Films, LLC, and produced a documentary entitled “Soul of the Samurai.” The documentary was well received and acquired much critical acclaim as an authoritative feature bringing much knowledge and history to the forefront.
Kyle Bass is a Dallas based fund manager. He founded his own fund, Hayman Capital Management, in 2006. Within two years, Bass became so successful because he was able to correctly predict the financial markets in time. This allowed him to make correct judgment calls that earned him his fortune. In 2008, Bass correctly predicted the subprime mortgage crisis that hit right around the time the United States economy went into recession.
This earned Bass superstar status in the hedge fund management industry. Many observers were of the opinion that he was good at what he did and made all the right calls that have allowed him to pile up a huge fortune for himself and his clients. However, as time went by, Bass begun making bad judgment calls that really cost him his superstar status as well as his profits.
Dismal Hedge Fund Performance
Bass begun a series of bad predictions and investments that has seen his fund performance topple while other funds racked in huge profits. It is reported that as of 2014, Hayman Capital Management lost nearly 30 percent, a mirror opposite of other high performing hedge funds. However, Bass still expresses optimism that the tide will turn around soon.
An Unsavory Alliance
Bass has time and time again supported the economic policies of Argentina’s Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. Despite the leader’s questionable fiscal and economic policies that are seen to have brought the once vibrant economy to its knees, Bass still supports the leader publicly. He has gone further to make several public appearances to defend Kirchner even after her country again defaulted on its debt making it the second default in 13 years. Bass attempted to defend the act by blaming the creditors.
Take on General Motors Fatalities
When General Motors were accused of knowingly releasing vehicles with faulty power steering and non-deploying air bags, Bass defended the company in public so as to secure his investment in the company. This is despite the vehicles causing several fatalities. Instead, Bass attacked the victims, on national television, saying that they were either drunk or failed to use their seatbelts.
Involvement in Pharmaceutical Scheme
A while back, Bass together with Erich Spangenberg devised a scheme that saw them make huge profits at the expense of pharmaceutical companies. They identified certain firms, short sold their stock, challenged some of their patents in a bid to reduce their stock prices and later they made millions in profits. This forced many companies to abandon funding medical research. This action led congress to close the loophole they used to pull of the act.
However, he still continues to make questionable decisions like supporting the Buenos Aires government and investing in oil.
OrganoGold is the brain child of Bernardo Chua. As the owner and founder of the company, he originally traveled the world and during his travels experienced some truly amazing beverages around the world. He was taken back by how many quality products were available outside of the United States yet not offered in the U.S. This is namely true with beverages. He has found that most beverages within the United States are now especially sweet and contain far too much sugar. The products, which might have started off desirable, now contains so much sweet elements to the beverages it no longer is healthy for those to drink. That is exactly why Bernardo decided to create his own beverage company in order to provide quality products to the rest of the world. This way, for individuals who are tired of just drinking sweet beverages every single day, there is a new option and one that is able to provide a quality offering that not only is healthy but comes with substantial health benefits.
Bernardo and OrganoGold focus on three main areas of beverage: coffee, tea and chocolate. When looking at offerings within the U.S., most people would agree there is a large abundance of sweetness injected into the products. Hot chocolate is made with milk chocolate, which has a large amount of sweetener added to it in order to make up for the more bitter flavor of chocolate. This is especially true with coffee. Even “black” coffee now contains flavored beans that have been soaked in a sweetener. Bernardo has a selection of products that provide a delicious and healthy option for those individuals who want the alternative. Bernardo talks what the brand has to offer on Facebook all the time.
There are several different coffee flavors available from the company. The coffee offerings are the best selling products form OrganoGold. There is the traditional Black coffee, although this actually is black. It is a strong flavored coffee that is designed for the true coffee lover out there. Naturally, not all coffee beans taste the same, so finding the right kind of coffee bean is important. Beyond all of this, there is the cafe latte offering, which has a more mellow taste, and then the cafe mocha, which comes with a hint of chocolate at the end. Check out this speech from Bernardo Chua to his employees for better insight into what motivates the man and his company.
Argentina looks forward to some big changes as noted in a recent Bloomberg article. The country now seeks to sell off its debt and gear themselves toward brighter futures as the investors come in. One such corporation, Highland Capital Management, hopes to hit it big by helping the once struggling country. For Argentina and Highland Capital Management this endeavor could bring big things for both parties.
Bloomberg’s March article, details Argentina’s work in moving back to international markets. Hoping to sell off their debt to investors, this maneuver could pose several long term interests for these companies. Highland Capital Management will earn six percent from purchasing Argentina’s debt.
James Dondero is an innovator and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the business field. Jim is a graduate of the University of Virginia who majored in business finances. A certified analyst, Jim began his career in the mid-80s working for American Express. In later years, his career spanned other companies and ventures, producing an illustrious portfolio of work.
In 1993 James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management. Using his 30 years of experience Jim utilized the use of Collateral Loan Obligation. 20 billion dollars in asset strong, Highland Capital Management is a leader in the business sector.
Despite falling into financial troubles, Argentina now looks to finally come back into the international markets. With the help of Highland Capital Management and other investors, Argentina is bound to have its debt offset. Looking to the future, James Dondero sees big prospects in helping the country pay off the debt and working together in the long term.