Talk Fusion CEO and founder Bob Reina has been on a personal mission to change lives ever since the inception of his company back in 2007. Reina got the idea to establish Talk Fusion when he was confronted by the reality that nobody on the market was focused on what he wanted to offer: video based email marketing. Cut forward nearly a decade and Talk Fusion has become one of the biggest fish in the pond — most recently winning a prestigious award for their Video Chat application. Now we’re going to take moment to highlight some of the great things that Reina is doing with his fame and success.
To start off, Bob Reina has always firmly believed in the power of responsibility. If you sat down and discussed philanthropy with Reina you would eventually hear him say, “With great success comes greater responsibility.” This statement, sentiment really, is imbued in everything that Talk Fusion attempts to do. It is the guiding principle by which Bob Reina runs his company. He’s put a focus on developing Talk Fusion as a place where every associate, including himself, gets the chance to spread their wings and focus on philanthropy. We’ll discuss how, starting with their charity account on offer.
Reina launched a free charity account that users can subscribe to by talking with a Talk Fusion associate. This account is essentially the Custom Monthly Plan – it comes with a host of great a features such as the Video Chat, Live Meetings, and the ever popular Video Email. The big difference with this account is that associates can attach it to the charity of their choice, thus making a huge difference with philanthropy in an almost passive way. This is a marked change for Talk Fusion and a great chance for the company to become a social leader in the future.
Bob Reina has also been sure to give back in his personal life as well. He’s an avid giver to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and he even signed a record breaking $1 million check. Reina also has given to Indonesian orphanages and hosted fundraisers for victims of various natural disasters.
Roberto Santiago is a Brazilian entrepreneur that owns Manaira Shopping Mall which is located in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. Santiago is known as a passionate and promising businessman with many great things to offer.
Roberto Santiago was born in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in July of 1958. He went on to study at Pio X Marist College one of the top institutions in the area. He then went on to study business administration at the University Center of Joao Pessoa. Although he started his professional career at the cafe Santa Rosa before investing in his own cartonage company he now owns one of the biggest and most popular malls in Brazil.
The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping is the largest shopping mall in the area and offers a ton of different stores as well as dining and entertainment. Some of the most unique reserved spots are the movie theaters, the ballroom, the electronic amusement park as well as the bowling alley.
The movie theater at the mall features 11 different rooms that offer the most up-to-date and modern conveniences. Not only does it offer 3D rooms but it also offers VIP rooms for even better seating and visibility. The movie theater offers gourmet popcorn as well as a variety of great drinks and candy to choose from.
Another one of the major highlights which is the electronic amusement park consists of over 200 machines that visitors can play. The modern and updated bowling lane is also fully electronic. Some of the other great features of Roberto Santiago’s mall include shows, events, steakhouses, hamburger places as well as a full food court that offers a variety of different tastes.
Although Santiago is mainly known for his impressive mall and great business ventures these days he has always had a strong passion for sports. Over the years he has collected many different trophies in the Motocross field as well as Kart championships.
On September 2013, Adam Goldenberg along with his co-CEO announced that JustFab had closed a $40 million funding deal to assist the company accelerate to become a leading international fashion brand. The funding saw the company change its business model and change its name from JustFab to TechStyle group. The funding was the 3rd round received by the firm to venture in different fields of fashion.
TechStyle has been at the forefront of advancing itself through massive funding. In 2014, the company received another funding that was worth $ 85 million. Passport Special Fund led the funding. Other existing investors in the company participated in the funding such as Technology Crossover Ventures and Matrix Partners. The total capital base of the company has grown and is now valued at $1 billion.
Under the leadership of Adam Goldenberg, TechStyle group has increasingly grown to be the market leader it is today. Several celebrities have assisted in the advancement of the company too. Star and actor Kate Hudson has been at the forefront of advancing Fabletics, a company that focuses on fashion activewear.
Adam Goldenberg’s business model has worked because it has a large focus on addressing customer needs. The company concentrates on a personalized fashion shopping experience and treats each client as the most important person in the enterprise. The company has increasingly grown and advanced its business throughout the entire United States and other parts of the world. Just recently, the company received a funding worth over $ 300 million through venture capital funds. The recent funding saw the company become valued at $ 1 billion, hence acquiring the name Unicorn.
In a recent interview at CNBC, Goldenberg noted the significant achievements made by the company and why they deserve to be called unicorns. He beat his chest over how TechStyle has become a leading valued company. He prides himself in the various accomplishments he has made through his employees that make him profoundly happy.
Adam Goldenberg certainly has a lot to brag about his achievements. He entered the fashion arena with little knowledge about how to run a fashion business. He however had a strong background in marketing and startup. Adam Goldenberg had built his experience from a young age of 15 where he had started his e-commerce company and later sold it to Intermix Media. Intermix Media was under MySpace; Mr. Goldenberg managed various business operations of the enterprise.
Since he exited the banking sector in 2014, Mike Baur has been spending much of his time nurturing startups and offering young entrepreneurs the support they need to establish themselves in various businesses. These projects are run through the Swiss Startup Factory, which is catering for the needs of startups through a three-month incubation program that has attracted hundreds of startups within Switzerland.
The Swiss Startup Factory is run and managed by entrepreneurs whose past speaks success and dedication. They impart vital skills and knowledge to the startups to help them handle challenging situations in the competitive market. There is also an opportunity for them to access financing, which makes it easy for the startups to start off on a strong foundation.
Network of mentors and entrepreneurs
During the incubation process, startups are exposed to a network of professionals who have made strides in the business world. The program offers the startups a chance to connect with successful entrepreneurs and mentors who offer vital advice and guidance to the aspiring businesses.
Most established entrepreneurs have had an experience with both the challenges and benefits that come with entrepreneurship, so they are better placed to offer advice to the startups on matters they should consider when venturing into the competitive world of entrepreneurship. This kind of networking is rare to find and only few startups are able to access the benefits.
Before a startup proceeds to implement certain ideas, the Swiss Startup Factory offers market analysis support that helps to reveal the situation in the market and what is likely to happen should the startup proceed with certain measures. This support offers the assurance startups need to help them learn and understand their businesses better in relation to the market.
Branding and optimization
One of the most important aspects of managing a business is branding, which determines the way the venture fares in the long run. Most startups lack the skills and knowledge to execute proper branding, and this is the reason the Swiss Startup Factory offers support in this area.
Mike Baur, Founder the Swiss Startup Factory
Mike Baur has grown up wanting to become a banker and when he joined university, he pursued his dream and got his MBA. He joined the Swiss banking industry and served for nearly 20 years until 2014 when he dropped the career for entrepreneurship. He immediately founded the Swiss Startup Factory to support upcoming talented startups within the country.
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There’s no doubt that the world is connected when it comes to financial and banking issues. The big banks borrow money from each other all the time, and if one country is having banking issues, other countries feel the impact of those issues. A good example of the banking world’s connection is the current financial situation that is developing in China. According to Kyle Bass, the founder of Dallas-based Hayman Capital Management, the Chinese banks are in trouble because of mounting bad debt.
The Chinese banks have been lending money to companies and people in order to stimulate a consumer-driven economy, and the plan is not working like the banks expected. In fact, Bass believes the Central Bank of China is three trillion dollars in debt due to these consumer-based loans. The government of China will have to use capital reserve money to keep their banking system intact, and that will cause their currency to depreciate by as much as 30 percent. Bass is betting that will happen.
Kyle Bass is the hedge fund investors that made a fortune betting the banks in the U.S. would collapse in 2008. Bass had a huge payday when he collected on that bet and he needs another payday like that one. Hayman Capital hasn’t been the darling that investors cozied up to a few years ago. Even though Kyle Bass continues to talk about the gold market, interest rates and a global recession, his hedge fund is not producing decent returns.
Hayman Capital is having a meltdown, and Bass believes he can recoup some of the losses by shorting pharmaceutical stocks, and by making questionable decisions that some people say border on unethical behavior. Kyle Bass hasn’t made many friends over the last three years. He turned four other hedge fund managers into enemies when he sided with Argentina when the country defaulted on debt bonds a few years ago. He upset consumers when he took General Motors side when the company installed faulty steering mechanisms in certain GM models. Even the widow of Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, thinks Bass and Hayman Capital use unethical investment tactics. But Bass keeps talking and the investors keep listening and waiting.
Mike Baur is renowned for coming up with a company that is responsible for nurturing dreams and helping startups gain traction. The Swiss Startup Factory, which he launched in 2014, has been classified as one of the best venture capitals within Switzerland that has committed its resources to ensuring potentially huge businesses are nurtured.
This is a dream Mike Baur had from the onset and since 2014, they have managed to assist a number of individuals, who now own businesses that are solving problems. To make the Swiss Startup Factory a reliable haven for startups, Mike Baur has invited leading professionals in the country and educational institutions.
Startups need a conducive environment that can facilitate their growth and expansion and this is what the Swiss Startup Factory is offering. They have created a co-working space that allows different individuals to brainstorm and come up with solutions.
The space is equipped with all the necessary technology that can accelerate the incubation to offer strong and well-prepared startups that can compete relentlessly. Mike Baur is hopeful about taking in more students into the three months incubation program since they are not limited on who can join as long as the ideas reviewed are valid and promising.
Business is more about numbers and in the absence of proper accounting one would not make the right decisions or understand what ought to be done at certain times. The Swiss Startup Factory accounting service helps the startups to explore the reality about the business. It is a reliable way to understand the health of a business and come up with actionable ideas.
Free legal advice
Also important in the management of a business is the presence of legal support. A business cannot operate oblivious of the laws that define how things should be run. Going against one or more of the business laws could spell doom for a business since most of the punitive measures mentioned in some sections are enough to force a business out of the market.
Born in Switzerland, Mike Baur relentlessly pursued his dream of becoming a banker and that led him to attend the Bern University where he graduated with an Executive MBA. He served in the banking sector of Switzerland for more than 10 years and in 2014, he made a bold decision and left his job to venture into business. This saw him launch the Swiss Startup Factory where he spends most of his time and money.
Shaygan Kheradpir was an Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners, the parent company of Coriant Corporation, and was assigned for quite a while to work with Coriant’s top management to help Coriant’s Operations and Strategic Planning do great work. He proved invaluable in his leadership, and so has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coriant. Their confidence in him is now complete.
Kheradpir’s plan is to lead Coriant forward into a future filled with upgrades for all their many client companies. This will often involve whole new systems for cloud computing and very high-throughput and highly-fault-tolerant networking hardware and software. He wants Coriant to become a bigger player in the telecom arena. This is a task perfectly suited for Kheradpir.
Of particular interest in Coriant’s near future plans, are their top clients who are now shifting to cloud computing in scaled-up data centers, able to handle the hundreds of millions of data packets passing through every second. These are the new 100 gigabit networks. Much of this plan was originally done by Kheradpir while he was consulting with the company’s management, most recently. He takes over from former CEO Pat DiPietro, who is still serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board.
Thousands of companies in over 100 countries benefit from Coriant’s turn-key and custom technology integration packages, and will all be shepherded into the full intensity of high-technology solutions in the 21st century. This will include new packet optical technology, at much reduced prices, because of the huge volumes involved. More automation is being brought online at Coriant to reduce manufacturing costs, and more automation is being applied to field service and field service upgrades.
Shaygan Kheradpir is a high-performing veteran of a number of telecom companies, including GTE and Verizon. He has long served on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He worked his way up the corporate ladder at GTE until he became their CEO! He has an Electrical Engineering science degree from Cornell, where he was on the Engineering Council Advisory Panel at Cornell. And, it was at Cornell that he earned both is Masters degree and his Ph.D.
But Kheradpir has double powers. He is not only a bit of a technology guru, he also understands everything about running a technology business, including with unique insight into the world of commercial finance. He was the CEO of the Global Retail Business Group at Barclay’s Bank and a CEO at Global Retail Business Group. While at the latter, he invented an online payment system for them, called ‘Pingit’.
Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir was confirmed as the new CEO of Coriant. According to Bceploration. He will double up as the chair of the board. He takes over from CEO and Chairman Pat DiPietro who will return to his former position as vice chairman of the board at Marlin Equity. Coriant is an End-to-End Multi-Layer Transport Network Innovation company offering SDN and edge-to-core transport solution to over 100 countries. It combines Nokia Siemens optical networks, Tellabs, and Sycamore networks formerly.
Shaygan Kheradpir is expected to take over the reins of a company that is aiming to lead a strategic surge in innovation in technology service offering. He is expected to use his extensive experience and knowledge in management, optical network, and packet data solutions to drive Coriant towards growth and sustainability.
Shaygan Kheradpir brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to Coriant. He has over 28 years of progressive experience as an executive. He holds a BSC, MSC and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He is formerly the vice chair and CIO of Verizon networks where he started his career at GTE. He introduced innovative solutions in telecommunication services and automation which led to significant cost reduction to the company. He also worked as the Chief Operating Officer of retail banking giant Barclays a position he held until he was promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer. He left Barclays to join Juniper Networks as the CEO having presided over successful implementations of Pingit payments among other things. He introduced effective cost cutting measures at Juniper until his departure.
His confirmation came barely a year of service to Marlin Equity Partners as a consultant during their various takeovers. Shaygan is regarded as a top technology executive given his impressive education and career background. He is expected to maintain good rapport with former colleagues and operating partners at Marlin to offer much-needed integration of the founding firms that make up 35 years of inherited heritage in technology innovation.
By confirming Shaygan, Coriant will be looking to offer disruptive innovation both in price and in the product offering. In his acceptance speech, Kheradpir noted that customers have every reason to be enthusiastic as he will preside over a period of encouraging cost-disruptive technology solutions.
Some of the products Coriant will look to capitalize fully include high intelligent networking and cloud solutions. Coriant is optimistic that they have gotten the man for the job.
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Coriant originates from the Transmission Technology department of Siemens based in Germany in the 1990’s. However, this telecommunication company in the telecom industry was formed as an independent company, founded and announced for the OFC/NFOEC in March of 2013 in the United States Of America. Coriant was created by a private equity firm called, Marlin Equity Partners. Coriant products include hardware and software for optical transmission in voice, data and mobile networks. Providing useful products such as: Intelligent Network Management, Integrated Optical Planning Solutions and Optical LAN and Broadband Access, Coriant employs about 3000 employees world wide.
Recently Coriant announced their decision to elect former Verizon employee once CEO of Juniper, Shaygan Kheradpir as Coriant’s new CEO. Kheradpir, a 28 year telecom industry expert accepted his role of CEO for Coriant after working with the company’s management team. Kheradpir is anticipated to help Coriant grow among other telecom competitors such as Cisco, Infinera.
Shaygan Kheradpir earned a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in electrical engineering through Cornell University. In 1987 Kheradpir worked for GTE Laboratories in network routing, management and control until he became chief information officer at GTE Corporation. When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications Kheradpir continued his career with Verizon. Later in 2003 Kheradpir was a member of the team with Verizon that developed iobi,a network-based convergent solution that integrates communication services from landline and mobile phones to PCs, laptops and hand held devices. Kheradpir also assisted Verizon with their FiOS FTTH service which included a capital investment of $20 million.
In 2011 Kheradpir joined Barclays as chief operations officer and became the first technology executive to sit on Barclays executive team. In 2014 Kheradpir became CEO of Juniper Networks where he developed and executed the Integrated Operating Plan (IOP)which consolidated many products. IOP included $160 million in cost cutting and returning $3 million to share holders.
Prior to accepting his offer to become CEO of Cariant, Kheradpir briefly joined Marlin Equity Partners. This brief merger coinciding with his vast experience in the telecom industry presented him with this opportunity to become Coriant’s new CEO.
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