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Shervin Pishevar says entrepreneurs are increasingly borderless

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As the debate rages on throughout the U.S. about the role of immigration in the nation’s economy and demographics, one of Silicon Valley’s most accomplished venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Shervin Pishevar, says that the questions surrounding immigration are largely becoming irrelevant for tech startups. Entrepreneurs, he says, are increasingly living in a borderless world. The problem that Shervin Pishevar identifies is that much of the U.S. tech sector is stuck in the mindset of 20 years ago where borders and trade barriers have primacy in the calculation of those seeking to found their own tech companies.

But Shervin Pishevar believes that Silicon Valley and the U.S. tech sector as a whole have some unwelcome chickens coming home to roost. In a recent tweet storm, Shervin Pishevar explained that tech entrepreneurs are increasingly freed from the artificial constraints imposed by borders, trade restrictions and the imperative to be in action centers like the San Francisco Bay Area. Shervin Pishevar says that simple conferencing technologies like Skype are fundamentally transforming the way that tech businesses operate, making it possible for remote locations to cooperate in ways that were never before possible.

He says that advancements in coding protocols and the ways in which websites are developed have also added to the ability of new startups to have talent located all around the globe. Pishevar himself has built companies using developers and web designers that have been simultaneously located in dozens of cities across the world. This ability, he says, is a wonderful boon to the capacity of entrepreneurs across the planet to compete on a level playing field. However, Pishevar warns that it could spell doom for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pishevar says that migration outflows from the San Francisco area have been so heavy that U-Haul trucks going to Austin, Texas, now cost 10 times what they do on the return trip. Places like Palo Alto have seen living costs soar to such extremes that now even upper-class professionals are fleeing the area. If Silicon Valley doesn’t address these problems, says Pishevar, it may soon find itself not only irrelevant but completely insolvent.

April 19, 2018

Stream Energy Gives Back

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Stream Energy was featured in a article for their humanitarian efforts inn Texas. After the terrible Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston with more than four feet of rain in its neighborhoods and homes, companies in the U.S. and abroad watched helplessly as the region flooded and people died, lost their houses, apartments, and pets.

But one company based in Dallas, Stream, utilized money made from its highly successful energy sales operations to become among the first to help fund recovery, in addition to lifting some of the financial burdens off its customers.

For Stream Energy, philanthropy is in the company’s genes. The direct marketing energy corporation just launched the foundation, “Stream Cares”, to solidify its continues philanthropy efforts in Texas and all across the United States, something they’ve been doing for well over a decade.

Although in the face of Hurricane Harvey specifically, the connected living and energy sales company proved itself a textbook illustration of how Dallas companies are leveraging philanthropy and charity and using it as an essential, major, component of brand identity. For Stream, which has created long-term alliances with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, corporate leadership and employees also help by driving grassroots, local giving.

Hope Supply Co. is one of Stream Energy Dallas based passion projects. Stream Energy partnered with them and their employees to cover meal and entrance costs for about 1,000 homeless children in North Texas during its annual Splash for Hope.

The event, which takes homeless children to a water park, allowing Stream leadership and employees to deliver supplies and money as well as the experience of a lifetime. The company has worked alongside the charity for about four years.

Through “Operation Once in a Lifetime” Stream Energy helps give both financial and moral support to veterans and their family in the DFQ area. Stream gave transportation to unfortunate veterans of the military and their families, The next day, they helped host “American Girl Doll Experience” for 10 military members daughters. Stream paid for the full amount of the expenses. Kimberly Girard, the lead event manager, says the company loves changing the life of many.

April 10, 2018

Jason Hope: Innovative Research Initiatives

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Jason hope is one of the most significant entrepreneurs found in the Arizona region. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in business administration and has since gone on to support many philanthropic causes. None of them are more important than his support of anti-aging research organization at SENS foundation. In 2010 Jason donated half $1 million to the foundation. This donation was utilized in order to build and develop the Cambridge SENS laboratory. They also utilize the funds to develop new techniques and brand-new research that allowed the breakdown of advanced glycation end products in human tissue.

When asked about what made him so passionate about supporting this organization Jason stated that foundations like this take a different approach to treating aging. Instead of addressing the diseases as they occur these organizations are focused on developing ways to prevent them altogether.Jason hope is a well-known business figure in the Arizona area. He has managed to build considerable business success and developed an international reputation that is enviable. He continues to support modern scientific research and hopes to spur innovation throughout many industries. As a self-described futurist, he expects that he can set the example that individuals needed to help propel the world into a brighter tomorrow.

Another area of interest to Jason hope is the Internet of things. This is the name that is given to the network that connects devices to each other. He believes that the hospitality industry can benefit significantly from these technologies. As individuals around the world grow ever more connected having devices that are interconnected with each other will become more and more commonplace. Utilizing these technologies will allow consumers to walk into their hotel rooms and hope their smartphone up to the heating and cooling systems in their rooms. Eventually, things such as this will become expected rather than luxurious.The entire goal of the hospitality industry is to provide easy access to comfort and efficiency. The Internet of things is ideally suited to augment accommodations in a positive manner. They can offer solutions to numerous problems that are typically encountered by guests to hotels around the world. Many bars inside of hotel rooms can be monitored, billed, and restocked remotely and efficiently by utilizing these technologies. To take it a step further many bars could be stocks with a guest’s favorite items by connecting it to the devices to learn their preferences beforehand.

March 29, 2018

A grander vision – The George Soros story

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George Soros was set onto the track of philanthropy at a young age, in 1930 he was born in Hungary and through his youth saw the Nazi occupation of Hungary from 1944 to 1945. Being part of a Jewish family Soros saw with his own eyes a world of intolerance and along side his family helped other members of the community facing oppression to survive the occupation.As time progressed Soros eventually moved to London, where he studied economics, and nine years later in 1956 emigrated to the United States. In the United States, Soros would build a name for himself in the economic world and eventually take a lead role on the stage of philanthropy. Having amassed a fortune from Soros Fund Management, his hedge fund which he founded in 1970, Soros channeled his wealth into making the world a better place and created the Open Society Foundations.

Described on their website, the Open Society Foundations works in over 100 countries with various partners and foundations who all strive to bring equal rights to all people internationally and to protect freedom for individuals to express their ideas. Soros first worked in the world of philanthropy during apartheid in 1979, where he gave scholarships to black South Africans. During the cold war, Soros turned his attention back to Europe he worked to provide individuals the ability to express their ideas openly by bringing photocopiers to the Communist Eastern Bloc with the intent to reprint banned texts.After the end of the Cold War, Soros extended the reach of his philanthropical efforts onto an even larger global scale, working in the Africa, Asia and the United States.

As a part of his growing efforts, Soros became a strong advocate for the rights of LGBT causes, unlawfully held individuals, as well as providing the ability for individuals coming for a social disadvantage a chance to go to school.Today Soros continues to work with the Open Society Foundations and still travels in pursuit of bringing a voice for positive change to the international community. Soros acknowledges that his wealth has provided him with opportunities that many people will not have, but also has used it to bring about change in the world of the betterment of humanity as a whole and continues to do so today. Soros biography on his Official Website can be found here for further reading and information.

September 9, 2017

Troy McQuagge, an Exemplary CEO

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The post of Chief Executive Officer in any organization holds a special significance. This post requires a lot of dedication, hard work and right decisions for the organization for its growth and prosperity. Troy McQuagge knows the importance of being a Chief Executive Officer pretty well.



His sincerity towards his organization has proven beneficial not only for his company but also for himself as he received the award of CEO of the Year by One Planet Awards. This award is recognized internationally for capable CEOs and people in businesses who are successfully running them. One Planet Awards pays homage to hard working and competent individuals belonging to various fields and choose the winners through various categories based on how qualified they are in their businesses and how skilled they are to run their companies.



Troy is the Chief Executive Officer of USHEALTH Group. This company deals with providing health insurances to people. Its headquarter is located in Ft. Worth, Texas. It provides health insurances to small time business owners, small industries, entrepreneurs and individual households. He has been serving as CEO of USHEALTH Group for almost three years. Since, his appointment to the position of CEO, he has helped the organization to achieve huge success through his wise decisions. This company is now among one of the top health insurance providers in the country. The credit for this reputation of the company goes to Troy.



Troy has proven to be a competent and highly skilled individual not only by heading this company but also gaining a lot of success in the past. He has won numerous honors and awards. His exceptional work at this company has gained him a lot of respect and fame. He has also won prestigious awards like Most Innovtive CEO of the Year by CEO World Awards and the award for Sales Growth Achievement of the Year by the Stevie Awards. He told the press after receiving these awards that he felt honored to get these. He gave the credit to his workers of the company who have worked with sheer dedication to bring success to this company. The workforce of the company is extremely important for an organization’s success. Troy has always proven to be a source of inspiration for his employees. He has motivated his employees to work harder for the prosperity of the company.



As a Chief Executive Officer of the USHEALTH Group, he aims to maintain the higher standard of the company and to keep his name among top health insurance companies of the country. His vast experience and commitment to his work has proven to be a stepping stone for his company. He wants his employees to work with full zeal and zest for the success of company.

September 1, 2017

George Soros Contributions Towards a Better Society

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George Soros is an 85-year-old Hungarian born New York billionaire investor. He has been one of the leading funders of the Democratic Politics. Soros spent more than $27 million in the John Kerry’s campaign against George Bush in which they lost. Soros then resurfaced in funding of Hillary Clintons and other Democratic candidates and cause which he contributed over $25 million. His willingness to being part of the Hillarys campaign contributor has been taken as a good sign since Soros is seen as having a potential to catalyze giving by other wealthy activists. According to Federal Elections Commission records, Soros gave $2 million to American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research super PAC that has been targeting Trump and other Republican candidates, and $700,000 to an assortment of Democratic Party committees, PACs, and campaigns, including Clinton’s. He also committed $5 million to a non-profit group the Voting Rights Trust devoted to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting. He has also donated over $3 million to different voter mobilization groups whose donors are not disclosed. Through his international foundations, Soros has spent more than $13 billion over the past three decades in non-profit activities that focus on defending human rights, shaping the democratic process in Eastern Europe and expand access to health care and education in the U.S. and around the world.

Soros Support to Ferguson Activism

Mr. Soros foundations have been known to promote an open society. He is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal causes. He gave at least $33 million in one year to support already established groups that emboldened the grassroots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson. These organizations built grassroots coalitions backed by national wide online and social media campaign. These groups were protesting in the push for having people participate in government for a more just inclusive, democratic society. The organizations struggle in Ferguson were on criminalizing people of color in the war on drugs under the campaign ‘blacklives matters’ which spread from a social media campaign to bus tours.Race Forward, a group that Soros funded $200,000 published an online news site ‘Colorlines’ that focuses on race issues. It has posted on activities in Ferguson and promoted black lives matters campaign.

Gamaliel Foundation, one of the organizations funded by Mr. Soros fuelled the demonstrations in Ferguson has ties with Mr. Obama whereby he started his career as a community organizer at a Gamaliel affiliate in Chicago. The organization network has also brought on board a group of clergymen such as rev Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church in Florissant, Missouri. The clergy during the protest event deemed ‘Hands Up Sabbath’ where the clergy was to speak about racial issues. Millennial Activists United co-founded by Mr. Fellow Larry principal source of videos and stories developed in Ferguson by youth activities. MAU has partnered with Gamaliel network churches and received training from Advancement Project that had been given a grant of $500,000 from Mr. Soros in 2013 to building a fair, just and multiracial democracy in America through community organizing support and public policy reform.

August 26, 2017

The Life and Achievements of Betsy DeVos

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Betsy Devos or better known by her full name Elisabeth Dee Devos is a well-known Politician, Philanthropist Business Woman and Activist, that is famous for her numerous achievements as the current United States Secretary of Education. She is currently an active member of the Republican party. Betsy Devos also supports numerous school program vouchers, charter schools, and school choices, which makes her the woman that she is right now. Check this related article from New York Post.

In her early years, Betsy Devos grew up in Michigan, and took up her education at the Holland Christian High School, which is a school situated at the same town where she grew up. After high school, she took up her college education at the Grand Rapids Calvin College, where she earned her degree in arts. In her college years, she had already shown a passion for politics, she joined her school’s political movements and has been able to keep that a part of her up to this day.

Betsy Devos has also been a participant of the Church movement in North America and has also been an active member of the Hill Mars Bible Church also situated in the same area. Her family has been known to be one of Michigan’s richest, she married her husband named Richard Marvin or otherwise known as Dick DeVos, who is a well-known heir to the billion dollar fortune. Dick DeVos has also been a generous and conservative donor to many social causes and political campaigns. He was also named the Michigan Nominee for Republican Governor in 2006.

At present, Betsy Devos has upstretched a total of $150,000 personally for the Bush Campaign Re-election in 2004, as well as host a campaign in her house for Republicans in October of 2008 that was advertised by the President at the time during the Bush organization. For that presidency, she was named the chairperson for finance at the Republican Committee for a period of Two years, and has worked hand in hand with the Government on different projects.

Since it has been mentioned that Betsy Devos has also been a Philanthropist and Activist, through the years, she has contributed and opened many foundations that have been very helpful to the public like the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which was formed to help the Community, Arts, Justice, Education, and Leadership. Through this foundation alone, they were able to raise more than $11.6 Million in charitable contributions and has also made a lifetime charitable giving to $139 Million.

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Through this foundation, they have also been able to help a lot of Christian Schools, Hospitals, and Evangelical Missions by donating generous amounts of money. Betsy Devos has also been able to contribute large sums of money to other foundations which she has been known for throughout her career.

June 25, 2017

Celebrating Diversity With Flavio Maluf Of Eucatex

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In the world today, the standard measure of success both individual and organizational has been the achievements and award received. Since this is true, to better appreciate the efforts made by an individual in a certain sector, it is best to break down this wide component further down. When celebrating Flavio Maluf and his contribution in the industry, one key factor I tend to focus on is his diversity.


Flavio Maluf is one of the most celebrated business executives in Brazil and the current President of Eucatex, the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus-based products. Taking up from his predecessors Mr. Maluf’s industrious nature has seen the company grow and expand its presence to a number of countries and continents. This has not been easy, but nonetheless, Flavio Maluf has been able to smoothly pull it off.


Diversity is one quality that has helped Mr. Flavio excel in the industry. Before assuming the top leadership post, Flavio Maluf worked in different capacities in the organization. In 1987, Mr. Flavio joined Eucatex and worked in the trade departed. Some of the duties that he was supposed to handle in this capacity included overseeing the company’s trade operations in the industry and helping to organize for finances. After working for a couple of years, he moved on to the operations department. With the company’s operation, being to produce wood related products Flavio was able to learn a lot during his time at the department.


Despite Eucatex being in operation for a long time in the industry, Mr. Flavio has been able to embrace state of the art equipment hence being able to integrate them into the company’s operations. Thanks to this Eucatex has been able to diversity into two industries namely the furniture industry and the construction industry. In the furniture, the company essentially deals with the manufacture of products such as Fiber plates, MDP and Tamburato while the construction industry deals with the manufacture of doors, paints. Laminated floors and partitions.


As Flavio Maluf continues to spur growth and prosperity in Eucatex, his unique leadership qualities will continue to earn him the reputation he enjoys in the industry.

June 19, 2017

Betsy DeVos Manages Her Time In An Effective Way

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One of the most important habits of a successful individual is how she manages her time. People who have poor time management tend to find themselves slacking off and falling behind on their goals. Betsy DeVos is really good at managing her time. However, her time management is not like what many people would think it is. While some people may deal with breaking their schedule off into segments, Betsy and her husband take the time to focus on their main objective which is improving education for the children. One of the things that she is hoping to bring forth is the type of education that plays to the strengths of each student.

Betsy and Dick are working on approaching this objective in a holistic way. There are different aspects of bringing improvements to the educational system. Some of it is in a direct way. This is one of the best ways to get involved. I find that a lot of people try to help in a way that is very distant. They often go with the bare minimum. However, in some cases that is okay. When people are busy with their lives, they probably only have time for the bare minimum. Betsy DeVos, on the other hand, is heavily involved. This is perhaps because her career centers on this type of activity.

Betsy DeVos has a lot of passion and love for what she is doing. The one thing that helps her is her vision. She is hoping that each children get equal chances in schooling. For one thing, she is looking to protect every child. This includes children that are a little bit outside of the norm. One thing that she has seen is that the educational system is almost exclusive to a certain type of person with certain strengths. School choice helps people find alternative educational systems.

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Betsy DeVos knows that each person has his own strengths. Therefore, she is willing to bring forth an environment that helps people develop every strength no matter what they are. For one thing, people have a short time to learn and capitalize on their strengths. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

April 20, 2017

Lori Senecal: A Career Woman on The Rise

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Lori Senecal is currently the Global CEO for the CP&B, reports PR Newswires. She took up this position in 2015. She is the female person to hold such a position in the company considering the position was only opened one year prior to her appointment.

CP&B is a member of the MDC Partners. It is an advertising agency that was founded in 1988

In her new position, she has been involved with overseeing the growth and expansion of the company. She also manages the coordination of operations in the nine international firms. It is her expertise and leadership skills that have enabled the company to achieve success in the different disciplines. In a report by Huffington Post, it was through her efforts that the firm was recognized by Advertising Age as the Creativity Innovators of the Year. Lori was also recognized by the agency as the four ‘Agency Executives to Watch in 2016‘.

Lori was the CEO and the chairman of the KBS+ partners. Even though she has let go of her title as the CEO of the firm, she was still serving as the global chairman of the firm until 2015. It was her work at the KBS that put her mark in the corporate world. Under her leadership, the firm grew to achieve new heights. The company moved from a 250-person agency with a 900 people in all the offices and became internationally recognized. Lori joined the KBS in March 2012.

Before joining her current position, Lori was the president and the CEO of the MDC Partner network. In this position, she was responsible for developing strategic goals and vision and also working with other MDC partner agencies to achieve growth.

She has also worked with other companies including the McCann World Group as the Global Chief Innovation Officer and also McCann Erickson as the president. She was with the companies for one year and two years respectively. She helped co-found the TAG Ideation at the company. Other companies that she has worked with include the Coca-cola and Nestle.

In 2013, Lori was honored with a Quantum Leap Award for Leadership and Innovation at the AWNY Game Changer Awards. The following year Lori was named as one of the ‘Women to Watch’ by Advertising Age.

Lori attended the McGill University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Finance. She is also the member of the Ad Council Board of Directors.

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February 21, 2017