Arthur Becker Sets Sights on Soho Development

In an article on The Real Deal, if you want to put your finger on the pulse of New York City real estate then you wouldn’t be too poorly off by keeping an eye on Arthur Becker. Arthur Becker is one of the most prominent real estate developers in New York City and his path to this career choice has been one worth watching, reading about, and learning from. Most recently we saw that Becker doubled down on an investment, his Soho project, by laying down more investment in actual real estate via the purchase of three townhouses.

If you haven’t heard of Arthur Becker quite yet then we don’t blame you. For years Arthur Becker has worked as a behind the scenes partner in the New York City real estate environment. Becker has been the money man, or quiet investor, for a host of the biggest people in the New York real estate scene. From Kevin Maloney and the Property Markets Group to Robert Gladstone at Madison Equities, Becker has been there every step of the way. Becker’s biggest work has been with Billionaire’s Row but now it appears that he is becoming the focal point of his next big project on Sullivan Street, located in Soho.

According to Huffington Post, Becker purchased into the Soho development with a multi-million dollar investment early on in the process. Now Becker is doubling, or even tripling, down on that investment by purchasing three townhouses that are adjacent to the property – 10 Sullivan Street. Becker has recently purchase 30, 40, as well as 50 Sullivan Street all at once. Though Becker declined to comment on how much he paid for the townhouses, public records show that he is nearly $15 million deep in terms of investment cash. Becker HAS stated that he will be planning on living within one of the townhouses after they are finished being built while he focuses on selling the additional two. The Soho development project looks to be one of Becker’s biggest home runs since entering the New York real estate scene and we think that he should have an easy time getting more than just his money back when all is said and done, at least according to the analytics.

See more: https://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/at-the-desk-of-arthur-becker/

 

Whitney Wolfe Offers The Best That Dating App World Has To Offer

Whitney Wolfe is one of the interesting people in the business world. She has managed to build an audience that has been captivated by her dating app called Bumble.

She has done an excellent job of creating the type of dating app that makes people pay attention to dating apps again. At one time this was a total turnoff for many singles that have returned to bars and clubs in hopes of meeting someone. In the beginning it seemed like the dating app was a Godsend. Whitney Wolfe had even created of one of the most successful dating apps called Tinder prior to Bumble. Over time women would find themselves somewhat dissatisfied with these apps that tended to cater more so to males than females.

What Whitney Wolfe wanted to do was create the type of app that would speak to women. She wanted to create the app that would totally transform the way that people thought about the dating app industry. That is why she had a desire to create Bumble.

This has become an incredibly popular dating app that is getting the attention of young women that wanted something new. Sometimes people don’t know that they are in need of something new until they experience it. That may be the case for many men that have started to favorite Bumble as well. It is true that women are the ones that are responsible for making the first move, but this brings about a wave of excitement to men as well. They no longer have to be in the driver’s seat as they relentlessly pursue women. They can simply send messages and the woman has the right to reject or accept within a 24-hour period. This has really caused people to talk about dating apps in a whole new way.

Learn more about Whitney Wolfe: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/08/bumble-app-whitney-wolfe

Brian Bonar, a True Renaissance Man

Escondido, California is a bit of an anomaly as far as San Diego suburbs go. It is decidedly more old school and much less trendy than areas like Mission Hills or the Gaslamp District yet it finds itself home to arguably the region’s best chef and one of the best restaurants. One man is to thank for that, Brian Bonar.

When Bonar wanted to expand his restaurant portfolio to North County he began with Bellamy’s. He started this bistro by pulling talent from one of his other favorite restaurants, El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn. With most positions filled he still needed to land a big fish as his top chef. That he did, hiring Patrick Ponsaty who is one of two men in San Diego that can boast the title Master Chef of France.

The front of the restaurant and the décor inside are a step below what you would expect from a veteran entrepreneur and Master Chef. For a moment you think, “did I make a wrong turn?” Then the food comes. The corn soup, the mille-feuille, the beet salad, the magret and the mushroom ravioli are all to die for. The hits keep coming with the saffron panna cotta for dessert.

If you are not an expert on this type of dining, don’t worry. The staff is outstanding and can give you a full food education in a few minutes. Aside from knowing what they are selling they are professional and polite.

According to Market Watch, Brian Bonar and Ponsaty also plan on opening the Ranch at Bandy Canyon. It is a 144-acre grassy expanse perfect for a high level event space with a top shelf restaurant to go with it. Even if Ponsaty must start splitting his time, Bellamy’s is in good hands with Executive Chef Mike Reidy, who has trained under the French Master Chef.

Boner isn’t a restaurateur by trade, he is a finance wizard. The popular Scottish entrepreneur has a technical background having earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Engineering from James Watt Technical College and then his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stafford University.

He started his professional life at IBM before moving on to QMS where he was the Director of Engineering. Boner later excelled as Sales Manager at Adaptec before starting his own business, Bezier Systems. He was highly regarded at Dalrada Financial Services as he is at his current post at Trucept. Trucept offers management solutions for small and medium size companies such as payroll and human resource management.

Combining a rare set of skills, Bonar was named to the Who’s Who in America list in 2000. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions where he leans on his technical education, people skills and creativity to close deals.

Hussain Sajwani – A Dynamic Self-Made Billionaire and a Legendary Real Estate Tycoon Based in Dubai

Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of Damac Properties, is one of the most reputed businessmen and real estate tycoons in the Middle East. He has contributed heavily in transforming the infrastructural landscape of Dubai and the Middle East by creating some of the landmark residential and commercial real estate projects.

One of the reasons why Damac Properties rose to the top at the pace it did was because of the vision of Hussain Sajwani to deliver the unique, luxurious, and modern projects to the clients.

As a Damac owner, Hussain Sajwani left no stone unturned to brand his firm as a real estate company that makes no compromise with quality and luxury. The brand is also famous for its great marketing stunts like giving away Mercedes or Bentley for free with every apartment purchase, and most of the Damac residential projects are designed in collaboration with international designers such as Fendi, Versace, and others. Learn more about Hussain Sajwani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hussainsajwani

Hussain Sajwani started his career by working for a great oil company Gasco, but left his job to become an entrepreneur and started his food and catering Service Company known as Al Jazeira Services. The company continues to be run and managed by him and is one of the top firms in the industry.

It has had big clients such as Bechtel and U.S. Military in the past and presently manages more than several hundred projects. Hussain Sajwani’s business expertise can be measured by the success he had in his first ever project, where he bought a plot in the outskirts of Dubai and planned a 35 stories residential building.

He managed to sell off the project completely within six months, even before the project started. Hussain Sajwani family is close to Donald Trump’s family as well because Hussain Sajwani and Trump are friends from way before.

Hussain Sajwani even offered a $2 Billion project to Donald Trump when the latter became the U.S. President, but Trump had to politely refuse the deal as it interfered with the conflict of interest as the country’s President. Both their families share a friendly relationship and are often seen dining together whenever they are in the same city.

Learn more about Hussain Sajwani: http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/damac-needy-children-518106

How the EOS Lip Balm Got to $250 Million In Seven Years

The story of Evolution of Smooth(EOS) is truly a daring and innovative one. Now worth $250 million dollars, the company’s founder finally revealed how it all started.

Over 10 years ago, co-founder Sanjiv Mehra, an expert in consumer packaging, teamed up with Craig Dubistky and co-founder Jonathan Teller, seasoned players in startup incubators, found an area that was lacking innovation. With a bit of research, they found that products in the lip balm category were “indistinguishable” from each other.

From there, consumer research revealed some interesting answers that popped up. First, the trio was quick to learn that most lip balms were bought by women and they did not find the application fun. Other insightful answers paved the way the applicator looks now. From the soft casing, the click sound when closing the pot, the exposed balm, every part of the pot serves a purpose.

But how did EOS lip balm compete with the already dominated market? Though they hired a sales team, many big named brands were unsure about it. Fortunately, their first big break was with a female buyer at Walgreens who absolutely fell in love with the egg-shaped pod. After that, Walmart and Target wanted in. https://evolutionofsmooth.com/lip-balm.html

Even with their product placement, the lip balm company co-founders focused on their target audience, millennial women. Through their clever way of being effective at influencer marketing, they were able to get the word out, fast. From beauty bloggers to millennial celebrities, the women didn’t stand a chance to ignore the product, the lip balms were popping up everywhere. Furthermore, keeping up with their audience who were on Facebook and social media, EOS has an active Instagram and Facebook account with followers in the millions.

After seven years of strategic planning from product design to market, Teller and Mehra were grateful of each other’s different background – a complementary match that gave them the advantage.

Exposing Misconduct on the Force Using Securus Technologies

When you discover that there is a corrupt police office on the take, it can send shock waves through the entire agency. As a police officer, my job is not only to protect and serve the residents, it is to make sure that my fellow officers are safe as well. When you discover one of the people you trusted with your life is on the take, you really have to think twice about who you rely on in a dangerous situation.

 

I work in a very crowded and dangerous prison, and me and my fellow officers are outnumbered 4:1 on any given day. My job is checking visitors for contraband, because a knife, blade, or other weapon could be used on inmates or myself. Even more dangerous than the weapons are the drugs, because an inmate that is under the influence in combative and unruly. I have become very skilled at being able to stop these items from getting in the jail, but a recent wave of contraband found in cells had me very concerned.

 

Even though we tightened up the visitor inspections and handed down severe penalties to inmates, the trouble only escalated. It was around that time we had the Securus Technologies install a new inmate communication system. I was the first trained on the LBS software, and I put it to use that very first day.

 

When I began to pick up some very interesting conversations, I took it upon myself to pursue before even the other guards caught wind. What the LBS software was able to help me discover is that one of the new guards was taking bribes from a particular gang and allow them to easily smuggle in drugs, cellphones, and weapons. He put us all at risk, and today he shares a cell with the criminals he tried to help.

 

Betsy DeVos Talks Philanthropy in a Candid New Interview

Betsy DeVos recently held an in-depth interview with Philanthropy. In it, she talked about her bold and controversial ideas and plans for the American education system notably the private school’s voucher funding initiatives. The interviewer’s first question to Betsy was about the advances made thus far in school choice. In her response, Mrs. DeVos started off by saying how proud she was about progress achieved in giving needy private school students a chance to receive tax-free rebates from the government.

Rethinking American Education

Her agenda had so far benefited about a quarter million students located on the four corners of the North American sub-continent. The future looks bright, and Betsy is quite hopeful that in the coming years, the programs will be operating in all the 54 states. In 2015, the movement she and the husband embarked on three decades back seemed to add up to 40K new participants annually.

Making A Real Difference

In the interview, Betsy DeVos talks about how together with the husband, they would visit a particular school in their home state, Michigan many years now gone. The one peculiar thing which drew them to this institution is that they noticed the love between the broke parents and their children at the private Christian School. They had to do something. What started out as a pet project of helping one or two pupils of Potters Christian School soon turned into a life-long pursuit. Before the Devoses knew it, they had engineered a support system infrastructure connecting the entire population at the facility.

Making of a Radical Reformer

According to Betsy, the traditional education curriculum has failed miserably in preparing the scholars on what awaits them in the real world. That’s why she chose to focus all her energy and attention on arm-twisting the government to renege on their selective funding of public schools programs. Soon after leaving Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, she got married shortly after that. Together with his partner, Dick DeVos, they vehemently campaigned for the first charter school bill to pass in the nineties.

Learn more: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/31/512507538/under-devos-heres-how-school-choice-might-work

Florida as the Benchmark

Betsy DeVos hopes to replicate the successful model of the program in Florida in the entire nation, moving forward. Betsy’s personal involvement in the grassroots in Louisiana saw thousands of student benefit from the newly introduced test voucher program. Mrs. DeVos protests that the Democrats have stood in their path every step of the way. The Democrats ties to the teachers union make it nearly impossible for them to vote with their conscience. The incoming Secretary of Education urged the Democrats to act in the interests of the children and the future of the nation first and place partisan politics second. Betsy is now a grandmother five times over. She once served as the leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. Her stint there lasted a whole six years.

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Celebrities Flock Towards Peace of Mind Found within Ancient Teachings

The stress of life is often overwhelming, daily challenges compiled by the stresses of balancing work and personal life, and other challenges that present themselves within life can send individuals searching for meaning and answers in unique places. During the late fifties and early sixties, society saw an influx of Eastern philosophies find their way into some of the elite circles of popular entertainment. Artists such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and even great speakers like Alan Watts found peace in embracing philosophies that were not common to their native lands.

A long time has passed since beatniks interested in Buddhism or Englishmen touting the benefits of Eastern religions though the trend has not faded. Once again culture is witnessing a re-emergence in the popularity of ancient teachings among celebrities and entertainment insiders. This time though celebrities and entertainment insiders are seeking solace and refuge from the stresses of their lives with the ancient teachings of the Kabbalah.

From celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, or even Madonna herself have been turning to the ancient teachings of Jewish mysticism, traditionally only available to members of Orthodox Judaism who have reached a prescribed age set by rabbis.

As the popularity of the teaching continues to increase, centers providing interested celebrities a safe environment to study and learn about the teachings have continued to grow as well. Madonna, a long-time supporter of the teachings and often thought as one of the main driving forces behind the interest of celebrities in the teachings, has used portions of her vast fortune to create centers catering to interested celebrities. Kabbalah is also present in professional network like Linkedin.

The most famous of the Kabbalah Centers catering to creating safe places away from prying eyes of reporters and paparazzi is certainly the Kabbalah Centre located in Los Angeles. The hub of all things Hollywood and movies is frequented quite often by celebrities and other influential leaders within entertainment. The center which teaches the beliefs central to the belief system has broken from the more stale and restrictive traditions held by other sects of the belief system, mainly effecting a more inclusive attitude.

If you would like to learn more about Kabbalah for celebrities please read this engaging article on the subject.

George Soros A Believer in an Open Society

George Soros is a hedge fund billionaire who became famous for making a billion dollars by shorting the pound in 1992. Mr. Soros has been in semi-retirement but he is still very influential as his predictions have impacts on the market. He is also active politically and he has a track record of supporting liberal candidates and issues such as criminal justice reform.

Soros was born and raised in Hungary to non-practicing Jews. His father Tividar Schwartz was a professional attorney. In 1936 Tividar changed the family name to Soros which means “will soar”. In 1944, when Soros was fourteen, Nazi Germany conquered and occupied Budapest. Tividar decided to split his family so as to maximize their chances of survival. He bribed government officials to conceal their Jewish heritage and he purchased forged papers that identified them as Christians.

In 1947 Tividar relocated the Soros family to England. George Soros attended the London School of Economics where he read the works of the philosopher Karl Popper. George Soros would later identify Popper as his spiritual mentor. Popper’s theory of an open society would come to play a principal role in Soros activities for the rest of his life. Open society is a moral code that espouses the principles of enhancing welfare for all of mankind. Popper rejected the assertion that certain truths are indisputable and that certain rights such as the right to life are unalienable. These beliefs are evidenced in Soros’ disdain of American politicians who have an unshaken belief in their culture’s nobility. Read more on NYTimes.com.

After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1952, Soros joined Singer and Friedlander, a brokerage firm based in London. Within a short period of time Soros became an expert in international arbitrage. In 1956 Soros relocated to New York and he became a stock trader. In 1961 Soros became a US citizen. In 1969 George Soros established his hedge fund the Double Eagle Fund with $4 million capital. The fund was renamed to The Quantum Fund in 1979. The value of the fund grew from $381 million in 1980 to $1 billion in 1985.

After the success of his hedge fund Soros ventured into philanthropy. He started by creating various Open Society Foundations. These organizations advance the concept of open societies as championed by Karl Popper. His network of Open Society Foundations has advanced and it is currently available in over 70 countries.

In the 2016 US Presidential election George Soros backed Hillary Clinton. He donated $25 million to her campaign and that of other Democratic candidates. After Trump’s unexpected victory Soros has become more active politically. He views Trump as a threat to the ideals of an open society. In a meeting of Democrat donors known as the Democratic Alliance Mr. Soros committed himself to opposing Trump policies that are contrary to his ideals.

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Britain’s Exit from The European Union May Be Good News For Brazil if Flavio Maluf is to Be Believed

Article 50 is the formal document that will confirm Britain’s exit from the European Union. Theresa May, the prime minister of the U.K., is officially putting article 50 in motion at the end of March 2017. Several things will happen once that article becomes official, but some things won’t change. The U.K. will still play a role in the EU, but that role will be small, according to the British government at http://maringa.odiario.com/economia/2016/12/conheca-com-flavio-maluf-algumas-dicas-para-nao-perder-a-produtividade-no-trabalho/2299424/. The U.K. is dealing with the Brexit decision better than economists said it would. Inflation is up, but unemployment is down. Exporters are happy thanks to a weak pound. But consumers are cautious even though interest rates are lower than they have been in three years.

The U.K. government knows it needs to cultivate new trade agreements, and Brazil is one country the Brits like to business with, even though Brazilian red tape is always an issue. According to Brazilian entrepreneur, Flavio Maluf, Brazil wants to do more business with Britain. In fact, Brazil wants to sign a new trade agreement with the U.K. within the next 12 months.

Brazil also wants to sign a new trade agreement with South Korea, and the United States, according to Maluf. Maluf’s company, Eucatex, has a strong presence in the United States. Eucatex building materials are sold in home improvement stores across the United States, and Eucatex has an office in the U.S. The Eucatex story started when Flavio’s grandfather, put a eucalyptus wood ceiling tile together in the 1950s. Maluf’s grandfather owned a sawmill, and there was excess wood lying around the mill. The wood ceiling tiles were a hit in the domestic market on linkedin.com. By the early 1960s, the company was shipping tiles to Argentina and Europe. Today, Eucatex is one of Brazil’s largest exporters of building materials.

Flavio Maluf has been the president of Eucatex since 1997. Maluf wants to do more business in the U.K. because Germany is one of the company’s best customers at segs.com. Once the Brits and the Brazilians agree and cut the red tape and the taxes that impede profitable exporting and importing, both countries will benefit from the relationship.