Business/Business Leaders

The Kheradpir Era: Coriant and Its Story

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A giant in the field of networking, Coriant emerged on the technology map of the world in 2013 to bring new heights to the telecommunications industry. So far, Coriant has been highly successful in the provision of efficient cloud connection systems, optical transmission systems and has even come up with a revolutionary backhaul system that is just another addition to the router service it provides. Initially under NSN, Coriant soon detached itself from Nokia and announced its independence, but not before absorbing the experience worth 35 years into its core. Soon afterwards, Sycamore merged with Coriant and later, Tellabs followed suit.

In 2013, when Coriant was formed, the corporation attracted the attention of Shaygan Kheradpir, the businessman who had started his career in 1987 and was already cruising through titans like GTE laboratories and Verizon. Kheradpir holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. This, combined with his fortune of belonging to a professionally minded family (His father was a doctor), enabled him to toil hard in his field and bring about innovative ideas with confidence and passion. He will always be remembered at Verizon for infusing the spirit of competition among the employees themselves, asking them to present new ideas every month and work in groups to make their ideas a reality.

While working at GTE, Kheradpir reached the position of the CIO and was critically acclaimed at the Wall Street. After Verizon, he worked at Barclays and again managed to bag the CIO position there. The Hall of Fame announced by the CIO Magazine chose him in 2007. In 2014, he also became the CEO of the Juniper Networks. With a career as chock full of experience as that of Kheradpir, it is no wonder that Coriant has made a name for itself under his leadership.

Coriant has been making breakthrough developments. On the 15th of March, the company announced a data transmission system of a 100 GB per second speed that is not affected by lightening and even tested it under an artificial lightning. Coriant also occupied a central position at the OFC this year, where it announced its innovations in the transmissions using optical systems. The company is known for creating interfaces that are friendly for users and the beneficial utilization of the available resources to do so. With a progress of this sort, Coriant is expected to continue to amaze the world with its innovations.

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Charles Koch Agrees With Senator Sanders For Criminal Justice Reform

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken out vehemently about corporate welfare and Charles Koch’s political agenda. To some this may come as no surprise. However, it does come as a surprise that businessman and Philanthropist Charles Koch would agree with the senator. Corporate welfare is not the only policy they agree on. Charles also agrees with the senator’s view on Criminal Justice. This begs the question why would the sixth wealthiest man in American be concerned with the criminal justice systems? Why is he advocating for criminal justice reform?

The truth is lawsuits and threatened prosecution have plagued the Koch family and Koch Industries. In 1995 Charles faced a legal battle that could have seen the unfair termination of four of his employees. Charles chose to fight the case. It took ten years and $10 million dollars to win the case. He later said, “If that can happen with us, with our resources and what we did to defend our people, what happens to people in a company that doesn’t defend them? Or even worse, to poor people who get caught in something and have no recourse?”

In his op-ed he explained,”Our criminal justice system, which is in dire need of reform, is another issue where the senator shares some of my concerns. Families and entire communities are being ripped apart by laws that unjustly destroy the lives of low-level and nonviolent offenders.”

Charles Koch is a very intelligent businessman, he is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and a triple degree holder from the very prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Where he holds degrees in general engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. He became president of Koch Industries after the passing of his father, Fred, whom he renamed the company for. He took the $112 million dollar company and turned it into a $280 billion dollar conglomerate and the second largest privately owned business in the United States.

Charles Koch’s philanthropy endeavors are numerous and span the spectrum of research, think tanks, the arts, market based thinking and education. He has donated an estimated $11 million dollars to Whichita State University for a new sports arena. He has donated to George Mason University as well as Florida State to name a few. He is the founder of the Cato Institute, which was formed back in 1974. The Cato Institute is a Libertarian Political think tank, which was established for media coverage, advocacy and social influence.


Video Email Marketing Just Got Easier

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All marketers and business owners should be using video email marketing. However, it is not a mystery why they are not using it: it is difficult to do with traditional video services. It can also be costly. If only there was a way to deliver quality video experiences to your customers’ inboxes without the hassle. After all, the web marketing experts at HubSpot recently mentioned that you can increase your email open rate by virtually 20% with videos.

Imagine how many more leads you could convert if you boosted your open rate by that much. What kind of revenue would it mean to your business? You could engage much more customers and build a solid relationship with video. Video is the most powerful form of communication today. Luckily, there is a way to improve your video email marketing.

Talk Fusion is an innovative company that specializes in video services for businesses. You can enjoy sending video emails and newsletters, having live video chats, and creating lead capture videos. You don’t even need to download software. You can access the video email service in the cloud, where you upload your video of choice.

It works with Apple, Android, and PC devices. Talk Fusion was founded by the serial entrepreneur Brad Reina. He saw a need for a better email video service. To this day, Talk Fusion is dedicated to providing amazing video technology at affordable prices. They also give to charity regularly. They participate as part of the Direct Selling Association with pride.


Giving Back

The Scholarship To Be Offered By Keith Mann

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Dynamic partners announced through its founder Keith Mann that they have launched a scholarship program that will target the nonprofit Uncommon Charter School. The scholarship will be availed to high school senior grandaunts from unprivileged backgrounds. Joe Frick a college counselor from the school applauded Keith and Keely Mann for the scholarship and stated that through the scholarship one student from the school is assured of attending college. Those interested in the scholarship will write a 1000-word essay detailing the importance of attending college and how it will benefit them in their professional goals. Keith is a philanthropist and an educational lobbyist said that they partnered with the school to ensure that students from poor backgrounds can attend colleges and attain degrees. The program which kicked off on February 29, 2016 will see the lucky applicant awarded 5,000 dollars as tuition fees.

Keith Mann is an American based entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co founder and managing director of Dynamic partners. He can be described as a people person with the ability to detect talent from a mile away. This has particularly come in handy to his Dynamic Company that performs the role of pairing people with hedge funds and private investment firms. Keith Mann joined the firm as a manager and has since climbed the ladder to assume the position of vice president which is an executive and lucrative position. With an experience spanning for over a decade he has managed and steered the executive search company confidently to success, recognition and prosperity. He has a keen interest in education and is of the view that each and every person has a right to education regardless of their back ground. He is a passionate and ambitious man with knack for management.

Apart from his success in the investment world Keith has been involved in various charitable organizations such as the Hope and Heroes foundation and the Uncommon Charter School scholarship program. He is an animal rights sympathizer and has been strongly linked to the Animal Liberation Front which crusades for animal rights and are against use of animals for experiment purposes.

Giving Back

Avi Weisfogel Launches GoFundMe Campaign for Operation Smile

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Avi Weisfogel has launched a GoFundMe campaign that is geared towards the benefit of Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an organization that helps children with surgical care that they may need in the future to correct an issue that they are having, but can’t necessarily afford to get it done. The Operation Smile GoFundMe campaign is set at $2000.00. The campaign is set to dedicate to helping provide every child with hope for a bright and healthier tomorrow. Avi Weisfogel wants to instill hope in every child and treat them as they are our own. Operation Smile currently works with medical professionals that are local. They also work with hospital, government care and other types of organizations to help ensure that the children involved get the necessary care that they need. Operation Smile by Avi Weisfogel is set to find the most effective solution for the child and definitely provide the much needed care that they have been hoping for. Operation Smile was actually started in 1982 by Bill and Kathy Magee. They traveled to the Philippines to help children there find the hope and help that they had been longing for. Since then they have increased their organization to a global network with thousands of volunteers. With eighty nations involved, the team has been able to provide more that 220,00 free surgical procedures. The charity has amazing benefits and Avi Weisfogel’s GoFundMe campaign will help aid in the continuation of those miracles.

Avi Weisfogel is a very experienced dentist who lives in New Jersey and has been practicing for many years. He currently owns and leads Dental Sleep Masters. Dental Sleep Master is an educational course and or program that is offered to other dentists around the world who are trained in the treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Avi focuses his education studies and programs on the use of oral appliances and their benefits to the patient who is struggling with sleep apnea. Avi’s mission is to education other dentists as well as their staff of the medical benefits of the oral devise and who they can correct someone who experiences a rhythm in their sleep habits that prevent them from breathing. This can be a dangers disorder if it is not treated propery, and Dr. Avi Weisfogel has committed much of his career to ensuring that patients meet and obtain the proper care that they need delivered through his educational courses.

Handy On-Demand Cleaning Services and Handyman Company

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Handy is an on-demand cleaning and handyman services company. Its current estimated worth is $500 million. Oisin Hanrahan is the founder having established other companies prior. He first established MiCandidate an online platform that availed any political content to media companies and The Undergratuate Awards a non-profit organization. His move from political content to on-demand cleaning services was inspired by two crucial experiences in his life. When in college in Hungary, Oisin worked in real estate. He discovered that people found it hard to perform small tasks inside apartments. Secondly, after finishing college in Hungary and moving to London, while working at Excel Ventures which invested in on-demand taxi service he thought of how to apply this concept to other sectors.

When doing his MBA at Harvard, Oisin brought Handy to life together with his friend who is also the co-founder. They dropped out of college later and concentrated on propelling Handy into full business. They found that Boston was not the suitable place where Handy could grow, they relocated to New York. This coupled with New York being the biggest market for Handy was the logical decision to make at that point.

Handy has not really faced competition since no other company has reached the scale that Handy has. Oisin says that the company is more focused on maintaining and building their lead rather than investing time and energy focusing on other players.

Handy involves working with contractors and customers on a daily basis. The contractors seek flexibility to work when in need of earning extra cash and working for less than 20 hours per week. Customers on the other hand seek the flexibility of being able to book a handyman or cleaner at a particular time and their reliability.

Handy plans on maintaining the contractor status and not regarding them as employees. With this they enjoy a staff of 160 and over 10,000 contractors. In keeping with competition from companies such as Thumbtack and Hassle, Handy has sought to expand in more cities. It has also come up with a different type of service. This service aims at providing people with option of buying furniture from third party stores through Handy which is later delivered and assembled in one’s house.

It’s not going to be easy for Handy and it seems that it is ready to do more in order to maintain its position.


Highland Capital Management Annual Filing for 2015 released to the Public

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In a recent article by Octafinance, Highland Capital Management recently filed their 13F which saw them purchase several new companies over the year. Some of these companies are Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr (Call) (SPY), Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc (EGRX), Amazon Com Inc, Danaher Corp Del (DHR) as well as Intra Cellular Therapies Inc (ITCI). In total the hedge fund purchased a total of 69 new stocks but these 5 provided above were the biggest positions. There were a number of already existing stocks that had increased their positions significantly. These were American Airls Group Inc (Call) (AAL) which increased by 60 percent to $204.25 million, Kinder Morgan Inc Del also increased by 173 percent to $5.38 million, Patterson Companies Inc (PDCO) increased by 16 percent to $87.91 million, Salesforce Com Inc (Call) (CRM) increased by 18 percent to $54.85 million and Corning Inc (GLW) increased by 18 percent to $54.86 million. Some smaller stocks were also purchased these included Burlington Stores Inc (BURL) increased by 10.10 percent to $35.57 million, Salesforce Com Inc (CRM) increased by 213.34 percent to $145.22 million and lastly Ldr Hldg Corp (LDRH) increased by 68.98 percent to $37.95 million.

The Highland Capital Management firm also sold off some stocks. These stocks were Nexpoint Cr Strategies Fd (NHF), Spdr Series Trust (Put) (XBI), Envision Healthcare Hldgs In (EVHC), Mckesson Corp (MCK) and Laboratory Corp Amer Hldgs (LH). There is only reason for speculation as to why these stocks were sold but it might have to do with there being a better place for Highland Capital Management to invest, the value of the stock or th momentum of the stock itself. There were also some reduced positions with regards to shares being slashed. These were American Airls Group Inc (AAL) decreased by -56.11 percent, Ishares Tr (Put) (IWM) decreased by -52.05 percent, American Express Co (Call) (AXP) decreased by -17.54 percent, Nrg Energy Inc (NRG)decreased by -20.76 percent and Anadarko Pete Corp (APC) decreased by -76.75 percent.

James Dondero or Jim as people know him is the co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management. He brings decades of experience and knowledge to the table and has worked in this industry prior to him starting at HCM. Jim is also involved in many philanthropic project endeavors.

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Giving Back/Lawyers

New York Attorney Ross Abelow Takes Time To Help Stray Animals

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If you love animals then you hate when you see one that is homeless and hungry. Those commercials on television showing dogs outside in the cold and snow make you cry. The animals that are shivering and cold are in need of help. New York and other large cities are noticing the population of dogs and cats running in the city. These animals are showing up dead or almost dead due to starvation and cold temperatures. People like Ross Abelow are trying to help the situation. These people are trying to help by providing the food and necessary medical attention to the many homeless animals that run the streets. Everyone sees these animals but most want to ignore them. So, what can we do to help the situation? How can we control the number of dogs and cats that die on the streets each year?

Ross Abelow is launching a donation page called the go fund me. It is a place where people can make donations to help the cause. It accepts donations large and small. Places like the animal shelters and pet adoption centers will benefit from the money collected. Food and warm blankets will help the shelters continue to work with animals. Training and good health will almost guarantee a dog a new home but dogs that are untrained and unhealthy will have a difficult time being adopted.

Ross is an attorney in New York. He works with families and entertainers to provide legal consultation. He provides families with the financial paperwork they need to get married or divorced. He also helps draw up living wills and final will and testaments. Ross is a family man that enjoys ball games and hanging out with his friends. He graduated from law school in New York. After graduation, Ross went to work helping New York and the surrounding area receive the legal help they need.

Lawyers in New York are some of the best around. Attorneys help with any kind of legal help you need. People that are in need of a criminal attorney can get one in New York. Criminal attorneys in NY have represented some of the biggest cases around. They have expertise and the know how to do what it takes to get the job done right. Almost all of the attorneys are on the Lawyerlightouse publication. This list helps clients find the people they want to represent them in any legal situation. On this list you will find wonderful attorneys like Ross Abelow. After you find his listing, make sure to read about his go fund me cause for stray and lost animals. Any donation made will help to get closer to the goal of $5000 dollars.

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Human Rights/Activism

Thor Halvorssen Leads The Human Rights Foundation in Securing Human Rights and Freedom Around the World

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The Human Rights Foundation, with headquarters in NYC, promotes human rights globally by raising awareness and educating on human rights issues and the importance of freedom around the world, especially in the areas where it is most needed. HRF does this by having several kinds of initiatives such as campaigns for freeing political prisoners, producing films and other types of media on human rights topics, seminars on Capitol Hill, having educational programs in closed societies and sponsoring events to inform the public about human rights issues.

The founder and president of HRF, Thor Halvorssen, is a human rights activist and film producer who founded the organization in 2005. From 1999-2004, he co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and served as its Executive Director and CEO. He is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, patron of a children’s peace movement out of Prague called On Own Feet; The Centipede Children, and has produced several films about freedom and human rights, such as The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and Hammer and Tickle. The Sugar Babies, about human rights violations of children forced to work on sugar farms in the Dominican Republic, won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Delray Beach Film Festival and was shown by Amnesty International France on their film tour.

Thor Halvorssen, who is of Venezuelan and Norwegian descent, was personally affected by human rights abuses in his own life. His father, a diplomat and ambassador, in August of 1993 was falsely imprisoned and tortured in a Venezuelan jail. His father was only freed because numerous human rights organizations and advocates like Amnesty International and the International Society of Human Rights took on his case. His mother was also shot and wounded at a peaceful public gathering by members of the Venezulan government security in 2004 and his cousin, the Venezuelan politican Leopoldo Lopez, became a political prisoner in 2014. Thor Halvorssen continues to dedicate his time to human rights causes, and since HRF’s founding in 2005 it has secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience.

Autism Awareness/Business Leaders

Sanjay Shah Helping Raise Awareness of Autism

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Sanjay has been in the financial industry for most of his life. However, this is not his only passion. Despite his company offering services in countries all around the world, he has started to focus his sights onto other services, such as raising awareness for causes close to his heart. One of these causes is bringing more attention to autism. While autism is a condition millions of people deal with every single year it is something that very few people actually know anything about. Not only do most people who have not been exposed to autism not know anything about it, but even doctors do not know what causes the condition, which is what makes avoiding autism in the first place so difficult. As the parent of someone with autism, Sanjay is someone who wants to help other children who suffer from autism but do not have access to the medical treatments and assistance required to learn and grow as a healthy individual. That is exactly why he has created Autism Rocks and done everything he can to raise money for the sponsorship cause.

Throughout the world, there are children who simply do not have access to quality medical treatments and education to improve their learning capability. Autistic children need more personalized attention, but with the right learning structure it is possible for students to thrive and eventually take on an independent role on their own in society. This way, it is possible for individuals to learn and to expand upon themselves. Students in regions without this kind of attention are often cast aside and do not receive the quality care they need. With the money raised by Autism Rocks and Sanjay Shah, he can help hundreds of children now.

There are a few different way Sanjay Shah is raising money. First, the major money maker is the Autism Rocks concert series he puts on around the world, where top tier musicians donate their time and energy to put on concerts where the invite only tickets go towards the good cause. His Go Fund Me campaign is also a service that helps with this. Follow Sanjay on Twitter for news and other updates.