The RealReal is a luxury consignment store based out of New York City. After her divorce, the founder, Julie Wainwright, new that if she wanted to be successful, she was going to have to take action. She was inspired by a friend who was constantly on the hunt for luxury items to purchase from secondhand stores. This is where Wainwright got the idea for The RealReal and launched the business in 2011.
Despite making over $170 million in the first seven years of business, Wainwright is currently pitching to investors in an attempt to raise $100 million dollars in new funding. Some may wonder why the company needs these additional funds. One reason could be that the company isn’t yet on the monetary scale that appeals to public-market investors. Or, perhaps the company needs to prove that in the long-term it can be a standalone business. And still, perhaps the increased funding proves that The RealReal, and its current investors, have realized that the market for secondhand luxury items is a bigger opportunity than they originally thought.
The RealReal has a unique business model that was revolutionary at the time of development. Sellers, people who have luxury items they no longer use, ship their items to The RealReal. The item then goes through an authenticity process to ensure it is real and not a knockoff. After the item has been deemed authentic, the item is placed for sell in The RealReal store and/or on their website. Once the item has sold, the proceeds are Split between The RealReal and the original seller.
It used to be the case that luxury brands looked at The RealReal as competition, as the enemy. However, as it turns out, the company actually drives sales up. For example, the parent company to Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, Kering, provided the information that after sellers have sold their luxury item through The RealReal, they go on to buy another item from the same brand they sold, driving sales up.
The number of candidates running for Congress in the 2018 midterm election who have pledged to take no PAC money or big money from corporations are not many — but they are a significant and growing wave that may be critical to the future of America.
Getting these candidates elected is the driving goal of a grassroots political group that has vowed to reform the badly broken U.S. campaign finance system. End Citizens United was formed in 2015. It’s a different kind of PAC — one that rejects major donations from cash-bloated corporations or greedy billionaires.
End Citizens United has identified key candidates who support the mission of getting Big Money and Dark Money out of politics. The group has raised $35 million in small donations (average just $14 each) from individual American citizens. It uses that money to financially bolster the campaigns of candidates they endorse.
One of those endorsements includes Andy Kim who is running for Congress in new Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Kim is a Rhodes Scholar and former diplomat under the Obama Administration. He holds a doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University. He was born and raised in New Jersey.
Kim has sworn off taking any big donations from PACs or any other special interests. Campaign finance reform is a central element of his political motivation for seeking a seat in Congress.
Another significant End Citizens United endorsement is for former CIA agent Elissa Slotkin. She’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District. She is facing off against incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop. Bishop has been named to End Citizen United’s infamous “Big Money 20” list — politicians who have displayed the most egregious history of flouting campaign finance rules and taking big cash in exchange for influence.
A race with huge national implications is that for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, currently held by Sen. Ted Cruz, also one of the Big Money 20.
Running against Cruz is Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat currently serving as Congressman for the Texas 16th District. O’Rourke has a sterling record of running clean campaigns free of corporate cash and other interests. Sen. Cruz, on the other hand, is so connected with wealthy corporations and special interest groups, such as the NRA, it’s difficult to know who he truly represents.
End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of other candidates in races across the nation. Who they have endorsed and the Big Money 20 list are posted on their website, http://endcitizensunited.org.
From the San Francisco Bay Area and graduate of Florida State University, Ara Chackerian is currently the Managing Director of ASC Capital Holdings, LLC, and is firmly dedicated to assisting infant companies that are trying to change the way the United States Heathcare system is run. With over two decades of experience in investing in the healthcare practice, Ara Chackerian knows more than just a thing or two about the important healthcare issues we as Americans face today.
He has helped many companies at their start up as co-founder including diagnostic imaging, telepharmacy, and integrated behavioral health service companines. Not only that, he has been the Chief Executive Officer at BMC Diagnostics, TMS Health Solutions, PipelineRx, and has served as Executive Vice President at PSS/World Medical.
Ara Chackerian has even founded many non-profit organizations that have branches in United States, Nicaragua and Armenia. Their main focuses are educations and youth development.
He is a firm believer that healthcare startups are a good investment. A good investment for American, and around the world. The main focus being: Personalized, precision medicines. This practice involves customizing healthcare that is tailored specifically to each individual patient. These decisions being based upon each patient’s molecular diagnostic and genetic analysis. This gives the option of having medicines, organs, tissues and any other necessary component being specifically tailored to each and every individual’s specific needs. You can visit medium.com to know more.
There have been many analytical studies of the general population involving genomic and biometric screenings. In 2017, there was over $700,000,000 in venture-capital funding for healthcare startups in New York City alone. This includes companies in all categories of the healthcare practice. Such as: Pharmaceuticals, bio-technologies, devices and supplies, patient care, etc. And, even though healthcare startups can lose those valuable dollar bills at first, in the long term, they have the potential to be game changers. And change is what we need in America.
When Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in the 70’s (formerly known as Otto & Sons) he came in with a plan and ideas. With a background in business and banking, his ideas were to expand and grow the business; and that’s exactly what he did. What was a small wholesale meat company became a worldwide leader in food processing thanks to his skills and ambition.
In 1909, what would become OSI was only a small neighborhood butcher shop and market. By 1928, the business had expanded into wholesale and the company became Otto & Sons. Its first breakthrough came in 1955 when McDonald’s became a franchise and chose the meat company as one of its main suppliers. As Otto & Sons grew, in 1973 the company eventually opened a plant dedicated to only producing meat patties and became an exclusive supplier for McDonald’s.
In 1975 the name was changed to OSI Industries and it shared its success with McDonald’s as the franchise expanded dramatically—thus needing more product. It was also during this time that Sheldon Lavin became a partner of the company and saw its potential. He began to push further for more expansion and steered it in the direction to success. Between the 80’s and 90’s OSI quickly expanded all over the world and began opening more plants in the U.S. as well.
Further expansion and Acquisitions
In the 2000’s and through Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI acquired a produce venture in China. This business would push the company in a different direction, further than only being involved in meat products. From 2014 to 2016 the company continued to acquire more food plants and became involved in many joint ventures as well. The most recent and notable of acquisitions was an Illinois Tyson plant with a footprint of nearly 38 square miles. The massive plant was purchased for over $7 million dollars in 2016.
Sheldon Lavin and his drive
Sheldon’s drive for expansion didn’t come suddenly. As an investor and banker, his aspire to grow the company came almost naturally. When he began at OSI, he came in as a third owner; the other two parts belonging to the brothers who originally owned it. His leverage increased when one of the brothers sold his part to Lavin. At this time Lavin became 50% owner and had full suggestion privileges. These privileges allowed him to steer the company into unimaginable expansion and turn it into what it is now.
Jim “Big Jim Larkin, Irish folk here and historic leader of the Irish labor movement, was an ardent Marxist and socialist. The precepts laid out by Karl Marx were a natural fit for Larkin. His life’s work was dedicated to helping the people he loved: The working poor. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin – Wikipedia
But as an Irish Catholic, Larkin was obliged to confront a significant problem in his embrace of socialism — the fact that it was a deeply atheistic philosophy. Karl Marx himself believed that world religions has conspired against the lower classes for centuries by encouraging them to accept their position in poverty as a proper “holy lifestyle.”
Marx is famous for having said, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
But Jim Larkin held an unshakable loyalty to his faith and self identification as a Catholic. As such, he found it necessary to cobble together the precepts of “godless socialism” with “Christian Socialism” in a way that preserved the power of both.
Larkin handled this question deftly by frequently referring to Jesus as “The Carpenter,” with the obvious suggestion that Jesus, in fact, had been a working man. He also pointed out that Jesus was a passionate advocate for the poor — and a fierce critic of the wealthy, powerful elites of his day. Larkin sometimes cited Luke 6:20: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”
Jim Larkin believed that there was a difference between being “poor in spirit” and poor in terms of material wealth. He clearly believed that “ordinary people” deserved good pay, to live in decent homes, to have days of rest and free time — and that living a basic, middle-class lifestyle was not contrary to the emphasis Catholicism placed on the spiritual value of being poor.
Larkin got support for this from Pope Gregory XVI. The Pontiff spoke out on the dire condition of working-class people in the emerging industrialized society, and this was a decade before Marx’s Communist Manifesto was published. Also, Pope Leo’s “Encyclical on the Condition of Labor” tackled the urgent need to address the growing problems of poor working class people grinding at the bottom of the Industrial Revolution.
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Dr. Saad Saad has achieved a lot during his more than 40 years of experience as a pediatric surgeon. One of the things that many people do not know about Dr. Saad Saad is the fact that he is an inventor as well as a surgeon. Before making the decision to go into medicine, Dr. Saad Saad was determined to become an engineer. Fortunately for the many patients that he has treated over the years his desire to work in air conditioning won out over his desire to be an engineer. His two older brother were engineers working in the hot deserts of Kuwait and after watching the physical toll this took on them, he decided on his career path in medicine.
This interest and talent in engineering combined with his medical expertise allowed him to solve some of the problems that he faced as a surgeon. Currently, he holds the patents on two different pieces of medical equipment. Each one is an improvement on existing medical equipment that had what Dr. Saad Saad saw as flaws in design. One of these is an alteration to the end of endoscopes while the other is a trackable catheter that uses electromagnetic location.
Catheters are used for many different purposes in medicine and have a wide variety of functions. They are used to help in surgery and also to treat certain medical conditions. Some of them are only temporary while others are designed to be able to be left in the body permanently. Dr. Saad Saad thought the process of placing a catheter was too complicated and had too many risks for the patient. In order to track the location of the catheter, imaging systems like x-rays need to be used. Unfortunately, while one single x-ray generally will not cause any long-term damage, repeated imagine can cause problems like cancer. For a lot of patients with certain diseases, getting catheters placed is a frequent occurrence and the radiation they receive from the placements can cause a lot of damage over time. The other widely used option for imaging during placement is the MRI machine, while it may not expose the patient to radiation, it is not portable at all. This makes it an impractical option when compared to the x-ray.
With Dr. Saad Saad’s invention, bulky machinery and radiation do not have to be a part of the process of placing a catheter. Instead, the tip of the catheter is equipped with magnetic material that can be tracked with an accompanying handheld device that uses electromagnetic technology. Dr. Saad Saad’s technology works in a similar fashion to a metal detector. The tracking device is so small that it could even be used in places like intensive care. Learn more: https://angel.co/saad-saad-2
The recent recognition of Robert Ivy, the CEO and executive vice president of AIA (American Institute of Architects), by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), was historic. The recognition, marked by the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is to be awarded later in June, was the first among architects. The award is normally given to Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons. Usually, the special award is given to individuals in honor of their lifetime efforts of performing, creating and generally supporting art. Previous honorees of this award include writers, artists, and singers. Having this award go to an architect comes as great news to fellow architects, whose works have now caught the eyes of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Robert has been heaped with praises by AIA’s president Carl Elefante as a worthy ambassador of his profession. Topping up his brilliant architectural career he is an author and editor; this award was a deserved crown for both his professional and personal achievements. MIAL’s president Nancy LaForge recognized Robert as one of the best at making architecture more accessible to the general public, therefore handing him his well-deserved award and writing his name among other Noel Polk Award honorees.
Robert Ivy has been relentless in making big moves in the architectural world. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about serving as an example to fellow architects. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Record, Robert Ivy was responsible for making the Architectural Record the most disseminated architectural journal worldwide. He did not only make a name for him but also attracted many awards including the National Magazine Award. Robert, a man who seemingly deserves every praise he gets, also led the McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media by launching a Mandarin version of the magazine ‘Architectural Record,’ leading to McGraw-Hill’s explosive growth in China.
Robert has further placed the footprint of AIA in a global position, enabling American architects to practice anywhere in the world, through the aid of seven global chapters of AIA. He has been effective in communicating the value of design. The architectural field has surely been graced to have revolutionary leaders such as Robert Ivy, who thoroughly deserves the accolade to be presented to him later in the year.The role played by the Robert cannot be underestimated since he has changed the field of architecture.America architectures are recognized across the world because of the influence of Robert.
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Robert Deignan is a highly reputable businessman who is based in America. People have learnt to respect him because of his numerous accomplishments in business. Robert is highly experienced in businessman. His academic background speaks volumes concerning his career in the corporate world. First of all, Robert went for this degree in organizational leadership from an institution known as Purdue University. By the time he was graduating from this prestigious university, the businessman was an excellent leader who knew how to handle the challenges that came his way. After working for several companies in the country, Robert Deignan felt that it was time to start his first company.
In 2011, Robert started a company known as ATS Digital Services. The institution specializes in technology matters. The company was founded in the year 2011, with his leadership, the organization has been growing significantly and winning the hearts of customers from many parts of the country. At the moment, Robert Deignan is serving as the chief executive officer of ATS Digital Services.
Just recently, ATS Digital Services announced to its customers in the country that it had managed to accomplish a great milestone. According to the news from reliable sources, the company has been certified by a prestigious institution that is called AppEsteem Corporation. The institution is currently the first call center in the country to be certified by the corporation. With this certification, the organization will be allowed to offer premium support services to most of the consumer software apps.
AppEsteem Corporation is very popular in the American market. The organization was started and brought into the market by a team of experts in Microsoft Cybersecurity. The company has been offering excellent support services to the companies in the technology department. Robert is a very excited professional following the new milestone. Deignan believes that this will be just the start of achievements for his company. The businessman has done a great job when it comes to handling the leadership of his company, and this is why it has been moving higher in the corporate world. His excellent personal features have made the company proud.
Roberto Santiago is one famous prominent entrepreneur in Brazil. He was born Joao Pessao where he was raised. He did not come from one of the well of families from his community. From his history, it shows that Roberto Santiago was a very determined person from the beginning. He went to one of the colleges from his home area after which he saw the need for going for an undergraduate degree. So he went ahead and attended one of the University Centers at Joao Pessao where he attained his undergraduate degree in Business administration.
Like any other entrepreneur, Roberto Santiago needed to get some experience in business by working with some other companies to gain some skills and identify the possible business opportunities in the market. He, therefore, worked in a manufacturing company in Brazil called Café Santa Rosa. It is here where he became keen and observant about what was happening in the business world. After working for some time, he saw that it was better for him to start his ventures.
Roberto Santiago was very creative and innovative. His very first venture into business was the creation of accompanying which was selling cartons which were made from cardboard. His creativeness is even portrayed by the name he gave his company. He wanted to make it identified and known by everyone. One secret in entrepreneurship is that even the name of the business makes some crucial contribution in marketing it. He named his company Cartonnage Company.
Well, this was not the stopping point for him; he always dreamt big and had a very outgoing mind. He went ahead and decided to make maximum and efficient use of his profits by buying land in which he decides to build a mall called Manaira Mall. Today, Manaira mall is one of the most famous prestigious malls in Brazil. He launched this mall consisting of more than two hundred stores, playing grounds,
On the rooftop of Brazil Mall is a very famous hall that hosts conferences, weddings, exhibitions, graduation ceremonies among others. The hall is called Domus Hall. The mall also holds a significant number of accommodation rooms that hosts a large number of individuals. The rooms are instead with high tech music, soundproof walls, and air conditioners.
The mall now holds one of the largest shopping centers in Brazil; it also holds gaming areas, financial institutions, education institutions such as colleges, gyms, food court, theatres among others. Roberto Santiago story about his journey to success seems quite interesting because it all has so many lessons that any other existing or prospective entrepreneur should take into consideration. One of the reasons that he became successful is that he made the right decisions while planning for his investments. Good decisions make you a hero, but bad decisions and repeated mistakes in life can make you a zero.
Shervin Pishevar used social media to express the deep concerns he has about the US economic situation in February 2018. He tweeted 50 points in 21 hours addressing immigration, bitcoin, bonds, and more. He had some grim predictions for the stock market, big US companies, and big funds.
The last time Shervin Pishevar used Twitter, he announced that he would be resigning from Sherpa Capital. This is a venture capital fund that invested in Munchery, Uber, and Airbnb. He got his start in the Silicon Valley area and has seeded at least 60 companies. He has been recognized for some of his work, even being awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the year 2016.
One of the concerns that Shervin Pishevar expressed in his Twitter rant had to do with Silicon Valley no longer being the modern Rome that it once was. It has lost its exclusivity and no longer is the stronghold on ideas and talent. He mentioned that the US is building physical and cultural walls to keep immigrant talent out, but he says that this talent does not need to come to the US anymore. Entrepreneurship is a movement that has gone viral. One of the examples that he gives is of individuals in China building a train station in less than 10 hours.
He had particularly ominous predictions for the stock market, saying that he expected it to go down an aggregate 6,000 points in 2018. He also had dark predictions for big companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. These big companies are able to buy out small startups, which is bad for the overall economy. He talks about how they should fall because that is the way evolution works.
Shervin Pishevar mentioned that currency is the ultimate app. An entrepreneur can raise capital in any way they want using any kind of currency. Since small companies can use unique capital, they can spur the economy onward. This means that governmental and financial institutions are facing a reckoning of irrelevance. The shift has to do with a revolution in stateless digital currencies. According to Shervin Pishevar, this will be unleashed over the next few decades.