Billy McFarland started his career by dropping out of Bucknell University and launching his first business, Spling, in 2010. Spling is an advertisement platform which allows individuals to change a URL link into an image montage. Some of the biggest clients are Universal, Hearst, and Discovery.
In 2013 he launched Magnises, an elite social club in the form of a Black Card. This card is made from metal rather then the traditional plastic and is fairly heavy to carry around. While it is not linked to any specific financial institutions, members can link the card to their own credit or debit accounts.
The main attraction of this card is the various discounts and special offers that are only available to Magnises members. Offers for restaurants such as La Esquina and Catch, helicoptor rides to the Hamptons, and private parties at the Magnises headquarters are just some of the perks available to members. Millennials are the target demographic, and all applicants are required to fill out an online application.
According to The Guardian, a year after starting this business, Billy McFarland had 6000 members paying a low annual membership fee of $250. The business is growing and recently moved it’s headquarters from a townhouse in New York’s West Village to the Hotel on Rivington.
The move has allowed Billy McFarland to expand a few of the amenities Magnises offers to include office space during the day as well as catering and open bar services during cocktail parties in the evenings. The company is planning on expanding it’s consumer base by launching it’s services in ten new cities in the next twelve months.
They have already signed an agreement with the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington DC.
In Norse the meaning of the name Thor is: God of thunder. When you talk with the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) founder, you will quickly determine that Thor Halvorssen is one who will never back down or stay silent.
Thirty-nine-year old Thor Halvorssen recently spoke with the WeeklyStandard.com about his job, background, tyrants and political status.
He loves his job and the foundation he established with a headquarters in New York City in 2005. He was raised on activism involving human rights with two parents who weren’t afraid to speak out for the common good. His father was Venezuela’s drug czar at the time, who uncovered and exposed government corruption. His father was repeatedly tortured in prison, and his mother received a bullet during her participation in an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. Currently, Thor Halvorssen’s first cousin remains jailed in Venezuela as a political prisoner.
He suggests that people who stand up to tyranny and dictatorships, like the defectors and dissidents, are his heroes.
Thor Halvorssen won’t keep his mouth shut and is unafraid to go where few dare, most notable to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City in 2010. He and a cameraman had traveled there to capture and record an interview with the patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.
The pair sneaked into the monastery, obtained the interview and were on their way out when Vietnamese authorities discovered their presence. The cameraman was able to slip out a side door with the video card carefully hidden, but Thor Halvorssen was taken into custody and beaten black and blue. Vietnamese authorities finally released him, after he convinced them he was merely a Buddhist seeker.
People have tried to slap political labels on Thor Halvorssen, mostly as a conservative republican, but that’s not him.
Thor Halvorssen likens his political leanings to the famous John Stuart Mill tradition, as a “classical liberal.”