Peter Briger Liquidates FIG’s Bitcoin Technology Investment

When bitcoin technology entered the international market, Peter Briger was enthusiastic about bringing cryptocurrency into the United States. He believed it was a great opportunity for Fortress Investment Group or FIG in New York and invested into bitcoin, in 2013. From 2014 to 2015, the cryptocurrency market experienced a downturn which had a huge impact on its value. Wall Street Journal reported on November 1st, 2017 that the bitcoins were worth approximately $22 million in value in February 2017. It was during the same month SoftBank agreed to purchase FIG for $3.3 billion.

Since February 2017, bitcoin rose to 551 percent with a value worth $6,600 for one bitcoin. Peter Briger saw Fortress’s investment increase by $120 million in value. When SoftBank acquired FIG, bitcoin had a market value of over $9,000. Financial Times reported in 2018 SoftBank had Fortress to liquidate the bitcoin investment because of volatility. It became a bonus package for Masayoshi Son, the owner and CEO of SoftBank which had a value at $200 million at the time of acquisition.

The acquisition agreement stipulated Peter Briger continue his position as Co-CEO and Principle of Fortress Investment Group in New York. His mission for the cyptocurrency investment was to introduce and regulate the technology in America. As part of the agreement, SoftBank included the bitcoin investment at zero value. Financial Times reported in April 2019 SoftBank took a loss of $130 million after selling the bitcoin investment. When Masayoshi acquired the liquidated asset, it had a value of $150 million in the cyptocurrencymarket.

Peter Briger established the Credit Equity Asset Department at Fortress Investment in 2002 and became a Principle and Chairman years later. After he received a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. After working for the firm for nearly 15 years, he became a partner and sold his interest to invest in FIG. Peter became a billionaire in 2007 and made the List of the World’s Billionaires for Forbes two consecutive years. He manages credit portfolios for private equity and hedge funds comprising undervalued, tangible, intangible, lending, and distressed assets.

How Maarten de Jeu Took The World of Corporate Strategy by Storm

When one is the leader of a sizeable business they often have to ask themselves questions such as: “what direction should my business take or what is the best way to brand my company in a market that is changing every day?” Individuals who are responsible to shareholders and personnel must pose questions to themselves and to their teams about whether or not they should pursue a new line of business in a market that is overseas or if they should focus on investing in their research and development division in order to gain a competitive edge. It goes without saying that these are often difficult and seemingly undecipherable inquiries. However, they are also the kinds of questions that corporate strategists help business leaders answer every day. Learn more: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/maarten-de-jeu-recommends-innovative-thinking-as-a-core-need-in-corporate-development__trashed/

 

When there are countless resources on the line the decisions that an executive makes cannot be arrived at in a haphazard fashion. Rather the choices a large corporation makes regarding the use of its resources and the execution of its mission-critical operations must be made in a thoughtful way. The professionals who work in the area of corporate strategy are uniquely positioned to empower business leaders to make strategic decisions that will put their companies on a path towards success. Corporate strategist Maarten de Jeu has spent his career becoming an exemplary model of how individuals who work in the world of corporate strategy can be an asset to their industries. 

 

Mr. de Jeu embarked on his journey to become a successful professional by laying a strong educational foundation for himself. His educational background is characterized by its rigor and its breadth as Mr. de Jeu has completed studies in various disciplines and at institutions of higher learning that are spread out across the globe. As a graduate student, Maarten de Jeu was enrolled at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he studied public administration and social science. He went on to earn a Master of Arts from Leiden University. After that Mr. de Jeu would go on to build upon the foundation of knowledge that he established at Leiden University by electing to further his education in the United Kingdom. 

 

Mr. de Jeu decided to attend the University of Oxford where he studied business administration and graduated with a Masters of Business Administration. Having completed studies in both public administration and business administration Mr. de Jeu was granted a holistic view of the issues that managers face as they lead various types of organizations. Mr. de Jeu’s rigorous study in the area of management enabled him to become an effective strategist and advisor to the companies that he has worked for. After graduating Mr. de Jeu went on to work for a company that is known as Aviva in the areas of strategy and corporate development.

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Toyo Setal Brings Top Quality Consulting To Brazil

Toyo Setal is a privately owned construction company located in Brazil. The company was founded in 2012 and is based out of São Paolo. They mainly focused on large-scale construction and industrial ventures. Toyo Setal does not only focus on construction their services span a range of other specific work in chemicals, energy, gas, steel, oil and more. Toyo Setal also sometimes goes by the name Toyo Setal Enterprises and Toyo Setal Empreendimentos Ltda. The Brazilian-based company currently operates with over two hundred employees. The company in Brazil is an offshoot of the original Toyo Engineering Corporation established in Japan in the sixties.

The company runs tests and analysis to determine if a project is possible and what needs to be put in place to ensure that it can be accomplished to the desired specifications. Their work includes a finished hydrogen plant in Rio do Janeiro. This company uses some of the most cutting edge technology to estimate everything needed before and during completion of a project. they will even go so far as to test the surrounding landscape to determine whether this is the best place for your project build.

While working on your project the expert team and professionals I’ll go the extra mile to make sure that all of the instructions and specifications are met to the best of their ability. That is one of the reasons that they are considered one of the most reliable companies in their sector today and globally around the world. They work with locals in the areas where projects are being built as well as local authorities to make sure that everything is done in the best way possible for everyone in the surrounding area, not just for the business. This approach has been proven successful time and time again by their continued success over the decades and their outstanding reputation for quality and professionalism.

Learning About Kisling, Nestico & Redick And The Now-Retired Founder, Robert Redick

Robert Redick retired from his post as one of three partners of Kisling, Nestico & Redick, one of the Buckeye State’s leaders in defending innocent Ohioans from the negligence of other individuals and entities in the common, competitive practice known as personal injury law. Mr. Redick first announced his retirement just a few weeks ago, in the first week of Sept. 2019. He effectively left the firm’s day-to-day operations last month, in Oct. 2019. Kisling, Nestico & Redick was created in 2005 after Rob Nestico and Gary Kisling joined hands with Robert Redick. Each of the three long-term principals of Kisling, Nestico & Redick had their law degrees and had practiced solely within the state of Ohio for several years each.

Mr. Redick brought something unique to the table

In general, the practice of law is closely tied to that of insurance. However, when it comes to personal injury torts, insurance is very much involved in the legal process. This is because insurance policies often end up covering the damages incurred by businesses, organizations, and individuals found legally liable for covering the costs of injured plaintiffs’ personal injuries and property damage. Unlike most attorneys, Robert Redick spent a dozen years in the insurance business prior to enrolling in law school. This provided Mr. Redick with a long-standing competitive advantage over the majority of his competitors in courts of law throughout the Buckeye State.

About Robert Redick

He graduated from Miami University – of Ohio, that is – in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree. Mr. Redick then bounced around several insurance companies in the next decade-plus. He went to the University of Akron to earn a law degree, which he finished up in 1999.

About Kisling, Nestico & Redick

The firm quickly grew to its current size of 11 field offices throughout the state of Ohio after being founded in 2005. Even after the departure of Mr. Robert Redick, Kisling, Nestico & Redick employed more than 30 attorneys, which is something that very few Ohioan law firms are able to claim for themselves. In addition to Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s attorneys, Kisling, Nestico & Redick employs just short of 100 employees whose responsibility is simply to support the 30-odd attorneys who work at the firm in their day-to-day functioning within the firm. Kisling, Nestico & Redick is one of the most significant presences on the personal injury market within the state of Ohio, the tenth-most populated state in the United States; even more impressive is the fact that Kisling, Nestico & Redick grew to its current size in just 13 years of operation!

The King of Shipbuilding Maurício Mendonça Godoy

Maurício Mendonça Godoy is a very successful business man who also happens to be the CEO at Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. A massive shipbuilding company. His credentials include a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration just to name a few. Most of his business endeavors are based in Latin America, mainly Brazil which is also his birth country. Maurício Mendonça Godoy firm has a solid foundation in offshore projects and construction and have achieved impressive results.

In Brazil, Maurício Mendonça Godoy was also the chief operating officer of Setal, a petroleum company in Brazil. Godoy also served as Director in TS Gas Brasil from 2007 to 2010. Maurício Mendonça Godoy has co-authored many large scale projects like : Aircraft kerosene plant for Petrobras in Guamare, Fixed Gas Production Platform, construction of the EBR shipyard in Sao Jose do Norte and a few others. In 2013, Godoy also served as editor of the book “Intergrated Systems for the Management of Industrial Companies”. A book published by Abemi.

Mauricio Mendonca Godoy attended Harvard Business School and Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Brazill. He has had several chairmanships in his career. He was also CEO at SOG Oleo e Gas SA from 2010 to 2013. Godoy has a sturdy background in engineering and petroleum production and is responsible for some of the most impressive floating production storage and offloading ships in the whole world. Using all of his vast experience and knowledge that he gained from leadership roles, Mauricio Mendonca Godoy has facilitated the expansion and growth of Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. His work is essential in the waters that cover the Buzios and Libra oil fields. Mauricio Mendonca Godoy’s career and overall achievements are hard to ignore and he has established his name and gained the respect of his peers thanks to his dedication and relentless work ethic.

Alexis Kennedy: The Creative Force Behind Weather Factory

Alexis Kennedy is a video game developer who works out of London. The company that he co-founded, Weather Factory, develops unique, tasteful, non-combat games that are highly complex and attract gamers looking for a sophisticated experience. Alexis Kennedy has been in the industry for a number of years and has mostly worked on the independent side of things. He has a knack for developing niche games that are highly atmospheric. His previous titles include “Fallen London” and “Sunless Sea,” and he immerses himself totally in his projects.

Cultist Simulator

Cultist Simulator” is one Weather Factory’s signature titles. The game takes players back in time to the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the world of H.P. Lovecraft and the occult. Alexis Kennedy and his team took pains to make this a highly intellectual and literary game.

Players interact with magic books in a special library, and the consequences are often unexpected. The players’ options are presented in the colorful and historically appropriate prose of Alexis Kennedy; you can think of it as game that H.P. Lovecraft would create if he lived in this century!

Players even go into their own dreams to search for the rites they need. Sometimes, they will find themselves consumed by the violence that lies within them, sometimes they will find the magic tools they need to keep the powers of darkness at bay.

Interestingly, the game also includes an option to leave the world of magical combat for a normal life and possible romance, but it’s not usually an option player are looking for! The development of the game was largely funded by Kickstarter, a testament to the excellent reputation of Alexis Kennedy and his prose-based games. The game is available on multiple platforms and has also won a number of gaming-industry awards.

Marc Beer – A Fireball in Biotechnology

With more than 25 years of business experience in biotechnology. Beer, began his true focus in life when he co-founded ViaCell (NASDAQ: VIAC) and just recently (2016) with Renovia. So let’s shed some light on this incredibly intelligent and compassionate businessman. 

 

In 2000, Marc founded a company called ViaCell, a biotechnology company specialized in umbilical cord blood stem cells, their storage and use. While working as CEO of the company, he pursued excellence and when the company reached 300 employees and a large number of customers, he took it public and sold the company to PerkinElmer in 2007.

 

Early Life

Marc Beer graduated from Miami University in 1987 and began his career in pharmaceutical sales. Eventually, he ended up in the position of Vice President of Global Marketing at Genzyme. It was while promoting the Genzyme products and making it available to more than 350 million people who were unable to obtain needed medication to control more than 7,000 rare diseases. 

The task of helping these individuals led Marc Beer to want to make more of a difference and address further issues in biotechnology and led him to found his own business called Viacell. 

VIACELL

As mentioned before, Marc Beer founded Viacell in 2000 and in 2007 sold the company. This biotech organization specialized in collecting and preserving umbilical cord blood stem cells for the treatment of many different diseases and conditions. Shortly after selling the company for $300 million, Beer’s wife died from a pulmonary embolism. Beer stepped down from business to care for his family, but two years later, inspired by his daughter, he decided to enter the world of biotechnology again and try to make a difference in people’s lives. This led to his latest company called Renovia

 

Renovia

As of Renovia, Beer took an idea from a friend (now business partner) and gynecologist Dr. Ray Iglesias and decided to make a product to help women suffering from pelvic floor problems. The idea was to create a product to prevent the need for pelvic floor surgery. 

 

Beer partnered with Dr. Inglesias and Yolanda Lorie to create the company now headquartered in Boston. The idea was to offer medical devices to help women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. These products offer the first line of defense against pelvic floor disorders. They include products that help solve urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse affecting a third of women in the US.

 

In 2018, the company’s first product Leva was approved by the FDA. He also obtained a round of additional funding this year to the tune f $32 million. 

 

Connections Are Important

Marc Beer knows that his success depends on the people he works with. Without their talent, he would not be where he is. A primary part of Beer’s workday is talent acquisition. He puts the right talent and leadership team together. He sets goals, allocates resources and collects data 24/7. Learn more: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/08/21/ex-aegerion-chief-beer-raises-42m-for-womens.html

Charitable Organizations

 

Marc Beer gives back to the community and uses his leadership and problem-solving abilities to better the lives of people in his community. He is a member of the Notre Dame Research and Advisory Council and on the Miami University Business Advisory Council.

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Sergey Petrossov and the Quickly Dropping Price of Flying on a Commercial Jet with JetSmarter

SERGEY PETROSSOV

Sergey Petrossov and his company, JetSmarter, have changed the way that many people fly on a private jet. His company has made it easier than ever before to fly on a private jet, which has led to a rapid growth in this industry. As more people than ever before fly on a private jet, this means that the prices are going to continue to fall. Therefore, Sergey Petrossov is going to push the commercial travel industry as well. If this happens, it might turn the entire industry on its head. There are many people who would probably welcome this shift with open arms. Sergey Petrossov has done this changing the way the charters for private planes are booked.

When someone is looking to rent out their jet for private use, they typically rely on a third-party company to make this happen. Unfortunately, these companies haven’t been the best at filling up these planes. This has led to lots of planes flying for hours without even filling up half of their seats. This is far from a profitable business model and Sergey Petrossov looked to change all of this. He knew that if there was a way to make this process easier, the planes would fill up. Then, people would get a bigger return on their investment when they rent out their plane, making it easier to keep the industry afloat.

SERGEY PETROSSOV

Sergey Petrossov did exactly that. He created a company called JetSmarter which allows people to book a seat on a private plane from their mobile device. As a result, there are no longer any planes flying half empty. This means that the average price per seat is starting to drop, with more people using the service. As the prices continue to drop, Sergey Petrossov sees his company making the world of private travel accessible to more people than ever before.

LocationSmart: Managing Mobile Devices Efficiently

The Modern World and Added Efficiency

The modern world strives to find new and efficient ways to manage mobile devices along with electronic interfaces. Developers, business and consumer applications have been motivated to find and implement solutions that will foster the following:

* location insights

* access controls

* device profiling

* fraud prevention capabilities

* access controls

* transaction verifications

LocationSmart is ready to provide the consumer with all of the above along with extra advantages too. This is accomplished with the use of a powerful API platform. The platform provides the following:

* A secure space

* a cloud-based approach

* multi-source

This platform has proven to work very well. It does not require the application to be installed. Updated technology provides real-time insights about location. This is for connected devices all across the globe. Include the following:

* computers

* smartphones

* laptops

* M2M/IoT assets

* tablets

The management of electronic interfaces mobile devices must be done in an efficient and controlled manner in this modern world.

 

Accessibility: Complete Location Services

LocationSmart is known for being one of the top and most comprehensive LaasS platforms. This is location-as-a-service. It provides intelligence in terms of the locations. A business greatly benefits from this type of intelligence. It is beneficial to the business that provides mobile services. The engagement services have been improved with this added efficiency. Include the following devices in the services

* consumers

* assets

* workers

This is leadership in the cloud location services market. This company serves a broad range of clients. Include entrepreneurial startups and the Fortune 500. The goal has been to change the way companies conduct their business. Adding extra efficiency and productivity has been included. LocationSmart has left the largest footprint in the market because it delivers the broadest reach while being easy and practical at the same time.

 

Report by Cisco: Utilizing For or More Devices

It is predicted that by the year 2021 people throughout the world will utilize at least four connected devices every day. This is according to a report by Cisco. The unique IP address will identify the devices. Determining their exact location at any given time.. When they connect to a computer network, businesses have a large advantage which tend to increase efficiencies in many ways. Insights and IP geolocation make it possible for a business to obtain and retrieve important information which optimizes internal processes. Expanding capabilities that improve bottom lines and other compelling services is the outcome for end users.

 

Prevention: Online Fraud

It is possible for a business to broaden the use of IP location. IP intelligence has the ability to discourage online fraud. IP address identification is currently a common practice that is used by a business when a customer logs in their online accounts. LocationSmart’s IP based insights will provide useful information. this information includes the the use of the device. Determining the exact location is useful in preventing online fraud. It will determine if it is using the following:

* hosting facilities

* proxies

* anonymizers

This leads to an increase in detecting potential fraud. The added information will give a business the ability to implement any new protocols in order to freeze accounts, deny service and activate any step up protocols. Preventing any fraudulent activities is the outcome. It also helps to raise customer satisfaction and their confidence.

 

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James Dondero, Investing and Charity

James Dondero is Highland Capital Management’s conscientious President and Co-Founder. He’s a credit and equity wizard who has been a staple in his fields for more than three jam-packed decades so far. He concentrates heavily on both distressed and high-yield investing subjects. Jim Dondero has been a major force for Highland Capital Management throughout the years. James Dondero has guided the way for a firm that has been instrumental in the creation of all kinds of innovative collateralized loan obligation concepts. Jim Dondero knows so much about credit strategies that can be favorable for global investors who are part of the retail and institutional classifications.

Highland Capital Management presents clients with with many varied choices in products. It presents them with everything from private equity funds and hedge funds to exchange-traded funds and even mutual funds. People who want to learn a lot more about real estate investment trusts and how they function often put a lot of energy into Highland Capital Management. Jim Dondero is NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc’s President and Chairman now.

James Dondero studied at a credible Charlottesville, Virginia institution of higher learning. That college was the esteemed University of Virginia. His classes there centered around both finance and accounting.

Certification isn’t a topic that’s at all unfamiliar to this financial executive in Dallas, Texas. Jim Dondero is qualified to refer to himself as being a Chartered Financial Analyst or a CFA. He’s allowed to refer to himself as both a Certified Managerial Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant as well.

Jim Dondero has a schedule that’s pretty chaotic at times. That never ever interferes with his selfless charitable and philanthropic aspirations, however. People who take on all sorts of charitable and philanthropic projects in Dallas tend to know a lot about this painstaking and thoughtful man.