The international headlines were all covering the story of Gareth Henry for years ago. This was after the police officers beat him up in front of an angry mob of about 200 people in his home country of Jamaica. The police and the mob had chased him including others and found them hiding in pharmacy in Kingston. He had to flee his country a year later seeking refuge and safety.
Gareth Henry was the leader of Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-Flag) before running away from his native country to Canada. This was after he had faced a series of events that were threatening his life. When he reached Canada, he received asylum status, and that is where he currently stays.
Gareth Henry who is 35 years old is an activist for gay rights as well as a social worker in Canada. He and another gay activist from Jamaica are petitioning a case to challenge his former home country at the International Commission on Human Rights.
According to Henry, he had worked for Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-Flag) for four years and during this time he witnessed the death of his 13 friends. He was present to recognize some of the bodies of his dead friends. Gareth Henry became the head of the group after the death of its former leader. Brian Williamson met his death in 2004 through a homophobic attack.
There were several occasions when Gareth Henry suffered violence while police officers were watching. In other occasions, it was the police officers attacking him. The most famous occasion took place on Valentine’s Day after a large mob came after Gay men who were in a group and chased them wanting to kill them. The group found a hiding place in the nearby Pharmacy in Kingston. During this incident, Gareth was among them.
Gareth claimed that they called police during that time, but after they came, they did not do anything to the mob instead they joined the mob in beating the gay group. The four police officers who arrived at the scene started beating Gareth using their guns.
After moving on from his position as the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Marc Beer is now looking to the future. The 45-year-old businessman, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Renovia recently announced that the company has managed to secure a deal with another company which will provide them with $32 million to help their startup along with another $10 million in venture debt. This new deal will help this fledgling company to move forward with several products they’re currently producing that are designed to help females with pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and the occasional urinary tract infection. The Longwood fund was one of the companies that was instrumental in ensuring that this deal actually came to fruition.
This is Beer’s first big business deal since leaving Aegerion back in 2015 and now he is looking to turn his life around by pushing this deal through and helping women all over the world who suffer from various types of pelvic disorders. The Medtech company currently based out of Boston, Massachusetts is dedicated to treating these types of disorders which scientists estimate affects over a quarter of a billion women throughout the world. This new funding will go toward further testing and development of these products. In a recent statement, Marc Beer expressed his excitement about this new business deal and talked about how this will impact their future.
Marc Beer currently has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and he first founded Renovia over a year ago. Around the turn of the 21st century, Beer became the founder and CEO of a company known as Viacell, a biotech company that focuses on developing and preserving the stem cells that come from the umbilical cord. In just seven years, he led the company and helped it achieve exponential growth until it eventually merged with a company known as Perkin Elmer back in 2007. He first enrolled at Miami University in the fall of 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in the spring of 1987.
He has served in other roles as well. While serving as the founder and CEO of Viacell, he was also serving on the board of directors for a company known as Erytech Pharma, a well-renowned and highly respected biopharmaceutical corporation. He has also served in various different capacities within a company known as Genzyme. At one point, he was even the Vice President of Global Marketing, a role in which he was responsible for launching several different products that help to treat rare conditions and diseases. So we wish him the best of luck in his future and hope he has success with his new startup company. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcbeer
Eric Lefkofsky is a busy man with a lot of hats to wear. And yet, there does seem to be a ‘root for the underdog’ feel to all of them. For example, he co-founded Lightbank, an investment company that specializes in backing and advising upstart companies that have a great idea even if they are not ready to tussle with the big boys just yet. He also co-founded Tempus, a company that gathers and stores clinical molecular data. For now, at least, the data available is cancer-specific. Physicians can make use of Tempus’s genomic tests and sequencing data to find possible therapies that offer a high degree of relevance and precision far more quickly than they would using more conventional means.
Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded Groupon, the company that expanded the concept of the coupon to offer deals on local services linked to users’ credit cards. It’s a name that should bring at least a half-smile to millions of ordinary frugal Fannies and Freddys. That said, Lefkofsky points out that Groupon is also an e-commerce entity many seem intent on picking on, despite its obvious usefulness. Many will recall that Groupon did jump out of the gate with a lot of presence. Perhaps its only natural that some would wonder whether it was all just hype. Mainly, however, Lefkofsky is sanguine. He recalls the nineties when technology was idolized and the backlash when it was later distrusted. Today, Lefkofsky reminds readers of adrinkwith.com that Groupon is really still young, in fact “a four year old startup,” still finding its e-commerce legs.
In a lot of ways Lefkofsky seems like the rest of us, although he does admit to having a high drive for success and getting up at 5 AM. He’s also been married for more than fifteen years, eats macaroni and cheese he makes himself, likes to watch “Star Trek” and “Homeland” and rates himself a huge Bruce Springsteen fan.
Talos Energy LLC completed its merger with Stone Energy Corp in November 2017 marking a strategic combination that will see the energy giant leverage its expertise to tap into capital projects in the US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico. The boards of the two companies sealed the merger with the parent’s shareholders acquiring 63 percent of the combination. It was further agreed that Stone’s shareholders retain 37 percent of the company. The company also enlisted in the NYSE bourse and is trading as “TALO.”
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Talos Energy has a market capitalization of $1.9 billion and a company value of $2.5 billion. Further, it has $450 million in liquid assets with $150 million in cash. Recently, the company obtained a credit facility of $300 million. With such a strong financial base, the company is positioned to tap into potential business development prospects.
Talos Chief Executive Officer, Timothy S. Duncan, was recently quoted hailing the new partnership arguing that it would improve their scale of operations. With the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast region, Talos Energy seeks to utilize its seismic experience to explore energy. The company will also leverage its extensive geological, geophysical and procedural expertise to advance its cause. All these efforts will enable the company to tap into resources considered unreachable. The company’s goal is to exploit and explore significant amount of energy resources.
Already, the merger is proving fruitful. Talos Energy became the first private equity firm to drill oil offshore in Mexico around the Zama oil basin. The basin is expected to hold between 1.4 and 2 billion barrels of oil. CEO Timothy S. Duncan described the discovery as historical and important. Talos acquired 35 percent in the block it co-owns with Sierra Oil and gas, 40 percent, and Premier Oil, 25 percent. Following the discovery, the company also bagged the “Discovery of the year 2017”. The prestigious award, dubbed WoodMac’s award, brings together more than 200 senior business executives and experts to mark their ballot on the most exciting discoveries. The future indeed looks bright for the company.
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe will soon join the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self –Made Women if the current success of her dating app is anything to go by. The app which is currently valued at $1 billion has brought Wolfe a 230-million-dollar fortune. The app is competing against Tinder, which was one of the first invented swiping dating apps that depend on the customer’s location to find a match. The irony is that Whitney Wolfe was one of the people who developed Tinder and now has to compete for market share with her rival. She was forced to leave Tinder due to claims of sexual harassment from her ex-boyfriend.
The idea from Bumble, according to Whitney Wolfe was an afterthought. Her initial aim was to create a vibrant online space for women. This then morphed into the concept of creating a dating app where the women make the first move. If the woman does not text the man within 24 hours, the match disappears. With an investment of $10 million from Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev and the marketing brilliance of Whitney Wolfe, Bumble was brought to life. The app immediately captured the attention of customers, recording an impressive 100,000 downloads within the first month. Read this article of Whitney Wolfe at Deadline
Bumble has been bold in its feminist approach towards dating. The company’s ads are always made to be pro-women. To further this goal, the company launched an app dubbed BFF in 2016 that is meant to help women find friends but not dates. It then started Bizz last year, which is an app that allows women to network with other women. The company also organizes events that are specifically designed for women. It runs programs that teach women how to pitch business ideas and how to build their careers as a whole.
Four years after its inception, Bumble now serves over 35 million users in 144 countries across the world. Wolfe has been on the cover of various magazines including Forbes, Fast Money, and WIRED. She was also named as one of the Forbes top 30 under 30 women this year.
The world of fashion is always changing. In order to keep up with it, many people look to people look those with great influence who know how to provide a meeting space for clients and retailers alike. One such person is José Auriemo Neto. José Auriemo Neto is the president of the JHSF one of Brazil’s leading developers and a source of inspiration for his fellow Brazilian real estate experts. In this role, he’s done much to help move the world of Brazilian real estate forward and provide opportunities for expansion. He’s also been instrumental in changing the world of Brazilian fashion in many ways. One of his greatest achievements has been in developing the Cidade Jardim shopping mall. This mall is a place where Brazilians can find dozens of upscale shops offering the latest in fashion and accessories from around the globe. As a result, this makes it easy for Brazilians to find access to wonderful high quality goods that are idea for any possible activity. High end retailers have flocked here knowing they have a ready and happy audience.
Under these circumstances, it’s not surprising that the publication The Business of Fashion has chosen to honor José Auriemo Neto with a place on their Bof 500. The BoF 500 is all about honoring those who have the means to bring fashion in new direction. José Auriemo Neto was a part a gala dinner honoring his fellow contributors. His work has focused on many directions in Brazil. He and his company are noteworthy for their operations varied fields of real estate. This includes both residential and commercial markets acquisitions designed to provide new housing and office space. It also includes the development and management of shopping centers all over the country in order to make it easier and convenient for shoppers to find the goods they need when they need them. In addition, his company operates upscale hotels for the international traveler looking for a welcome place to stay. They have also developed an international executive airport to make it easy for people to travel to this country.
Before Talos Energy merged with Stone Energy, there was a storm named Harvey that ravished Southeast Texas in 2017 with wind speeds of 130 mph. Talos Energy executive Tim Duncan, found himself, his wife, his 6-year-old-son and their 2 dogs on a FEMA rescue boat from their home in Kingwood, Texas-a suburb of Houston. 4-months prior to this, Duncan had begun brokering merger. Brokering such a deal is a challenge under normal circumstances needless to say, Hurricane Harvey made closing this deal, much more difficult. In spite of the hurricane, Duncan persisted and eventually closed the deal with Stone Energy Corporation. Making Talos a public entity without the expense of a public offering. Now, Tim Duncan presides over an oil company with an annual revenue of $900 million.
Talos Energy’s expertise lies in the acquiring of operated shelf and developed deep water assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Talos then explores, exploits and optimizes those assets using innovative and cutting-edge seismic technologies. The company, which is located in Houston Texas, was voted one of the Top Work Places in 2017. For example, Talos reexamined seismic data that enabled the ship Helix Producer to make new discoveries 3,000 feet deeper than the old reservoirs. You might recall that The Helix is the ship that helped to capture some of the 4 million barrels that gushed into the Gulf after the big Deep water Horizon oil spill in 2010. Talos Energy is also a company that prides itself on making the welfare of its employees, contractors, visitors and the general public a top priority! Maintaining compliance with applicable health, safety environmental laws and regulations is a constant focus and is fundamental to the company’s culture.
One thing that won’t change for the foreseeable future, is that oil and gas will continue to be the main source of energy. When it comes to recovering previously unreachable valuable resources, Talos Energy is a company that is focused on continued innovation in the exploration and production of these resources.
Guilherme Paulus has been an entrepreneur in Sao Paulo, Brazil, since 1972. It was not long after graduating from college that he co-founded CVC Tours. This tourist company started in a very small retail space but it had the advantage that there was a lot of foot traffic on the sidewalk in front of it as there was a movie theater next door. From these small beginnings, he grew CVC Tours into the preeminent tourist company in South America.
Today Guilherme Paulus is the chairman of the board of CVC Tours. His company earns around $5.2 billion a year from people traveling in Latin America using the services his company provides. He has travel agencies in around 400 shopping malls plus 140 commercial galleries. CVC Tours is planning to open an additional 100 storefronts each year over the next few years.
Guilherme Paulus founded another company, GJP Hotels & Resorts and he is the chairman of the board for. The business expert started this company in 1995 when he opened his first hotel. He now has more than 20 hotels and resorts. These are three brands that each of the hotels and resorts fall into. There is a brand for the budget traveler, one meant to appeal to those who want some luxuries, and one brand that is fully committed to offering the most luxurious stay possible.
In 2006 he had bought an airline, Webjet. When he purchased this company it only operated a single airplane. By the time he sold this company in 2011, it was the third largest airline in Brazil with 20 airplanes flying to about 20 different destinations. He sold this company to Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA.
In 2017, Isto é Dinheiro magazine named Guilherme Paulus as the Entrepreneur of the Year. In the accompanying article, they talked about how he has helped hundreds of thousands of Brazilians by increasing economic activity through tourism and hiring thousands of workers. He has also helped other entrepreneurs establish their own companies in the tourism and hospitality industries. The article stated that he has invested around $600 million just into the hospitality industry in recent years.
OPSkins are launching a blockchain platform designed for virtual asset trading. The platform is Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX), and is a peer-to-peer marketplace where buyers and sellers can trade virtual assets, he platform being build upon a foundation of decentralized smart contracts and blockchain.
In addition, as a result of using a blockchain-enabled widget that allows individuals to buy or sell without leaving their game, the platform solves two big problems that virtual asset markets have to deal with, fraud and fragmentation.
Fragmentation came as a result of the emerging marketplaces that have issues with payment processing, security, and language. WAX allows users to tokenize their assets and buy or sell instantly. Additionally, WAX Token is a common currency, which means this will eliminate the problem of not being able to make transactions with other users who use different cryptocurrencies.
Security issues and fraud are major problems in the virtual asset market. OPSkins managed to solve the issues by using smart contracts to facilitate the sale or purchase of an asset, which means delivery of the asset is guaranteed. As a result, there is no need for intermediaries that would drive up the price.
Smart contracts and blockchain allows new kinds of user operations, and the virtual trading community will benefit from being able to use the platform for global exchange. The platform is designed to support specific needs that the market has, and is made to provide an optimal experience for users looking to trade virtual assets.
Malcom CasSelle notes that he is confident in the WAX platform, mentioning that the gaming industry will push the world of cryptocurrency into the mainstream. He has been an investor in companies such as Zynga and Facebook while they were in their early stages, and he also invested in Bitcoin-related companies. CasSelle holds a Computer Science degree from Stanford University and has graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the President of WAX, and the Chief Information Officer of OPSkins. OPSkins is the number one Bitcoin merchant in the world and a global leader when it comes to sales of in-game assets.
Since its inception in 1998, Fortress Investment Group has improved financial investment banking in a lot of ways. This became most evident in 2007 during its Initial Public Offering (1PO). At that point, the group became the first large-scale equity firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Fortress has spread its roots and can now be found in various sectors, managing assets worth $43 billion while employing 1,750 investors in various fields. Some of their specialties range from hedge funds, private equity to permanent capital vehicles. The New York headquarters employs more than 900 people itself. It has three main managers based in New York and San Francisco.
Fortresses’ asset-based investments through credit funds and private equity aim at generating a sustainable long-term cash flow. That is why they are made up of various assets; capital, real estate, and financial vehicles are some of the most popular. The company has a wealth of experience in financing, pricing, owning and managing both financial as well as physical assets. Fortress does well at appraising various parts of investments ahead of time too. Some of the areas that are taken into consideration are operational, strategic and structural standards. These are systematically analyzed before investments are made.
With over two decades in business, the company has taken charge by managing intricate details of mergers and acquisitions alike. They have developed close links to large players in the industry and understand the art of deal-making with management professionals, corporate board members, and other stakeholders. This great experience also makes Fortress Investment Group a go-to in capital markets. Their team has substantial expertise in getting financing deals over the line either through debt or equity markets.
Fortress Investment Group also has a long and proven track record of managing various companies. This has given the conglomerate firsthand experience and knowledge about various industries. They have employees who worked almost their entire lives in related niches. This is an advantage as time spent in related industries allows them to have substantial institutional knowledge on a global scale.
Fortress Investment Group set new records when they were purchased in 2017. It also became the first to be purchased at such a large scale. Valued at $3.3 billion, Fortress was bought by Soft Bank GROUP Corporation, a Tokyo-based Japanese multinational. However, Fortress continues to operate as an independent entity and founders Randal Nardone and Wes Edens stayed on as principals.