Archive for April, 2016

Beat the High Cost of Housing- Rent a Customized Van

by WilliamV .

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, then you already know that rent in the area is astronomical with the average one bedroom apartment often renting for over $3096 a month. While some executives may have no trouble paying that rent, many people who work at lower-level jobs really struggle to pay the rent each month. Robert Allen of Daly City, California, believes that you should live in one of his vans costing only $300 a month as long as you do not plan on moving the van during the month. Alternatively, if you want to change locations the cost can be up to $1200 a month which is still a steel in the Bay area. Robert delivers the vans to the user’s location free of charge.
Robert says that he tries to make the interior of each van as user friendly as possible. He only uses gently driven Dodge Caravans because they have a larger interior. Each van comes fully equipped with a platform bed and a kitchenette complete with a camper stove. He even includes two comfortable chairs inside each van.
The normal customer for the van is usually going on vacation and cannot find a reasonable hotel room or just wants to be closer to the action. Others, however, choose to park the van in their employer’s parking lot. This is especially true of those who work for high-tech companies that often provide free food and showering facilities to employees.
Robert says that he currently owns a fleet of five vans but quickly adds that he will add to that fleet as the need arises for affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay area.

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William Skelley and iFunding’s First Annual Dinner

by WilliamV .

William Skelley is an alternative investment professional that is based in New York City. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of iFunding. iFunding is one of the leading real estate crowdfunding platform. Due to the success he has had with the firm, he has been named a member of the “Next generation of Real Estate Leaders.” He is now dedicated to accredited crowdfunding, a term that he came up with in 2012. Accredited crowdfunding is a concept that brings together accredited investors by pooling together small amounts of capital and using it to invest in properties that they cannot access as individuals. Before founding iFunding, he was a principal at Rose Park Advisors. He has also worked at Bain Capital, General Electric, and Olympus. He is also an advisor for startups.

iFunding held its first annual dinner on the 17th of January 2016, which was an only invite association. MarketWired says the dinner was organized by Michael Stoler, the Managing Director of Madison Realty Capital, and the host of “The Stoler Report: NY’s Business Report,” a weekly TV show that focuses on real estate and business trends in the tri-state region. The invite list featured big names from the real estate firms around the world. Notable real estate firms that were represented at the dinner event include Carlyle Group, Cushman and Wakefield, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, CIT, and Kushner Companies.

CNBC tells us Skelley is among the first people to adapt the concept of real estate crowdfunding. He launched iFunding right after the ruling of the Title II of the JOBS Act in 2012. iFunding has now grown to become one of the leading names in online alternative real estate investment platform. His responsibility at the firm is to oversee business development activities and has so far overseen more than 40 real estate projects.

Michael Stoler has invited William Skelley to appear on one of his TV shows that will air in the Spring of this year. Also making an appearance on the show alongside Skelley is Paul Braungart, who is a previous sponsor of IFunding. The focus of the show will be the evolution of commercial real estate.

Facebook shows that iFunding facilitates debt and preferred equity fundraising for different types of real estate properties.

Slyce is the leading name in visual search

by WilliamV .

Search engines are probably the most important part of the internet. Without search engines we would not be able to find what we wanted when we wanted it. Everyday when people are looking for a particular product, they must type in the product name and find it on the web. Unfortunately, people often do not know the name of the product they want. This makes finding what you want, when you want it incredibly difficult. The people at Slyce recognized this problem and started working to develop a visual search engine.

Slyce’s team worked together to create an incredibly accurate visual search engine. The company launched in early 2012. At first, people weren’t using Slyce, but over the course of 2012 and 2013, they application grew in popularity. In early 2013, Slyce found a niche. Thousands of companies are trying to get their products in the hands of consumers, but when a consumer sees a product that they do not recognize, they may not be able to find the right store. Slyce launched visual product recognition technology working in conjunction with several major companies. The company continued to grow in popularity for the next four years, and is now the top visual search engine company.

Slyce has constantly attracted investors, which has fueled their growth. In late 2013, the company raised $6 million in funding. They used that money to acquire another visual search company. In 2014, they brought in over $10 million in funding. This ability to attract investors has helped Slyce grow into the company it is today.

The ability to put visual search software on mobile phones will allow visual search to reach new heights. Some analysts even believe that visual search will accomplish what QR codes simply couldn’t. QR codes were meant to make information about your company easy to access, but very few people were willing to open their QR reader for every code. Visual search will be much easier to use, and with Slyce leading the way, it will be easy to navigate.

Visual search technology will change the way we approach shopping and the internet. Slyce is working diligently to produce the visual search engine of the future, and their mobile visual search engine will open up new opportunities for you.

Kevin Seawright New Jersey Business Dynamo

by WilliamV .

Kevin Seawright is heavily involved in the economic development of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark. He is adept and quite knowledgeable in operations and financial administration and has gained a great deal of his expertise as the CFO of the largest Departments of Recreation and Parks in the state of Maryland. Some of his accomplishments while he served as CFO was in the administration of more than $50,000,000.00 dollars in funding from the city, state and federal government while successfully reducing the Department’s budget deficit by over $600,000.00 annually. This stellar record earned him a prestigious Leadership Talent Award and the title of Fiscal Operator of the year.

But none of this success is slowing Kevin down. He is now working with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation to help the youth of Newark secure jobs for the summer of 2016. This Summer Youth Employment Plan has dedicated itself to provide at least six weeks of paid work with the hope that the extra experience will help boost college graduation rates for the youth of Newark. To help get this program moving Kevin is partnering his talents with Newark Works and other esteemed city figures and businessmen to help with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation’s job placement goals. There are also other incentives available to the students that apply. The program will include on the job training skills, empowerment lectures, financial literacy lessons and college readiness programs. All of these well-planned activities are designed with the ultimate goal of supplying the participating students with the skills they will need to be successful students, citizens, and businessmen. Even though this program is not new, this year is the first year that the program applicants are required to apply for acceptance online.

Kevin Seawright has also been extremely busy with his other business ventures. Following his role as CFO of Maryland’s Department of Recreation and Parks he went on to serve a term as the fiscal management leader in education and helped to create streamlined budgets saving the state of Maryland over $200,000,000.00 million dollars annually.

LinkedIn shows that after years of public service, Kevin has only recently transitioned into the private sector taking on various challenges including a director’s role at Tito Contractors Inc. and also serving as Director of Operations at Collington Life Care Community a retirement village and complex.

Shaygan Kheradpir Initiatives to Expand the Growth of Coriant

by WilliamV .

The company is in its third year of providing cloud and data center network services and products. Shaygan Kheradpir was hired by Coriant in September 2015 to continue with strategies in efforts of developing new technology and attracting new customers. According to Light Reading, he worked earlier during the year as an Operating Executive at Marlin Equity Partners, where Pat DiPietro is serving as an Operating Partner. Kheradpir was appointed by the Board Committee to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman; the position previously held by DiPietro.

Since Shaygan Kheradpir obtained the role as CEO, Coriant has introduced networking solutions, including the Groove G30 DCI and Optical Transport Packet. Coriant is headquartered in the United States and has expanded to Munich and Naperville, Germany. The company will continue to create networking solutions for SDN to meet the needs of existing and potential customers.

Shaygan Kheradpir moved to the United States with goals of studying engineering and working for large U.S. corporations. He obtained his BA, MBA, and PhD from Cornell University in engineering. After receiving his engineer certificates, Mr. Kheradpir worked for GTE, Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks. His accomplishments include the creation of the TRANSFORM Program; development of and Integrated Operating Plan; and patents for technology inventions. With nearly 29 years of experience in the technology, financial services, and telecom industries, Kheradpir is recognized as a reputable leader.

During first quarter 2016, Coriant conducted field testing of the Elastic Optical Network in Europe to demonstrate its transmission of rapidness and efficiency. Shaygan Kheradpir is contributing to the company’s growth and creating new solutions to enhance existing networking systems. In the beginning of March 2016, Coriant announced that services and solutions expanded to Asia. Chief Telecom, an Asian provider of IDC services selected the Coriant Multi-Haul Transport System.

Coriant hired Shaygan Kheradpir based on his technology expertise and years of experience as a leader. Mr. Kheradpir has held leadership roles, including executive vice president, chief information officer, chief executive officer, and chief operations & technology officer.

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Hedge Fund Investor Kyle Bass Said His Role In The Bear Stearns Situation Is True

by WilliamV .

There has been a lot of speculation about the role Kyle Bass played in the 2008 financial crash that rocked the world of millions of people. Bass was an executive at Bear Stearns, and in 2006, he told partners in the company that there was going to be a sub-prime mortgage crisis. Most of the partners ignored the warning, and the result is still fresh on the minds of people that lost their jobs, homes and retirement accounts. According to a recent Bass interview with, Bass said he knew the market was going to collapse, and he bet it would happen. He was a Dallas-based Bear Stearns manager at the time, and he bet big and won. Bass became a hedge fund genius from that risky move. But according to Bass, the move wasn’t that risky.

Bass also told that he believed Hilary Clinton was the best candidate for president. Bass has been a supporter of Clinton for years, so that wasn’t a surprise. Bass talked about Trump and his edgy campaign. Trump is echoing the thoughts of millions of Americans and Bass thinks those thoughts are valid. But he thinks Trump is the wrong man for the job. Of course, if Trump is elected hedge fund managers like Bass will have a tough time making money in 2017. But Bass also said that the United States isn’t going to feel the effects of the current Chinese economic meltdown. China is on the verge of an economic and financial disaster, according to billionaire and successful investor George Soros, and he says the world is going to follow China into the arms of a monumental recession. Bass disagrees with that assessment. The chances of the United States falling into a recession similar to the 2008 financial crash is only 40 to 50 percent, according to Bass. That remains to be seen, but if history has anything to do with future results, then Soros is more right than Bass.

Kyle Bass has had his fair share of fame and fortune, but he has also been criticized for some of his investment tactics and choices. The General Motors airbag and the power steering issues that cost several people their lives were clearly manufacturing defects. But Bass took General Motors side and said the victims were to blame. Bass owned a huge chunk of General Motors stock at that time. His investment firm, Hayman Capital Management has billions of assets under management and General Motors was one of them.  President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner turned Argentina into an economic tragedy and four major hedge funds loss billions because of her ineptness.

The Businessman and the Philanthropist

by WilliamV .


Sanjay Shah, founder of Autism Rocks and Solo Capital, was recently interviewed by Eric Dye who hosts the radio show, Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio where potential Entrepreneurs gain business advice, motivation and major event coverage from around the world. Shah’s interview touched on topics such as his founding of Solo Capital, advice to becoming a business owner and his motivation behind starting Autism Rocks and its 2016 charity concert.

Sanjay Shah is a known philanthropist and respected businessman. He is mostly known for starting Autism Rocks in 2014, a charity organization that uses funds raised at its annual concert to aid in researching autism. Autism is a neurological disorder that creates life long developmental disabilities which include difficulties with social relationships and communication skills. Shah founded the charity after his son, Nikhil was diagnosed with the disorder in 2011.

When starting Autism Rocks, Shah says he combined his love of family and music with his entrepreneurial spirit to help fund research for the neurological disorder and raise awareness of it. In April 2016, he will host this year’s concert which will feature performers such as Flo Rida and Tyga. Sanjay Shah has helped open many doors in better understanding autism than ever before thanks to the funds raised from his organization.

Before Founding Autism Rocks, He founded his brokerage firm, Solo Capital in London. His experience with his business helped aid him in his interview where he gave his personal advice on how to own and run a successful business. The advice he gave included not to underestimate the amount of money needed to start the business and not to do all of the work yourself.

Before becoming an accountant, he wanted to a doctor, but decided medicine was not what he wanted to do. So, he got his MBA and an accounting degree and after various jobs decided to start his own and Solo Capital was made.



Sanjay Shah Business Inspiration and Push for Autism Research

by WilliamV .

Sanjay Shah, the founder of Solo Capital and Autism Rocks recently held an interview with Eric Dye on Enterprise Radio; excerpts from the interview were published on Pharmiweb press release. The Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio show offers a great platform for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs to get business advice from respectable entrepreneurs. During the interview, which was held in early April, Shah talked about various issues, including the creation of Solo Capital, the motivation behind Autism Rocks and personal advice to entrepreneurs.

Shah’s advice to entrepreneur planning to start a business is to be careful not to underestimate the amount of capital they need for business. He also advises entrepreneurs to eliminate the assumption that they can do everything by themselves. Shah established Solo Capital in September 2011. His idea to start Autism Rocks, a charity organization dedicated to autism research was inspired by his son Nikhil, who was diagnosed with the neurological disorder. Through Autism Rocks, Shah has managed to combine his love for family and passion for music with his entrepreneurial spirit to fund research and spearhead autism awareness.

About Sanjay Shah
Sanjay Shah is a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder of Solo Capital Partners and Autism Rocks charity organization. According to information site, Sanjay Shah founded Solo Capital after he lost his accounting job in 2008, as a result of the global financial crisis that began in 2008. He previously worked for leading global financial firms such as Merrill Lynch, Stanley Morgan and Credit Suisse. Prior to pursuing his accounting and business career, Shah began by studying medicine.

Over the years, Shah has used his entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge to start a string of successful companies around the world. On the philanthropic front, Shah established the charity organization Autism Rocks in 2014. He began his philanthropic work by providing hospital transport to autistic children in Dubai.

Brad Reifler Keen on Investing on the 99 Percent Majority

by WilliamV .

Brad Reifler has been working in the financial world since 1982 and has grown to have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector. The founder and current CEO of Forefront Capital Group has offered five tips that can be used by all investors when making safe investments.

Reifler’s 5 Tips for Safe Investing

1. Investors should be careful about how they make their investments. They ought to consider risks, expenses and charges. They should also create personal investment goals and take inventory of their assets.

2. One ought to be concerned about their money’s safety.

3. Refrain from investing all their money in the stock market.

4. Find a trustworthy manager. This allows one to put their trust in them.

5. Have key objectives and goals for investing in the first place. This allows one to be careful about their investments and evaluate performance.

Investing for the 99 Percent

Reifler has long advocated for the majority of Americans that earn low income but want to invest their money well. However the investment environment in the country is rigged to favor the minority one percent that strategize and invest well in hedge funds, commodity funds and public funds. While diversification is a good investment strategy it is normally reserved for the rich.

In an article about Forefront, Yahoo Finance reported Reifler was instigated to start providing investment solutions for the majority of low net worth individuals when his own father-in-law gave him his life’s savings to invest.

The Securities and Exchange Commission currently uses strict investing rules that were formulated 32 years ago. They favor high net worth investors over others even as calls to reevaluate these laws continue to be made. Reifler believes that if the majority of the middle and low net worth Americans were allowed to invest freely, then they stood a chance to steadily grow their wealth.  Follow Reifler’s journey to make things right on his website.

A First-hand Account with WEN by Chaz Dean

by WilliamV .


I am sure many of you have seen the advertisements for WEN hair by Chaz Dean and wondered if it really works as well as the manufacturer claims. If you have, you are not alone. Emily McClure, freelance beauty blogger, gave the hair treatment a trial-run and posted her results on Here is a recap of what Mrs. McClure discovered about the product WEN hair.

During the 7-day period, the review initially gave mixed feelings. However, after the trial period, Wen hair proved that it does in fact help improve your hair. While the results might not be immediately noticeable, the authors’ hair did appear to have more bounce and shine than it did before using WEN.

If you are not familiar with the product Wen hair, it is an all-in-on hair treatment and maintenance product that replaces your normal shampoo, conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner and deep conditioner.

WEN is available in either a basic kit or a deluxe kit. The Sephora basic kits will run you just under $30 and comes with a bottle of Wen Hair Fig

If you would like to read the full article on Emily McClure’s experience, click here.