Billy McFarland- Tech Entrepreneur and college dropout

Accrding to The Guardian, Billy McFarland was 23 years old when he founded Magnises. Magnises has grown to become a social club which allows members to get access to events through their black cards. The monetary benefits that come with the card have been appealing and beneficial to many.

The card can be linked to one’s credit cards for the purpose of making payments. Card holders get several offers such as discounts to pubs, hotels, clubs, and concerts.

Magnises has made various business agreements to companies located in New York City. The company has made agreements with La Esquina, Goldbar, Cyc Clubs and Catch. People with the card receive discounts when they visit these business places.

To become a part of the Magnises program, you have to apply through the company’s main website. You have to give basic details such as your address and additional information. Site administrators judge the information you provide and decide whether you are eligible to join the community. Any millennial under the age of thirty-five should qualify for the Magnises card.

When the company approves your request, you have to pay the annual fee to access the black card. The black card gives you an identity as a member of the Magnises community. You can link the black card to your credit or debit card.

This way, you can access all financial services through the new Magnises card. There is an additional app that allows you to see several places you can get discounts with the Magnises card. The card has become one of the best ways that millennials can network for business and social purposes.

According to Billy McFarland, he is happy with the success of the Magnises Black Card. However, he knows his main competitor is the American Express. The company plans to beat its competitors by providing a card that targets millennials exclusively. Millennials prefer something community-based and local. Magnises has been hosting several networking events and has had other companies sponsor parties for members.

Businesses that want to advertise with Magnises can do so by sending push notifications to the company’s application. 70 percent of revenues by Magnises comes from membership fees. The other amount comes from event partnerships and advertising.

 

Mike Baur Excels At Business Startups

The internet has changed the way many business people think about the business world. The concept of starting and operating a business has changed because the internet has changed the business world. With the popularity of the internet and the move towards conducting a significant amount of business on the internet, the business world has become a digital world.

 

Almost anything that people want to do can be done entirely or in part on the internet. People pay bills, shop, communicate with friends, work, go to class, watch movies, and many other things right on the internet. The move towards a digital business world has allowed many people to start companies exclusively on the internet or conduct a large portion of the business operations on the internet by using company websites.

 

The capabilities that the internet provides with ecommerce gives companies the ability to offer all the services that can be offered at any brick and mortar company location. However, using the internet, companies have many advantageous that are not possible in a brick and mortar location. The internet allows companies to become global through company websites. Communication and business can be done with any person located anywhere in the world.

 

One of the business professionals who is taking the opportunity to utilize the internet for business purposes is Mike Baur. As a business professional with over 20 years of business experience, Mike Baur has gained a lot of business experience with a large portion coming in the banking industry.

 

In 2014, Mike Baur ventured out on his own from the private banking arena that he had worked in for over two decades to start the Swiss Startup Factory with two partners. The company is currently one of the best privately financed startups in Switzerland. The company is making a great impression in the Swiss business community.

 

The company provides a variety of services targeted towards digital entrepreneurs. The company works with digital entrepreneurs through a three month accelerator program that helps the participants learn how to become successful business professionals in the digital business world.

 

Mike Baur is a vital part of the Swiss Startup Factory team. With a wealth of business experience in the banking industry, Mike Baur is able to provide valuable assistance to business professionals who come to the Swiss Startup Factory for coaching, mentoring, and other related services.

Don Ressler The Online Fashion Investor

Don Ressler, the co-founder of the famous online store JustFabulous, has achieved immense success in his career. Don Ressler and his co-founder Adam Goldenberg met at Intermix where they had both sold their startup businesses. Don Ressler had sold a fitness start-up named FitnessHeaven.com in 2001.

They worked together at Intermix e-commerce division where they formed Alena Media. Alena Media was extremely successful generating vital revenue for the company. This is probably where they learned the secrets of a successful online business. Intermix was later sold to News Corp in 2005. The performance went down, and the two friends opted out. After resigning at Intermix in 2006, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler founded Intelligent Beauty, which would later give birth to the following amazing companies below.

Don Ressler’s Successful Co-Investments

• Dermstore – An e-commerce website is dealing with health and beauty with a specific interest in cosmetics and skincare.

• Sensa – A company dealing with weight-loss launched two years later. They collaborated with Dr. Alan Hirsch for the medical knowledge support.

• JustFabulous – An online fashion store that is subscription oriented.

The above three companies made them super rich with an annual turnover of more than $250 million.

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About JustFabulous

The company was launched in March 2010. In slightly more than a year, JustFabulous was making over $3 million monthly revenue with over 2.5 million members. That was a tremendous growth!However, to increase their product line, JustFabulous accepted funding from Matrix Partners worth $33 million in 2011. As a result, in September that year, they ushered Kimora Lee Simmons as the new President and Creative Director. That accelerated the company’s subscriptions to over 4 million members by December. Barely three months later. By April 2012, the store was way above 6 million subscribers. In June, the co-founders decided to secure $76 million funding from Matrix Partners, Rho Ventures, Intelligent Beauty and Crossover Ventures.

Seeing that online venture was paying off quite well, the co-founders bought a children’s fashion store. Fabkids was born on 18th Jan 2013. In May the same year, they acquired The Fab Shoes, a European-based fashion e-commerce site. October the same year, in collaboration with Kate Hudson, JustFab launched Fabletics, a site dedicated to athletic wear.

With these and many other online stores started, JustFab opened an offline shop in September 2013. Business boomed, and that saw them acquiring more funding to attain a total capitalization of $250 million.

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The Increasing Popularity of Kabbalism

Deep inside the Jewish religious practice is an inner wisdom, commonly referred to as Kabbalah or the soul of Judaism. A branch of Jewish mystical teachings, Kabbalah is mainly based on cryptic interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The practice is believed to have originated in the 13th century and reached the peak of its influence in the later middle ages.

Part of Kabbalistic teachings are written in Zohar, a collection Torah commentaries penned to provide guidance to people who have attained exceptional spiritual degrees. Generally, Kabbalistic teachings, especially by oculists and mystics are considerably distorted making Kabbalah a vilely misunderstood practice today.

The Kabbalah center

Established by Rabbi Philip Berg and Karen Berg (his wife) in 1984, Kabbalah center is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize the Kabbalah practice among Jews and non-Jews. The center is located in Los Angeles, California and offers Kabbalistic teachings and guidance to its followers around the globe.

Previously, the traditional Rabbis believed that Kabbalah teachings were only meant for devout followers—mostly males aged 40 years and above—due to the presumed complex nature of the practice. However, Kabbalah Center has changed this notion: the center offers teachings to anybody who is interested in the practice and uses an open approach that does not even require knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew texts as a prerequisite for Kabbalistic teachings mastery. The center puts a lot of emphasis on volunteering as it is the main foundation upon which it’s founded.

Celebrity Followers
A number of celebrities have been associated with Kabbalism. Madonna, Heather McComb, Ariana Grande, Ashton Kutcher, and Elizabeth Taylor are all ardent followers of Kabbalism. Other celebrities who are alleged to have been at some point associated with Kabbalah center include Alex Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Antony Kiedis, Kyle Richards, Roseanne Barr, and Jerry Hall among others.

Bottom Line
The popularity of Kabbalism continues to grow and has lately caught the attention of various scholars, including the likes of Judy Myers, who’s currently writing about the practice in a bid to demystify some of the myths associated with it. Although the practice is still quite controversial, it is increasingly becoming so widespread around the globe.

Bruce Levenson and the Pursuit of Business Ethics

Bruce Levenson is an American businessman that has been able to enjoy great success within the sports entertainment industry. Namely, Levenson was the former owner of the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks. With only thirty professional basketball teams within the Association, Levenson’s achievement of heading the Hawks is sometimes understated when some review his career history. However, the ownership of a multi-million dollar professional basketball team can sometimes lead one to pursue legal action for what is right, as Levenson found out in September of this year.

Under the direction of Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson, the former ownership entity of the Atlanta Hawks filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Insurance Company in the Superior Court of Fulton County. The group led by Levenson, formerly named the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC – AHBE, charged the insurance company with breach of contract in regards to the dealings of the settlement of claims made by one-time Hawk manager Danny Ferry.

Bruce Levenson is no novice when it comes to business ownership. Before he owned the Atlanta Hawks, he co-founded conglomerate United Communications Group. Since February of 2015, he served as a Director of TechTarget, Inc. Additionally, Levenson successfully guided the “I Have a Dream Foundation” as President of this Washington-based foundation.

The Successful Journey of Vijay Eswaran, the Founder of QI Group

Vijay Eswaran is a leading Asian businessman, philanthropist, author, and speaker on business forums. He is the founder and the current Executive Chairman of the QI Group. Mr. Eswaran acquired a socio-economic degree from London School of Economics in 1984. After graduating, Mr. Eswaran remained in Europe and held several odd jobs such as cab driver, working in the construction sites, and picking grapes in France. In his stay in the United Kingdom, Vijay Eswaran developed interests in binary system marketing which marked the beginning of his career in business. He received professional training from CIMA in the United Kingdom. After that, Vijay Eswaran pursued his Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.

Career Information

During his masters’ studies, Vijay Eswaran worked part time in the multilevel marketing sector at Synaptics. He later moved to Malaysia where he helped the Cosway Group in establishing their multilevel marketing business in the Philippines. Mr. Eswaran has worked with various leading companies such as IBM. In 1998, he returned to Asia where he founded the QI Group of Companies.

QI Group

QI Group is a parent company to several other businesses in 30 different countries. The e-commerce based company has subsidiaries in various industries such as education, luxury, and collectibles, retail, training and conferencing, real estate and property development, as well as telecommunications. The Hong Kong-based company has other regional offices in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. The company registered annual revenue of $750 million in 2014 financial year.

Motivation

Vijay Eswaran is a renowned motivational speaker in the universities, workshops, business, and leadership forums on the topics related to spirituality and business. He has been a speaker in international business forums such as the Commonwealth Business Forum and the World Economic Forum. He also shares his knowledge in business in his books which include “Two Minutes From The Abyss,” “As I See It,” and the “18 Stepping Stones.” Other books that he has authored include “On The Wings Of Thought,” In The Thinking Zone,” and “In the Sphere of Silence.” Vijay Eswaran also supports different causes in special education, children mentorship, as well as women and youth empowerment.

Fullcycle’s New COO, Sam Tabar

Sam Tabar first attended Oxford University where he majored in Jurisprudence. He graduated from there, with honors, in 2000. After graduating, he then attended Columbia Law School where he obtained his Law degree and he is a memeber of the New York State Bar. He is fluent in different languages, among those are Japanese and French. After graduating law school in 2001, he began working with well-known law firm,Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP.

He was employed by Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors in 2004 and was ultimately appointed to the position of Managing Director & Co-Head of Business Development. While there, he managed a $2 billion hedge fund. In 2011, he began working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was the Head of Capital Strategy. This meant he managed financial strategy for the company not only in New York but also Hong Kong. After working with Bank of America,Sam Tabar also worked as as attorney for Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a senio. He is also currently the CFO for Awearable Apparel.

Sam Tabar’s latest venture has him accepting a position with Fullcycle Fund as the new COO. Mr. Tabar will be using his financial expertise to help the company achieve their goal.Fullcycle was founded in 2013 by people who saw the need to convert municipal wasted into green energy. Fullcycle Fund is now focusing on using only enviromentally friendly fuel as well as lowering fuel costs. Gasification technology is used to produce this cleaner fuel. This technology lowers greenhouse gasses thus benefiting the entire world.