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Pipelining Promise

Entrepreneurs are often times committed to what they are doing, yet the costs of proceeding, and especially proceeding alone, is onerous and cracks many a business owner. The path to success is riddled with the carnage of those who have gone before. There are so many new and exciting ways to find resources, from crowdfunding options, to internet-based investors looking to support a good idea, that the world is benefiting, at-large, from a major pipeline of developing grass-roots innovators. Mike Baur, entrepreneur and owner of the Swiss Startup Factory, has felt the pain of every step of developing a business, and he made it through. His entire focus now is to pass on what he has found to others who are struggling to find their way to get attention and assistance in growing their business.

Mr. Baur has created a platform, run by a professional execution team, that will assist each entrepreneur, guiding them down a path of successive attempts at reaching lofty goals, while all the while testing their ambition and commitment to their plans. Mike Baur, growing up in the Fribourg area of Switzerland, was surrounded by one of the most venerated financial capitals of the world as he was growing up. We might not ever know if geography had much to do with his interests, but he did develop a seemingly geographically-congruent fascination with banking and finance as a young man. Capitalizing on this interest, he made his passion his career.

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Together with 2 partners, and at the age of 39, Mr. Baur began the Startup Factory, which is considered to be the only independent, and privately-financed business accelerator in Switzerland. Having received his MBA from the University of Rochester in New York, and an Executive MBA from University of Bern, he does spend time with youth through an entrepreneur development program, mentoring them along the way.

The Swiss Startup Factory ultimately wishes to find companies that want to disrupt business norms, and that want to create ambitious new products and business models, with the eventual idea of having a global impact on changing how things are done. A company with a focus on being the place where “innovation meets execution,” in addition to their startup accelerator, they also have a business idea summit, held this year in Luzern, as well as providing those in their program co-working space options and accounting support services. Most people accepted into their program likely count themselves quite fortunate, as they are essentially being offered a rock-solid path to success, and are being taught the tools to use in varying situations so as to continue succeeding.

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Laidlaw & Company Fixed My Investment Issues Quickly


I never seemed to be making the kind of money I wanted on my investments, and I often wondered how I was ever going to make any money investing. It seemed like I was going nowhere, and then I just decided on day that I had to make a change. I made a change by going to Laidlaw & Company, and I got in touch with Matthew Eitner about how his company works. He let me talk to one of his best brokers, and the broker was there to find out what has been going on with my investments.

James Ahern at Laidlaw & Company helped me make sure that I had an idea of why I was investing, what I should be investing in and what the purpose of every investment was. He quizzed me on the things that I wanted to get out of my investments, and he made sure that he recommended investments that were in line with what I wanted to do. He picked companies that he thought would interest me, and he always asked me more questions about the things I liked about business and investing.

I still have a lot to learn, but Matthew Eitner at Laidlaw & Company helped me make sure that I have a good understanding of my own investments. I am trying to make money from all these things, and the only way to make enough money is to have a good broker. I gave up my bad broker for the people at Laidlaw & Company, and I could not be happier. I am happy to share all the things that interest me most with my broker, and I love that my broker turns all that information into something that will produce an income for me every week or month.

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The Healthy Products Created By Bernardo Chua

Organo Gold is a company that offers various products that are a necessity in a day to day routine and also have multiple health benefits that have improved the lives of millions. Organo Gold was founded in 2008 by Bernardo Chua and has since then grown to be a multi million dollar company that has been able to welcome anyone into the Organo Gold family. Bernardo Chua is a well respected businessman in the direct sales industry and has used Organo Gold to further his success and to offer individuals with a chance to save money and learn about the importance of healthy living. Organo Gold’s headquarters in Vancouver has enabled the company to further grow on all continents and to become the number one choice of millions all around the world.

Organo Gold is a company that was founded in 2008 with under the premise of incorporating a special ingredient into the products sold through the company. This special ingredient is Ganoderma and has been traced back to being used as a health remedy in ancient Chinese medicine. This particular herb was discovered by Bernardo Chua during his many travels to find to products from abroad. As a Filipino businessman, Bernardo Chua understands poverty and hopes that his products that are sold at Organo Gold will continue proving lives. In 2015, Bernardo Chua was proud to announce on Facebook the company’s involvement in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight that took place in the Summer of 2015.

Ganoderma is a product that became incorporated with Organo Gold as it has been proven to have many health benefits. Some of the health benefits that Ganoderma provides includes reduced stress, an increase in weight loss, as well as an improved sleep cycle. All of these benefits have been noticed by consumers which has increased the total sales of the product. Bernardo Chua has not only created a product that is delicious, but has also created a product that makes individuals feel better. Organ Gold, though only eight years old, has become the 55th largest direct sales company in the world and has plans to continue growing.  Bernardo continues to win awards, and his list of credentials continues to grow.

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Relmada has Questions About Laidlaw Practices

Relmada files a motion to amendment the lawsuit they have against Laidlaw and Company in the Nevada district court. If granted, the motion allows Relmada to add claims to the lawsuit already in play. The original suit is a breach of fiduciary duty. The case states that Laidlaw breached contract and caused damages by disseminating confidential information while working with the company. The information is believed to be acquired through run of the mill business interaction between client and customer. Relmada now seeks compensation from the costs of responding to the Laidlaw’s misleading and damaging actions. Relmada points to the courts previous ruling that temporarily restrains Laidlaw, Matthew Eitner and James Ahern. Relmada seeks compensation from past damages and protection from future wrong doings from Laidlaw.

Relmada Therapeutics Files Amended Complaint Against Laidlaw and Its Principals, Matthew Eitner and James Ahern

Relmada seems very upset about the whole thing and even mentions the suit in their letter to their stockholders. The whole legal back and forth is a bit of a surprise for both companies as their relationship is a long standing one. The relationship appears to be smooth until Relmada asks Laidlaw to attract more investors. This happens about the same time as Relmada becomes a public traded company. The problem comes from Laidlaw’s technique in drumming up business. The big idea is for Laidlaw to perform road shows to attract potential investors. Relmada is unhappy with the presentation and handling of the project.

To see if the problem can be settled out of court, the establishments meet with newly appointed Eitner and Ahern discussing options with Relmada CEO. Eitner and James Ahern have the idea that they need the power to appoint majority members to Relmada’s Board of Directors. Afterward, they launch a contest to attract new members. This angers Relmada and they take Laidlaw to court.

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Billionaire Dick DeVos Is A Bigtime Educational Supporter

Dick DeVos founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public chartering school. Opening its doors for the first time in 2010, DeVos received his inspiration and encouragement from his wife to start the company in Michigan. The aviation academy is dedicated to helping further education, which is why it’s a completely tuition free high school that is located within the land surrounding the Gerald R. Ford Airport.

The first year the school was open, it welcomed more than 80 students. The buildings the school used for its original classrooms were giant 25,000 square foot offices that were already on the airport grounds. In a couple years, more than 200 students, including freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were relocated to a new and larger building for space. Since first launching, the school has grown and expanded their curriculum and aviation programs as well as the overall quality of the school. West Michigan Aviation Academy’s most recent building is roughly 42,000 square feet and has allowed them to teach more than 500 student in a comfortable space.

The overall goal for the school is to offer a quality and complete education program that has a focus on aviation. The school hopes to prepare all of its students for any opportunities and a better chance at a college education. With a no D policy, West Michigan Aviation Academy has high academic expectations for every student as well as high standards for good behavior. The tuition free school accepts the diversity of all students and offers opportunities to be engaged in citizenship programs locally and nationally.

The billionaire, Dick DeVos, was born in 1955. DeVos has been a member for a long time at the Michigan Board of Education and not only did he create the West Michigan Aviation Academy, he also founded and leads as President of the Windquest Group.

Dick DeVos has been long devoted to fixing up the surrounding areas of Grand Rapids, alongside his professional interests. He and his wife build inspiration for each other and are dedicated to supporting all causes for better education. The two have shown their passion through their work and by donating to the educational cause.

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A Look At Entrepreneur, Philanthropist And Author, Eric Pulier

Eric Pulier was an entrepreneur from a young age. Raised in Teacneck, New Jersey, he began programming computers in the fourth grade, leading him to open a database computer company in high school. By the time he graduated magna cum laude at Harvard University in 1988 he’d also established a firm education in English and American literature, supplemented by taking additional classes at MIT.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1991 he founded People Doing Things (PDT), a company that made use of modern technology to address health care, education and other vital issues.

That was just the beginning. Eager to continue giving and creating, Eric Pulier went on to found, co-found or fund an almost countless number of other ventures. These include Starbright World, a private social networking website created in 1995 for chronically ill children where they could find community, the interactive agency Digital Evolution, Akana, Desktone and more. By 1997 Pulier had taken his desires all the way to the top, becoming a member of then-Vice President Al Gore’s technology and healthcare forum where he could advise on issues important to him.

Pulier’s continuing philanthropy can’t be ignored. He is a donor to many non-profit organizations, as well as sitting on the boards of several charitable foundations including The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp in California for seriously ill children, and The X-Prize, a competition to solve some of humanities greatest technological challenges. He also lends his knowledge on many subjects, including technology, business, and enterprising, in his published works. See:

Today he continues invest, found, fund and give while he raises his four children in Los Angeles, California.

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DIVERSANT, Provide IT Staffing Solutions That Covers Clients’ Needs Wholesomely

Customer satisfaction and excellent client services must be at the heart of any business operations that intend to succeed in the modern world. This has been demonstrated by DIVERSANT, a specialized IT staffing solution provider that has set a distinguished record in meeting clients demand. DIVERSANT has made a name for itself among the Fortune 500 companies, mid-market companies, and business community as the leading IT staffing solution provider.

Treating clients as a true business partner, coupled with transformative ideas and methodology while approaching clients IT staffing needs has been the hallmark of DIVERSANT success. The firm has unique abilities to provide diversified and innovative solutions that are geared toward customized needs for each client. This has enabled the firm to provide IT staffing solutions that cover clients’ needs wholesomely.

As the result, DIVERSANT has emerged as the leading IT staffing solution provider in the Unite State. In particular, DIVERSANT has position itself as the destination for any Staff augmentation and direct hiring related to IT industry. The firm feature experienced teams that offer services that cut across the broad field in the IT industry.

DIVERSANT co-founder and the Principal, John Goullet, is an expert IT entrepreneur who has led many highly successful ventures in the IT industry. Goullet has been working in the information technology sector throughout his career. He started as an IT consultant, where he earned a notable success. In 1994, he switched to IT staffing where he has been working to date. With more than 20 years experience in both side of IT hiring process, he clearly understands the challenges that face both hiring managers and IT professionals looking for jobs.

What set Goullet apart in the industry is his unique approach to providing IT staffing solutions. He does not believe in altering resumes to impress hiring company. He believes in finding the company that matches IT professionals’ interests. Further, his approach involves a unique vetting methodology that is based on personality, skills, ability, and personal preferences. This has enabled many IT professionals not just to get a job but get the right job. Goullet is the founder of Info Technologies that merged with Diversant Inc and formed DIVERSANT LLC.

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James Dondero Interested In Other Investment Opportunities In Argentina Other Than The Sovereign Bond.

As Argentina prepares to issue the next international bond markets, the company can count of Highland Capital Management as one of the buyers of the bond. Argentina is expected to raise almost $12 billion from international investors to repay its debt to its creditors starting with Paul Singer. With reports of Highland Capital Management preparing to buy some of the debt, some of the creditors have expressed interest in the bond and could opt to buy more debt to the renewed confidence of the current Argentina’s President.

President Mauricio Macri has taken bold steps to regain market access and reverse the past policies of his predecessor Cristina Fernandez Kirchner when he assumed office last year in December. Before President Macri, the country was shut out of the global markets due to the record $95 billion default in 2001. The country was unable to repay the loan o its creditors after there was yet another cessation of payments in July 2014 when the former President Fernandez ignored the U.S. court orders to settle what the country owed to its creditors.

Highland Capital Management will be one of the biggest winners when the U.S. District Judge lifts the ban which prevented the country from paying its restructured debt. Highland Capital Management bought the 2033 bonds in June 2014 when they were issued in the mid-70s. According to the President and co-founder of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, Highland earned close to 20 percent in returns of the Argentina bonds in June 2014 which helped the economy of Argentina to offset the losses from the investments in the energy sector.

Reforms that are currently being implemented indicate that the country is headed in the right direction. According to him, Argentina is a resource rich country shrinking their production and using their foreign reserves. As the country continues to implement reforms, Dondero thinks he will continue pursuing investment opportunities in the country beyond the current sovereign debt. You can follow James Dondero on Twitter and like him on Facebook or check his profile on LinkedIn.

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Laidlaw & Company Showed Me The Light For Investing

Laidlaw and Company was the first place I ever felt like I was not overwhelmed when I was investing. I was afraid of it because I did not want to feel stupid, and I was so happy to learn that I could go to a place like Laidlaw & Company and get the help that I needed. They are a really great boutique that knows how people feel when they come in the first time with money and no idea what to do with it. I was really meek because I was so scared, and my broker got me out of my shell.

James Ahern Laidlaw got me to a place where I was able to start investing my money in a way that worked best for everyone. I was able to make choices on my own because I was learning, and I got a lot of confidence from my broker every time I made a good decision. My broker also helped me not make bad decisions, and he showed me that I was able to get the investing done to actually make money.

I used to hate the fact that I was not making any money from the investments that I wanted to make, and I immediately started seeing results when I came to Laidlaw & Company. They helped me get over my fear, and they showed me that I would be able to have a real income from investing if that is what I wanted. I have been over their website a few times trying to decide what the next best thing to do is, and I think I am going to have to keep investing until it is my full time job. I know that Laidlaw & Company will help me, and I will always have Matthew Eitner by my side.

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Sanjay Shah Speaks About His Philanthropy

In an article posted recently on PR Newswire Sanjay Shah, the founder of Solar Capital and autism rocks discusses his platform for business and his passion for being involved with autism awareness and his Autism Rocks. Currently residing in Dubai Sanjay Shah was recently interviewed along with Eric die for entrepreneurial podcast networks Enterprise radio. Autism rocks is a charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for autism. He was inspired after his son Nikhil was diagnosed with the neurological disorder Autism. Propelled by the need to further research and awareness of autism and his passion for music he was able to create the hugely successful Autism Rocks concert series. Big names in entertainment such as Tyga, Flowrider, Lenny Kravitz, and Michael Buble have performed for the benefit concert. Sanjay’s smart business sense was well used when creating and promoting this live concert series. People all over the world are clamoring to attend these star-studded concert events.

Sanjay Shah was able to successfully propel his business Solo Capital to great success.Within a few short years Sanjay Shah had made millions of dollars and continued to pull in million of dollars in profit annually. Solo Capital is based in London England. Sanjay Shah became wildly successful with the creation of Solo Capital, which is a fund Management & Investment Company. After a stint as a banker. He decided to create his own business when the market began to crash and work scarce. Sanjay Shah created Autism Rocks in 2014. He uses the funds phrased from the benefit concert to further research and development in treatments related to autism.

Sanjay Shah was born in September of 1970. He lived in London most of his life but decided after visiting Dubai to settle there permanently. He is partially retired at this stage of his life. He feels like he found success and treats business as a pass time rather than a full-time job. He enjoys spending time with his family and devotes a great deal of his time promoting and growing his philanthropy for autism.


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