Richard Liu Qiangdong is the founder and CEO of JD.com, the largest retailer in China. Liu was born in Jiangsu province of China, and his parents owned a small coal shipping business. He attended the People’s University of China and graduated with a degree in sociology. He taught himself computer coding and other computer science disciplines and secured employment with Japan Life as a director of computers after graduation. He worked with Japan Life until 1998 when he left to start his own computer accessories business. Even as he concentrated on selling computer accessories, Richard Liu was determined to come up with easy methods of transacting, obtaining better customer service methods and utilizing technology in streamlining the operations of the business.
Although he faced competition in this business, Richard Liu Qiangdong managed to set himself apart from the rest by selling genuine products. China’s e-commerce industry had a negative reputation over price cheating and fake items. Richard Liu Qiangdong recognized the problem and decided to come up with a solution. He earned trust and loyalty from customers who relied on his business for authentic and high-quality products at the right price. In a span of five years, Richard Liu had managed to open up 12 physical stores in different parts of Beijing. In 2003, there was a SARS outbreak that creating a huge shift in the retail business environment. Many small businesses including that of Richard Liu suffered greatly. However, Liu was quick to realize that there was a change in customers’ behavior and moved quickly to embrace e-commerce as the exclusive mode of doing business.
In two years, Richard Liu Qiangdong closed to the physical stores and embarked on online business only. Since 2004, Liu has been building JD.com. Today, it is listed among NASDAQ-100 and Fortune Global 500. When the company launched its IPO in 2014, its stock value increased by 15 percent. It has attracted numerous stakeholders such as Google. The company is currently expanding to other locations in Asia and Europe. As the founder of this company, Richard Liu is committed to making the e-commerce industry even more effective by applying innovative technologies that will address the pertinent challenges that consumers face. Already JD.com is using drones to deliver products to its customers in the fastest time possible.
Residing in the State of Colorado with residence in the city of Denver. Deirdre Baggot is considered one of the healthcare industries most respected and renowned executives. With a PhD in philosophy from the University of Denver, Colorado. A master’s in business administration and management, a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), and a certificate from the Wharton School in Health Care leadership. Learn more about her career in healthcare on CrunchBase
Deirdre Baggot began her business career in 1997 in Chicago IL as a resource coordinator, staff nurse a manager of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital up until 2003. After concluding her work with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she continued as an Administrative Manager and Business Analyst in the University of Michigan Health System in the city of Ann Arbor, MI from 2003 to 2006. The Cardiac and Vascular Institute, SCL Health, hired Deirdre Baggot as the Senior Administrator in 2006. She continued with this nonprofit healthcare organization until 2010. SCL is a $2.6 billion health network with 8 hospitals and over 18,000 employees. By the year 2010 she was named Senior Vice President of the healthcare payment innovation practice leader of GE Healthcare Partners, located in Los Angeles, California. By 2016 she became Partner in ECG Management Consultants in the Greater Denver Area in Colorado. Bye January 2018 Deirdre created The Group; a consulting company that centers on bundled payments and alternative payment models. She has led as President of the consulting practice focused on bundle payments and payment innovation.
As a healthcare business strategist Baggot has help generate over $5 million in annual revenue for two healthcare advisory firms since her beginning in January 2018. Deirdre’s results are the best in the industry, reducing cost and improving quality and patient experience. She is frequently asked to be a speaker in relation to the acute care episode bundled payment demonstration.
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Equities First Holdings (EFH) was able to bring few financial options to the people of the United Kingdom in 2012. Financial advice and equity-loan were the options provided to the people, and the results were great. EFH was able to produce nearly 700 transactions. The positive performance was great for a new market, and it provided EFH some feedback to some expectations of expansion to other worldwide locations. EFH is in Australia and China along with few other locations around the world. EFH was able to announce a 15-year anniversary and how the corporation was able to generate nearly a $1 billion in customer transactions. and they have used over $1 billion dollars for their customers. There are many clients who turned to EFH after a traditional bank did not grant approval for a traditional loan. The use of an equity-loan allowed the people to use stock at collateral. Stocks are normally not acceptable form of collateral when applying for a traditional loan. Equity-loan has a better approval rate than most traditional loans.
Octavio de Lazari was recently nominated to serve as the CEO of Bradesco bank. He is taking the place of Trabuco Bradesco who was given another role of serving as the chairman of the leading financial institution last year. The move to nominate Lazari to the position of the chief executive officer of the firm was instituted after it was approved by the board of directors along with other aspects that contributed to him being considered as the suitable candidate. Learn more about Trabuco Bradesco at bloomberg.com.
Before he was chosen for this post, Lazari served as the president of Bradesco Seguros, a branch that handles the banking and insurance department of the Bradesco banks. Octavio started serving the firm at the age of 15 at a branch of the bank that was in the proximity of where he loved. He began serving at some of the base posts of the firm and struggled to climb to the top position of the department he served. He was appointed to serve as the CEO of Bradesco Seguros, and now he is assuming the position of the president of Bradesco.
The changes in the management of the company began as a result of the retirement of their chairman, and this made Trabuco Bradesco the chairman of the firm. Nevertheless, having him in this position will make his former post vacant, but until the new CEO is instated, Trabuco will be performing the two roles, as the chairman and CEO of the company. Trabuco Bradesco has the same past with Lazari in regards to the professional development. Even Trabuco began his profession at the company by working as a clerk when he graduated. He envisioned an objective of making a great name for himself. For this reason, he worked hard to climb up to the highest ranks in the company. Read more at Ultimo Segundo about Trabuco Bradesco.
He served at numerous posts before he was given an opportunity to lead Bradesco Seguros, and later he was appointed to lead the company as the president and now is working as the chairman of Bradesco bank. Trabuco Bradesco has played a key role in the growth of that the bank has been experiencing over the years.
The Gazette Day recently published Lisa Matthew’s article “A Century of Innovation at OSI Group” discussing OSI Industries growth over the course of a century. The company was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a German-Immigrant who lived in Chicago, Illinois. It started as a single meat market with one butcher and grew to more than 65 locations in 17 different countries. It currently has more than 20,000 employees. Kolschowsky brought his sons into the business and became one of the first suppliers of ground beef to McDonald’s after Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the restaurant in 1940.
OSI industries quickly grew over the next two decades and improved on the food processing techniques to produces consistent but affordable products. It became even more important that the food was capable of being transported over large distances as McDonald’s began to grow. In the ‘60’s, an innovation in technology allowed foods to become processed in the “flash freezing” process that froze food by using liquid nitrogen. This reduced cost while also created room for product expansion. Soon Otto and Sons became one of the main suppliers for McDonald’s and opened their own plant created specifically to provide McDonald’s with meat.
In 1971, the company transitioned from Otto and Sons to OSI industries, indicating the change from a family owned butcher shop to the advanced company that had grown to the scale of a manufacturer. The next several decades saw the company grow on an international level. It quickly grew to markets in Germany and Spain. Sheldon Lavin became the chairman and CEO of the company in the early 1980’s and continued into a high-growth phase. It was able to grow beyond McDonald’s and into one of the largest companies in the U.S. It was listed as the 58th largest company by Forbes in 2016 with sales nearing $6.1 billion. It is currently expanding into more international markets, creating joint ventures with companies in Poland, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil and Austria. It has begun to diversify the products as well, adding pizza, sausage links, and hamburgers to the list. It has also added joint ventures with companies like JC Comsa in Japan and OJC foods in China.
OSI Industries was also discussed in the satPRnews article by Abhishek Budholiya called “Fresh Processed Meat Products Market Expecting Worldwide Growth by 2026”. The article discusses the improved technological advances in preserving meat which has created a counter culture that demands fresh meat. OSI Group buys former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago
Sahm Adrangi is a 33-year-old Chief Investment Officer who comes from New York City. Between 1999 to 2003 he was a student at Yale University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is the current Chief Investment Officer and founder of the Kerrisdale Capital Management firm since April 2009.
Sahm Adrangi was initially working with Longacre Fund Management as an investment analyst from April 2007 to February 2009 before the creation of the Kerrisdale Capital Management. Longacre, a private venture association with $1.2 billion resources under administration as from December 31, 2008, allotted over a flagship debt credit and equity fund in the United States and also Europe. Mr. Adrangi directed venture analysis as well as research for both credit and equity funds.
Kerrisdale Capital, a New York-based centrally adjusted investment manager managing $300 million focusing on long-term esteemed investment and occasion driven special circumstances. Kerrisdale effectively shares its ideas with the more extensive investment community through its site as well as outside sites.
On April 11, 2018, Kerrisdale Capital distributed a negative report clarifying its short position at QuinStreet, Incorporation (NASDAQ: QNST), a web marketing organization whose stock cost has recently quadrupled. Speculators have turned optimistic after the long-beleaguered office is at last moving correctly. Be that as it may, Kerrisdale cast significant doubt about quality and maintainability of QuinStreet’s transactions, which Kerrisdale contends has profited from fraudulent web activity.
Before his tenure with Longacre, Sahm Adrangi was working in bankruptcy restructuring group at the Chanin Capital Partners from December 2005 to March 2007. Mr. Adrangi assisted in advising the creditors at Chanin and represented the bondholder committees, bank debt holders, creditors of the distressed as well as bankrupt companies and preferred equity committees. However, before joining Chanin,Sahm Adrangi was with leveraged finance group of Deutsche Bank from April 2004 to October 2005. He assisted in the structuring and associating non- investment review bank debt as well as high return bonds, including Chapter 11 exit financings, leveraged buy-out financing, and debt refinancing. His years of experience have earned him skills in investment management, trading, equities, capital markets, restructuring to name a few.
Peter Briger is an icon in the finance industry and is an inspirational figure to many entrepreneurs and those advancing their career in finance worldwide. Briger is among top 400 business professionals on Forbes list with a net worth of $2.3 billion. Briger currently presides and chairs at Fortress Investment Group since 2002 after 15 years with Goldman Sachs as a partner in leadership and managerial position. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University.Employees review put the Company as a leading diversified global investment management firm which taps into the deep expertise of its personnel to bring out the best in the market.
It provides a superb environment for career advancement through training and support by an elite team of professionals. Ideally, it offers excellent exposure and knowledge in vast financial services to thousands of interns. You must be a critical thinker and productive as possible and be able to meet the deadline in a dynamic work environment. A typical day consists of 9 hours, and you are caught up in a lot of work with high expectations. In the long run, this comes with decent pay, benefits, and prestige hence a course to keep striving and stretching ones intellect and capabilities.Peter Briger is a contributor to many philanthropic initiatives. He is a member of Silicon Valley Leadership Council who support the Global Fund for Children. He is in the Council for Foreign Relations, which is an organization for promoting a better understanding of the issues regarding foreign policy.
As an alumnus of Princeton, Peter Briger among others support a pilot funding program to usher the recent university alumni into entrepreneurship road. The Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund provides financial support to the business persons in line with the vision of transforming the society. There is an opportunity for the Princeton students to be mentored and learn from the experiences of the professionals in the interested fields. An entrepreneurial mindset is instilled in them which translate into profound investors in future.The nation largest banks, Wells Fargo and Fortress Investment Group, engaged in lengthy discussions about creating a regulated bitcoin exchange. Peter Briger was more inclined to suggest that Wells Fargo should embrace Bitcoin given the efficiency of the new network with no intermediaries. It was in 2013 that Peter had an interest in bitcoin and became a great enthusiast of the cryptocurrency technology.
Jed McCaleb is a world-renowned programmer and blockchain expert. Recently, alongside the CEO of another blockchain company, Jed McCaleb gave a lecture in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This lecture was a part of the four-day Tel Aviv Fintech Week. In addition to blockchain and cryptocurrency, another popular topic of the week was cyber security.
Currently, with Stellar, Jed McCaleb oversees all technical development as the CTO of the company. McCaleb is also the founder of the company, creating it alongside Joyce Kim. His original intention, with the company operating a a non-profit, was to provide financial services to areas of the world lacking everyday banking options.
The lecture began with McCaleb and his co-lecturer Yoni Assia talking about their companies and the importance of their work on human history.
McCaleb then discussed his past history with blockchain, discussing his previous activities prior to creating Stellar. He also talked about the details of Stellar’s creation.
“So,” Jed McCaleb began. According to McCaleb, “Stellar was set up as a nonprofit, I want to give out Stellar to as many people as possible.”
Stellar is different from most blockchain currencies. For example, Stellar is not data mined. Instead, Jed McCaleb and Stellar give their currency to current users, new users, and people who have already invested heavily into other blockchain currencies.
After the introductions were out of the way, the crowd became part of the discussion, asking questions.
One question that came up concerned Stellar’s status as a decentralized protocol. McCaleb told the crowd that Stellar is somewhere in the middle of decentralized and centralized. Despite their association with IBM, one of the world’s most recognizable names in tech and computers, Stellar is just hands-off enough to be considered a decentralized currency.
McCaleb also explained that his goal with Stellar is to have people not even be aware that they are using cryptocurrency. The customer merely wants to see their money get from one place to another, and Stellar’s goal is to accomplish this without reminding people that they aren’t using actual currency.
Stellar’s currency is known as Lumens.
Swiss banker Mike Baur may not look like a harsh individual, but he is determined to whip Switzerland’s entrepreneur’s into shape. Since 2014, his company has been taking in small business people and helping them turn their startup business into a long-term successful one.
The title of this article comes from his own words. He says that, before he first started Swiss Startup Factory, he had an idea to create a kind of “boot camp” for startup business owners. The goal was simply to boost the performance and success rate of Swiss startups. Of course, he doesn’t have them out in a field marching around or doing push-ups, but he is teaching them the art of business management in a controlled environment with the best and most qualified people guiding it. in 2014, Baur along with business partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, founded a company based on that idea. their 3-month “boot camp” has proven to be pretty successful.
Mike Baur is originally from Freiburg, Switzerland. He graduated from Bern University with an Executive MBA. Then, he attended the University of Rochester and graduated with an MBA. From there, he went to work as an apprentice for the Union Bank of Switzerland. He would later work for Clariden Leu bank for about 6 years as well. Between these two jobs, he has about 20 years worth of banking experience.
During his time as a banker, he worked for a time as an early-stage startup investor. Naturally, this involved hearing a lot of business pitches from a lot of different people. According to Baur, there were simply too many of these ideas that were not good enough. He says that he didn’t just want average ideas, he wanted great ideas, and set about making a plan to start a new company based on that need.
Some of Baur’s best tips for new startups:
The chief investment officer OPSkins, Malcolm CasSelle, has created an interesting new company that promises to innovate the way that virtual assets are transacted in the future. Malcolm CasSelle has created a new company referred to as Worldwide Asset Exchange that uses blockchain technology, the same technology that powers prominent cryptocurrency bitcoin, in an effort to eliminate some of the issues that have been plaguing the virtual asset industry for years.
Malcolm CasSelle is best known as a serial entrepreneur and as the chief investment officer of OPSkins. However, he has had a long career in the technology and digital industries before ever beginning to work on these projects. He originally went to school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pursued his degree in computer science. He first graduated with a bachelors degree from MIT in computer science before attending Stanford University. At Stanford University he pursued and completed his Master’s degree in computer science. During this time he also learned to speak Japanese and Mandarin a skill which is greatly assisted him in his time in the technology and digital industries.
Upon entering the workforce, he began to take advantage of opportunities that he recognized as a venture capitalist. He was able to strike gold by investing in several high profile companies during some of their earliest stages such as Facebook and Zynga. While he was busy as a venture capitalist, he also maintained a regular career and was serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Timeline Labs during its acquisition by Seachange International in 2015. As Seachange International acquired the company, he was immediately transferred to the position of leadership within Seachange International and served as both the senior vice president and general manager of digital media for the company. He continued to serve in this role for several years before transferring to Tronc, Inc where he served as the chief technology officer for the Corporation.
Today he spent most of his time working for OPSkins and at the president of his own company Worldwide Asset Exchange. The new wax tokens promise to help unify the industry of virtual asset exchange.