Month: February 2018

Malcolm Casselle, A Modern Day Entrepreneur

OPSkins leads the world when it comes to sales of in-game virtual assets. The creators of OPSkins recently launched WAX, which is a new blockchain platform they’re using to evolve the way virtual asset trading works. Malcolm Casselle is the president of WAX, and he believes it will be a big step towards giving the world of cryptocurrency a more mainstream appeal.

 

Being the president of WAX and the CIO of OPSkins, Malcolm Casselle is a first rate entrepreneur with a history rich in business. Having both a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a master’s degree from Stanford University, his knowledge of Computer Science is clearly shown on this business-growing veteran’s resume.

 

From his start in 1995 as a co-founder of NetNoir, it’s no understatement to say he’s been on a path of success from the very start. His founded website, which was based on Afrocentric culture, was the first outside company to be accepted into the AOL Greenhouse Program. In the following years from 1998-2002 Malcolm was a co-founder and Senior Vice president of Pacific Century CyberWorks, which went from startup to $38 billion market cap in a mere 18 months.

 

His list of mounting successes in the business world begin to lean more towards the gaming world as time goes on. In April 2012 he became CEO of Xfire, a global social network core for video game players. Not even a year later he also began serving as CEO of MediaPass, which is an online paywall solution that is used to create subscription-based revenues for digital content. That very same year, he co-founded yet another company called Timeline Labs where he once again served as CEO. When the company was acquired by SeaChange International in December 2014, he then went on to serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media for SeaChange International. His most recent business venture, which may very well change the trading of virtual assets as we know it, began in 2017, when he became the President of Worldwide Asset eXchange.

 

How James Dondero Rose To Become Among The Best In Financial Management

Fondly referred to as Jim by his peers, James Dondero has not less than 3 decades of experience in matters related to credit and equity markets. Currently, he is serving as the President as well as Highland Capital Management’s co-founder. Under his able leadership and direction, the company offers tailored solutions and services that are geared towards making good ROI for investors. The company serves institutional and retail investors as its clientele. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

Currently, the company has not less than $13 billion worth of assets under management. The company also works hand in hand with other institutions like NexPoint Capital, Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Residential Trust among many others. In the recent past, the company was honored by receiving the Morningstar’s 5 star award for the best in Global Allocation for the year 2013. The company has also received other similar accolades that include the Floating Rate Opportunities Lipper Award in the year 2014 as well as the best Healthcare Long and Short Equity Fund Award for the year 2014 from Morningstar.

In his not less than 30 years as a professional, James Dondero has always maintained a very keen interest when matters related to financial markets are concerned. His career began back in the year 1984 when he started working as an analyst. During the same period, he was accepted in the Morgan Guaranty Training Program and a few months later, earned the title graduate from the University of Mc Intire’s School of Commerce.

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Owing to his brilliance and intellect, he was among the few students who earned double majors in Finance and Accounting with the highest honors. He is also a holder of very highly recognized certifications like the Certified Management Accountant certification as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst certification.

In the year 1985, he became American Express’s employee as a Corporate Bond Analyst. In a few years to come, he would later become the company’s Portofolio Manager and be responsible for managing more than $1 billion worth of fixed income funds.

In the year 1989, he left the company and used his experience to manage GIV which was at that time a subsidiary of Protective Life. Again, his leadership prowess was to be witnessed when the company managed to hit the $2 billion mark. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NexBank among other notable companies. He is also actively involved in philanthropy causes that seek to improve health care and education. Follow James on Linkedin.

Why is Sheriff Arpaio so insensitive?

There is a plethora of reasons for why Sheriff Arpaio is insensitive and mean. First off, he really tried to crack down, big time, on illegal immigrants. It is insensitive to crack down on illegal immigrants because those people are just trying to build better lives for themselves.

They just happened to be born in the wrong place and live at the wrong time, so now they are fixing their lives by coming to America. Many times their countries of birth are infested with war, crime, gang violence and religious extremism. Some of these people are fleeing from friends or relatives who want to kill them.

Also, what Sheriff Arpaio has to take into account is the fact that there are some Mexicans who come to America to work and then eventually go back to Mexico. These types of illegal aliens do not intend to live in America because America is a foreign land to them, and they want to live with their families in their homeland.

For a long time, “illegal immigration” on the Mexican border wasn’t really something that was made a big deal about. Mexicans would come and go freely as they pleased. Usually, they would migrate to America to do agricultural jobs, and then go back to Mexico. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

This has been a natural cycle for many years. Mexicans do this so that they can make a good salary for their families back home, where American money is worth more.

There are many other reasons—not relating to immigration, that show just how mean Sheriff Arpaio is. For example, he fed rotting bread and fruit to the people in his jails. Nobody wants to eat rotten food. Feeding people rotten food is a cruel and unusual punishment that can make people seriously ill. Eating rotten food should be taken very seriously.

Another reason for why he is insensitive is because of the fact that jail conditions deteriorated under his kingly rule. Mentally ill people were not given the care that they so desperately needed. People were kept in outdoor, low quality, “tent cities.” All of the inmates—even the guys—were forced to wear dainty, bright pink outfits.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

If it wasn’t for journalists like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the crimes of Sheriff Arpaio would not have been made known all over the world. The topic of Sheriff Arpaio was a reoccurring topic in Jim and Michael’s publications.

He still is a great topic of interest for the two men. What has really inspired them to put even more attention on Arpaio is the fact that he wrongfully penalized them.

Jim and Michael generally take the lefty stance of being pro-immigrant, pro-open borders, anti-Trump, anti-white-supremacy and pro-minority. They, themselves, do not visually appear to be Latino, and their last names do not sound Latino.

When reading their biographies, one gets the impression that they are not immigrants, and that they were born and raised in the United States. That could be a wrong impression, but is pretty probable that those details are true about them.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Roberto Santiago Enhances Brazilian Shopping Environment

Roberto Santiago is known for his real estate ventures throughout Latin America. One of the ones that he is best known for, however, is that of the Manaira shopping mall. This has become the staple that has allowed Roberto Santiago to expand and build other similar shopping environments in Latin America. He has created a very interesting concept that has allowed him to totally transform the retail landscape in Brazil. Over the years Roberto has been able to continuously expand upon this type of environment, and this is what people appreciate about his grand desire to create the type of mall environment that would attract consumers that wanted convenience. There are dozens of stores for people to shop in when they come to the Manaira Mall. This is a fraction of the landscape, but Roberto Santiago was thinking ahead. He had a vision that extended beyond shopping, this is what makes his concept buzzworthy.

 

Instead of simply putting shoppers inside of a place where they were doing nothing more than shopping Roberto Santiago decided to take another route. He made a decision to actually give consumers the ability to enjoy themselves with an extensive food court where they could eat. He gave them the ability to hang out by expanding the Manaira shopping mall to also include a lounge where guests could spend their time. He even made it possible for people that were looking for more entertainment that required movement to go to an amusement park or go bowling all inside of this mall.

This massive mall has continued to be highly imitated buy all of the different people that are interested in a mall environment that caters to a wide stream of individuals.

 

More people are appreciative of what Santiago has done because it shakes up the balance as to what is considered the norm. When people come to Brazil they are looking for an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to experiencing new things. Roberto Santiago had this on his radar when he got started with this mall but it would gain even more fame as it expanded. Now there’s also a concert hall for people to enjoy if they have a desire to take on music or anyting that allows them to build a better experience when they are out enjoying their time on the town.

 

Brazil is known for many things because it is a lively tourist spot. What Roberto wanted to do is give people an over-extended view of all the possibilities that exist in the form of shopping and entertainment when it is combined. He wanted to create something grand, and he has become widely known in Brazilian circles for this mall.

 

Bruno Fagali’s Bid To Shut Down Corruption Red Flags In The Advertising Industry

Recently, there has been an increasing pressure for companies to adopt compliance programs. This follows the growing number of corruption investigations involving advertising firms. In Brazil, advertising agencies are paid in terms of bonuses by the media when they advertise. Therefore, these advertising firms provide the advertisers with the services but the money goes to the agencies instead of the communication vehicles they negotiated with. This connection between the media and the advertising agencies is what creates loopholes which are then misused.

In an article entitled “Red Flag”, Bruno Fagali, an expert in compliance law, explains the operations that are popular in advertising agencies which are at a higher risk of inviting unethical issues. Some of them include; media assignment criteria, inventive plans and intermediation of vehicle payment by the adviser. All of these are what Bruno Fagali refers to as “Red Flags” and says they are what lead to corruption. In order to curb this, rules are to be put in place that requires advertising agencies have corporate integrity programs.

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Based in Sao Paulo, Alagoas, Brazil, Bruno Fagali is one of the best lawyers in Brazil playing an active role in changing the dimension of the Brazilian legal system. Bruno Fagali has vast experience and knowledge in numerous fields pertaining to law. He specializes in matters relating to Ethics, Compliance Law, Administrative Law, Regulatory Law and Urban Law. Currently Bruno Fagali practices law in his law firm known as the Fagali Law Firm. He is also the Corporate Integrity Manager of Nova/SB.

Bruno Fagali attended the University of Sao Paulo. It was from there that he earned his Masters in Anticorruption, Sate and Administrative Law. Bruno Fagali started his career in law as an intern at the Office Model Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns law firm. Bruno Fagali worked at this firm for some time there but later on left to intern in 2 other firms for about 3 years.

It was in 2012 that Bruno Fagali got his first job as a lawyer. This was at the Radi, Calil e Associodos Law where he worked for a period of 2 years. It was after leaving that firm that he joined Nova/Sb. Thereafter, in 2016, Bruno Fagali opened his own law firm where he works to date.

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