Bhanu Choudhrie talks about the future of his firm’s business in the Middle East

Arabian Business recently hosted the UK-Indian billionaire businessman, Bhanu Choudhrie, who is also the Director of C&C Alpha Group for an interview. This interview was focused on C&C Alpha Group’s future in the Middle East. Bhanu is a very prosperous businessman hailing from a very wealthy Indian clan, the Choudhrie. His family is estimated to be worth more than $2 billion. Bhanu’s firm is specialized in venture capital funding and acts as a holding company for a group of very promising private investors. Read more about bhanuchoudhrie

Taking advantage of the increasing global air traffic

In this interview, Bhanu Choudhrie pointed out that his firm was looking forward to taking advantage of the increasing global air traffic to secure its future in the Middle East. With the increasing global air traffic, there is a growing need for well-trained and qualified pilots in the region. Alpha Aviation Academy, C&C Alpha Group’s Sharjah-based aviation school, has been producing these well-trained and qualified pilots for airlines in the region. The aviation school is currently training 120 pilots. Bhanu pointed out that it was his goal to see this number increase soon. The said that air travel is emerging as the backbone of globalization just under the internet and they want to secure a considerable piece of the pie.

Providing more clean water

Bhanu Choudhrie went ahead to state that C&C Alpha Group’s future in the Middle East also lies in providing clean water. This firm currently has Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination (SWRO) plant in the region which it owns and operates. This plant’s daily output is 0.5 million gallons which it supplies to the Hamriyah Free Trade Zone Authority. Bhanu said that his firm plans to increase this plant’s output to 2 million gallons a day.

According to Bhanu Choudhrie, this water desalination plant will also be engineered to generated electricity as a result of the contract they won from Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority. The supply of water and electricity in this desert land will be very vital in securing C&C Alpha Group’s role in the future of the Middle East and also in the progress of the firm itself.

Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/bhanu-choudhrie

Incredible Italian Management for English Football: Gino Pozzo’s Watford Football Club

Watford FC is ran by the iconic Italian father and son duo of Gino Pozzo and Giampaolo Pozzo. Gino is one of Italy’s well-renowned businessmen, along with his dad – another giant of entrepreneurship. They currently own and manage Watford Football Club and they are incredibly hands on with the management of the club.

They first started their venture into the world of English Football with their purchase of Udinese Calcio more than two decades ago. In 2012, they fully completed the transaction and acquired Watford Football Club from Laurence Bassini. They also sold Granada Football Club to Jiang Lizhang, Chinese Businessman.

Gino Pozzo has been investing a lot on the Watford FC – their family has been dedicating a lot of resources to the team. Gino is able to do this because their other businesses are already established and has a working system of their own. Meaning that their other businesses can operate independently and is making significant revenue even without Gino’s guidance. Gino is dedicating a lot of time and effort to Watford FC because it does require a high-grade of attention. In Watford FC, new elements always get involved like new players, and new coaches, which means that Gino Pozzo has to always be hands on with the management of the team.

Gino punctuates that though their family runs a multitude of businesses – he believes that Watford FC would be their top performing venture in the near future because of the great performance of the team, and the positive behavior of English Football.

Gino Pozzo says that Watford FC isn’t just based on the level of competition that they are performing in, but it is based on how well the team is organized and how well they function as one single unity. Watford FC is a relatively new project which means the efficient allocation of resources is as important as the playing skill of the players.

Gino is greatly motivated by the strong tradition, the culture, background and history of English Football. Which is why he is so into the game and the business of managing an English Football Team.

What Dreams May Become

A lot of young men and women grow up with a dream of playing professional basketball. For those who grew up watching Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Lebron James emulating their skills and immaculate abilities on the court is all you could dream about. The hard reality is that only 1.3% of college players will make it to the next level, and only .03% of high school players will make it to the pros. It’s like winning the genetic lottery.

For some who do not want to give up on that dream, they may have to alter their dream a little. Yanni Hufnagel is one who found a different avenue to stay in the basketball world after high school. He played for his high school but was cut his junior year. So what did Yanni do? He started to do a little broadcasting his senior year.

In college Yanni may not have played basketball, but he stayed in athletics as he joined the men’s lacrosse team at Penn State University. He later transferred to Cornell where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. However, that is not the field he went in to. Yanni fell back toward his dream of being involved in basketball.

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Since 2009 Yanni has been involved in coaching men’s basketball at the collegiate level to one degree or another. He started out as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a master’s degree in 2010. Having this first opportunity opened a lot of doors for him as he became recognized as a young talented prospect as both an assistant coach and a recruiter. For more info you can checkout hudl.com

After leaving the University of Oklahoma Yanni joined Harvard as an assistant coach. He spent four years at Harvard before joining Vanderbilt where he only spent one season as an assistant coach. After that he joined UC Berkeley for a year as an assistant coach. His last stop was with the Nevada Wolfpack where he spent some time working as an assistant. In every opportunity Yanni has worked hard to achieve his dreams of being a part of basketball.

Ryan Seacrest Goes Public About His Falling in Love

When Ryan Seacrest met Shayna Taylor through mutual friends in 2013, he was drawn to her by her beauty and intelligence. However, nothing really seemed to come up until they found themselves together and Shayna talked about food. She is a trained chef, and when she told Ryan Seacrest that she makes gluten-free pancakes, he got more interested. He wanted to know literally everything about her cookery, and in the process, he literally fell for her. Ryan is a foodie who is particularly drawn to clean eating and health and fitness. There are many things that they share, and their overall compatibility is undeniable. Ryan is a broadcaster and hosts live shows on television and radio.

The two moved from Los Angeles for New York City in 2017, an adventure that they both enjoyed. Starting a new chapter in their lives could not have been any better. Taylor grew up in California, and this new dawn gave her an experience that she enjoys quite a lot. For Taylor, watching Seacrest host live shows like “American Idol” and listening to him on KIIS FM makes their living together quite easy. They had broken up sometime in 2014, but as Taylor explains, they have both grown up and set to move forward now that they understand each other better. Their busy schedules do not prevent them from finding time for each other. They wake up an hour earlier to work out together and prepare for work without a hurry.

Ryan Seacrest is a prominent figure known for Distinction, an apparel brand that mainly focuses on menswear. Distinction is after fashion that maintains a contemporary touch of style. The brand was launched in 2014, and they combine their masculine signatures, colors, patterns, and geometric shapes in the most unpredicted ways. Theirs is a unique clothesline that also tags along some accessories that are exclusively for the modern man. When one walks into their boutique, he or she leaves looking smart. Their range of apparels includes sweaters, pants, and outerwear; such a perfect classification. Macy’s stores across the nation are privileged to sell Ryan Seacrest’s Distinction collection.

GreenSky eases loan servicing for banks

GreenSky is a fintech that offers point-of-sale loan services to consumers. It has partnered with regional banks to provide loan services to as many people as possible. They have simplified the loan application process, by handling the paperwork needed from the consumer and the bank. They offer quick solutions to the needs of consumers who are in need of crucial services but have no cash to pay. If you are a homeowner and you need some home maintenance work to be done but you lack the money to pay, worry no more because GreenSky will facilitate instant financing of the project through the merchant.

The merchant will apply for a loan with the amount he will charge for the service. They will send relevant loan processing information to the fintech, which will on its part link the borrower with a lender willing to offer the loan. Once a lender is found, the loan is processed instantly. GreenSky has mainly been working with four regional banks namely Sun Trust, Synovus, Fifth Third, and Regions Financial

Regional banks are interested in consumer lending since it attracts high yields, but two obstacles hinder progress in this field. The cost involved in getting customers is too high and the servicing the loan can also be a nightmare. Through GreenSky, regional banks are getting better full benefits of consumer lending. The fintech brings the customers to them and it even facilities servicing of the loan. The role of the bank in the whole process is to offer the money to lend.

GreenSky does not offer interest on the loans as is the case with traditional banking. Customers who will pay back the loan in the agreed timeframe will get the benefit of not repaying even a single cent on top of the principal amount. It is GreenSky who take up the role of repaying the loan during the zero percent APR period. There are huge hopes on this company that it will perform very well in long-term. In the period that they have been in the industry, there has been consistent growth trend. In 2017, they recorded a 30 percent increase from the previous year.

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Stream Energy Proves that they Care in a Unique Way…

You might have heard about the philanthropic efforts of Stream Energy in the news. If you read the patch.com article, however, you would see why these efforts can be easily distinguished from other charitable efforts seen within the business community. Two things distinguish the efforts of Stream Energy.

The people that run Stream Energy and the people that direct sell for them actively participate in each of the charitable programs that the company engages in. This says a whole lot more than merely cutting a check! Also, Stream Cares is the company division handling matters of charity. That’s correct; the company has a dedicated arm for philanthropic efforts. This sort of thing was unheard of years ago yet it occurs a great deal with millennials beginning startups. This dedicated branch teams with other charitable groups to assist Dallas locals (and other Texans) that find themselves needy. Their efforts are impressive.

When Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas, Stream Energy was one of the first companies that donated money to the cause; even beating the federal funds. There were 56 inches of rain in the city of Houston, and Stream Cares was there. Remember when tornadoes hit the northern region of Texas (the day after Christmas?) Stream was there. Stream Energy, through Stream Cares, raised thousands of dollars. Stream’s corporate division matched what the direct seller contractors donated. This is something Stream does to bolster the amount of assistance provided through the arm. When local veterans that were needy where taken to a nice steakhouse only to be fed burgers, ribs, and steaks with all the BBQ fixings? Stream Cares was behind this too! When the rough winds blow or veterans are in need, Stream uses the arm to provide philanthropy with a personalized twist.

Stream sells direct energy, cell phone service and other plans for families that are on the market for cost-effective options. Their associates are direct sellers that are recognized as independent contractors on their tax returns. This means that each associate can provide their own high level of entrepreneurial effort, not only in business and direct selling but in philanthropy too.

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A 3.3 Billion dollar investment that is about to change the Fortress Investment Group

The acquisition of the Fortress Investment Group by SoftBank marked yet another transition for the group from a publicly traded company to a private company. The deal has been in the works for the last two years, but the various legal and financial requirements needed to be ironed out in order to ensure a smooth transition. SoftBank the Tokyo based investment bank has been on a diversification spree and as such required a well-structured company that would help them fulfill this dream. The Fortress Investment Group were ideally placed to take on this role and as they offered a 39 percent premium on the share price opting to buy them out for 3.3 billion dollars.

This deal worked well for both of them SoftBank now had a launch pad for its entry into the American market while the Fortress Investment Group had renewed financial muscle that would enable them to become even more aggressive in their investment. The portfolio held by Fortress is quite impressive by all measures. They own Brightline, a private railroad operator that recently opened the Miami – Palm beach private passenger train. This route is one of those considered too short to fly yet too long to drive. This unique characteristic of such routes is what Brightline is seeking to tap into. The acquisition of Brightline falls under the group’s Transport and Infrastructure portfolio.

There unique investing strategy was also felt when in 2009 after the subprime mortgage crisis, they opted to buy AIG at a time when it was almost collapsing. The deal would cost The Fortress Investment Group 125 Million dollars, but today the company has not only recouped its investment, but what was formerly AIG has metamorphosed into SpringLeaf Financial Limited a company with more than 14 billion dollars assets under management.

As part of the deal, SoftBank had to make some concessions. They agreed that the running of Fortress would be left to the existing board which means that the founding members retain their positions. This will also be subject to the fact that they will also continue injecting profits back into the group while ensuring it continues to enjoy the growth it had previously. Fortress is now no longer listed on the New York Stock Exchange, where it traded as FIG. This means that the board together with its management will have a free hand to make certain investment decisions without the need to go back and convince shareholders of the same.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fortress-investment-group

Guilherme Paulus Tourism Entrepreneur from Brazil

Guilherme Paulus is the founding partner of a company called CVC. Today it is a publicly traded company that is a travel agency. It was once a small operation and was started in 1972 and located in Santo Andre in Sao Paulo. In Latin America today it is the largest travel operator. It is the largest retail tourism network in Brazil. Mr. Guilherme de Jesus Paulus was born in 1949 in the city of Sao Paulo. He studied Business Administration and now has almost 50 years of experience in the field. Because of his ability to innovate the company now has a wide portfolio of products to choose from. In 2013 the company went public. It plans to open 100 new stores each year. Visit his facebook to learn more about his platforms.

Guilherme Paulus believes in social responsibility and tries to get young people interested in the field of tourism. He supports the Dr. Klaide Care and Education Institution. It helps low income individuals with supporting schools, psychological and medical care along with leisure activities. He also helps young people with vocational courses. Guilherme Paulus was recognized by the magazine IstoE Dinheiro as being “Entrepreneur of the year” for his work in Brazil in the field of tourism. The magazine states that Guilherme Paulus invested heavily in hotels. He currently employs about two thousand people. He is also the president of GJP group. It is a hotel chain created by him. Even though the 68 year old man could easily retire with the enormous wealth he has accumulated he chooses not to. He does this he says because he likes developing properties and generating jobs for people. He also is aware of the fact that his efforts are good for the country of Brazil. He now owns and operates 20 hotels in 11 states in Brazil. He says that his success is due to his efforts at promoting customer service as one of his main goals. Guilherme Paulus also states that it is important to modernize and not to stagnate and just take things for granted. One must keep up with the times for a business to grow.


More about of Guilherme Paulus: https://br.linkedin.com/in/guilherme-paulus-36955411b

 

How did Jed McCaleb Build Stellar?

Individuals with an interest in bitcoin and other crypto is likely to already know who Jed McCaleb is. He is the CTO of Stellar and is formally the man behind the popular bitcoin exchange network called Mt. Gox. When Jed McCaleb speaks, people listen.

McCaleb first discovered blockchain from an online article in 2010. He almost immediately transformed his company Mt. Gox to accommodate bitcoin. He took the company, which offered a platform for gamers to trade digital assets, and he created the first world wide network of its kind.

“It would be really cool if there was a kind of money that wasn’t centrally controlled,” McCaleb said. “But I didn’t think it was actually possible.”

McCaleb has proved himself wrong, successfully creating Stellar and partnering with organization all over the world.

In a post from Crunchbase, McCaleb sold Mt. Gox in order to pursue wider interests in 2011. McCaleb didn’t simply want to provide a service for bitcoin users; he wanted to create his own cryptocurrency.

Stellar was eventually created in 2014. Jed McCaleb teamed up with Joyce Kim with the intention of creating a non-profit crypto company. They wanted to fix some of the banking industries major problems.

“The vision for Stellar is an internet-level protocol for payments,” McCaleb said, explaining the goals behind Stellar.

Blockchain is beneficial to the banking industry. This isn’t just a statement from Stellar and McCaleb, but it is the general consensus of everyone involved with blockchain. Blockchain can finish transactions faster than any other method on Earth, and its security is top of the line.

Most blockchain currencies require thousands and thousands of nodes, or volunteered machines, to keep records. Stellar doesn’t require nearly as many machines. In fact, Stellar doesn’t even use the mining process that is used with typical blockchain coins.

“If we have a thousand I think that would be good,” McCaleb said.

Jed McCaleb’s experiences in programming and blockchain have enabled Stellar to adapt and change for the better.

Content taken from: https://github.com/jedmccaleb

From Rags to Riches, The Story of Nick Vertucci

Nick Vertucci believes in the philosophy that your past does not dictate your future. After the death of his father when he was only ten, his mother had to step up to bat and become the main breadwinner. His family was well provided for, but they were not that well off. Although, this meant that she had to work long hours and would come home late. At the age of 18, Nick Vertucci was living out of his van and his life was at a record breaking low. Fast forward to a few years later, Nick Vertuci had started his own business that sold computer parts. He enjoyed the freedom of being his own boss and had great success with the company.

During this, he got married and had three daughters. He enjoyed a lot of success during this period until the dot com crash in the early 2000s, when he nearly lost everything except his house. He had no income for 18 months and was slipping farther and farther into debt. Until a friend of his invited him to a real estate seminar. Nick Vertucci hemmed and hawed about going, but his friend assured him of the powerful things he would learn and, although reluctantly, Nick attended the seminar.

He listened to the speaker on how to make money in real estate. From that day on, he did everything he could to learn about the real estate industry and soaked everything up like a dry sponge. It took him years to learn everything he needed to develop a system that would make him successful, but it was all worth it. After a decade of learning the ins and outs of real estate, Nick developed his method of success. He even went on to start his own school for learning real estate called the Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy.

The school itself teaches you how to be successful in real estate using Nick Vertucci’s system. It offers a way to overcome the challenges and pitfalls of the real estate industry. Students learn how to use his method to make millions.