Shervin Pishevar Warned About Amazon’s Power

Toys R Us is one of the most recent stores to announce it is going out of business. More and more physical retailers are closing because they cannot compete with the online giant, Amazon. Shervin Pishevar, a tech investor and entrepreneur, sent out dozens of tweets in February warning about the power that monopolies have been able to hold.

 

What are the problematic monopolies?

There are quite a few monopolies in the United States with too much power. These include, according to Shervin Pishevar, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

 

Why do the monopolies have too much power?

Shervin Pishevar has a few ideas as to why the monopolies have too much power. Part of it is because people don’t realize just how much power they hold. Another is because the monopolies are buying up all of the emerging startups before they have a chance to serve as competition.

 

If the monopolies continue, it will be the downfall of the economy because consumers won’t have a choice of where they buy.

 

What’s going on with Amazon now?

In 2018 alone, there are a lot of stores closing. Toys R Us is closing all 800 stores while Sears, Sam’s Club, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and many others are closing dozens around the United States. Many of them point to the competition of Amazon when asked why they are closing.

 

In addition to forcing many well-established brands to close, Amazon is also responsible for listening in on conversations according to many reports. The Echo virtual assistant, Alexa, has been accused of listening to conversations and ordering products that no one actually requested.

 

Additionally, Amazon has been busy with a lot of acquisitions lately. Shervin Pishevar likes to call these silent assassinations because the general public doesn’t realize they’re happening. They’re killing small businesses and becoming stronger in the process. Amazon owns such businesses as Imdb.com, Zappos, Audible, Goodreads, and Whole Foods Market.

 

Understanding just how much power Amazon has may open some eyes. If the monopolies are allowed to continue, entrepreneurs won’t stand a chance.

 

http://thisweekinstartups.com/shervin-pishevar-on-this-week-in-startups-212/

Kerrisdale Capital Management: Correcting misconceptions in the stock market

Sahm Adrangi is the founder of Kerrisdale Capital Management LLC, where he serves as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). He founded the company in 2009 with under $1 million, but it now manages $150 million. Sahm has been hands-on in the firms’ development and is famous for publishing research and short selling. He became famous when he exposed fraudulent Chinese companies in 2010 and 2011. He currently shares his opinions on stocks that are misunderstood such as overhyped shorts and underfollowed longs. Kerrisdale published a negative report on Eastman Kodak in which it explained its short position.

Eastman Kodak Company announced a partnership to launch a photo-centric cryptocurrency, and a blockchain enabled platform, causing their stock to rise by 187%. Kerrisdale believes the announcement would not change the weak fundamentals of Kodak, nor its unsustainable capital structure.

Kerrisdale research aims to correct these misconceptions and shares its findings on its website, Twitter and third-party investing related sites. Though the company shares its research on different industries and companies, Sahm Adrangi has recently focused its efforts on areas in which it has expertise such as the biotechnology sector. Kerrisdale has published research also on mining sector where Sahm has questioned market valuations and mining prospects of First Majestic Silver as well as other mining companies.

Sahm Adrangi is not only a research publicist but also an activist in the investment sector. He partnered with Lindsay Corporation management to maximize the company’s capital allocation d cash deployment policies in 2013. In 2014, Adrangi led a context seeking to replace Morgans Hotel Group directors with two others elected during the year.

Sahm Adrangi began his financial career at Deutsche Bank where he was in the credit department, performing leveraged and high-yield loan debt financings. He also worked at Chanin Capital Partners where he advised the credit committees on out-of-court restructuring and bankruptcy matters. With his experience in investment banking, he served Longacre Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund dealing in distressed debts.

Sahm Adrangi is a Yale University alumnus where he studied Bachelor of Arts in economics and a frequent guest speaker at various conferences.

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OSI Foods Solutions Achievements

OSI Food Solutions is an American meat processing concern that is privately owned and serves both the marketing and food service industries. The group has its headquarters in Aurora Illinois. OSI Food Solutions is widely known for its humble beginning. It started as a family meat market to an international across-the-board meat trade. The family meat market was started by a German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. The company was initially known as the Otto & Sons and has established a good repute for delivering excellence meat.

OSI Food Solutions purchases Flagship Europe

Flagship Europe is a company that prides itself on fast, sociable and operative services combined with exceptional quality products at economical pricing levels. The company delivers frozen poultry, pies; Sous vide goods together with mayonnaise, sauce, and dressing to the United Kingdom food market. Lately, Flagship Europe stretched its facilities in the food-to-go-sector after buying Calder Foods which is a UK based dealer of sandwich, mayonnaise, sauce, and dips.

OSI Group recently acquired the Flagship Europe giving them new access to customers and international markets as part of the OSI Group. According to Russell Maddock, the Chief Executive of Flagship Europe, the acquisition will fortify their position in the global market as well as advance their scheme and open up new opportunities that will allow them to serve their clients better. Through the acquisition, OSI Group got a wider presence in Europe. The brand counterpart OSI’s current processing power.

OSI Food Solutions Doubles Chicken production capacity

The OSI Group recently declared that the OSI Group Spain added a high capacity production line to the present process in Toledo, Spain. The chicken production has increased from 12,000tons to 24,000 tons yearly, doubling the production. Now, with the newest expansion, OSI Group has got a total manufacture capability of over 45,000 tons of beef, chicken goods as well as pork.

The facility has stretched due to the huge demand for chicken products in Spain and Portugal. The demand has grown from 6% which was the annual growth over the last decade to 8% average annual growth over the last three years. To serve the demands of clients in a better way, the company has developed a kitchen. The additional production capacity means creating new job opportunities.

The Food plant based in Toledo is in charge for the Enhancements that have been done. The expansion will be good news to the communities living in Spain and Portugal. The working space in the plant has been increased to make the workers comfortable in the activities.

Learn More: www.responsiblesoy.org/miembro/osi-food-solutions-europe/

Todd Lubar’s idea of how to run a business

Todd Lubar is the president of TDL Global Ventures. Initially, in the year 1995, when he began his venture into real estate, he was not expecting that this was the career path he was willing to follow henceforth. He has maintained this path and has gained experience in the same, as well as finance until the year 2007. At this point, he felt as though it was necessary for him to diversify because of the many changes occurring, causing the market to be unpredictable. He got involved in an Automotive Scrap metal recycling business for instance.

In real estate, he takes a rather personal view of clients. He has the main objectives of ensuring that his clients get the homes they deserve. This sentimental nature of his dealings could be attributable to experiences he has had in the past. When he was still a student, he at one point took up a job as an assistant at a grocery store. This has always been memorable for him because, apparently, this is where he learned that value of money from. He, therefore, understands what kind of products and services his clients could be expecting from him. Furthermore, being a mortgage banker, it would not be logical for him to disregard the value pinned on any amount of money.

His thoughts about the factors that contribute to the success of a business (especially an entrepreneurship) are rather concise. Influence is the most important element. Therefore, when one is choosing the people they choose to surround themselves with, they should first determine whether they add value in terms of ideas. Influence one key factor that would change the perspective one has towards their business. An entrepreneur ought to remain focused and ensure they put in a lot of hard work to achieve the objectives they set for their business.

Todd Lubar greatly values communication. It is one of the factors that has kept his businesses running even when he was experiencing setbacks. Communication brings up many more ideas through the platforms it creates. He has experienced failures in the past but his enthusiasm has always kept him afloat.

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have severally been behind bars in an attempt to raise their voice on doings of the country. Lacey a dropout from Arizona State University in 1970 teamed up with some students to publish the first issue of Phoenix New Times.

In 1972 Larkin dropped out of the same university as well to join Lacey in continuation of the young, new and inexperienced Phoenix New Times which responded to the extremely conservative local media on students protests. Larkin was responsible for advertisement and Lacey was the editor in chief who made the paper got more readers due to their comprehensive exploration of the social and political issues.

After his marriage, Lacey was to enjoy some time at a party which was changed by the law enforcers by arresting him on Friday in an invasion. Larkin was also not left out since the two spent the weekend in custody. The police apart from cratering away Lacey’s possession they seized the Backpage which is an online platform which Lacey and Larkin had come up with after they sold out the Village Voice Media in 2012.

The company had fought the allegations on sex trafficking and online bordello. Lacey and Larkin also founded the Front Page Confidential in 2017, but the government is now at the move to deny them the freedom of expression through attempts to subdue it. Larkin and Lacey were to face judges on Monday and Wednesday respectively the week that followed.

Their defense attorneys opposed the shutting down of the Backpage’s website. Senator John McCain’s wife Candy however hinted that they had tried talking with the chief executive officer and the executives of the closure there before if they did not change their content, but they assumed.

Candy, however, has got the hatred for the Backpage since it is not the first time she has negatively about the website including but not limited to illicit activities without giving out any evidence. She saw to it passing the bill on Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act passed by the lower chamber on 27th February 2018 which if found guilty of has a jail term of ten years to twenty-five years.

It is a long time grudge since Lacey and Larkin always wrote ill of McCain at the Phoenix New Times which included his social and financial life.

It is not the first time Lacey and Larkin are getting arrested since, in 2016, Kamara Harris pressed petty charges against them and Ferrer. They were however freed on bond and later won their cases at Sacramento superior court.

They were also arrested in 2007 by Joe Arpaio for revealing his secrets. They, however, won the trials and got a settlement of $3.75 which was a significant contribution in the founding of Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund, an organization which offers donation throughout to non-profit organizations actively supporting migrants in Arizona. Lacey and Larkin have spent much to defend their website in court, winning most of the cases and their attorney general, Cambria has confidence that even in this one they will make it.

Wisdom And Innovation: Dr. Shafik Sachedina

When it comes to wisdom and innovation in any field of Interest there are a few notable standouts amongst the world today. Allow me to briefly describe such a prominent figure in the world of healthcare and entrepreneurial Pursuits. This man is none other than Mr. Shafik Sachedina.

Many may wonder what is the origins of such a brilliant figure, and some may even wonder what is his educational background. Let’s take a look at the wonderful beginnings off Mr Shafik Sachedina. Being born in 1950 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania he got his qualifications in 1975 from Guys Hospital Medical and Dental School at the University of London. After moving to England he became a British national and hold many positions amongst a myriad of companies. With such aspirations, it should be noted that the coordinates programs for the Ismaili Community institutions. Most of his years practising medicine was spent in England. With an ever-increasing hunger for expansion and innovation, he developed some keen interest in the healthcare sector. Such interest led him to join forces with Sussex Healthcare in which he is the joint chairman.

With a fond interest for the Central Asia Ismaili communities institutions, Mr Shafik Sachedina undertook most of his work in the Jamati institutions in a voluntary capacity. Along with his membership on The Board of Governors, he is also a member of the Aga Khan development Network committee. Within the United Kingdom, he is the president of the Ismaili Council for the UK branch, another position that he serves from a voluntary capacity. So it can be ascertained that this is a man that doesn’t mind sacrificing his time and effort for the goodwill of others. With a deeper understanding for the need of innovation in the healthcare sector, Mr Sachedina has coordinated some of the most technologically advanced states of the art centres that aid and assist those on the path to recovery.

In conclusion, to write about such an illustrious career without exemplifying his work in a voluntary capacity would be an injustice. Mr. Shafik Sachedina has earned many accolades, but his greatest work is in the care and concern that is displayed by all institutions he is involved with. By visiting Sussex Healthcare Center you are sure to witness first-hand just how great Mr Sachedina is when it comes to state-of-the-art advancements for the elderly. A true model of excellence, Mr Shafik Sachedina.

Check more about Shafik Sachedina: https://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/a-delegation-of-the-aga-khan-foundation-led-by-shafik-sachedina-meets-russian-deputy-foreign-minister-mikhail-bogdanov/

The Majesty of Hawaii’s Waiakea Volcanic Water

To simply get straight to the point, Waiakea Volcanic water is outperforming other brands of bottled water. This water is very unique thanks to its fine attributes. When it comes to some of the purest alkaline water on the market today, Waiakea tops the list. Why is this particular water so unique? Well, Waiakea Volcanic water comes from an actual volcano. Doesn’t that sound cool? This water goes through an intricate purification process. This purification process starts on the inside of the actual volcano as the liquids drain through the porous rock. Yes, this is over 14,000 feet of porous rock.

 

This specific area of the globe receives a large amount of rainfall. In most cases, this rainfall will commence for at least 300 days per year. The rainwater is collected at the roof of the humungous Mauna Loa volcano, and it will then begin its downward decent. During its decent through the volcano, the water will pass through one of the absolute best filtration systems. This filtration system just so happens to be all-natural. By the time the water exits the rock, it will have been viciously cleaned to the highest degree. Waiakea Volcanic water sports an 8.8 pH level on the affluent pH scale. This specific scale is used to measure the acidity of drinking water, and it goes from 0 to 14. The average range for good drinking water is just above a 7.0 on the pH scale, but Waiakea’s water starts at a strong 8.8.

 

This industry has grown so dramatically over the past few decades and as of today, this industry is worth $100 billion. Italians are the main consumers of bottled water, but there are many more nationalities that are chipping-at-the-bits. All in all, Waiakea Volcanic water is here to stay because it has a strong foundation, has a strong following and has a strong will to succeed.

 

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How Rocketship Education Cares For Its Students

Many say the United States of America is one of the best places to live on planet Earth. While America has its problems, healthcare is generally considered of the highest quality on the planet, workers can find steady employment, and violence is less common than in many underdeveloped countries.

Public schools, especially in low-income areas, are often underserved, leaving students with an overarching lack of appreciation and low standard of education. San Jose is no stranger to this undesirable reality, though Rocketship Education’s multiple locations have increased the average student’s retainment of knowledge and scores on statewide standardized tests.

Fortunately for students currently enrolled in Rocketship Education’s locations – called Rocketeers – and their families, faculty members at the school have shown they don’t want to leave children, or their families, behind.

The Coyote Creek Flood Of February, 2017

Coyote Creek is a body of water that runs through the Northern portion of San Jose, California, one of the largest cities in central California. In February, 2017, it flooded, leaving the densely-populated area with roughly 14,000 displaced residents.

More than 30 households contained members of Rocketship Education. Although conditions weren’t so bad that they leveled homes or filled them to the brims with water, residents were effectively forced out of their homes.

What were parents to do? It’s important to keep in mind that these households were almost all low-income, living paycheck-to-paycheck, unable to save any substantial sums of money to protect their families from uncertainty during potential disasters like the February, 2017 flood referenced herein.

Dulce And Family Didn’t Know What To Do

Dulce Gonzalez, then an 8-year-old student at one of Rocketship Education’s San Jose facilities, was one of the many that was forced to evacuate their residences.

Shortly after the flood hit the Coyote Creek area, Rocketship Education teamed up with Catholic-affiliated charities in the area to spread a whopping $62,000 across affected families that parented Rocketeers.

For only being around since 2006, Rocketship Education’s system of 17 schools is one of the best facilities in the United States. It expands its registry of locations served nearly every year.

Fortress Investment Group: Setting The Standards For Investment And Asset Management Companies

Founded in 1998, Fortress Investment Group has time and again demonstrated that they are the company that corporates can trust when it comes to investment and asset management. Operating out of its headquarters in New York, the company stands as one of the most well-known companies of its kind. Since the company was first established, Fortress Investment Group has been able to offer its expertise to clients coming to them from all over the country. Through the years, the company has developed the range of investments solutions that they provide, and also the services that they offer. Because of this constant urge to improve, the company has grown tremendously over the years, emerging as a notable and well-reputed name in the industry. The founders of the company are also one of the more significant reasons why the company has been doing so well over the years, The founding members of the company were Randal Nardone, Wesley Edens, and Rob Kauffman.

Through the years, the founding members have implemented a number of changes that have improved the workings of the company as a whole. By pooling their expertise and skill in the field, they were able to guide the company and the clients coming to them. This work that they have done has taken Fortress Investment Group up the ranks to reach the more notable positions within the industry.Fortress Investment Group has received numerous awards for the work that it has done over the years. One of the more prominent awards that the company received was the Hedge Fund Manager of the Year Award. This was given to them by the Institutional Investor and was a prestigious award to receive. One of the other awards that the company was given was that of the Management Firm of the Year. This award was offered to them by another magazine known as HFMWeek. Many institutions have recognized Fortress Investment Group for the work that they have been doing and the deals that they have helped put into place.

Being a well-known name in the field of investment management is no easy task, but with some of the best financial advisors and analysts on one side, there is no reason why the company couldn’t emerge to become a well-known name. Today, the assets that Fortress Investment Group handles go into the billions range, with more and more assets coming to them every single day. There is no doubt that Fortress Investment Group has had a brilliant two decades in the industry. The key to the consistent success of the company lies in its ability to adapt to the changing conditions that are prevalent in the financial market. Because of this, the company has taken several unusual steps to stand out in the field. One such measure was the move that its leaders made to take the company public in 2007 and present itself on the New York Stock Exchange. Because of this, the company was able to emerge as a company that sets the standards, because they were the first investment company to go down this route.

Apraio’s Pardon Revives Checkered Past With Lacey and Larkin

Not everybody is happy that ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been pardoned. Especially not Phoenix New Times founders and former owners of Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. It is no surprise. After all the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” did have the newsmen jailed back in 2007. A decision that cost taxpayers $3.75 million dollars.

This was the crux of the epic saga between the Sheriff and the newsmen, but their feud had been going on years prior to this incident. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

Following Arpaio’s indictment for criminal contempt in 2017, his opposition base breathed a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, it turns out that this will simply be the start of another chapter.

Most of what people know about Arpaio’s tenure as Sheriff comes from independent weekly Phoenix New Times. The counterculter paper was founded by Lacey and fellow ASU students back in 1970 in opposition of the Kent State Shootings.

During Arpaio’s six terms his tactics in regards to illegal immigration, his infamous tent city, abuses of power, and botched investigations began to grab the attention of reporters. His treatment of the Latino community eventually led to Lacey and Larkin targeting the Sheriff.

They began to run articles exposing numerous scandals, his treatment of prisoners, and corruption. Many fellow newspapers were not even covering Arpaio, so it was only through the New Times that the Sheriff was getting public exposure. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

This repeated exposure was soon covered by other news sources, until the story originally covered by the New Times would go national. This was made all the easier considering both Lacey and Larkin were also the governing heads of Village Voice Media, a multi-million dollar conglomerate of weeklies stretching from coast to coast. Naturally, Arpaio was not happy about this.

The events that led to Lacey and Larkin’s imprisonment began when Arpaio tasked a special prosecution team to investigate the paper and everyone attached to it. Prior to this Arpaio had been banning New Times reporters from junkets. Following an article that revealed the address of his home, Arpaio began investigating them.

After receiving a series of subpoenas Lacey and Larkin decided to print one in their combined byline. They were picked up the following night, very discreetly, and held for a total of 24 days. The arrest sparked much outrage that eventually led to the duo being freed, and suing the county for wrongful arrest.

Since then Lacey and Larkin have used the $3.75 million dollar payout to benefit the Latin-American community in Arizona. Allocated the funds through their charity the Frontera Fund, to finance Latin-American groups that fight racial profiling and work towards equality.

In 2012 they sold Village Voice Media. Presently the have returned to the news world with online independent news site Front Page Confidential.

The site publishes counterculture articles in preservation of the first amendment. As Apraio sets the stage with his run for Senate, the players are now ready to form his opposition, and chapter two will commence.