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Campaign Against Arms Trade

Recently, the street artist Banksy donated £205,000 to a human rights groups, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve. Campaign Against Arms Trade is based in the UK. Currently, the group is working on bringing the Arms Fair to a halt.

Not only that, the group’s entire purpose is to end the international arms trade. The group is most concerned with damaged economic development due to the arms trade.

The group works on stopping the acquisition and export of arms to places that will result in increased tension and conflict. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: and

Human rights group, Reprieve

Reprieve is a human rights group which focuses on eliminating extreme human rights abuse. Around the world, people are sentenced to death because of their crimes. Fortunately, Reprieve has saved at least 400 lives from experiencing the death penalty. The groups is also working on ending death by legal injection.

Reprieve helps pharmaceutical manufacturers break ties with the execution drug trade by preventing the sale of drugs to death row. One of the goals for this human rights group is to change the common perspective that death by legal injection is humane.

Since 1999, the group has been providing legal counsel and support for people facing execution, torture, and extrajudicial imprisonment and killing. The group continues to expose how the US government issues drones which target individuals on their “kill list”.

How the Frontera Fund launched

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The pair have dedicated the settlement income received after their arrest to funding migrant groups in Arizona. In 2007, Larkin and Lacey were awarded $3.75 million after being wrongfully arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The homes of Larkin and Lacey were entered in the middle of the night and the two were arrested. The two exposed that grand jury subpoenas had been issued to gain more details about writers, readers, and editors of the Phoenix New Times.

Information was requested such as browsing histories and IP addresses. The publication is where the two writers released the information about Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Jason Halpern: Real Estate Entrepreneur

Jason Halpern is the Principal of real estate development firm JMH Development. He primarily focuses on developing luxury properties in the New York and Florida markets. In addition to residential construction, he also develops commercial properties. JMH Development is his family’s business and he took over management of the firm in 2010. One of the hallmarks of JMH Development is that they focus on the preservation of historic structures that have been restored through the means of adaptive reuse of existing materials and structure.

Among the $500 million in investments made in New York, during a recent project, Jason Halpern and JMH Development converted an existing warehouse into a luxury apartment complex with 340 units. The apartments, located on the North Brooklyn Waterfront, are called the Austin Nichols House. Each unit, from studios to three bedrooms, feature so exquisite touches as tobacco smoked oak flooring, high beamed loft ceilings, and amazing views of the city. The building also provides an around the clock doorman, concierges, a zen garden, a full catering kitchen, and a business center in addition to many other amenities. The building is listed on the National Historic Register. Halpern successfully sold the apartments to another group for $275 million.

Aloft and Jason Halpern

Another project that Halpern developed was the Aloft South Beach. During this project Halpern and his team restored the historic Motel Ankara and added a new eight-story tower to it. The new hotel features larger rooms than local competitors and is the first one opened in the area since 2009. The Aloft South Beach, just a block from the beach, also offers quick access to several art galleries and museums as well as the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition to featuring luxury touches throughout the rooms, the hotel also features a space for live bands to play or for local artists to feature their work.

Jason Halpern with Crunchbase Production

The Townhouses of Cobble Hill residential development that Jason Halpern worked on has turned into a coveted place to live in the Brooklyn area. He created a structure that comprises nine high-end townhouses along one of the most desired streets in Brooklyn, Congress Street. Four of the townhouses were completely renovated and the other five are brand new.

Jason Halpern continues to develop properties in both New York and Florida, He visits the Miami area every few weeks in order to manage his existing projects or to spot new opportunities in the area. He enjoys building in Miami as he believes the area is virtually recession proof due to the fantastic setting that draws in new residents, tourism, coupled with a strong business environment.

The Swiss Startup Factory thrives on the leadership that it receives from Mike Baur, and the company has helped many companies go from the startup phase to a place that is much more profitable and prosperous. This article explains how Mike helps his clients, and it shows that he has their best interests at heart no matter what they are doing. Someone who wishes to use his services will find that their company as a whole is much better off for it.


#1: How Does Someone Run A Startup?


Mike will often start his clients by asking them how they plan to run their business. He wants to know what their plans are for the future, and he wants to hear about their vision. Someone who does not have a vision for the future will need assistance in this area, and others will be given advice about hiring. The company must be staffed properly, and Mike will help create a plan for the expansion of the company in the future.


#2: Financing


There are many different options for a company that needs financing, and they may request something from the Swiss Startup Factory that will help them pay for their projects going forward. They will welcome capitalists who have money to spend, and they will gain mentors who are happy to help them grow. These companies are hoping to be as efficient as possible, and they turn to Mike because they know that he knows how to manage financing for any firm.


#3: Governance


The board of directors of any company must be chosen with a bit of care, and someone who wishes to hire a board of directors will find that they have many options. The choices that they make will help the company grow, and they will bring people to their company that will offer them fresh ideas. These ideas will help broaden the company, and Mike is happy to mentor at any time that it is needed. He does not join the board of directors, but he does help guide its creation.


There are many companies that require help from an expert such as Mike Baur. He has done quite a lot of work in the business world, and he knows how to help a startup grow from the small firm that it was into something much better. Every service he offers helps his clients grow into legitimate businesses.

Talk Fusion founder and CEO Bob Reina has been on a mission to change lives since the beginning of his career. With just a little research it’s easy to see that Bob Reina is more than just a very successful business. In truth, he is an even more amazing individual. Bob Reina is someone who cares a lot about his community and how his company’s products effects it.


The outstanding entrepreneur’s passion for changing peoples lives is translated through the actions of his company. A huge part of Talk Fusion’s culture is the idea that, “With great success comes greater responsibility.” Reina has instilled this ideal into the corporate DNA of Talk Fusion. Reina even goes out of his way to make sure his employees have the same ideals. Reina and Talk Fusion is all about making a difference in the community by giving back, providing opportunities, and advice.


Reina hopes to inspire those around him to become more involved in solving the problems of the world. He recently launched a program that allows every Talk Fusion Associate to donate one free account to the charity of their choice. Many of his associates have testimonies of how Talk Fusion’s cutting-edge video marketing products has changed their lives, which is like music to the ears of Reina.


Many will say that Reina is chasing a white whale. No matter how much he does or has done for the community, he till strives to do more to help people. Listen to about Bob Reina.


About Bob Reina


Bob Reina has committed himself to doing as much as he can to change people’s lives for the better. He has been involved with several non-profit and charity organization efforts throughout the years. He is an especially strong supporter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Reina even donated $1 million of his own money to the organization. Reina finds great joy in helping people reach their goals and live their dreams. He is all about making the impossible possible. He has taken his mission to change lives global. All in all Bob Reina is a businessman with the mind of a human rights activist.


Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is a Fintech company that was founded to provide young, talented burgeoning entrepreneurs in Switzerland a platform that provides them business guidance to ensure they meet their milestones. SSUF is a goal-oriented entity that aims at creating a professional execution platform that guides young entrepreneurs through a dedicated business-driven process to provide efficiency in achieving goals.


Mike Baur and two other partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer in 2014, founded SSUF. Mike currently serves as the company’s Managing Partner. The company is known to be the first of its kind in Switzerland; an early stage ICT Startup accelerator.


The partnership and inclusion of Mr. Hartweg is a strategic business move that aims at utilizing Mr. Hartweg’s investment expertise. Mr. Hartweg is an astute investor. He is experienced at selecting and evaluating talent in different fields whether sports, technology and even in finance. He is also a Co-founder of Fintech Leonteq, which has entered a partnership with SSUF. Mr. Hartweg’s core role as an executive advisor will be to select, analyze and evaluate Startups to determine whether SSUF should invest in them.


Upon the partnership announcement, Mr. Hartweg claimed that there had been remarkable growth in the Fintech industry in Switzerland with many Startups. Few, however, have the capacity to compete in the global marketplace according to him. He further added that the aim of SSUF was to bridge that gap to help the Startups compete globally.


In the press release, Mike claimed that the partnership with Mr. Hartweg would further strengthen the innovative power of the country in the Fintech industry. He also wants to ensure that Switzerland remains a leader for digitization in the financial sector.


Mike is also a venture capitalist. He invests time and money in Swiss youth entrepreneurship supporting Startups as a mentor and a financier. He is both a Co-Founder and a Director of the Swiss Startup Association.


Background of Mike Baur


Mike Baur is a native Swiss businessman and entrepreneur. He attended the University of Rochester in New York where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He also attended the University of Berne where he earned an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Before spreading his entrepreneurial wings, Mike worked in the banking sector for over 20 years. Mike worked at top banking institutions such as Clariden Leu and Sallfort where he left to pursue his ambition of financing and mentoring young Startups in the country.



Bruce Levenson was born on October 1st 1949 in Washington D.C into a jewish family. He grew up in Chevy Chase Maryland where he spent the majority of his youth. Bruce Levenson attended both the Washington University and the American university where he graduated in a bachelor of arts and a law degree. He attended law school during the evenings and worked day time at a local newspaper and worked on his journalism career. Bruce Levenson has always been a hard worker and so later started a company in his basement known as the United Communications Group. Bruce Levenson currently has three children with his wife Karen Boyarsky Levenson. They live with their three children in Atlanta, Maryland and Potomac where they have family homes.
Bruce Levenson has always had a passion for basketball and bought the Atlanta Hawks LLC professional Basketball team alongside several other businessman. This purchase was made in 2004 for $250 million and also included a second team the Atlanta Thrashers NHL as well as the operating rights to the Phillips Arena which is the home of the Atlanta Hawks.

In recent news Bruce Levenson hired Bankers at Goldman Sachs and another company to sell the Atlanta Hawks for them but the Bankers oversold the team and promised the investors $1 billion in return. This was not the case and the team later told to Antony Ressler for $850 million. This was still a significant profit for the owners of the Atlanta Hawks, specialists however believed that more could have been made if the team was not oversold in the beginning.   For more information on Bruce Levenson, visit his Wikipedia page and official website



George Soros, the smart investor, author, and prominent philanthropist gained global fame after shorting the British pound and pocketing a profit of $1 billion in September 1992. On just a single currency assumption, Soros had risked $10 billion. He founded and managed Quantum Fund that acquired an annual return of over 30 percent under his leadership. George Soros ventured into the philanthropy world in 1979 after he started offering funds to assist black students to not only attend Cape Town University but also graduate and establish a professional career. As the Chair of Open Society Foundations, Soros has strived to promote values such as human rights, government accountability, and transparency.

Soros took a long break from active business to manage his family investments and oversee the operation of the Open Society. Recently, the self-established billionaire announced his intention to return to trading. His goals are to make immense profits from opportunities that will be created by the economic troubles that he is foreseeing. The hedge fund manager has already directed extraordinary amount of investment in new ventures and his existing businesses. Soros is anticipating big market shifts and global economic recession. His return to business is already causing ripples in the corporate word.

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Early life and investment competence

Soros relocated from Hungary to England in 1947. In 1952, he earned a degree in Economics from the London Schools of Economics. He has worked as an investment manager and credit analyst in several firms headquartered in New York such as F.M. Mayer, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, and Wertheim & CO. With a goal to create a thriving business empire, Soros founded a hedge fund firm known as Soros Fund Management. Under his leadership, the hedge fund became a prestigious and successful Quantum Fund. Apart from generating returns of over 30 percent on a yearly basis, the successful hedge fund made returns of over 100 percent on two occasions.

Soros has been monitoring his company’s investment and on several occasions became active in running the affairs of the company especially after the fund made losses. This year, Soros has been actively involved in business. He has been building alliances with several executives in all sorts of industries. Soros Fund Management that manages about $30 billion for his family sold stocks and purchased shares and gold in gold miners. Investing in precious metals is one of the strategies Soros is using to protect his wealth from market shifts and global economic crisis.

Soros has authored several books such as The Tragedy of the European Union (2014). His articles touch on the topics of society, economics, and politics. Additionally, his essays are published in major magazines and newspapers across the globe. Soros is a role model to people who have missions of succeeding in the business world.

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Russian entrepreneur Alexei Beltyukov has been impacting the business world for years. Beltyukov is responsible for founding many companies and those companies have brought in millions of dollars.

Alexei Beltyukov’s investment work has included many great companies including Endemic Capital, New Gas Technologies, A-Ventures and Solvy. Beltyukov began his brilliant career working in medicine. Eventually he opted for a change and moved into the business world. Beltyukov eventually would go on to graduate from INSEAD with Master of Business. Beltyukov is very outspoken on Twitter about the fact that his quest for education would not have been achieved without the financial help of scholarships such as The Lister Vickery Scholarship. This experience would shape many of Beltyukov’s career moves moving forward. He felt pressure to make sure that his career demonstrated that he was worthy of this scholarship.

Beltyukov has been known for giving back to others. He created a Russian company called A-Ventures. This well known Russian Group helps other companies within Russia with financial assistance. Beltyukov has also help to create the Russian Alumni Scholarship of INSEAD. Feeling the need to continue to give back, this scholarship gives financial assistance to Russian students who otherwise would be unable to further their education. Nearly $200,000 has been donated through this platform. Furthermore Beltyukov is helping aspiring Russian entrepreneurs by providing grants to help them start a business.

Beltyukov is also concerned about what these students are doing once they are in the classroom. Recently Alexei created Solvy. This online math resource is geared towards high school students. The program provides lessons,ideas and tips for students seeking to achieve high marks in math. The program also helps teachers by providing immediate feedback allowing to help teachers advance their students.

Alexei has held several titles including CEO and a Board Member for Renova Project, Executive Director for the Renova Project and Vice President of Brunswick Capital. His accomplishments are undeniable and his work has tremendously impacted the Russian world.  Check out Alexei’s author profile on Lulu for more on him.

Shaygan Kheradpir is a very well-known technological business executive that is currently serving as the chief executive officer of Coriant. Mr. Kheradpir has had a long, successful career in the technological sector, which is why Coriant decided to hire him at this high-ranking position.

Pat DiPietro used to be the CEO of Coriant but stepped down because he believed that Shaygan Kheradpir could probably do a better job since Mr. Kheradpir has lots of experience in the network field that Coriant is involved in.

Shaygan Kheradpir started out by leaving his homeland of Iran to go to school at Cornell University. He wanted to study electrical engineering because he felt that technology would get more complex in the future and revolutionize how people got along and interacted with one another, and was he right. Mr. Kheradpir started working for GTE Labs after getting his doctorate degree from Cornell University. He stayed there for longer than a decade until the company became Verizon Communications after a merger with Bell Atlantic.

Mr. Kheradpir had a very important role at Verizon, serving as the president of the online business division. Shaygan Kheradpir helped make new network systems for Verizon and implement new decision-making processes that turned out to be crutches that Verizon Communications have relied on to rise to the level of success they are currently at. Mr. Shaygan Kheradpir has also been employed at both Barclays, a large international financial institution, and Juniper Networks, another large company that relies on its technological products and services to succeed.

Shaygan Kheradpir is considered one of the best executives to ever work at a major technological producer, provider, and developer in the United States of America, or even the world. Mr. Kheradpir’s strong history in higher education has helped him succeed early on when working at Coriant. Mr. Shaygan Kheradpir has helped many other technological-based companies succeed, which is what the executives and the directors of Marlin Equity Partners and Coriant felt that he would help Coriant grow as much as they did the other places. Mr. Kheradipir is truly one of the best executives of his kind.

November 9 in Chicago American Homeowner Preservation, Patch of Land, Peer Realty, CrowdFranchise, and Equity Roots announced their joint acquisition of Tycoon Real Estate. Tycoon gained notoriety earlier this year when the founder and former CEO was featured on an episode of “Shark Tank” on ABC. The episode is credited as bringing more awareness to real estate crowdfunding. Sadly, Tycoon’s episode didn’t turn out well for the company but did offer the industry the chance to inform the public about the heavily regulated field and how it can produce successful companies. No specific details were disclosed about the financial terms of the transaction other than to note that it was all cash.
The purchasing companies look forward to offer a new educational platform that will prove why the Sharks on the show were so wrong. Due to the approval of Title III of the JOBS Act, which opens crowdfunding to non-accredited investors, the timing of the deal is perfect and will allow nearly anyone to invest.
The announcement coming from Chicago is no surprise as it serves as a financial, technological, and commercial hub for the country. New and interesting business ideas are popping up all over the city including a grocery catering services that is being tested at local grocery stores like Expresso Inc. President of the company Majeed Ekbal is excited to offer these new services detailing that the company is catering to the convenience of the customer, even if that entails meeting them at their office to pick up their car keys and put the orders in the customers car for them. Ekbal, who hasn’t been in the business too long, is shopping his new business around looking for upscale customers. He has added to his business by offering to order grocery and specialty items from out of state and have them rapidly shipped via FedEx.
Ekbal currently operates in the Lincoln Park, Near North, and downtown areas. Ekbal has big plans for the company and is looking to extend the service areas in the near future to cover Evanston, Wilmette, and some North Shore Suburbs. While it may only be one day a week, he hopes eventually the service will be a permanent fixture.