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Fabletics increases sales by leveraging big data and crowdsourcing

December 28, 2017 • fishcarolina

While business uses big data to determine consumer wants and needs, customers use their own version of that – crowdsourced reviews to determine which products to buy. One business that leads in capitalizing on this trend, Fabletics, stands out.

 

The athleisure brand founded by “Almost Famous” actress Kate Hudson, leverages big data via an incoming customer survey, then encourages customer reviews of each product sold on its site. The Fabletics customer base varies in their favorite form of exercise from runners to weight lifters to yogis, but their common community thread is a healthy, active lifestyle. Fabletics customers know they can trust reviews on the site just as they would their mom’s or best friend’s recommendation because the entire Fabletics community is like them – active and health-minded.

 

The proof that the one-two combination of data sharing works lies in Fabletics’ growth and bottom line. Launched in 2013, the company experienced more than 200 percent growth in four years, earning more than $235 million. It uses a membership plan with an automatically shipped monthly outfit based on each user’s preferences. Although consumers can purchase items without joining, most become members. Fabletics membership surpassed one million in only four years. Membership provides a deep discount on each outfit. Customers buy often and pass along what they thought of each piece of athletic wear providing sales help from the crowd, as well as, data for the company to improve products.

 

Search engines notice the power of the crowd, too. Google ranks businesses and brands with positive reviews higher than others. E-retailers like Walmart.com and Target.com noticed, as well. They began integrating brand reviews from other sites to flesch out items they carry with few reviews. But, Hudson’s brand doesn’t need that.

 

It has the support of its million-plus members, a number that includes celebrities like Demi Lavato, who worked with Hudson on one season’s fashions. Lavato echoes many fans of the brand, saying that its and Hudson’s authenticity drew her to it, as much as the well-crafted workout gear.

 

Again, customer actions back up those words. According to Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer of Fabletics’ parent company, TechStyle Fashion Group, 85 percent of its sales come from repeat customers. Those customers convert friends – 17 percent of new customer come via referral. Beyond its e-commerce venture, Fabletics opened 22 retail locations to date and plans more. Now, that’s four years of growth that shows the importance of trust and the power of the people.

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How Hussain Sajwani Built A Financial Empire

December 14, 2017 • fishcarolina

DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has been an entrepreneur since 1983 when he founded his first business. He has been phenomenally successful and was named by Forbes as one of the top 10 billionaires in the Middle East in 2017. As of September 2017 he was worth about $4.9 billion. He owns a number of companies with the parent company being DAMAC Group. The biggest subsidiary of this is DAMAC Properties Dubai Co. PJSC which is his luxury real estate development firm that builds residential, commercial, leisure, and retail spaces.

As Hussain Sajwani’s companies are headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, quite a bit of his project are in this city or in the surrounding area. He originally started out as an entrepreneur in the catering industry, a company that he started in 1983 and is still very successful as it operates in several countries serving food to those in hospitals, construction project, and military bases among other locations. His next business was building hotels in Dubai during the time where business professionals were increasingly visiting Dubai. Learn more: http://hussainsajwani.com/

The big opportunity that Hussain Sajwani saw in 2002 was when the government of the United Arab Emirates finally opened the country up to allowing foreigners to buy property which to that point had been forbidden. This was when he founded DAMAC Properties so that he could build properties that would appeal to wealthy foreigners who wanted to own property in his country. He has used effusive marketing in order to make his properties attractive for this foreign investment. He has given high-end luxury cars to buyers of the apartments and villas he has built, for example. One time he gave everyone a Jet Ski that bought a unit at one of his residential developments.

Hussain Sajwani is also a philanthropist. As so many children are poor throughout the world they have clothing that is entirely inadequate. Recognizing this fact, the Sheikh of the UAE launched a campaign to clothe children across the globe. Hussain Sajwani, along with his family, donated a large sum of AED two million that ended up providing clothes to about one million children.

Learn more here: http://www.emirates247.com/news/richest-arabs-youngest-billionaire-wealthiest-family-2016-04-17-1.627434

The History Of The Trabuco

November 27, 2017 • fishcarolina

Trabuco’s, often known by their French name trébuchet, were a weapon used during the Middle Ages. Their purpose was to fling projectiles either at the walls of a structure to bring them down or to fire over the top of these walls. It is sometimes also called a balancing Trabuco in order to differentiate it from an older form of the weapon called the traction Trabuco.

According to spanishdict.com Trabuco’s were used throughout Europe and the Middle East. They were very powerful weapons that could fling up to 1550 kilos of projectiles at distances of up to 800 meters away. When manned by skilled soldiers they were also pretty accurate. Stones were used as projectiles in order to bring down walls. Stones could also be fired over the wall in order to try to hit enemy soldiers on the other side of the fortification. Additionally, sometimes diseased dead bodies were flung over walls in order to try to kill the enemy by spreading the disease.

It was in China that Trabuco’s were first created, in roughly 400 BC. It wasn’t until 600 AD that their use spread to Europe and the Middle East. They were used for centuries, right up until weapons using gunpowder made them obsolete. The last time that a Trabuco was used in a military conflict occurred in 1521 when the Spaniard Hernán Cortés used them in his attack on Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital.

Trabuco’s did not have any complicated mechanism’s to make them work. They were both simple for armies to make as well as easy to maintain. They work by translating gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy with some energy also being lost to sound and heat. Trabuco are still used even today by physics teachers who want to explain this type of principal of physics to their students.

People still build Trabuco’s even today, although for fun instead of for war based on wordreference.com. Instead of launching stones or diseased dead bodies they instead fling such things as pumpkins. There have been contests put on of who’s Trabuco can fling pumpkins the farther, for example.

Check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDAwt3JfWwY for more details about Trabuco.

How Mike Baur Is Supporting Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

October 19, 2017 • fishcarolina

Mike Baur is among professionals who have helped nurture entrepreneurship in Switzerland. He came up with an incubation facility that has been home to many startups in the country, which is also the biggest in Switzerland. Mike Baur was born and raised in Fribourg and as a young boy, his dream was to become a banker. He chose to pursue subjects that would help him achieve this and when he proceeded to the University of Rochester, he pursued degrees in business fields, effectively positioning himself as a professional ready to work in the banking industry.

 

At the age of 16 years in 1991, he was invited by the Union Bank of Switzerland where he worked as an apprentice. He was guided through to build his career and few months later was hired. Through the entire 1990s season, he worked with UBS and rose through different positions. Before he attained 30 years of age, he was appointed into a key advisory position and he proved to have the talent to lead.

 

He cut his engagement with UBS in 2008 to look for other opportunities, and in few months he was hired by Clariden Leu, a bank that he worked with for 6 years before he decided to leave to his career in banking to become an entrepreneur. Many people thought his decision to leave his career was misinformed because this came at the time when he was at the peak of success.

 

In 2014, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory, which is basically a facility to incubate startups and help them grow. The facility has helped more than 100 startups to establish themselves by offering them the required resources. Mike Baur started working at Swiss Startup Factory as a member of the jury, a team that was responsible for reviewing the pitches submitted by entrepreneurs to pick those with the best ideas.

 

His commitment to working on building Swiss Startup Factory put the company on the limelight as the only of its kind in Switzerland. This attracted investors from various areas who thought the ideas presented by different entrepreneurs were good. Swiss Startup Factory partnered with different universities and institutions to deliver the resources needed to make the mentorship process seamless. Mike Baur also negotiated with experts in various fields including business lawyers and accountants to join in as mentors. This has helped Swiss Startup Factory to build a team of mentors who are knowledgeable about different areas of business.

 

Charting a Finacial Future with Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions

September 5, 2017 • fishcarolina

Now more than ever it’s important to make well researched, intelligent choices to ensure a comfortable financial future. Wealth Solutions, Inc. can help get families get on the path to a clear wealth management, financial planning or retirement plan that will help grow and secure investments for the future. Every plan is custom tailored to the needs and goals of each individual, Wealth Solutions knows that every situation and goals are as different as every person who walks through their doors. Learn more: http://www.wealthsolutionsria.com/blog

Wealth management starts by protecting already amassed assets. By finding what is important to the investor wealth management aims to create a diverse portfolio that allows them to invest at the risk level that they are both comfortable with as well as what most fits the needs to reach their specific finical goals. The investor is always in control of the investment process from the start, management will guide them through the process of making wealth growing decisions and help them navigate the world of investing.

Financial planning is geared to a variety of income levels to help grow income. Keeping both short term and long term goals in mind, financial planning is key to future security. Watching market trends, both failures and successes, the best route to growing wealth are charted by helping to choose what risk to take and what secure investments to make that will make larger returns. Financial planning will also greatly assist those needing to invest for several different areas at once, such as saving for a child’s college education while also saving for retirement at the same time.

Retirement planning may be the best known financial planning of them all, many workers being exposed early to various retirement planning options. Starting as early as possible will ensure that all of a person’s needs can be met after they retire, letting them live in comfort in their golden years. Retirement planning can be complicated, however, with many options for investing. A good planner can assist in creating a strong retirement plan for many situations and goals.

Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions has been offering wealth management solutions to the Austin, Texas area for over 20 years. With a deep understanding of the investing and financial planning market combined with years of distinguished experience have made Richard Blair an industry leader. Countless investors have reached their financial goals with Wealth Management Inc. and Blair’s guidance and support.

Fight For A System Unrigged! End Citizens United Kill Corruption Mission

August 17, 2017 • fishcarolina

With the 2018 congressional elections fast approaching, End Citizens United or ECU rightly challenges today’s corrupt political agenda that has left everyday Americans powerless. The grassroots-funded movement strives to empower Americans by electing Congress members that value democracy. In light of his political assault, ECU strongly opposes Citizens United, which allows Congressional candidates to exercise aggressive fundraising tactics to gain political advantage during elections. The decision handed down by the Supreme Courts in 2010, rescued enterprising political parties that support this agenda. Now, ordinary Americans face tougher times as healthcare privileges diminish, job outsourcing activities gain momentum and salary scales remain frozen.

 

While the average American is left to endure this unfairness, “special interests” control over Washington deepens. A recent polling conducted by Hart Research revealed that an estimated 79 percent of the voting population in Senate conflict states blame the “rigged system” for the nation’s escalating crisis. ECU strongly argues that unrigging the bigoted system will gradually put an end to some of the country’s worsening economic, social and political issues. It’s committed to disarming the internal forces fueling corruption with undisclosed funds. In an effort to realize this goal, ECU builds on the idea of a revised legislation that addresses campaign finance reform. The organization launched a clean fundraiser during last year’s election, reporting over $25 million in donations with an average contribution of $14.

 

As it continues its unwavering assault on the “rigged system,” ECU still manages to stay on top of fundraising. USA Today learned that ECU ongoing fundraising projects should haul a generous $35 million in donations before the next midterm congressional elections. At the beginning of this year’s fundraising calendar, it succeeded in raising $4 million just three months into the cycle. As a PAC that’s established on traditional values, ECU has a levied a $5000 donation cap for individual contributions. The PAC isn’t shy of its progress and remains optimistic about the fundraising projection for 2018.

 

The PAC’s director and president, Tiffany Muller, reported that the organization received 40 thousand new pledges of the 100 thousand donors recorded during this year’s first quarter. Its median donation is scaled down to about $12 in accordance with the latest updated record. As the ruling Republican House lost a seat after decommissioning former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price; ECU quickly elected newly campaigning Democrat, Jon Ossoff, to represent Georgia during the emergency election. In an effort to mobilize a campaign for the young emerging Democrat, ECU sought donations to reach a $500 000 threshold. Surprisingly, Ossoff hauled over $4 million in donations. While ECU stance on races for the upcoming congressional election in 2018 is undecided, it’s clear on its role to overturn Citizens United.

Hussain Sajwani Ranks As One Of The Successful Entrepreneurs In The Middle East

August 15, 2017 • fishcarolina

The name Hussain Sajwani is synonymous with DAMAC Properties. The alumnus of the University of Washington says that after completing his degree, he worked for Gasco, a renowned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC), as a contracts manager. Soon after, he left the firm. Hussain incorporated his own food service business. The shrewd entrepreneur contends that he rendered his services to the United States army. He posits that they worked for the Americans in the Gulf, Bosnia and Somali. In addition, his catering business worked closely with other international companies such as Bechtel.

When the government of Dubai allowed foreigners to take part in enhancing its real estate industry, Hussain Sajwani saw an opportunity and incorporated DAMAC Properties. The executive has achieved much success with the firm. The DAMAC owner says that when he purchased land and developed a plan to build a 38-storey residential building, he was able to sell many units even before he had commenced construction. Hussain Sajwani is credited for enhancing Dubai’s image as a glitzy destination.

DAMAC Properties has been operating as a going concern since 2002 when it was incorporated. Over the years, the company has focused on working with talented employees, finding the right locations, selecting consumer-oriented building materials and choosing the ideal development partners. To date, DAMAC properties has completed and delivered over 18,500 homes. Presently, over 44,000 units are under different stages of progress. The mission of the corporation is to be a leading luxury real estate developer that delivers dream homes having exquisite living concepts to clients around the globe.

Notably, President Trump is a great friend of Hussain Sajwani family. The two worked together in developing the Trump International Golf Course. When he was elected to serve as the president of the United States, Trump said that he would not engage in any new forms of business, as it would amount to potential conflict of interest. To this end, Hussain Sajwani is looking forward to working with Trumps children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

Over the years, Hussain Sajwani has participated in different community initiatives that seek to enhance the lives of people. During Ramadan, the executive donated AED two million towards supporting a noble campaign initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The initiative seeks to provide clothes to one million needy children around the planet.

Visit http://www.damac.com/ to learn more.

A Career In Wine Collection With UKV PLC

August 8, 2017 • fishcarolina

The wine collection is a process that requires patience and resilience, and for a commodity who’s best defining quality is that it gets better with age, this is to be expected. However, a more lucrative business venture may not be available within the food and beverages industry. There is a combination of factors that make wine collection so profitable, the first of which is that as it grows older and matures further, it becomes more desirable. The second is that it keeps getting increasingly rare. Every time a vintage bottle of a certain brand is opened, that edition of the brand becomes more limited. And the final quality is that there is always a different vintage taste coming out of any season in various parts of the world. Collectors await the release of each different vintage taste with great anticipation and enthusiasm. These three factors make wine collecting a worthwhile venture since there will always be a market for vintage wine.

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UKV PLC is the United Kingdom based wine collecting company. It gives tips and advice on how to make a career in collecting wine and provides opportunities for willing individuals to kick start such a career with the company. They offer members of the public a chance to invest in the wine industry by joining the brokerage services where they can collect and sell wine under the facilitation of the company.

They point to several reasons as to why an investment in the wine industry is bound to pay off, sooner or later. The first is the industry’s undisputed consistency. The wine industry is the only industry in the world that is not affected by the global economic, political or even social events. During global economic recessions, such political developments as Brexit and even global conflicts have little to no effect on the wine industry. Another important factor that invests in wine collection such a worthwhile venture is a guaranteed sustained global interest in fine wine. Such interest has grown, especially among young developing economies. With populations now more financially empowered in emerging global economies such as India and Brazil, there is a new found enthusiasm for wine among populations in these countries. This creates a new market for vintage wine.

Learn more about UKV PLC: http://newsbeast.co.uk/wine-ukv-plc-unique-investment-alternative/

Betsy DeVos’ Commitment to offering Better Education to American Children

July 15, 2017 • fishcarolina

Betsy DeVos is one of the United States’ highly respected philanthropists. She has dedicated a lot of resources to bettering the education system of the country. Betsy has been working for the Trump administration as the secretary of education since February 2017. She has used the position in developing and enacting several significant policies that are committed to improving the sector. Mrs. DeVos once held an administrative office at the American Federation for Children (AFC), which is the organization that has been on the front line in advocating for better education standards in the United States. The learning institution is currently recognized due to its flexibility that allows students to only study subjects that are related to the careers that they wish to take. The excellent work that Mrs. DeVos does has enabled millions of students to access high-quality education. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

According to the secretary of education, there is inequality in the current school system. She believes that man American children are limited to enrolling at schools that are within their localities. This types of policies hinder many students from attending learning institutions that can nurture them for their future careers. Betsy is committed to inspiring children in elementary schools, and she has been doing this through the Kids Hope USA.

Betsy has been getting tremendous support from her husband, Dick DeVos, in all the charity work that she does. Mr. DeVos is a prominent businessman who has invested in different ventures and has also been offering donations to support the community. The couple has to date given millions of dollars to assist in improving the current education system. Dick loves aviation, and he worked with his wife in establishing the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The institution is recognized across the state for providing exceptional aviation education.

Betsy DeVos has been an active contributor to the political world. She has been holding different positions in the Republican Party for the past few decades. Betsy started her political career in 1976 when she volunteered to participate in the election campaigns of President Gerald R. Ford. The campaigns bettered her skills in resource mobilization and dealing with various issues that affected people in the grassroots. Mrs. DeVos was once appointed to act as a delegate for Michigan and also a member of the Michigan’s Republican National Committee. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table

Mrs. DeVos is a Christian, and she has been supporting different Christian-based organization in the United States. She started her campaigns to transform the education sector after noticing that many low-income parents struggle a lot to pay tuition fees for their children. Betsy Devos currently offers scholarships to support children who study at the at the Potter’s House Christian School. Americans hope that she will use her current position to ensure that all students have the best education.

The Innovation of InnovaCare Health

July 15, 2017 • fishcarolina

The current President and CEO of InnovaCare, Inc. is Dr. Richard Shinto. Dr. Shinto has more than 20 years of experience in managed care, specializing in clinical and operational healthcare. He’s served on several management teams and brings his high standard of quality to the company.

Shortly after joining InnovaCare, Dr. Shinto began changing InnovaCare’s infrastructure. Over time, his changes made InnovaCare Health the number one provider of managed in Puerto Rico. He’s also CEO of InnovaCare’s health plans in Puerto Rico. Prior to joining InnovaCare, he served as CEO and President of Aveta Inc. He worked at Aveta until its sale in 2012.

Even Before joining the managed care industry, Dr. Shinto was a successful physician. He has medical tenure in Southern California. He’s written dozens of articles on health care and clinical medicine. The State University of New York, Stony Brook is where he earned his medical degree.

Dr. Shinto is a shining example of what InnovaCare believes in: redefining healthcare management. Today’s healthcare environment is too complex. It’s very confusing and not many people fully understand how hazardous it is when being misinformed. InnovaCare Health is trying to remove all the challenges people face while trying to get much-needed medical care.

The leadership at InnovaCare Health is making leaps and bounds. Many of them are highly qualified and bring pure genius to the company. Over the years, InnovaCare’s built numerous managed care models trying to find the perfect system. They want a model that coordinated, cost-effective, innovative, and driven by their standards of quality.

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And there’s no one better to help them achieve that goal than Penelope Kokkinides. Penelope Kokkinides has over 20 years of experience in the managed care industry. She specializes in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. She’s an expert at developing clinical programs.

Throughout her career, she’s single-handedly played a significant role in developing some of the most innovative models for the companies she’s worked with. Many of the health care processes and operations she oversaw led to improved efficiencies and organizational infrastructure. She developed and implemented one of AmeriChoice’s greatest health models.

Ever since graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree in social work, Penelope Kokkinides has been very successful. She also holds a biological sciences Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. Visit Penelope’s website at penelopekokkinides.com