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The Future is Bright for FreedomPop

If you’re like me, eBooks are a total blessing. I’m able to get my fix without having to lug around my delicate hardcovers. But I also hate using up my expensive data plan just so I can read. What’s a book lover to do? Well, in researching alternatives I came across this Wall Street Journal article about FreedomPop and it may be the WiFi solution for book lovers everywhere.

Wi-Fi is something that we all use everyday. Wi-Fi is becoming just as essential in our homes as heating and water. There are many great options out there for wi-fi, and there are companies out there who are innovating in the world of Wi-Fi as well. FreedomPop happens to be just one of these companies that is innovating in the world of wi-fi. Free wi-fi is the basis of FreedomPop. While there are still limits of usage when it comes to the wi-fi monthly usage, the basic service is great for those who only need to use wi-fi when it is most needed.

Founded in 2011, FreedomPop is becoming more and more popular all over the world. With estimations of over 1 million users in 2015 alone, it is easy to see how this app is becoming so popular among both iPad and Android users. The amazing thing as well is the network of 25 million hotspots around the world. FreedomPop is offering this service for just 5 dollars a month. This is a great service for those who are always on the run, yet still need to get their work done. This is also a very inexpensive price to pay for access to 25 million wi-fi hotspots.The business model for FreedomPop is very unique and innovative and users love it. For the first 500MB of LTE data, 200 minutes of talk, and 500 texts are free. After these have run out, and individual can sign up for unlimited for just 20 dollars per month. FreedomPop has had no problem in finding the adequate funding for their company. In the first round of funding, FreedomPop was able to raise 7.5 million dollars worth of capital from mangrove capital. During their second round of funding FreedomPop was able to raise and additional 4.3 million in capital.

The future of the company is very bright, and there are some very interesting talks in the works regarding acquisition. Sprint is very interested in the company that FuturePop has built, and there are talks that Sprint is currently offering between 250 million and 450 million dollars. It will be interesting to see if FuturePop will decide to stay independent or take this offer. There are many different ways that FuturePop could decide to take their company, but there is one thing that is for sure, FuturePop is going nowhere but up. The amazing features of this company allow much room from growth, and it is sure to be a game changer in the telecommunication industry.

Jonathan Veitch Appointed President of Occidental College

Jonathan Veitch, ex-dean of New School’s Eugene Lang College located in New York City as well as a product of a well known Hollywood background, is going to be the next person at the helm of Occidental College; a college that allows arts programs and is located in Eagle Rock. This is the same place where Barack Obama also schooled for 2 years.

Veitch’s appointment at Occidental was announced on Friday and will take effect on July 1, and it happens after a number of years of management issues at the campus with a student population of 1,868 and has been headed by 4 presidents since 2005.

A literature as well as history university lecturer holding degrees from Stanford plus Harvard Universities, Mr. Veitch assisted in expanding the student body as well as faculty of Lang and also linked the undergraduate freethinking arts college with social as well as arts service associations. He was at the same time depicted as an efficient fundraiser, a vital character in harsh economic times.

A Los Angeles inhabitant, Veitch consists of deep movie-industry backgrounds; his step-grandfather played the role of Alan Ladd while his father, John Veitch, was the president of Columbia Pictures’ international productions. Jonathan Veitch authored a book regarding novelist Nathaniel West, whose “The Day of the Locust” brought forth a nightmarish imagination of Hollywood.

In a phone interview from New York, the place where he has gone for a vacation as a university lecturer after 5 years as the dean of Lang College, Mr. Veitch stated that he was glad to be going back to his native city of Los Angeles. Though it is very early for comprehensive plans, Veitch said that he wishes to enhance the engagement of Occidental with Los Angeles City. “It has Los Angeles at its doorstep and all kinds of cultural institutions that the students could really take advantage of,” he said.

Lang, a constituent of the multi-department New School university, almost increased its student size by double to approximately 1,350 in some few years ago. Occidental, conversely, has no growth plans. Occidental’s donation amount has reduced by more or less a quarter in the past few months to $300 million, which Mr. Veitch stated that it is still rather fit for an institution of its caliber.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Veitch said regarding the recession. “These kind of situations force you to take an inventory of what you do and decide what your priorities are. But I think it’s going to be OK.”

Publishers Now Know What You Read and Whether or Not You Finished It

You just bought what looks to be the best book ever. The problem is your half way through another book What do you do? Alternate between them, start the new one and save the other for later or finish the one you’ve already started? While you may not think it matters, the truth is e-book companies can now measure whether or not you finish your books.

The Canadian e-reader company Kobo has now confirmed that they use these types of analytics. They found that over half of readers don’t finish their books. Only 62% of mysteries are finished. In a white paper titled”Publishing in the Era of Big Data has Kobo has admitted that they can and do use these analytics. Both Amazon and Apple are staying quiet about their use of such analytics.

The consensus seems to be that the data may be more useful to authors and editors who can use the information to find if there is a problem occurring on page 265 if that’s the page that loses the most readers. However the bottom line remains the same. But Flavio Maluf pretty much nailed it on Facebook when he posted that the main objective is how many books are sold and not how many are read.

Who Is Jared Haftel?

In the first of our series of business profiles, we’re taking a look at a rising star.  Jared Haftel, who you can find as a presence both on Twitter, as well as writing articles for CNN about the job market, is one of the future leaders of investment banking.

Jared Haftel is a professional investment banking analyst who graduated from the prestigious Duke University, where he also wrote for the Chronicle, which he attended from 2005 to 2009. During his time at Duke University, he managed to receive a bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Science and Economics. These majors are perfectly combined into the best education for Jared’s career, investment banking. That is how he got started. Since then, Jared has landed many of the top jobs in the investment banking industry. His career has truly blossomed since his college graduation.

In 2008, Jared Haftel completed a summer internship with Credit Suisse. He then moved on to get a job with Global Industrials Group at BofA Merrill Lynch. This is where his career as an investment banking analyst began. During this job, his duties were focusing on chemicals, metals, mining, defense/ aerospace industries and tracking commodities information. His job here took off giving him extremely high profile clients including Huntsman Corporation, CONSOL Energy, GeoEye, and EMS Technologies.

In present day, Jared is an investment banker at one of the top banks in the nation, Bank of America. Along with this, he is also an associate for Vector Capital. He has been there since 2011 and continues to surprise the people around him.

Jared Haftel has opened up his horizons by providing his knowledge to the world as well. He gives great advice on resumes relating to career success. He believes that dedicating a resume to real career achievements is the best thing that someone could ever do for themselves. This gives potential employees the opportunity to see if a candidate is properly suitable for the position being offered based on one’s past accomplishments. Anyone can put down qualities, characteristics and what they are capable of on a piece of paper but not everyone can list many accomplishments that are relevant to the job. This gives a person the upper hand.  He frequently talks about this on Facebook as well.

Haftel explains that one’s resume should be 50% work experience mainly if one is trying to shoot for the top jobs. This is due to the fact that those big jobs are looking for extensive relevant work experience before they hire someone. These are the jobs that pay significantly and offer a lifetime of security because they need someone that is experienced.

One of the most important things about resumes, according to Jared Haftel is to eliminate any high school mentions or even college mentions in one’s resume. Those top positions have no interest in what someone has accomplished in school. They mainly just want to know where a potential candidate has graduated from and then what relevant work experience they have to offer.

In an interview, Jared Haftel advises people to be prepared to answer those difficult questions that potential employers might ask. This is the big leagues now so there are going to be plenty of hard conversations down the road. People must be prepared for it when stepping into an interview.

Based on Jared Haftel’s education and work experience, he is very qualified to give tangible advice. He has made it far and is not finished yet. He will continue to pursue his career in investment banking for years to come.

Vijay Eswaran and Ten Years of In the Sphere of Silence

Vijay Eswaran has found a great level of success for himself in the world of business and literature. He is the founder and chairman of the QI Group, one of the most successful businesses in Malaysia. He has earned a great deal of awards in the world of business, and also in the world of literature. His most popular work has to be his book, “In The Sphere of Silence.” This book goes over the different aspects of self-actualization that Vijay Eswaran has found to help him be successful. PR Newswire reports that even 10 years after the book has been released, this book still continues to be a global leader.

The 10 year anniversary of this book marks a benchmark in the work that Vijay Eswaran has produced. Sociologist have found the same findings as Vijay Eswaran, in the realm of a raised quality of life due to obtaining and maintaining certain necessities in life. Sociologists have even gone as far as to state that nearly a decade can be added onto an individual’s life if they have all of their necessities met on a regular basis. Vijay Eswaran claims that one of these necessities is self-actualization. With this need met, individuals can have a much higher quality of life.

EBooks Detrimental to Sleep


Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston compared the biological effects of two reading styles before bed, in a study, whose results are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

For two weeks, twelve participants read for four hours before bed, over periods of five consecutive days, eBooks on iPad and printed books.

“Those who read an e-book took longer to fall asleep, had less sleep at night, and melatonin secretion (leading to sleep) was reduced,” said in a press release Anne-Marie Chang, author of study and researcher in the science of sleep Boston hospital.

Also, “their circadian clock [internal biological clock, Ed] was pushed back later and were less alert the next morning that those who read a printed book,” she adds. ‘Natural circadian rhythms of the body are interrupted by short-wave light, blue light, which comes from these electronic tools”, she says.

The researchers noted that readers on shelves fell asleep an hour later than the others and were less alert the next morning even after eight hours of sleep.

Previous research has shown the effect of blue light on melatonin secretion but had not studied its effects on sleep itself, the researchers said. They worry that the use of these tools, especially in children and adolescents, play a role in perpetuating the lack of sleep, a trend that worsens over half a century. Institutions like BRL Trust, have been looking at this trend and hoping that studies of this nature will lead to better sleep patterns.

Sam Tabar: A Hedge Fund Manager for the Ages


 When it comes to the world of high finance, it takes a special kind of person to stand out from the competition. While countless people in financial management firms have high degrees of education along with experience in various money matters, I’ve only known Sam Tabar and a very select few others who actually have a sense for what will work and what won’t. It is a skill that cannot be taught in a classroom, nor learned on a job. Rather, it is a skill one seems to be born with and is cultivated throughout the years.

 I’ve known Sam Tabar for a while and know that he is good at what he does because of his extensive training and diverse experience. Specializing in investor relations and strategic marketing plans for hedge funds, Tabar took the skills learned at Oxford University and Columbia Law School and put them to good use immediately. After graduating from Columbia in 2001, Sam became an Associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher and Flom LLP and put his talents to work counseling clients on hedge funds, employment issues and regulatory and compliance information. However, it was after leaving here in 2004 that Sam’s career really took off.

Leaving Skadden to join Sparx Group/PMA Investment Advisors in 2004, Tabar redefined his career by  establishing himself as the man with all the answers. Initially hired as counsel for the investment firm, he found himself promoted to Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development. Given the task of managing all aspects of a $2 billion hedge fund, Sam didn’t back down from the challenge. He used his legal and financial knowledge to design a global strategic marketing plan targeting high net worth clients. As a result of his work, he was able to develop over 400 investor introductions to go along with his personal rolodex of more than 2000 potential investors, once again showcasing his ability to take on a challenge that others shy away from and instead use his uncanny ability to take it to the next level.

Sam has spent years working with investors all around the world, giving him the unique global perspective that is reflected in his latest engagement with CNBC. others can match. Fluent in English and French, he is also able to speak Japanese, a skill he learned while working with Merrill Lynch clients in the Asia-Pacific region. While at Merrill Lynch from 2011-2014, he added an additional 1,250 investors to his rolodex, once again showing a talent for attracting those with money to invest in promising companies and ideas.

With interests including traveling the world and hosting events, it’s hard to imagine the next challenge Sam Tabar will accept. However, the one thing that is known about Sam is that whatever challenge he undertakes, he will once again use his talents to leave it more successful than it was before his arrival. While his track record speaks for itself, it’s clear Sam Tabar truly is a man for the ages.

Susan McGalla Advises Women In The Working World

PR Newswire has published this article that describes advice Susan McGalla is giving to working women everywhere. This advice is going to help women earn more money, make their families happier and tend to their families while advancing their own careers. The careers that women want to have do not need to be stopped when they want to have the career they desire.

The glass ceiling is going to get in the way of women in the world, but they need to ignore that glass ceiling when they are at work. There are many ways for women to get around the glass ceiling, and they can simply break through it to get where they want to go. Most men do not act like women do not matter, but any men who still think this way can be avoided in the workplace.

When women are out in the working world, they need to make sure that they are presenting themselves with confidence. The confidence that women carry to work is going to make them look better, and it is going to help them advance their career. Confidence is perhaps the only thing that will help women get ahead when they really want to.

When women are tending to their families at home, they can still go back to school whenever they want. Women can go to school online, and they can get their class work done even when they are at home with their kids. Most women will be able to get a degree fast, and they can get back to work as fast as they can.

Every woman who wants to get a better career, advance herself and change her life can follow these steps to make sure she is ready to enter the working world.

Publisher pulls his books off the Shelves

With the help of his father, Kevin, six-year-old Alex Malarkey wrote a book that hit the best-seller list five years ago. The book, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, told the story of Alex visiting heaven and interacting with angels after being seriously injured in a car crash. Tyndale House, the publisher of the book, promoted the book as, “a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God.”

Now, five years later, Alex Malarkey says the book is a work of fiction. He now claims he never experienced the events described in the book. Tyndale House decided to take the book and any ancillary products off the market. The book will no longer be in print.

The reason for Malarkey amazing recantation is surprising to some. In interview through Sfgate with Dave and Brit Morin he says the Bible made him do it. Malarkey wrote an open letter to LifeWay and other Christian Bookstores, and it was recently published on the Pulpit and Pen website. He wrote, “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible.

Malarkey also said the Bible is the only source of truth. He might be shocked to know there’s a little truth in all fiction.

BRL Trust Continues to Perform in Brazil

Founded 10 years ago, BRL Trust has continued to navigate a complex environment successfully, growing into one of the largest fiduciary trust partners in South America.

Trust and Trust: In a robust, yet still maturing market like Brazil, foreign investors that want to achieve returns without experiencing some of the headaches that can come with direct investment tend to look for firms that can manage assets and provide the type of confidence that comes with having a solid track record. In this respect, BRL has managed to perform not only to the expectations of Brazilian clients, but to international clientele that represent some of the largest firms in the world. Analysts credit their reputation for effective management as well as their ability to attract and retain talent for their rapid rise.

Economies of Scale: Over the past 5 years, the assets under management by BRL Trust have grown from 2 billion Brazilian Real to 15.32 Brazilian Real, underlining the founders’ notion that a strong mixture of transparency, ethics, and performance will benefit their clients the most. Of course, with size comes the ability to create more sophisticated services that cater to the needs of the international market as BRL Trust has demonstrated.

Corinthians and BRL: There are very few discussions that can light up a room in Brazil as much as talking about the successful hosting of the 2014 World Cup. In order to secure the bid, the Brazilian government needed to commit to building several new soccer stadiums, something that was difficult to achieve without private partners. BRL Trust worked with the world-renowned Corinthians soccer team to organize the construction of an arena on land that Corinthians had been holding since the 1980s. Construction was completed on time for the World Cup and BRL Trust ended up managing the asset trust that was setup between Corinthians, outside parties, and themselves.