As the head of DAMAC Properties, which has helped to deliver over 17,000 homes in its lifetime, Hussain Sajwani is one of the most influential businessmen in the world. After graduating from The University of Washington, Mr. Sajwani became a part of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries, where he worked in the financial sector, before launching his own catering company, Global Logistics Services. Due to his astute business acumen, he is now recognized as one of the most influential Arabs in the Middle East, and he recently sat down to participate in a Q & A, where he discussed his role in DAMAC Properties, as well as the daily processes that keep him both, efficient and balanced.
Hussain Sajawani normally begins his day by meeting with his management team in order to discuss the status of his company, as well as any new developments that might be influential in its continued success. He cites his time as a youth, in which he spent a number of after-school hours assisting his father with the family business, as the motivating factor for his initiation into the world of business and entrepreneurship. It was at this time, that Mr. Sajwani developed the lifelong passions that have accompanied him throughout his career, including his interest in the real estate market. In order to take his ideas from the drawing board to flourishing entities, he constantly chooses to eliminate any fears regarding failures in the endeavor, while also focusing on a picture of the future of Dubai, and the Middle East as a whole. The rapid development of social media regarding its growing marketing abilities have really piqued Mr. Sajwani’s interest as of late, in particular, due to its ability to connect consumers with businesses on a constant basis. When looking to the past, he reflects on his time working with Abu Dhabi Gas Industries, as a very influential period in his life, in that it gave him a clear perspective concerning the aspects of the business that he was fond of, as well as those aspects which he could go without.
Joel Friant has reintroduced his popular Original Habanero Shaker, this time available on online marketplaces. Joel first introduced the Original Habanero Shaker in the mid-1990’s and it was available in grocery stores in the Washington State area. Before the launch of his signature product, Joel owned a restaurant.
Joel’s restaurant, a fast food restaurant that specialized in Thai style dishes, was one of the places Joel got inspiration for the Original Habanero Shaker. His customers loved the spicy dishes offered by the restaurant, and Joel wanted them to be able to add even more spice by providing chili pepper shakers at the tables. Joel could not find a pepper shaker that satisfied his desire for quality, so he set out to create his own.
Joel sampled different varieties of habanero peppers. He traveled around the United States and abroad in search of the perfect pepper. When he found the premier habanero, Joel developed a way to sun dry the peppers and to reduce the peppers into flakes. He then selected the highest quality packaging available, to ensure that the flavor he worked so hard to capture was preserved. The result was the Original Habanero Shaker.
After launching the Original Habanero Shaker, Joel worked in a few other business. For a time he was employed by a real estate firm. He worked as a salesman and then eventually the manager of the firm’s mortgage loan branch office.
Joel also began to study different markets and how they worked. He developed the Income Thermostat, along with several other market-based strategies, and began to teach others his methods. People were excited to hear what Joel had to say, so he published several articles on the matter, and eventually began to host webinars which were attended by thousands of people.
Recently, Joel has brought his Orginal Habanero Shaker into the 21st century by marketing it on online platforms. He also studies cryptocurrencies and blockchains, especially bitcoin and hopes to share his understanding of these things with others.
Mike Baur has turned from banking advisor and manager to pursuing a new investment in Swiss startup companies and providing aspiring entrepreneurs funding to get it all going. Baur had become tired of the grind and doing the same routine in banking, and also saw signs that the economic landscape was drastically changing as technology companies were becoming successful across the world. So he assembled a team of investors and other clients he had met during his time in banking and founded the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) to become an incubator for technology and other startups in Switzerland.
Mike Baur often travels to business schools and corporate events to give lectures on making startups successful, and he once shared with Red Bulletin five main points that startups should follow. The first is that entrepreneurs should trust their own ideas and never be afraid to share them with others. The second is never to be afraid of failure because at some point it will lead to success if you stick with your ideas. Thirdly, he said you have to ignore those who don’t believe you can succeed because there will always be naysayers. Fourth, Baur said you must be willing to work as hard as you can with your startup, and his final point was to be willing to break a rule or norm that has long governed the industry.
Mike Baur has certainly put his principles to work at the SSUF and has served as an advisor to Think Reloaded AG. The SSUF is all about putting startups to work in a fast-paced environment and also including physical and mental challenges to the chosen participants in a 3-month program. By the end of this program, the finalists are given office space and business equipment to start turning their ideas into fluid businesses. What Baur is currently doing is very different from what he was doing in his early professional career.
Nearly 20 years ago, Baur was an apprentice who was told by a manager at UBS Bank that he would be promoted at different timelines in his banking career, and eventually retire at a certain age. Baur did receive several promotions and also completed several university programs at the University of Bern and later Rochester University. He spent several years as a manager at UBS Bank, later moved to Clariden Leu, and then Credit Suisse before changing his career. One year after founding the SSUF, he opened the Innovation Lab Fribourg.
Adam Milstein is a philanthropist who has dedicated his life to supporting the Jewish population in the U.S. and strengthening the connection between America and Israel. This is truly a unique relationship between the two countries, and since Adam and his wife Gila are citizens of both countries, they are aware of the bond that exists.
In 2000, Milstein and his wife founded the Milstein Family Foundation or MFF, which today is the umbrella company for all of the smaller organizations they have founded in the past 16 years. Mr. Milstein says that he founded the philanthropic organization for two reasons, and they were to strengthen the relationship between Israel and America and to educate the younger generation on their Jewish identity and heritage.
The History of Adam Milstein
Mr. Milstein grew up in Israel and attended the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology receiving a Bachelor’s Degree. He met and married his wife Gila in Israel, and they had two children before moving to California in 1979. Adam attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1983 with a Masters in Business Administration. This education prepared him for his ultimate goal, which was to found MFF and help the Jewish people. Milstein is dedicated to strengthening the relationship of the Jewish people to Americans, and he is willing to focus all his time and funds on this mission.
One reason the Adam may be so successful in his work for both his homelands is that he has a business-oriented mindset. This allows him to be very organized and centered. He offers his contributors a concise description of his philanthropic adventurers that is unlike most other organizations. He and his wife developed three major points of their work in the Foundation:
1) Active Philanthropy – means be actively involved with funds, time and resources to ensure success.
2) Life Path Impact – that the benefits of the education reaches from young students to adults.
3) Philanthropic Synergy – is the connection of resources between the groups that are built under MFF. These combined efforts are greater than the individual effects. Adam Milstein is providing abundant information and services that benefit both the Jewish population and the Americans.
Jackson Family Wines as the name suggests is a family-owned wine company based in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Jess Jackson founded it in 1982. Julia Jackson is Jesse Jackson’s daughter and the proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. Sonoma Valley is a famous winemaking destination with a rich historical significance.
Julia Jackson’s passion for the wine business was nurtured early on in life from helping her father run the business. This was reinforced by adventures to the Bordeaux region in France where she was able to enjoy the culture, winemaking styles and master the language of wine lovers, French.
Julia Jackson is committed to supporting local charities in Oregon and California. Julia founded the non-profit Cambria Seeds of Empowerment with strong values of community, equality, and spirit. The program empowers resilient women to become active community leaders. She supports women leadership at the corporate level. She is passionate to celebrate those who break the archetypal barrier by demonstrating exceptional corporate leadership while upholding their feministic values.
Additionally, through Jackson Family Wines, she has a strong focus on charities supporting education and agricultural development. This includes the University of California, The Sonoma County Justice Center, United Way and many others.
Concentrating their business efforts in the two states enables Jackson Family Wines to prioritize the support of local communities where their employees reside. The company has over forty renowned wine brands. These come from sprawling vineyards in California and Oregon.
Julia Jackson originates from a long line of winemakers. As founder of Jackson Family Wines, she is tasked with expanding into the millennial markets, which tend to be disruptive and dynamic. Julia is adamant that the wine business requires patience and hard work. These are values she fondly remembers being taught by her father. The company has a long line of award-winning premium brands, which promise to change your dining experience.
Alexei Beltyukov is the Russian serial entrepreneur to watch. He started a career in medicine, but switched gears and in 1997 graduated with an MBA from INSEAD, a graduate business school founded in Fontainebleau, France. Since graduating he has launched several companies and currently serves as an advisor to a foundation, Endemic Capital, A-Ventures Ltd, New Gas Technologies, Mechanicus and the Skolkovo Foundation.
The successful entrepreneur, Alexei Beltyukov is also a committed philanthropist. He founded Endemic Capital in 2013 as a resource to provide funding for Russian start-up companies. He established the Russian Alumni Scholarship of INSEAD to provide financial support for Russians accepted at the institution. In his role as Vice President at the Skolkoyo Foundation he provides grants for Russian technology start-ups and resources for Russian entrepreneurs looking to expand their business opportunities.
Given his extensive support of education, Alexei Beltyukov was brought on board as the CEO to Solvy in 2015. Solvy is an innovative and free online educational platform that makes high school mathematics more accessible to students and teachers. The software allows educators to handpick many of the areas their students struggle with such as word problems, solving equations and interpreting tables and graphs. Teachers can assign practice assignments based on the needs of the student. The program also allows educators to track their students’ progress and help them to develop the appropriate classroom curriculum.
The software focuses on mathematics, a subject where American students underperform. Students’ progress is tracked and personalized recommendations are made to help students achieve the best results. According to Alexei Beltyukov, Solvy generates homework and quizzes based on the parameters set by the teacher. The software makes it easier for teachers to see if a student is grasping a concept or requires additional help.
The objective of the software is to streamline and simplify how high school students learn math. The student will progress at their own pace and will continue to work on a specific area until they grasp the concept. Teachers monitor the student’s progress and adapt their curriculum accordingly.
Bernardo Chua, @OGBernie on Twitter, is a successful entrepreneur who is focusing on the management of his global company Organo Gold. He is founder and CEO since Organo Gold was formed in 2007 in British Columbia Canada. Organo Gold is his dream business, and he is an expert in direct sales and in the Ganoderma that he is taking to the world. This has been his goal since he was a young man.
Bernardo Chua has attained an exceptional reputation in The Pacific Rim, and he is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Organo Gold is 55th in the world in the direct sales division, and he has been honored with several awards.
Mr. Chua has received the Dangal ng Bayan Award for Business and Industry three times as well as the 22nd Annual People’s Choice and the National Consumers Quality Award. Bernardo is a worldwide leader in direct sales, and he was recognized with The National Shoppers Choice for that success, He was also honored with the “Direct Sales Company of the Year” award five different years.
Organo Gold is now well-established after less than a decade on the market. The company is now in 35 countries and growing, and Bernardo’s dream of introducing Ganoderma to the western world is becoming a reality.
Bernardo grew up with a mother who regularly gave his family Ganoderma, so he knows the phenomenal benefits this ancient herb can supply. When he was in his twenties, and starting his career, he made the declaration that he would take Ganoderma into the western world who had never experienced it.
His first company which distributed Ganoderma was Gano Excel, founded in 2001. He managed this company until he got the idea to use Ganoderma infused into coffee and tea, so more people would use it. Up until this new concept, he had been selling it as a supplement, but the idea of the infused coffee would change everything. He closed Gano Excel and opened Organo Gold. Since 2007, he has distributed Ganoderma-infused coffee and tea, and his company has exploded. Follow Bernardo on his Facebook to learn more about where he’s going next.
Eric Pulier is a independent, self-made American businessman known primarily for his extensive and lauded philanthropy work. He has also worked within the fields of education, government and has written several best selling books, primarily dealing with his own experiences in business.
Eric Pulier was educated at the prestigious Harvard University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the most critically renowned universities in the world where he studied literature, computer science, environment studies and created a weekly column for the college newspaper, of which he also acted as editor. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a Bachelors degree and from their went on to pursue his various philanthropic ventures (http://www.thecrimson.com/writer/710/Eric__Pulier/).
Mr. Pulier’s first major business outting was PDT (a acronym which stood for People Doing Things) a tech company focused on utilizing the most cutting edge technologies to foster better and more widespread healthcare and education. After several other business outtings, all to some degree involved in tech, Pulier lead an initiative to create the social networking group known as the Starbright World, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of hospitalized children with chronic illness. Mr. Pulier has also created an educational forum for individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis called the Multiple Sclerosis Society whose aim is to propagate useful information about the condition so that the diagnosed can better cope with it. One of his most notable contributions to the disable community, however, was his development of a peripheral sensor beam which, when integrated into a keyboard, allowed individuals without proper motor control or function to operate computers without the need for physical interaction.
Founded after separating from former Nokia Siemens Network, Coriant is a comparatively new company that was created in 2013. Coriant hasn’t been around very long but the company has already managed to position itself at the peak of technological innovation within the industry, providing the top network solutions for its clients. For several years now, Coriant has provided optical transmissions to individuals and companies in dozens of countries the world over. With working business relations at some of the top international communication providers as well as governments, utility firms, and mobile service providers. As it stands, Coriant is a top provider of visual transmission for voice, data, and cloud networks.
Shaygan Kheradpir of Coriant, recently appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, has considerable experience and the potential to take Coriant to the next level. With nearly 3 decades of experience within the business, Kheradpir has an impressive amount of knowledge and expertise within the markets relating to technology and business. He studied and worked hard to earn his doctorate in engineering from Cornell University.
Starting off his career successfully in 1997. Kheradpir was focused on telecom working with GTE laboratories. Obviously his potential was noticed quickly, because it wasn’t long before he was taking care of management and network routing as the companies CIO. When GTE transitioned into Verizon in 2000, Shaygan was appointed as the company’s business president of electronics and was in charge of overseeing a team created for modernization, efficiency, and innovation of new systems.
Shaygan went on to join Barclays bank after a very long running position as a Verizon executive in 2011. Before being appointed at Coriant, this is where Shaygan gained experience developing software for mobile device payment as an executive for the company’s board. With the impressive amount of experience and knowledge possessed by Shaygan Kheradpir over his career and during his time as an executive at many companies, it’s not surprising to see Coriant looking to Shaygan to help them reach even greater levels of success. More information on Coriant and its talented new CEO can be found here.
The author of “Are You on the Zombie Train?” on the VTA Publications website talks about a personal revelation on a commuter train. The tired and suspicious crowd is expected on the rush hour train. With an uncertain state of economy, you would imagine that it would make them even more tired and frightened.
The author took a closer look at the fellow passengers. “[How] were they filling this dead time? What do you think they were all doing? Making calls to run their new home business? Typing away on creating a new marketing promo for their website? Making a lucrative trade? No. They were playing games . . .falling asleep, gossiping about nothing, staring out the window, etc.” The author compares this inaction in the face of disaster to lambs on their way to the slaughterhouse.
What if the author tried to shake their fellow commuters out of their apathy? The author imagines that they would be angry and shout him down. He compares it to “crabs in a basket.” The author ends it by asking the reader if their own apathy and inaction is because of fear of the anger and discouragement of others.
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