Browse Month: April 2017

Fitting In

People say the economy is slowly getting better. They say it has been the slowest recovery from a recession ever. No one knows this better than the people who live on the fringe. They travel by Greyhound to go see family, to go to another town to find work, or just because they have no place to settle down in. These are the people without the education, connections or mental stability needed in order to live what the rest of us consider to be a “normal” life.

Normal to the travellers of this this country consist of living hand to mouth and day by day. Getting by while eeking out a living however they can. Looking at the photographs on The Greyhound Diaries by Doug Levitt, you see this. You see it in their faces and the demeanour that the photographs capture. What you don’t see though is a sense of urgency. Stress. Unhappiness. You may see a certain resignation, an unwilling acceptance to their lot in life, but you don’t really see people who are unhappy. They know they don’t fit in with what the rest of us consider to be a well-meaning and productive life, and most of them seem to be okay with that.

Most of them seem to have been born into a life without much education, prospects for employment because of it, or the will needed to make their lives better. Their lives are good enough for seemingly being destined to live this transient way of life. They have friends here. They have other people who may have their own stories, but they share the commonality that is seen between people who live below the poverty line. They fit in with each other, and they do it peacefully without much of an “Us versus Them” mentality.Follow him on twitter: Click here.

Dr. Vijay Eswaran is Committed to Bringing Quality Higher Education to Malaysia

Dr. Vijay Eswaran is not just an excellent academician but also a man with a great passion for education. The QI Group’s executive chair has been actively involved in higher education over the last decade. He spearheaded the establishment of Quest International University Perak (QIUP) in 2008, and he has been serving as the chairman of the university council since then.

In 2014, Vijay led QI Group and QIUP to launch a groundbreaking university’s campus premise in Gua Tempurung. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/about/leadership/leadership-2/

The campus came at a time when the population at QIUP had increased ten folds from 98 students in 2008 to 1000 students in 2014. If everything goes as planned, the campus will sit on 180 ha piece of land, and its doors will open in 2018.

Targeting Foreign Students

Commenting about the campus and the future developments expected at QIUP, Vijay Eswaran revealed that the institution was in the process of opening branches in Sarawak and Sabah. Besides that, he noted that the university was working towards increasing its enrolment of international students.

For that reason, plans were underway for QIUP to establish an Asean Economic Community, a move that will make the university more appealing to international students.

As an alumnus of the prestigious Southern Illinois University, Vijay is a firm believer of quality and holistic education approach as opposed to the grade-oriented school system. He pointed out that his vision was to have QIUP’s academic legacy as good as that of his alma mater.

QUIP’s Programs

About the facility in the campus, Vijay said that solar panels would be used as an improvisation to electricity since the campus will be off the grid.

He said that besides offering undergraduate and post graduate courses, QIUP would train its students in traditional Chinese medicine from the east as well as the nutrition green technology from the west. Read more: In the Sphere of Silence (English and Dutch Edition)

As a way of producing quality graduates, Vijay said that the university would heavily invest in student research.

After graduation, students will be offered chances to sharpen their skills at QI Group in both its local and overseas offices where some of them will be retained for permanent employment.

Customers Praise Securus for Technology that Prevents Crimes

The correctional field has high evidence standards when it comes to investigating and prosecuting crime correctional leadership is familiar with the standard required by the legal system and various courts. This makes recent praise from correctional facility customers for Securus Technologies even more significant. Customers praised the technology company for its innovation in the technology field that plays a significant role in contributing to public safety.

 

In the customer comments Securus was credited with helping to prevent, investigate, and prosecute multiple crimes inside and outside of correctional facilities. In many cases, their inmate call monitoring and self-management system led to discovery and mitigation of the distribution of dangerous contraband throughout facilities. In one notable case, the call monitoring technology led to the arrest of a corrupt correctional staff member who was bringing contraband in for inmates.

 

For Securus Technologies, dependability is everything. They serve over 1.2 million inmates across nearly 3,500 facilities, so they recognize the importance of safety in all technological enhancements. Their commitment to excellence means that their technological solutions can be depended on to provide accurate, relevant evidence that is actionable in the most rigorous legal environments. Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith remains dedicated to technological advancements that serve public and correctional safety needs.

Adam Goldenberg And Don Ressler’s Contribution At JustFab

Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler founded JustFab in March 2010. This small company did not have adequate financial power to concur the world of e-commerce. The two co-CEOs of the company embarked on a funding campaign to secure the necessary financing for their brainchild. Their campaigns were successful with the company securing over $100 million in funding in just two years of its founding. The retailer of shoes, handbags, denim, and jewelry now owns other companies such as FabKids and Fabletics. The corporation has operations in North America and Europe.

Justfab received its first funding in 2011. The $33 million was sourced from Matrix Partners, a US venture capital firm. Less than a year later, Matrix Partners collaborated with Rho Ventures, Intelligent Beauty, and Technology Crossover Ventures, to fund the subscription retail company with an additional $76 million. The two rounds of funding enabled the start-up to expand its operation to the UK, Canada, and Germany. This expansion enabled the company to increase its sales. The company was also able to make its first acquisition in 2013. It acquired FabKids, a children’s fashion subscription company.

Adam and Don continued with their third round of funding. The co-founders planned to use the capital to introduce new product categories and accelerate the growth of the company. The company managed to raise $40 million in this round of funding. The last round of funding was conducted in August 2014. Passport Special Opportunity Fund led the funding drive. Other participants in the round were Matrix Partners, Shining Capital, and Technology Crossover Venture. Overall, the company had a total capitalization of over $250 million. JustFab used this opportunity to expand its operations into more countries. Recently, the company changed its name to TechStyle Group. Its headquarters are based in El Segundo, California.

Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler are entrepreneurs with loads of experience in the fashion subscription industry. The two executives have gone on to establish other notable companies such as Fabletics, Intermix, and Intelligent Beauty. These companies have greatly benefited from the visionary leadership offered by the two successful and shrewd businessmen. They are always determined to succeed in all their endeavors. http://perezhilton.com/tag/don_ressler/

 

 

 

Adam Goldenberg On Why JustFab Became TechStyle Fashion Group

Adam Goldenberg recently appeared on CNBC to discuss a change to his company, JustFab. The company was rebranded as TechStyle Fashion Group just this last year, a move that Goldenberg and his co-CEO Don Ressler made because of how he perceives the fashion shopping model is changing. Goldenberg’s company has opened physical retail stores and plans to open more in the future, so shopping in outlet malls is not likely to change. But online branding is something that spurred the popularity of JustFab, and big data analysis in running the company’s inventory has become a mainstay, that Goldenberg and Ressler decided to name the company TechStyle Fashion Group as a signature of what happens when technology meets fashion shopping.

 

Adam Goldenberg has always been a man who has used technology and marketing to his advantage, starting his first company when he was only 15 years old called Gamer’s Alliance. This company became quite a phenomena, and digital media agency Intermix Media decided to buy it and hire Goldenberg on their technical team. Goldenberg had just barely completed high school when he went to work for Intermix Media, and at only 20 years old he became the company’s chief operating officer. While there, he also met the founder of FitnessHeaven.com, Don Ressler who would become Goldenberg’s friend and primary business partner.

 

Goldenberg and Ressler began experimenting with various brands and e-commerce business ideas while still at Intermix Media, and they came up with the idea to launch Alena, an e-commerce store that became a hit when MySpace was founded. But in 2005, News Corp took over Intermix Media and Alena went by the wayside. Unhappy with the new management, Goldenberg and Ressler decided to leave the MySpace parent company. In 2006, they founded Intelligent Beauty through which they started several health and beauty product brands.

 

Goldenberg and Ressler decided to become fashion salesmen in 2010 when the idea for JustFab started taking off. It began with some ideas from friends of theirs in the fashion industry, and soon evolved to hosting functions and other meetings. But the idea to run a VIP member company along with affordable merchandise also resonated well with celebrities such as Kimora Lee Simmons, and later actress Kate Hudson who has become the face of subsidiary Fabletics. As of today, JustFab has become fully independent of venture capital funding and is also valuated at over $1 billion. https://twitter.com/adamgoldenberg?lang=en