Businesses face hard times especially when on their early stages. The major problem entrepreneurs face today is raising funds for their businesses. It is not easy for an investor to throw in funds to get you started with your business idea. Paul Saunders, James River Capital Corp. Founder, and CEO have extensive experience in starting up businesses and helping them to grow. This article focuses on his thoughts on how entrepreneurs can finance their businesses.
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Who is Paul Saunders? He is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur in the finance sector. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia along with an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Saunders has held many prestigious leadership roles at different firms including KP Futures Management Corp and Kidder, Peabody, and Co. Away from his business endeavors, Paul Saunders is a staunch supporter of philanthropic activities. He launched the Sounders Family Foundation alongside his wife.
In 1995, James River Capital Corp. came into existence. The firm started off quickly to become an independent investment firm giving competitors a run for their money. The Virginia-based firm focuses on numerous asset classes such as corporate credit and equity strategies.
When it comes to means of funding a business, bootstrapping should be the first option to come in mind. It is the simplest method of getting financing but it may not fund your business entirely. Nevertheless, it demonstrates to investors that you have put in some leverage and you’re serious about it. If borrowing from your friends or relatives does not sound good for you, you can try crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a rare way to mobilize for funds from a large group of people. For crowdfunding to be successful, you need to perform campaigns and give the people small incentives such as T-shirts.
Business loans is another way to go to get your business started and going. You can get loans from banks or Small Business Administration. You might get low-interest loans through banks, although you will go through a lengthy process. You can also opt for SBA loans which are easy to qualify for. If you’re not comfortable with interest rates associated with business loans, you can go for local loans. Paul Saunders would tell you to visit your Chamber of Commerce to get guidance on how to get local funding.
Angel investors find business ideas which are promising and fund them. They can part with up to $10,000 to support your business idea. Angel investors can also give you a networking chance with other investors. Closely related to angel investors are venture capitalists. Venture capitalists invest in promising business ideas with the hope of receiving 3-10 times their investments within a short period of time. You can also trade equity with funding.
The meat industry is large, providing a lot of the food for the mainstream diets that much of the world consumes. But in many circles, plant-based diets have started to become more popular and that has been seen through large scale investments in companies such as the plant-based meat and dairy substitute company, Impossible Foods. Vijay Eswaran, an Executive Chairman for the QI Group of Companies, recently wrote an article about the idea that we could help many economies around the world by changing to a plant-based solution. Vijay is seen as reputable since QI Group is a company known through Asia for their many different business lines such as e-commerce, leisure, and luxury lines that have made them successful.
Vijay Eswaran explains that he was born into his vegetarian lifestyle as he grew up with family never eating meat as well. While promoting a vegetarian lifestyle inside his company, he believes that he shouldn’t be forcing it upon his employees. Nonetheless, he believes an approach around the world based off a study that plant-based eating could help economies alongside the health of a population. Another very important part that Vijay brings up about the importance of switching to a more vegetarian diet is how much the meat industry affects our environment. While some think emissions from animals themselves are being overblown, a lot of the concerns actually come from everything around them. For example, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has found that 30% of the land on the planet is used for producing meat when it’s not covered by ice. This adds up in emissions when you total together with vehicles coming to bring animal feed and then constantly delivering meat to plants. By transforming the world to have a vegetarian lifestyle, we can help economies and our planet prosper.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (or GCPS) Foundation is an organization that aims to help teachers and students achieve better education system in order to cope up with changes in the education environment. The organization provides funs, scholarships, and support in teaching as well as learning for teachers and students. As of the moment, GCPS Foundation is being led with community advocates, and one of them is Aaron Lupuloff.
Aaron Lupuloff is one of the founders of Norcross High School Foundation. he was also a past board member of Georgia Tech Parents Advisory Board. He is also an experienced Senior Managing Director for Bear Stears. With his experiences as an executive officer, as well as his knowledge in business administration, Lupuloff is one of GCPS Foundation’s key figures right now.
When asked about the thing that inspired him in joining GCPS Foundation, Aaron Lupuloff revealed that he saw how Norcross High School Foundation both helped the teachers and students. With GCPS, he is hoping that he would also be able to give help to more than 180,000 students of Gwinnett. To be able to deliver and make their goals true, they bring ideas to life by weekly “whiteboard” sessions of brainstorming. In addition, the company is collaborating with a board that consists of over 25 community activists.
According to youngupstarts, the trend that excites Aaron Lupuloff right now is the learning concept of focusing on the most challenging students first. When this is done, learning bubbles up, and the whole class will have more success in learning. He also shared that asking for an opinion from the community is a good way to make better judgements to reach their goals, not just with the folks that can make a donation. The pooling of ideas and determining the best action is one of the best ways to reach the organization’s goals.
When asked about the advice that he would give to his younger self, Aaron Lupoloff would tell his younger counterpart to be more patient, more humble, and ask for other people’s help when needed. You cannot always win your battles alone. But with the help of other people, all can achieve improvement and success. Lupuloff also stated that people should not be afraid to fail and fail often, as failing is one way to improve.
As an entrepreneur, Lupoloff recommends to everyone to communicate often and communicate with different people. His emphasis on the importance of communication is apparent because one of his main tasks in the GCPS Foundation is to help in securing the fund for their projects. Lupoloff shares one of the many ideas in his mind, which is to raise money to become an investor for middle school and high school students. Seek out individuals with great ideas and offer them help.
Lupoloff recommends reading “The Change Agent” by Damon West. The reason for this recommendation is because the book shows no matter where you are, you should strive and change, as well as make a positive impact on another person’s life.
Neurocore was built in 2004 in Livionia, Michigan has 200 staff and medical specialist ready to assist you. It is a privately owned firm, a Brain Analysis Center dedicated to helping children and adults understand, analyze and correct brain activities by getting a concise brain assessment and training to enhance sleeping habits, concentration, depression or managing anxiety. Neurocore Brain Treatment Centers also known as Neurocore Brain Training can be contacted through their phone numbers indicated on their websites and other Social Media accounts, with their current business address 37699 Six Mile Road, Suite 240 48152 Livonia, Michigan.
Different kinds of programs that are readily available for you to be able to know how your brain is, like our In-Center Programs. Wherein after all the assessments been done, you will then be given a series of Neurocore brain training to improve brain performance.
Biofeedback Training or HRV Training, In this program it helps improves anxiety attacks, lower high blood pressure, and cortisol levels, enhance cognitive memory, increases mood sleeping habits and energy. In HRV Training there is also Neurofeedback Training or EEG wherein it helps you develop focus and attention, recover mentally, improves mood and lessen the occurrence of migraines or headaches.
Another service that Neurocore offers is the easy to access At-Home Program, it allows your brain to work more since this program is assisted by a brain specialist for you to achieve the desired brain developments activities that you needed. Counseling and Therapy in a state of the art neuroscience program to be able to improve your life with the assistance of a licensed and highly-trained therapist and medical professionals.
Memory Boot Camp is a series of sessions wherein we will have One-on-One brain Coaching, Cognitive Exercises, Quality Sleep Training, Relaxation and Meditation, and Diet and Physical Fitness Activities to cater the Boot Camp Program. This will give you a step by step track record and results-based progress of your brain throughout the Boot Camp program.
At Neurocore the services offered focuses on if not enhances brain activities but also eliminate depression, migraines, stress, anxiety, ASD. It Helps Child ADHD, Teen ADHD, and Adult ADHD and also athletes who need o manage their sleeping activities.
Ashely Brasier is an important partner to Lightspeed Venture Firm. She grew up watching her father pursue a successful architect career. Being around insightful forms of development at an early age motivated her creative passions. Ashley Lightspeed attended Duke University to attain her Bachelors certification. Upon graduating, she would join the consulting firm, Bain & Company. While with the company, she gained extensive knowledge on economic modeling. From there, she accepted a working position with Thumbtack Company. Ashley Lightspeed assisted Thumbtack with establishing an industry-leading online platform for wedding planning.
While working for Thumbtack, Ashley pursued her business degree from Stanford University. Her successful completion of the curriculum gave her the credentials and experience to take her career to the next level. She would join Lightspeed Venture Firm after graduating from the University of Stanford Businesses School. To know more about Ashley Lightspeed follow her at medium.com
Ashley Lightspeed has assisted the firm with startup companies and investment strategies. Her creative abilities have made a tremendous impact; in just a short time with the company. As a child, she had aspirations to be an architect like her father. This led her to attend training courses in architect development. Although she is in the investment industry these days, she believes some of the lessons she learned early in architect training still applies to her work. She constantly uses the idea of prototyping to help shape her creative strategies. As a pure creative, Ashley is intrigued by the shaping of American demographics. She mentions that in the next 15 years, there will be more senior citizens than youth; and this excites her.
Serge Belamant is not a household name like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, but he has played a crucial role in coming up with one of the innovation that is expected to provide a platform for future transactions. He could be revolutionizing the way people buy their goods and services through online platforms but is yet to get the recognition that he deserves. So, what is this that makes Belamant one for the future?
It is evident that the rise of digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum, has been unprecedented. There are many people out there who are already using these cryptocurrencies to undertake their daily transactions. Luckily, some mainstream businesses such as restaurants, stores, and even cabs have already accepted the fact that some people have digital currencies and they have no other option but to accept them.
However, Serge Belamant has nothing to do with digital currencies but is playing a significant role in providing a platform where digital currencies can be used. As highlighted earlier, cryptocurrencies are digital or virtual currencies that cannot be touched, but their value can be felt, and they can be used as a measure of value. Serge Belamant has the full realization that conventional currencies use banking institutions and other financial entities to move through the economy and business world.
Serge Belamant is the brain behind the blockchain technology, which is a network of computers around the world that is geared towards providing a safe platform for transacting using digital currencies. Digital currencies have to move through a system, which is a network of several computers. However, it is a network of thousands, if not millions, of computers that are all geared towards providing a safe transactional platform.
Although the blockchain system is yet to be known by most of the people around the world, its impacts have already been felt among those individuals who are interested in digital currencies. Recent trends show that it is just a matter of time before digital currencies can become the world’s currency. There will be no worries about that because Serge Belamant has already provided a secure platform for transactions.
Toyo Setal is a Brazilian, industrial construction company. They focus on incredibly complex projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, steel, fertiliser, and energy infrastructure. They were founded in 2012 and are based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Recently, they won a new contract for a project that has the potential to be incredibly profitable.
In essence, Toyo Setal has to engineer, design, and build a facility that can act as a functional and efficient place to process natural gas. They are also responsible for finding the actual equipment to be used in facility, as well as various materials, and hiring all of the assistance for the project. Succinctly stated, Toyo Setal has a massive amount of responsibility for this contract. The services offered will be lump sum and turnkey services. In the industrial world, this means that payment will be rendered in a lump sum upon completed services and not with an ongoing or hourly contract. Turnkey means that the product or facility should be ready for the buyer to operate upon arrival without any additional work or setup required.
This project is a part of the Brazilian Petrobas program. Toyo Setal won their first contract for this program in 1999 and have been completing work for it ever since. This particular contracts consists of the construction of three different facilities that will all process natural gas from the Campos Basin. These facilities will be located in Cabiunas as well as Duque de Caxias. This company has completed a large amount of work for the Petrobas program. These projects were the Alberto Pasqualini Refinery (REFAP) Modernization Project, Henrique Lage Refinery (REVAP) Modernization Project, and two gas pipeline projects. Overall, it is likely that this mutually beneficial relationship between the two titans of industry will continue and benefit all involved.
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Isabel Dos Santos is known for being the daughter of the former Angolan president, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. She is a well-known entrepreneur and investor who succeeded in both fields. As of now, Dos Santos is one of the wealthiest women in the country. She is included in Forbes’ list of billionaires as one of the only two females on the list.
As one who was exposed early to the importance of education, Isabel Dos Santos was encouraged by her father to pursue her interest. This event has been one of the things that influenced her success and establish her belief that women can also enter the world of business. While studying electrical engineering, she met Sindila Dokolo. The two got married after completing their studies.
During their first years of marriage, Isabel Dos Santos and her husband Sindika stayed for London in a couple of years. Ultimately, Dos Santos started showing her leadership skills when she joined as a project manager engineer for Urbana 2000. One of the things that she revolutionized is the trucking business in which she took advantage of walkie talkies in order to make the process easier. From then on, she started making wise investment decisions that made her one of the wealthiest people in Africa today.
Isabel Dos Santos focuses her investment in Angola and Portugal. She is known for influencing Condis, a Portuguese corporation, to bring its operations in Angola, making it the first ever supermarket in this chain to open in 2013. Dos Santos is also a significant member of Nova Cimangola, a cement company in Angola. Overall she has been interested in telecommunications, finance, retail, energy, and media industries in both Portuga and Angola. As of now, she currently holds the board and advisory roles at ZON, Banco BIC, and Unitel.
Because Isabel Dos Santos was exposed in education early, she believes that in order to find success, everyone should have the rights for proper education. Being able to rise in the top of a male-dominated area, Dos Santos has been encouraging fellow women to rise up and pursue their dreams. She promotes entrepreneurship and believes that technology is what will help improve Africa.
Jeremy Goldstein is an attorney with his own practice named Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC that focuses on working with clients and businesses on the fields of executive compensation and corporate governance. Jeremy Goldstein is a partner of his own law firm and prior was working in New York at a firm there. Over his career, he has been involved in some of the biggest deals between prominent businesses that includes AT&T, Genzyme, Goldman Sachs, and many others. The lawyer is on the board of many organizations and committees relating to law. He also writes about the issues that can arise when it comes to executive compensation and corporate governance.
Jeremy Goldstein has been recognized by others in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top lawyer for his specialty in executive compensation. Legal 500 also ranked him on their list of top attorneys. Jeremy Goldstein also looks to give back to the community and make a difference as he is on the board of the Fountain House, an organization dedicated to helping individuals suffering from mental illnesses. In addition, he is on the board of the Advisory Board at NYU Journal of Law and Business. The lawyer is a graduate of New York University School of Law, the University of Chicago, and Cornell University. Goldstein obtained his bachelors from Cornell University with a masters from the University of Chicago and doctorate from NYU.
The interview with Inspirery starts off with the attorney crediting his success to forming a trusting relationship with all his clients as compared to other lawyers who have a cut and dry approach. He gets to know his clients by going to social events and while on the job. He states that he is multifaceted and that he earns his money from doing multiple duties such as consulting and working for various companies. He recounts that all of this helped him in creating his own business in the long run. Goldstein does not see money as a true sign of success as he mentions that planning for the future is equally as important. The attorney reflects that he had doubt on the journey, which he believes is normal but that he trusted himself and saw each opportunity as a way to improve. He remembers that his first client came from referral and that unfortunately many starting out don’t realize how great that can be. The lawyer believes that marketing can be an effective tool for acquiring business but to stay away from any negative attention as it can have an impact on anyone’s career. He lists that his perspective is his greatest strength and that he loves working with the Fountain House Organization helping others. He shares that when recruiting new individuals that he looks for experience over personality and recommends the novel called “Made to Stick” that has helped him a lot in his career.
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Isabel dos Santos is not the type of person who can be persuaded when it comes to treating her customers with respect. All though there have been plenty of corporate tactics over the years intent on ensuring that she generates as much revenue as she possibly can, she will not go so far as to step on the heads of others.
She thinks that this is one of the most toxic parts of the business community today, and the only way to combat it effectively is to show the world that we do not put up with it. This is why she does not do business with companies that promote negative or harmful values towards the state of the world. She believes that if we continue to do this as a species, we will ultimately end up reducing the worth we have of each other, as it will not be clear what the point is in working when you see so many other corporate entities in the world who are able to make it through cheating. Being fair and honest has always been the main priority for Isabel dos Santos, and she wants to make sure that this remains the case for all of her career.
Isabel dos Santos believes that there are too many businesses alive today that do not see the purpose individuals can present to their business even when they are not within it. Customers are the reason any business is successful, and the whole art of business is made to appeal to the customer, but Isabel dos Santos believes we have strayed too far away from that in recent years, at least within the Angolan market. Because of this, she wants to do everything she can to make the state of her country better, and she has been delivering recently in spades on her promise to do so. It is because of this that we can continue to expect Isabel dos Santos to make a difference towards the state of the world for many years to come, as she will not accept a life where she contributes anything less.