Robert Deignan has always had an entrepreneurial mindset and found success early on in his life. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended Purdue University between 1992-1995 where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. He studied at the university of a full football scholarship and played for a brief time with the Miami Dolphins and NY Jets during 1997 and 1998. One of his earliest entrepreneurial ventures was Fanlink, Inc. of which he was the founder, and he started that company up in 1998. He also served with iS3 Inc. for 9 years and became the company’s Executive Vice President.
Robert Deignan’s most recent venture is with ATS Digital Services where he is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. ATS is a digital support company that works with consumers on an international basis to help them solve their tech issues, and Deignan has been working with the company since its inception in 2011. The company works with its customers remotely, and this means they can solve problems quickly and efficiently without many of their customers ever having to leave their homes or businesses to do so.
Rpbert Deignan has found that he comes up with a lot of his ideas while he is enjoying nature in the outdoors. He takes part in many different sporting competitions, at times, and just simply enjoys being in nature at others. It is during those times when he is disconnected from technology that he has come up with some of his best ideas. He jots down those ideas and then elaborates on them when he works on his computer again. If the idea still looks like a good one, he will get to work digging into it deeper and talking to his business partners. This gives him a different kind of perspective, and if, after talking with them, the idea still looks good, they get to work with the implementation of whatever it is. Today, Robert Deignan calls the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area his home, and he loves to spend time with his wife and son when he can.
One of the brightest stars in the cryptocurrency world has weighed in on the future relationship of financial institutions and cryptocurrency.
Jed McCaleb has done innovative work in the tech industry at eDonkey and Usernet. He broke into the world of bitcoin with his company Mt. Gox. It was originally a market place for video game players, but Jed McCaleb had greater things in mind for Mt. Gox. His company became the first ever worldwide bitcoin exchange.
McCaleb is no the CTO at Stellar, a company that he founded alongside Joyce Kim. McCaleb and Stellar provide a cheap alternative for international payments and cash transfers. Recently, he shared his thoughts on how cryptocurrency and blockchain technology will become more prominent in the banking world in the next decade.
The blockchain expert believes that cryptocurrencies will one day provide a universal payment network that will operate across every border in the world. He says that the future network will provide people with a way to use the currency they are familiar with, but it will still use public ledgers that are impossible to manipulate. Only a cryptocurrency that meets these standards will grow to become a worldwide name.
McCaleb is attempting to meet this criteria with Stellar. Stellar boasts impressive speeds of only 5 seconds when it comes to completing transactions. It also provides an easy way to exchange currencies. IBM is the biggest company to date using Stellar technology, but countries all over the world are using the system. Stellar has business deals with not only IBM but also Deloitte, Le.com, Stripe, Moni, and dozens of others.
“in the next 10 years I wouldn’t be surprised if all equity isn’t tokenized on some blockchain somewhere,” McCaleb said. If McCaleb’s prediction here is correct, the stock market could one day be using blockchain technology to secure its records and complete transactions.
AvaTrade is a brokerage firm that was founded in the year 2006. The firm is an online company that specializes in trading foreign exchange currencies, CFD’s and commodities. It is based in Dublin, Ireland and has a number of locations throughout the entire world. Investors who use AvaTrade as their forex broker can take advantage of a number of trading services which include Bitcoin, equities and Exchange Traded Funds. With a wide range of options, investors who use AvaTrade will be in position to diversify their portfolio and maximize their profits.
One of the things that helps establish the firm’s credibility is the fact that it is one of the most legitimate online brokerage firms in the world. This firm is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland as well as being regulated by a number of other regulating organizations in the world. As of today, the firm is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and the Financial Services Agency of Japan. Due to being associated with a number of regulatory institutions, AvaTrade is able to convince all investors that it is trustworthy and will always have their best interests in mind.
With AvaTrade, investors will be able to take advantage of a number of platforms. By offering a wide range of trading platforms, investors will be in position to choose what trading option works best for them. The firm offers MetaTrader 4 for both PC and Mac, a mobile trading platform, one that offers floating spreads and also a web trading platform. Anyone that trades with this firm will also be in position to trade with AvaTradeAct which provides them with access to forex and CFD trading. Lastly, investors can take advantage of platforms that offer automated trading as well.
When looking to use AvaTrade as your broker, there are some other benefits that you should keep in mind. One of these is the ease of opening up an account. When looking to open an account, you will just need to fill out a questionnaire, provide identification and then deposit some funds. AvaTrade requires a very small amount so you can get started without having to invest so much capital. There are also educational tools and customer support which can help you get the most out of your trading experience with AvaTrade.
Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Start-Up Factory. The company works with young Swiss entrepreneurs to ensure the have the skills, training and resources they need to help their companies to succeed. Before co-founding the Swiss Start-Up Factory, Baur spent 20 years working in the Swiss banking industry. He started his banking career as a commercial apprentice with UBS after earning MBAs from the University of Bern and the University of Rochester New York. After spending several years with UBS, Baur moved on to the famed banking institution Clariden Leu. By the time he retired in 2014, Mike Baur was on the board of a major Swiss bank.
Growing up in Switzerland’s Fribourg region, Baur was interested in banking and finance. Once he retired from the banking industry, he decided to use his experience and connections to help young Swiss entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality. Working with his friends Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, Baur designed an intensive four-month program that once completed would put young business owners on the path to success. Swiss Start-Up Factory has done so well, it’s now Switzerland’s top rated independent, privately financed start-up accelerator.
At Swiss Start-Up Factory Baur both mentors the budding entrepreneurs and provides financial support for the program. Program participants are taught the finer points of bookkeeping, payroll and invoice management, cash flow reports, financial statements, tax and VAT reporting, marketing, customer service and much more. They are also given office space in the heart of Zurich.
Because each of the companies with which Swiss Start-Up Factory works is different, the new business incubator customizes it services to meet the unique needs of each business in the program. Once they’ve completed the program, the entrepreneurs are introduced to an international network of investors and entrepreneurs.
As part of his commitment to developing young Swiss businesspeople, Mike Baur works with several other business incubators. He was a jury member at the University of St. Gallen’s start-up pitching contest, START Summiteer. Baur was also CTI Invest’s deputy managing director and worked with the Goldback Group’s accelerator program. He also partnered with Fintech Fusion to provide support for new businesses. Mike Baur’s investments in Swiss start-ups are anticipated to pay dividends to the Swiss economy for decades.
The companies Mike Baur and Swiss Start-Up Factory have helped to put on a solid footing will be tomorrow’s industry leaders..
Livio Bisterzo is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Park Holdings. He founded the company in 2015. Green Park Holdings deals with food innovation, and it has experienced rapid growth in the nutrition and health sector. Green Park is very original with its products, which has resulted in the creation of a portfolio that focuses on natural propositions as well as brands that have positive social and cultural impact. Base on the vision of the founder, Green Park invests in multi-channel food brands that match the health and social sector.
Green Park Holdings launched its first food brand in 2016. The food brand is known as Hippeas and has what it takes to be the internationally recognized snack brand. The introduction of Hippeas into the food market created the opportunity of bringing a premium and affordable product. Hippeas has genuine health credentials and exciting flavor that makes it number one product in the snacking market. The food brand was designed with the objective of appealing to the increasing number of consumers who are health conscious.
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Livio Bisterzo was raised by parents who have experience in marketing. In that case, Livio learned a lot from his background and was able to start his first business venture in 2003. He went ahead to build a business assortment ranging from lifestyle dealings, consumer brands, to hospitality industry. Livio Bisterzo lived in the UK in 1991 and had the opportunity of attending London Arts University.
Livio Bisterzo has a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management, which has made him creative with his business development. As a creative entrepreneur, Livio is passionate about healthy living, team building, sports, healthy food, designs, leadership, and brands. Because of his passion for food and brands, Livio Bisterzo acquired a Danish beverage firm called Little Miracles. The company produces an organic blend of juice and tea. With his experience and creative passion, Livio made Little Miracles Company one of the best food and beverage companies in the world. It currently distributes its products to more than eighteen countries.
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Marc Sparks is a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur, and a wine enthusiast. Along with his wife, he grew 16 acres of grapes on his ranch in Texas and produced a nice red wine. He enjoys the different types of grapes, the soil and the process involved in making wine. He has been to hundreds of wineries and vineyards including Napa Valley, California, Argentina, Italy and the France Bordeaux. Some of his favorite wineries are close to home in the Dallas area.Learn more : http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
Marc Sparks was pleased with the Times Ten Cellars and was sorry he waited as long as he did to visit. He found it delightful and recommends their Petit Verdot to anyone who comes to visit. He feels the interior décor combined with the wine and food are the perfect setting to having an excellent meal. The chef has numerous items on the menu that are delicious and highly enjoyed by the guests. According to Mr. Sparks every penny spent here is worthwhile and he gives them a rating of nine out of ten.Learn more : https://twitter.com/msparks5010?lang=en
Another of Mr. Sparks favorite places is the Checkered Past Winery. He was in the process of avoiding the difficulties in parking in Deep Ellum when he decided it would be nice to stop and have lunch. He found the Checkered Past Winery accidentally but was glad he did. He says the place is absolutely amazing with wonderful food and prices that are inexpensive. Mr. Sparks admits he has tasted some excellent wine in his life but the wine his host Tracy served him is something he will never forget. He declared the wine was fabulous, the décor quite pleasant and the seating areas both roomy and comfortable. Mr. Sparks gives this establishment a score of eight out of ten.
The final winery Marc Sparks rated is called the Bishop Arts Winery. He does warn it is easy to miss because it is so small. He also warns that this is not a place anyone should even consider missing. The Bishop Arts Winery is on the corner of Davis and Tyler and according to Mr. Sparks both the wine and food served are absolutely marvelous. He proclaimed they offered good service and an incredible experience. When he left he took a bottle of their Blackberry wine and is highly recommending it to everyone because it was scrumptiously delicious. Several of his friends have already taken his recommendation and visited to find they enjoyed themselves immensely. He feels anyone interested in a quiet spot for a date should definitely visit the Bishop Arts Winery. Mr. Sparks rates them an eight out of ten.Learn more : http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/entrepreneur-marc-sparks-transforms-office-to-optimize-innovative-collaboration-300024747.html