Eric Lefkofsky, a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist, bases his social commitment in all his entrepreneurial ventures and tries to answer some of the hard hitting realities through his solutions. One example of his deep attachment to community is Tempus, a technology firm co-founded by him to create the largest library for genome sequencing and clinical data of cancer patients. It is expected to make a huge revolution in the cancer treatments and its effectiveness in the coming years. Early 2014, he understood that there is no genetic data or clinical treatment information of cancer patients accurately available to doctors to base their treatments.
Eric decided to act up on that and founded Tempus in 2016 to help millions of cancer patients across the world. The firm is focused on providing four types of services including genome sequencing of cancer patients, options to do analytics on molecular data by physicians, reporting with highlighted actionable items, and validation of therapies in synthetic or animal models. It provides molecular data and clinical reports through its own operating system created for efficient access and use of its digital library and treatment environment.
Tempus has a futuristic laboratory which can map all types of sequencing including germline and RNA-seq capture. The lab combines technology and data science into clinical care. The robotic optimized lab can capture the sequencing of more than 50,000 cancer patients annually. The initiative of Eric would help the physicians across the world to go for targeted and personalized treatments for cancer patients. This would also assist in the research of cancer treatments and procedures with accurate data and information.Lefkofsky is also part of the number of philanthropic activities and serves on the boards of many community organizations. He also co-founded a number of firms including Groupon, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Lightbank, Uptake, and Mediaocean. Lefkofsky also wrote a book named Accelerated Disruption – a guide for startups to have disruptive strategies and innovative ideas to make a competitive advantage and hail the success. He attended his graduation at the University of Michigan and secured his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
The prime location for many people includes being close to a large shopping area with many activities and being far enough away from that same area to enjoy the quiet time in your own yard. You want to feel safe in your neighborhood and also not have to plan a whole day just to go visit the city.
Samuel Strauch found the perfect suburbs that are safe and near the city life so you get the best of both worlds. He has been successful in real estate in the Miami Florida area for 14 years. Samuel Strauch is also an active investor in businesses online as well as restaurants.
With his research, he found that many large cities have close suburbs that are more affordable. If Denver, Colorado is on your list of places to live, Samuel Strauch recommends you look into Northeast Denver, where the price is much cheaper. They still have good food, activities, and is close to the Greater Denver area.
Wylie, Texas is only a few miles from Dallas, but Samuel Strauch says the price is much more affordable. This area is growing and is looking to add a community college in just a few years.
Dublin, California is near San Francisco but provides better air quality, schools, and cost of living. It’s located close enough to still go enjoy the large city attractions, but Strauch says it’s about 22% cheaper for home buyers. Click here to know more.
33 miles away from Nashville, Tennessee is Williamsburg. Strauch says this area has many attractions at a good price. The median cost of a home in this area is $295,000. Visit his Tumblr.
These suburbs are hidden gems for people who would like to be close to the big city but be comfortable at home and not brake the bank.
Billionaire Warren Buffet recently made a million-dollar bet. He said that he will invest in S&P 500 index funds and outperform a group of hedge fund managers. If he loses the bet, the money will go to charity.
Capital Group’s Tim Armour commented on Warren Buffet’s bet and said he was right on a few things. Tim believes that some hedge funds shortchange investors. He supports Buffet’s commitment to modest investments. Timothy added that the bottom-up investing approach has worked out great over the years.
Buffet offered advice based on his several years of investing –in a recent shareholder letter. Tim Armour gave CNBC his perspective on the letter. He started by saying that consumers need to watch out for product labels. A lot of mutual funds offer poor returns to investors. This happens due to excessive trading and unreasonably high management fees. Moreover, many investors underestimate the volatility risks of passive index funds. Tim insisted that it’s not about passive or active. It’s all about providing great investment returns.
According to CEO Tim D Armour, it’s time to challenge the idea that index investments guarantee a better retirement. Although index funds are great investment options, they are also susceptible to down markets. During market downturns, index funds expose investors to losses as well as volatility. This is a fact that many investors tend to ignore.
About Timothy D Armour
Tim Armour is Capital Group’s chair and chief executive office. He began working at the company after he left college in 1983. He’s risen through the ranks to become a senior portfolio manager. Additionally, he’s an equity analysis expert. The fund made Mr. Armour the CEO in 2015. Click here to know more.
Timothy has over three decades of experience in investment. He has worked with many U.S. service firms and global telecom companies. He attended Middlebury College, where he studied economics.
In April 2017, Richtopia, a London-based publication that is in association with Rise, a social media ranking system, named Adam Milstein one of the “World’s 200 Most Influential Do-Gooders.” This is quite an honor to be included on this list of philanthropists. Mr. Milstein is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist from Haifa, Israel who has established more than nine organizations to benefit Jewish-Americans.
Adam grew up in Haifa, Israel, served in the Israeli Army and attended Technion Institue before he moved his family to Los Angeles to get a better education. After graduating from the University of Southern California with his MBA, Mr. Milstein co-founded Hager Pacific Properties with David Hager. Milstein is the managing partner and is extremely talented in business, and he is now a prominent real estate investor, and he utilizes his gifts in his philanthropic work for the Jewish-Americans.
In his reply to the award, Milstein replied that he valued his philanthropic work, and it is what makes his life so gratifying. He is honored to be included among this group of leaders. He is privileged to partner with them to make a difference around the globe. Mr. Milstein emphasizes family values, and he prefers to live in the moment but sets goals in the areas that guide his businesses and improve people’s lives.
In 2000, he and his wife, Gila, founded the Milstein Family Foundation. This is the umbrella corporation for the other agencies that he has established to assist the Jewish population. MFF and the Milsteins also support dozens of other agencies with 58 on his website.
He also founded the Israeli-American Council where he is chairman and the Campus Allies Mission to Israel. The MFF is unique in its philanthropy and the manner in which it is offered. Three unique principles guide the Milstein’s philanthropic mode of operation, and they are Active Philanthropy, Life Path Impact, and Philanthropic Synergy.
Adam Milstein came to America for a better life for his family, and today he is creating better lives for thousands of people.
Omar Boraie is a New Jersey property developer who has been working for over 40 years to restore New Brunswick to its former glory. As he completes his latest project, a deluxe luxury high-rise residential property, located in the heart of the city. He shares a few thoughts about the changes he has seen in New Brunswick over the last four decades. Before starting his dream of rebuilding New Brunswick Omar Boraie saw firsthand how cities in Europe were being rebuilt, he traveled throughout the region as a traveling chemistry scholar from Egypt. Omar remembers what it was like in 1972 New Brunswick; you couldn’t venture out after 4 p.m., everyone had gone home for the day. Nevertheless, he started to fulfill his vision for New Brunswick in 1972, amid much skepticism, people asked him “are you crazy’.
His first major project was to build an eight-story office building on Albany Street. At the time there were over 20 vacant and ran down buildings on the block, Omar bought the buildings one at a time, and when he was ready he took his plan to the city, once again ‘Are you crazy?’” Once completed the building gave the city 250,000 square feet of much needed first class office space. After building more office space by 2003, Omar realized for the city to continue growing it needed high-quality living spaces. He envisioned a New York City type condominium and built One Spring Street. The complex has 121 residential units, another 40,000 square feet of office space, retail, and outdoor and indoor amenities.
Omar is quick to point out there are other individuals and companies that have contributed a great deal to the rejuvenation of New Brunswick. One he always gives credit to is Johnson & Johnson and their president Dick Sellers, Omar Boraie says, none of this would have been possible if Johnson & Johnson had decided to leave the city. Click here to know more.
While he continues to develop and improve his favorite city, Omar Boraie is involved in and contributing to many other noble causes. Recently he joined the fight against cancer by donating $1.5 million to Rutgers University to help establish a research chair at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Omar Boraie Chair will advance the study of Genomic Science.
Omar Boraie and his son Wasseem, he prefers Sam, are very involved in the community and the State Theater of New Jersey, in particular, located in New Brunswick. The State Theater is a beautifully renovated 1921 theater originally built for vaudeville and silent films. In its heyday, it was one of the most attended shows in the region. Sam Boraie is a member of the board of trustees and the family sponsor many different events at the venue.
Let’s face facts, folks: there are not enough kind people in the world today. We need more kind people and people that go out of their way for others. Quite simply, the kind people can make a huge impact on other’s lives. If we had more of those types of people, the world would be in a much better place. One of the most important things in the world right now is education. One can not understate its importance and how far it goes in life for people, especially young adults. In many cases, if someone does not have that degree or that piece of paper, they really can’t even get an interview or get in the door. They need that and they rely on that.
It opens those doors and gives them a chance to really make something out of their lives and out of their careers. Sadly, too many people are unable to go to college for a variety for reasons. Most of the reasons, actually, the major reason is money. Money is what is standing in their way. They are unable to afford it and since they are unable to afford it, they feel like it is only a pipe dream for them. It shatters their dreams and shatters their confidence. Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners does not find that fair, and he does not like it one bit.
That is why he has teamed up with the Uncommon School Districts to give these kids a chance at education. Mann knows these kids are incredibly wise and intelligent. They have everything it takes to succeed at life and in life. They just need the proper encouragement and support from others out there. When someone is holding a fundraiser that raises over twenty-two thousand dollars, that is support at its finest.
It is showing that many people are going out of their way for them and doing everything in their power to make a bad situation a good situation. That is a positive thing and the world needs more powerful and positive stories, as it encourages others to do the same.
Mike Baur is changing ideas about venture capital and those who invest in young, unproven companies. Baur is the impetus behind the Swiss Startup Factory, an entrepreneurial business concept, which is a double purposed business. It is both a mentoring opportunity for new businesses as well as a way for venture capitalists to be on the ground floor of emerging business concepts that will soon revolutionize our world. The phrase, win-win, can be applied perfectly to the Swiss Startup Factory.
Baur hails from Fribourg in Switzerland where he is still connected to the beautiful city and the picturesque country of Switzerland. He became fascinated with banking and finance as a young man in a country known as a world banking capital. After Baur had graduated from the University of Rochester in New York State with an MBA, he went on to obtain an Executive MBA from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Baur then began work in his chosen field at UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company, headquartered in Zurich and Basel. He rose in rank from a commercial apprentice in his twenty years at UBS to sit as a member of the executive board.
Then in 2014, at the age of 39 when most executives tend to relax and enjoy their positions and power within an organization, Mike Baur struck out on his own to start all over again. His entrepreneurial voyage began with two partners as they founded the Swiss Start Up Factory. His company has become the number one independent, privately financed “Information and Communications Technology” (ICT) Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.
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Baur’s foresight coupled with his financial experience make his organization the perfect launching pad for new companies with a fresh, saleable concept but lacking the necessary venture capital, office space, and experience. Baur’s company offers applications to untested ideas and firms that if accepted receive a sizeable funding grant, office space, mentoring, connections with other investors, everything a startup needs. All this for a small share of the company’s future net worth.
Baur is fully aware that many startups fail and his share of the company’s worth would be zero. He is willing to take that risk, and with his help and guidance new companies under his tutelage will avoid the pitfalls and go on to be viable and productive members of the business world.
For some people in Venezuela, Jose Manuel Gonzalez is a hero. He wants to save his country from its poverty-stricken conditions. Venezuela has hit a record economic slump since the prices of crude oil continue to plummet. There is also a food shortage in the country and tourism has dropped. Venezuelans do not see as many planes in the area anymore. The leadership of the nation has continually fought corruption issues. Gonzalez has a goal to save his home country.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez is a well-known businessman. For years, he has presided over a profitable agricultural business. Many people think that Gonzalez has the experience and skills to help the country. When people are standing in line for hours to buy essential food products, there has to be some sort of remedy.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez does not want to make all the changes by himself. He believes that the people should be part of governing. He wants the Venezuelan government to be completely transparent, so people know what is going on in their country. Gonzalez feels that most citizens would be shocked if they knew the truth.
Since he is part of the agricultural sector, Gonzalez feels a strong responsibility for the food shortages. He notes that even fast food places were serving yucca fries when they ran out of potatoes. When Gonzalez steps into leadership, he believes that he will be able to make the changes that are much needed for his country.
Instead of a bunch of political turmoil, Gonzalez opines that his people need to see action. They are tired of being ignored by the government while under such dire economic stress. Jose Manuel Gonzalez wants to do something about these issues.
Gonzalez has a message of hope for Venezuela. However, the government is not listening to his voice of reason. Some powerful people are just unwilling to make necessary changes. There are some things that will come to light that have been kept in secret for years. Gonzalez vows to expose corruption and to get his country back on its feet. He has a deep compassion for his people that makes him determined to keep his promises.