Erik Lefkofsky was recently featured in the Ideamensch interview which discussed the origins of Tempus. Erik Lefkofsky began Tempus to create a more personalized treatment plan for patients who have cancer. This machine learning platform allows physicians to have a better understanding of the disease. Lefkofsky is also known for co-founding Groupon, an e-commerce website that provides coupons on various activities around the world.
However, Erik Lefkofsky is a serial entrepreneur. He began Uptake Technologies and Mediaocean, technology companies that provide integrated media and analytics. He also started companies like Lightbank which uses investing to disrupt the technology world.
He started Tempus after his own personal experience watching a loved one go through the treatment process for cancer. The physicians were not able to access the data and technology that are available to so many other industries. This was the beginning of a personal quest to help provide data to cancer patients in a clinical setting.
Lefkofsky is one of the few that does not have a typical day in the office. However, he does try to be the first one in the office to work before other people start demanding his time. He focuses on problem management. Building the company requires input and time form the CEO and co-founder that can be exciting but also draining. He began working form home on Fridays to help him stay productive.
Erik Lefkosky believes ideas work the best when they are solutions. He and his business partner want to create solutions to the world’s problems and believes that creating new ideas just for the idea’s sake is wasteful. They have begun more than six companies over the past two decades and they have discovered the key to success is quite simple. They simply need to identify a big enough problem and discover a solution.
One trend that really excites Erik Lefkofsky is Biotech. He believes that technology can create a huge paradigm shift in the way we live, particularly when we start implementing technology into the way we treat the body. Though the body has been subject to the same diseases for thousands of years, the improvements in technology are creating new solutions.
Alastair Borthwick was a Scottish journalist who was born in Rutherglen Scotland in 1913, and spent much of his time in Glasgow. Much of his early works were featured in the Glasgow Herald’s “The Open Air” pages. He started his writing career transcribing callers stories for the Glasgow Herald, before becoming an editor for some of the featured Herald’s pages. He soon found a better job in London with a different paper, but he did not feel quite at home in London, and returned to Glasgow in Scotland within a few years.
Alastair Borthwick was seen as somewhat “unconventional” with his fascination with things such as rock climbing and hiking; activities typically viewed as something only rich people did. It was one of Alastair’s favourite subjects to write about. One his books, published by Fabers in 1939; “Always a Little Further“. This book is a collection of his various writings that he written for the Glasgow Herald at first.
When the beginning of World War II came about, Borthwick was commissioned into the army, as part of the 5th battalion. His time spent in the war inspired him to produce a book, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”. In 1994, the book was republished under a different, albeit still lenghty title: “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945”.
In 1940, Alastair Borthwick married his beloved, Anne. Together, they moved to Jura, then Islay, then finally settling back into Glasgow. They moved to allow Alastair Borthwick could help with the production for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Alastair then became a broadcaster for the BBC, and was quite prolific. He and his wife moved to Ayrshire where they lived a quiet life, until Alastair Brothwick went to Beith to live inside a nursing home. Alastair Borthwick passed away in 2003, having lived a life of about 90 years. Get your copy of Alastair’s book on Amazon.
Papa John’s launched their “listening tour” across the United States, meeting with the customers, the store owners, the company’s team members, and the people they work with in the local communities. The current Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ritchie noted that he wanted to hear first-hand how the people feel, what their needs are and how the company can do better. Ritchie became CEO of Papa John’s in 2018, and detailed the steps the company needs to take in order to correct their course.
Steve Ritchie visited stores in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas, and spoke with people that run and who work at the Papa John’s restaurants. He went on to mention that they are the center of the company’s business, and without them the company does not exist. Ritchie points out that the listened to people who work in the company’s stores and had tough interactions with the customers as a result of the trust Papa John’s lost. He also talked to managers about charities and local schools they supported in the communities they work in.
While he notes that the conversations were difficult, Steve Ritchie Papa John’s believes that everyone has a shared optimism towards a fresh start. In addition, he stated that the company’s teams are more committed to move Papa John’s forward. People recognize the fact that the company has always been bigger than one single person, and that is comprised of store managers, pizza makers, and drivers. The people that work in the company’s restaurant are representative of the communities they serve.
Steve Ritchie considers that as the company strives to become a brand that is fully rooted in their purpose, the passion and commitment to the quality of Papa John’s and the products they offer will only grow. However, the idea of moving forward, according to Ritchie, also means to acknowledge that there is a need to continue to listen and understand the feedback, regardless of how hard it is to hear. In addition, he believes that it is important to acknowledge the need for necessary actions in order to build a better company for their customers and their team members. Further details
The DAMAC global property Development Company founder and chairman, Hussain Sajwani is a futuristic and a visionary investor. A graduate of Industrial Engineering and Economics from the University of Washington started his career as the contracts manager at an Abu Dhabi National Oil company subsidiary GASCO. His investment journey began in 1982, after when he established a catering venture. The venture grew and spread across the Middle East, Africa and CIS with a significant influence in Construction Camp Sites, Army Camps, Educational Institutions, five-star hotels, and onshore/ offshore locations. Today, the venture still operates under global logistics with a record of over 200 outlets which services over 150000 meals daily specializing in ancillary services such as, Camp Management, Maintenance, and Man Power Supply.
In 2002, Hussain Sajwani founded the gigantic real estate property developer DAMAC properties. The company has become a global icon by developing favorite fashions and designs of properties in Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Beirut, Amman, and London. The property has grown tremendously spreading its influence in the Middle East and Europe with over 21000 units completed and a pending master plan to further develop 44000 units. Under the leadership of Hussain Sajwani, DAMAC Properties was ranked number one among 1000 fastest growing companies due to its revenue variations between 2013 and 2016.
Hussein Sajwani has created a name for himself by exciting real estate development through DAMAC properties. Real estate business has as well created real wealth for Sajwani making Forbes Magazine ranked him at number 557 wealthiest persons in the world in 2017. Under the same rankings, he was also, the fourth richest Arab and one of the most influential Arabs in the world. Of course, regarding influence, the closeness of Hussain Sajwani to the current America President Donald Trump Family is a case in point. It is worth noting that the Sons of Donald Trump jetted to Dubai to attend a wedding ceremony of one of the Hussain Sajwani’s son. He also has some investment interests with Donald Trump way before he was elected as the American President. Further, Hussain Sajwani was one of the few world personalities who is said to have been accorded VIP treatment during Swearing-in Ceremony of Donald Trump.
Entrepreneur Jeff Aronin once met with a physician who had a tough decision to make. This doctor had a child who was experiencing seizures. He had two options to treat the child. One of these was to perform a complex surgical procedure while the other viable choice was to use a medicine to eliminate the seizures. He thought it over and decided that the medicine would be the best choice. This turned out to be the right decision as the child didn’t need to be operated on and instead had their condition greatly improved with the medicine.
Helping people has been at the center of Jeff Aronin’s career throughout his time in the healthcare industry. He started a venture capital firm called Paragon Biosciences where he invests in healthcare company startups. His company also incubates these companies and helps them through the earliest stages of getting going. The types of companies that Jeff Aronin focuses on is those that are seeking cures for orphan and/or rare diseases that are not being sufficiently addressed.
After completing high school Jeff Aronin became a student at Northern Illinois University. After graduating from there with his bachelor’s degree he attended DePaul University and earned an MBA. He worked in the field of healthcare for a period of time before founding his first private venture company, Ovation Pharmaceuticals LLC. He was the chief executive officer of this company which was designed to help those who had conditions that were rare and unaddressed by the medical community.
Unlike most other healthcare entrepreneurs, Jeff Aronin hasn’t been focusing his career on finding the next huge blockbuster cure. He instead wants to help those patients who have diseases which are rare and haven’t been cured. While there isn’t as much money to be made in what Jeff Aronin does but he thinks that the people who have these diseases should have access to cures and what he and his company earn is sufficient for their efforts.
Go Buyside Using Technology to Solve Recruitment Challenges
Go Buyside is a New York based global recruitment agency, founded in 2010, that specializes in the financial services industry. It uses a technological platform to match potential employees to employers. The platform uses artificial intelligence to offer an innovative and disruptive solution.
The niche sector of investment management faces a major challenge of finding specialized talent. Go Buyside addresses this problem by concentrating on private equity companies, hedge funds, and investment managers. The firm serves over 500 clients and uses its vast network and proprietary technology to streamline the recruitment process. It is a well-established executive search agency boasting a talent network beyond 10000 companies in over 500 cities.
Arjun Karun, the chief executive of Go Buyside, believes innovative technology is key in continuous improvement of the hiring process. He hails the use of artificial intelligence on the platform and notes that it improves the accuracy of talent searches. Algorithms used by the Go Buyside platform pick out precise information on user profiles. This gives a more refined search based on accomplishments, experience and career ambitions.
Today, communication technologies have shortened the recruitment process. This has offered employers a larger pool to choose from. It has also presented a selection challenge because the process can be hectic. Go Buyside has applicant tracking systems and online job boards on their platform that make the process efficient. A qualified and competent team complements Go Buyside’s hiring expertise in investment management. The firm believes its team enables it to network efficiently with professionals in the industry.
Due to recession and real estate crash that took place a few years ago, tons of average Americans who had invested in the sector are now a hopeless lot. However, their hopelessness does not come as a surprise as most of them were plunged at rock bottom after losing all that they had remaining in their real estate and retirement account. Despite the situation, Jim Toner, a real estate bigwig still has faith in real estate. He believes that real estate had nothing to do with the losses that these people incurred and instead the decisions they made back then are responsible for the situation they are in. He goes on to add that the real estate sector is still one of the most favorable areas to venture into and he believes that those who invest in it now, will reap big in the next half-decade.
He encourages those who have undergone losses in real estate not to give up and instead they should change their attitude towards the sector as this is one of the secrets to gaining success in all areas. He says that by having a positive attitude despite the losses incurred in the past, they will be able to win big. Additionally, he urges anyone who wants to reach the apex of success to surround themselves with like-minded individuals. This he says is another powerful ingredient to gaining triumph because when you hang out with people who thirst for success, then you will undoubtedly get the motivation you require to get to the top from them.
Another word of advice from Toner to those who lost everything and everyone else, in general, is that they should do what rich people do. He believes that if you want to be wealthy, then you have to stop acting poor. Doing what rich people do helps you create the mindset of a prosperous person and enables you to overcome challenges and hurdles along the way because you want to maintain that status of an affluent person. Lastly, he urges them to use failures as lessons and always maintain honesty.
Who is Jim Toner?
Jim Toner is a man known for his numerous hats but mostly famed for his prowess in real estate. He is also a radio show host, philanthropist and a speaker who regularly talks about real estate and also offers valuable life lessons to those seeking success and those who already have it. Thanks to his career, Jim Toner has shared platforms with renowned individuals such as Sharon Lechter, Frank McKinney, and many others. Having been in real estate for more than two decades, Jim Toner boasts vast experience and knowledge, a factor that has made him one of the most sought out individuals when it comes to real estate investment advice. See Toner’s resume on LinkedIn.
Hussain Sajwani is well known for his business activities in the Middle East. He is the founder of DAMAC Properties, which is a leading real estate development firm in the area. Sajwani is also the creator of Global Logistics Services. He is noted as one of the richest Arabs in the world. Hussain’s net worth is reported to be over 4 billion dollars. He has working relationships with some of the largest companies in the world.
According to CNBC, Hussain Sajwani inherited his business instincts from his father. Hussain’s father was an entrepreneur who imported goods from outside the area and sold them on the market in the Middle East. Hussain went to college on a government scholarship and completed his studies at the University of Washington. He entered the workforce and joined Abu Dabi Gas Industries. Sajwani remained with Abu Dhabi gas Industries for two years. He then decided it was time to venture out on his own and create something new.
Hussain Sajwani started with Global Logistics Services. Global Logistics Services is a catering company that now has international connections. It provides service to several major industries including Bechtle and the United States military. Global Logistics Services is still in operation today and is one of the most successful endeavors Sajwani has introduced.
DAMAC Properties was Hussain Sajwani‘s next enterprise. DAMAC Properties would not take long to become a major force in the real estate industry within the Middle East. It has conducted several major real estate developments. This includes tens of thousands of apartment complexes that features 44,000 units. DAMAC Properties is known for its lavish promotions in order to bring attention to their developments. The firm is also responsible for building the golf course that was designed by a Tiger Woods. The golf course is run by the Trump Organization. Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC Properties built the Versace Fendi houses and the luxury Bugatti Villas.
Hussain Sajwani is considered a personal friend of Donald Trump and his family. They were invited to the Mar-A-Lago resort to help the President celebrate his election to the office of the United States.
JHSF was founded in 1972. The ability for having long-lasting answers through its projects and developments seems to be part of who they are. Also in the markets that are in operation, they have a keen sense to pinpoint new opportunities. Shopping Center, Incorporation, Fasano Hotel & Restaurants, and Airport are the four units of business they are composed of.
Noticing the real estate markets overseas they have put their focus on gaining repeated revenue. Projects they have put into effect include shopping centers, hotels, and the Caterina Urban Development. The company’s revenue has increased due to this repeated stream of revenue.
Jose Auriemo Neto is the chief executive JHSF’s. He convinced his father Fabio Auriemo(President at time of JHFS) to construct a project on an area at the edge of the Marginal Pinheiros. This is a section of highway that runs through the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. First Fabio was dismissive of this idea, but later was convinced and this land now is to host of the largest complex in the country. The complex has 180 stores and 9 residential towers. It has one part of the building that used for apartments and a Fasano hotel. Jose Auriemo Neto was named to the chief executive position thereafter.
Jose Neto at the age of 11 – 13 played amateur football in Norway. Neto was part of an International Youth Camp in Tokyo. He was always known for being active and restless. In Belgium, he would spend 60 days learning leaps from Nelson Filho. Jose Auriemo Neto opened a network of small parking lots at the age of 17. Neto married business administrator Marianna Landmann and fathered 2 kids Antonio and Olivia.
Stream Energy is a company out in Texas that is focused on providing energy services to people throughout the community as well as working with the community to make it better. Stream is doing this through another division of the company called Stream Cares. This part of the organizations will work to aid charitable foundations and help the community wherever possible. Stream Energy has been acting as philanthropists for more than a decade, so it is no surprise that they have dedicated a new company towards these philanthropic efforts.
A lot of the money that Stream Energy saves from their marketing methods and energy sales has gone into creating a better community and helping those in need. Stream Cares shows that this energy company is working hard for their customers and cares about the environment. This also helps the company build loyalty and appreciation with their customers, which will potentially bring in more clients to the business in the long run. Over the years, Stream Energy has helped organizations such as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.
Stream Energy has always wanted to play a bigger role int he community other than just providing energy services such as gas and oil to their customers. Stream is working to become an integral part of the community, working to bolster the environment as well as the people throughout Texas. Stream Energy comes at anaffordable rate for customers as well on top of their tendency to make their clients lives easier by doing all the heavy lifting.