Andy Wirth Interviewed On KCRW

Recently listening to the radio, I came across an interesting interview with Andy Wirth the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort about what his business is doing due to the difficulty of the drought which has hit California.

This interview was on the Press Play with Madeleine Brand program on the KCRW radio where he answers some questions relating to the media hype and the perceptions people have about the ski industry when the weather conditions are not favourable.

Andy Wirth finds himself more often than not having to understand the weather and meteorology as a whole. Even though his role as CEO is more about the business side of the resort he finds himself having to factor in the weather now more than ever.

He has a background as a wilderness ranger when he first started out along his path and so has adequate understanding of weather and what it means for his business. He is thankful of this believes it is for this very reason he understands what adaptations or work arounds need to be made in order to remain profitable.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort has been profitable over this difficult time but Andy Wirth ensures listeners that profits are no where near their potential projections if weather conditions were favourable.

The resort has made use of modern techniques in order to either produce snow from nothing or to move the snow that is available to places where it can be used for skiing or snowboarding. Modern machinery makes this possible. Learn more about Andy Wirth: www.kcrw.com/people/andy-wirth and http://www.cbs.com/shows/undercover_boss/photos/1000242/season-4-episode-11-sqauw-valley/

There are also rumours that El Nino might continue to be unfavourable towards snow fall however Andy Wirth believes it is more favourable for snow thanks to the reduction of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge which will allow in warmer conditions which ultimately are in favour of snow fall.

The Stanford report shows that for the next few years to come that snow will become less and less due to a volatile climate and for this very reason business like the Squaw Valley Ski Resort will have to look for alternative ways to still make a profit.  You can read more: Just Breathe: Andy Wirth on the Upswing in Tahoe

One of the ways that Andy Wirth is looking to curb this problem is by making more use of the summer months offering more events and allowing for business to make up for the losses in the winter months. Andy Wirth has always had an interest to improve the conditions of the community’s surrounding Olympic Valley.

He has worked with various industries to reduce the carbon foot print but ultimately it is his adaptation plan that will ensure his business succeeds even with their main revenue stream diminishing further in years to come.

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Andrew Wirth: Executive Profile & Biography

George Soros Has Dark Outlook for Global Economy

George Soros, well known billionaire investor, has recently made some very bearish trading decisions. He usually allows his advisers to make investment decisions for his family funds, but has now taken a more active role in the process himself. It is reported that the last time he got seriously involved with the investment decisions was right before the 2007-2008 housing bubble. Does this mean there is another downfall coming? Learn more about his profile at forbes.com

Recently a report from the Wall Street Journal claims Soros directed his managers to sell stocks and purchase gold, due to a concern over the global economic outlook. One of his main concerns has been the condition of China. The country has been facing a major economic slowdown in the past year and he thinks it will worsen. There has been a large outflow of capital from China, a sign of more potential problems. George Soros claims that China is at the same level of debt the U.S. was right before the housing bubble burst. He has talked about the possibility of global deflation becoming a factor which could scare the markets.

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Other areas of concern are Europe’s immigration crisis and the continuing problems with Greece. He believes that if the U.K leaves the EU that it could potentially collapse. There have been times in the past when Soros predicted a global collapse and it did not come to pass. Only time will tell if he is correct this time or not.

Soros is the founder and chairman of the Soros Fund Management. He is also the chairman of the Open Society Foundation. He was born in Budapest, and survived the German occupation during WW II. He moved to England in 1947. His education was at the London School of Economics. His claim to fame was when he made an accurate call on the drop of the British Pound in 1992. He earned more than $1 billion dollars due to his accurate prediction. George and his family are active philanthropists around the world.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bearish-george-soros-is-trading-again-1465429163

Shaygan Kheradpir Takes Over As The Coriant Solution President

 

Shaygan Kheradpir is a top-notch entrepreneur and the acting director of Coriant Solutions Limited. Shaygan pursued his higher level education at the University of Cornell, where he managed to take home a bachelor degree in electrical engineering. Kheradpir has been contributing to the establishment of a good relationship between the investors and clients.

Shaygan is a self-tailored entrepreneur who has been in the business sector for more than 20 years. Investor Kheradpir is well equipped in both the business community and in related computer operations. Kheradpir aims at providing information and technology solutions to clients all over the world Coriant solutions company is ranked as one of the largest privately held businesses in the United States.

Before signing a commercial agreement with Coriant Solutions, Mr. Kheradpir had worked with companies such as Verizon, where he served as the chief information officer. Shaygan had also worked with GTE Company, where his primary task was managing institutional products and the company’s efficiency. Kheradpir made a remarkable achievement in Barclays Bank, where he designed a banking program, an instance that made his senior principal reward him.

Investor Shaygan later joined Juniper Networks Incorporation. In Juniper Networks, Kheradpir served as the senior executive, where was monitoring more than 100,000 employees at a global level. Shaygan Kheradpir has been having a good relation with his staff, a factor that has profoundly contributed to his success. Mr. Shaygan has also been advocating for the observance of the professional code of ethics while dealing with Coriant’s potential customers. Being the president of Juniper Networks, Kheradpir was also responsible for making technology investments.

The appointment of Shaygan Kheradpir as the principal of Coriant Solutions Limited was received in a positive manner, where major stakeholders in the company depicted that they were honored that Kheradpir was going to offer his expertise in the enterprise.

DiPietro, who was serving as the chief executive officer of Coriant Solutions Limited before Kheradpir, signed with the company. Kheradpir is expected to practice both the technological and the managerial skills to take Coriant Company to a higher level.

Read more: http://www.lightwaveonline.com/articles/2015/09/shaygan-kheradpir-new-coriant-chairman-and-ceo.html

Talk Fusion Is The #1 Communication Program Around The World

Considered to be the #1 Video Chat communication app in many countries, including Switzerland and Japan, Talk Fusion has garnered popularity around the globe in just a few weeks of its release. These statistics are according to the Android Market discovery tool AppBrain, which ranked the Video Chat communication app as the #1 being used in Indonesia. It’s growth and popularity is due to the app’s consistently fast messaging and it’s compatibly with many devices including Android, Apple, Mac, and PC. This new success is just the start for the global leader that is Talk Fusion, as the company is preparing to launch its 30 day free trial of the app, available to anyone around the world. Talk Fusion is easy to use, as anyone can send a video message to someone by recording it either on their computer’s Webcam or on their camera phone. After recording their video message, the person opens up the Talk Fusion portal, browses through the saved video files, and uploads the video they want. Once completed, the person has the option of sending this email to an individual or to thousands of individuals in just one click. With the amazing support from associates and customers throughout the world, Vice President of Training & Development Allison Roberts sees Talk Fusion’s success as a foreshadowing of a bigger success now that free trials will soon be open to everyone. In the past 90 days, Talk Fusion’s Alexa web ranking has garnered over 30,000 positions, due to the high jump in traffic data from both unique visitors and views in their webpages. For more information on Talk Fusion and its video chat service, see https://www.businessforhome.org/2016/03/talk-fusion-video-chat-now-1-communication-program-in-global-market/.

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding that was led by General Catalyst. The Company got new investors that include GSV, Reach Capital, and SignalFire.

 

ClassDojo is an education start-up that is based in San Francisco and has been in existence since 2011. The objective of the company is to develop an application that connects students, teachers, and parent all year round. Through the platform, parents and teachers can communicate consistently and share information about the student’s activities as well as social and behavioral development at school.

 

The funding ClassDojo received was closed late in 2015. According to the co-founders, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the capital that was raised from the Series B round of funding will be used to research and try and figure out the type and kind of content that and app features that will add value to parents who use the app. While doing this, they are not only focused on its use at school but also at home. They intend to make it useful to parents so that they can get a guide that will help them support and enhance the learning and development that their kids are doing at school.

 

The ClassDojo app allows teachers to schedule activities and make it known to parents that are using the application. They can take photos and videos and post them on the platform of all student activities throughout the day.

 

When the start-up was starting in 2011, they looked at what other similar startups were doing. Some of the things that they noticed is that most edtech startups were creating content that they were selling to students, teachers, and parents. ClassDojo decided to do it differently by developing a platform that was free and easy to use so that they could create a culture and community between students, parents, and teachers.

 

Since they started, the platform has grown and is now used by more than 8500 teachers in various schools across the United States. Most teachers that are using the app are those teaching kindergarten through to 8th grade. Focus is on distributing the app to more teachers, not only in the United States but also in other countries.

 

Learn more about ClassDojo:

https://www.classdojo.com/about/

https://www.classdojo.com/learnmore/

Spring Has Sprung- Get Some Work Done With Handy

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get some work done. Work around the house in terms of spring cleaning that is. For many people, the reality is that there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done around the house that we would like to. For this reason, there are service providers out there such as Handy that offer handyman and cleaning services to individuals such as ourselves.

Spring cleaning can consist of many things ranging from thoroughly cleaning your home all the way to reorganizing, redecorating, and even sometimes remodeling. The trusted professionals at Handy offer services to get all of these tasks completed at a great price without you having to devote your precious time to doing them yourself. Handy offers handyman and cleaning services in most major cities throughout the United States as well as many cities throughout the UK and Canada.

Just shortly after their third anniversary Handy announced that they had reached a milestone of booking over 1 million service calls to clients worldwide. Handy is more than just a home and office cleaning provider. They also offer many day-to-day handyman services. Whether you simply need some dusting and cleaning done around your home or if you are looking to install new locks throughout your house and perhaps paint a room or two the trusted professionals at Handy are here to help.

Handy has quickly grown to become the number one handyman and cleaning service provider in many of the locations in which they operate. This is primarily in thanks to their devotion to customer satisfaction and professionalism. Spring has sprung, so call Handy today and get some work done!

Starting Up Companies Like Marc Sparks

There are many people who are interested in starting up their own company. Starting a business takes a lot of time, money, and the ability to deliver value to customers. In the Dallas area, there are more people starting up companies than ever before. One of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the Dallas area is Marc Sparks.

He has been able to start and run many successful companies in the area. Anyone who is wanting to learn how to build up a company needs to work with him in the future. Marc Sparks now serves as a venture capitalist with his firm. He loves to offer up funding to people starting companies in the Dallas area. Over time, he has been able to positively influence the lives of many people in the area.
Early Life of Marc Sparks

There are some people who are born to start up a business. From an early age, it was obvious that Marc Sparks (https://disqus.com/by/marcsparks/) would become great at something. He always had a big personality and was able to relate well with people. Over a period of many years, he would start and run several successful companies.

This experience would prove to be very valuable later on in life. He would later talk about how important it was in those early years to start up a business with little funding or financial backing.

Venture Capital

There are a lot of companies that have great ideas and products. However, many times it takes financial backing to take the next step as a business. There are many people in the state of Texas who have companies that they operate. Texas is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country.

Marc Sparks has been able to operate in this area with great success. As a venture capitalist, he works with small companies that need funding in order to grow. In exchange for his money and expertise, those business owners give Marc Sparks a piece of their overall business. This is something that Marc Sparks has been able to use with great success. Over a period of many years, Marc Sparks has been able to invest in dozens of great companies.

Giving Back to Others

One of the features that makes Marc Sparks unique among highly successful people is his willingness to give back to others. There are a lot of people who would simply take the money and retire. However, he has dreams to help as many people as possible in his career journey. There are many people who look up to him for this feature.

Anyone who wants to help others is limited by both time and money. Due to his vast career success, Marc Sparks has a lot of both. Over the long term, he wants to help millions of people in his area of the country achieve their business dreams.

He is a motivational speaker and has even authored several books. There are many people who look up to his work, and he is highly regarded in the community as a whole. Anyone who wants to positively impact the world needs to take a lesson from the life and career of Marc Sparks. There is a lot of opportunity to help others if we just look around us and get to work.

What Is iFunding And Who Is Behind It?

Ifunding is a crowdfunding company that allows investors to invest in high quality commercial real estate projects with a small minimum investment of only five thousand dollars. This is in stark contrast to the typical requirement of fifty to one hundred thousand dollars often obliged by real estate developers to have an investment share in a project. Ifunding also helps real estate developers, home renovators, construction firms and housing developers quickly and effectively raise the capital they need from investors by crowdfunding through ifunding’s website.

The process of investing or raising capital at Ifunding is very simple. If you are an investor you select from over a hundred different projects available to invest in at the time. Detailed information is provided, including what kind of investment stake you will have such as whether it is preferred stock or a debt investment in the project. The estimated return is given as well as how long it will take to make a profit from your investment. Location, a description of the company in charge of carrying out the project and much more detailed info is proved on the investment.

Once you have chosen a project to your liking as an investor, you simply select it and after reviewing the terms you pay and invest a minimum of five thousand dollars. If the project does not crowdfund enough money to reach its target investment goal, then your money will be completely refunded. There will be no fees or charges, you get your money back and you are free to invest in any other project.

So who is the man behind ifunding? How was it started? CrunchBase tells us the man who created the ifunding company is William Skelley. He created ifunding when he saw a brilliant idea for alternative real estate investments. In an interview iFunding CEO Mr. Skelley made it clear he thought, why not combine the idea of crowdfunding with real estate investments? This idea lead to William Skelley creating a crowdfunding investment site that allows smaller investors to pool money together to invest in big projects that would only be available to wealthy investors and big banks.

William Skelley has been instrumental in new hires as MarketWired points out, and he has so far been involved with overseeing over two billion dollars worth of transactions at ifunding so far. He lives in New York City and Boston. Mr. Skelley is a frequent and notable speaker at conferences that discuss crowdfunding in real estate investment. Before starting ifunding William worked at General Electric and Olympus, as covered by Angel.co

Bryan Singer Signs on for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A new version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is coming to the big screen. The original Disney-produced film is considered a classic. The new film may very well rise to similar heights. The director is Bryan Singer, and he is not known for disappointing fans.

Singer is the director of the soon-to-arrive X-Men: Apocalypse. He understands sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure quite well. He is a fine choice for the frequently stalled 20,000 Leagues reboot. A few short years ago, the new version was slated to be produced by Jon Urbana in either Australia or New Zealand, but the project was stalled. The excessively high budget was the primary reason. Now, things are back on track for the feature.

Singer is happy with his home at 20th Century Fox. The studio has faith in his ability to handle big-budget projects. After the fiasco with the Fantastic Four reboot, the studio does not want to see another money loser.

Still, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is still a risky film to make. Science-fiction is hot again, but most audiences connect sci-fi with outer space. 20,000 Leagues is set underwater. Plus, the film is not set in the future. The events take place during the Victorian era. Modern audiences may not necessarily flock to this feature.

Marketing and promotions does play a role in motion picture success. A good advertising strategy – and the right stars – boosts the film’s box office potential immensely.

Jon Urbana Displays Artistic Skills In New Videos

Lacrosse athlete and former Villanova star player Jon Urbana has released several videos displaying his artistic side. When Jon is not working with local Denver area charities or helping out at his lacrosse camp he finds the time to make videos of his artistic interests including his photographic work and life as pilot. Jon is an FAA licensed pilot and often shares his adventures on his social media accounts. Jon’s videos can be found on his Vimeo page and through YouTube as well as Daily Motion.

Jon’s most recent Vimeo video entitled “Jon Urbana Photography”, which was posted to YouTube in late December 2015, features nearly 10 minutes of his artistic photography set to complementary music written by Urbana in a slideshow. The video shows a flow of many of Jon’s recent travels around the world including China, as well as still life photographs and detailed lion photographs.

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Another recent video by Jon from late December 2015 entitled “Goldfish in a Cabernet Glass” was posted to Vimeo, featuring a goldfish in a Cabernet glass. The video is simplistic and modern with a single focus, the goldfish swimming in a water filled elegant glass set alone with no other objects in the video. The freestyle video is one of Jon’s shorter but more artistic videos, showing off a different artistic style than his other videos.

The third most recent Vimeo video from Jon, shows more of his photography skills in a video entitled “Stadium Scenes, by Jon Urbana.” The video features a high-speed time lapse style scene of a busy stadium and passing clouds with a tinted sky. This video shows off Jon’s technical startup skills and eye for color editing.


Jon has additionally posted videos spotlighting his charity work on Vimeo, including a fundraising video for Earth Force as well as ARAS. Jon uses the videos as a way to deliver the highlights of his fundraising efforts and give information on how viewers can spread the word about the fundraisers and contribute to the campaigns.