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“VCs in a Van” Takes TV Viewers on a Wild Ride behind the Scenes of Startup Investing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 novembre 2018

Four well-known San Diego entrepreneurs and investors have formed a partnership to produce and star in a six-episode TV program, “VCs in a Van,” that will air Sundays at 6 p.m., Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. on Cox Channel 4/Yurview 1004, on Time Warner and Spectrum, beginning December 2, 2018.The VCs, including Neil Senturia, Tom Tullie, Mark Bowles, and Taner Halicioglu, take their van to visit compelling new businesses to see if they are investment worthy, and invite the audience to invest alongside them. This exclusive, hidden look at startup initiation and growth, success and failure issues, and the art of deal-making takes the audience on an entertaining and educational ride as the venture capitalists search Southern California in search of the “Next Big Thing.”“We want the audience to see what really happens when a business pitches a venture capitalist or angel investor for funding. It’s not just a startup CEO standing in front of a room for eight minutes, it’s a behind-the-scenes look at the discussions the VC team has among themselves, as they travel to and from the business, poking holes and asking the tough questions,” said Executive Producer Tom Tullie.“VCs in a Van” turns its attention to the “little guy,” the startup that doesn’t have easy access to Silicon Valley or big money investment banks. Unlike other investment programs, these VCs take it on the road to visit the entrepreneurs in their native company environments; there’s no pitching in a sterile room with beautiful television backdrops. The production is gritty and documentary-style, using raw footage and lots of colorful language to show the “real world” discussions that go on among VCs while they consider the pluses and minuses of an investment deal.The van guys are savvy business leaders and investors who have founded or run over 20 companies and created billions of dollars in corporate value – by betting on the right startups and seeing the potential upside of investing in the next big idea. The viewer gets to ride along for some laughs, sound advice and the possible opportunity to invest themselves.“After all,” says Senturia, “who wouldn’t want the chance to invest in the next pet rock? Frankly, Southern California has always lived in the shadow of Silicon Valley – enough with that. Have wheels, will travel – the highways and the byways, baby. Bring it!”“VCs in a Van” is directed by Ken Gora, the director, producer and creator of the award-winning TV series “The Romance” and “So You Think You Can Sell.” Besides his television and film experience, Gora has also participated on the executive teams of start-ups and small businesses.

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The Trump presidency may not have helped Kushner Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 luglio 2017

trumpWHEN the deal was struck just over a decade ago, for $1.8bn, 666 Fifth Avenue, a 41-storey Manhattan skyscraper, became the most expensive office building ever sold in America. Now it is in limbo, awaiting billions of dollars of investment to rebuild it and raise it almost twice as high. Across the Hudson River, another hunt for money is under way, to build a property called One Journal Square in Jersey City. In June a property-investing start-up called Cadre attracted financial backing from Silicon Valley luminaries including Andreessen Horowitz, a venture-capital company.The thread linking these ventures is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, whose family business, like that of the president, is in property. Mr Kushner helped conceive all three projects. He has a “passive ownership interest” in Cadre (meaning he is not actively involved in its management). His family co-owns 666 Fifth Avenue and One Journal Square.Unlike the president, Mr Kushner is not exempt from federal conflict-of-interest laws. He has taken steps to distance himself from his wide-ranging property business. Kushner Companies, a complex enterprise that is made up of dozens of limited-liability companies, or LLCs, has more than 20,000 flats and 13m square feet (1.2m square metres) of commercial space across six states. Before joining the Trump administration he stepped down as the head of Kushner Companies and sold his stake in several properties, including 666 Fifth Avenue and One Journal Square.Yet Mr Kushner kept his stake in many of the LLCs that make up the business. He still has a passive ownership interest in about 90% of his holdings in property, worth up to $408m, according to his disclosures. His father, Charles Kushner (photographed with his son, above), has a big role at Kushner Companies. Jared Kushner’s stakes in 666 Fifth Avenue and One Journal Square went into trusts owned by his family. A long list of lenders and partners to the family business could benefit from White House policies.
Now that Mr Kushner is in the White House, two questions preoccupy observers. First, is his family business benefiting financially from his role and from his proximity to the president? Second, is he conflicted despite the steps he has taken to adhere to federal law?Start with the question of financial benefits. This is a pivotal moment for the firm. It is seeking tenants for Panorama and new loans for a residential building along Jersey City’s waterfront (in both of which Mr Kushner still has a stake). More important, it is also looking for investors for 666 Fifth Avenue and One Journal Square (in which Mr Kushner does not have a stake). But the scrutiny that has accompanied Mr Kushner’s White House role appears to be hindering, not helping.In January the New York Times reported that Kushner Companies was seeking equity capital for 666 Fifth from Anbang, one of China’s biggest insurers, which has ties to Beijing’s political elite. At the moment 666 Fifth Avenue’s debt—of $1.4bn, according to Vornado’s recent filings—eclipses the value of the office building itself, says Jed Reagan of Green Street, a research firm. That is partly Kushner Companies’ own doing, because of the price it paid and because it is intentionally letting the building slowly empty of its office tenants so it can be rebuilt. The new design, created by Zaha Hadid, an architect who died last year, would include a hotel, luxurious flats, new space for shops and would cost $7.5bn.The talks with Anbang fell apart in March amid protests from ethics experts and from Democrats, who fretted about conflicts of interest and threats to national security. Another avenue also recently closed. For over two years, Kushner Companies has talked to Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, an eminent Qatari, about investing in 666 Fifth. This month The Intercept, a news site, reported that HBJ, as he is known, had agreed to invest $500m if Mr Kushner could raise other money elsewhere. Kushner Companies confirmed on July 11th that talks had recently ended and that it is reassessing the financing structure of the redevelopment project. Some speculate that Mr Kushner has looked elsewhere, too. In December he met with the head of a government-owned Russian bank that is subject to American sanctions. Vnesheconombank said it was a business meeting. The White House said that Mr Kushner was “acting in his capacity as a transition official”.The proposed One Journal Square development has also hit trouble. In May Nicole Meyer, Mr Kushner’s sister, courted Chinese investors as part of America’s “EB-5” visa programme, which offers a path to citizenship for certain investors. In Beijing Ms Meyer touted One Journal Square, explained Mr Kushner’s new role in Washington and said the building “means a lot to me and my entire family”. That sparked accusations that the family was exploiting Mr Kushner’s public role. Kushner Companies apologised “if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors”.On May 7th Jersey City’s mayor, Steven Fulop, said the project would not receive the tax breaks and bonds that Kushner Companies had sought. The city might not have granted them in any circumstance—the Kushners had asked for a particularly generous package. But Mr Fulop, a Democrat, and city councilmen are up for re-election, and Mr Trump received just 14% of the city’s vote in November. Kushner Companies had already lost its anchor tenant, WeWork, a shared-office company.If Kushner Companies is not yet benefiting from proximity to the presidency, the potential for conflicts remains enormous. Corporate-tax reform would have a sizeable impact on property firms, for example. Mr Trump has said he wants a 15% corporate tax to apply to pass-through entities, which would include the LLCs that comprise much of the Kushner businesses (and Mr Trump’s as well). Loosening of financial regulation, expected under Mr Trump, ought to benefit lenders to Kushner Companies. Citigroup, for example, recently provided $425m to refinance one of its projects in Brooklyn. Blackstone, which lent $375m for Panorama, is raising an infrastructure fund that might be expected to find investment opportunities in Mr Trump’s infrastructure plan. And so on.Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, says that some of this “stinks to high heaven”. That does not mean that Mr Kushner has or is likely to violate any law. The rules governing conflicts of interest bar him from “personally or substantially” participating in matters with a “direct and predictable” effect on his finances. But policies that benefit Mr Kushner’s parents or Kushner Companies’ partners may be allowed, depending on circumstances. “That’s the grey area,” says Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Centre in Washington, DC.What seems to have developed, in sum, is a lose-lose situation. Mr Trump’s presidency appears to be doing Kushner Companies as much harm as good. If potential business partners continue to be wary of the scrutiny that comes with involvement with a firm bearing his name, Mr Kushner might end up having to choose between his property interests and his public role.Yet the list of potential conflicts is so long that public confidence in policymaking is at risk. A White House spokesman says Mr Kushner will recuse himself in any matter with “a direct and predictable effect” on entities in which he retains a financial interest. Those issues include EB-5 financing and affordable housing, he notes. But the White House has not published a complete list of matters in which Mr Kushner would decline to participate. And no such list is planned.This article appeared in the Business section of the print edition under the headline “Searching for a Kushy landing” (by The economist – abstract) (photo: trump)

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Top 17 Trends to Watch This Year

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 febbraio 2017

london-centralLondon. 22 February 2017 at 6:00pm GMT Online, with complimentary registration Is your organisation prepared to take advantage of the most impactful and transformational trends set to take place in 2017?
Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group has drawn on the expertise of its global team of futurists, consultants, and analysts to forecast which trends will most affect business, society, and government this year. Each of our top 17 trends are analysed and supported with key predictions and the expected impact of those predictions.Questions this webinar will answer:
What trends should I be tracking in 2017?
How will the most influential trends of 2017 affect business, society, and government this year?
What 2017 trends are your competitors investing in that you have never heard of?
What themes are emerging that underlie the most influential trends of 2017?
What are outlier predictions related to key trends that may have a low likelihood of occurring, but could dramatically disrupt established norms (similar to the unexpected events of Brexit and the Trump presidency)?
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

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Ana Tzarev exposeD

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 maggio 2012

London, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, from 17 May 2012, internationally acclaimed artist Ana Tzarev will present an array of her vibrant, large-scale canvases at the Saatchi Gallery. This will be the artist’s debut exhibition in London and will feature works dedicated to the form, colour and symbolic meaning of flowers, a subject which has greatly influenced her career as an artist.
Born in 1937 in Croatia, Tzarev has always been inspired by the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of her home country. ‘My devotion to flowers began in my childhood by tending my grandmother’s garden’ says Tzarev, who has since made detailed studies in horticulture and designed gardens the world over. Inspired by sources as diverse as the indigenous plants of Africa, the exotic tropical flowers of Hawaii, the bustling flower markets of Asia and the imperial gardens of Russia, Tzarev captures blooms from across the globe in evocative large scale paintings which draw the viewer in through their vivid colours. Incorporating her passion for flowers into her art, Tzarev shares her personal perspectives on nature, be it wild or cultivated scenes.
The influences on Tzarev’s work are diverse and range from the Old Masters to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters who, like Tzarev, have been captivated by the symbolism and fragility of flowers. Her still life depiction of sunflowers in a vase is an ode to Vincent Van Gogh while her riotous blue and purple compositions pay homage to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Holding to a disciplined schedule of daily painting, Tzarev’s impasto technique lends her subject matter an immediacy which suggests they are protruding from the canvas. By directly applying paint, using a palette knife, brushes and even her fingers to achieve a slow build-up on the canvas, the image begins to take on a three dimensional, sculptural quality. Her combination of this technique, with a warm palette and familiar subject matter has helped Tzarev achieve a ‘universal language’, which has been recognised on an international level through exhibitions and public commissions.
The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Commenting on the sponsorship, Olivier de Givenchy, Head of J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in the UK, said: “We are very excited to be supporting Ana Tzarev’s vivid ‘Exposed: A Secret Garden’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. J.P. Morgan Private Bank is committed to encouraging engagement with the arts in the UK and we are thrilled to play a part in supporting such a dynamic international artist as her exhibition comes to London.”
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Mobile Trading Growing at City Index

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2011

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London Today mobile trading accounts for 15 percent of trades with City Index – and counting. Joshua Raymond, Chief Market Strategist at City Index (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/) states the rise in mobile numbers “underlines just what an impact the introduction of mobile trading has had on traders’ behaviour.” City Index launched City Trading™, the industry’s first downloadable mobile trading application for the iPhone™, back in October 2009. The platform proceeded to be voted Best Mobile Trading Platform at the MoneyAM Finance Awards in both 2010 and 2011, and this year City Index released an upgrade including live streaming charts and news feeds which allow clients to analyse markets wherever they are. Joshua Raymond commented: “We are delighted that readers of Money AM have voted us Best Mobile Trading Platform two years in a row.”
Mr. Raymond added: “We dedicate a huge amount of resources to mobile technology because we understand the value of our clients being able to trade whenever they want, wherever they are. Being first to market a live trading application for iPhone and Android mobile devices and the continual upgrading of our mobile platforms is testament to that dedication.” For more on mobile trading at City Index, visit: http://www.cityindex.co.uk/trading-platform/

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Investing today in talent for tomorrow

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 gennaio 2011

Aarhus, Denmark 13-15 April 2011The European University Association (EUA) conference to be held at Aarhus University in Denmark where the organisation will also celebrate its 10th Anniversary and its members will elect the next EUA President (who will take office in March 2012). The theme of the conference is talent development – a topic of high relevance for the future competitiveness of Europe. Universities face the challenge of making Europe an attractive destination for the best researchers and students in the world without, however, compromising the provision of mass education. With the Bologna Process a united Europe has already demonstrated that the European model is extremely competitive and durable. Now it is time to identify ways of using this position to attract and develop the bright minds of tomorrow.
Participants will:
•    Discuss ways for Europe to increase its attractiveness for research talent
•    Debate best practices with regard to developing career development paths for young researchers
•    Exchange ideas on how to strengthen cross border collaboration on the management of quality and doctoral education
•    Debate state-of-the-art approaches to attracting and retaining talent internationally.
This conference will also be an opportunity to take stock of what EUA has achieved so far and will launch discussions with its member universities on future priorities and the most important milestones for the next decade. EUA members will also vote in the election of four new Board Members and for the next EUA President-elect who will officially take over from the current President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp, in March 2012.  For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.eua.be/aarhus

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