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Agera Energy and Cambridge work together

By way of Agera Energy, customers in Cambridge as well as businesses who are under the Eversource Basic Service should be expecting cleaner electricity once the Cambridge Community Electricity program takes off. In this program, Cambridge utilizes the community’s buying power to receive a more reasonable price with supplier services.

After there was bidding war, the City and Agera Energy brokered a deal for 18 months to use the City’s electricity. This program promises 25% more solar energy than what the state typically uses and will give customers and businesses electricity at a discount. The fixed price of the program stays from July 2017 on to January 2019 and Eversource Basic Service prices would be subject to change quite a bit. The program hopes to help customers and businesses save money as opposed to how Eversource Basic Service has their prices.

Businesses and homeowners in Cambridge using Eversource Basic Service are grandfathered in to the Cambridge Community Electricity Standard Green program. 25% more solar energy would be available and coming from renewable projects through Agera Energy.

Homeowners as well as businesses can be a part of 100% Green and receive 100% renewable energy throughout New England in collaboration with Agera Energy. Those who are part of the program only get a single bill from Eversource and Eversource will provide Cambridge electricity and handle power issues.

Shervin Pishevar Twitter Storm Stuns Many

Shervin Pishevar warned that trillions of dollars can “evaporate” in just days or weeks in the form of a rapidly declining stock market. Yes, lots of people have predictions about where the markets will go, up or down. But because it was Shervin Pishevar making these statements in a recent Tweet storm, a lot of people sat up and listened.

Shervin Pishevar is legendary for his ability to correctly flesh out and articulate future trends. His remarkably prescient abilities are what helped make him one of the most successful super angel investors in U.S. history. He was the brain trust behind such behemoths as Uber, Airbnb, Tumblr and SGN. That’s just to name a few.

In addition to knowing where to put his money, Shervin Pishevar created and built from the ground up some of the most innovative business models in recent decades. That includes WebOS, webs.com and Hyperoffice.

Shevin Pishevar also co-founded Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop One. So suffice it to say, when a guy like this launches a 21-hour Tweet-a-thon, it’s almost impossible not to hang on every utterance.

In addition to predicting rough times for the stock market, Shervin Pishevar had gloomy thoughts about the realm wherein he built his career – Silicon Valley. He opined via tweets that he thinks the days of dominance for Silicon Valley may be over. Mr. Pishevar said that competition from other high-tech corridors are arising at points all across the globe. This will challenge the long dominance of Silicon Valley as the world’s premier regime of high-tech innovation.

What else? There was plenty. Shervin Pishevar had harsh words for the giants – Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. These entities, he said, have effectively become monopolies. As such, they are stifling innovation and making it extremely difficult for new ideas and entrepreneurs to bring forward new business models, inventions and the “next big thing.”

It may be time, he said, for government regulators to break up these tech giants, just as the government busted up Ma Bell (AT&T) into a series of “Baby Bells” back in the 1980s. It was certainly a twitter rant for the ages.

Jeunesse Global Offers Multiple Ways to Earn Free Trips

Jeunesse Global has thousands of marketers promoting their health and beauty products throughout the world. One way that Jeunesse Distributors receive motivation is in sales incentive trips offered to those who qualify at different levels.

How Jeunesse Lifestyle Incentive Trips are Earned

Direct marketers can qualify for a trip by accumulating travel points. These often are earned with every qualifying product purchase made. For instance, a 2019 European promotion would earn a Distributor at least 25 travel points for every Summer Pack sold.

A second way to earn a trip would be to obtain a Director rank. For instance, some people will receive the privilege of traveling to Rome in 2019 all-expenses paid. To qualify, they will need to have earned the title of Diamond or Double Diamond and to have held this title for at least two months. The qualification period for this incentive year was September 1, 2018-January 31, 2019. However, the chance to earn a trip repeats every year.

Another way to qualify for trips would be to achieve a certain ranking in a given cycle. This usually is based on how many sales are made within a period, and this usually is within a minimum of 30 days. With every new level, participants usually receive bonuses. Along with this, they also may receive trip vouchers provided a total of at least 200 cycles have been achieved along with 50 travel points accumulated.

North American participants have the opportunity to earn a trip for one or a trip for two depending on how they qualify. They will be staying at the Marriott Park Hotel either with a person of their choosing or with another person who has also earned a trip for one.

About Jeunesse Global

Jeunesse Global has spread its line of Youth Enhancement System Products and other health and beauty merchandise since 2009. The company has become instrumental in providing a comprehensive anti-aging solution that works on the inside and the outside at the same time.

The Y.E.S. product line includes both supplements a person can ingest as well as products that enhance the skin and hair. The Zen Bodi and Luminesce are some of the most popular of this collection of health and beauty aids the company produces.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/jeunesse-global-2

Tempus CEO Eric Lefkofsky Discusses Data Driven Medicine

As the CEO of Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky has a lot to say about data-driven medicine; recently, he sat down with Bloomberg to discuss his thoughts on the subject as well as the moves both himself and Tempus are making within the niche. His first significant thought was about how surprisingly little that technology is used within the healthcare industry compared to many other industries.
Tempus, however, is one of the few companies that’s been driving this and currently provides technological innovations and improvements to over 250 healthcare facilities that they’ve partnered with. But what are the most significant challenges that Eric Lefkofsky sees in the medical field? In his words, it’s the storage of data that patients and practitioners may need to treat a specific illness properly. This is an even greater problem when you factor in major diseases such as cancer. Greater access to personal information within the medical field would all medical practitioners to provide better treatment for their patients.
While that may sound like a difficult problem to overcome, Eric Lefkofsky has led Tempus forward when it comes to overcoming it; as it stands, the company operates the most extensive library of clinical and molecular data in the world which has been actively helping the many medical practitioners that have been using it. The company also developed an operating system to make sure that this medical library was easy for both patients and medical practitioners to use. But what kind of effect will this have on, for example, the costs of medical treatment? While Eric Lefkofsky wasn’t able to comment too specifically on the matter, he did say that Tempus’ innovations were aimed at improving efficiency in the medical field.
In the interview with Bloomberg, he mentioned that by improving efficiency in the filed, the effects would go beyond just the costs associated with medical care. Because of that, medical practitioners will save time and effort when it comes to treating their patients; the result should be the reduction of overall treatment costs. However, that wasn’t Tempus’ main goal, according to Mr. Lefkofsky. They’ve focused on improving the overall quality of healthcare.

Adam Milstein and his pro-Jewish initiatives

Adam Milstein is the managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties, an established commercial real estate investment company based in California. He’s also a Jewish activist and an accomplished philanthropist in 2017, who was among the Top 200 Most Influential Do-Gooder Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs. Adam Milstein has also founded the Israeli American Council and the Milstein Foundation. He is currently one of the most active Jewish Americans on matters that relate to the community.

Adam Milstein has recorded success from his career as a businessman in the real estate sector. Thanks to this success, he is now able to engage in activism and philanthropy. He has dedicated a huge portion of his wealth towards these goals. One of his main goals is to see the Jewish community living in the United States working closely with their counterparts in the Middle East. The Israeli American Council is dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity by raising a new generation of Jews who understand their culture, origin and identity. Apart from these organizations, Adam Milstein is also a board member to many others. One of the organizations he supports supplies free books published in Hebrew to Jewish young people so that they can learn their language and adopt their heritage. Also, through the Milstein Foundation, many Israeli Americans cancer patients are getting health support.

Adam Milstein has sponsored numerous conferences and initiatives aimed at improving and identity of the Jewish community. One of his recent activities has been through the Milstein Meme Competition. This initiative aimed at creating high-quality pro-Israel internet memes. It was also the sponsor of the Los Angeles wing of the Arabs Breaking the Silence speaking to her. With such generous acts, it is not a wonder that Milstein was listed among the top philanthropists in the world.

Adam Milstein has also maintained a strong presence on social media networks as he has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter. He uses the social media platforms to educate the world about matters that relate to the Jewish people. Milstein has also used his position as an activist to condemned cases of anti-Semitism. His main aim has mainly been the elimination of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/adam-milstein/

Rick Shinto Reinvents InnovaCare Health

From its headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., InnovaCare Health offers Medicare and Medicaid Advantage plans to more than 250,00 network members in Puerto Rico. Operating under the twin brands of Preferred Medicare Choice (PMC) and MMM Healthcare, InnovaCare Health is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent 501(c)(3) organization working to advance and improve healthcare quality by establishing and measuring program standards, and awarding accreditation.

In 2017, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, InnovaCare Health was instrumental in the reestablishment of healthcare and medical services, raising more than $4 million to rebuild the ravaged systems. InnovaCare Health’s CEO, Rick Shinto, and Chief Administrative Officer, Penelope Kokkinides, were influential in repairing the damage done by the storm. One of the pioneers in integrating technology into healthcare management, the InnovaCare Health network produces healthcare plans that are both cost-effective and sustainable and has recently enrolled as a Committed Partner in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN). LAN forms a partnership between US government programs and more than 100 private providers developing payment models based on quality of care. Such payment plans are known as Alternative Payment Models, or APMs.

From his start as an internist in Southern California, Dr. Shinto went on to acquire more than 20 years of experience in healthcare management, working with a diversity of organizations including Aveta Healthcare, Cal Optimal Health Plan of Orange County, California, Pathways Management Group, and North American Medical Management of California, earning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2012, and being voted one the Top Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2018 by Healthcare News. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the largest trade association in the healthcare industry. Dr. Shinto believes that technology is the key to better, more streamlined health care delivery systems.

Chief Administrative Officer Penelope Kokkinides brings years of experience in enhancing patient care through the use of alternative payment methods, and has worked with AmeriChoice, Centerlight HealthCare, and Touchstone Health. Like Dr. Shinto, Penelope firmly believes in the practical application of modern technology within the framework of healthcare administration.

https://www.monster.com/jobs/c-innovacare-health.aspx?jobid=aaa8d8ee-95a6-4986-b1af-b19bdf14864f

Jojo Hedaya’s Unroll.Me Slices Through The Email Clutter

Everyone who uses email knows how frustrating it can be in having to sort through a barrage of advertisements and newsletter subscriptions in order to find important emails. After realizing that others were consistently overlooking his emails, Jojo Hedaya realized the need for a technology that would be able to sort critical emails from the junk that quickly fills up everyone’s inboxes.

Entrepreneurs Jojo Hedaya and his partner Josh Rosenwald created Unroll.Me in 2011 out of their own personal frustrations with junk email. The technology behind Unroll.Me is able to scan your inbox in just seconds and assemble the non-critical emails into one email which they refer to as The Rollup. You can then schedule a time when you want to review your Rollup and also be able to unsubscribe to all of them at once with just a click of the mouse.

Jojo Hedaya never imagined himself as an entrepreneur. He was attending college but after starting Unroll.Me, he knew he was onto something special with his application that has managed to accomplish what the competition hadn’t in making the service user friendly and simple to use. Jojo eventually dropped out of college in order to focus on the company. He really appreciates the ideal that he and Josh have been able to successfully grow the business despite the dismal statistics of many startups and that it was one of the best decisions he has made along with a good amount of luck on his side.

In 2014, Rakuten-owned Shopping app Slice, purchased Unroll.Me as a means for their customers to track their orders and packages. While this seems these two applications are a stark contradiction, they really do flatter each other in many ways. By partnering with Slice, Jojo is able to focus on improving Unroll.Me’s applications with the luxury of letting day to day operations rest in the hands of Slice’s management team.

Unroll.Me is headquartered in New York City and both Jojo Hedaya and Josh Rosenwald still manage Unroll.Me for now and are currently working on a mobile app version to be released sometime in the near future.

http://jojohedayaofficial.com/

Steve Ritchie and his Heartfelt Letter and How This Saved Papa John’s

Papa John’s has always been one of the most favorite pizza parlors all around the world: along with staple names like Pizza Hut. Papa John’s have proved themselves to be one of the big-time players in the pizza trade – but the recent times and societal standpoints have proved that even the biggest superpowers in the industry can experience major controversial issues that can lead to their downfall.

As per Biz Journals, due to the competitive nature of the pizza industry, and a lot of pizza chains popping out everywhere with new ideas and fresh products, this has become one of the factors on the lower performance in sales of Papa John’s. Their founder found another reason to blame for this, and it wasn’t his smartest move. He has blamed the National Football Leagues controversial issue regarding “taking a knee” during the national anthem of the United States, for their decline in sales. The National Football League is one of Papa John’s biggest partner accounts and they lost it due to Papa John’s remarks regarding the National Football League. John Schnatter was not done yet, he also called public clamor because of his use of racial slurs in a conference call – even with Papa John’s best interest at heart, John Schnatter seemed to have irreparably damaged Papa John’s public image and has caused a great decline in the performance in sales and marketing of Papa John’s. With his recent actions, they have also lost accounts in the baseball industry and lost marketing and major advertisement spaces.

In this bad light, Steve Ritchie Papa John’s, the Chief Executive Officer of Papa John’s has reacted to this so quickly and has taken things into his own hands – as the Chief Executive Officer of Papa John’s he could not stand idly while his company was barraged by controversy and they lost their marketing power because of this. To solve the issue, he has tapped into the hearts of the public consumers via a heartfelt and carefully written apology. regarding the actions of their founder. And to his avail, this proved to be effective as they regained their public image and resolved them to be able to stabilize their performance in sales.

Additional reading: https://www.boardroominsiders.com/executive-profiles/12879/Papa-Johns-International,-Inc./Steve-M.-Ritchie

Doe Deere Fearlessly Pursued Her Dreams No Matter The Obstacle

Life for an immigrant can be a very challenging experience moving to another country. People have to adjust to a whole new culture, new environment, people, and so much more. Doe Deere, along with her mother and sister, are immigrants from Russia. They moved to the United States to start a new life.

Doe had always fantasized of coming to America, land of where dreams came true. Deere’s birth name, Xenia Vorotova, was a imaginative young girl who had aspirations of pursing a career as a fashion designer. The family thought their trek to New York City would open up many opportunities, but it very quickly became disenchanting. Doe’s mother, could not get work in her respected profession as an accountant. Instead, she worked as a house cleaner in people’s apartments. Doe even picked up some work as a dog walker to make extra money for bills. This would not be enough and the family was forced to move into a homeless shelter.

For 6 hard months, the family was living on barely nothing, but an organization for immigrants stepped into help. Sanctuary for Families, a non-profit organization, provided Doe Deere’s families with some much needed opportunities. Her mother, was able to get an accounting job, and both daughters got into prominent universities. Doe was able to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Both girls excelled in school and were able to lay the foundation of success for their bright futures. Doe started her journey as a entrepreneur and started her own DIY fashion line in 2004. Four years later, Deere founded Lime Crime, her vibrant cosmetic line in Los Angeles, California. It became a huge hit and had almost 40 employees. As CEO, Doe was inspiring women all over the world to rock their individuality and self expression with her makeup brand. She wants to encourage everyone to pursue their dreams. The now successful entrepreneur had a challenging experience moving to the United States, but did not give up on pursing her dreams. Deere is an inspiration to many and continues to chase her dreams, no matter what challenges come her way.

 

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/doe-deere

Randal Nardone Contributes Greatly towards the Growth of Fortress Investment Group.

Randal Nardone is one of the investment icons that deserve a lot of recognition and appreciation from Fortress Investment Group and the entire investment management industry. This is as a result of the great contribution that he has made to the economic sector through effective and excellent leadership that he has portrayed over the years that he has in the industry. Randal “accidentally” entered the investment and finance industry in 1998 when they combined efforts with two other investment enthusiasts to form Fortress Investment Group. The other two were Rob Kauffman and Wesley Edens. Later, Rob Kauffman would quit the investment in Fortress Group to pursue his passion in horse riding and motor racing, where he also invested. He was replaced by Peter Briger, an investment guru who came from one of the most reputable financial organization in the United States, Goldman Sachs.

Before Randal Nardone founded Fortress Investment Group, he had been employed in a New York-based boutique law firm, Thacher Proffitt & Wood, where he was a senior advocate. He had studied law in his university level at the Boston University where he graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree. At Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Randal’s role became very significant due to the services that he gave to the clients of the organization regarding corporate governance and employees’ compensation. He performed his task with passion and consequently became very popular for his expertise in law.

However, Randal Nardone felt that he had not pursued the right career path and if he continued with the same journey, he would never achieve the great objectives and goals that he had in life. He always wanted to become an employer who would create employment opportunities for the members of the community rather than being employed. Due to this challenge, Randal consolidated some funds that he would later come to combine with other like-minded investment partners to establish Fortress Investment Group in 1998.

Randal Nardone became a principal at the organization. During the foundation time, Fortress Group was just a small organization that had several employees in a small rental premise. However, through the excellent leadership of Randal Nardone and his co-principals of the organization, Fortress Group has turned into a boutique company in which every investor admires to invest their wealth. The company now has over 2,000 employees, 400 of which are investment professionals from the various economic sectors. This ensures that Fortress Group affords to manage investments for clients from all industries in the economy.