EOS Lip Balm journey to the top

Almost a decade ago, Sanjiv Mehra came together with Craig Dubitsky and Jonathan Teller to brainstorm on how they could make an impact in the beauty industry. Given that many lip balm products on the market adopted the tube design same as their predecessors, the three gentlemen identified the lip balm section as an ideal area for innovation. In their research, they also learned that many women found little pleasure or joy in applying lip balm.

Thus, they decided to come up with a new lip balm product that would be effective and consistently fun to use by women. Contrary to the cylindrical-shaped lip balm tube, lip balm products from EOS (Evolution of Smooth) come in pastel-colored orbs. To engage all the five human senses, the new product would be packaged in a soft round package, have exciting spheres colors, smell and taste nicely, and have a nice clicking sound when the lip balm tube closes. The lip balm would be priced at a competitive $3 and only use organic ingredients.

After a successful launch of the EOS lip balm at Walmart, Walgreens, and Target, online merchants eBay and ULTA soon agreed to stock the product on their shops. Next, the co-founders decided to set up their own automated production facility to meet the industry demands and compete with lip balm giants like Burt’s Bees and Chapstick.

To create significant buzz around the EOS lip balm, the co-founders chose millennial women aged 25-35 as their target audience. Regarding advertising, EOS used television, billboard and magazine ads. More importantly, they also used social media and partnered with Millennial celebrities like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift to appeal to their audience.

Seven years since its launch, the EOS brand has become a household name with the company selling more than one million lip balms every week. The company has plans to venture into new categories and already produces hand lotions and shaving creams. Read the full EOS story on fastcompany.com.

 

Brad Reifler Explains What Young People Must Know About Investing

Brad Reifler is the leader and owner at Forefront Capital, and he is quite interested in training young people about the stock market. His company runs a large fund created for those with less money to spend, and he offers a few tips that help young investors. The youngest of investors will build a small nest eggs using Brad’s information, and this article explains how Brad prefers to invest.

#1: Spend Less Today

Spending less today is quite a wise decision for a young investor, and Brad’s business is built around the idea that a small investor may grow their wealth. Growing wealth is a simple proposition for every young person, but they must begin immediately. Investing in one’s youth is a far wiser choice than waiting. Brad runs his company with a focus on the young investor, and he prefers to share information with clients that will make their investments better.

#2: Invest Over The Long Term

Investing over the long term is a simple process, but the investor must approach Forefront Capital for help with their initial investment. The first investment made by a young person will grow into something more substantial, but it must be managed through the lens of the future. The future of an investment depends on the company it is made with, and Brad provides tips to simplify the process.

#3: Be Aggressive On A Small Scale

Be aggressive on a small scale, and ensure every investment multiplies slowly. Adding small amounts to every investment is the most important thing Brad Reifler tells his clients to do. He wants his clients to understand he has their best interests in mind, and he cannot build his company without investors spending in small increments. Small scale investment may grow into something wonderful, and the wonderment of it all takes over the investor as they invest. They see a future with more money and greater opportunity.

Brad is educating his clients every day on the principles of small investments. He owns quite a large investment firm, but his company became large de to his ucommitment to small investments.

Eric Lefkofsky: American Business Man and Charitable Billionaire

Eric Lefkofsky, Jewish American entrepreneur, was born September 2, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. As Eric grew towards adulthood, his passion for law and business would fuel both his education, and future venture capital.

At age 18, Lefkofsky graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School to peruse an education at the University of Michigan. While in attendance of the university, he began what would be a long standing business career by selling carpet on campus. Graduating with honors in 1991 at age 22, Eric furthered his education by attending University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor, a professional law degree.

Currently known as Chairman of Groupon, and co-founder of Lightbank, a venture capital firm, Lefkofsky was not always such a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. His original entrepreneurial ventures were smaller and less successful, but in 2001 he helped found InnerWorkings. InnerWorkings, a print procurement company that helps manage costs of printed items such as leaflets, brochures, and magazines for mid-size companies, has witnessed growth and has continued successful stock ratings in the United States. As of 2012, Lefkofsky left the company for bigger and better ventures.

MediaBank, a company that procures media technology, was Lefkofsky’s next business venture with his college friend Brad Keywell. MediaBank in 2007 bought out Datatech, the number one media buying company in the United States. In a $1.5 billion deal, MediaBank became Mediaocean after it merged with Donovan Data Systems.

Possibly one of Lefkofsky’s most successful and notable companies is Groupon, an e-commerce marketplace that connects subscribes to local merchants whom offer services and goods at a marketable price. In 2007 however, it was known as The Point. Andrew Mason, founder of The Point, wanted a web based company that would allow people to organize behind causes they found important and achieve a certain goal based on their cause. The company in it’s state only grew a small attraction as people wanted to back and organize for savings and deals. Seeing the opportunity, Lefkofsky funded the company with a cool $1 million. In 2008, the company changed its name to Groupon- a combination of the words group and coupon as homage to what the company now sought to do. As of 2010, Forbes declared Groupon the fastest growing company in history. In 2013, Lefkofsky became CEO of Groupon but later stepped down to take the roll as chairman in 2015. As of 2014 they had a reported income of $3.2 billion and an estimated 10,000 employees.

Beyond business ventures, Eric and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky have both been charitable with their earnings. In 2006 they started a charity trust called the Lefkofsky Foundation, a private foundation that contributes to smaller organizations, programs, and research that may improve the quality of their surrounding communities. That includes initiatives that introduce foreign culture, further education, and benefit medical research. They are also participating members in The Giving Pledge, a foundation started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage globally influential people of wealth to redistribute some of their earnings to charitable causes.

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Mike Baur: Empowering Swiss Startups for the Global Market

Did you know that Switzerland is a leader in Fintech innovation, and provides excellent conditions for entrepreneurs to thrive? It is a world-renowned center for digitization of the financial sector. The desire to see startups succeed in the Swiss Fintech industry is what drove Mike Baur to start the Swiss Start-Up Factory.

 

Mike Baur was born in Switzerland and has 20 years’ experience in the Swiss banking sector. Baur holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester in New York as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. In 2014, Mike Baur left the banking industry to start the Swiss Start-Up Factory.

 

The Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF) focuses on running incubator and accelerator programs for IT startups in Zurich. It is an independent and privately financed company. Once the startup is selected for the program, SSUF identifies and rectifies all the issues that need to be addressed on to ensure success. On completion of the three-month program, startups can penetrate the global market successfully.

 

Mike Baur founded SSUF with the aim of supporting young entrepreneurs. This vision has attracted interest from several people and companies who share the same vision. Michael Hartweg recently sold his stake in Leonteq and joined SSUF as an investor and coach. Hartweg plans to select, evaluate and coach startups that have the potential to attract investors.

 

SSUF has also collaborated with Goldbach, a company that deals in Digital Marketing. The two companies ran a Digital Media Acceleration Program for five startups. These five startups completed the program recently, and have since penetrated the market successfully.

 

CTI Invest, a leading financial platform for Swiss startups, has not been left behind. As part of the collaboration, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier joined SSUF from CTI. He is now a managing partner as well as a member of the core team. CTI has partnered with SSUF to run an event called the Swiss Startup Day. This event will take place on October 24 and 25, 2016. Startups will experience best practices workshops, panels, pitching battles and keynote speeches.

 

Mike Baur has made a name for himself in the Swiss startup industry. He supports several startups, both as a mentor and a financier. Baur also spends a lot of time with young entrepreneurs at various forums.

 

Mike Baur has a passion for the growth and development of local startups. He is behind the success of SSUF. He inspires young people to build successful businesses that can make thrive in the global market. By investing in the youth, Mike Baur has invested in the future of Switzerland.

The Growth Of Manhattan’s Rental Offices is Not Going Unnoticed

 

Why are coworking spaces so important to the future of the workplace? Independent and freelance workers are growing in numbers in today’s workplace, and as this continues there just won’t be as much need for cubicles and supervisors running around reminding their workers about deadlines. But there will always be a need for a social environment where independent business owners can meet new clients or expand their customer base. They might even run their own business but work for a peer as well, and that’s a common thing at coworking spaces. Working from home will always be an option, but coworking spaces provide things you may not have at home.

 

Some work from home jobs require private phone lines and office equipment that can be expensive to purchase. At coworking spaces you can get access to this equipment as part of your monthly rent there, and you don’t have to worry about installing it yourself. Working from home can also lead to loneliness, but at coworking spaces you’ll have people around to bounce ideas off of, or motivate you to keep getting your work done. You’ll also have access to much faster internet, and if the power goes out the building probably has a generator that will turn on allowing you to keep doing your work. And you can still take vacation or sick days whenever you need to. Coworking spaces are starting up everywhere, but New York offices for rent are increasing in number at coworking spaces in downtown NYC.

 

Workville is one such coworking space where you can find luxurious New York offices for rent along with many amenities and features. You can get to Workville from many transportation hubs in Manhattan, and you won’t have to walk far to get to local shops and retail outlets. Workville’s New York offices for rent are furnished and allow you to work in private, and you can even get a dedicated desk for an extra fee. If you don’t need a private office, you can rent lounge spaces. Workville also has coffee makers, printers and copiers, mail service, conference rooms, and terraces offering a great view of the city. You can find out more or request a tour at http://workvillenyc.com/category/co-working/.

Healthy Hair Is Easy With These Tips And A Little Help From WEN

The world is full of advice when it comes to growing and maintaining healthy hair, but what is it that really counts? Do you condition? Or maybe use an oil treatment? Is there some new fad product that will fix your hair overnight? Or maybe, just maybe it comes down to some simple steps and a good product.

There really are just a few steps that need to be followed to keep and maintain health hair. Remember that it is, in fact, healthy to lose hair on a daily basis. Most women lose roughly 100-150 hairs per day, don’t take those stray strands as a bad sign when, in fact, it is completely normal. Hair care routines often begin with a washing, and while some people like to wash daily, this is absolutely not necessary. If you want to, feel free and use conditioner to prevent drying out, but otherwise, every other day is perfectly healthy for hair. Remember to always rinse the conditioner out with cold water, this is good for both hair strength and shine. Start your routine by carefully combing wet hair, this is the state where hair is at its most fragile point and can break easily. Stylist recommend a broad toothed comb run through the hair gently. Try to avoid heat on your hair as often as possible. Numerous methods are available online for curling hair without the use of a curling iron, and if you are blessed with bobbing curls, enjoy letting your natural you shine through.

One of the hottest and healthiest products on the market is WEN hair by Chaz. The brand sells a wide array of products that work for any hairstyle around and often help increase the bounce and shine of hair. One of their key products is the Cleansing Conditioner. This product goes against all you’ve been told when it comes to hair care, but it delivers big on bounce, shine, and overall healthy hair. WE hair 5-in-1 formula takes place of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. It gets hair thoroughly clean without any lather or harmful sulfates, and leaves your hair moist, bouncy, and healthy.

The Guthy Renker produced WEN line by Chaz Dean (https://chazdean.com/store.aspx) is a unique approach to hair care. Chaz Dean is a Los Angeles Stylist that has clientele, and after working in the industry he began working on a line to help improve the overall health of hair. His line is a revolutionary way to cleanse hair without buildup of any kind and leaving hair silky, soft, and full of body. He has created numerous lines in many fragrances that all cleanse by conditioning Visit the Wen hair facebook for more details.

 

George Soros uses his money to battle Trump

George Soros seems more politically engaged than he’s been since the time of the Bush Administration, according to a recent report in Politico. That could be because the stakes of this year’s election are strikingly high. The democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton is facing off against a decidedly illiberal Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Trump has a warm relationship with Russian Strongman Vladimir Putin, he wants to build a wall along the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico, ban Muslims from entering the country, and strike down the First Amendment. The latest news is that he didn’t pay income taxes for 18 years.

Soros might not be a young man anymore, but the 85-year-old billionaire is using his money to help defeat the dangerous Trump. Indeed, Soros has claimed that Trump is, “doing the work of ISIS,” by stoking fear in the American electorate on politico.com.

The Hungarian-born Soros is based in New York, where he made his fortune in high-risk currency trading on Bloomberg. He uses his wealth to bankroll causes he cares about, including religious tolerance, criminal justice issues, and immigration reform. All issues of which Trump is hostile.

Soros, consequently, has pledged more than $25 million to Hillary Clinton, along with other Democratic candidates, to make sure the Republicans cannot achieve their goals, according to interviews Politico has done with Democratic operatives and those close to George Soros. The billionaire has already donated $7 million to one Clinton super PAC, and democratic officials say he’s deciding whether to give another $3 million. He’s also given a cool $5 million to a liberal super PAC that helps get out the Latino vote in swing states, which overwhelmingly favors Clinton.

Soros is also fighting voting restrictions by donating $5 million to a group that seeks to defeat restrictive voting on twitter.com, a conservative cause of recent years. Not to be outdone, he’s so far donated $1.5 million this year to Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC that advocates for abortion rights.

Soros’ relationship with the Clintons stretches back at least 25 years to the first Clinton Administration. Soros had planned to attend last summer’s Democratic National Convention, but was hamstrung by volatility in European financial markets. The philanthropist, worth a reported $24.9 billion, felt he needed to keep a watchful eye on his investments.

The Democratic Party’s leadership see Soros’ injection of money as a harbinger of good things to come. They think Soros can jump start the giving of other wealthy liberal philanthropists.

Soros, however, doesn’t only spend his largess on American political causes. He’s donated around $13 billion over the last thirty years to groups and foundations that seek to defend human rights, democratize Eastern Europe, and expand educational and healthcare opportunities for people in developing countries.

Thor Halvorssen crusades against North Korean Dictatorship

Thor Halvorssen’s got a major goal these days: helping to take down North Korea’s dictatorship and freeing the North Korean people.

Thor Halvorssen, 39, is the president of The Human Rights Foundation, a New York-based NGO that launched in 2005 to address human rights issues across the developing world.

Indeed, human rights issues runs deep in his family. He’s descended from leaders of Latin America’s 19th century independence movements, and his father was held as a political prisoner in his native Venezuela.

Halvorssen joins forces with dissidents and defectors to stand up against tyrannical dictators. What’s more, he takes funding from both left wing and right wing organizations, because he thinks it will help his cause. With his organization, where he leads a staff of twelve, he stands against dictators of all political shades, be it Augusto Pinochet, or Fidel Castro.

The Human Rights Foundation’s main event is the Oslo Freedom Forum, where large donors get to mix with dissidents and activists and potentially recruit them to their cause.

But North Korea is what drives him most of all. It’s a country that misappropriated international aid it was given to deal with a terrible famine in the ‘90’s, conducts nuclear tests, kidnaps foreigners, sinks South Korean ships, and terrorizes individuals beyond its reach.

According to HRF, Thor Halvorssen and his team organize hackathons for North Korean defectors to infiltrate regime websites, and think up all sorts of ways to smuggle contraband (USB drives, South Korean magazines, Hollywood movies, banned books) into the country.

Plus, Halvorssen aims to send copies of the move “The Interview,” which parodies Dictator Kim Jong-un, into North Korea by balloon. In response, the North Korean regime has threatened to kill him.

Near the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, the team inflates the 30-foot high balloons that carry bundles of media.

They’re set to be time-released over North Korea, where people starve for information from the outside world.

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Mike Baur’s Take On Switzerland’s Entrepreneurial Sector

Swiss Start-Up Factory was launched in 2004. It has its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The firm looks for thriving and ambitious entrepreneurs. Once they locate them, they provide them with exciting opportunities. Swiss Start-Up Factory has a strong network in Switzerland and around the globe. They run an accelerator program that runs for three months. During the program, the entrepreneurs receive coaching and mentoring from the Swiss Start-Up Factory team. As part of growing their business, they are given an office space in the heart of Zurich and an entrepreneurial network to enable them accomplishes their targets.

Mike Baur is the Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Swiss Start-Up Factory. He founded the company to support young entrepreneurs specialize in digital technologies. Mike Baur has extensive experience in the Swiss banking industry. He is a former banker at Clariden and Sallfort. He was responsible for raising funds and financing rounds at the Swiss Start-Up Factory.

In a recent interview, Mike said it was a tough decision to leave his successful banking career that had spun almost 20 years. He stated that the reason he left was that he felt at 40 years old, he could do something else. Mike had the desire to do something different and completely crazy unlike private banking, which he considers very traditional. He also said his entrepreneurial spirit forced him out of the banking industry and pushed him in the direction of starting the Swiss Start-Up Factory.

Mike Baur decided to give his company the word factory at the end for two main reasons. His first reason is that he wants to build up and help create new Swiss companies. He said the first step in manufacturing the new businesses was prototyping and accelerating. Then the next stage was shaping and proving the concept. The other reason Mike gave was that young people have to work harder. He noticed that the young population in Switzerland is a little bit lazy.

Mike distinguishes the Swiss Start-Up Factory from other incubators because they are fully invested, and they are independent. He views Switzerland as the most innovative country in the world but is puzzled that there are few successful Swiss companies. Mike pinpoints a shortage of investment, lack of professionalism, and poor execution of plans as the reason why there exist few successful Swiss companies. He believes that passion and hard work are important factors to becoming successful.

 

 

M&A Advisor Award Finalist: Madison Street Capital

The investment trade journal, M&A Advisor, has recently announced that Madison Street Capital is a finalist for their 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Wall Street. The Advisor revealed that Madison Street was nominated under two categories: ‘International and Industrials Deal of the Year’ and ‘Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year.’

The ‘Boutique’ award recognized Madison Street’s facilitation of Dowco’s acquisition of Acuna & Asociados S.A. These awards are great indicators of the health and financial progress of a commercial investment house, great deal making, recognition of the firm’s achievements and contributions. This M&A was led by Karl D’Cunha, Senior Managing Director at Madison Street Capital.

D’Cunha said the deal assisted Madison Street’s long-term client, Dowco, in buying Acuna & Asociados S.A. He said the firm is honored to even be in the running for the Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year – International award. He gave some detail of how hard everyone at the company had worked, across time zones, to effect the deal. D’Cunha indicated that this acquisition was quite complicated and had a lot of ‘moving parts’ involved. He said it felt really great to be recognized for the achievement. The finalists and winners of the awards will be officially announced on November 9, 2016, at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala held at the New York Athletic Club.

Madison Street Capital, LLC, is a leading investment bank service that serves to provide finance advice to their corporate clients. their M&A professional expertise covers all the valuation and financial options needed to merge or acquire both private and public companies. Their services help their clients succeed in international business. The firm is most expert in taking on and achieving their client companies’ objectives and goals.

They have helped clients do complex M&A transactions, raise capital, and complete ownership transfers. They especially focus on upward trending emerging markets. Their clients from all over the Earth trust them, because of Madison Street’s incorruptible high professionalism. This story was originally reported on benzinga.com.