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Polly Morton Hired As New Board Advisor At Digital Crisis Management Firm

Growing company Status Labs just announced the induction of Gerson Lehrman Group’s Vice President Polly Morton to their Board Of Advisors. Status Labs is a digital reputation management and public relations firm that has assisted many clients over the years in the repair of their digital profiles, and their president and CEO Darius Fisher is happy to have Morton’s years of experience on board with his company. Morton has done extensive work in the field as a director for Reputation.com, and has tremendous knowledge of the corporate world from her time working in the private equity sector at Gerson Lehrman Group.

 

Status Labs has been in operation since about 2010 when it was founded by Darius Fisher. Fisher was once a victim of an attack on his reputation due to an incident that happened while he was working for a political campaign. Fisher was not at fault for the incident, but his guilt by association took a hit on his reputation and stories began to surface about him on the internet. It was this that brought about his company Status Labs, a digital reputation repair company that operates with the belief that good people deserve a second chance when life hasn’t been fair to them.

 

Status Labs has had quite an array of clients from average joes and businessmen, to even politicians and celebrities. The problems they resolve range from cleaning up controversies surrounding family matters or civil personal matters, to social media pages that have been subject to hacks or smear campaigns. Status Labs has delivered quality results and helped to overcome false stories with factual accounts and get to the bottom of things. They do place limits on the kind of clients they work for and do not accept clients who have committed real crimes or who engage in illegal activities. Fisher has published articles and given interviews on how people can check to make sure their digital reputation is intact, or if it needs a cleaning.

More information for Status Labs:

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/04/p5413203/status-labs-opens-new-office-in-new-york-city

http://advertising.utexas.edu/internships/general-public-relations/status-labs

Who Is Behind Solo Capital?

Sanjay Shah is the man who founded Solo Capital in September of 2011. Mr. Shah is a banker who has worked with notable financial companies in the past. His previous employers include mega financial firms such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Merril Lynch. He worked as an accountant at these large financial banks and companies.

Mr. Shah’s beginnings were far removed from finances however. He began studying medicine after completing school, with his family hoping that he would become a doctor. Sanjay did not find the idea of being a doctor very interesting or appealing to him. So he instead decided to switch majors in college and began studying accounting and finances. The move it turned out was the right one. Shah found employment at major financial institutions and he quickly moved up through the ranks.

The recession hit the banking and financial industry especially hard. Shah was fired from his job in 2008. Not wanting to experience the same lack of job security, Shah decided to start his hedge fund firm which he named Solo Capital. It was a fitting name, since it started out as essentially a one man job. Shah quickly turned Solo Capital into a leading boutique hedge fund firm.

Solo Capital now has over 67 million British pounds of assets under its helm. This is equivalent to about $100 million US dollars. Sanjay Shah, has now hired several people to look after Solo Capital and he admits that the firm now operates almost independently without his intervention. He does remain the CEO of Solo Capital and is responsible for making corporate decisions for the firm.

With a large amount of money under his belt and not having to worry about earning a living for himself as he did before, Sanjay Shah has shifted his gear to philanthropy instead. His charity Autism Rocks, is focused on helping autistic children. The charity attracts superstars from the music world to perform at concerts where the proceeds will go to Autism Rocks. The charity takes all the money it raises and endows it to a research unit of Cambridge University in London that studies autism and how it can be managed more effectively.

 

Find out more about Solo Capital:

https://twitter.com/solocapital_uk

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/philanthropist-sanjay-shah-featured-on-epns-enterprise-radio-574570611.html

 

Thor Halvorssen Makes Trouble For All Oppressive Governments

Thor Halvorssen has been making trouble for tyrants around the world for some time as he runs the Human Rights Foundation, and he is someone to be reckoned with when dealing with information. He likes to talk to the media to make sure they have all the stories that he wants to share, and he also makes sure that he is very current with the stories he shares. There is always something going on in the world that hurts people, and he makes sure that all human right violations are reported at least once.

Thor Halvorssen has a lot of offices around the world, and he wants to make sure that people are in place to help his cause. There are people around the world who can come to offices of the Human Rights Foundation for help, and the people who work in the offices are out in the public trying to help anyone who needs it. They help send out information to educate the public, and they do missions to help those who are most in need. there are human rights problems around the world that can be addressed with help Human Rights Foundation employees, and Thor Halvorssen tries to address as many of these problems as possible. He believes in helping anyone who is in need, and he wants to keep helping for as long as he ca.

The goal for Thor Halvorssen is to make sure that the public knows what is going on in the world. There are a lot of stories that go stale because people are not reporting them, and it makes sense for Thor Halvorssen to keep addressing the problems. Everyone who hears about these stories will have a better chance of being educated on the issues in the future, and they might even share that information with their friends. As mentioned in The Atlantic,Thor Halvorssen wants to make sure that there is not a single human right violation that goes unnoticed, and he even takes audiences with leaders who want to help. He will continue to attack every problem until he has rid the world of gross human rights violations.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thorhalvorssen/#c8c7a1e52f7b

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/23/venezuela-just-threw-my-cousin-in-jail.html

Michael Zomber: Making & Preserving History

Michael R. Zomber has been a historian and an avid collector of antique arms and armor for over four decades. Zomber has worked as a guest historian on the History Channel’s Tales of the Gun, is an internationally recognized authority on Japanese samurai swords and is a prolific storyteller with works including screenplays, the historic novels Sweet Betsy That’s Me A Child of the Civil War, Shogun Iemitsu and Jesus and the Samurai. Also to his credit is a critically acclaimed documentary film, Soul of the Samurai. With this extensive cache of works, he has established himself as an authority of excellence in his field.

As his website makes evident, Michael Zomber is a husband, father, cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois with degrees in Psychology and English and the recipient of a Masters in English Literature from UCLA. As one peruses the many accomplishments of this dedicated and gifted individual, it may seem strange to add to his life’s timeline a false accusation that lead to a conviction and imprisonment. Yet, true to his work ethic and character, Zomber used his time away from the people and work he loves in reflective, creative and constructive ways. While enduring this injustice, he tutored other prisoners in preparation for their GED exams, wrote legal documents for those incapable of doing so for themselves, wrote novels and nonfiction books. His wrongful conviction was reversed by the U.S.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008, and his case was remanded to a new trial. The Appellate Court, appalled by the injustice he suffered, reversed the verdict and he was once again a free man. Regardless of his personal challenges, Facebook indicates Zomber continues to be a proponent of peace, and a man keen to see that history is told with authenticity. His own life, a triumphant example of a warrior’s soul in action, is as noteworthy as the lives he tells of and the characters he creates. It will be fascinating to learn of the history and stories he has yet to share.  Find all of Michael’s books on Amazon.

FreedomPop is on the Move Again

That Californian born company FreedomPop is on the move, again. After expanding to the U.K. not even a full year ago, recently this mobile carrier or MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) continued that expansion in their quest to conquer the world by bringing their service to Spain. There is more. VentureBeat released a report not too long ago announcing that FreedomPop and the messaging app WhatsApp have shaken hands.

FreedomPop is offering zero-rated access to this application and despite only offering the completely free service of WhatsApp in Spain at the present time, it appears to only be a matter of time before this becomes available on a much larger scale.

For those unfamiliar with FreedomPop, they offer their free roaming in 31 countries and show no signs of slowing this quest for global expansion. The core of their model is to offer free minutes, texting and data with the intention of having customers pay for bigger and better packages once their service is experienced.

Noteworthy is that FreedomPop is the first carrier to support WhatsApp minus the monster Facebook engine pushing it. If this model works (in Spain) then the possibilities for FreedomPop and the impact on WhatsApp could be limitless. Stay tuned, FreedomPop is on the move and more regarding this latest activity can be found here, http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/20/mvno-freedompop-has-a-grand-plan-to-sign-you-up-zero-rated-whatsapp-access/.

Learn more from these reviews:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427635,00.asp

FreedomPop Review: It’s Not a Scam, It’s Changing Mobile Broadband for the Better

Venezuela Officials Meet in Attempt to Discuss Venezuelan Economy

Venezuela’s government has restarted their efforts to end the political standoff. Venezuela’s economy has been in a deep recession for some time now, and political leaders are looking for solutions to improve the economy.
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, tweeted on Twitter that the government and opposition politicians held their first meetings to discuss the economically-distressed country. The Union of South America and other regional leaders had meetings with the opposition party. The goal was to ensure peace and well-being of the country.

According to a state-run television network named Telesur, Venezuela’s leaders of its Socialist Party and opposition leadership met in the Dominican Republic. Also involved in the meetings were former presidents of Venezuela, Spain, and Panama. The ultimate goal of the meetings according to analyst Jose Manuel Gonzalez is to end the political crisis that is taking place in Venezuela.

The opposition leadership Manuel Gonzalez has accused the Venezuelan government of trying to block various initiatives that have to do with stalling its recall efforts to avoid early elections.

George Soros – a Philanthropist on a Quest for Positive Change

George Soros is the definition of a Renaissance man—a philanthropist, banker, philosopher, author—a man with an international quest for positive change.

George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, an organization that awards grants to non-profits, and scholarships and fellowships to students who share the values of George Soros and his idea of the Open Society.

The ideals of an Open Society are democracy, human rights, and transparency in government. Some of the successes of the Open Society Foundations since its inception in 1979 have been awarding scholarships to black students in South Africa during the Apartheid, providing Xerox machines to copy banned texts in Eastern European countries under Communist rule on http://www.georgesoros.com/philanthropy/, providing scholarships and recognition to thousands of young Roma refugees, bringing the Roma people of Europe into the mainstream, supporting lawyers of people who are unlawfully held in countries, and working to bring transparency to natural resource extraction industries which have supported tyrants and fueled some of the world’s most hostile conflicts.

The main social issues that the Open Society Foundations work to improve around the world are education and youth, governance and accountability, health, media and information, and rights and justice. Through education, the Open Society Foundations hope to improve access to quality education to students from diverse backgrounds, while promoting critical thinking and open intellectual inquiry. Through governance and accountability, the Open Society Foundations want to ensure transparency, fairness, economic equality, and civic participation. The Open Society Foundations also work to promote healthcare that advocates for social inclusion and human rights for all, and press freedoms and freedom of information that helps defend international war criminals. The main regions impacted by the work of the Open Society Foundations are Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the United States.

George Soros has a strong tie to his homeland of Hungary, and has worked hard to help many Eastern European countries transition out of communism. George Soros was born a Jewish Hungarian, and survived World War Two by disguising himself as the godson of the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture. He was able to escape to England, and study at the London School of Economics. After unhappily working as a traveling salesmen and a goods wholesaler, George Soros wrote to every merchant bank in London with the desire to transition into the banking world. After years of dedication, he moved up the ladder in the world of London banking, and traveled to a new opportunity in the United States. Trading in stocks and creating investment funds made Soros a billionaire over the next few decades. Soros is currently one of the top thirty richest men in the world.

Research for this article http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/busted-conservative-prankster-james-okeefe-exposes-his-own-sting-on-george-soros-group/.


Coworking Space Has Renaissance in New York City

Source: https://hbr.org/2016/04/the-innovative-coworking-spaces-of-15th-century-italy

As more and more individuals and companies of all sizes are discovering the tremendous benefits of working in a shared office space, most people think that this concept of the coworking space is innovative and brand new. Well, think again! The intermingling of people and ideas in a shared office space goes all the way back to the 15th Century in Florence, Italy.

Coworking actually began during the European Renaissance, in the “bottegas,” the workshops of the masters, like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, where artists, architects, writers, composers and scientists all came together to think, share, communicate and cooperate. These workshops were communities that spawned creativity and nurtured new ideas and inventions. It was in these bottegas that the great masterpieces of the Renaissance were conceived and brought to life.

Now, that same powerful synergistic community that stimulated creativity and success in the coworking spaces of the 15th century workshops has inspired the modern day renaissance of the shared office space. Affordable, fully furnished and equipped coworking spaces are popping up in all the major cities from Los Angeles to London. One company in New York City, Workville NYC, provides everything you need for your business in an atmosphere conducive to success.

Workville NYC is a shared office space where people and ideas can coexist and blossom into brilliant work. Located right in the heart of Manhattan, steps away from Times Square and Bryant Park, Workville provides a modern, light and airy space high up on the 21st floor of the prestige office building at 1412 Broadway.

This sun drenched office space combines the luxury of a 5-star hotel with the convenience and economy of a coworking space and even sports a spectacular terrace with views of the sunsets.

In the tradition of the Renaissance workshop, you’ll find whatever modern services you need to make your business successful, internet, phone, fax, mail and printing are all available to you at Workville NYC. Whether you need a desk, a suite or a conference room, you’ll find the space you need at a price you can afford. There is even an in-house café at your disposal. Have a cup of coffee with a potential client or host a major event, anything and everything is possible at Workville NYC, where brilliant work happens.

Charles Koch’s Trump Or Clinton Decision

The choice of which candidate to support in the upcoming U.S. Presidential elections is something the majority of people in the country have been considering over the course of the nomination process for the Republican and Democrat Parties. For well known conservative donor and activist Charles Koch the choice of whomever is given the GOP nomination should be given his support should be a simple one to make; however, the rise of the anti establishment candidate Donald Trump has complicated matters for Koch and the Republican donor class he heads. The rhetoric and policy choices of Donald Trump have divided the party to such an extent that Koch has openly discussed the possibility of his support and donations being provided for Democrat Hilary Clinton.

The decision to switch to the Democrat side of the election will be a difficult one for Charles Koch to take as he is part of the largest groups of donors to conservative political groups and campaigns in the U.S. Charles Koch has spent much of his time and fortune made from Koch Industries developing a network of conservative educational programs at respected institutions across the U.S.; the need to develop policy that will benefit the entire nation has led to Koch providing his financial support for the Heartland Institute that conducts research to develop conservative policy.

Despite explaining to an ABC News reporter he was considering shifting his support to the campaign of Hilary Clinton many political observers believe Charles Koch was more likely making his unhappy feelings known to the Trump campaign. Charles Koch has been one of the most important donors to the campaign of various conservative candidates that has resulted in the GOP seizing control of both houses of the U.S. Congress; if the Trump campaign brings Charles and David Koch into its campaign the New York based real estate mogul and reality TV star should see his chances of winning the White House improve greatly.

This article recapped: http://www.wsj.com/articles/charles-kochs-warning-1462400425

Eric Pulier Is An Education Advocate

Eric Pulier has been an education advocate for a long time, and he has been trying to help people with education problems for years. He knows that he can provide people with the services that they need, and he has been trying to get school systems to do the things that will help kids the most. Every kid who is trying to get the best education possible is going to be able to get the resources they need because Pulier is pushing for them.

He started out by starting the People Doings Things charity that helped people get education resources, and he was working with as many people as possible to see if they could get the right kinds of resources for every kid who was in need. There are a lot of kids who needed to get better technology, and he also made sure that he was talking to companies that could provide the kinds of technology kids needed.

The other technology that he works on is with the X Prize committee, and he is waiting to see how many things can be changed with the technology that is brought before the committee. He knows that a lot of people are coming up with a lot of great technology that could be applied in interesting ways. He is trying to be sure that he can get people to see all the different uses for their technology, and he wants to show everyone that innovation can go back to the classroom or help people with disabilities.

Eric Pulier is also someone who has helped kids with chronic illnesses. He knows that kids need to have a nice place to go when they are in a bad situation, and he wants them to feel like they belong to something that is special. All the kids that are struggling in the world are benefiting from a lot of the work that has been done by Eric Pulier and all of his colleagues. They are all coming together to make learning better for kids, and they are making life simpler for all these kids.

Additional Links:

http://www.thecrimson.com/writer/710/Eric__Pulier/

http://xrepublic.net/2015/08/25/why-eric-pulier-is-one-of-the-brightest-minds-in-silicon-valley-today/

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