The age of the internet is upon us and with it we are currently experiencing a flood of talented entrepreneurs as they try to establish themselves in this lively marketplace. One company, Status Labs, has rocketed up into the forefront of these digital entrepreneurs and they look poised for some serious long term success. In fact Status Labs, an online reputation management firm, made their first appearance in the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list as they placed in at 339. This appearance is hugely important due to the fact that several other huge independent companies got their start here: Timberland, Dell, Yelp, and even Pandora.
Status Labs made their appearance on this list thanks to an astronomic run of growth under CEO Darius Fisher. From 2012, when Fisher assumed total control, to the present we have seen Status Labs grow by almost 1,100%! Status Labs received instant acclaim for this serious growth and they were also honored for how effective their public relations output is and its effect on the innovation of the entire online PR industry. Status Labs owes most of this growth to the way that CEO Fisher handled himself in the wake of Status Labs’ own public crisis.
A few years ago Status Labs hit ‘sink or swim’ time when their co-founder was nailed in a public scandal that had the ability to destroy the company. Reporters were hounding Status Labs, employees were quitting, and only Fisher stood in the center of it all trying to bring everyone back. You could say he succeeded in not only saving the company but completely reinventing their image. Now Status Labs is among the world leaders in bringing PR balance to companies around the globe.
Status Labs has their headquarters in Austin, Texas but they have offices in key cities around the globe: New York and Sao Paulo. The company has focused themselves on improving in the realm of digital SEO marketing, and public relations management both on and off of the internet. With clients from around the planet, it appears that Status Labs is getting into their groove for the long haul.
Entrepreneurs are self-motivated, but sometimes there are going to be challenges. Even the most self-motivated entrepreneur can experience some hard times and feel like they have no chance of getting their business off the ground.
Sometimes these entrepreneurs just need a spark. Marc Sparks is making sure that he provides this to the people that have good ideas but few backers to provide them with the money that they need. Learn more about Marc Sparks: https://www.facebook.com/marc.sparks1
Marc Sparks isn’t giving his money away to everyone though. Sparks is getting people to compete. That is what he is doing with the Spark Tank. In my mind I picture this competition as a motivator for those that may be trying to earn money for their business. They can get the blueprint for their business together, and present it as they compete for money that can be used for expand the business. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/
There are not a lot of competitions around that give entrepreneurs the chance to earn money, and this why people are interested in learning more about what Sparks is doing.
According to Crunchase and GoodReads, is a serial entrepreneur that knows business so his advice is very valuable. I have seen some advice from his blogs. The entrepreneur that wants to improve his business should definitely see what Marc Sparks has to offer. He has tried businesses that have failed. He has also been a businessman that has had a lot of success.
People can learn from him so it makes sense to check out the Spark Tank and the written information that Sparks has provided. He has already done the work. Sometimes the best thing that an entrepreneur can do is take the advice of someone that has already made some mistakes.
The Spark Tank is a great platform for the social business that may never get the proper funding that it needs from venture capitalists. So many capitalists only want to put their money into a place where the market has been tested and they are certain that they can make a profit. Socially conscious businesses are somewhat risky, but Marc Spark is all about taking a risk.
He wants to do something that is a bit out of the ordinary when it comes to investing. That is why I like him. He goes all out to think outside of the box. This makes him one of the entrepreneurs that can motivate others. He is open to just about any idea as long as the entrepreneur can provide some logic for the idea that they are trying to convey.
I like businessmen that think outside of the box. Spark Tank gives $5,000 to the winner when the competition has come to a close. It’s a good program for entrepreneurs.
Don Ressler is an American entrepreneur and has been a partner in some very successful start-ups. Among them are IntelligentBeauty.com and its subsidiaries. One of the well-known subsidiaries is JustFab which is an online fashion retailer that they launched with his longtime business partner Adam Goldberg. Mr. Ressler business acumen is well known for quite some time now from 2001 when he sold his first start-up FitnessHeaven.com to Intermix Media. While working for Intermix Media, he co-founded Alena Media under which the skin care brand by the name Hydroderm.
Together with his partner, Don Ressler moved to form IntelligentBeauty.com after News Corp acquired intermix. Other brands besides JustFab.com include DERMSTORE which markets cosmetics and skincare products online. Throughout his entrepreneur career, Don Ressler has managed to secure capital for his businesses successfully. Among them include $43 million from Technology Crossover Ventures in 2008 for IntelligentBeauty.com. Don Ressler also managed to get another $33million for JustFab from Matrix Partners and another $76 million in 2012 from various partners including Rho Ventures and Matrix Partners as well.
JustFab has been very successful despite been in operation for quite a short time. Don Ressler has also been very instrumental in acquiring other companies through JustFab. Among the businesses that have been acquired include FabKids, children’s fashion subscription service in 2013 and The Fab Shoes, European fashion e-commerce site in the same year. The Fab Shoes has a wide clientele in Europe with over 500,000 members in France and Spain alone. JustFab has a strong membership of 1.5 million in Germany and UK alone as well.
Mr. Don Ressler has also been very successful in expanding as well as creating a new market niche. He has done this by overseeing the launching of Fabletics, an athletic outfit site in partnership with Kate Hudson, an actress, and style icon, who have boosted the company brand as well. In trying to capitalize on the growing market and expansion strategies, JustFab acquired the rival company ShoeDazzle in 2013. JustFab also opened a store in 2013 to bring their brands closer to their customers. Mr. Ressler together with his partners have also managed to secure more funding for which include $85 million from Passport Special Opportunity Fund, Matrix Partners, Shining Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures at http://ecommerce-news.internetretailer.com/nav/tags/donressler/0.
Don Ressler success in business is admirable, and his investments and management skills are clearly seen in the expansion and growth JustFab and its subsidiaries. In total, he has helped the online companies in which he has been a partner or worked for generate over $1 billion in sales. A humble entrepreneur, Don Ressler is a recognized icon on growing online market space for various personal brands.
Duda Melzer is a widely known figure in the business world. He comes from Brazil and was born there in the spring of 1972. His full name is Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer. “Duda” is a short and snappy nickname for his first name. Melzer currently works as the president and chairman of the Brazil-based communications company Grupo RBS. Grupo RBS is among the biggest communication entities in the entire South American nation. It has a staff that consists of 6,000 workers plus.
Although there’s no disputing that Melzer has a lot of work to handle with Grupo RBS, he’s involved with other firms, too. He’s an e.Bricks Ventures shareholder. He’s also e.Bricks Digital’s chairman.
Melzer is an alumnus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. This educational institution has locations in Viamao and Porto Alegro alike. It’s a sizable Catholic university. “PUCRS” is a common abbreviation for it. He studied business administration at the school and left in 1998. Melzer also did some studying abroad. He graduated from the esteemed Ivy League institution Harvard University in the early 2000s. He earned an MBA (Master of Business Adminstration) degree there.
Melzer has had quite a few positions throughout the course of his illustrious career. His early days centered around franchising and finance in his homeland. He later held a position at Delphi Corporation back in the states. He served as a senior analyst for the automotive parts business. He even worked in the media realm in New York, New York. Melzer was Box Top Media’s CEO for some time. He has been part of Grupo RBS since 2004. That’s when he secured a position as the company’s domestic market CEO. He got a promotion that named him the company’s executive chairman in 2012. Melzer is active on the social networking site Twitter.
If you live in the Southwest, are heavily into the banking industry or know someone who is, then you might have already heard of Nexbank. Mind you, with a name like Nexbank, you might at least think you have heard of the company whether you have or not. For those readers who are still unfamiliar with Nexbank, here is some additional information on the subject in question:
Established in 1934, Nexbank or NexBank Capital, Inc., is a reportedly popular financial institute currently based and born out of Dallas, Texas. With a trio of locations (including the HQ) it is also said to be the 288th largest bank in the U.S. The institution, which is (as this goes to press) the 17th largest bank in Texas, offers a number of different services and products. They include certificates of deposit, commercial banking, investment banking, mortgage banking, personal banking, and corporate advisory and other financial services to other banks, big corporations, middle-market companies, real estate investors, small and start-up businesses and huge institutional customers in the capital markets. As of five months ago, Nexbank had a total of 91 employees. Their money market rates are currently reported to be twice the national average.
Some online sources state that Nexbank’s success at becoming one of the most profitable banking institutions in the country is due in part to the spartan business plan of Davis Deadman. The bank’s official website, however, merely notes that their team of executive managers have significant industry expertise and the ability to concentrate on providing their customers with what they refer to as “leading financial services capabilities”. The team is headed up bu James DOndero who is chairman, co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. They conclude that their directors have a dedication to the company’s success and bring a diversity of experience to Nexbank.
Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur, a businessman, as well as a philanthropist who has become a well respected individual in the Grand Rapids community that is located in Western Michigan. Dick DeVos, even at an early age, had large shoes to fill as his father is Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway Corporation. Amway Corporation is an international business that provides the consumers with household as well as health-related products. Even at a young age, Dick DeVos has fond memories of playing in the basement of his family home which, at the time, was the location of the Amway Corporation headquarters.
Even at a young age, Dick DeVos has wanted to prove how useful he is still each one of his family members. As a young individual who has been around business his entire life, it was never a question as to whether or not he would join his father’s business. As a young child, Dick DeVos and his brother would help where they could with the company even all before a formal education. Up until college, Dick DeVos and his brother were helping stock the shelves, running errands, filing, as well as giving product descriptions to the clients of the company.
As a current businessman who now has over 40 years of business experience, Dick DeVos is now taking part in new hobbies and philanthropic activities. Dick DeVos is not only a people person, but he is also an individual who believes that a successful and wealthy individual should always let their money circulate. As a result, Dick DeVos has donated millions of dollars to charitable organizations. One of his biggest donations on an annual basis goes to education initiatives. Dick DeVos is especially passionate about donating scholarships for individuals who excel in school yet do not have money to attend a higher level of education. As an educated man and as a hard working individual, Mr. DeVos believes high education should be based upon merit and not income.
In addition to philanthropy, Dick DeVos pursues many other interests. Some of these interests include investments in distilleries, political ventures, as well as sailing competitions. As an avid sailor, Dick DeVos, though not a spring chicken, is a skilled sailor that can easily maneuver any sail boat that he wants. Dick DeVos is a man of many talents and many hobbies. With a successful career, he is now enjoying his family and hobbies.
Bradley Reifler, a man who has spent his career making people who are already rich that much richer, has turned his sights on a new goal. Bring the middle class into the investing world cheaper and safer. Most middle class individuals who invest are looking to do so for their retirement. They will usually hire an investment firm to handle their money; and, hopefully by retirement, be able to live comfortably from their firm’s work.
However life isn’t always that kind, most investment firms that deal with the lower class end up making their clients no money at all or even losing their initial investment, all the while getting richer. You see, firms like that charge a management fee that is usually quite hefty, this means that no matter the outcome of their investments, the brokers still get paid. Brad Reifler noticed this and decided to take action to try and make the middle class’s lives that much easier.
Launching Forefront Capital, Bradley has done away with management fees, and with his unique connections to the rich and powerful, opened up many more options for middle class investors than most firms. His goal is to help middle-class families build up their savings and make their later lives easier and financially sound. Brad has hired a team of outstanding individuals who will make sure that they pick the best investments for their clients.
Brad wants to cut Wall Street’s hold on investing options and help the 99% get their fair chance at a good life. One question you might be asking is, why would someone like Brad stop helping billionaires and instead set his sights to a lower income market? Well the answer to that is simple, family. His father in law, after retiring came to Brad and asked him to invest all of his money so that he could live comfortably. His father in law was not a rich man, and thus Brad realized how few options the middle class had since he could only invest in accredited investors. Since then the Security Exchange Commission has changed the rules on what counts as an accredited investor and Brad continues to help the middle class reach their dreams of retirement. See the full story on About.me, or follow Brad on Twitter @BradleyR.