Even before the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, George Soros had dedicated his life to championing for democratic and open society. Through various charities he founded in several countries including China, Hungary, Poland, South Africa and Czechoslovakia, Mr. Soros gallantly challenged the ideology that totalitarian ideologies such as Communism had a control of the ultimate truth. His primary charitable organization, Open Society Foundation he founded in 1979, was dedicated to challenging the false central Communistic dogma that had pervaded various territories during the 20th century. In countries such as Hungary, the several networks of organizations affiliated to Open Society Foundation played a critical role in pushing back against Communism while overseeing the flourishing of open society ideologies.
Ideally, it was expected that universal open society ideology would thrive with the collapse of Communism. However, a new pushback against open society ideology especially in former Soviet Union territories soon emerged led by Western democracies. The incessant push for laissez-faire capitalism marked by intense individualism and promotion of self-interest has increasingly threatened the open society ideology especially in the modern era. The push for excessive individualism is therefore the new threat to such a society. This is because it endangers the values and institutions that are the founding pillars of an open society. Laissez-faire capitalism is founded on the concept of perfect knowledge that helps in creating equilibrium in demand and supply and fair allocation of resources. George Soros holds that the system demonizes government regulations, which allow for wealth redistribution. He holds that a truly open society must accept the fallibility of humans and thus embraces continuous improvements.
Philanthropic Endeavors and Political Activism
George Soros has dedicated millions of dollars to finance several philanthropic, social and political causes and ideologies he believes in. in a bid to spur donations from like-minded wealthy individuals, he donated $500 million as investment fund to help in starting up businesses to support immigrants. The businesses will also help the immigrants’ host communities. The immigrants and their hosts also stand to benefit from job creation. Through Open Society Foundations, George Soros has supported various causes including paying for school fees for several decades. He was involved in the airlifting of black South Africans to various countries through his scholarship program.
George Soros is also actively involved in political activism especially in the United States where he has supported various causes including the Ferguson protests against killing of unarmed civilians by policemen. For several years, he has led a silent revolution within the country’s justice system by donating millions of dollars to finance the campaigns of various pro-reform candidates vying for positions within the judicial system. He has also financed various causes aimed at promoting the participation of minorities in the country’s political discourse. This includes voter mobilization and registration initiatives and financially supporting the campaigns of minority candidates.
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Despite the numerous technological advancements in various fields including health, finding a platform to merge data and technology with the view of fighting cancer has proven to be a significant challenge. It is this challenge that entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has taken on by cofounding Tempus. Tempus is dedicated to using technology and structured data on cancer patients and their treatments to develop precision medicine for cancer treatment.
Through its platform made up of analytics software, Tempus aims at streamlining the copious clinical data on cancer patients by digitizing the data. This will be used to develop a structured cancer patient database. Through gene sequencing, the company hopes to create a genomic database for cancer patients that it can then use to develop precision medicine for treating cancer and better cancer management practices. This new development marks a significant milestone for the University of Michigan Law School-trained lawyer who has a strong passion for helping cancer patients and their loved ones and more information click here.
Career and Education Background
Eric Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in 1991. After graduating top of his class, he rejoined the university’s Law School in 1991 for his Juris Doctor degree. However, after graduating in 1994 he did not opt for law practice; he instead embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that unrivalled success. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2001 when he founded InnerWorkings. Three years later, he added to the branding company with the founding of a logistics company, Echo Logistics. In 2006, Mr. Lefkofsky tried his hand in the financial investment sector with the founding of MediaBank and Lightbank five years later. He also cofounded the hugely successful Groupon in 2007 and Uptake in 2014 and learn more about Eric.
In addition to actively engaging in the management of these companies, Mr. Lefkofsky also serves on board of Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and Art Institute, all based in Chicago. He also serves on the board of Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he is the chairman of the trustees’ board. University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business hired him as an adjunct professor. He previously served as a lecturer at various universities’ business and management schools.
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Jackson Family Wines is a vintner in the Sonoma Valley of California. It is owned by Barbara Banke who has been in the wine business for many years. Her daughter, Julia Jackson, is the spokesperson for the company and has made many appearances in support of the brand. Julia grew up in the wine business and is a very knowledgeable source of information on how to make wine and how to pair it with food.
Julia Jackson has a degree in studio art that she earned at Scripps College in Claremont, California. In 2010 she also earned a certificate in general management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As the spokesperson of Jackson Family Wines, Julia has said that her company doesn’t chase short term trends and doesn’t target specific demographics. Instead, they make wines that stand the test of time that are made through hard work and traditional methods of wine making.
According to Julia, Sonoma is home to the best place in the world to grow Cabernets. Three of their popular wines are Cabernet’s blended with other wines. These wines have garnered respect among wine critics including Robert Parker who has given them perfect scores over nine times in the last several years. The flagship wine of Jackson Family Wines is Vérité which has been available in the United States for almost 20 years and was introduced in the United Kingdom to critical acclaim in 2015.
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In 2014, Julia Jackson established Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. This is a nonprofit organization that was established to celebrate women and their accomplishments. Every year she donated $100,000 through this nonprofit which gives cash grants to other organizations that share similar ideals. As she points out, even the wine business is dominated by men. The nonprofit was created to celebrate those women who succeed in business while maintaining their authenticity.
Adam Goldenberg, the CEO of TechStyle, previously known as JustFab, was recently interviewed on CNBC on the company’s rebranding. According to Goldenberg, the company has made vast improvements to its fashion subscription service based on the feedback of its customers. Customers who choose to opt into their VIP program are charged a monthly fee, but can easily skip a month. According to Goldenberg, the TechStyle has made it a priority to ensure that customers are always informed of their obligation to visit monthly in order to opt out of a given month.
When asked about what differentiates TechStyle from other online fashion companies, Goldenberg argued that TechStyle is about building brands and not just selling. According to Goldenberg, most current brands in fashion were built at least 30-40 years ago, before the rise of e-commerce on TechStyle.com. He believes there is an opportunity to build brands at an accelerated rate using the online subscription and sales model.
TechStyle is one of the most watched e-commerce start-ups in the world. In 2014, Adam Goldenberg secured $85 million in a single round of funding at a whopping 1 billion-dollar valuation. Goldenberg pointed out that as the company is a specialty realtor, TechStyle handles the entire design, manufacturing, and retail process, which makes it a much more capital-intensive type of enterprise. As a result of the investment at https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/tags/people/adam-goldenberg, the the company has a springboard to growth, which has allowed it to establish an international operation and open a new distribution facility on the West Coast.
Adam Goldenberg established the company in 2012 with co-founder Don Ressler. The pair then recruited Kimora Lee Simmons of Baby Phat fame as creative director and embarked on an expansion of the company, with several high-profile celebrities running their own lines under the Just Fab/TechStyle brand. The start-up has undergone rapid growth, acquiring a number of smaller companies and going through multiple rounds of financing. In addition, the company also has plans to establish up to 100 physical stores in the United States over the course of the next five years.
Roberto Santiago, a visionary entrepreneur from Brazil, is changing the pace of the city João Pessoa in the state of Paraiba. He established Manaíra Shopping mall in the heart of the city in the year 1989. It was considered to be a bold move during that time because the growth of the city or shopping mall culture were not found positive. But, now people appreciate his visionary action that changed entertainment and leisure capabilities of the city.
The Manaíra Shopping mall is ensuring a single point for fun, entertainment, and leisure for both family and youngsters alike. It offers wide range branded fashion showrooms that are catering the needs of the young and aspiring population of the city. Even the tourists also find the mall a great place to enjoy their vacation days. The mall arranged all the options to make family and youngsters comfortable by giving an opportunity to explore freely. It is Santiago’s proactive leadership helped the mall to nourish the business by adding more engaging and entertaining options. It should be noted that the mall was 6,000 square meter of space when it inaugurated, but it saw four major expansions during the years, and now it has 86,908 square meter area. Roberto Santiago has made sure that the shopping mall has all the options of entertainment a mall can. It has 11 cinema halls that serve ultra-modern film experience. It also provides stadium system, 3D rooms, and VIP rooms. Santiago has brought the idea of electronic amusement park to the mall, and it is called as Game Station. It has some 200 game machines with different games and a ballroom. The firm also hosts electronic bowling for bowling enthusiasts. It has show houses, gyms, and branches of universities to address various needs of people. Santiago is committed to making the customers of mall engaging the hours they spend there. Read more articles on Roberto’s Blogspot.
The shopping mall has a variety tasty food courts that are serving various exotic as well as native dishes. People can find branches of major Brazilian banks, barber shops, attorney offices, cell phone servicing centers and more in the mall. It can be said that Santiago constructed the mall with a concept to address all the needs of a family while respecting the spirit of youngsters. He set up another shopping mall in the city in 2014 named Mangabeira Shopping with all the modern entertainment and leisure options. The building is seen as a symbol of excellent architecture and commitment of Santiago by the people of João Pessoa.
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If there is one thing John Hope has down pat it is entrepreneurship. He went from a college graduate to working for a company and then eventually himself. What lessons can readers learn from this man. Have a look and see for yourself.
No Shortcuts in Marketing
Look at all the thousands of would be entrepreneurs that think marketing can be done cheaply. They invest in all the low budget methods they read about online. After a few few weeks they realize their list of leads is no longer than what it was when they first started. John Hope on the other hand never wasted time with the cheap marketing methods, which make your brand look cheap. Jason Hope seek out investors that helped fund his marketing campaign for his text messaging service.
Loving Your Job
Life can be full of annoyances, chaos and failures. The fact is that one has to love whatever he is doing to be a success. John did not build an empire by being a disgruntled businessman and complaining about his job. He showed enthusiasm and respect for his workplace. What seemed mundane he transformed into something interesting and created the ultimate work-life balance. Ask yourself is there something about your job that sucks, which you could make more joyful right now? If so, then watch gradually as your success improves.
Never Accept All Money
The whole point of business is to make a profit of course. However, many people are desperate and take that principle too far. Money is very hypnotic and if left unchecked it can cloud a person’s mind and ruin their judgement. John Hope did not create a net worth of $50,000,000 by taking money from everything and everyone. Some clients can be burdens, threaten the business or waste too much time. Sometimes it is best to let them go. Learn from John and realize if you really have something of value, then you should not have to bend over backwards and give up your dignity for a buck.
The long and hard road to successful entrepreneurship will be made easier by learning from other people’s mistakes. John Hope has been in business for years and offers a few lessons to learn. Don’t take any shortcuts in marketing, love your job and never accept all money. Remind yourself to apply these lessons and you can avoid the common pitfalls that many people suffer from.
Chris Bevin-Tubman is a renowned project management specialist from Australia. She is one of the leading Professional Project Services Manager who has made her marks with her unprecedented success in every aspect of project management. Succeeding in the male dominant project management sector has been a big challenge for the ladies. However, Chris was able to excel in this sector with her skills, expertise, and competencies.
What makes Chris different from many of her peers is her outstanding written and oral skill that she uses to build a strong relationship with stakeholders and ability to solve problems with her analytical abilities. She was highly commended for her results-oriented and flexible approach to work as well as ability to lead a project with her exceptional zeal to meet project deadlines and outcomes. There are only a few project managers in Australia who can match Chris with her work ethic, engagement skill, and professional working standards.
Chris has a Master of Business Administration degree from Australian Institute of Business and an extensive project management expertise in the construction and resources sector in her portfolio. She served on some critical projects in different capacities that include but doesn’t limit to project controls, contract, procurement, commercial and administration management roles. She started her professional career as a Site Administrator at WMC’s Phosphate Hill Shutdown in 2003. Later on, she joined as Contracts Administrator at UGL Limited and served here in different roles i.e. Cost Engineer and Project Controls Manager for next three years. Later on, she worked in a key position with Kellog Brown & Root and Parsons Brinckerhoff between 2006-2007 to implement larger scale projects.
Afterward, Chris embarked on a senior level project management role in some projects both at home and abroad. She worked as Project Controls Manager at Chelopech Mining EAD for two years between 2007 and 2009. Then she was appointed as Senior Project Controls Manager at Oakajee Port and Rail where she worked till 2011. She has also served in Universal Energy Services as Project Services Manager for three years and Phu Bia Mining as Project Services / Project Controls Specialist for more than one year. Currently, she is serving as a Project Specialist and working on a variety of projects for CS Energy, Greenfields Coal project and much more.
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In the absence of working laws, the world would be a chaotic place to live in. Even in the ancient times, there were governments and laws to control things like discipline and the economic activities that kept communities moving. Today governments from across the world apply laws to make it easy to control complex processes and solve problems. Most of the laws that are put in place are subject to changes and this brings the possibility of scholars contributing information and ideas to help in the development of the laws.
Before laws are written and applied, there is always room for research and testing to ensure all laws put in place are ideal for solving specific problems. Many scholars travel to different places across the world to get information about the laws that are applied in some regions and to probably borrow important concepts that can be integrated into new ways of governing people and processes.
This technique of borrowing and studying the laws that are applied in other regions is what is referred to as comparative law. It is a field of law that provides scholars and law experts the opportunity to tour several countries and regions to learn about laws that could be applied in their country to streamline processes.
In modern times, comparative law has been applied especially in constitutional building processes. While drafting a new constitution, there is need to include laws that are relevant to the needs of the country and its people. One of the ways experts can understand what can work in the country is through comparative law, where they pick pieces of law applied in other places and modify them to work within a specific environment.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is a law professor who specializes in comparative law and constitutional development methods. He is an acclaimed authority in the field due to the contribution he has offered towards the development of useful pieces of legislation to be integrated in governing places and activities. He has especially extended his support to peace building processes in countries like Nepal, Libya, Jordan and Tunisia. His research addresses different issues ranging from constitutional law to constitutional design and development.
Professor Sujit Choudhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions, where he works as director. The body mobilizes information to support constitution building by coming up with thematic research projects that provide evidence-based options for policy generation and development.
A Billionaire On A Mission
Eric Lefkofsky is a man on a mission. After amassing a billion dollar fortune through the success of startups he has either founded or invested money in, he is now trying to fight one of the world’s most lethal diseases. Cancer, and the many forms it comes in, is one of the most common causes of death, but the current treatment paradigm simply isn’t able to handle the disease without producing many side effects for patients. Tempus, the startup Eric Lefkofsky has created, aims to solve this problem with the use of Big Data.
The Age Of Personalized Medicine
Tempus is only the latest company advancing the trend of personalized medicine. Personalized medicine, medical care tailored around the specific details of a patient’s profile, is currently taking off thanks to improve DNA databases and Big Data analytics. Armed with the DNA sequence of a patient physicians can then determine which route of treatment is best suited for each patient. Some genes work well with certain treatments, but others will notice no impact or undesirable side effects thanks to their DNA. An example of this personalized medicine at work is immunotherapy. Using the DNA sequence of patients, Tempus determines which patients are best suited for immunotherapy treatments. Some patients are able to handle the process well, but there are always cases of patients who simply lack an immune system prepared for it.
The Complicated Case Of Cancer
Tempus isn’t just taking on any disease out there. Lefkofsky has a specific goal of defeating cancer in mind. Tempus may have access to some of the most sophisticated analytics around, but the task before them is hardly an easy one. Cancer is more than a collection of genetic or environmental factors. Breast cancer, an example of a common cancer, is considered partially genetic. There are even some researchers who believe the cancer is almost “random” with no real path to cures possible. If there’s anything to the genomic sequencing and transcriptomic sequencing of Tempus, this will bear out in patient testimonies.
Only Time Can Tell
Predicting the future is a complicated thing. To create a reliable understanding of exactly how things will play out in the future every possible bit of data is necessary. Fortunately, Eric Lefkofsky is up to the task. As an entrepreneur, he has made a fortune speculating about which companies would eventually turn into winners and which ones he should avoid. Pouring his energy into Tempus shows that Lefkofsky believes he has picked a market winner. While Lefkofsky has certainly set a very serious goal for himself, he is in a better position than anyone else to see it through.