During the first week of February 2017, Shervin Pishevar exploded the Twitter universe with a 5o tweet-storm of comments on the American economy that lasted 21 hours. People paid attention as Shervin Pishevar has proven to be a guru of sorts on the American economic stage. With his successes in business and the accuracy of his comments about what travails Facebook and other social media giants would soon experience coming to fruition, his opinions are hard to ignore.
Over the course of the tweet-storm, it became clear that Shervin Pishevar saw several signs on the economic horizon that led him to his conclusions. One of the central tweets (#27) dismissed the long-held belief that entrepreneurship is limited to America. “As I said before Silicon Valley is it longer a physical place but an idea that’s gone viral. Entrepreneurship is a movement. Bordless.” The typos in the tweet indicate how quickly thoughts were moving through his mind. From where did such thoughts sprout? From his experience in the business world.
Recognizing that ideas have no national borders is not a new thought. The actuation of the thought through a business perspective is something new. Looking back, the process that created the thought is evident. After WWII, businesses came to believe that what was good for the United States was good for business. That moto worked its way to the smallest communities. Businesses that expanded beyond the borders of the community to create copies of themselves in other communities looked to the original physical business as the model on which to build their business in a new community.
Those businesses that continued to succeed and expand sought to protect their first model as an example of loyalty to the community that spawned them. By the 1970s, that type of loyalty fell out of favor as distant stockholders demanded attention be shifted from the community and the workers that produced the product to the dividends that the product brought to them.
What Shervin Pishevar is suggesting is a revolution of sorts. No longer is entrepreneurship a product of a culture that rewards that culture. The idea is the kernel from which success sprouts; entrepreneurship is the expansion of the idea into action. Ignoring Shervin Pishevar’s tweets on the matter will not make the revolution go away. It is already here.
Dr. Mark McKenna graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1999. By then had already realized that he would never get wealthy from just practicing medicine. So after medical school, he joined his father’s medical practice in their hometown of New Orleans and established a real estate company. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he lost millions of dollars. After rebuilding he dissolved the real estate company and, relocated to Atlanta in 2007.
OVME is Dr. Mark McKenna’s vision for a nationwide network of cosmetic medical offices offering elective cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, nutritional and weight counseling, laser hair removal, etc. But what makes Dr. Mark McKenna’s concept unique is the OVME also features virtual patient consults and an app which functions as an Uber for Botox patients. The app allows a customer to connect with a freelance practitioner who can make on-demand consults and house calls.
In an interview with Forbes, Dr. McKenna states that a network of practitioners will be established that function similar to Uber or Lyft. Practitioners consist of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Dr. Mark McKenna says that they have raised more than 4 million dollars led by an Atlanta investment firm and that the first two centers will open in Atlanta and Nashville. He states that the primary competition for OVME will be local and regional competitors. He goes on to say that presently there is no national competition for OVME and he projects that the business will grow by 25 million dollars over the next five years.
Founded in 2012 by CEO Ryan Emmons Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is a safe, clean and healthy alternative to tap water, or even most other bottled water.
Using a family-owned water source on the big Island of Hawaii, Emmons first had the idea of bottling the water on his uncles land at the base of Mauna Loa as a young man. After finishing college he followed through on the idea and founded Waiakea.
On Mauna Loa- the second largest volcano on Earth- it rains nearly every day. The volcano is one of the rainiest places to be found on Earth making it a perfect source of fresh water. The water itself is filtered through 14K feet of volcanic rock which naturally filters the water and removes the acidic compounds while adding minerals to the water supply.
Acidity in liquids consumed, including water, can lead to health problems. Most sodas are extremely acidic. Acidity is measured by the pH scale: The higher the number the less acidic compounds in the water. Soda usuallt comes in between 2.5 and 3.5 on this scale, making it as acidic as vinegar. Waiakea has a pH of 8.2, which is decisively non-acidic, or alkaline. Most bottled water is under 7, which is considered neutral.
Alkaline waters such as Waiakea can help with acid re-flux & other stomach acid issues by providing a neutralizing presence in the stomach. It is also easier for the body to absorb hydration from alkaline water as opposed to acidic water. Waiakea also contains more than a full days worth of silica, a compound that helps maintain cognitive function as the body ages.
Waiakea is also deeply concerned about and involved with fighting climate change. They use recycled plastic for their bottles which results in 90% less water use to produce packaging for their water than most companies. They have been certified CarbonNeutral and made it to the top of “10 Best Waters” list in 2015. They also have programs that help bring water to drought areas, participates in reforestation programs and uses only low emission companies for shipping their products.
These years are bringing in a tremendous need for those who are trying to save money or find a way to invest money. The Fortress Investment Group, located in New York, finds the financial goldmine for all of their clients or keep their investments from folding. Currently, Randal Alan Nardone is the Chief Executive Officer. He has been in this position since August of 2013. He has strived to achieve goals that are simple but detailed. Randal Nardone allows his company to run on the fact that his clients are happy with their reports.
Fortress seems to have a way to keep all investments in order to keep any confusion down. For example, if a person has purchased a certain amount of stock in a company but are busy doing other projects, Fortress is the company to hire in the event that you don’t have time to look into what you have invested in every day. Fortress Investment Group takes on bigger companies that have become international as well. Nardone stays current with the figures that are needed in each report. He does have assistants that step in to help achieve a huge amount of success.
Nardone takes the time to ensure that each client knows about the investments that they have chosen, be he knows that his company depends on it. Randal Nardone is currently number one in his category on the Forbes list. Fortress Investment Group is said to be a hedge fund. Basically, they help to keep businesses together and their finances debt-free by using a pool of companies and overseeing their assets in this business pool. With all of the ideas for Fortress Investment Group in place, Randal Nardone will continue to be successful. Before becoming the CEO of Fortress Investment Group, Randal Nardone became a graduate of Boston University School of Law along with graduating from the University of Connecticut with English and Biology degrees.