Mark Sparks Lay Out What Venture Capitalists Want To See

Mark Sparks is a venture capitalist, philanthropist, serial entrepreneur and author. The following is a summary of an outline that Mark Sparks created for what venture capitalists like himself are looking for in a business presentation when they invest their funds and time in a venture.

 

Mr. Sparks starts out with the following quote. He says that if he is in, than he is completely in all the way until the end. Focus is absolutely critical in any business or venture. Marc Sparks says that it is far too easy to lose focus and fail because of lack of focus. You can get derailed just by the coming and goings of everyday life. Losing focus can lead to failure in business Spreading out investments into too many businesses is another reason why entrepreneurs and investors fail alike. Rather it is best to focus on one or two businesses and make sure they succeed.

 

The first point Marc Sparks makes in his outline is to make sure that your visual cues actually convey a message or stand for something in your business. Venture capitalists like himself do not appreciate pointless graphics or images that have no real purpose or meaning. To him such images are a waste of time and show that you are just dressing up your idea or business rather than actually explaining what it is or what it can do.

 

The second point Marc Sparks stresses is to use real data and information. This means that you use real facts, figures and statistics that prove your business is successful or is growing. Use data and scientific research to show that an idea is valid or that an opportunity exists. By using facts and stats that are true and accurate, you can really bring home a venture capitalist like himself.

 

Another thing that many presenters to venture capitalists seem to miss is the importance of keeping the presentation simple. Far too many make their presentations complex and think this strategy will somehow win them over. That is actually contrary to the truth. Keep the presentation simple and to the point. Venture capitalists will be able to spot any info they need themselves. There is no need to walk them through every detail. A venture capitalist can always follow up with questions if he or she is more interested in a project.

 

The last point that Marc Sparks urges people to keep in mind when doing a presentation is to bring out the entire team. This means that you show or at least give credit to your entire team that helped you build the business or develop that product. Venture capitalists want to and like to see what is behind a business. You also want to show your passion, emotion and hard work to the venture capitalists. What better way to do that then by showcasing your team that has built your company.

 

Solo Capital and Sanjay Shah Shines its Light on Autism

Solo Capital Markets was the brain child of its founder Sanjay Shah, a British businessman. Mr. Shah began studying medicine and then decided it was not for him and switched gears and became an accountant. He was employed by several investment and banking type companies including Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.
Utilizing his experience in the financial world he was able to guide Solo Capital to becoming one of the premier boutique investment companies. He assembled a very experienced team of investment professionals and they set the course to focus on proprietary trading, consulting and sports investments.

Sanjay Shah always had a philanthropic side to his character and personality, but it blossomed after his youngest son was diagnosed with autism and that became his focus. He researched autism and sought to help find a cure and promote awareness. Mr. Shah found through his research that autism is a disability that affects development and is one of the, if not the fastest development disorder in the world. Autism is characterized by development and communication skills difficulties and tosses a quagmire into the mix when it comes to social relationships. Children with autism typically have a narrow but strong field of interests and often experience repetitive behavior. Autism is something that is carried through the victim’s entire life and can be managed.

He founded a foundation called “Autism Rocks” and works to raise funding opportunities through music, more specifically by sponsoring concerts. The first concert his foundation sponsored was held in 2014 and the invitation only event featured the late musician and entertainer Prince. The concerts following have been successful ventures and feature well known musicians, recording artists and disc jockeys.

Mr. Shah is a trustee of the Autism Research Trust, which provides financial donations to the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. He took on the role of Trustee Director in 2013 and has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to a medical affliction that is largely misunderstood. His efforts have been applauded within the autism community and many families are the recipients of a positive experience through the awareness Sanjay Shah has brought.

 

Read more about Solo Capital:

http://www.indeed.co.uk/Solo-Capital-jobs

https://www.facebook.com/solocapital.uk/

Integration Is Key For Securus Technologies

Most of us, including myself, believe the problems caused by criminals come to an end when the individual is moved to a secure locations after being sentenced to time in a jail. However, I did not consider the fact that inmates in jails are placed in a community of people with connections to those still on the outside who can drag them even more deeply into a life of crime. Securus Technologies is attempting to make sure each and every aspect of the interactions between inmates and visitors is monitored, particularly in the use of video visitation technologies.

Securus has recently been adding to its sales team in a bid to make sure it is in position to roll out the latest updates to its THREADS platform, which provides a base for monitoring a wide range of connections made by inmates. Video visitation has been growing in popularity at institutions using Securus patented THREADS technology to monitor more than one million inmates across North America. The introduction of THREADS 3.1 brings a new level of options to the world of inmate communication monitoring and safety, which can all now be integrated to allow us to monitor all interactions between inmates and suspicious visitors. This technology has also been well-received by users, especially family members and friends of the incarcerated as the video calls are easy to set up and have good reviews online. (Reference:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.securus.videoclient&hl=en)

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas the work of Securus has been seen as hitting the highest levels of success for a number of years, which is why more than 3,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies trust the technology introduced by the organization. I believe the ability to listen to calls made using the Securus secure inmate phone calls platform will make a major difference in remaining a step ahead of those wanting to cause problems within any community. It is easy to see that the ease of use makes the THREADS 3.1 platform of vital importance to all investigators who are hoping to get their hands on actionable intelligence, which can be printed and accessed in different ways with as little hassle as possible.

Human Rights Activist Try To Influence Nicki Minaj To Reject The Invite Of A Dictator

The global music icon, Nicki Minaj, has come under fire from the Human Rights Foundation for accepting an invitation to perform at a Christmas Festival in the African nation of Angola. The controversy stems from the communications company that is hosting the event, Unitel. This organization is directly linked to the ruling family of the southern nation, which is spearheaded by the Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Santos has been accused of being a dictator, and his regime has been associated with crimes against the country’s journalist, activist and politicians. The Human Rights Foundation sent Nicki Minaj a letter that specified the concerns that they had for her indirect support of a dictator that allegedly amassed an enormous amount of wealth that is characterized as blood money. Despite the awareness that the Human Rights Foundation has brought to Nicki Minaj and her executive team, Minaj accepted the invite to participate in the Christmas festival and she performed without releasing a statement.

Even though the humans rights community does not expect Nicki Minaj to fix the problem of regimes that commit crimes against its citizens, the human rights community is working very hard to bring awareness to the general public and to people with influence and power. One of the prominent leaders of the global, human rights campaign is Thor Halvorssen. The 39-year-old Venezuelan native is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, he is a member of the Children’s Peace Movement, and he is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, which organizes an annual human rights festival in the U.S., U.K. And Norway. Halvorssen’s life as an activist began in 1989, at the age of 13, when he organized events against the apartheid-based, South African regime.

Halvorssen is not only a human rights advocate; rather, he is a proxy victim of injustice as his mother and father were both victims of human rights violations by the Venezuelan government. In 1993, his father was stripped of his role as ambassador and imprisoned and tortured for 74 days for highlighting corruption and drug trafficking committed by Venezuelan officials. His father was even the target of the famed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Halvorssen’s mother was victimized when Venezuelan security forces shot into a crowd of protesters during a peaceful demonstration. She was shot and survived her injuries, but one individual was killed and 12 others were wounded. The gunmen were found guilty of the shooting; however, they only served six months in prison.

Thor Halvorssen has used his passion and personal hardships as motivation to propel the issues of human mistreatment in the global community. He has advocated against anti-slave labor in China, and he has released featured films documenting various human rights issues. One of his films, The Sugar Babies, received critical acclaim and a lot of controversy as it explored the exploitation of migrant Haitian farm workers in the Dominican Republic.

Brazilian Literary Genius Jaime Garcia Dias

Brazil is not only one of the best places to go for a vacation; it is home to a pleasant author Jaime Garcia Dias. He was born forty five years ago in Rio de Janeiro and has grown to be a renowned author who has written articles, books and journals that are extensively entertaining and informative. He is the most beloved author that the people of Brazil and others in the whole world who strive to get a hand on his translated books enjoy reading. Extraordinary writing and high intellectual capabilities have earned him recognition world over. He was born to parents who had prestigious professions; the father was a journalist and mother was an architect, and wanted the best for him too. This meant getting to pursue whatever career he felt was suitable for him. He was given the best schooling and at an early age of fifteen years, he developed interest in literature, and the father was there to give him the necessary support needed and learn a few writing tips from.

Dias followed his father’s footsteps and went on to publish over 20 books and maintain a personal WordPress blog. Writing a publishing a book is not an easy task but it is an inspiring experience. The kind of books he writes are fictions books earning him the title of Brazil’s best fiction writer. In 2013, he made a remarkable move by writing a book-Cronica Um Sabio, no Jornal do Brasil- meant to honor his father. The same time, he wrote an inspiring journal about Brazilian youth, addressing their major challenges and advising them on the best ways to get out of them.

Brazil as a country is showing its support for all writers and literature experts. The country has come up with strategies meant to push forward writing endeavors and having a public translation center where Dias sits a board member. Their efforts have benefited many writers, including Dias, who write in native languages and get their books translated so as they can access a larger market in the globe. Dias being an extremely prolific writer has won awards like Barca Branca and ABC Award for his pleasant literary work.

Dias has also worked as teacher at Carioca Literature Academy where he was trying to share his experience in literary writing and inspire new souls to take up the profession, some of his lectures even posted to his YouTube to be shared with the rest of the world. In 2007, Dias was made the head of the academy and has worked ever since to make it become a front runner in writing journalistic literature materials. Due to his assertive influence to a good number of authors, many Brazilian authors have devoted to it. The most remarkable book that he has written is Fell from Heaven, which was promoted widely by Jasue Gomez and became the bestselling book in South America.

Business In The Windy City

Chicago is one of the biggest and most popular cities in our country today. Big cities means big business, and that is definitely the case for Chicago. There are multiple high end businesses and corporations that run high scale operations that our country depends on. There are numerous CEO and high ranked business officials who have turned these companies into powerhouses.

One established women in Chicago is Patricia Woertz. Patricia is the first women to orchestrate a humdrum grain processor company known as Archer Daniels Midland Co. This company is now a $90 billion corporation. In revenue, this company surpasses every other company in Illinois. Archer Daniels Midland Co. has expanded throughout Europe, China and South America. The groundbreaking news that has recently been announced is that this company is relocating to Chicago. Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is thrilled to announce Chicago’s newest addition. He believes that this will make Chicago a destination for the international headquarters.

Another powerful figure in Chicago is Irene Rosenfield. Irene is one of the world’s most powerful CEO’s. She is the head of $35 billion Mondelez International Inc. This corporation has around 110,000 employees located in 80 countries. Before Mondelez International, Irene guided the 2012 split of Kraft Foods Inc. Irene is incredibly accomplished, as she is one of only 24 women running Fortune 500 companies.

Majeed Ekbal is a Chicago businessman who is highly established. Ekbal and his partners are highly known for their stop-at-home shopping scheme. Ekbal states “Basically we’re catering to the customer’s convenience” because of how seamless the process is. The good thing about this style of shopping is that you can get your goods without leaving your home. Ekbal and his partners linked together to form this idea and had a vision that this would be beneficial for consumers who need a fast and convenient way of shopping. Ekbal notes that the service can range in a wide variety of ways. Goods can be delivered to your work or even put in the trunk of your car. The cost for this service would only be $5-$10 which is definitely worth it if you just don’t have time to run to the store.