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Scott Rocklage: The Man With a Cure

Scott Rocklage is the Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures. His educational background includes attending the University of California, Berkeley and earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

Scott Rocklage received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT. Scott Rocklage conducted research in Richard R. Schrock’s laboratory. Dr. Schrock received the Nobel Peace Prize in chemistry in 2005.

Scott Rocklage joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 when he became a Venture Partner at the company. He went on to become the Managing Partner of the company in 2004.

With more than three decades of healthcare management experience, Scott Rocklage has done important things in the industry, including getting FDA approval for the three medications known as Cubicin, Teslascan, and Omniscan. With more than 30 United States patents and more than 100 peer reviewed publications, Scott Rocklage has accomplished a lot.

Series A financing is the focus of Expansion Therapeutics, with the goal in mind of fighting genetic disorders. Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 is one of these genetic disorders that is being fought.

This genetic disorder is the leading cause of Muscular Dystrophy in adults, and so the company added $55.3 million to its coffers to fight this disease. Read more:  Scott Rocklage | Bloomberg and Scott Rocklage | Crunchbase

When RNA reaches toxic levels, symptoms begin to show in the patients. Sanofi Ventures, Novartis Venture Fund, Kleiner Perkins and 5AM Ventures all wokred together to finance the project. Alexandria Venture Investments and RA Capital Management also took a stake in the financing of the project.

Business, Businessman

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

While Sharon R. Bolton’s ruling regarding the pardoning of Joe Arpaio, former Maricopa County Sheriff, by President Donald Trump came as no surprise, it was met by significant opposition from the citizens he once terrorized, most notably, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The former sheriff made national headlines due to his widely publicized crimes and violations, including the implementation of “tent city” – the jail, which he famously regarded as his own “concentration camp.” Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

The longstanding feud between the ex-sheriff and the newspapermen began almost from the day he was elected in 1992, culminating in years of mutual disdain that eventually came to a climax with Larkin and Lacey’s arrest at their homes ten years ago. Although promptly dismissed, the unlawful arrest resulted in a three-year battle in court, with Larkin and Lacey coming out victorious.

In 1970, as the United States experienced an inner turmoil that had not been seen since The Great Depression, protests regarding the Vietnam War, and a number of other economic and political issues resulted in unprecedented push-back by the citizens of America.

As traditional news outlets continued to focus on covering the events of the time with an uber-conservative lens, the need for an alternative voice was greater than ever, resulting in an estimated 500 underground newspapers.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, staunch supporters of the anti-war movement, had already dropped out of college at Arizona State University, and in response to the Kent State Killings, decided to dive into the fight.

Along with students Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, Nick Stupey, and Hal Smith, Michael Lacey, kicked off the first issue of the Phoenix New Times. With Michael Lacey acting as editor, overseeing the content produced by the Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin, who would join the group two years later in 1972, handled the marketing aspects.

Larkin, who was already married with children, implemented a practical approach to the business of the New Times brand, helping to secure the support of several established organizations, including J.C. Penny, who was the first to take out full-page ads in the publication.

Over the next few years, the Phoenix New Times saw an exponential jump in readership through the addition of satirical cartoons, such as Bob Boze Bell’s “Honkey Tonk Sue,” as well as the coverage of alternative cultural staples, such as rock music, which at the time had been largely ignored by the mainstream.

1983 would mark the rise of New Times Media, beginning with the purchase of Westword – a Denver-based news-and-arts weekly publication that had begun experiencing a series of downturns under Patricia Calhoun. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

This move would lead to the purchase of 17 additional publications throughout the United States, including OC Weekly, LA Weekly, Nashville Scene, Miami New Times, and the most prominent of them all, New York City’s own, Village Voice.

These acquisitions would give New Times Media a strong presence in every major market across the United States, leading to a four-decade run atop the alternative news market, as well as a myriad of accolades and awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.

Business, Businessman

Roberto Santiago’s Manaira Shopping Offers Comprehensive Shopping and Entertainment Experience

Shopping malls are lucrative businesses as well as risky ventures at the same time, and a large number of players struggle to survive in the industry. Primarily, the emergence of new players in the industry significantly spoils the business the existing malls. Also, shopping malls need continuous expansions to bring new shopping, entertainment, and other options for making it always an attractive place for the people. The huge initial investments are a major hurdle for the shopping malls to expand its business as well as adding risk to the ventures. However, some shopping malls continuously attract more people with timely expansion plans and the addition of new features and options.

 

 

When it comes to Brazil, Roberto Santiago and his João Pessoa-based Manaira Shopping is a perfect example of such a strategy. Interestingly, the mall was opened almost three decades back, in 1989. But, the expansions in regular intervals of time ensured the vibe and freshness of the shopping mall continued and made it competent with all the modern options and facilities. Additionally, the mall is one of the largest in Brazil, and it is the leader of the industry in introducing modern entertainment and shopping options.

 

 

The mall has more than 250 fashion showrooms from international brands. It also provides excellent dining options with numerous fast food centers and casual restaurants. Majority of the international restaurant chains are present in the shopping mall to attract the food lovers of the city as well as Paraíba State. The vast number of diverse entertainment options is another important aspect that makes people, including family and youngsters, attracted towards the mall. Interestingly, the mall received nearly 20 million in numbers in 2015 – an ever-increasing number year after year. As the city is known for beautiful beaches, it attracts a large number of tourists from around the globe. For the tourists, Manaira Shopping becomes the primary choice for shopping and entertainment with the ultimate experience.

 

 

While coming to the entertainment options, the shopping mall has movie halls with 11 screens. The movie halls are equipped with a number of modern features such as VIP Rooms, ultra-modern projector systems, live sound system, Stadium System, 3D Rooms, and more. Bowling is another major option for the visitors to make themselves engaged. The mall also has an electronic amusement park specially designed to the needs of the children. The Game Station of the shopping mall has more than 200 different gaming machines which are designed to satisfy the needs of different age groups and gender.

 

 

Apart from that, the mall also has a ballroom and gym to help the fitness enthusiasts. Domus Hall, one of the largest event hall in the city, is on the roof of the Manaira Shopping. The fully air-conditioned hall accommodates almost 15,000 people at a time.

 

 

Business

U.S. Money Reserves Sponsors Barret-Jackson Collector’s Auction, Showrooms Rare McLaren P1 GTR

The global leader in unique and collectible automobile auctions, Barret-Jackson, will receive sponsorship from the world leader in rare gold, platinum and silver, U.S. Minted, limited edition, series collectibles, U.S. Money Reserve.

U.S. Money Reserve, recognizing key similarities in the collector preferences of their own clients and the Barret-Jackson automobile auction attendees, will set up their own display at the event, complete with their own precious metal specialists and presenting their own extremely rare McLaren P1 GTR. Learn more about US Money Reserve: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-money-reserve-wins-four-awards-at-20th-annual-videographer-awards-for-creative-work-300317828.html and http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/oil-production-to-dip-below-one-million-barrel-per-day-mark

Auction-goers will be able to get a close up and hands on view of the 1 of 45 ever produced GTR’s with a vehicle identification number of 0001 as well as receive answers to their precious metal questions from one of U.S. Money Reserve’s professional numismatists.

Attendance at the auction is expected to exceed 200,000 with the event receiving broad media coverage. This year, U.S. Money Reserve will sponsor the Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Mohegan Sun and Las Vegas auctions, being present and offering their industry expertise.

U.S. Money Reserve, the exclusive dealer of the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor commemoration coin series, has, since its beginnings in Austin, Texas in 2001, built a reputation as a world class distributor of unique, precious metal products. Read more: US Money Reserve | Bizjournals and US Money Reserve | Crunchbase

The company places a high premium on the value of its clients, with an established reputation for valuing each client as an individual. This is a shared sentiment of U.S. Money Reserve’s hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic customers. The President of U.S. Money Reserve, Philip Diehl, the 35th Director of the United States Mint, brings unmatchable expertise to the company’s offerings.

Recognized as one of the highest achieving U.S. Mint Directors in history, President Philip Diehl understands the importance that individuals place on making the best decisions they can to maintain the value they have created through their life’s hard work. This has become more critical than ever in today’s uncertain economic environments.

U.S. Reserve is staffed by highly experienced experts in the field of collectible precious metals and they have assisted clients from nearly every walk of life with selecting from their company’s offerings to create asset diversification in their portfolios and private collections.

With its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, founded in 1971 and with its founders contributing nearly a century of automobile collector expertise, the Barret-Jackson worldwide rare car auction will showroom some of the highest value cars in the world. The auctions will be featured in televised coverage, broadcast in more than 100 countries.

Business

Lacey and Larkin Foundation Provides Free Legal Representation to Undocumented Immigrants in Phoenix

Despite the tremendous progress made in the American civil rights and human freedom movement, a lot remains to be done. We live in dark times where politicians don’t even attempt to mask their contempt for migrants coming into the US.

The Trump administration seems well on course to proceed with the erection of the controversial border separating his nation from neighboring Mexico. It’s not the wall that frightening, rather it is the subtle undertones conveyed to outsiders, that’s most disconcerting.

Inalienable Human Rights

Under the stipulations of the International Migrants Bill of Rights, crossing borders shouldn’t make you any less of a human. And, as such, it is imperative for nations to treat immigrants with utmost dignity and respect. Leading this noble fight in New York is the New York Legal Assistance Group.

The organization specializes in handling domestic abuse cases involving local undocumented immigrants. The New York-based migrant group also assists undocumented immigrants to find shelter and other resource support for their American-born children, according to this Huffington Post article.

Hundreds of migrant lobby groups have emerged in the US in the wake of the heightened prosecution of migrants and other minority pockets in the population. These groups provide a whole range of essential services to the masses. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey

For instance, they have immigration attorneys and volunteers to help raise social awareness about poignant issues. In recent times, human rights activists have formed crowdfunded Super PACs to help immigrants get voted into elective positions within their communities.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Case

The police in places like Phoenix have in the past stood accused of unlawful arrests on the Latin America population. Just recently, two journalists got on the wrong side of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the incident ended with the two spending a cold night behind bars.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would later file charges against the notorious Phoenix sheriff in a case that attracted a national following. On the 18th of October, a grand jury awarded the duo $3.75M in settlements for their wrongful detainment.

The settlement money went into the launching of the Lacey and Larkin Foundation. This civil rights group seeks to partner up with other like-minded organizations to promote human, civil and migrant rights for other oppressed migrants in Arizona and beyond.

JHIF and Justice that Works

The new Justice for Immigrants & Families Project (JHIF) is yet another human, civil and migrant rights group in Arizona. The organization has its headquarters in Maricopa County and it provides needy immigrants with legal representation. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Thanks to the excellent pro-Bono work by the attorneys at JHIF, thousands of undocumented immigrants got their visas to work and live in the nation. The organization often holds workshops and seminars in Maricopa County to educate the masses on their rights and freedoms as per the constitution. To learn more about the Justice for Immigrants and Families organization, visit here.

The Lacey and Larkin Foundation also partners up with the non-profit rights group, Justice that Works. The founder of Justice that Works is an altruist attorney called Heather Hamel.

Hamel dreams of a punitive system that enriches the lives of the locals by making them healthier, happier and safer. Her organization seeks to protect the Arizonans from the at-times brutal police force. Learn more about the Justice that Works here.

Business, Businessman, CEO

How Mike Baur Cemented His Status as a Prominent Tech-Entrepreneur through Swiss Start-Up Factory’s Success

Mike Baur is undoubtedly a man of many talents. As the Founding Partner of Swiss Start-up Factory, Mr. Baur is the living embodiment of hard work pays coupled by creativity and innovation. The Zurich-based accelerator focuses on providing a unique platform, designed to facilitate mentoring, coaching, and providing ample office space to strengthen entrepreneurial networks and achieve set goals.

 

In essence, the program runs a three-month program upon which apprentices are mentored on various aspects of digital entrepreneurial development. With over two decades’ worth of experience in the Swiss Banking industry, Baur has proven to be an invaluable asset to the start-up company.

 

How the Program Operates

 

From inception, ideas are fine-tuned within a three-month period upon which mentors conduct discussion groups aimed at promoting a collaborative environment. Afterward, expert pitch training and the most viable ideas are pursued. Each year, the program accepts candidates in two distinct batches (February & September) that serve as the common ground for robust entrepreneurial development.

 

Learning initiatives at the factory are harnessed courtesy of the provision of a state-of-the-art fitness center, a kitchen and lunch space, co-working desks, free WiFi, a welcome area, and opulent meeting rooms. More importantly, the Start-up factory has extended its services to the public by renting its working and office space at a reasonable CHF 390 per month for half a table and CHF 590 per month for a full desk.

 

Since its inception, Swiss start-up factory has been associated with several active startups such as Carcodex, Lari, Myinsurance, IDUN, Darwin Pricing, Velvet Parking among others.

 

Mike Baur’s Profile

 

Mike Baur is widely considered to be the brains behind Swiss start-up factory’s unprecedented success. The Swiss entrepreneur progressively built his reputation by diligently working for several entities such as Clariden Leu and UBS. Having gained vast experience, Baur deemed it necessary to venture into startup companies with Swiss Startup Factory emerging as his prime achievement. Pulling off such a feat wasn’t possible without the aid of Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.

 

Mike Baur also participated at the START Summiteer as a jury member at the University of St Gallen. He has dominated the headlines by serving as CTI’s deputy managing director after its partnership with Swiss Startup Factory. As the Founding Partner, Mike Baur oversaw the company’s collaboration with Goldback Group which positively contributed to the Startup’s success. Today, he is involved in the management of the start-up factory and also serves as a mentor.

 

Business, Community, Technology

CEO of Talk Fusion Contributes More Than Words to HuffPost

When HuffPost changed its name and its brand virtually overnight, it surprised a lot of people. However, the reasoning for this change was very clear after their statements. They wanted to provide a space for insights that represented people who previously did not have a voice. Their 200 million readers enjoy various forms of content from contributors that are specialists in their field. That’s why when Bob Reina started contributing, the readers were in a for a pleasant surprise.

 

Reina has spent two and a half decades becoming an expert in direct selling, video technology, and marketing. He began contributing to HuffPost in 2016, and continues to this day. He focuses on writing content around selling, leadership, lifestyle, business, technology, and video trends. He says that he agrees with the outlet’s direction and hopes to add value and insight to the readers.

 

Bob Reina founded Talk Fusion back in 2007 while working as a police officer in Florida. Having spent his career keeping criminals off the streets and solving problems to help people, he turned his attention to a new challenge. He was attempting to send a video file attached in an email to a friend of his. The AOL technology at the time proved to be a challenge, so he figured a way to innovate nad create a new way to add value.

 

Now, the Talk Fusion company has since grown immensely and spread to numerous countries, and enjoys the top app rating in various countries like Indonesia and Japan. The app can be run on Android and Apple, and can be downloaded on the stores for both of those platforms. In addition, the functionality adds something special in that you can choose from email templates to send videos and increase sales and customer engagements. However, that is not all. Learn more: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.talkfusion&hl=en

 

Talk Fusion also gives you the ability to live video call, conference chat, instant message, and more. The rates are affordable thanks to the direct sales approach, in which representatives sell it one on one in over 140 countries around the world. The company also gives back to the community and various charities.

 

Business, CEO

Brian Torchin: Efficiency in Medical Staffing

Since 2007, Brian Torchin has aided medical and legal professionals in finding the right employees through his company Health Care Recruitment Counselors. Potential employers can access his user-friendly Facebook page and company website in order to find the best new hires in either medical or legal positions. Learn more about Brian Torchin: https://vimeo.com/briantorchin and http://www.wellness.com/dir/458034/chiropractor/pa/philadelphia/brian-torchin-dc

His Facebook page includes a direct link to the HCRC website as well as a summary of the company’s history. Users can also access links to his Twitter and Linkedin profiles. Brian Torchin has effectively utilized social media in order to make his company accessible to employers who wish to find the best candidates in a short time period.

The HCRC website is well-designed and easy to navigate. The company’s hiring services are neatly summarized, reflecting Mr. Torchin’s business model and goal of reducing the amount of time for legal and medical professionals to find employment.

Advantages of using HCRC are customization, quick staffing time, and wide range of services. HCRC allows employers to search for the exact hires they need, whether in a medical or legal position.

These positions include medical doctors, physical therapists, attorneys, and legal administrators just to name a few. HCRC guarantees that hiring positions will be filled within a 72-hour period, compensating for the quick turn over rates in the medical field. The company’s customized services are available in all fifty states and internationally.

According to Glassdoor, Brian Torchin has been featured in the New York Monthly Herald and CNN iReport with the same consensus: his business model is effective and provides a welcoming environment for employers and employees alike.

Those seeking employment through HCRC, whether they are a medical or legal professional, can expect to be hired in their chosen position in a short time frame. Mr. Torchin decided to model his company on efficiency in order to create more welcoming environments for medical professionals and patients.

Based on the quality of his services, HCRC will continue to expand and make improvements in the medical and legal fields.

Business, Entrepreneur

Jose Borghi – Helping Mullen Lowe Brazil Achieve Sustainable Success in Competitive Advertising Business

Jose Borghi is a widely acclaimed and well-known advertising professional in the Brazilian Advertising Industry. Jose Borghi has helped many companies to achieve their business objectives and revenue goals through successfully designing effective advertising and marketing campaigns for them. Some of the leading companies that Jose Borghi has worked for and provide constructive results are Unilever, Mitsubishi, and Fiat. The advertising campaign designed by Jose Henrique Borghi for Fiat is referred to as case study in the advertising schools as the campaign was hugely successful and it helped Fiat achieve astronomical profits in the country.

Jose Borghi studied marketing from one of the leading universities in the country, Pontifical Catholic University. Once he completed his study, he managed to get into one of the leading advertising firms in the country, Standard Ogilvy. He worked at Standard Ogilvy for a few years and went on to work at other leading advertising firms such asDM9 DDB, FCB, Talent, and Leo Burnett. However, after working for some of the top names in the industry, Jose Borghi thought that it is the time he starts his firm, and this is when he started Borghi Erh Creative Intelligence. The firm went on to achieve great heights of success in a very short span despite having limited capital and gave many leading advertising firms a run for their money.

However, apart from being a creative genius is also a business expert, and he realized that to sustain in a highly competitive advertising field, joining hands with other leading firms is necessary. It is when he decided to merge Borghi Erh Creative Intelligence with Lowe, one of the leading advertising firms in the business. The firm later merged again with another international leader in the advertising world, Mullen. It is for this reason the company was later rebranded to be named Mullen Lowe Brazil, and Jose Borghi currently serves as its co-CEO. Visit his official Website : https://josehenriqueborghi.com/

Business, Career Success, Investment Guru, Political Supporter

George Soros follows new strategy in fight for criminal justice reform

Over the last decade, George Soros has lost big with his donations to presidential politics. After backing the Hillary Clinton campaign with more than $1 million, making Soros the largest donor in that presidential race, he lost again, seeing his candidate defeated by a novice politician with some of the lowest likability rankings in the history of presidential politics.

Prior to that, Soros had contributed almost an equal amount of money to the John Kerry campaign, in that candidate’s bid to unseat the neocon war-mongering president George W Bush. All this adds up to a seriously disappointing result for the over $1 million that Soros has donated in total to recent presidential races. Read his profile at Forbes.

However, it would be a serious mistake for Soros’ political opponents to assume that he has lost his magic touch. Soros has a history of winning at virtually everything he does, rising to the top of the stock market, the most competitive game on earth. Soros has returned over 25 percent per annum to himself and his investors, over the course of a 45-plus year career.

In fact, it has been widely speculated that the Soros’ donation to the Clinton campaign was more an effort to undermine and do legitimize the rule of Donald Trump that you actually clinch a Clinton victory. It has been widely speculated by those close to Soros that he was well aware of the extreme risk of Clinton losing the race. But he made the donation anyway, in an effort to minimize what he perceived to be the damage that would ultimately be caused by a Trump presidency.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/george-soros/

It is equally true that in other areas of political philanthropy, George Soros had phenomenal successes. These cases have largely flown under the radar, due to the much smaller nature of the races and a lesser amount of money involved. However, to the local politicians to whom Soros has donated sums of money ranging from a couple hundred thousand dollars all the way up to a couple million, his largesse has often made the difference between winning and a landslide and losing badly.

One of the areas in which Soros has been actively donated to local political races is the area of criminal justice reform. Soros has been following a brilliant strategy of replacing hardline conservative prosecutors with more liberal-minded and socially progressive ones, who are sympathetic to the cause of criminal justice reform, specifically ending the war on drugs and addressing the stark disparities between whites and minorities in sentencing.

Although these smaller races have not received as much attention, candidates that Soros has backed have won nearly every single race where donations were made. Read this story about George at politico.com