The Founder and Chairman of DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani, has earned the reputation as one of the most globally influential Arabs in the world. Since launching the global property development company, its prominence has risen exponentially, and today, DAMAC Properties is responsible for having delivered over 17,000 homes, with its footprint extending throughout cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Jeddah, and London. As a graduate of The University of Washington, Mr. Sajwani created his first venture in the world of entrepreneurship, with the creation of a catering service, that is currently known as Global Logistics Services, which serves in excess of 150,000 meals daily. In a recent Q & A session, Mr. Sajwani sat down to discuss the successes that he’s achieved throughout his career, as well the practices that keep him motivated even after such a fruitful run.
The idea for DAMAC Properties was created in Hussain Sajwani’s youth, as he often spent his after-school hours assisting his father with his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He cites this period in his life as the point when his passion for entrepreneurship was first sparked. While attending The University of Washington, Mr. Sajwani began selling time-share apartments, and he would eventually use the monies raised to strike out on his own, after spending two years working for Abu Dhabi Gas Industries in the financial sector. Respected for his forward-thought, as well as his ability to consistently bring his visions to life, he often looks to the future, imagining the state of Dubai in the next twenty years, as a primary asset for completion. He combines this school of thought with the ability to diminish any fear of failure, understanding that he is a product of, both his successes and his losses.
Social media, as well as digital marketing, are two trends that have really generated significant interest in the mind of Hussain Sajwani. Looking at how the platform has evolved since its inception in the early 2000’s, there is now a landscape that allows for constant communication between businesses and their audiences, which in turn, makes the potential for growth, virtually unlimited.
A lot of people have made a decision to try their hand at investing in Brazil as a way to boost their overall investment portfolio. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it makes a lot of sense when you consider the economic position that Brazil is in.
They are the eighth largest economy in the world, and they show a lot of promise to keep growing. This is why Igor Cornelsen is so confident when he shares investing advice with those who are considering putting their money into those markets.
This means that the country has a much more consolidated banking systems than do most other countries such as the United States. This makes for an easier to understand system, but it also helps to grow the power of those banks that do call the shots in Brazil.
China Is A Major Partner
Obviously, China is a major player in every economic development in the world, and that includes Brazilian economics. What happens in China influences what happens with everything in Brazil. Pay attention to China to see where Brazil might be headed.
There is no question that China plays an important role in the economy in Brazil. Be mindful of this if you want to invest there. What happens in China is just about as important to Brazil as it is to China itself.
This is because as Igor Cornelsen puts it, China is a major trading partner. He points out that they purchase a lot of raw materials from Brazil, and that makes them critically vital to the success or failure of Brazil.
Bringing Down The Value Of The Currency
It might seem crazy sound that bringing down the value of a currency would be helpful to the economy of the country. Brazil has a very highly valued currency. Bringing down that value to some extent might actually help the economy of Brazil.
A lot of the decisions that one makes in life are shaped by the experiences they had growing up, especially negative ones. For George Soros, support for social activism is like second nature to him. He was born and brought up in Hungary. George is a Jew, and at the time, the Nazis were looking for and killing Jews in what has come to be known as the Holocaust. He managed to escape Hungary and head to the UK where he studied at the London School of Economics. After school, George worked for a few firms before starting his own. He rose to fame as an investor after the short sale of Sterling Pounds he made in the now famous black Wednesday short sale, making $1 billion in profit. He then moved to the US and had been living in New York ever since.
Soros is proof to the saying that people put their money where their opinion is. For instance, in 2000, he was active in the Democratic Party Campaign. The Democratic Party candidate lost to George Bush, but Soros had his opinion heard. In 2004, he did his best to support John Kerry, who was running against Bush, but he was also unsuccessful. Soros successfully funded Obama into office. This time around, he was seeking to put the first female president, Hillary Clinton, into the oval office. He contributed more than $25 million to her campaign, but unfortunately, she lost to Trump. In addition to supporting the Clinton campaign, he has been actively supporting the PACs who were campaigning for Democratic Party Candidates.
George Soros has not shied away from getting his opinion heard regarding the president. He believes that Trump’s comments and remarks are quite inflammatory and divisive. He is still supporting PACs who are at this time gearing up for the mid-terms in 2018. He has also been linked to the Ferguson Protests. The funding is done through the George Soros Foundation. He got involved in the protests because he believed that a lot of things that are happening in the dark needed to be brought to light. However, the protests were mostly spontaneous. People just shared hashtags, the news agencies got involved, and soon, busloads of protesters were landing in Ferguson for the protest marches. The entire spectacle created interest in rectifying a few wrongs happening in the society.The social and political activist groups that Soros has funded have cost him billions of dollars over the years. However, he seems to be a strong believer in social justice, which is because of his background. He is an exemplary leader and a perfect example of what it means to give back to the world after making it in entrepreneurship.
Sawyer Howitt is an amazing young man. He is a project manager for the Meriwether Group, a company started by his father. Young Howitt is an entrepreneur and businessman who is achieving great things. Even at a young age, Sawyer Howitt has a much better than average understanding of business and its operational needs.
Before he took on employment challenges with the Meriwether Group, Howitt was a business strategy analyst at RFID and prior to that he was a customer service representative at KURE Juice Bar for several months.
Young Mr. Sawyer Howitt takes an innovative approach to his work where he consistently employs new ideas that serve current needs, but with an eye on the future and how those ideas will translate to the future. Because of his approach to business, he has been instrumental in a great deal of Meriwether’s success. Howitt pays attention to detail in everything he does. He is always looking for ways to do things better and constantly challenges himself to find more efficient ways to do business.
The Meriwether Group brings a variety of business tools to emerging start-ups. They assist entrepreneurs with finding growth opportunities and finding capital for growth. The team at Meriwether also helps clients establish succession plans once their growth has been realized, as well as assisting with branding a clients business. The solutions developed for each client are unique for that client and address specific needs and goals for each client.
While working for KURE Juice Bar, Howitt learned firsthand the importance of top notch customer service. To him, customer service is job one. It is essential to be responsive to customer needs and to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Without a solid customer base, there is no business so investing time and resources in customer service is critical.
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/
Doe Deere is a phenomenon in the cosmetics industry. She founded a company she called Lime Crime and the name has become synonymous with style and individuality. Her mission is to show people the true power of cosmetics. To pass on the knowledge that self expression and freedom are possible with the use of the right cosmetics.
Doe believes true beauty is all about what feels right to each individual. This was the reason she came out with a line of cosmetics that are magical, bold and cruelty free. These cosmetics have become so incredibly popular they have developed their own following. Although Doe was originally very small and was responsible for her own success she supports other woman with all her passions and resources. She talks about entrepreneurship and how having the courage to follow your ambitions is what makes a woman successful.
With this in mind Lime Crime launched in 2008. Doe is an incredibly busy woman. She has meetings, strategy sessions and helps in product developments. She was willing to wait for inspiration and her swift actions once it came actually created Lime Crime. The business excites her. Her focus on ecommerce proved it was possible to successfully sell cosmetics on the web. She even engineered a unique lipstick challenge on her website that not only did incredibly well but was amazing.
Doe believes her success comes from understanding her brand. She knows her customers and what they really want. Her intelligence allows her to make good decisions and she is always optimistic. She learned from working at an insurance company where she did and did not fit in this world. That knowledge gave her the freedom to be herself and make quite an impact. She only wishes she had begun earlier in her life. Her advice is to trust in what your gut is telling you to do. She says after awhile it becomes easy. She will not be a part of anything unless she feels it is right deep down inside.
Doe is about positivity and treating people with respect and kindness. Positive reinforcement has made a world of difference in her life. Her husband Mark has been a tremendous influence in her life. They began in a rock band sixteen years ago and have been together ever since. He is the current president of Lime Crime and Doe describes him as insightful, intelligent and having a wicked sense of humor. The team have made Lime Crime the enormous success it is in todays market.
Eric is the man tasked with the responsibility of modernizing treatment at Tempus. He is Tempus’ co-founder and chief executive officer. He is also a managing director of Lightbank, a fund invested in disruptive technology. Eric also has a leadership role at Groupon being its co-founder. Apart from leading this e-commerce hub, he is also a co-founder of Uptake Technologies,a predictive analysis firm. Eric is a trustee at Lurie Children hospital and chairperson of Steppenwolf Theatre’s board.
Eric Lefkofsky builds the basic foundations needed at Tempus to modernize the way cancer is treated. This health-tech system, Tempus, uses algorithms to analyze geometric data which is collected. This data having been collected and analyzed helps doctors come up with better care plans for patients at the facility.
Of Accelerated Disruption
In the world of business today, people are getting more and more creative. Businesses are coming up and offering to consumers services and products at a cheaper price compared to the older established businesses. These businesses are disruptive enterprises since they disorganize the old way. Accelerated disruption, as explained by Lefkofsky, happens when businesses are developed in line with the ever changing technological advancements in the market. In Lefkofsky’s book, Accelerated Distribution: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation,he writes at length about this concept.
Eric talks about how to identify the industry to introduce innovation. In his book, he has also talked of smart automations saying these help. The mastery of improvement of products is also dealt with in his book. Other areas discussed include promoting ideas in an industry that is resistant to innovations and ways of raising capital. In an in depth explanation, Eric show how a company’s customer base can be turned into the R&D team.
Eric went to the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies. He attained a Juris Doctor in Michigan University’s law school. As an adjunct don he works at Chicago University.
Eric is a generous giver and his donations and contributions to humanitarian causes are through his family foundation. Last November, the family foundation made a generous contribution to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Centre. The foundation also gave a whopping $500,000 to cancer research in the Stanford University. Another $ 1.2 million was given to the Michigan’s university for helping in cancer research. Weill Cornell also got $250,000 for researching on breast cancer. Clearly, Eric feels particularly inclined to helping in the search for a cancer cure.
Eric does not have a definite success formula for folks out there. He says that fortune sometimes plays a role in success or failure. His fortune has been that he has built his business on the internet during a time of great growth.