Status Labs has been in the news recently thanks to their attempt to help out those who have been victimized by the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. Status Labs is an online reputation management company that specializes on working search engine results in order to help their clients maintain the clean public image that they deserve. As you know, what makes it to the internet tends to stay there but Status Labs let’s you push it into the closet where it belongs. CEO Darius Fisher has been a proponent of cyber security and that has made him a pre-eminent PR guy for the internet. Fisher and his company decided to come out with a few great tips on pitching your PR work to journalists.
Stay on Topic, Be Succinct.
Fisher and Status Labs know that time is more valuable than just about anything in the world of public relations. So when you decide to write up your PR pitch for a journalist you want to make sure that you do not inconvenience them with your proposal. Keep your pitches precise and concise and make sure not to meander on. You will want to stick to the topic, keep it brief, and hit them hard early and often.
Tell a Story, Offer the World.
At the core of what you are doing, your PR pitch is meant to capture the imagination of the reader. So with that frame of reference you will want to make sure that your pitch reads like a well written story. Focus on the human interest aspect of the pitch and then develop the story from there. You don’t want to seem like you are selling copy and you definitely do not want to bore your reader. On that same line of thought, make sure you make it clear that you can accommodate the journalist you are pitching to. Follow their demands and deadlines and cater where it is necessary.
Successfully pitching to a journalist is a hard job, but it is one that can be learned and improved upon. Following Fisher’s quick tips will lead you down the path to successful PR pitches.
I had a wedding to attend, and I needed a date to go with me. I asked around and told my friends and family members that if they knew any eligible women that wouldn’t mind going to the wedding with me, then they should let me know. I wasn’t looking for anything serious, especially since it was such short notice, but I did need a date for the wedding. I talked to my family member, and they told me they had a friend they would set me up with. Long story short, I brought the girl to the wedding, and things didn’t work out how I planned. The whole time she was talking to and even dancing with other men.
She was very rude to me, even though I offered to pay for her drinks, especially since it was a pay-as-you-go bar. I didn’t have a good time, but I was glad that I went to the wedding because it was for a family member. The whole ordeal learned me a lesson, and I’ll never let anyone else set me up on a date. I was looking into the possibility of finding someone to love, but I know that I didn’t want anyone else to look for me. I decided to start looking into the online dating scene, and I don’t regret doing so.
I took some time one day when I was off of work, and I searched online to see if I could find a great dating site. I hadn’t planned on looking for AnastasiaDate, but it’s one of the first sites that came up in my search. After I had gone to the site and I started looking through it, I couldn’t believe the kinds of women that were available on the site. It seemed as if there was no such thing as a woman on the site that wasn’t beautiful because every single one of them looked great. I was worried about if any of the women would know how to speak English because it was a Russian dating site.
AnastasiaDate makes dating easy, even if two people don’t speak the same language. On the AnastasiaDate site, I was able to use the translation services to talk to the different women that I found on the website. I enjoyed the company of several women, and one woman, in particular, kept me coming back each day to look for her. I decided to talk to this woman through video chat, and I soon plan on calling her through the AnastasiaDate phone. The AnastasiaDate website is not only fun, but I honestly believe that I may find a life partner on the site as well.
The business industry is one of the most competitive in the world. There are many people that struggle to reach the top of companies and stay there. However, there are some people that have succeeded in consistently staying at the top. Shaygan Kheradpir has been in corporate America for many years. There are several things that separate her from other people in her field. Running a successful company takes many traits that are rare. The ability to think both long and short term is difficult for most people. Here are several keys to running a successful business over the long term.
Clarity of Purpose
One of the biggest keys to success in business on mtv.com is having clarity of purpose. A company will not continue to be profitable if it does not have some sort of driving purpose. The best companies mesh their purpose with that of their customers. There are many companies that have been able to build a great business by helping others in the process. Shaygan Kheradpir has always been great at defining the purpose of the business she works in. With all of the attention on corporate ethics, it is vital to have a leader that understands how to convey the mission of a company.
Passion is another important trait that a business leader must have. There are going to be times in business when things get tough. There are generally business cycles every couple of years. When a company is in a downward business cycle, the leader of the company must be able to rely on passion to get through the tough times. Passion is also something that employees of the business will pick up on. Leading with passion and purpose will make the employees work more productively. Anyone can get excited about leading a large company for a short period of time. However, few people can truly stay passionate about what they do over the long term.
Shaygan Kheradpir is a great example of a person succeeding in business over the long term. She has been able to make effective changes in many of the companies that she has worked for. Not only is Shaygan Kheradpir great at understanding finances, but she also has a natural ability for motivating other people. Her employees are generally some of the most productive in the entire business world. This is because she has a passion for what she does and it carries over to her team.
Financial institutions that specialize in credit investments run one of the most powerful financial sectors in the economy. Unlike other financial institutions, some investment banks like hedge funds are not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Since they conduct operations under nobody that oversees their activities, investment banks invest in a broad range of securities such as stocks and bonds. As a result of non-regulation, investing in many securities makes the business hazardous and sophisticated. They also incorporate such technique and investments in their operations. This type of investment vehicle is very volatile but when positive returns are made, they come in lump sum.
Despite the risky nature of such institutions, Highland Capital Management has thrived for more than twenty years in the industry. The firm focuses on credit investments as well as miniature segments of AUM in equities. The Dallas, Texas-based alternative investment management firm deals with structured investments and hedge funds, as well as investing in fixed income, public equity and dodging markets. Highland maintains a distinct client base composed of foundations, corporations, public pension plans, fund of funds, financial institutions, governments and wealthy personalities. Currently, the company has almost $20 billion of assets under management with subsidiary offices in Singapore, New York City, Seoul and London.
Over the years, Highland Capital Management has thrived on its three philosophies: experience, discipline and boldness. It has evolved and survived the 2008 financial crunch that saw many investments institutions collapse. It is now one of the largest, preeminent and most experienced worldwide alternative credit managers in the industry. The firm was as a result of a joint partnership in 1990 between James Dondero and Mark Okada. The venture transformed into Protective Asset Management Company (“PAMCO”), in 1993 as an SEC certified investment advisor.
The independently-owned investment firm has evolved due to its experienced leaders that have had an unwavering focus and passion for the industry. James Dondero on linkedin has always aspired to be a money manager, and his dream and success have reached its peak. His raw ability and intelligence in managing investment vehicles have made the company attain greater heights as being among the top and largest in the industry. Due to the changing environment of the credit markets, Mr. Dondero’s versatility and adaptability have enabled the company go through the swaying economic times in the country. James Dondero and his counterpart are now responsible for more than a team of 180 employees based around the world.
With over 30 years of experience in credit investments, James Dondero manages various credit markets apart from Highland such as NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund where he serves as its Portfolio Manager. Before founding Highland in 1993, Mr. Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary between 1989 and 1993 where he was apt in flourishing the firm from apprehension to more than $2 billion.
Hedge funds like most financial institutions, mutual funds to be specific in this case, are puddles of securities. Like mutual funds, they can invest in diverse securities but the two still differ in many ways. To date, hedge funds are not governed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a financial institution regulatory agency, as mutual funds are. From the current occurrence of events, the standards for hedge funds may be coming soon. Since hedge funds are not standardized, they are at liberty to invest in a wide range of securities compared to mutual funds. Typically, hedge funds on wsj.com invest in traditional securities like commodities, real estate, stocks and bond; they are also well-known for using disillusioned and endangered investments and methodologies. Additionally, these investment vehicles invest in “derivatives,” which are agreements to trade securities at a particular price. Examples of such derivatives are the common futures and options.
Due to their risky business environment, hedge funds incorporate strategies that blend in with their working conditions. Among the most common methods are the long-short strategies that invest in an antithesis of long structure-purchasing stocks and short structures-the selling of stocks with borrowed money and re-buying them when the price falls below the original price. Another technique used is the leverage method that is usually investing using borrowed money. This approach can considerably increase the return realm of possibility while on the other hand building a higher risk of loss.
The volatile nature of hedge fund calls for a character comprising of various habits, traits, and natural instincts to step into the shoes of a hedge fund manager. The management should consider in its structure, strategies of dealing with high losses, a lot of stress, hedging against various risks among other potential losses. Networking skills, being up to date with latest information and research are very essential in managing a hedge fund. Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, started off in the same manner. During the commencement of his career in hedge fund at Harvard University as a freshman back in 1986, Griffin installed a satellite link, a telephone, computer and a fax machine in his dorm where he carried on with his business. The main aim was to obtain real-time market data to remain informed.
Kenneth Griffin’s initiative and self-discipline have made his hedge fund a success and is now one of the leading alternative market managers with more than $26 billion in assets under management. As an analyst and number cruncher, Griffin has made the most out of the market by being able to scrutinize large volumes of data and complete the puzzle very easy. His hedge fund now stands as one of the three percent of the hedge funds that have made it through for more than twenty years. As of the 2008 financial crisis, Griffin was quick on his feet to make tough but fast and accurate decisions without being agitated. His prowess and exceptional risk management skills delivered the firm out of the crisis.
Griffin is recognized for his audacious decisions and actively participating in philanthropic work.
Gorki Aguila is a well known Cuban rock musician and leader of the Pomo para Ricardo band. Instead of just enjoying the life of a popular musician, Aguila is a vocal critic of Fidel Castro and uses his music to criticize the Cuban government. As a consequence, he has been banned from public or internet performances and has been arrested numerous times.
According to a Fox News web page, I have learned that Aguila was arrested by the Cuban government as recently as early August for his support of the dissident group, The Ladies in White. This organization was founded by several of the female relatives of men imprisoned during Castro’s “Black Spring” crackdown in 2003. Aquila was also arrested in May after calling for the release of Danilo Maldonado. Maldonado is a graffiti artist who remains in prison since December, 2014 for his criticism of the government.
The Human Rights Foundation criticized the arrest of Aquila with HRF president, Thor Halvorssen stating on YouTube, “In totalitarian Cuba, the freedom of expression of artists is curtailed by article 39 of the constitution, which states that ‘artistic creativity is free as long as its content is not contrary to the Revolution.” The Human Rights Foundation (@HRF on Twitter) is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization that works to insure, protect, and defend human rights around the world. Incorporated in 2005, HRF is committed to educate people about what is a free society and why freedom is so important. Among the tenets of its Mission Statement, freedom of speech and expression, right to worship and freedom from slavery and torture are included.
Aguila is just one of the government’s critics who have gone underground to express their opposition. Every song he writes and records that criticizes Fidel Castro, communism, the Cuban government puts Aquila and his freedom in jeopardy, but he and others like him continue.
Organo Gold is a gourmet coffee company founded in 2008 and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The products are sold through a multi-level marketing system of independent distributors as the Coffee Connoisseur Club, which offers a variety of teas, coffees, nutraceuticals and personal care products. Organo Gold is unique in that its ingredients include the ancient Chinese herb Ganoderma Luciderm, which has been reported to promote a strong, healthy body and assure a long life. Organo Gold is infused with powerful organic Gandomera mushrooms. Organo Gold is dedicated to maximizing the effects of Ganoderma with research, development and a wide variety of scientifically developed products.
Bernardo Chua is the founder and CEO who has brought great success to the multi-level marketing company. He recently opened a branch of Organo Gold in Turkey, a country known for opening the first coffeehouse in the 15th century. Turkey is the 39th country to see the opening of the global gourmet coffee company. The Turkish branch joins the Asian, African and European branches in an effort to better serve distributors and customers.
Coffee is the second only to water of the most consumed beverage on the planet. People drink coffee in almost every country in the world, and Turkey is no exception. The appetite for good, quality coffee is thriving in Turkey and Chau’s gourmet coffee is the perfect answer, with an included benefit of promoting health and long life. Turkey has recently shown an increased interst in healthier living. Organo Gold looks forward to contributing to their quest for a healthy lifestyle while quenching their thirst for good quality coffee.
The Lime Crime make-up line is taking the world by storm. At a time when traditional cosmetics lines are work to help people to blend in, Lime Crime is proud to make its users stand out. With its wildly colored lipstick, nail polish, rouge, and eye-shadow, Lime Crime is not for the faint of heart and shrinking violets. It’s designed for people who want to make a statement. While some would like to relegate the users of the make-up line to a few young people that are trying to make themselves stand out, sales records and pictures of the users show just the opposite. Lime Crime has been embraced by people from 8 to 80 that are comfortable making a bold statement.
People have been using cosmetics for over 6,000 years. In many cases make-up was used to make subtle changes in appearance and leave people guessing about exactly what is different about the wearer. People that wear Lime Crime make-up have eschewed guessing games. People know they dare to be different and are proud of it. Lime Crime cosmetics are for those who dare to let their wild side out. The colors of the eye-shadows, nail polish, rouges, and lipsticks are blindingly bright and are a form of artistic expression. Wearing Lime Crime cosmetics both requires and builds confidence.
But the Lime Crime line is also thoughtful and humane. The cosmetics are made from ingredients that are vegan and cruelty free as certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny.
They certify no animal derived ingredients are used in the products and no animal testing was performed with any of the products in the Lime Crime line. That means along with being presented in packaging decorated with unicorns, the brand is socially conscious as well. It’s a good look for a cosmetics line that’s loud and proud. It’s the kind of product anyone would be proud to wear.
Lime Crime is the brain-child of Russian born Brooklyn, New York based entertainer and entrepreneur Doe Deere. Formally a model and musician, Deere has created a juggernaut that has found a worldwide following. This beautiful and intelligent woman is also a master when it comes to marketing. No magazine and newspaper ads for this brand. Doe Deere on doedeere.com is promoting and selling Lime Crime cosmetics using only the internet. It’s the perfect platform for this innovative line. Plus it lowers the cost of the cosmetics for the buyers by eliminating the middleman.
Deere has taken the bold step of showing part of the production process on the internet so her customers can see exactly how their brightly colored make-up is made. The business and technology executive has obviously struck a chord in the marketplace. Lime Crime cosmetics can be seen on the faces and fingers of people worldwide.
Bruce Levenson was born in Washington D.C. and has become a well – known businessman. Mr. Levenson graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then furthered his education at American University in Washington D.C. and attained a law degree. Bruce Levenson is a part of several business ventures. He has been a founding board member and a board of director for Tech Target which is an IT industry media company. Mr. Bruce Levenson is the Co-Founder and Partner at United Communications Group (UGC) and is also an Owner of Atlanta Spirit, LLC.
He was the NBA team owner for the Atlanta Hawks as well as partner and managing director of Atlanta Hawks LLC which actually owns and operates the basketball team along with the Philips Arena. Levenson has been a part of the Hawks team for some time and has been the teams’ governor since 2004. The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are part of the league’s Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. Their home games are played at Philips Arena. The Hawks has been successful with wining a franchise-record of 60 games as well as being the top seed in the East.
Their origin dates back to 1946 when Tri-Cities Blackhawks was established. Tri-Cities Blackhawks is a member of the National Basketball League and in 1949 they joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) as part of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America merger. The team has moved to several cities before making their way to Atlanta. They first moved to Milwaukee in 1951, where they changed their name to the Hawks. Then the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA championship in 1958. The Hawks then moved to Atlanta in 1968. The team has changed their logo/uniform a few times and the latest change took effect on June 24, 2015 which includes colors – volt green, torch red, Georgia granite gray and white. The team wears white for home games, Georgia granite gray for road games and torch red as an alternate uniform color.
Alongside from his business ventures with the NBA he is a philanthropist who is into helping and giving back to the community. Levenson is a part of the Community Foundation of Washington D.C. as well as the Hoops Dream Foundation. He has served as President of the Washington Chapter I Have a Dream Foundation which helps low income children continue to pursue higher education. Levenson is a founding donor to the U.S. Holocaust Museum and has been providing funding to the Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home Program. This program teaches inner city students lessons of the Holocaust and trains them to be tour guides at the museum. As a Jewish American, this program is near and dear to his heart because his mother is a Holocaust survivor.
Levenson continues to strive in his business ventures along with his philanthropic work.
I visited New York City at the age of 16, and I couldn’t believe how beautiful the city was. I toured everyplace I could possibly think of, including Central Park, which was the most amazing place next to seeing the Statue of Liberty. I had promised myself that when I turned 18 years old I was going to go back to NYC luxury real estate to live, and I had planned on pursuing a career in modeling. I know a lot of people say that they want to move to New York City for career purposes, but I knew this was something I was going to do.
I just turned 18 a month ago, and I’ve already started the process of moving to New York City. Not only do I have a moving company that I’m going to work with to move my things, but I’m also working directly with Town Real Estate to find me an apartment in the city. Everyone told me that I should just go online and look for my own apartment, but I knew that New York City had a lot more to offer than what was online. Even looking in a newspaper wasn’t going to do it because I doubted that there would be great apartments with the amenities I wanted in the newspaper.
Maybe I’m asking for too much, but I wanted an apartment that had valet parking out front, and I know that they have a lot of these kind of amenities in New York City. I also wanted an apartment that wasn’t like the ones I see around my area in California, and I wanted an apartment that was in high-rise building. I also wanted my apartment to have some extracurricular activities that were in the same building, but they would be on a different floor from where I lived. I also wanted to make sure there would be a concierge upfront. I know I had a lot of wishes, but Town Real Estate fulfilled my needs in a short period of time.
I was so excited because I had already gotten a modeling gig, so I know that I’d have a job, but it’s a matter of finding my home in New York City. After working with Town Real Estate for a few weeks, they were able to bring me back an amazing list of apartments that blew my mind. Some of the amenities were more than I could’ve asked for, and they even helped me make arrangements to travel out to see the apartments. I’ve never worked with a real estate company that is so professional and caring towards their customers. I’m headed out to New York City this week, and I can’t wait to choose my new apartment.