How Betsy DeVos is Bringing School Choice to the Mainstream

Finding capable and stable leadership in high ranking government positions can be a difficult job. It can be even more difficult when that position has to be filled by someone who is genuinely passionate about their work. Fortunately for President Trump and the White House, the position of Secretary of Education has been taken up by Betsy DeVos — a hardline Republican from Michigan who believes in the concept of the voucher system and school choice. DeVos comes to Washington with a long history of pro-school choice work in her past and that is definitely worth digging into.

The role of government in education has always been a hotly contested concept. For decades people have wondered just how involved the government should be in the role of educating a child. Readers can go back more than 50 years in order to learn about Milton Friedman who famously penned, “The Role of Government in Education”. This was one of the first missives that expanded upon the concept of school choice. Now, decades later, school choice is finally getting a mainstream hero in the form of Betsy DeVos.DeVos knows that school choice has come a long way and that there is still a long way to go, however that doesn’t stop her from staying optimistic. Her work has been heralded as more than just important to the role of government in education, but essential. DeVos says, “I’ve never been more optimistic.” She goes on to recite all of the important statistics that show a serious surge in the sphere of school choice. DeVos points out that there are more than 250,000 students enrolled in 33 different publicly funded, private choice schools throughout 17 different states. I almost didn’t believe the numbers, this was a sign of serious growth potential.

One thing that many people have against government officials is that they don’t feel like they are truly working for them. I’ve always thought that government officials merely come up and adopt the stance that their administration needs in order to get things done. However, this clearly is not the case with Betsy DeVos. DeVos has been a devout school choice advocate for decades and she has been trying to get things done in that field since well before it was popular to do so. Betsy and her husband, Dick, have been trying to work Michigan into a state that embraces school choice for decades now.For DeVos, finding peace through school choice education has been the mission of her life and it is something that she will continue to tackle at the highest educational role in government. DeVos’ work has thus far stood for itself and there is genuine hope that it will continue to do so in the future. Follow her on Twitter :

When Did the US Treasury Cede Authority to the Federal Reserve?

If you do a careful study of the changes in American currency over the years, you might be surprised. The Texas Bankers Association has a good understanding of how finance has changed over the years. Its November 2016 Annual Strategic Opportunities Conference allowed for the financial experts to prepare for future developments.

US Treasury Controlled Currency

From its founding in 1789, the United States Treasury has been in charge of the American currency. If you take a look at old dollars, you will see “US Treasury Note” and the department’s seal on them. It was quite clear who called the shots.

Chief Decision Maker: Federal Reserve

In 1914, that all changed with the rise of the Federal Reserve System. Thereafter, two seals were actually listed on the American dollar: the Treasury and Fed. Eventually, the dollar became the “Federal Reserve Note.” When the Fed Chairman spoke, people listened.

Innovative NexBank Funds Future

When NexBank CEO John Holt spoke on the aforementioned conference’s panel – “Reinventing Community Banking: Perspectives on Competing by Innovation” – people also listened. Here was a rising Dallas based bank discussing what future financial products would lead the industry.

The award-winning NexBank offers student, home, business and institutional services. It was ranked in the Top 10 in April 2017 as 5th in the nation on pretax return on equity (community banks with assets between $1 billion to $10 billion). Its strategy is obviously working well.

The future belongs to those who prepare today. The Texas Bankers Association conference allows for NexBank to be a key decision maker. The US Treasury has gradually ceded authority to the Fed. Only the future will show if that trend continues.

Parents Are Happy With Rocketship Education

There has been an open letter written by 374 parents. Their wards are studying in 19 charter schools. This letter has been sent to the Metro Nashville Public Schools school board. It is addressed to its Director, namely, Shawn Joseph.

These are the parents of children who are attending the public charter schools in Nashville. These include the East End Prep, besides Intrepid College Prep, and KIPP Nashville, along with LEAD Public Schools. Others include the Liberty Collegiate Academy, besides Nashville Academy of Computer Science, as well as Nashville Classical, and Nashville Prep. The other schools are New Vision Academy, and Purpose Prep, besides RePublic High School, as well as Rocketship Northeast. Next are the Rocketship United, and Smithson-Craighead, besides STEM Prep, along with STRIVE Collegiate, as well as Valor Flagship Academy along with Valor Voyager Academy.

The parents are very happy with Rocketship Education. They say that they have opted for school choice as they moved into the high-performing school’s zone. Or else they entered the lottery. This way they could get seats in schools of their choice, and this included Rocketship Education too.

They say that they are like parents of any other students who may be attending any public charter school. They felt that their zoned schools could not meet the demands of their children. Hence they had to look for other schools, and this included Rocketship Education too. Hence they are surprised to find their schools coming under constant accusations as well as attacks.

These parents feel that the members of the MNPS board do not want their children and their schools to do well. But this may be the thought of a few members and not the entire board. Hence the parents of these students are demanding an explanation.

These parents are asking all the elected officials to come together and look for a solution. This would require looking at the opportunities as well as challenges being faced by all the public schools in the city.

Hence the parents are asking the board to stop these attacks on the schools and become a productive board focused on the welfare of the students studying in schools including Rocketship Education.

Madison Street Capital: Towards Customer-centric Excellent Services

There are very few companies in the financial services industry that matches the reputation of Madison Street Capital (MSC) as one of the world’s leading specialists in mergers, acquisitions and organizational reorganization and restructuring. As a top-notch financial services provider, the Chicago, Illinois-based firm has developed a customer-centric strategy that ensures all their services are tailor-made to cater for the unique needs of their clients drawn from a wide range of industries. For customers seeking to navigate complex business processes such as mergers and acquisitions, Madison Street Capital also carries out due diligence and market analysis, in collaboration with their client, to ensure that they find the right partner. This was the case of ARES Security, which was seeking for recapitalization and financial partnership. Maintenance Systems Management and WLR Automotive Group successfully restructured and reorganized their operations thanks to MSC’s excellent service delivery. Learn more:


MSC’s portfolio of clients and successful case studies and testimonies also include the successful merger between The Spitfire Group and DCG Software Value, which the company played a critical role. The critically-acclaimed Madison Street Capital reputation has been feted with several individual and company level awards. Anthony Marsala who cofounded and currently serves as the chief operating officer of the company was honored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts with a 40 Under Forty Award. Financial professionals voted it to the final list of the 2016 leading companies with excellent track record of successful advisory on restructuring, reorganization, mergers and acquisitions. After restructuring its own operations, MSC won the 2017 M&A Advisor Turnaround Award. This is one of the highest industry awards, which MSC won by holding off competition from over 300 firms. Learn more:


Company Profile: Madison Street Capital


Madison Street Capital was founded over a decade ago when Anthony Marsala and Charles Botchway came together in 2005 to establish an investment bank. The two founders head the company’s management team with Charles Botchway serving as the chief executive officer. However, over the past decade the company has restructured and reorganized its operations, which has enabled it to expand its portfolio of services as well as operational markets. While becoming a fully-fledged financial advisory services provider, MSC has also ventured into new geopolitical regions including Africa and Asia. It has also increased its market presence in North America with its wide range of highly customized services. The company’s client enjoy comprehensive services that include legal assistance, company analysis and valuation, due diligence and portfolio valuation. Learn more:



Fabletics: Number One Activewear Brand for Common People

It’s hard to succeed in fashion these days. There are so many people trying to cash in on the e-commerce craze. Anyone can make their own products and sell them online. Even worse, big companies like Amazon have cornered the e-commerce markets across several industries.

In particular, Amazon controls 20 percent of the fashion e-commerce market. That other 80 percent is divided by the thousands upon thousands of other fashion companies. Somehow, despite the dominance of Amazon, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics found a way to succeed in fashion. Part of the ‘activewear’ movement, Fabletics is taking advantage of the millennial-inspired fashion trends.

In just over four years, Kate Hudson grew Fabletics into a $250 million business. Millennials love staying healthy and working out, but they also love relaxing. Activewear is the combination of those two loves. Fabletics perfectly combined aspirational designs with convenience; equaling simple success.

Fabletics is one of the high-value brands that common people can afford. Unlike other high-value brands, Fabletics doesn’t cost $100 for a pair of leggings. It’s also not poorly manufactured with cheap materials that break down over a few weeks. Fabletics took advantage of what is considered high-value these days.

Originally, high-value brands were fairly priced and made of good quality. That’s all any company needed to be successful; good prices and a good product or service. These days so much more goes into what’s considered a high-value brand. Consumers care more about things like customer experience, brand recognition, exclusive designs or deals, and last-mile service.

As Fabletics grew, the company decided to expand into the real world. Currently, there are 16 physical Fabletics stores. Although the plan is to open more stores, Fabletics had to discuss a serious issue before it can.

A lot of retail stores are “getting killed” by “showrooming”. People shop around in their stores and then buy those same items somewhere else cheaper. To counter that trend, Fabletics invites the local markets into their stores during events and other activities. As a result, nearly one-fourth of new visitors become members in store.

One Fabletics reviewer talked about Fabletic’s good quality and prices. Fabletics can easily compare and outperform other high-value brands like Lululemon. If anyone’s interested in Fabletics, they can take the Fabletics LifeStyle Quiz and see the products they’d be matched with.

Under Siegall’s leadership, Seattle Genetics devises ingenious products

Seattle Genetics is perhaps best known for the development of the first FDA-approved antibody drug conjugate, ADCetris. This highly innovative drug has been FDA-approved for the treatment of refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease, a major killer in the United States, affecting more than half a million people at any given time. This drug has made serious dent in the mortality rates for this difficult to treat illness, saving thousands of lives and making Seattle Genetics a small fortune in the process.

But Seattle Genetics, like all pharmaceutical companies, has needed to heavily diversify its revenue streams. This is a result of the nature of the pharmaceutical business. Companies are often forced to fund study after study and project after project in the mad race to get a drug FDA approved. For every 10 drugs that are initially put into phase one clinical trials, only one will ultimately be FDA-approved. The other nine drugs are all costs that are born directly by the pharmaceutical company developing them. This results in an extremely expensive process, requiring massive amounts of capital and making pharmaceutical companies one of the most capital-intensive and risky businesses in the world today.

For this reason, Seattle Genetics has diversified its revenue into licensing both products and the manufacture of other drugs. They also license out patented processes, by which other companies can perform the same kinds of highly innovative research that Seattle Genetics has been able to do and that has ultimately led them to having the first FDA-approved antibody drug conjugate.

Among these patented processes is Seattle Genetics’ highly innovative means for the production of monoclonal antibodies, which are used in the creation of antibody drug conjugates. First, a rat is injected with malignant cells. The rat’s body then actually produces antibodies in response to the presence of these foreign tissues. Those antibodies are then isolated in a laboratory. Every molecule resembling those antibodies is in synthetically produced, sometimes creating thousands or even tens of thousands of individual molecules. These molecules are then tested on animals and human subjects, in order to see which ones yield the lowest incidence of serious side effects, while still retaining the ability to target the specified malignancy.

Freedompop Offers Free WhatsApp Access as Incentive to Opt Into Their Service

According to a recent article on, Freedompop is broadening their horizons and reaching out for you to sign up for their services by offering the major incentive of FREE WhatsApp access.

FreedomPop is an (MVnO) mobile virtual network operator that provides cost-free, (basic) mobile plans to the public through the issuance of SIM cards. As Freedompop is set to begin offering the service in the next coming months, the free WhatsApp access will only be available to residents that live in Spain.

Although the mobile virtual network operators have only been established since 2011, they are gradually breaking out into main-stream markets. In September 2015 of last year, FreedomPop began serving customers in the UK and soon will be serving those living in the country of Spain.

Freedompop’s move to use free WhatsApp access to new subscribers of their free basic mobile service is an odd one as they are not affiliated or partnered with Facebook in any way. However, Freedompop is the very first company to advocate for the messenger service and to use the concept to garner more customers and users.

There are only 30% of Spain’s mobile users that DO NOT use the very popular WhatsApp messenger. Perhaps the decision to offer WhatsApp to Spain mobile users is a wise one that may allow Freedompop to monopolize the market there.

Although it is yet to be officially launched in Spain, FreedomPop is currently accepting a limited amount of beta subscribers.

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Recap of George Soros and the Trade of the Century

It might seem difficult to be excited about a trade but when that trade brings the economic system of a major world power to its knees and makes more than a billion dollars in the process. That is exciting. George Soros did this back in 1992 and he changed the fate of his company and really economic markets forever. Make no mistake about it, the world was in difficult economic times and the result of this gamble was far from a sure thing. If it were a sure thing, there would have been more people on board. The trade was recapped on recently in a riveting article. It clearly explains how revolutionary Soros thinking was and the impact it had on the world.

Even though it was almost 24 years ago, it is important to remember how different life was. Most people were not connected to the internet and didn’t have cell phones. The common person had never heard of a hedge fund and the restrictions on having capital moving from one nation to another were recently lifted. This was really the beginning of the modern news cycle that ran for 24 hours.

The story is simple on the surface on, Soros was running a hedge fund and saw the opportunity to profit by betting against the British Pound. A hedge fund by definition is an economic entity that is continually making bets on certain stocks, options and mergers. In this case Soros thought that the British government would have to depreciate the pound and he bet on it. As a hedge fund leader George Soros leveraged a large sum of money against the pound and when it did depreciate, he made over a billion dollars. The result for Great Britain was not so great as the taxpayers of their nation paid the price and the economy of the country was brought to its knees.

Besides making a billion dollars and sending his personal fortune and reputation into the stratosphere, George Soros set himself up as an expert on economic markets and when he speaks about what he believes is going to happen others listen now, because he has built a successful track record. He has proved it time and time again, building his hedge fund into one of the most successful in the world. He correctly navigated through the economic difficulties of 2007-09 to continue his economic growth personally.

George Soros was born in Hungary in 1932 and much of his professional success he has contributed to his philanthropic interests. He started by supporting black students in South Africa get scholarships to college to improve their lives. Then during the cold war he sponsored cultural exchanges that provided some hope to those people behind the Iron Curtain. Since the fall of communism, Soros has focused much of his attention on developing Open Society organizations in countries all over the world. These Open Societies have worked to protect human rights and provide a transparency in government that keeps people free from tyranny. Soros has become an iconic figure in finance and helping others and it all goes back to the trade of the century. 

Andrew Wirth: Destined for the Mountains and Succeeds


Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Living a life hanging in the balance of success, what you love, and giving back to the community is seemingly overwhelming, but it undoubtedly makes for a fulfilled existence. Read more: Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser

Andy Wirth lives within this balance each day, and uses his motivation to generate both professional and charitable success. The recently appointed Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board has lead a successful life doing what he was born to do.

Born on July 25, 1963 as the grandson of Conrad Wirth, Andy was destined for his current line of work. Conrad Wirth was US National Park Service Director, and surely served as an example for his grandson to hit the wilderness to grasp his victories. Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter

Currently standing with nearly three decades of accolades under his belt, Andy lives his current days as the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.

The mountainous businessman has won multiple awards, including the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year, and has deservingly been bestowed multiple promotions. Learn more about Andy Wirth: and

Granting time to consistently be dedicated to community service, the self-made philanthropist is surely busy, but cannot let go of his love for the resort and hotel industries.

Currently married and residing in California, Andy Wirth enjoys being outside for both work and pleasure.

Enjoying time with his three children, Cody, Natalie, and Jace, leaves Wirth plenty of time to revel in life’s real blessings, which is something that should stand as an example for all those working towards success.

Darius Fisher: The Online Reputation Superstar

When facing a crisis in digital reputation, Status Labs is the place to call. This company is a online reputation, PR, and digital marketing organization that is based in Austin, Texas. It’s cofounder and president is Darius Fisher. This business started four years ago, and it has already grown to 30 staff members. They have an office in Sao Paulo. And they recently opened an office in New York. This company has delivered second chances to executives, politicians, and public figures. This company also served over 1500 clients within 35 countries which enable more sales growth in effective PR strategy and digital marketing, and to polish up their search results.

Concerning Fisher’s skill is how he thrives regardless of his own controversial history that includes a highly profiled PR fiasco. Fisher, who’s from New York, also has some experience as a political consultant, and a copywriter.

Darius Fisher created a strategic vision for his company, recruited international and domestic sales, and built partnerships with influencers and agencies. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with honors. Also, he has a checklist that everyone can do online to maintain and improve their online reputation, and it includes the following:

1. Remove personal data that’s online.
2. Change the privacy settings in social media.
3. Change passwords quite often.
4. Google yourself.

And according to Fisher, if anything goes wrong, there are things to do in these situations. For one, you should remain calm. Secondly, it’s important to take screenshots. If there are serious threats, it’s imperative to contact the authorities. Also, if there’s some personal data about you on social media, report complaints of that user to that social media outlet. Follow Darius on Twitter @fisherdarius for more news and information.

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