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Alexei Beltyukov: succeeding, leading and teaching the new Russian economy

The dissolution of the Soviet Union set off external and internal shock waves. The shift From a state-supported economy to a new found capitalist opportunity-rich environment ended some careers and unleashed a cascade of new ones. Alexei Beltyukov is a success model of that sea change.

His career in socialized medicine came to an end along with that system. He wasted no time and went to work for one of Russia’s new financial managers and soon proved his worth. He was offered an opportunity to go on his own and did so.

Prior to the end of the USSR, Russian automobiles were the subject of comedy and worldwide ridicule. The importation of American, Japanese and European makes soon made the necessity of professional repair for Fords, Toyotas and others a reality. was started by Alexei to set up quality, licensed repair franchises to meet the needs of new car owners.

One of the many positive traits of entrepreneurs is the ability to perceive the need for a service or product, develop a solid business plan and obtain financing. Learn more about more Alexei Beltyukov: anticipated the need for repairs and maintenance of non-Russian produced vehicles and more than met that need with many successful franchise opportunities for Russian business owners and their employees

In a time where many new Russian financial oligarchs were ordering yachts by the dozen, Alexei Beltyukov put his business education and MBA from INSEAD, the “World’s Business School” and personal success to different uses than extravagance. He established Endemic Capital to recruit, educate and finance other new entrepreneurs. “Angel investors” of his kind are making innovation and invention regular events in the Russian business world.

According to Adweek, Teaching new businesses how to succeed and then participate with the incubator mode of development has been one of Alexi Beltyukov’s passions and his genius has translated itself into success for many others who will hopefully follow his example.

Todd Lubar- Business and Mortgage Mogul

In 1995, Todd Lubar entered into the real estate world with his love of the business. He knew from the time he was little that he wanted to make a name for himself and that he would do anything in his power to be something that many other people couldn’t. He entered into the world with a job in the real estate world with Crestar Mortgage corp. He was determined to learn anything there was to know and for this reason, he quickly moved into the conservative world of banking. This experience led him to develop life long connections with agents in the real estate world, CPA’s as well as insurance agents. All of these relationships would help him to become a name in the business that most people know.

It didn’t take very long for Todd to make more advancements in the world of banking and mortgages. In 1999, Todd landed a position with the Legacy Financial Group. From there he would open the business, Legendary Properties LLC. This is a company that focuses on residential development. In 2003, Todd went on to open Charter Funding, this subsidiary is one of the biggest mortgage companies that is privately held within the United States. Since he was able to do all of this, he decided to expand once again, even further.

According to, when the market started to struggle in 2008, Todd opted to look into starting other businesses. One of those businesses was a demolition business where he used a number of larger contractors around the country to start demolitions. It wasn’t too long before he begun getting involved in the scrap metal business and so on. He currently is living in Maryland and also has 2 children. He spends a good amount of time traveling so that he can see other places and see what else he might want to invest in.

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How EOS Lip Balm Became The New Lip Balm Of Choice

Few beauty startups have managed to completely take over an entire industry in just a few years. However, when EOS founders Sanjiv Mehra, Jonathan Teller and Craig Dubitsky boldly set out take on the unimaginative world of lip balm, they hit the jackpot.

The company, now worth $250 million, had a simple idea when they were trying to decide on a new product to launch. They challenged themselves to offer an alternative to Chapstick, the 100-year-old company that had dominated the lip balm industry, with a new product that would be drastically different in every way.

What EOS created was a lip balm that looked radically unique in its packaging. Instead of packaging their product in yet another cylindrical tube, they opted for spheres in different shades of bright pastels.

Another decision that would set EOS lip balms apart from its competitors was creating a unique formula. These lip balms use only natural ingredients, appealing to health-conscious beauty consumers.

Mehra, Teller and Dubitsky intended for their product to appeal to women. For a century, lip balms were a unisex product with every brand’s packaging looking almost exactly the same. By offering pastel-colored balls, women now see EOS lip balms as a fashion accessory as much as a lip moisturizer.

Needless to say, it didn’t take long for this drug store product to become a huge success. The products made its way to large stores like Well and even online on Amazon. When Christina Aguilera and other celebrities were photographed pulling these products out of their purses, beauty industry enthusiasts all around the world took notice. Soon, EOS lip balms were being featured in high fashion magazines.

Today, the company’s founders feel optimistic about the future of their product. As the lip balm industry is set to be worth $2 billion by 2020, they feel confident that their product will continue to rise. With innovative thinking and a flare for marketing, these entrepreneurs plan to continue to take the lip balm industry by storm for years to come.


The Life of Adam Milstein

Adam Milstein was interview by Ideamensch on 9th December 2016. He was asked where he got the idea for Hager Pacific Properties. Adam said that he had come to the country to get a higher education. He got his MBA in entrepreneurship. Adam says that a lot of people came to the university to recruit for jobs and he realized that they did not appreciate his knowledge and experience.

According to Business Wire, Adam Milstein stated that they offered him less than what other students were making. It is at this point that he decided to go out on his own and became a real estate commercial broker. Adam says that he became an investor in real estate after three years.

Adam was asked how his typical day looked like and what he did to make it productive. Adam answered that it is hard to predict how your day will look like once you start your own business. He added that there is more structure as you complete more activities and acquire more assets. Adam realized that getting involved in philanthropy made his normal days more satisfying.

Adam Milstein was also asked how he brings ideas to life. He stated that he pushes until they become a reality. Adam added that you are supposed to do it yourself if someone else is not able to do it. Adam said that he does a lot by himself.

Milstein further added that he does a follow-up every day and does not let anything go unnoticed. Adam stated that there is a lot in the real estate sector that excites him. He is fortunate to be doing something where his passion lies.

Adam Milstein is a philanthropist. He is a real estate investor from Israel. He is also the managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties. Adam founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation together with his wife in 2000. Adam was born in Haifa, Israel.

He is the son of Hillel Milstein and Eva. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics which he earned from Technion. Adam went to the University of Southern California where he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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Handy Fine-Tuning Housecleaning Bookings

Since procuring $50 million Series C venture capital funding in November 2015, two Harvard Business School graduates and founders of Handy, formerly Handybook, have been busy perfecting their model, screening professional cleaning services, refining their ordering process and building support services. Receiving an unexpected boost when chief competitor Homegrown unexpectedly closed its doors, Handy’s founders Umang Dua and CEO Olsin Hanrahan, have focused on their 28-city service portfolio before broadening the company’s reach.

But, new refinements and services, such as new furniture assembly and shopping have complimented Handy’s existing NYC home cleaning services quite nicely. With more than 1 million bookings, the future looks bright for the Uber-like model that lists customer specifications, including rooms to be cleaned and other needs, before posting the job online for bids from approved contractors.

After ironing out support systems and improving technology to manage customer relations and screening their pro service providers, Handy now stands atop the online housecleaning booking industry. The future looks bright for the New York City-based startup even as the founders have resisted the temptation to widen their service areas.

One of the biggest advancements was implementing Handy’s robust onboarding strategy in January 2016 and improving customer service, including complaint processing. Since launching in 2012, the founders have acquired two former competitors, Mopp and Exec, and seen Homework fail while Handy’s market share continues to increase.

Like most housecleaning and home service businesses, Handy has experienced its share of growing pains while learning how to convert complaints to continuous profit centers. The founders turned the corner by outsourcing customer service and implementing its proprietary virtual onboarding on a city-by-city basis.

Demand has been strong and technology has helped reduce company overhead. Kudos to the founding entrepreneurs for their ingenuity, perseverance and for the resourcefulness to recognize the need for improvements and for then implementing new systems while meeting strong demand in the home service and housecleaning sector.

How Sujit Choudhry Is Building Constitutional Government

The Professor Of Constitutional Law

As a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of universities throughout the Western world, Sujit Choudhry is well versed in constitutional law. This expertise has allowed him to work as a professor of law at several North American universities including the University of Berkeley and the University of Toronto. While serving as a professor. He has taught courses discussing constitutional governments across the world and the various ways they seek to solve their issues within their societies.

Lending Advice To Developing Nations

Outside of the academic setting, Choudhry has extensive field experience as an advisor to various developing nations aiming to create their own constitutional governments. South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine are just a few of the countries that he has advised. In 2011, during the Arab Spring, he advised a number of government reformers on how to create constitutions to prevent the former abuses suffered under totalitarian regimes. Choudhry’s work does end with advising nations. He is also an active member of various NGOs and uses the knowledge he’s acquired to help these NGOs develop a better world for all.

His Latest Projects

Currently, he is involved in 3 research projects. These projects focus on the various security issues surrounding emerging constitutional governments. As the Arab Spring has proven, movements to create entirely new governments are not always successful. At times, internal struggles and actos aim to either maintain authoritarian power or establish a new totalitarian government to replace the old one. Choudhry is using these projects to understand how to ensure that countries can safely transition to constitutional governments and what signs indicate there are possibly issues involved.

Choudhry As An Author

Sujit Choudhry is also an accomplished author with a number of books discussing constitution building already published. A particular strong area of interest for Choudhry is the development of new constitutional governments. Recently, Choudhry announced plans to release a new book under the Oxford University Press discussing the constitution of India. He intends for this book to serve as a handbook to help readers understand how the government of India operates.

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Reputable Companies Like Devco Construction in New Brunswick Have Felt the Slow Economy

The Devco Development Company has been renovating the downtown district of New Brunswick since the 1970s. They remove the old, inhabitable, buildings and replace them with new construction.

In 2005, they built the Heidrich Hotel, a $105 million project, and today it is a beautiful hotel and convention center that otherwise would have been a dingy space. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, CRDA, with other lenders, made a loan to of $20 million to DEVCO for the new construction.

Because Devco has been working downtown for over 40 years, the loan was not a risk. Throughout the decades, Devco has used $1.5 billion in their renovations, and it has always been repaid. How else could they still be working in the same city? They have been working on the entire area and will continue to work towards the beautification of New Brunswick for years to come.

This New Brunswick Company is non-profit and has a vision and a passion for urban development. The Heidrick Hotel was built and finished, and the hotel opened its doors for business as scheduled. Due to the economic crisis of 2008, the hotel has never had full capacity, which is what it requires to make a profit and fully repay the loan.

This is why they are having to repay the $20 million to Casino at a much slower rate than expected. Their lawyer, Chris Paladino, announced that certainly, they will repay the loan, it will just take longer.

In the past 10 years, Devco has already paid $30 million in bonds back and made payments up until last year. On previous renewal projects, they have repaid over $1.5 billion. They have put great effort into the renewing of New Brunswick and has been very successful in transforming empty street blocks into gorgeous hotels, shops and convention centers. For more details visit the Press of Atlantic City website.

Former Atlanta Hawks Chief Owner Takes AIG Insurance To Court

Bruce Levenson has sued the insurance company, AIG, on behalf of his investment group that had previously owned the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC. The claim he is litigating is that AIG has committed breach of contract and bad faith in their responsibility to cover the settlement of a lawsuit brought by former employee, Danny Ferry. Levenson is holding AIG in default in making payment of the legal settlement ordered in 2015.

This lawsuit is after-the-fact, as Levenson’s group no longer owns the team. This means that nothing in the lawsuit affects the Hawks or their current owners, the Ressler Group, in any way. This all started after former managing team employee, Danny Ferry, won a judgement from his wrongful termination lawsuit. Bruce Levenson has a legal insurance contract to prove that AIG is responsible to pay for such a judgement. AIG refuses to even acknowledge the issue, much less pay their contractual obligations. The public has never yet learned that actual judgement amount that was privately awarded by a court to Ferry.

Bruce Levenson became involved in publishing early on. He remained steadfastly in that industry until fairly recently. Now, he’s a Forbes billionaire and  invests in many businesses outside of publishing. He has started several restaurants and gotten involved in owning and managing professional sports teams. This is what led him to such an intimate investment in the Atlanta Hawks. After buying the Hawks, his investment owner group also bought the local hockey team, the Atlanta Thrashers. While they were at it, they went ahead and bought the Phillips Arena stadium.


Securus Technologies Fights Back In GTL Battle

In June 2016, I became aware of a battle between two competing video visitation for inmates over the technology each uses as they seek to dominate the industry. I believe Securus Technologies decided to fight back after a series of claims were made by the Global Tel Link organization that Securus states in a PR Newswire press release are untrue and have misled those who read an earlier GTL press release. There are a number of inaccuracies identified in the GTL article that Securus has been at pains to discuss and correct to make sure its own customers and investors get the truth about the claims made in a patent dispute between the two civil and criminal justice technology companies.


I have followed Securus Technologies for a number of years and I have noticed the company has been at the forefront of the development of video visitation technology for inmates in a range of prison environments, which are designed to provide a more secure and safer way of completing inmate visitations for a range of inmates, according to information I found on Vimeo; the dispute with GTL finally made its way to a review by the United States Patent Trial and Appeals Board that Securus believes has brought the case to a temporary halt as a Texas Federal Court has placed a stay on either side moving forward with any claims. I was happy to see the security features that form the basis of the battle Securus Technologies believes it is wininng were not permitted to be patented and some aspects GTL hoped to patent were not included in a definite judgment. I was pleased to see Securus Technologies is preparing to return to court sometime in 2017 to fight for the justice the company believes will be served in the coming months.


Bruce Levenson Looks To Bring GM Insurance Case To A Close

Ever since the 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise to a consortium headed by Tony Ressler was brought to a successful completion former owner Bruce Levenson has been concentrating on the philanthropic work he has been involved in for a number of years. However, Levenson and the members of the consortium he once headed at the Hawks are now hoping a legal challenge will draw their business with the NBA to a close; Levenson and his fellow members of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment Consortium have brought a civil action against insurance giant AIG concerning the contract buyout of former Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

A six year $18 million contract was given to Ferry in 2012, but the sale of the franchise in 2015 saw the GM mutually terminate his contract just two days before the purchase of the Hawks was officially announced; Forbes billionaire Levenson’s team began discussing Ferry’s position as early as April 2015 with the insurance provider, but following the September 2015 sale of the franchise have heard nothing from AIG. The finer points of the case are not being discussed by Levenson’s attorneys, but the former hawks owner believes a payout was due on the workplace insurance policy used by the Hawks under his leadership.

Following the sale of the Hawks in 2015 Bruce Levenson has been concentrating his efforts on his philanthropic works, which include a large level of funding and fund raising provided for the School of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Levenson has also played a key role in many anti racism groups, such as the Anti-Defamation League; in honor of his mother-in-law Bruce Levenson provided a large amount of the funding needed to construct and operate the U.S. Holocaust Museum, which Bruce hopes will keep alive the memory of the Holocaust during World War II for future generation.