Keith Mann: Philanthropist

Keith Mann is the co-founder and director of Dynamics Search Partners, a nationwide staffing company. He co-founded this company is 2001 and is currently the Managing Director. Dynamics Search Partners places executives and upper management with the top firms in New York City. They also specialize in hedge funds and alternative investments. They are one of the largest database companies in the US. They have a ten-year record of successfully pairing their clients with leading talent in the industry and geographic location.

Keith Mann started his career in 1995 as Manager of Alternative Investments Division of Dynamic Associates. Mr. Mann is an investment banker and he specializes in hedge fund management. At Dynamic Associates, he was head of researching and made alternative investment decisions. He has worked in investments and the executive search industry for over 20 years now. Dynamics has expanded their business through client referrals and building client relationships. Today they have a reputable portfolio of equity and hedge fund clientele and are one of the top search firms in the alternative investments industry.

Mr. Mann is well known for his great charity work with his company as well. Dynamics Search Partners has teamed up with Uncommon Schools, a charter school, in 2013 to assist students to achieve success in their careers and more. They helped high school students prepare their resumes and do team building exercises in workshop. Mr. Mann and his team continue to provide feedback to these students throughout the year. Students were amazed that they could contact Mr. Mann and his team at any time to ask questions.

Mann helped organize a charity mixer with Dynamics to donate $8,000 to Hope and Heroes. They donated $10,000 get started with Uncommon Schools as well. Mann believes the way to improve poverty is through education; he works diligently and dedicates his time and resources to this end.

 

Super Bowl Sunday Commercials Are More Popular Than The Game

 

Every year my children and my husband gather around the television to watch the Super Bowl. I, honestly, could care less about this game or any other football event. However, I do watch as well but merely for the commercials. We all know that these companies pay big bucks to advertise during this game, but they also pull new and more creative commercials out just for this event.

Is their advertising ploy worth all the extra money, or is it just a way to write off a massive amount of money on their taxes? I think that they may actually help to gain revenue from this venture. I know a few years ago when the Budweiser beer commercial featured the frogs, I couldn’t help but sing the song along with them. When my husband wanted to go out for drink, there was only one drink for me, Budweiser

Since these are already my favorites, it’s not of much interest to me to purchase more. I will still eat what I want. But, I may be swayed to buy a few more or take a chance and try something new, only if the commercial is good enough.

While most will be watching for the game, Lee Slaughter and I will be watching to see what amazing commercials are on TV this weekend.

FreedomPop Raises the Bar (and Lowers the Price) for Smartphone Users

We told you last month about FreedomPop‘s amazing new international service.

The endless commercials for $45/month phone plans may soon be getting a run for their money. FreedomPop, a Los Angeles based company, is now revamping the way consumers can communicate with their world, and at a much lower price. Founded in 2011, the company originally offered mobile and internet services with base packages free of charge. A partnership was created with Sprint in April 2013 to allow 3G and 4G access to users with Sprint compatible devices and since then, FreedomPop has begun selling their own line of lower-cost smart phones and tablets that come with free amounts of talk, text, and data.

This year, FreedomPop has released a $5/month Wi-Fi hotspot service that allows users unlimited voice, text, and internet usage as well as an automatic sign-on feature. Instead of having to obtain a password and go through the steps of logging in to a public wireless network, customers can download FreedomPop’s app that will search for Wi-Fi networks and automatically connect. 

Currently about 10 million hotspots are available throughout the U.S.A. in businesses such as Burger King, Panera, and McDonald’s and 15 million more are expected to be launched by April 2015. Currently, the Wi-Fi service is only available to Android devices due to the complexities of Apple’s sign-on platform, but FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols hopes to have an update to the iOS app soon, which would allow millions more to have access to their service. 

Can a Wi-Fi only plan completely take the place of a regular cellular data plan? Not necessarily, but it depends where you live and the amount of data you use. If you live in an area with multiple hotspots and use lots of data, FreedomPop could be a great money saver.

FreedomPop’s model resembles those of other phone services such as Republic Wireless which offers a similar Wi-Fi/cellular combination plan, but Republic Wireless requires you to use only the phones they provide. With the $5 Wi-Fi plan, you can dig out your old “X” brand smartphone from the junk drawer and connect to one of the 10 billion hotspots available automatically to call, text, or surf the web.

Capital Strategy and Business Development in the Global Arena: Spotlight on Attorney Sam Tabar

In an ever-shrinking global corporate landscape, skill diversification ranks among the latest trend for this generation’s executives. Coming at a time when the online world is no longer an innovation, but a tool that has become embedded in our daily existence, branding, marketing, sales, and territory expansion are now inexorably entwined with online channels. It takes more than a profit-driven approach and strong negotiation skills to succeed. Sam Tabar, attorney and capital strategist with over 13 years of executive experience with international financial institutions and legal firms, embodies this cross-functional corporate movement.

Merging Business Skills with a Legal Background: Gaining the Upper Hand

Executives like Sam Tabar enhance their relevance by capitalizing on multi-faceted abilities. An attorney out of Columbia Law School, Tabar synthesized his legal background with international business development experience gained in a director role with Bank of America Merrill Lync Group, Hong Kong to foster a broad, holistic view of a company’s profitability prospects. Understanding the legal aspects of the business world has given attorney-business director crossovers a strong edge. Not only because of their renowned background in persuasive communication, but because they are trained to see beyond the dollars and cents of the deal in front of them.

They are trained to see the holes in an argument and identify the issues in every seemingly sound strategy. That’s how you know Sam Tabar is one of the best because if you read any PR News, you know that Sam not only knows how to deliver solutions, but how to make it at best advantage.

Able to move seamlessly from multi-billion dollar hedge fund investor relations and assets management to building large-scale global marketing initiatives, Tabar has made unprecedented gains among the highest echelons of global business—all while cultivating industry relations. Today’s corporate leaders are expected to achieve more than their predecessors, and Tabar does this while amassing the increasingly pivotal commodity known as online presence.

Online Channels, Social Media, and the Changing Face of Business

by blending digital media with traditional networking, Sam Tabar and others like him quickly rose to the top of the corporate world, capitalizing on relations with institutional investors and ultra-high-net-worth individuals to secure massive profits. Building a rolodex filled with thousands of the world’s most influential corporate leaders takes more than business lunches. Capitalizing on the power of online marketing and internet networking, today’s upwardly mobile executives embody a global mindset like no previous generation before.

What does this mean for the future of executive leadership? Online and social media relations can only take ambitious executives so far. Achieving stakeholder alignment and tapping into prospective client consciousness requires an integrated effort, synthesizing both a digital approach and the personable touch that comes with conducting business face-to-face. Combined with the migration towards multi-disciplinary capability development. Attorney Sam Tabar and business executives like him personify a corporate world that is not only responsive to change, but eagerly embracing it.

“Facebook Official” Relationship Statuses Now Seen as Cheesy According to New Poll

The relationship status milestone on Facebook is dead, at least according to a Buzzfeed poll. The poll, which included 16 questions, asked users to define how they use the “relationship status” feature on Facebook, including whether or not they hide their status, and how long into a relationship they wait to make things “Facebook Official”

The majority of respondents were between the ages of 19-29, and upwards of 43% said they would never make their relationship “Facebook official” regardless of how serious the relationship had become.Respondents were also asked why they don’t utilize the status, and Mark Ahn liked the answers. 42% said they found “Facebook Official” statuses to be cheesy, and another 11% said they didn’t want some people to know about their relationship.

The poll suggests that something is changing in the way 20-somethings interact with the online world. 5 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to have your relationship status out there for the world to see, but 20-somethings seem to taking a piece of their privacy back from the internet, which is surprising as they are the first generation to truly grow up online.

‘The Interview’ Earns $15 Million in Online Purchases

For the moment we can rest easy. It appears that James Franco and Seth Rogen have not, in fact, started World War 3 with their latest stoner comedy, ‘The Interview’. In fact, from recent reports, it appears that Franco and Rogen have made quite a bit of money in a rather unconventional way. With North Korea threatening ‘attacks’ on the United States if Sony agreed to screen ‘The Interview’ on Christmas Day, the film was instead released digitally including on YouTube, where Dr Rod Rohrich watched. While many people were skeptical of the plan of attack it appears that things might just work out. The film made over $15 million dollars in sales on its first weekend of digital availability.

Adding in the additional $1 million dollars the film gained in its limited screenings and you have a number that probably represents what ‘The Interview’ would have earned had it been released conventionally. Obviously the almost cult like status of the film, thanks in part to North Kore’s very vocal outrage, probably added to the box office numbers but we’re still impressed by the sales that the film was able to generate.

Facebook Trying To Help Drunks

Facebook, the social networking sensation, is trying to sober up its members. Have you ever taken a drunk photo and posted it? Imagine that you could avoid posting that embarrassing image. When those types of photos are posted, usually a great deal of remorse is felt. Forever lost in the internet, that drunken moment in time will forever remain. The employees of Facebook have finally had it, and Dave and Brit Morin are glad.

Facebook must really feel bad for its users. So, bad that they are devising a strategy to deal with this issue. It’s almost as if Facebook realizes that we as human beings cannot even take care of ourselves. Has Facebook become a living organism? It feels as if Facebook is becoming our guardian. Maybe Facebook could make an audio app that works with the new Google Glasses. Detailed information about that person can be discovered on Facebook, such as hobbies, interests, etc.

All of this sounds a bit crazy doesn’t it? Don’t be surprised if this future occurs sooner, rather than later. If you would like to find out more about this story, visit Buzzfeed

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is the Most Watched Music Video of 2014

Katy Perry’s conceptually bizarre music video “Dark Horse” has become 2014’s most watched Youtube videoThis comes as a surprise to Bruce Levenson who has never seen it. Third on the list was “Can’t Remember to Forget”, a duet by Shakira and Rihanna that compiled 442 million views. Shakira also took fourth place with her World Cup Anthem, “La La La”, with 418 million views. 
Jason Derulo took fifth place with “Wiggle,” at 389 million views. Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” took the next spot with over 376 million views, followed by Sia’s “Chandelier” with 349 million. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” took 8th place, having compiled 329 million views in a shorter amount of time, having only been released in August. Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” were the last two on the list.

Gangnam Style” Video on Youtube Has Made Millions (and Counting)

Youtube has officially been broken. The Psy music video “Gangnam Style” has been viewed 2,147,483,647 times. That’s right, over 2 billion views! It was viewed so many times that youtube’s counter malfunctioned.

My friend Jonathan Veitch told me that when you post a video on youtube, you can enter into a program that allows you to make money off of ads. The more views you get, the more money you can make. Obviously you need a lot of views to make any significant money. The New York Times has estimated that “Gangnam Style” has earned Psy $2 million so far just from youtube ads.That is a rough estimate. It is hard to know the exact amount, as youtube keeps half (meaning they also they also made $2 million off of “Gangnam Style”). Profits also depend on what type of ads are run, banners or video ads. Psy also has the option of making deals with companies like Hyundai to run ads before the video.

“Gangnam Style” was released over a year ago, but it still gets 2 to 3 million hits per day! Psy can live the rest of his life off of the profits of a single music video.

Clearly, the monetary future of the music industry is in the hands of tween girls all over the world.

Facebook Camera Use

How much privacy do you have in reality using the apps on mobile devices? Some information might make you feel like not using them any more. Few people know, for example, that Facebook has a number of clauses in its contract with users that allows it to use videos and pictures of you at any time. 

The social networks like Twitter and Facebook have been recently asked to reformulate the terms and conditions, because nobody reads the lengthy complicated text. Well some rules have started to emerge, and the MPs now warn about the infringement to the user’s private life. 

Brad Reifler says that if you have decided to delete the Facebook app and keep the Messenger only, you are not completely private as of yet, because the second app also has access to your camera. More that 200,000 million people a month use these apps. 

Besides this, there are some applications that you agree to share your information with every time you use them, which allows them to further transmit your data to any other sites without your consent already. 

The starters of the ‘make the terms and conditions more clear’ campaign now insist also that the big companies stop registering the unnecessary data.