A Consumer Proves the Benefits of Wen by Chaz

When Los Angeles-based hairstylist Chaz Dean opened his Hollywood studio, he knew what his clients wanted: a place of peace and tranquility where they could escape the stress and anxiety of their busy lives. His salon was tucked away and secluded, granting a brief respite from the harsh realities outside. Chaz Dean wanted the products he used to style his clients’ hair to be gentle and natural as well. Because shampoo is a detergent, cleaning by means of sulfates and other chemicals and stripping the hair of its natural oils, Chaz wanted to eschew its use and instead find a gentle and natural cleanser.

That’s when Chaz Dean came up with WEN. Wen by Chaz is a cleansing conditioner, which according to a Guthy-Renker review, is able to remove dirt and grime without shampoo and at the same time detangling the hair, deep-conditioning it, and giving it body and luster. The product line consists of a number of formulas, each a pleasing blend of botanicals, herbs, and natural extracts, produced in the USA without animal testing. There are currently over a dozen varieties of Wen available at Sephora Beauty Market, from Mandarin Italian Fig to the exquisite Pink Jasmine Peony. There’s a fragrance-free option as well, along with formulas just for children and for men.
A recent article at Bustle.com reported a candid experiment run to test the efficacy of Wen by Chaz. (http://www.bustle.com/articles/136320-i-used-cleansing-cleansing-conditioner-on-my-fine-hair-heres-what-happened). Emily McClure, the article’s author and a self-proclaimed lover of beauty products, had heard about Wen and was eager to try it out on her thin hair. She recorded the progress of the week-long trial and included selfies showing the effects of Wen on her hair. According to Emily, the first day of the experiment was intriguing. She showered late at night, after a long and tiring day at work. After blow-drying her hair, she was pleased to find that it had a lot of body and shine. But the next morning her hair was heavy and greasy. She repeated the process, showering at night and using Wen, then finding herself disappointed the next morning. So she then tried showering and using Wen in the morning. The results were considerably different, and she was pleased with the body and luster that Wen provided. After a week, Emily came to the conclusion that Wen did provide the results it claimed, although each person using it would have to determine the right schedule for its use. Learn more about Wen: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/p-wen-products

Martin Lustgarten’s Investment Banking Strategy

When you think about the specifics of any sales or service type organization, the key that you need to remember is that you need people to come to you more than anything. When you have a sales team that can attract people, then you have the chance of being successful because you can earn enough of a living off of each client that your entire business model makes sense.


That being said, some individuals are not only good at attracting individuals into their business environment, but they thrive on being around people and helping them at the same time. Martin Lustgarten is not just one of those individuals who is extremely successful because of his knowledge and ability with respect to finances and investment banking; he is tremendously successful because people just like him and he likes to help people as well.


When you think about the investment banking world and the world of finances in general, it truly is a scary place. There are so many different investment vehicles, types of organizations, strategies, sectors, and etc. The chaos of finance is that if you don’t know what you are doing then you can easily and quickly get lost. Furthermore, if you are not constantly involved in the world of finance then you could be in trouble because things change in an instant.


The knowledge that you need to have in the financial world is not only already known by someone like Martin Lustgarten, but with his constant pursuit of knowledge he is actually able to help others as he continues to grow his general base of financial understanding. However, when you think about having an actual partnership with someone in the finance field and you think about someone who can help you to understand not only which choices to make but why to make them as well, that’s exactly where Martin Lustgarten comes in.


At the end of the day finance in general and the world of investing can be summarized very simply. You need to make decisions, but you also need to know why you are making them. For the best results, it’s not wonder so many have flocked to Martin Lustgarten. Find him on Vimeo to learn more about what he’s into.


Portia Kersten CFO of Skout Shares her Uncommon Secrets

For every 40 male CEO’s that is interviewed, approximately 1 female CEO is interviewed. This is the case regardless of the choice of media, or the media outlet, men are just at the top more frequently than women. Still, this doesn’t stop us for reading about female executives who reach the top of the career charts, perhaps because we see it so rarely. Of those that do make it and are interviewed, we read the compact and contrite answers that sound as though they came out of a scripted success book, “hard work, determination, a belief in self, a great family” on and on so that half way through the article you have no interest in reading the remainder. Not so with Skout’s CFO Portia Kersten. For those who don’t know, Skout is the leading mobile app for meeting new people in the world. Beginning in just 2007, the startup has skyrocketed the success scale and continues to grow. Not only is Portia uncommon being in the Chief Financial Officer’s position, but she specializes in running startups. What’s even more differentiating about Portia is her honesty and her genuine candor.

No place is this more apparent than in an interview she gave to Huffington Post. While she may not be the first women to go from a poor upbringing to the pinnacle of success, she credits her imagination with getting her there. Now perhaps her folks helped her along by not having a television in the house, but irrespectively, she like most successful people grew to love books. She states that growing up reading authors like Charles Dickens helped her to see that it was possible to beat the odds. Apparently her love of literature was fostered at home as her parent’s named her Portia after the character in Shakesphere’s Merchant of Venice.

When confronted with the same question that is posed to all powerful women about a home and work balance, Portia is outright honest and says she doesn’t maintain a delicate balance. On the contrary, her answer is that she’s so busy she only has time for high priority tasks, be it at Skout or at home. She’s even candid about her husband’s description of her mantra, as he relates with rolled eyes, “efficiency in all things.” Not too many women would be comfortable giving such a personal insight to a nationally well-read magazine. She credits the founder of Parenting Magazine, Robin Wolaner, with being her mentor and teaching her how to persevere and push through difficult challenges in her life. When asked what advice she would give other aspiring female CFO’s she’s well-grounded in her answer of “having patience” and exercising logic, politeness and its repetition as the foundations for success. Read more about Portia in her interview with the Huffington Post here.

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VTA Publications Offers Solid Advice About Giving Criticism

VTA Publications remains a sought after business for those hoping to publish non-fiction digital or print materials. Those involved with distance learning courses do want to see their endeavors succeed. VTA Publications is able to do work that contributes to such success.

VTA Publications publishing informative articles on its website that the business-minded would greatly benefit from reading. An entry titled “Trouble Awaits You If You Do This” has quite a bit of interesting food for thought.

Using an analogy from rugby, the article points out getting people to align with you in a teamwork-oriented manner is definitely helpful. Most people realize they have to form strategic teams and partnerships. The trouble they run into is of their own making. They try to use criticism – sometimes harsh criticism – as a means of achieving results.

People generally don’t respond well to criticism. Don’t do it.

One thing to do is consult with VTA Publications when looking to distribute content. The company was incorporated on the 3rd of December in 2012 and has served many clients since that time. The United Kingdom-based company continues to attract new customers looking for quality work.

The art of persuading people is not just done to achieve teamwork. Regardless, criticism may be an easy way to capture people’s attention. It might even get some good points across. Criticism, however, has its limits. At the core, criticism is consistently associated with negativity. Being negative rarely moves people towards a desirable, positive response.

Kyle Bass Sold The Emperor An Invisible Suit, Then Said He Had No Clothes

Kyle Bass cries wolf, then plays wolf. That’s the easiest way to sum up his approach to finances. Look at Goldman-Sachs and Bear-Kearns. Bass was an executive at Bear-Kearns until he was not. So he went to a journalist and told him that a routine novation between Kearns and Sachs had been refused. The reporter asked an executive on live television a question that implied Goldman-Sachs had lost confidence in Bear-Stearns, which was never the case. As the interview was proceeding, probably at the very same time the question was asked, Goldman-Sachs was issuing an e-mail approving the routine novation. The damage had been done, though, and before the end of the week, Bear-Stearns imploded due to lack of confidence on Wall Street, and was absorbed by J.P. Morgan Chase. All because Kyle Bass let slip some proprietary information that was likely routine to begin with.

Novations work like this: If A equals B, and B equals C, then A equals C. If mortgage-backed securities are worth money, then they can be translated into money, which can then be traded on the stock market. Or, those securities can just be traded. Now the securities in question were built on sub-prime loans which allowed those who didn’t have the finances to pay for their loans, to be approved for these sums of money they couldn’t return. Basically, these mortgages were bags of money with gaping holes in the bottom and coins trailing behind as they were carried from the property to the bank, and Kyle Bass–who had been part of the problem before–suddenly turned on the institution and the house of cards began to fall. Bass predicted a collapse by the end of 2008, and he was right. Shoot, when you drop a vase from a fifty story building, then turn around and say: “It’s going to break when it hits the ground,” you’re not a prophet; you’re conscious.

But Bass uses the fall of greats in order to profit. The Coalition for Affordable Drugs is a group he manages which uses politicking to decrease the prices pharmaceuticals can sell their drugs for, and loses substantial profit for them. When their stock drops, Bass short-sells his holdings. He manipulates the stock market within the bounds of law, and in a way that loses America millions. But then Bass is connected with socialist despot Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who presides over their home country of Argentina. Though Bass is a hedge-fund manager based out of Texas, it seems very likely his actions on Wall Street are informed by the ideologies which foster his relationship to de Kirchner.

Details About The Shoe Carnival And Slyce Partnership

It should be no surprise that Shoe Carnival has joined with Slyce in a partnership to improve the shopping experience for their customers. Shoe Carnival is one of the largest retailers in the country. They have close to 400 stores in over 30 states. Slyce is a very innovative company that has changed the way that people shop. They employ visual search technology to make shopping a simple process for the consumer. A recent article appeared in NASDAQ.com about the new Slyce and Shoe Carnival partnership. Now, Slyce and the shoe retailer are using 3D mobile search technology to allow customers at the Shoe Carnival store to take a picture of an item in the store or a magazine. A visual search is performed on their mobile device. They are presented with a selection of matching items on their mobile device. The mobile user is able to purchase any of the items with a few taps on the mobile device.

Exciting Concept
The Vice President of eCommerce at Shoe Carnival is Ken Zimmerman. He is super excited about this new and innovative way for Shoe Carnival customers to shop at their retail stores across the country. He also states that this new shopping concept should improve the shopping for their customers. In addition, Mark Elfenbein, Slyce CEO, remarked that the Slyce partnership with Shoe Carnival is a great new milestone for the company.

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Slyce is a leader in image recognition technology. The fact is that visual search is revolutionizing the way that retailers and customers interact with each other. Visual search makes shopping a much easier process for the shopper, while the retailer notices a surge in purchases because of the new search technology. Retailers that do not engage the new technology are losing out to the competition that is engaging the new technology with their customers. The fact is that Slyce’s 3D scanning is the future. Certainly, the future is now, with 3D technology.

Major retailers across the country are taking a look at this new visual search technology. Of course, they would rather partner with a leading company like Slyce. Slyce visual search technology makes it possible for a customer to use their mobile device to take a picture of a desired item in the store. The visual search software is initiated and returns instantaneous matches through product recognition. The customer is able to instantly buy the product with a few taps. Slyce technology is helping thousands of retailers sell more products and increase their profits.

The Crowd Funding Platform From William Skelley’s iFunding Is The Way To Go For The American Economy

William Skelley is a prominent real estate finance expert, business person and the owner and founder of iFunding. William Skelley’s prominence in the business markets emerges from the crowd funding platform that he introduced into the real estate market in 2012 through his iFunding firm. There had been no other product in the entire business market before as powerful as crowd funding. This product is a small and middle market investment product. When William Skelley was coming up with this investment product, he was targeting the real estate market. The crowdfunding platform that was invented by William Skelley allows accredited investors from the small and medium scale markets to make investments in various sectors of the real estate market.

Crowd funding has so far been recognized as the best model to stir economic growth in the United States. The crowdfunding platforms that William Skelley‘s iFunding uses to conduct its business operates by creating a common pool of funds. These funds are drawn from lower and middle income accredited investors in the market. Every investor in this project can make a contribution of not less than $5000 to the capital pool. iFunding puts this funds together and uses it invest on a big real estate project. The crowdfunding platform through its fundraising and investment model allows individuals with the little economic power to invest and improve their economic ability. iFunding has been very successful in driving economic empowerment to the lower and middle-class individuals. This investment model has been praised by a number of economists and industrialists as the model that can superbly drive economic growth the market.

The roles of iFunding in this sector is to help investors identify a potential investment opportunity in the market. It also facilitates the collection of investor funds and its organization. iFunding also moves forward to assess the investment opportunity and if viable invests in it. This firm mostly makes its investments in the real estate market. iFunding manages the development of the real estate projects for its clients and also extends its managements it after the project is complete.

William Skelley is very passionate about the growth and development of the American real estate market. He has been working in this market for sometime now and has based his career on offering the real estate market financial advice. Real Heartland makes it eminently clear William Skelley is currently regarded as the future of the national and worldwide real estate market. He is expected to contribute greatly to the development of this sector.

SKOUT and SF-Marin Foodbank Partner to Fight Hunger

March 14 marked National Potato Chip Day. For many, that means buying and eating every bag of chips you can possibly get your hands on. But for one progressive company who seeks to make the world a happier more connected place, National Potato Chip Day meant giving back in a really positive way, and using technology to do so. The company’s name is SKOUT, and they used their app and millions of users as an excuse to do something wonderful.

SKOUT was founded in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom and has since grown to become the largest meet and greet app out there. The app does some pretty amazing things. The travel feature, for example, allows users to find and meet each other even as they traipse around the world. It matches SKOUT users who have similar interests and hobbies, and even allows members to send virtual gifts to one another. The goal of the app is to help people connect safely and easily. The company has separate teen and adult versions, with certain features disabled for the teens so parents can feel more secure if their kids are using the app.

SKOUT is in 16 different languages and 180 different countries. In 2015, the company announced that it had reached more than 10 million members. That makes SKOUT number one for this type of service. Based in San Francisco, SCOUT was funded $22 million in venture capital by Andreessen Horowitz and subsequently became its subsidiary in April of 2012.

On March 14, of this year, in celebration of National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT encouraged members to send virtual bags of potato chips to one another, and for every virtual bag sent, SKOUT made a cash donation to the SF-Marin Foodbank until 20,000 meals could be served! SKOUT gave back, right in the community where they live and work. Considering that in that area one in every four people is at risk for hunger, those 20,000 meals are an excellent and practical way to show gratitude and community support. The company says it is happy to be working with the food bank to help end hunger and contribute to a situation where everyone has enough to eat.


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Laidlaw & Company: A Beginner’s Guide to Investing

Dipping your hand in the investment world is one of the most important steps you can take towards securing a lucrative future, but it is not something you can do overnight. You have to learn about the market, and you should have trusted partners, like those at Laidlaw & Company; they are a competitive investment banking firm.

You want a investment banking firm, like Wall Street’s Laidlaw & Company, on your side simply because they have about 170 years of experience with entrepreneurs and know what you need to get started. And they will offer tips that you can use as a foundation towards becoming a better investor according to PR Newswire.

Starting As Early As Possible

One of the most important things that you should know is that starting early is important. This does not mean that you should throw all your money into investing, but it does mean that you can’t wait until you feel completely comfortable. Take a calculated risk. What you should remember is that compounding rates are on your side with long-term investments. So you will end up getting more if you invest earlier than later.

Bank Accounts to Consider

Another thing that you need to pay attention to is the kind of accounts that you can use while dipping into investing. For one, there is the tax-free savings account that should help keep more money in your pocket. Or you can also consider the registered retirement savings plan account, which could have some compounding interest.

Know Your Beginning Investing Strategy

You should know what choices are available to you, which will help you with your first few investment endeavors. For one, you could invest with a pool of other investors in mutual funds. You can also create your own broker’s account to trade, sell, and buy all on your own. This option can be lucrative if you know what to do, but it can also be daunting since you will have no one to guide you.

There really is a lot to learn and to understand as you get started. So go ahead and talk to the people at Laidlaw about some of your options.