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July 31, 2015

Contemporary Art Or Art that is Contemporarily Produced?

A strict interpretation of the term contemporary art is art that is made during a person’s lifetime. In this form, it means contemporary to us. However, this does not satisfy the definition of contemporary art fully because the genre has been in existence longer than some lifetimes. Because of this, contemporary art is art that is done currently, but it has a start date, therefore, it can also reflect history. Contemporary art because of this has become a kind of arbitrary term, but when the art is viewed, it leaves no doubt that the art being viewed is contemporary art …continue reading

Contemporary Art Or Art that is Contemporarily Produced?

A strict interpretation of the term contemporary art is art that is made during a person’s lifetime. In this form, it means contemporary to us. However, this does not satisfy the definition of contemporary art fully because the genre has been in existence longer than some lifetimes. Because of this, contemporary art is art that is done currently, but it has a start date, therefore, it can also reflect history. Contemporary art because of this has become a kind of arbitrary term, but when the art is viewed, it leaves no doubt that the art being viewed is contemporary art and not simply the current iterations of specific art genres.

The trend has been toward abstract art, but this art is highly subjective and can be accomplished by people with no talent for art at all. These people do possess a penchant for selling. This means that by definition abstraction was the contemporary art of the abstract generation. This shows the genius of actual contemporary art. It bases whatever the art that is being produced currently in a separate genre if it does not adhere to the model set forth by the contemporary art movement. This movement has a basis in realism and the talent to produce art realistically, but with a flare that makes the mundane impressive. Because it is rooted in realism, it leaves a record of the past.

When I was young, I used to ask my dad about art that he considered just pictures of what is currently going on, he really had no answer because he was an art purist. To my dad, the contemporary art of which I spoke were simply illustrations and not necessarily art. Determining what is considered art is a question that all genres of art propose to answer or a question that the genre at least proposes. For me, it is simply a need to reproduce the things that inhabited my day. I look back on them with fondness, so I attempt to put the gloss that passing time places on memories into my paintings.

Lately, the interest in the contemporary art scene that has existed since the late 1950’s has been collected by a powerful art collector. Adam Sender (LinkedIn) acquired over 700 of the greatest works that are available in contemporary art. He is currently placing this art on the market. However, the works tour like rock stars. Their latest show was in Miami. It is different because they are for auction, but people can still view the works. Many people do not know this, but it is one of the benefits of what Mr. Sender is achieving by releasing these works.

Eucatex, A Brazilian Success Story

The Eucatex company is part of the paper industry and is located in Brazil. It’s headquarters are in the city of Salto, Sao Paulo. It’s owned and ran by the Maluf family. It was founded in November 1951 and opened its first factory in 1954. The Eucatex Company began by producing acoustic ceilings and wooden fiber plates made from Eucalyptus. Shortly after that opening it also started to produce insulation and acoustic plates.

By 1965, they had offices throughout Brazil and Argentina. They began expanding by offering exports to Europe. By the 70’s the began to produce paint for use with their plates and ceilings. This growth allowed them to expand even more by opening factories that created hard plates. They also opened a plant dealing with metals in Barueri, Sao Paulo.

The newest factory in Salto allowed them to experiment and develop laboratories that created new lines of paint and varnishes. This endeavor was very productive for the family. More currently the family produces many types of products using Eucalyptus wood. Some of these are paints and varnishes, argo units that provide substrates for plants. The family is also concerned about sustainability. With this goal in mind, they have opened two plants that together has over 10,000 hectares of grounds and nursery’s to replace the trees they use in producing their products.

Their growth has been both rapid and successful. Today they export their products to over 40 different countries. They also employ over 3,000 people. Their products today include items such as partitions, doors, ceilings, floors and particle boards among other goods. As mentioned earlier the firm is owned by the Maluf family. The company’s current president is Flavio Maluf.

Mr. Maluf is an entrepreneur as well as a mechanical engineer. He graduated from FAAP an institute of higher learning located in Brazil. He is the oldest son of politician Paulo Maluf. He began working for the family business in 1987 working in the trade area. Within a just a few years, Mr. Maluf was moved to the industrial area. In 1997, a family agreement was made that allowed him to take over the role of president from his uncle. Mr. Maluf is also active in local charities and often does volunteer work designed to help his local community.

Alexei Beltyukov – Paving the way to Success

Alexei Beltyukov left the medical career that he was pursuing to enter the world of business. He began attending the French business school, INSEAD in 1995 and earned his MBA in 1997. From 1998 to 2003 Alexei worked as an associate of McKinsey & Co. and was later promoted to Engagement Manager.

Since 2003, with a true entreprenurial spirit, Alexei has gone on to explore several different avenues of business, founding and co-founding an extensive list of successful companies. From 2003 to 2004 he was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for an investment company, Brunswick Capital, and an Executive Director for a management company, Renova Project. Later, he later became the CEO and a Board Member for Renova Project.

Not stopping there, he went on to start A-Ventures, New Gas Technoligies, Mechanicus, and Endemic Capital. In addition to the businesses he has helped start, Alexei Beltyukov serves on the Board of Directors of FORO Energy as an observer.

Alexei’s most recent venture is Solvy, an online math resource for high school students and their math instructors. This software program will provide students with tips and hints on how to conquer the mystery of math and using math to solve real life problems. The biggest advantage for the student is the ability to get immediate feedback after they solve a math problem. From an educator’s point of view, teachers will be able to assess their student’s math abilities easier and can provide extra help where needed.

Not only is Alexei Beltyukov a successful entrepreneur, he is a philanthropist as well. Wanting to help the institution that he credits with his success, he helped set up the Russian Alumni Scholarship of INSEAD. The scholarship is to give financial aid to Russian students who might otherwise be unable to attend school. Alexei and his classmates have donated more than $150k to INSEAD. As Vice President of the Skolkova Foundation, Alexei Beltyukov also helps provide government grants to other entrepreneurs seeking business start-up capital in Russia.

FreedomPop Expands Service, Offers Unlimited WiFi in U.S.

The internet exists as a monolith at this point in time, so much so that it is hard to remember a time when unlimited wireless internet access wasn’t common place. Some people alive today grew up without the internet, others grew up with slow ‘dial up’, and now another generation will grow up with the ability to connect wirelessly no matter where they are in the country. FreedomPop, a freemium cell phone provider, is jumping into the fray with their company by offering unlimited wireless internet access to their customers for a mere $5 a month. This plan will take advantage of hotspots all over the country and compete with data plans that are four and five times that cost. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, however, as FreedomPop is setting the record straight on what it means to be a mobile carrier company.

FreedomPop was established in L.A. way back in 2012 as a tech start up with designs on becoming a hot mobile phone carrier company. After getting a large amount of seed money from the founder of Skype FreedomPop would go on to explode in growth. Now, in 2015 FreedomPop has one million users on their network and they are beginning to expand across the ocean and into Europe’s most crowded mobile phone market: the United Kingdom. The entire path of FreedomPop’s growth has been charted by tracing their freemium sensibilities, offer a lot for a little to their customers and eating the costs when appropriate. FreedomPop gives users free access to a limited amount of texts, mobile data, and voice calling with absolutely no strings attached. Customers pay only when they go over their allotted amount, decide to upgrade, or opt to purchase any one of FreedomPop’s multiple add on plans such as phone insurance or roaming data.

Their decision to offer wireless internet all over the United States for only $5 a month will give FreedomPop a leg up in the market. This maneuver will utilize 10 million hotspots that cover “90% of the top 100 metros” according to CEO Stephen Stokols. An application will be available for download on the Android and iOS operating systems that will aid users in their ability to auto connect in a way that is “on par with Google”, according to Stokols once more. This almost free wireless access makes complete sense when you stop to consider how much data is consumed by users who have access to wifi at their current location.

FreedomPop is currently on track to grow well past their million subscriber month with their launch outward into the U.K. The wireless internet roll out plan should also see those numbers boosted for the long term. As more and more consumers become informed on their mobile carrier knowledge we shouldn’t be surprise to see more companies opt for the ‘pay what you need’ route. Freemium is beginning to become the new standard in several industries and it may only take the work of FreedomPop to make it happen here for mobile wireless services.

Hulk Hogan Disappears from WWE Website

The most iconic face of professional wrestling appears to have been erased from the history books, at least in the eyes of the WWE website according to James Dondero. If you visit the professional wrestling website today, you will see no mention of Hulk Hogan anymore. No mention of his history, no more merchandise for sale, and no mention that he is one of the judges on the popular live Tough Enough television series.

While the Hulkster posted a tweet the day before telling fans that the universe will sail him where he is supposed to go, no one is quite sure what happened overnight. Hulk Hogan is by far the one iconic symbol of a company that spans decades, and he is still as popular today as he was when he fought in those epic battles against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania. The speculation seems to be surrounding an interview the Hulk gave back in 2012, but this is really just speculation.

The website had been selling Hulk tee shirts and all types of his memorabilia for years. Fans show up at these events week after week still wearing the apparel of the Hulk. To simply erase him from the website completely is serious. This is not only a huge financial loss for the WWE, it could damage their reputation with young fans who still look up to the Hulk. No one at the WWE would respond to questions concerning his disappearance from the website, but word will surely be out soon enough.

Qnet: A Company on the Rise

Any business owner or entrepreneur will agree that marketing is necessary for the success of any business. A good marketing plan will bring business and customers to your doorstep. If you work with companies like Qnet, profiled by BsuinessForHome here, that can happen for your business.

In today’s world of marketing ecommerce is essential in running a successful business and expanding that business across the world. Qnet offers products in different markets. As one of the direct selling companies in Asia, they provide endless opportunities through their ecommerce platform.

On their website you can find information on different products they market, along with a wide variety of information about their company. For instance, if you want to learn about direct selling, their time line, charity or compensation you can find out about it on their website. At the bottom you can read about their code of ethics, terms of use, disclaimers and other areas you may be interested. The Qnet website has all the information you need to understand this company.

With any multi level marketing and direct selling company you decide to work for, it’s the responsibility of the individual to research the company and make sure you understand all company policies and agreements. Never sign or agree to something you don’t fully understand simply because you expect to make money.

In conclusion, although I have never worked with Qnet, I have done extensive research for this particular article. What I have learned is this, when it come to direct selling or multi level marketing, you have to understand the risk involved. When people don’t get the results they expect, they claim it was a scam. I for one believe that Qnet is not a scam even though they don’t have an office here in the United States. I think some people feel cheated when they invest money and don’t make that money back, within a certain amount of time. All in all you have to be smart and make the best decision.

Joseph Bismarck: the Monk Who Won in Business

Joseph Bismarck is a business man who thinks that spirituality and business go hand in hand. His methods have proven to quite successful and his ideas among a light summary of his life and achievements can be found in a article from Bring on the Random titled “Joseph Bismarck Believes In Business With Spirituality Added”. 

He once believed that he was content to be a monk living in the Philippines, but then decided to try business. He applied his philosophy as a monk that he was very devout in following with methods of business and was was successful. Some notable achievements of his were being the Managing Director for the QI group in the year 2008 and an important part of Qnet funding. 
The secrets that helped propel him to these positions he shares with us. He says that it is important to be a team player and to have integrity. He also shares with us that success is not equivalent to material possessions and that to be successful in business one must have a spiritual awakening in relation to business. 
His leadership skills are also good; Joseph Bismark governs his employees in a more relaxed setting. He views the usual management style is something that he needs to repair. He is also a great person; he is a motivational speaker and has a peace-loving mindset. 
He was a monk from age nine to seventeen, when he decided to try business. Bringing the peace-loving mindset of his teachings to the corporate world resulted in a great success for him.

North American Spine Offers Proven Pain Relief

Back pain can be hard to cope with. Many people find that problems with their spine can make it hard for them to carry out activities each day and function well. The result can be an impaired ability to work and do other daily tasks such as cooking dinner or caring for family members. Fortunately, there is a way to help relieve pain that may result from spinal issues. Certain medical procedures have been developed that have been shown to reduce and even entirely eliminate pain from problems with the spine. A qualified surgeon can show the patient how such procedures can easily help them feel better and get rid of their spinal problems.  One such company is North American Spine. North American Spine is Dallas, Texas based group that has helped thousands of patients regain form and function. Their work was recently featured on KFOR, a Dallas based NBC affiliate where viewers were given the opportunity learn all about the AccuraScope® procedure, a medical procedure that has been developed by the group and can help people rid themselves of back and neck pain without the need for back or neck surgery that may otherwise have a very long recovery time and still not work as well. The procedure is typically finished in under an hour and provides the patient with the ability to avoid a very long recovery process that is typical with more common forms of back and neck surgery. Patients who have undergone the procedure often find that pain relief is nearly immediate. Many patients are literally able to walk out of the clinic within a few hours of the procedure and resume the daily activities easily.  North American Spine has been located in the Dallas, Texas area for over five years. During this time, the doctors here have worked hard to make sure that their patient’s needs are fully served. P Patients can work with the company in order to be able to confront any problems they may have as a result of ongoing medical conditions such as problems with spinal alignment and back tissue inflammation that can make it hard for many to get through an ordinary day. The doctors at North American Spine can offer such patients a way out of their problems and help them overcome such issues, often with surgery that carries very little risk and has been shown to work extremely well.

Vijay Eswaran, Inspirational Businessman

Entrepreneurship is a trade that is quite difficult for anyone to achieve. For someone like Vijay Eswaran, a Malaysian descended from Indian emigrants, this seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream. Yet, at 52 years old, he managed to found and run his own multinational conglomerate, write best-selling books, and speak to many of his fellowmen about how they can succeed. Truly, Vijay Eswaran is an exception to the rule, and he wants to help others succeed as well as he does.

Eswaran teaches through his books and his speeches that people should do their best to make a difference in the communities they live in. In his bestselling book ‘Sphere of Silence’, he emphasizes the importance of slowing down and taking in the sights and sounds of life, such as listening to people and searching for a direction. Promoting ethical and proactive behavior, his beliefs are quite similar to the famous pacifist leader Mahatma Gandhi. Such beliefs have been considered deviant to traditional business practices, but Eswaran has been praised for making it work.

He also pushed for political and economic reform in his home country of Malaysia, as well as India. It was his belief that closing off businesses to avoid competition and overlooking smaller businesses are responsible for the economic decline in India. In Malaysia, he encouraged the Indian population to speak up and actively participate in government affairs. Through his written and spoken words, he managed to inspire many people to become proactive politically and economically.

For his efforts in innovative business practices, Eswaran has received many awards. In 2013, he received the MBA, an award that recognizes Malaysian businessmen who have made breakthroughs in business. In addition, he has earned the NGI and GBIM awards, and has been hailed as one of the greatest leaders in Asian business. He attributes his success to the efforts of his fellow employees at his company, the QI Group, of which he is the founder and executive chairman.

Eric Pulier: Technological Entrepreneur

Eric Pulier is a multi-faceted businessman. He is a giant in the tech world, having started up over 15 and served as chairperson for over 15 companies. He is also a philanthropist, a public speaker, a published author, and a family man. Eric was raised in Bergen County, New Jersey and that is where he got his start getting familiar with computers. In the fourth grade, Eric had programmed his first computer. In high school, he created a database computer. In 1984, he was accepted to Harvard University where he went on to study American and English Literature. While at Harvard, he wrote for the infamous school paper, “The Harvard Crimson”. While going to school at Harvard, he also took some classes on the side at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University 1988, Eric moved to Los Angeles, California where he started up his first technological-based company. He founded People Doing Things (PDT) in 1991 which was a company that used technology to deal with issues such as health care and education. His next company was called Digital Evolution, which he founded in 1994. That company went on to later merge with US Interactive LLC. Eric was also the driving force behind building the site Starbright World, which is a private social networking site for children who have an issue with chronic illnesses. A few years later, Eric moved on to a prestigious project. He was asked to create the Presidential Technology Exhibition by the Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington DC.

Not only is Eric Pulier an entrepreneur in the technological community, he is also a philanthropist. He donates both time and money to several non-profit organizations. He also serves as a board member for a summer camp called The Painted Turtle, which caters to children who have chronic illnesses. He is also a member of the board for X-Prize Foundation, a committee that works to solve some of humanities greatest issues.

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