Browse Month by January 2017

Group Meets to Discuss Impact of Technology on Transportation

A group of individuals met for a discussion regarding the transportation challenges faced in suburban communities in the Austin region and how technology is impacting transportation. This event took place at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center and included Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

Though Heiligenstein realizes that there will most certainly be drastic changes to transportation caused by technological advancement, he still believes that an investment in the expansion of infrastructure is necessary in order to meet the demands of the growing population in the suburbs.

One of the panel members pointed out that it is important for building codes to remain flexible in order to accommodate the advances in technology such as driverless cars. Heiligenstein, however, is skeptical and does not believe the use of autonomous vehicles will grow as rapidly as expected.

Leandre Johns, external affairs director for Uber Technologies, believes that ridesharing meets the needs of commuters in the area by providing them a way to get from their home to another source of public transportation such as the bus stop.

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency that was created in 2002 with the objective of designing an innovative transportation network for Central Texas in order to reduce congestion and provide commuters with transportation options.

Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein has been with the Authority since it began. He has overseen major projects such as 183A in Williamson County, which implemented a fully automated cashless toll collection system. Heiligenstein is also President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Associate.  He studied at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in both Government and Business Administration. Prior to being selected to serve as Executive Director of the Authority, Heiligenstein served his community as both a Round Rock City Council member and a Williamson County Commissioner.

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Fund Management Strategies

Sam Tabar- A Name you might not know, but a business you most likely have heard of

Sam Tabar has been named as the COO of FullCycle Inc. As acting COO- chief operating officer, he is in charge of the fund management strategies of the FullCycle company. He will partner with a number of other leaders who set out to deliver a method to cut back on the costs associated with polluting fuels and how they are used to lower the cost of transforming the fuels into a more environmental friendly fuel.

Sam Tabar has spent much of his personal careers helping budgets stay budget friendly in aiding many financial institutions. Once named as the head of the capital strategy for the Merrill Lynch company, Bank of America. He was named as one of their financial advisors and with this role, he met with people who needed tools to help fund accounts. Some of the accounts he was in charge of included endowments, pensions and even some of the family offices. He stood at the front of the operations department and helped led the path to the front and back offices where teams worked together to help with the funding. Sam worked with a number of independent marketers in the Asia Pacific region and with his work within the Sparx Group, he became a leader in global marketing.

In his numerous endeavors, he worked in an attorney office for Schulte, Roth and Zabel. He earned his masters degree from a top notch school, Columbia Law School and also obtained a bachelor degree in arts from Oxford University. When he graduated from Oxford, he earned his honors. He also worked on the Columbia Business Law Journal as an editor. He still currently holds the right to practice with his New York State Bar rights.

One of the earliest investors in Tribute as well as in SheThinx, Sam Tabar has helped many in the path of reinventing the feminine hygiene industry. He has helped many with gaining their rights in empowering women from around the world. He has helped many gain their right to be amongst some of the highest paid positions in various companies. For some, you might not know the name, but many will have at least heard of a business he has worked with or is associated with.

Inmate Communication

Securus Technologies Counters the Global Tel Link’s (GTL) Inaccurate

Securus Technologies is a company that provides technological services in the civil and criminal justice system, investigation, and the correction facilities. Global Tel Link (GTL) is a private telecommunication company that offers telephone services to prison.


On June 9, 2016, the Securus released a press to correct the GTL’s press issued on June 7, 2016. Securus Technologies sought to correct and clarify on some GTL’s claims:


First Allegation


GTL said that the United States Patent Trial and Appeals Board ruling on GTL’s US patent No. 7,256,816 allowed them to demand compensation from Securus Technologies about pending cases in Texas federal court.


Second Allegation


GTL stated that PTAB maintained the 55 claims of the patent case. This protects continued use of the GTL in the prisons.


Securus Technologies objected to this claim by saying that PTAB didn’t examine those claims.


Third Allegation


According to GTL, PTAB concluded that the innovations are patentable. This, therefore, enabled the company to seek a court order to protect its technology.


However, Securus Technologies said that the PTAB didn’t determine on the patentability of any innovation. This limits GTL’s capacity to go to court regarding the issue.


Fourth Allegation


GTL said it was about to go to court in a short period to show how Securus Technologies has infringed its patents.

Securus Technologies, on the other hand, says the court is not about to hear any evidence anytime soon. Instead, the court will be able after hearing from the involved parties.


Fifth Allegation


GTL are now expecting compensation from Securus Technologies. Also, GTL said if damages are granted, the Securus stop using their technology.

Securus Technologies argue that their rivals patented technology is not being used. As a result, there is not infringement has taken place.


Sixth Allegation


GTL said that Securus Technologies has a habit of suing and settling with competitors. They have now evolved to using new legal claims and use of media to resolve contentions in their favor. GTL will defend their case in court.


Securus Technologies justifies its reputation. It has always followed all legal requirements when using technology to show the value they give to intellectual property rights among others. Additionally, Securus has more patents than GTL.



Mike Heiligenstein and Texas Transportation

At the 19th annual Williamson Growth Summit Mike Heiligenstein (Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority), Joseph Kopser (Ridescout LLC founder), Leandre Johns (Uber, Director of Texas External Affairs), and Jared Ficklin (ArgoDesign) all met to discuss changes technology is having on transportation in the Austin region. Rideshare apps and driverless vehicles have the capacity to revolutionize transportation, but those innovations will not be enough to overcome the shear number of people moving into the Austin suburbs. Johns made the argument for Uber’s ability to help commuters make the first and last miles of their journey easier and thus encourage the use of public transportation. But even if there is a greater emphasis on mass transit and ridesharing programs, population growth is going to overwhelm any gains that might be made.  One important way to keep things efficient is to make sure building codes are flexible and can cope with all the different changes. With driverless cars on the road, will people really need all that room in a parking garage to stand up? Will more charging stations be needed for electric cars? These challenges require flexibility to keep up with the pace of change. This event was held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel

Mike Heiligenstein has Masters Degrees in Government and Business Administration. He served as an elected official for 23 years in Williamson County and during that time he served on the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council as well as the Clean Air Force of Texas. He took on his current role in the Mobility Authority when the government agency was created in 2002. He oversaw the creation of two tollroads: first, the 183A which has an electronic cashless system, and then the 290 which is currently constructing expressway lanes. A group of peers from across the nation chose him as President of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association for 2014.

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Bob Reina has a mission

Bob Reina wants to help people all over the world. He is CEO & Founder of Talk Fusion, a leading Video Marketing Solution company created in 2007.


A former police officer, Bob created a company that has revolutionized the industry. With a simple but powerful message, Talk Fusion’s mission is to help charities and nonprofits all over the world. With its innovative and cutting-edge video marketing products, it helps people spread their message, and further their cause, with technologies and products not available before.


In collaboration with its customers, Talk Fusion uses a comprehensive approach. Current and future trends are constantly analyzed. This way, Bob, his team, and customers can stay ahead of the competition.


Bob Reina wants to help others, and he leads by example.

These are some of them:

A $1 million donation to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Working with other South Florida non-profit groups to help numerous abandoned animals find new loving homes.

A continuing monetary support of an Indonesian orphanage.

A program that allows every Talk Fusion Associate, located in over 140 countries, to donate one free account to the charity of their choice.


The free charity account is significant. It’s a Custom Monthly Plan, Talk Fusion’s very best product. It includes branding, complete customization, and access to Video Email, Video Newsletters, Live Meetings, Sign-up Forms, and Video Chat products.


These are just a few examples of Bob’s commitment to action, not just words, to move forward his vision to change lives.


Bob Reina has a favorite phrase: “Bring us your dreams and we’ll help you do the rest!”, which summarizes his beliefs and Talk Fusion’s mission.


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Highland Capital Management

James Dondero Invests In Government Bonds

James Dondero is the CEO and founder of Highland Capital Management, and he is one of the most-advanced investors in the world today. He has spent quite a lot of time working on a billion-dollar fund, and there are several different investments he has used in the past to ensure the growth of his fund. Learn more about James Dandero:

This article explains how James has invested in government bonds in South America to help his fund grow, and he has shown that government bond investment will change the world.

#1: How Are Governments Selling Their Debt?

Countries such as Argentina are searching for ways to pay for expansion, improvements and social services. According to Crunchbase, these countries sell bonds to investors that will mature in a few years, and James Dandero has invested in the bonds on more than one occasion. He believes that his fund will grow faster if it has many forms of bonds on its books, and he is showing the world that a billion-dollar fund may grow with a simple bond investment.

#2: How Does James View The Bond Market?

James believes the bond market is strong as she has invested in it in the past. His funds have been moved around the world where they are making quite a difference for his client.

#3: The Company Is Growing Locally In Dallas

The city of Dallas is a lovely place to live in-part because Highland Capital Management has built a business that employs people, has started its own bank and uses its resources to help the people of the city. There are several different ways the company has helped the city become better, and James knows that he may have an influence on the city.

The city of Dallas is lucky to have James Dondero and Highland Capital Management, and he has built a strong fund that also invests in government bonds. Bonds are the best investment for many who invest with James and his firm.

Women in Business

The Expansion of Lime Crime

Doe Deere is known as an influential individual within the world of makeup due to the fact that she not only owns a high end makeup company, but also due to the fact that she has changed the way that both men and women around the world wear makeup. Doe Deere has always been passionate about makeup and has always been a woman who has become close to her customers and has made sure that her customers as well as her fans get the exact products that they want. Doe Deere has expanded her business over the years and has even obtained a large fan base that go by the name of unicorns.

Doe Deere is known for her large presence on social media sites such as Instagram where she posts many weekly photos of her new creations with both clothes as well as makeup. Doe Deere has always loved bright colors on the body as well as on the face and believes that bright colors bring out a positive attitude on the inside as well as on the outside. With almost ten years of success, Doe Deere hopes to expand her business even more and to perhaps one day open up a brick and mortar shop that will become a part of the community.

Doe Deere is a businesswoman that often reflects on the fact that she feels as though she does not have a real job because she is having to much fun with what she does and what she makes for her customers.

In a recent interview with Galore magazine, Doe Deere talked about her inspiration towards creating a makeup brand. Doe Deere stated that she has always loved makeup and has fond memories of playing with her mother’s makeup as a little girl. Doe Deere has often reflected on how lucky she feels that she has found a career that not only makes a lot of money, but is a career that she truly loves doing everyday. With a business that is booming, Doe Deere is considered to be one of the most inspirational individuals within the makeup industry.

Ski Resort

Squaw Valley Statement On Contaminated Water

Recently, Squaw Valley, California made the news for E. Coli and Coliform bacteria that was detected in the water supply on the upper mountain. The affected area included Squaw Valley, a popular ski resort area. The potential health issues were first reported on November 8, 2016 to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health and since that point, the water has been treated consistently and shown improvement. Three of the four wells in the area show low levels of coliform and no E. coli at all. At this point, restaurants still remain closed and skiers in the area are advised not to drink the water, but no health issues have been reported that are related to the water event.

Squaw Valley recently issued a statement regarding the issue that stated the following.

In October the area received unusually heavy rains that affected numerous water systems in the area on For Squaw Valley, the heavy rains caused an inundation of a recently upgraded water system located at Gold Coast and High Camp. Squaw Valley immediately notified Placer County Environmental Health on Weather when they detected issues during routine testing and immediately consulted with leading water safety experts. They quickly took the steps to address the issue and will continue working on it until it is fully resolved. They will not allow regular water to be used in the area until health officials and water experts give the water supply an all clear.

Squaw Valley considers the health of their customers to be of the utmost importance. They have taken the contaminated water quite seriously and will continue to work on it to the best of their ability. They are still allowing normal and full access to their facilities, and to ensure guests are properly cared for they are giving out free bottled water for drinking. Squaw Valley will issue a statement when the issue is fully resolved.


Mobile Updates

FreedomPop Saves Customers Tons of Money

The FreedomPop phone plan is becoming an amazing treasure. This is one of the most exciting plans around because it offers a 100% free mobile plan and high speed Internet services. This is not something that most working class citizens can afford to overlook. In fact, this is the type of service that is going to make a lot of people cancel the cell phone plans that they already have in place. Major carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are totally losing their customers to companies like FreedomPop. This is where most people are discovering the benefits of cutting down the phone services out of their budgets completely and moving towards a better plan.


This is the benefit of FreedomPop for customers that may already have a ton of bills. When they make the decision to use FreedomPop they have the opportunity to bring their own phone into the deal. This is a huge money saver right there. So many people have been in a place where they found themselves paying hundreds of dollars on a cell phone. It makes more sense, once you own your own phone, to find free service through a company like FreedomPop.


This is a very good deal for people that have been paying a fortune for high speed Internet service. Most people will realize that they can save, on average, anywhere from $300 to $400 on phone services.


FreedomPop is the type of company that has managed to become very successful because there are a lot of people that are interested in the fact that there is no contact. People like to have the opportunity to stop the services whenever they want and not have to worry about fees.


This is the type of company that has certainly managed to receive a lot of accolades from customers. There are a certain number of customers that may write a FreedomPop review. This is something that they do when they are impressed with the service that they are receiving from FreedomPop.


People can choose from the basic plan which is 100% free or they can use the unlimited plan which is $20. Both of these are very popular plans for many cell phone customers.


Apps, Education

ClassDojo is Changing The Way Teachers And Parents Communicate 

In school systems over the past several decades, there have been many changes. The use of technology has been one of the biggest changes. Technology innovations have made a huge impact on school systems from kindergarten through high school. The number of technology innovations that have impacted school systems is numerous. Over the past few decades, some of the innovations that have helped to change the way school systems operate on a daily basis include the internet, WiFi, broadband, smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

While there are many other technology innovations that have impacted school systems, these particular innovations have changed the very essence of how education is delivered in schools. The use of technology has made a huge difference in schools systems both on the administrative level and classroom level. However, there are still areas of school systems where technology can still improve the areas tremendously.

One area of school systems where technology has not been a focal point is the teacher and parent conference. This conference is the primary method of communication between teachers and parents. In addition, this conference has been used for generations without much change in the method. One of the reasons why technology has not been used very much related to the teacher and parent conference is because there are few options on the market.

Although this has been the case in the past, the situation is starting to change because several technology companies are starting to address the need for technology innovation regarding teacher and parent communication.

The company currently has an app out on the market that provides a wide variety of operations regarding school activities and functions. The app is used over a system platform that can be utilized in school systems. The app is currently being used in thousands of schools across the country. Teachers, students, and parents can use the app to load homework assignments, grades, videos, pictures, and other school related materials up to the system where others with access approval can access the materials on the system.

One of the features of the ClassDojo app is the ability for teachers and parents to communicate over the system with the app. The communication can be done at anytime. This allows teachers and parents to communicate on a regular basis or whenever desired to discuss the children in school. The app feature is being used by many teachers and parents. This feature of the ClassDojo app is an alternative to the traditional teacher and parent conference.

The company recently raised millions of dollars to be used towards various enhancements regarding the app.