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March 15th, 2016

About Solo Capital & Sanjay Shah

Many people struggle to start just one business and keep it successfully running. Sanjay Shah is a entrepreneur, accountant, philanthropist and business owner with over thirty six companies that he owns. For most of them, he is either the CEO or the president but definitely the founder. He opened Solo Capital five years ago. It’s an investment firm that specializes in trading and consulting. They also focus their efforts on sports consulting. The staff is highly education and vastly equipped to handle all investment transactions. The company is an international company and the headquarters are in London, England, although the business is managed out of the United Kingdom. The company has progressed quite fast over the years and has blossomed into a million dollar company within a five year span.

As Shah has founded many companies throughout the years, he has been able to link some of them together to help out the other. Some of his companies are purely stand alone companies that represent themselves, but some of the companies he has founded are purely to benefit the other. Like Solo Capital has a company that controls its business models, and Shah founded a company to manage that company. It’s a smart venue for keeping everything running smoothly and having the power and control to continue to do so. He had quite a few companies up and running prior to Solo Capital, while he was working as an accountant.

Shah wanted to be a doctor and he attended med school to do so. He was born in Kenya, and moved with his family to London in the 60’s where he would grow up. He went to college at King’s College where he initially began to study medicine. After several classes he decided it wasn’t something he wanted to do anymore. He ended getting into the financial and accounting investment business which laid the foundation for his education and experience. He worked for many investment firms throughout his working career before starting Solo Capital. He made it through the financial crisis in 2009 but still felt the pinch, and that when Solo Capital evolved. The companies have allowed Shah to retire in a sense, and pursue other areas of interest.

His newest found charity is called Autism Rocks. It is an invite only concert performed by some of the worlds most famous music artists to help raise donations and aid in the research and development of the condition. He had been a DJ before, and has always had a love for music. He recently hired two of his buddies from the university days who have years of experience in the financial and music industries, so they will be able to help Shah manage the charity as it continues to grow.

You can follow them on Twitter.

March 15th, 2016

4 Ways White Shark Media Improved Their Business Thanks To Customer Complaints


White Shark Media is now one of the leading digital marketing agencies in North America. What started off as a big hairy audacious goal back in 2011 has now become a reality. But things weren’t always great for White Shark Media. Over the years they have made their share of mistakes. They have also paid for those mistakes.

The good news is they were able to learn from those mistakes and create a better service because of them.

Here are 4 ways White Shark Media improved their business thanks to customer complaints:

#1 – They Ensure Clients Understand Everything Right Out The Gate

One complaint White Shark Media heard over and over again was, “I’ve lost touch with my adWords campaigns.” This is a complaint that hit close to home as it brought to light just how inadequate their reporting procedures were.

To fix this issue, White Shark Media made sure every aspect of a new campaign was thoroughly explained to all clients. Showing clients how everything worked from the beginning helped eliminate a lot of confusion and frustration.

#2 – Having a Senior SEM Consultant Follow Clients Through The Entire Process

After signing up clients would often complain about not having a contact person who understood their needs. This is because clients spoke with one person during the initial sales process, and were then assigned to a completely different person after signing up.

Now instead of speaking with two different people during the initial process, White Shark Media clients have one Senior SEM Consultant that walks them through the entire process.

#3 – Starting From Scratch As Much As Possible When Creating New Campaigns

When White Shark Media first started creating Adwords campaigns for clients, they were doing so under their own Adwords account. This was a problem as many clients did not like this approach.

In late 2012 they started implementing a new system for all new clients. They set up a new Adwords account that allowed them to develop new campaigns from scratch. If a client already has a campaign set up that’s working well, they were able to continue using that account instead of needing to create a new one. This gave clients more control over their campaigns.

#4 – Installing Performance Tracking Free of Charge

To better track results, White Shark Media now offers free installation of call tracking, conversion tracking, and in some cases, Google Analytics. This makes it easy for clients to track results and for White Shark Media to better optimize campaigns.

March 8th, 2016

What You Do Not Know About Solo Capital And Sanjay Shah

Solo Capital Markets is a private limited company incorporated in England and Wales and registered in the Companies House. The company has its registered office in London, United Kingdom. The company deals with boutique financial services at the international level.

The company was incorporated on 13 September 2011. Its other names are Solo Capital UK and Solo Capital Limited. It has a total of 3 directors and it is active. The company does not have subsidiaries yet. It provides employment to 20-49 people.

The company is under the control of Solo Group Holdings and its current CEO is Sanjay Shah who also happens to be its founder. As at 31st March 2015, the net worth of the company was valued at £ 15.45 million and recorded £ 30.26 million in cash flow and had assets of £ 67.45 million. The company has grown from its humble beginning and all this is attributed to the great efforts of its current CEO. He started the company from scratch after he the financial crisis in 2009 led to him being made redundant in the financial institutions he was working for.

The business divisions of the company include Proprietary Trading, Professional Sports Investments, and Consulting. Under the division of Proprietary Trading, the company deals with commodities, derivatives, and forex. In Professional Sports Investments, it deals with talent acquisition, asset and performance management, and commercial advisory and representation. In consulting, it deals with performance, human capital, and investment. The company also offers safeguarding, securities lending, and other services. The CEO leads an experienced team of staff who provide exemplary services to their clients while providing for edge solutions.

Who is Sanjay Shah?

It is not possible to talk about Solo Capital UK without ending up talking about Sanjay Shah. Who is this man then? As mentioned earlier, Shah is the current owner of the company which he founded back in the year 2009. He is a retired businessman with offices in London and Dubai. He has worked tirelessly to take his company where it is today. His story of success is very inspiring considering the fact that he first studied medicine before changing to investment and financial industry, his area of interest.

Apart from Solo Capital Markets, he also owns other companies in London, Dubai, Luxembourg, the Virgin Islands UK, the Cayman Islands, and Malta. His net worth is estimated to be US$280 million in January 2016.

In addition to owning financial and investment companies, Shah is also very passionate about charity work. He founded Autism Rocks which is an organization intended to create awareness about autism. The organization also raises money to facilitate research on autism. He throws private concerts with celebrities being invited to create the awareness and also raise the funds.

You can follow them on Linkedin.

March 3rd, 2016

Sanjay Shah’s Leadership Skills Propelled Solo Capital To Greatness

Mr. Sanjay Shah, the 45 year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solo Capital, was born and raised in London, where he attended Kings College. Originally, Shah studied medicine, however, he made a brilliant decision to switch to finance, which I believe was his true calling. After stints at prestigious firms, such as Morgan Stanley, where Shah held various positions, including the Managing Director of Consolidated Equities, he opened his own company in the financial services arena, which is headquartered in London.

I admire Shah; in only fourteen years, he went from a trainee accountant to the CEO of his own financial services company. As someone interested in a career in financial services, I see Shah, who joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 and went on to become head of JM Morgan Stanley Securities in India, as someone who has very strong leadership skills. Currently, Sanjay Shah is semi-retired and living in Dubai with his wife and children; leaving his boutique investment firm in capable hands while he enjoys the fruits of his labors.

Solo Capital, a boutique investment and consulting firm, has done very well; Shah has a considerable net worth, which he generously donates to worthy causes. His primary philanthropic endeavor is Autism Rocks, a means to raise money for autism research by selling tickets to intimate concerts with superstars. The cause is personal to Shah; his youngest son Nikhil has autism, which was diagnosed at an early age. Fortunately, Sanjay Shah has the resources to provide his son with the best care, however, I applaud him for realizing that many parents have very limited resources since many multi-millionaires do not realize how the average person deals with a child needing expensive therapy to thrive.

It’s not difficult for Shah to find wealthy donors for Autism Rocks; during his career in the financial world, including his time at Solo Capital, he has met many millionaires. This is one wealthy person who is putting his money, and his contacts, to good use. I wish there were more people like Sanjay Shah in this world.

March 2nd, 2016

Eight Teams From The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Are In Brazil According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

There are teams of American and Brazilian medical workers that are combing the slums of several cities in the Northeastern region of Brazil searching for answers, according to Brazil’s foremost medical doctor, Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes has been instrumental in uncovering some of the facts about the Zika virus outbreak as well as the recent spike in the number of microcephaly cases reported in the state of Paraiba. Dr. Cortes has posted some important information on his official website about the Zika virus and what can be done to avoid contact with the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Researchers from all over the world are trying to develop a vaccine for the virus, and they are also trying to prove that Zika can cause brain damage and other symptoms in newborn babies. Dr. Cortes and his medical staff believe there is some kind of relationship between both outbreaks, but there is not enough scientific proof to verify those beliefs. That’s why eight teams of medical detectives are in the streets of the poorest parts of Northern towns trying to enlist volunteers for a study that can link microcephaly with the Zika virus. Dr. Cortes has a lot to say about Zika virus research on his LinkedIn page.
The eight medical teams consist of one American health worker and three Brazilian workers, according to Dr. Cortes. The teams are braving the humid weather and the torrential downpours that are common this time of the year. The teams know more rain creates more mosquitoes. That means more cases of the Zika virus and maybe more cases of microcephaly. Working their way through the epicenter of both outbreaks is a heart wrenching task. Not because adult lives are threatened by the Zika virus, but because infant lives are cut short by the effects of microcephaly.
The goal for the medical teams is to talk 100 mothers in each city that contracted the Zika virus and delivered a baby with microcephaly. The teams want them to participate in a study that could link the Zika virus with microcephaly. Dr. Cortes posted an article on his Facebook page that said the eight-team study could help confirm what he and his group believe. Dr. Cortes is not the only medical professional in Brazil that said the Zika virus can cause microcephaly. Hundreds of doctors and the Brazilian government say the same thing. The Zika virus and microcephaly may be connected but that connection may not be activated in all mothers with the virus.
Dr. Cortes is very vocal about the Zika virus and microcephaly. He uses Twitter to get messages to his followers about the progress that is being made by researchers in Brazil and other countries.

March 1st, 2016

George Soros Sees End Coming for EU

Recent events in Europe have changed the political landscape in major ways. One of the leaders of the European Union, (EU), is German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her policies have changed the future of Europe and may just lead to the end of the EU itself. Recently, an interview was conducted with world renowned businessman and philanthropist George Soros who had a dire forcast for the future of The European Union.

Soros explained on that even though he has been critical of many of the decisions the Merkel has made in the past, her current leadership and decisions have not been by themselves bad but in context with the issues facing the EU, they could just lead to a final collapse of the collective community that has maintained a spirit of peace and cooperation for years. Now there are several main issues facing the Europeans all at once that are leading countries in the region to look for other avenues of leadership. Two major issues are immigration from the Middle East and the aggressive foreign policy of Russia and they can’t be disregarded.

Change is a topic that Soros understands and supports. Changes to the world and society are inevitable. The Syrian crisis led to a massive immigration of refugees from that war torn area. In Europe the decision was made to open the borders of the Economic Union to all of these refugees. Soros supports the idea, because he supports the freedom of movement and the safety of people in the world. However, the policy that was enacted by Merkel was not well thought out and didn’t have the support of all members of the Union. There are a few countries in particular, whose leadership has used the issue to gain more support in their nation. Both Poland and Hungary are countries that are using a common religion and culture to stir up nationalistic feelings that are reminiscent of the Early 1900’s. These ideas make the changes of large scale Muslim immigration as something that will damage their country. Using nationalism as a tool for gaining approval of your policies is a path that has led to difficulties and conflict throughout history.

This is a problem for the European Union because these countries are going to use these issues as a reason to separate and become independent. They will be able to establish their own immigration, financial and social policies which are a better representation of what they feel is correct for their individual situation. That would mean the end of economic and political cooperation in Europe and a return to the separation that existed throughout the history of the region.

Another problem that Soros sees is the continued aggression of Russia invading the Ukraine paying no attention to the sovereignty of that nation. The Response of the EU was less than forceful and if they are not going to protect the individuality of nations, then what is going to happen should Russian military aggressiveness continues?
Soros goes on to explain that his interest in establishing Open Society Organizations all over the world are determined to help Europe develop in a peaceful manner no matter what ultimately happens in the future of the European Union.

Soros is still a believer in the rights of the individual and a champion of critical thinking. As a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary during World War II, he holds a very unique perception of the rising problems of Europe and is doing everything in his power to maintain personal freedom and protection of diversity in a society.

February 26th, 2016

Incorporating Olympic Valley Would Have Been a Fiscal Disaster

Over the last four years the lovely city of Olympic Valley has been dealing with some pretty serious issues. First they were hit with a drought so epic it caused the area to lose millions of dollars in tourist income.

And if that wasn’t enough, there was a group of individuals who wanted to come in and incorporate the city. This of course was not a good idea. According to Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, doing so could have led to a fiscal disaster.

Luckily no one had to worry about it getting to that point. Not only did Mother Nature step up and provide the perfect mix of weather, but those who were backing the incorporation efforts decided to back off. This of course was a huge win for all who live in the area.

Wirth pointed out his company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure the incorporation efforts wouldn’t be a success. He believes that had the city incorporated, both businesses and residents would have been forced to pay higher taxes.

In an article posted on the Reno-Gazette Journal, Wirth was quoted as saying, “It was truly a recipe for disaster, for fiscal disaster. This was a fundamental long term threat to operating a business, whether it be a wine bar or a ski area in this valley.”

Those who were in favor of incorporating don’t agree with Wirth’s stance. As a matter of fact, many of them believe his motives were self serving. They believe the only reason Wirth didn’t want the city to incorporate is because it could have a negative impact on his plans to expand his business.

If the incorporation efforts were a success, Wirth would have been forced to get approval from a Town Council before he could improve his real estate.

Now that the incorporation efforts are no longer on the table, Wirth wants everyone to come together and work on issues that will improve the overall community. He said this whole process has been divisive and now is a time for all to heal.

Who Is Andy Wirth?

Andy Wirth has been the CEO of Squaw Valley ski resort since 2010. Using his over 25 years of experience, Wirth oversaw a $70 million upgrade project and turned the ski resort around in only 12 months of being on the job.

Wirth is also a big time philanthropist who regularly contributes to environmental and community organizations in the Lake Tahoe area. His number one goal is continue improving the reputation of Squaw Valley and turn it into one of the best ski resorts in the world.

Original Reno-Gazette Journal article: Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight

February 25th, 2016


While Madison Street Capital is famous for exceptional investment banking services, it is also quite popular for its valuable financial solutions to clients. In 2015, the company closed 42 hedge funds which is quite impressive as it outdid itself in the previous year. The firm is internationally recognized for its sound financial services offered to clients all over the globe. It offers other services such as portfolio management, asset management, financial advisory, financial restructuring and capital introduction, just to name a few. Despite their success in the past year, the company says that that is only the start of business. The year 2016 will have bigger and more hedge funds, and as a result, more profits. This will be done to strengthen the hedge industry, which was not doing too well in 2014.
Madison Street Capital LLC is a company that strongly believes in promoting businesses, growing the community and philanthropic work. Not only does the company strive to deliver top quality products for its clients who hail from all over the globe, but it also believes in charity work. The aim of charity is to develop the communities by solving pressing community issues.
Madison Street Capital has a dedicated team of highly motivated individuals who strive to deliver nothing but the best. With the top professionals in the business world, the company is armed to teeth in ensuring that quality is not compromised. Owing to the vast experience in the industry, Madison Street Capital LLC is the ideal business partner. Their seasoned professionals make sure that they give the clients careful analysis and accurate recommendations. It has proven itself over time that it can turn assets into real money. As an investor, the company assures you that the decision to entrust them with your wealth will be very fruitful.

You can like them on Facebook.

Source: hedge fund industry overview

February 22nd, 2016

Highland Capital Management Files Returns

Highland Capital management just filed its quarterly 13F which unfortunately shows that the company realized a loss from the previous quarter. Having a decrease of $1.49million is a great deal worthy of revising some decisions and making strategic plans to realize profit in the next filing. As the company is valued at $15.04 billion dollars, it had equity exposure of 27.73% of assets. The new stocks purchased in the period were 69 with an additional 62 purchases. Sold out stocks totaled to 119, while they reduced by 80. The top 10 holdings for the company were at 29.55%.

In the same period, the company had a market value of $3,418,903,000, which was a 30.41% drop from the previous $4,912,889,000. The turnover was 22.37%. James Dondero spoke on the drop terming it as a small hiccup. He remained optimistic that the company get back to its feet and achieve higher success than it had ever recorded. In his speech, he maintained that the company had a positive towards recovering from the drop.

James Dondero, the co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management, is an iconic business figure. He has amassed wealth by helping entities create capital using hedge funds. He is well known for collaterized loan obligation (CLOs) which has been well received by the HCM clients. Hedge funds, institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and private equity funds are some of the award-winning products offered by the company. The investment alternative offers low cost strategies which have proven very successful for over two decades that the company has been in existence.

Jim Dondero is the chairman of different organizations such as Cornerstone healthcare, Nexbank and CCS Medical. He also serves on several boards such as American Banknote and MGM Studios.

He has a Bachelor of commerce degree with two options, accounting and finance, from the University of Virginia where he graduated with the highest honours. He also is a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim started his career in 1984 where he served as an analyst in Morgan Guaranty training program. He then worked in American Express as a portfolio manager and a corporate bond analyst. From 1989-1993, Jim was the chief executive officer of GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, then co-founded HCM in 1993 with Mark Okada.

He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and family. He also engages in acts of philanthropy geared towards education, veteran’s affairs and public policy.

Check out the original article here.

February 22nd, 2016

Dick DeVos Backs Local Michigan Distillery Aiming for Expansion

Dick DeVos, leading his Grand Rapids-headquartered holding company, Windquest Group, has recently acquired Coopercraft Distillery in a bid further diversify its holdings while placing a solid bet on the booming craft distillery/beer industry. A Windquest source did not reveal much about the acquisition pending final approval from the state for the transfer of the required liquor license.

The Distillery’s creator, Walter Catton III, has been looking for an investor for his business and is elated to have found such a competent business partner in Windquest. Catton, looking to expand operations for the 9,000 square foot distillery and 50 seat tasting room, plans to broaden his company’s distribution network as well as integrating a kitchen into the tasting room to more easily match his brews with appetizers and small menu offerings. He says, “This would be an element of attracting more people to the tasting room,” and Catton is expecting to have the new kitchen facilities open in time for Holland Township’s large festival that runs May 7-14.

Regionally, word has spread about Coopercraft’s specialty beverages like whiskey, gin, rum and vodka and as this expansion takes shape, the hope is to also develop a line of wine and beer as well to satisfy a growing demand for the distillery’s products.

Richard Marvin DeVos, Jr. is an Iconic American businessman and entrepreneur with many business interests in a number of industries and companies and he is a major powerhouse in American politics ( Dick is the son of the Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway, the number one consumer goods distribution company.

The backbone of Dick’s business dealings is the Windquest Group which is his privately held investment management firm. Windquest’s businesses include The Stow Company, Reserve Wine and Foods, Neurocore and Boxed Water. Boxed Water, another Holland Township company, literally puts water in milk carton-like boxes, stating that paper containers are more healthy for people to drink from and are more environmentally friendly. Continuing DeVos’ commitment to business and the environment, Windquest is also a major player in the Holland-based wind turbine blade manufacturer, Energetex.

Dick and his wife Betsy DeVos are major player in philanthropy throughout Michigan’s communities and throughout the United States. From local and state civic projects, to supporting and funding successful School Voucher Programs to provide choice in education for students in under-performing schools, Dick and Betsy have a diverse portfolio of helping humanity.

Dick also has hobbies in both sailing and aviation, which he enjoys regularly. He is a champion sailor and has won many competitions.

Congratulations to the recent Melges 32 Gold Cup participants and winners—what a thrilling race against incredibly talented sailors!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, February 15, 2016