March 2016

BMG President’s Recapitulation

As with every January, all eyes of the tech world were turned towards Las Vegas to see what new things were being demonstrated on the show floor of the Consumer Electronics Show. Big reveals in virtual reality were showcased, drone vehicles with capacity for passengers were ogled, the latest innovations in electric cars were available for some exclusive road testing and home operating systems were demoed for onlookers.
Marcio Alaor, Executive Vice President of Banco BMG was in attendance, there to talk about some of the innovative projects he’s partnered with.

Electric cars, a staple of CES for several years now. GM had a 2017 model of the Chevrolet Bolt on display along with a projection of consumer demand for cars on alternative-energy in the coming years. The model for show will be available for purchase at $30,000. Ford and Volkswagen, taking note of the increased consumer demand for electric vehicles were also at the show.

Ford had hybrids to debut and unveiled a plan to have 13 hybrid models ready for the road by 2020. Volkswagen, getting the jump on Ford, had an electric prototype of their classic Kimbi that they hope to eventually make available for purchase.

One such project is the Ehang 184. This passenger drone seems to be the closest serious engineers have come to creating that ever-coveted flying car the public has been waiting for decades now.

With a programmed flight pattern set, occupants of the drone merely have to get in and wait to arrive at their destination. According to Wish Hair Salon, the Ehang 184 can only be airborne for 23 minutes at a time, but it can reach more than two miles in altitude when flying. Ehang, the developer of the drone, has stated that there’s more work to be done, like developing a command center to fully service the drone when it’s made available for purchase.

Continuing the theme of making futuristic aesthetics accessible in the present, Samsung has released a smart home system. The unit is outfitted with cameras and an operating system that coordinates with the user to alert them to changes in their home. For example, cameras situated in refrigerators can allow the user to inspect its interior while shopping. This gives the occupant of the home unparalleled connection to their space.

Marcio Alaor is Banco BMG’s Executive Vice President. From his office in Brazil he personally oversees the distribution of loans.

Alaor was born in Santo Antonio do Monte, a small mining town made famous for its hardworking community. Today he’s known as one of the top movers in Brazil’s finance sector.

Latest Slyce Business Update

Slyce Business Model

There are a lot of people interested in startup companies in the technology space. Slyce is a new company to the industry overall. Last year, the company had almost no sales and a lot of startup expenses. Although the company is still running at a loss, things are looking up for several reasons. Not only have revenues improved greatly, but the total profits in the business are up as well. There are a lot of investors who think that the company will continue to grow in the future. There are a lot of people looking for ways to take their technology company to the next level. Over time, it is important for new companies to figure out ways to take the next step when it comes to their revenue and profits.

Earnings Statement

With any earnings release, there are good things and bad things about the current Slyce business operation. Anyone who wants to take the next step in their business needs to figure out a way to do so. There are a lot of ways for companies to drive sales when they are new. Slyce currently has several major deals in the works with various companies. This deals should help Slyce increase its visual search and brand name recognition in the marketplace today. Technology firms generally grow quickly or phase out. 2016 is a crucial year for the company as it looks to build upon its success from last year. Even though the company is not making a profit yet, things are getting better every day as the business grows.

Reaction to Earnings

The article originally posted by Yahoo Finance shows a mixed reaction to earnings. Although it is a good thing that sales are up, the company still had a total net loss of twelve million last year. This is something that companies need to realize when they are looking at their numbers. Although this is a three million dollar improvement, there are still a lot of ways that this can get better. Many analysts expect for Slyce to increase their profits over the next couple of years.

Chikungunya Yellow Fever And Japanese Encephalitis Cases Are Increasing Due To Climate Change According Medical Expert Sergio Cortes

Chikungunya is one of the viruses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The symptoms of Chikungunya resemble the symptoms of dengue and Zika. Chikungunya epidemics have been circling the globe since the 1960s, according to Dr. Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes is currently the Chief Medical Advisor and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro. But Dr. Cortes is a former Director of the State Ministry of Health in Rio de Janeiro, according to a CrunchBase.com article. Chikungunya has not been talked about recently because the 2015 outbreak of the Zika virus is making headline news.

Dr. Cortes told Extra.Globo.com that Chikungunya, dengue, Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis still cause more than 30,000 deaths a year around the globe. Cortes also said more than 600 million people are at risk of being infected with one of those diseases because they live in areas where the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes thrive.

Yellow fever has been a threat for years in tropical and subtropical environments, but there is a Yellow Fever vaccine, according to a post on the Dr. Cortes website. There isn’t a vaccine that can prevent the spread of dengue, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus, and researchers say it may be at least another year before the dengue vaccine is ready for distribution. Japanese encephalitis is another viral infection that has plagued Asia for decades. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and it infects humans, wild birds, and domestic pigs. Japanese encephalitis causes the membranes that surround the brain to swell, and in some cases, the complications from the virus can be lethal. Dr. Cortes sent a tweet to his followers that said cases of Japanese encephalitis are rare in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

There is a lot of focus on mosquito-borne viruses in 2016. The Zika virus outbreak has devastated Brazil, and the virus has spread through Latin America in record-breaking time. Dr. Cortes mentioned a potential outbreak of Zika in the United States in a recent LinkedIn post. A World Health Organization report claims the South and East Coast of the United States could experience a major outbreak of Zika in 2016. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is everywhere in parts of Florida, and other states have a large population of that mosquito species as well.

According to Dr. Cortes, more viral infections are in store for countries around the globe. The warming Earth has a lot to do with the mosquito population growth.

Solo Capital Partners A Treasure Chest! Is It Really The Source Of Sanjay Shah Wealth Or Not?

Retired investment trader, Sanjay Shah, owns an empire of financial services brokerage, including Solo Capital. Now, Shah didn’t have heart set on becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, he actually attended King’s College where he got his medical degree. While healthcare is a highly coveted industry today, Shah had no regrets in abandoning a profession in medicine. In pursuit of a comfortable life in the city’s downtown core, Shah secured an accounting position. Merrill Lynch was the first institutional bank to hire him before Rabobank, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a lasting career as Shah had eyes on a grander vision. The collapse of the financial industry ruined any possibility of long-term job opportunities. With this new stumbling block and no income, Shah decided to launch a private brokerage. Under Solo Group Holdings, he runs a collection of financial services advisory. Solo Capital, a full-time financial services startup founded by Sanjay Shah in 2011 stands out as a top-grossing brokerage today.

The multi-million dollar investment banking specialist, Solo Capital, recently acquired Old Park Lane-Capital, a private UK stockbroker. With this expansion, it’s planning to penetrate other market segments such as natural resources, of which, Old Park Lane-Capital is a specialist. The firm’s chief executive and president, Sanjay Shah, believes it’s an advantageous consolidation for both Solo Capital and natural resources manager, Old Park Lane-Capital. Today, Solo Capital operates in Dubai and London. The consulting firm is a specialist of proprietary stock trading. Sanjay Shah takes care of the day-to-day operations of the consultancy. Additionally, he’s spending a considerable amount of time sponsoring philanthropic endeavors. In 2011, he learned of his youngest son’s autistic condition. This shocking reality later motivated him to establish Autism Rocks. It’s a privately-funded organization that stages music concerts to raise money for autism research.

The beneficiary, ART (Autism Research Trust) has appointed Sanjay Shah as a board trustee. ART funds the studies undertaken by the ARC (Autism Research Center), a component of Cambridge University. Autism Rocks is an independent sponsor of the projects these organizations mastermind. In 2014, Autism Rocks staged its first private concert showcasing Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Drake, Michael Buble and more. Additionally, Shah successfully secured an entertainment promotions contract with Done Events, a celebrated Dubai-based agency. A passionate music lover, Shah’s grand vision is to host reggae music concerts such as “Blended,” annually. The millionaire businessman owns over 36 different investment brokerages, including Aesa Sarl.

Now valued at $280 million, Shah ranks among some of the volatile investment banking industry thriving new brands. Today, Sanjay Shah spends time doing charity work, managing his large empire and entertaining the family. He has lovely three children with Usha, his wife. His presence as a sponsor to charities such as Plan International dates back a decade ago. With his generous contributions, the organization’s effort to support needy children in the remote corners of India is possible.

Mr. Sanjay Making The World A Better Place

Solo Capital Partners LLP is a global financial company based in London. It was officially started on !3th September 2011 and its CEO is Mr. Sanjay Shah. This financial firm is not only run by one but three active directors and no other subsidiaries. All the same, this company is led by Mr. Sanjay and the Solo Group Holders. Additionally, there are forty employees to add to the members of this company.
This financial company is famous for its reliable advice that it offers its customers regarding investment management strategies, agency brokerage and security lending. Their loyalty, sincerity and will to help their clients have helped them climb the success ladder at a faster pace than anticipated. By the year 2015, this company’s value had risen to 5.45million Euros with 67.45million Euros worth of property and a fine amount of 30.26 million Euros in cash flow.
The business was divided into smaller sections to increase efficiency. These segments dealt with various parts of the business. These subdivisions are as follows:
1. There is the professional investment that is poured into activities related to sport. This area ensures to help their clients in asset management and performance as well as acquiring new talent that can assist in the presentation of a commercial advisory. In the end, the clients all receive wonderful customer service.
2. There is the consultation section that deals with the opportunities available for investment, the performance of different investment plans as well as the use of human capital.
3. There is also a segment that is involved in trading with other properties that include Forex and other commodities.
Mr. Sanjay Shah had a son who was later diagnosed with Autism. He was caught quite off guard and did not appreciate the shock that accompanied the diagnosis. In this case, he decided to take the research of this condition into his hands. During this time, he founded the Autism Rocks Organization that dealt with further study and awareness of the condition as an attempt to let others in the society to come to terms with the situation and know how to deal with it.
He did not feel the pinch of starting off the organization by donating $100,000 for a quality web site for the research. He goes ahead and gives to the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University to intensify the investigation giving him the chance to become a director of the learning institution.
Apart from funding the research on Autism and continuing his career as the CEO of Solo Capital Partners, Shah is also the owner of another thirty-six companies across the globe in cities such as London, Luxemburg, Dubai, Malta as well as the Cayman Islands. Least but not least has been sponsoring Indian students for the last ten years.

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Banker Ricardo Guimarães Wants Brazilian Children To Learn The Value Of Playing Soccer

Ricardo Guimarães has been around soccer players all his life. As a child growing up in the farming town of Belo Horizonte in the poor state of Minas Gerais, Ricardo Guimarães learned to play the game on the muddy dirt fields near his home. Ricardo wasn’t like some of the kids that played soccer. The Guimarães family was one of the wealthiest families in the state, according to an article written about the family by MaquinadoEsporte.uol.com.br. That article traced the family back to 1930. That was the year Ricardo’s grandfather opened a bank in Belo Horizonte, so the people in that poverty ridden town would have a family bank that could help them when the big government controlled banks turned them down for loans.
The Guimarães bank was called the Land Credit Bank in those days, but in 1973 the bank’s name was changed. Antonio’s son, Flávio, succeeded his father, and the bank expanded into other states. Flávio renamed the bank, the BMG Bank, according to a recent online article about Ricardo Guimarães posted by R7.com. R7.com has been following the career of Ricardo for years. Guimarães was named president of BMG Bank in 1998 and in 2001 he became president of the Atlético Mineiro soccer club. The love of soccer never left Ricardo, so he decided to build his banking business around the sport. In 2008, BMG Bank sponsored the Atlético Mineiro club. The bank bought the club equipment, jerseys with the three letter BMG logo on them, and other items that soccer clubs needed to compete in Brazil’s professional league.
Almost immediately, BMG Bank started to get a return on their soccer club investment. Soccer fans started calling BMG Bank agents to apply for loans. BMG Bank was an overnight hit in other Brazilian states. It didn’t take long for the bank to sponsor other clubs and great players on clubs they didn’t sponsor. It wasn’t uncommon to see the three letter orange BMG logo on football fields in every state in the country on match days. BMG Bank’s payroll loans were a hit with fans, and according to Esportes.Terra.com.br, BMG Bank has one of the most successful advertising campaigns in the history of the banking business.
On his website, Guimarães talks about the value of playing soccer during the early years of life. He would like to see Brazil establish a soccer education program like Denmark’s soccer program. In Denmark, children learn self-responsibility, the value of team participation, and the art of being an individual while playing on a team. The soccer education program has changed the way Danish players play the game, and the results are obvious. The Danes are producing top-notch players that display character, integrity, and love for the game.

Solo Capital: Success That Grew From Chaos

When the finance market imploded several years ago, Sanjay Shah had been working for some of the companies most impacted. He had done some great work for Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch, until they downsized him to the sidelines. It was a hard blow that he managed to rise above to survive and then to thrive, with a capital ‘T’. He did not give up, he just got on with life and made the hard, risky, but ultimately successful decision to start his own business: Solo Capital.

The success of Sanjay Shah’s Solo Capital hedge fund has been phenomenal. The firm also owns the Solo Capital UK and Solo Capital Limited trademarks and is headquartered in London, England. His fund offers many services, such as business consulting, sporting team investments, and also proprietary trading. His success might not have ever come to be in the finance business had he not made a change when he was still in college.

Sanjay Shah began his career in the medical arena. He was studying medicine when he developed a much stronger interest and talent for business. His first company was Aesa S.a.r.l., which has spawned all his other ventures. He has business holdings in many countries, including Luxembourg, Malta, London, the Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin Islands. During 2011 he earned over £19 million, turning much of those profits into the purchase of Old Park Lane Capital; a natural resources investment that was his first foray into that sector. He is estimated to now be worth more than $280 million. He is now retired, yet remains very active as a philanthropist.

It was after a chance meeting with the international hip hop superstar, Snoop Dogg at Sanjay’ home in Dubai, that he founded the charity Autism Rocks. It was after Snoop learned that Sanjay’s son had been diagnosed as being autistic that he suggested the mogul get into the music business to directly fund research into the problems of autism. Sanjay took his suggestion to heart and formed Autism Rocks.

Autism Rocks has held many concerts in private venues in Dubai and London to raise funding for the Autism Research Trust. This is a fund that directly pays much of the support for a Cambridge University research project into basic autism; its causes and to search for better treatment options. The concerts have raised over $15 million from shows featuring Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bublè, and many big name DJs.

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Slyce Announces New Business Products and End Year Results for 2015

Slice is a Toronto based company that offers image recognition and visual search technological services to clients. It focuses on creating powerful sales channels for retailers and their clients. Customers are able to identify and order products by use of photos. The company recently announced its end year as well as the fourth quarter reports for 2015.

Major Business Announcements

Slyce announced its new partnership with SHOES.COM, a global footwear retailer, on 12th August, 2015. In the partnership, SHOES.COM will use Slyce’s snap technology to help its customers identify and purchase products. On 26th August, 2015, Slyce announced that its image recognition technology will be applied to all of Neiman Marcus product lines. The newly rolled out feature enables shoppers and customers to take 3D images of products in any category. They will then receive feedback of closely matching products.

On 6th October, 2015, Urban Outfitters and Slyce signed a contract that will see the latter provide visual search services for mobile commerce. Later that month Shoe Carnival signed an agreement to integrate Slyce’s technology into its sales practices.

Technological Achievement in 2015

The company focused on improving its technology and making it more robust. On 5th October, 2015, the company introduced Universal Scanner. The product supports the recognition of a broad range of objects and barcodes. It was launched as an SDK mobile application.

On 25th November, 2015, the firm launched Slyce Link as a proprietary technology solution for retail shopping. It allows retailers to show Clients visually similar products. The company also developed quality 3D Objects Recognition to be used in shopping for appliances, electronics, home décor and other products.

Slyce’s 2D Content Management System to be used with the Universal Scanner program to detect 2D images such as catalogues and other printed media. Other products launched include Coupon Author, Craves (a fashion shopping app), Pounce for Android 3D Visual Shopping, Scout (a concierge service) and Slyce Insights.

Comment by CEO Mark Elfenbein

Mark Elfenbein expressed his confidence that Slyce will improve in the next coming years. He reiterated that the growing interest in the company’s visual search product coupled with the new partnership that Slyce has signed with major retailers will propel its earnings. He said that the company was improving its sales processes as well as expense stewardship.

Charity Work Becomes The Focus For Solo Capital’s Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah is perhaps best known for his role as the founder and former CEO of Solo Capital, a global investment management company headquartered in London; however, in recent years Shah has become almost as famous for his role as the head of the Autism Rocks charity. Before his own life was touched by the autism through the diagnosis of his own son with the neurological condition Sanjay Shah had already taken a step back from his leadership role with Solo Capital. The company is now staffed by professionals from across the financial and investment industry, which means the founder can spend more time with his family and focus on his important charity work.

For Sanjay Shah the charity work he now completes has as much importance as the financial work he used to concentrate on. In 2014, Shah and his family were told the youngest of their three children was affected by autism, which prompted a shift in focus from the financial sector to the philanthropy he now spends his time working on. As a music lover Sanjay Shah has looked to use the many friendships he has made over the years to benefit the Autism Rocks charity he established to fund a greater level of research into the medical condition through Cambridge University.

As Solo Capital operates across much of Europe and the Dubai area Sanjay Shah calls home the financial expert splits his time between monitoring the running of his company, and pushing on with Autism Rocks. The growth of Autism Rocks has been staggering over the short time it has been operating for, and has prompted Sanjay Shah to add new trustees to the board of the charity to help with its long term future. Autism Rocks raises funding for autism research by completing one off concerts by invitation only by major musical stars from across the world; in the past legendary performers like Prince and Joss Stone have performed for the charity.

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Slyce’s App For Visual Search Captures The Heart Of Online Shoppers Everywhere

Planning Trends In Online Shopping

How do retailers anticipate the upcoming trends in online shopping without the in person experience? There are several methods for this. Some of these methods were covered in a recent post from Live Mint, and that post will be shortly recapped here. One of the most useful methods of garnering interest from consumers about upcoming products is taken from marketing modules that are common in the consumer relation side of the analytic process. These suggestions are hard to come by, and they are sometimes skewed because the consumer is biased to certain products during said encounter. A good example of this type of analytic data collection is a survey taken by the consumer, or the consumer might talk personally with a worker at a retail location.

The easiest and most profitable way of retailers tracking their product interest is for analytic data to come straight from the companies who are offering the products to consumers. The visual search industry is one asset to retailers that gives this type of analytic data. The visual search industry is also growing quickly, so the analytic data is coming in at a high rate of speed. It is a lot for the retailer to handle, and they are still having trouble anticipating trends.

Solution To Online Shopping Problems From Slyce

Slyce has offered a great solution to retailers in terms of their anticipation for product interest. They have shown that they can generate some of the best data for anticipating these types of shopping trends. The bulk of trends in consumer shopping for online purchases come from the fashion or entertainment industry. This is exactly why Slyce has developed one of the top visual search applications on the market.

The application that Slyce developed for image recognition is able to capture images from a variety of sources, including print ads, actual objects (3D objects), bar codes, QR codes and even video. This gives the consumer more options to pick their products, and it is even easier to anticipate what types of products the consumer will choose because they are making their choices based off of the stimulus they are receiving. Slyce has a number of other products that are equally as useful, such as Snip Snap, a coupon collecting application.