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A New Program Allows Math Teachers to Help Their Students More Individually

Math teachers get frustrated. They want to help their students individually but understand that there is honestly not enough time to do that. In order to help a teacher help a student, Alexei Beltyukov came up with an idea. An idea he calls SOLVY.

What SOLVY does is gives a place that teachers can go and post homework assignments based on their interests and needs. The student does the homework and if they need extra attention, SOLVY informs the teacher.

It is currently available for Algebra One classes. Alexei Beltyukov stated his goal for the company as, “We want to make it easier for teachers to understand and manage their students’ progress and offer them developmental feedback when outside of the classroom” (

Alexei Beltyukov is a Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist who believe in the need for education. He started out life as a doctor but with the recession he was unable to make ends meet, living in a run-down apartment with his wife and the cockroaches.

They took a chance and before he knew it, he had graduated from ISEAD, a business school with campuses throughout Europe. His multiple successes since graduating has allowed him to help students who are enrolling to ISEAD University in Russia. They can apply for a Russian Alumni scholarship that he helped create.

Sometimes the education goes beyond school. For this, he gives guidance through the Skolkovo Foundations, where he is the Vice President of the organization, a company that provides help for start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to expand throughout Russia. He is able to use is life experiences as the founder of several companies, including A-Ventures, Mecanicus, Endemic Capital, and of course, SOLVY. According to, Alexei Beltyukov sees a need and he fills it. When it comes to education, sometimes that need is just to help the students succeed. Thanks to Alexei Beltyukov and SOLVY, we can now do that.

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WEN Cleansing Conditioners Go A Long Way In Improving Hair Health

Thousands of women from all around the world have seen amazing results from using WEN cleansing conditioners by Chaz Dean, the celebrity hairstylist. Chaz Dean not only works with celebrities, but he has been in the hair care industry for a long time now and has developed several of his own products. WEN is by far the most popular, as it is an all natural product that has been designed to help women deal with even the most unruly hair. Women with all hair types can find results with WEN, whether its fine hair, curly and frizzy hair, or even damaged hair, WEN produces results. A popular review of the Fig version of WEN cleansing conditioners can be found from Emily McClure, who published her review on Bustle Magazine. Her review goes into detail while using the product for a week, during which she took before and after photos of the results.

In Emily’s case, she started seeing results from WEN within just a few days, and by the end of the week it had brought the promised results she had been skeptical about. Most women who see this story will find it hopeful, as Emily is someone who has dealt with very fine hair for a long time and has difficulty finding products that are effective. Chaz Dean took his time and went through a lot of trial and error to get an effective formula that would not strip the hair of natural moisture, while cleaning it effectively. WEN is gentle enough that it can be used alongside other hair styling products, assuming they are not full of chemicals.

Chaz Dean spent a lot of his time perfecting the Sephora advertised 5 in 1 formula that goes into each bottle of WEN cleansing conditioner. This was to ensure that the product was not only effective on all types of hair, but to make an affordable product that all women could use within the comfort of their own homes. This formula ( can replace typical conditioners and shampoos, and is gentle enough to be used along with other hair styling products on a daily basis. Watch the Wen infomercial on YouTube to learn more.




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InnovaCare Brings Members the Best in Healthcare Services & Healthcare Leadership

InnovaCare Health, a leading healthcare service provider, has recently announced the addition of new executive level leaders. InnovaCare Health operates the leading health plans in Puerto Rico, namely, MMM Healthcare Inc. (MMMM) and PMC Medicare Choice, Inc. (PMC). InnovaCare also provides Puerto Rico with its only NCQA accredited health plans. Given the growth of the organization in recent years this expansion of leadership comes at the right time.

Jonathan Meyers has joined the team as Chief Actuary Officer. He recently served as Director of Actuarial Services for Medicare and Medicaid for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). He was also Chief Actuary at New York’s HealthCare Partners. He gave strategic insight regarding healthcare benefits for employees and retirees to senior executives through Employee Benefits Consulting which included the following businesses: Johnson & Johnson, Northwell Health, International Paper, AXA Financial, SEIU 1199.

InnovaCare Health has also proudly added a new Chief Accounting Officer, Mike Sortino. Prior to this position he was the Controller of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., LTD. He also served 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Houston Casualty Company (HCC). He has served for 20 years in the insurance industry and he also has five years of experience in public accounting.

Read more: InnovaCare Health Announces Three Additions to Leadership

Coming in with over 20 years of experience in government specialized healthcare, Penelope Kokkinides is InnovaCare’s new Chief Administrative Officer. Previously she held served as InnovaCare’s Chief Operating Officer, and she rejoins bringing a new facet of her skillset with the same commitment to provide the best in healthcare services to InnovaCare’s members. She was responsible for managing and strategically directing of Centerlight Healthcare’s managed care division prior to joining InnovaCare.

President and CEO of InnovaCare, Dr. Rick Shinto, is excited about this new up leveling of leadership. Shinto himself brings an illustrious background and extensive knowledge to the company since he came aboard as president and CEO. Prior to his position at InnovaCare he served as President and CEO of Aveta Inc. from 2008-2012. He currently serves as CEO of InnovaCare’s health plans in Puerto Rico.

All three new members bring not only their impressive experience to the company, but each of them also brings a unique and invaluable skillset to InnovaCare that will only enhance the company’s mission to ‘provide members with quality healthcare by creating sustainable models of managed care that are coordinated, cost effective, innovative and fully integrated with advanced technologies.’

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Humanitarian Corporation

Securus Technologies is a corporation that supports an interesting type of customer. In order to offer this high level of support they need to development and maintain control over their high quality products. There has been recent issues with these subjects as of late, with another company involved in the industry, GTL, who mas made accusations that Securus is operating under expired patents for many of their products. After some research by Securus personnel and third party sources it would seem that these accusations are untrue and that they are in fact baseless and inaccurate.


Securus Technologies offers security and communications expertise to incarcerated individuals currently serving time within the United States prison system. They offer this support through products such as a free downloadable application for both Android and Apple devices. This program can be used to communicate through video streaming technology in order for inmates to successfully talk with their family members and loved ones easily. This allows family members to bypass the irritating nature of prison visitation by no longer needing to drive to the prison or to worry about the uncomfortable way that security checks within them operate. These advancements in technology are meant to serve all consumers regardless of where they currently reside in society.


Securus Technologies not only can be labeled as a technology company, but thanks to the way they treat their select customer base they can also be evaluated as a humanitarian organization that will support their customers until the very end.


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The Securities and Exchange Commission Offers a Significant Monetary Incentive to an Informant.

Labaton Sucharow is a law company that is well recognized, and it was founded about 50 years ago. The firm has been offering whistleblower representation services since 2010. This is after the United States Congress passed the Consumer Protection Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. The two legislations brought remarkable transformations in the financial sector such as the creation of the whistleblower protection laws. The regulations indicate that individuals who offer useful information to Securities and Exchange Commission should be awarded approximately 10 to 30 percent of the money that the organization gains from penalties.

The commission recently gave a whistleblower who was represented by the Labaton Sucharow law company $17 million due to the useful information that he provided. The intelligence assisted the SEC in unearthing some of the illegal undertakings that were being committed in the financial sector. According to the SEC, the identity of the whistleblower should always be kept secret since exposing it would make employers to blacklist the individual. The informant was keen in hiding his identity since he used the representation of an attorney to report the case to the commission.

The SEC whistleblower representation service of the Labaton Sucharow is managed by an exceptional professional. Jordan A Thomas who is its head is knowledgeable on securities laws. He was employed by the SEC to serve as an assistant director, and he was also part of the organization’s litigation council. During his tenure, Thomas was selected to be part of the panel that formed and implemented the whistleblower protection program.

The Securities and Exchange Commission gained from the intelligence that was offered by the informant since it unearthed various fraudulent undertakings that were being committed by a leading firm in the financial industry. The identity of the whistleblower remained anonymous since he was represented by an attorney (Labaton Sucharow) at the SEC. The Commission has always been keen in hiding the identity of the whistleblower

The SEC currently has an Investor Protection Fund that has an excess deposit of about $400 million that are set aside to ensure that the informants get their compensation in time. The Labaton Sucharow law firm was established about five decades ago. It has a competent whistleblower representation practice that has made it be recognized as one of the top companies that offer plaintiff representation. Organizations that have acknowledged the company for its outs include The Legal 500, the Benchmark Litigation, and Chambers and Partners.

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Michael Zomber Has A Passion For Writing And Weaponry


Michael Zomber is considered one of the most well-versed antique gun and weapons collector in the world. He is also a highly-regarded author and producer in his own right.


Zomber has collected guns and weaponry from all over the world for nearly 40 years. His affinity with antique weapons began at an early age. He is partial to the Japanese Samurai swords. His expertise on weapons from the 16th century through the 19th Century is unmatched.


Zomber has also written extensively about these weapons and include them in his novels Soul of the Samurai, Jesus and the Samurai and Shogun Iemitsu.


Zomber is also considered a prolific storyteller. He has the ability to draw readers into the story unlike any other author. Some of his other works include Civil War dramas Sweet Betsy, That’s Me and Son of Kentucky.


Michael Zomber has been a featured guest on the A&E History Channel special Tales of the gun. This highly-acclaimed, eight documentary includes episodes Guns of the Famous, Guns of the Orient, Dueling pistols, Shotguns, Automatic Pistols and Million Dollar Guns.


The Pennsylvania native attended school at UCLA and the University of Illinois. His love for writing about real-life issues helped him churn out novel after novel and a huge fan base.


Michael Zomber is also a philanthropist and supports a number of causes such as Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, Amnesty International and Disabled American Veterans. He and his wife, Andrea, also a producer, live on the outskirts of Philadelphia with their two children.

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The Epic Rise in Demand for Handy Cleaning Services

In the past couple of years, the world has seen increased demand for home care and cleaning services. Professionals have come out to advertise their services, so as to meet potential clients. The professionals offering home cleaning services have over time had the challenges of finding a market at ease. Different people have taken different approaches, depending on their beliefs. However, their success has not been epic like recently seen by the introduction of Handy cleaning services.

Handy Cleaning services focuses in cleaning home and business premises as described by the client. The role of the client is to log onto their computer or mobile phone application and choose the best professional from the list. Once the client has chosen who to work with, the schedule the time for the services to be made. It may be cleaning or minor repairs. The introduction of the concept has been seen by many homeowners to be convenient and cheap. Firstly, it is because the company is reputable and reliable.

On the same note, the professionals that give the actual service are vetted thoroughly before admission. Thus, they offer the best service. There is an option to replace the previous cleaner if the current one is better. The bottom line being that the client has the freedom to choose who offers the service.

The easy access to the website and booking platform has boosted the success of the company. Recent reports indicated that the company was seeing over $1 million in bookings in each week. It is highly attributed to the fact that the company had launched a mobile application that could be accessed everywhere and used with ease. With the application, booking Handy services has become extremely easy, and people can comfortably interact with the straightforward platform while choosing the kind of services they have to offer.

In just two years, Handy cleaning services has seen great success at a level that major industry analysts and players have compared it to Uber. In fact as reveals, they call it the Uber of Home Cleaning Services. Initiated by former Harvard University classmates, the business model of the company is quite impressive even though many people did not find it sound in the beginning. It is its uniqueness that has made the company famous in the US States and parts of Europe. Some companies in Australia have tried out the service, but have failed due to the lack of proper planning and focus. What is unique with Handy is that they concentrate on high-quality services that have a low rate of rejection. From then on, the company builds a sound relationship the clients, and it becomes a recurrent thing.

Handy cleaning services were formed from the life experiences of the founders. It was what they had seen before joining up in Harvard that they found unique and decided to get into the venture. Despite that many people still do not believe that the company can stand the taste of the time, Handy has increasingly got new clients. With over 5,000 registered professionals, each gets at least a job in a month. It is a commendable achievement for the young men that dared to dream.


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Madison Street Capital Makes to the Finals of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

The M&A Advisor Awards have announced that Chicago based Madison Street Capital, a global investment banking firm, has made it to the finals of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. These awards are widely respected in the financial industry as they represent a height of achievement. They are for recognizing, financing and restructuring, deal-making and celebrating the various achievements as well as contributions made by top professionals and their firms.




Madison Street Capital (MSC) has been nominated in two categories namely the Industrials Deal of the Year (below $100MM) and the Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year – International. MSC was nominated for the Industrial Deal of the Year award due to facilitating the Acuna & Asociados S.A. acquisition process by Dowco. The Senior Managing Director at MSC, Karl D’Cunha, was in charge of the transaction. The CEO and founder of MSC, Charles Botchway, expressed his delight in helping Dowco who forms part of their longstanding clients. He also stated that he was honored to having been nominated for the awards.


Botchway went on to explain that the dealmakers based at MSC always work without tiring even across a number of time zones. This is to ensure that the firm’s clients get connected to the emerging and growing businesses that will suit the diverse needs they have for success and growth. Botchway further noted that the acquisition process of Acuna & Asociados S.A. was quite complex and involved a number of factors and it did feel great that the firm was nominated for its efforts. The New York Athletic Club is expected to host the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on November 9 when the winners will be announced. You can read more about this article on


About Madison Street Capital


The MSC is a global investment banking firm that commits to offering service, integrity, excellence and leadership in the delivery of its services. These services include offering financial opinions, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation services. It offers its services to both public and private owned companies. It has a rich team of professionals who are highly skilled with extensive relationships and knowledge that make it rank among the top middle-market investment banking firms in the world. These professionals have the ability to arrange for the appropriate capitalization and financing structures that will suit the specific situations of different clients.


MSC relies on its services to ensure that its clients taste success globally. The firm adopts all the goals and objectives brought by its clients with dedication. MSC has managed to earn the trust of many clients in the world through its resolute dedication to conform to the highest professional standard levels.

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Give You Hair The Attention it Deserves

Hair care often seems like a never-ending battle. Finding a product that works just to have it be discontinued a month later is not only obnoxious but immensely frustrating as well. It comes down to the fact that everyone has a different hair type with different needs. What works for one person may make things worse for another. To get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients. When you know exactly what you are putting on your body, you know how it will work for you.

Wen by Chaz offers a line of hair care products that takes a different approach to your nightly shower. Instead of forcing you to buy an expensive array or different products, this company gives your hair everything it needs in just one bottle. There is no longer a need to use a separate shampoo, conditioner, and detangler, the line of Cleansing Conditioners gives you all three and more. When used as directed, this product will give you bouncy, shiny hair after just one use.

The hair care expert Chaz Dean ( realize that there are many different hair types and have adjusted their formulas accordingly. For dry, damaged hair, try pomegranate. If you and your locks are tired and stressed, the Wen Hair soothing lavender blend will be right up your alley. If your hair just needs a little extra love, the sweet almond formula will be perfect. Each Guthy-Renker sold bottle of cleansing conditioner will give your hair exactly what it needs for much less money and time.

Everyone is unique. Hair care should be designed to match specific needs instead of cramming everyone into one group. WEN hair celebrates the needs of each person specifically and gives their hair exactly what it has been waiting for. Between the natural ingredients and original concept, the Cleansing Conditioner has the ability to make your hair shiny and manageable as if you just got back from the salon. Check out Wen by Chaz today and try it for yourself.


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Tracing Mike Baur’s Entrepreneurial Steps and The Founding Of Swiss Start-Up Factory

Mike Baur is a co-founder at Swiss Start-Up Factory, a firm based in Zurich. Mike and company created the company in 2014, and it centers on shaping and empowering entry level start-ups to fast-tracking their way to success by disruption the status quo. They disrupt the status quo by plowing through current business models, norms and products.


The empowerment comes in a 3-month acceleration program that equips entry level start-ups with critical growth factors like coaching, mentoring, financing, important services and unobstructed access to major entrepreneurial and investor networks.

Mike Baur has a rich educational background holding an MBA from the New York-based University of Rochester and an Executive MBA from the prestigious University of Berne.


His humble beginnings commenced at the Swiss Private Banking sector where he accumulated over 20 years of working experience. He later took up internship at UBS and worked hard from ground up to assume an executive board member position at a reputable Swiss Private bank.


His turning point came in 2014 at the age of 39 when he co-founded Swiss Start-Up Factory. Currently, Swiss Start-Up Factory is the industry leader in ICT and bankrolls most early stage startups in Switzerland. Mike Baur‘s rise to stardom can be attributed to his winning pedigree that he cultivated over the 20 years in the banking sector. Today, he still dedicates most of his time in the Swiss early stage start-ups as a mentor and financial contributors.


Mike Baur’s business empire continues to thrive thanks to a team of experts, experienced and enthusiastic individuals that swear to the goals of the Swiss Start-Up Factory to make sure that entry-level start-ups become attuned to the business environment and achieve sustainable growth in record time.


 The company offers accounting functions such as payroll management, invoice management, financial statements, bookkeeping, cash flow reports and tax reporting to these very start-ups. The accounting functions are tailored to match particular requirements of the start-ups. Some of the startups that the Swiss Start-Up Factory have mentored and financed recently include Struckd, Beaconsmind, Carhelper and Blinkers.


To spark motivation, the Swiss Start-Up Factory has created the “world web forum 2017” award that seeks to reward the most promising start-up. The startup ideas will be presented live in the presence of a panel of moderators, and the winner gets to walk away with the ”world web forum coolest startup award.”

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