Eric Lefkofsky, CEO and Co-finder of Tempus

Eric Lefkofsky is well known for co-finding the $2.2 billion e-commerce marketplace, Groupon, as well as his participation in many philanthropic endeavors. More recent news announces that he co-found a big data technology company that has designed an operating program to help fight cancer. He is also active CEO. This company is called Tempus.

Although he and his family could live the lives comfortably off the success of Groupon, Eric Lefkofsky chooses to move forward in his business endeavors by launching the company, Tempus, and with the dedication to understanding all the ins and outs of health care in relation to cancer. To prepare himself for the launch of Tempus, he spoke to numerous physicians about cancer and read a vast amount of medical-related material on the subject.

According to Kevin White, the president of Tempus, Lefkofsky is a quick study. White is a trained geneticist and admits that he and Lefkofsky come from different backgrounds. However, he states that they are on the same page in wanting to use modern technology to bring cancer treatment to a whole new level.

What Tempus does to help cure/treat cancer is allows partnering physicians to use their system to learn more about their patients and possible treatments for their individual cases of cancer. The company’s platform connects anatomic, molecular, and clinical data from systems all over the United States and makes that data available. The goals of having all this information in the same place are improved cancer treatments, more cases of cancer permanently cured, and personalized treatment plans that are more efficient to individual cases of cancer. Historical results from patients with similar cases may help doctors to determine how to adjust procedures to be more efficient for current and future patients.

Lefkofsky does not expect to see overnight changes within current cancer statistics. He has been quoted saying that he knows this will be a long journey. However, Tempus is a privately held company. There are no shareholders to answer to, and absent are the quarter-to-quarter stresses that often plague public companies. Lefkofsky views this venture as personal. A very high number of people die from cancer every year, and he has not seen any changes in those numbers in the last 25 years. The lack of change is what keeps him, and his team motivated.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center is one group of physicians to collaborate with Tempus. Local hospitals teaming with the company include Northwestern University’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rush University Medical Center and one clinical trial group from the University of Chicago.

Igor Cornelsen Shares What Every Investor Must Know Before Investing In Brazil

 

Anytime the economy takes a hit big banks also tend to take a hit. This is not only natural, but its to be expected. However, this wasn’t the case in Brazil. In 2014 while the Brazilian economy was suffering the main banks in the country were experiencing record profits.

 

How is this possible you ask? Well according to Igor Cornelsen, a Brazilian banking expert, the reason the main banks in Brazil were able to weather the storm was due to their extensive knowledge of the markets and their experience during other turbulent years.

 

Igor says that Brazilian banks in the private sector understood the importance of streamlining costs and giving banks a sense of security. They therefore only offered loans to the most credible borrowers.

 

Why Should You Invest In Brazil?

 

With the Brazilian economy experiencing so much uncertainty in the last few years most investors are wondering why they should invest in the country. The biggest reason you should want to invest in Brazil is because of their abundance of natural resources. They also have an ever expanding population which opens the door for infrastructure development.

 

Brazil is also one of the largest producers of food in the world and it is the largest country in South America.

 

What You Need To Know Before You Invest

 

Before investing in Brazil you must first take the time to understand the basics. First and foremost Brazil is the largest economy in South America. It is basically run by ten major commercial and privately owned banks.

 

The ten banks include Banco Itaú, HSBC, Banrisul, BTG Pactual, Caixa Econômica Federal, Banco do Brasil, Banco Bradesco, Banco J Safra, Citibank Brazil and Santander.

 

Brazil is inextricably linked to China because they are big time trading partners. That means anytime the Chinese economy is strong that is a good sign for the Brazilian economy.

 

But here’s the interesting part. China is also Brazil’s biggest competitor when it comes to exports. That’s why it is so important you pay close attention to trading partners when you are investing in a country. Because who they trade with will also have a huge impact on your investment.  For more free advice, check out Igor’s Facebook, or you can also get free advice through his blog IgorCornelsen.wordpress.com.

Chris Burch On The Fusion of Fashionable Technology

As the world revolves, fashion and technology have evolved. A part of this natural progression has been the fusion of fashion trends with technological advances. Christopher Burch, veteran fashion retailer and owner of Burch Creative Capital, discusses what kind of changes have already occurred and what trends can be expected in the future; with the fashion industry merging with the technical industry.

Burch addresses the current surge of interest in wearable technology, by taking a look back at past trends. Beginning in the 1970s, he says that hip-hop culture with its big, booming beat boxes changed the way people played music. First users were content with just hearing music from local radio stations while traveling. Then starting in the 80s and 90s, there was a transition to recording personalized versions of music and creating storylines.

Before long people started dressing like breakdancers and hip-hop artists. And suddenly, it was no longer a cultural phenomenon, because quickly young people from all walks of life, thought it was fashionable to wear loose, baggy clothes and colorful emblems as everyday outfits.

Consequently, Burch says there was a further intertwining of fashion and technology, as designers sought creative expression through “Avante Garde” designs. One important influence during this time period was young Dutch designer, Anouk Wipprecht. Wipprecht saw the connection between fashion and technology as something to be imparted into fun, funky clothing. She went on to create a drinking making dress and a self-painting dress, as a result.

Christopher Burch is the ex-husband of successful fashion icon, Tory Burch. In 2013, he was added to Forbes’ annual list of billionaires. Burch helped launch his ex-wife’s brand in 2004. But, he is a man of many different hats; a serial entrepreneur with several companies, including a preppy retail outlet, the wireless charging solution, Powermat, an office store, which sells outlandish and unusual office supplies, and he owns several properties with homes in the Hamptons, Indonesia, and Nantucket Island.

At first glance, Burch looks like a “gentle” man of leisure. He has maintained an active interest in the fashion world since the inception of his ex-wife’s flagship store. Not only is he involved with multiple businesses as a self-made billionaire; he also has two adult daughters, who recently launched their own fashion businesses. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Christopher Burch also continues to author numerous articles, related to fashion, business and creativity.