Brad Reifler Opens Doors To New Investors

Investing has long been considered to be something only done by those with incredible amounts of money. This is an unfortunate way of thinking because in reality the middle class and others are the ones who need to start investing more than anyone else. On his Twitter account Brad Reifler said that he saw this reality and thought that he might actually do something about it.

A big part of the reason why people felt that they would need a lot of money to invest is because this is the way in which the investing companies made them feel. They were not willing to take on new investors if they were not what is considered accredited, then the investment houses did not want to bother with them.

What Does “Accredited” Mean?

Brad explains in his Reuters articles that the term accredited in investing refers to someone who has either an annual income greater than $200,000 or someone with a net worth above $1 million. That is not something that most people are able to reach, but it is what the investment houses wanted to see with their investors. As you can probably tell, this kept many people from bothering with investing at all.

How Reifler Is Changing Things

Reifler saw that there was an opportunity to change the way in which people invest. His own father-in-law was not able to get involved in the markets in the ways that he wanted to. There were barriers put up that his father-in-law was having trouble hurdling over. That is when Reifler himself decided to open a new route for middle income investors.

Forefront Capital Is Here To Help

The good news for those who are interested in investing at this time is that options are available to them. That is to say that Forefront Capital is allowing those who are not accredited to get their money invested with them. They even want to make sure that the people who are investing with them understand what it is that they are getting their money in.

While Forefront wants to offer its investors the flexibility that the wealthier investors already have, they want to make sure that those who do invest with them understand what it is that they are putting their money into. After all, there is not much point in holding investments in something that you do not really understand. Forefront is a great option for those who are ready to finally getting started with investing.  You can read more about Forefront on MarketWired.  Otherwise there’s more information on Brad himself at his website.

From Superstar Michael Jackson to Visual Effects Company Digital Domain, John Textor’s Reanimation Abilities Run Deep

On May 18, 2014, thousands of screaming fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena to see a performance by a man no one ever thought would be seen performing ever again. Thanks to hardworking animation genius John Textor, king of pop music Michael Jackson was brought back to life in hologram form and gave an incredibly believable performance of “Slave to the Rhythym”. This is only one of John’s many animation accomplishments, including creating a holographic form of late rapper Tupac and leading the company Digital Domain to animate an entire human being for use in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a landmark achievement in the field of animation. The company’s work on Benjamin Button even went on to earn the company an Academy Award in 2009 for Achievement in Visual Effects.

A gifted leader and businessman, John graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a Bachelors in Arts in economics. Since that time, he found success in leadership and foundation of many companies such as Sims Snowboards, BabyUniverse, and Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida-based holding company that focuses on technology-related opportunities in telecommunications, entertainment and the Internet.. Despite his success in these varied and demanding positions, John did not find his home in animation until he assumed leadership of hugely successful visual effects and digital production company Digital Domain. After his resignation from Digital Domain in 2012, John moved on to do some hugely impressive work for Pulse Evolution Corporation, another digital production company.

John currently lives in West Palm Beach where he works as the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution. He contributes to the field of animation by helping to create life-size and photo realistic digital humans, similar to his work creating the hologram of Michael Jackson as well as Elvis Presley. He is also currently helping to produce Art Story, an animated film created by filmmaker Aaron Blaise. During his time as the Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, he did extensive animation work for over 25 blockbuster films such as Tron, Transformers, and Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End. When he acquired Digital Domain in 2006 he had a vision of restructuring the company, and in 2012 the company had achieved an NYSE valuation of $450 million. John also served as a producer and executive producer for the movie Ender’s Game released in 2013, which went on to gross over $125 million.

Famous People Before They Were Famous

If you ever wondered how your favorite celebrity looked before they were so famous, you have to check out this post on http://www.damncoolpictures.com/. Some of these are photos that these famous people might have hoped would never see the light of day, but thanks to the miracle of the internet they are out there forever. For the most part they are very humanizing as you see their younger selves doing things we all do, and it seems like you are removing the curtain the Wizard of Oz is hiding behind to see them in these earlier times.

They are not just Hollywood celebrities. You will also find famous people like Adam Sender, from politics, sports and music. If you ever wondered what a young Tommy Lee Jones or a pre-wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking looked like, you won’t wonder anymore after perusing these photos. You’ll see how early Bill Clinton started playing that saxophone, and the intensity in the eyes of a child named Robert De Niro that preordained him for stardom. I won’t even give away what kind of photo you will see of Cher. It’s an interesting diversion from your hectic day to see the rich and famous in a way that we usually don’t get to see them.

Mr. John Textor: The Ultimate Leader in the Industry

Introduction

Mr. John Textor is a well known, well respected, and well established leader in the entertainment industry. From his early career to other escalades, his resume is very impressive.

Education and Early Career

Mr. Textor attended Wesleyan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1987. He co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings in 1997, and he became the managing partner. Wyndcrest Holdings is an investment firm specializing in private equity that is based in Florida, and it focuses on the Internet, telecommunication, and entertainment. He also became the director for The Parent Company and BabyUniverse in 1999. This is an online retailer specializing in children’s products. At this organization, he became the chairman in 2002, and then he became the CEO in 2005.

Other Business Escalades

As an executive, John Textor founded the Lydian Trust Company (Bank.com), where he was also the director. He was the CEO and Chairman of Sims Snowboards, in which he was responsible jointly for corporate finance and strategic planning for Michael Swerdlow Companies.

In his investment firm, Wyndcrest Holdings, success has reached soaring heights. Great success was reached during the time of the early dot-com period. This is due to the perfect timing of investments for several startups. And from 1997 to 2003, Wyndcrest Holdings turned approximately $40 million into approximately $700 million. With this success, Mr. Textor looked into investing and working in the entertainment field.

Major Escalades in the Entertainment Industry

In the entertainment industry, John Textor is the executive chairman of the board of Pulse Evolution Corporation. The Pulse Evolution Corporation, aka Pulse, is a creative digital production as well as IP Company, that produces human like forms from computer generated applications. As chairman, Mr. Textor serves a full time, active resource to the CEO of studio. He’s mainly responsible for venue partnerships, relationships, rights acquisition, strategic partnerships, and special projects with major media organizations.

Producer

As a producer, John Textor has participated in a plethora of projects in an outstanding way. He’s worked on a movie called, Ender’s Game, and he is now working on the Art Story. His productive team produced several virtual versions of different celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012, and Michael Jackson for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. He also worked with the famous director Michael Bay, and the quarterback Dan Marino on a deal for purchasing Digital Domain. At that time, FX’s reputation was declining with low profitability. With John Textor and his team, they rebuilt the studio, and expanded its profits. And as a result, Digital Domain earned the highest honor in the industry, which is the “Best Visual Effects” award for the 2005 movie called “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

Cyber Hackers Force Sony Pictures to Cower into Yanking Upcoming Comedy Flick

While North Korea is denying any involvement in the cyber-attack that struck Sony Pictures recently, the studio has pulled their upcoming comedy film “The Interview” starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. The plot of the movie has the CIA enlist the support of two top celebrity journalists to assassinate the leader of North Korea during a rare interview inside the isolated nation. The obvious question regarding the cyber-attacks is: Who has a motive to conduct the attack besides North Korea?

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un recently passed a law prohibiting anyone from using legally using his name. The depth of the dictator’s narcissism cannot be understated. The hackers also issued a threat to American moviegoers not to see the film or movie theaters will be attacked. President Obama addressed the issue and assured the public the threats are not credible. In fact, the president encouraged Americans to go to the movies. Despite those assurance, Sony yanked the film from distribution citing public safety concerns. However, they may be reacting more to implicit or explicit blackmail.

The hackers have released emails and payroll information that has embarrassed if not outright shamed the movie studio’s top execs. Racially insensitive and possibly racist remarks about the president were found being made in company emails. The studio was also found to pay female actresses less than their male counterparts even when the actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence were clearly the bigger ticket draw. The hackers also crippled Sony’s servers and personal computers globally. My friend Jared Haftel has been following the coverage non-stop, so you can be sure we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Abercrombie CEO, Mike Jeffries Retires Suddenly, No Successor Has Been Named

Abercrombie and Fitch’s outspoken, and often hate-filled, CEO, Mike Jeffries has retired. His retirement comes as a surprise to industry insiders and consumers. While Jeffries has been a controversial figure, he’s remained relatively quiet in the last year, and no rumors about his departure were leaked prior to the announcement. No successor has been appointed, but three board members are expected to step in and take over the day-to-day operations of the company. 

Shareholders have long been unhappy with Jeffries. The lack of change to the store to meet new tastes of American teens has been a sticking point. Jeffries’ comments about their clothes only being intended for “good looking people”, and statements regarding the poor wearing his clothing, has made him extremely controversial to the public. 

Jeffries has also been difficult to work with, claims a lawsuit filed in 2010. His eccentricities and expectations appear to have grown exponentially in recent years, even as the clothing brand he took from the ground up, continued to falter. Jeffries brought A&F to fame in the 1990’s when he altered the brand with a sexy, outdoorsy appeal. Prior to Jeffries the company sold hiking and camping gear. Sales have fallen significantly over the last five year, however. 

Economist Christian Broda chimes in that Abercrombie has yet to replicate the success they had in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their lines, which cater to teens and early 20-somethings, has failed to morph and change with times. The clothes remain “prep school chic”, while the popular look among teens and young adults today is anything but. The company has tried to swing more towards the children’s direction in recent years, but has failed on that front as well.