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There are many challenges involved with being a teacher. One of those challenges includes connecting with parents and students. Over the last seven years Classdojo has making this much easier. The mobile application allows teachers to communicate with parents through messaging, pictures and video. It has become very popular around the world. Now the app is preparing to take another giant step forward.

Since it’s creation in 2011, Classdojo has never charged their teachers or their parents. Amazingly they have been one of the few applications to survive with this model. Now Classdojo is looking to expand it’s app. They are looking to add features through a subscription service. The new changes will be known as ‘Beyond School.’ The focus of Beyond School will be to teach students techniques such as meditation and mindfulness to help them grow as people.

Beyond School will have a number of different features. For starters they will use a system in which parents can give points to their children just like in the current model. Now parents can create their own criteria for giving out points. Students who use classdojo love the avatars they can choose. Now students will have the ability to create and customize their own application. The avatars will now truly represent them.

Beyond School will also have a number of informational videos. Many of these videos are designed to guide parents through the process of using meditation and mindfulness with their kids. Students will also have the ability to record videos in response to questions from their parents.

Classdojo’s ability to survive without charging customers is a credit to the company and its investors. Now they are prepared to take a step forward. Beyond School is currently being piloted in select schools and will be available to everyone starting February of 2019 for less than ten dollars a month.

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InnovaCare Health is a leader in government health care programs, specifically Medicare and Medicaid. They also operate private provider programs. They are leading the fight to restore medical care to Puerto Rico and are the major health care providers for that hurricane-ravaged country. InnovaCare focuses on creating partnerships between patients and medical providers to optimize care. They also strive for efficient business practices and innovative medical technology. They are experts in managed care and believe that everyone benefits when medicine and efficiency are paired together.

InnovaCare Health Growing with New CAO Penelope Kokkinides

In 2016, Penelope Kokkinides rejoined InnovaCare as the new Chief Administrative Officer. She has more than two decades of health care experience working for many national health care companies. Kokkinides specializes in government health programs including Medicaid and Medicare as well as general managed care. In conjunction with her return to InnovaCare, she was interviewed by IdeaMensch and her passion for business and life were quite obvious throughout the interview. Kokkinides is a disciplined and focused individual. It is easy to see how she has used these same skills to help make health care more efficient and effective and yet still compassionate and patient-focused.

Kokkinides has an incredibly busy schedule but uses several means to stay on track and very efficient. She is never far from her power charger as being connected is crucial in today’s technology-driven business world. Kokkinides revels in the ease of connecting with others especially with email and video conferencing. One of her biggest tips is to take time every night to prioritize what needs to be done the next day and the specific steps required.

With Kokkinidies’ Guidance InnovaCare Health is Reforming Medical Payment Plans

InnovaCare Health is an active partner in the innovative “Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network” aka LAN. LAN was started in 2015 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a partnership with private, public, and non-profit medical providers to reform health care costs. InnovaCare joined the efforts in 2016 coinciding with the return of Kokkinides and the new leadership team. LAN is aimed at reducing health care costs and make medicine more affordable. The goal is a thirty percent reduction in costs and the overall goal is to make health care more efficient and improve quality. Value over volume is the focus and InnovaCare Health is working to make that a reality.

One of the global leading enterprise FPX has received an undisclosed funding amount from one of its lending partners known as HGGC. HGGC is a global middle-market private equity firm. HGGC acquired FPX in 2016 and has been funding it to allow expansion of its services to the global space. FPX is keen on its product development and improving its strategic partnerships around the world. HGGC is popular for investing in companies that deal with e-commerce platforms and other applications. So far it has invested over $15 billion in different companies such as Hybris, MyWebGrocer and Selligent.

After the investment by HGGC, FPX is now on the verge of dominating the CPQ market, according to the chief executive officer Rich Lawson. This company invested in FPX because it was clear to them it was the only company with product capability, enormous dominance in the markets, and innovation for growth in the future. After the funding by this company, FBX has seen a period of tremendous growth and even opening European headquarters in Munich, Germany. It has also expanded its presence in England with an office located in London. FBX has benefited from new senior executives who have strengthened its international management and partnerships with other strategic partners such as Microsoft and SAP.

As the market continues to evolve more B2B companies are integrating CPQ solutions into their business models giving FBX a chance to expand its operations globally. FPX is in the process of creating the most advanced CPQ solutions for it multichannel companies. It’s also creating an operating model that supports all its customers’ business strategies globally.

HGGC leads in the middle market private equity business with a capital of over $4.3 billion. Its headquarters are in Palo Alto, California. Its business model is unique due to its advantaged investing. This model enables it to attract multiple partners and even sponsors who are ready to invest alongside the company. Since it was formed, teh equity firm has managed to complete over 60 investments accusations recapitalization and even liquidity events with transactions amounts going for more than $15 billion.

Preparing for retirement is an important part of every person’s career life. Most people in the United States save for retirement by saving a portion of their income in a 401k. This is good but the money saved does not guarantee one the same kind of lifestyle they used to enjoy. One may assume that Social Security will take care of the difference. Unfortunately, social security only gives $2800 per family where both spouses are working. This is where the revolutionary investment idea by Matt Badiali called Freedom Checks comes in.

Matt Badiali who works at Banyan Hill as an analyst came up with Freedom Checks which is a profitable investment idea. By using a law in the constitution that few people know about he has been able to provide the opportunity to earn high returns and get government subsidies for his investors. Investors get high returns legally because the companies that they invest in do not get taxed. In addition, investors also receive checks from the government since they have made good use of their capital.

According to the US tax law that Matt Badiali leverages in Freedom Checks, companies that use up to 90% or more of locally sourced raw materials are eligible for tax exemption. Statute 26-F of the tax code holds that if a company has used American resources for transportation, storage, processing, and production they qualify for tax exemption. Investments into these companies are used to run the companies by buying machinery, paying employees along with any other operational costs.

Very few companies qualify for this exemption as most companies in the country have outsourced operation to Asia and that means they cannot qualify. These companies according to statute 26-F are expected to give a portion of revenue to shareholders and this is why Freedom Checks are very profitable to investors. This is however much lower than the amount required by the IRS as federal tax annually.

About Matt Badiali

Matt Badiali is an Analyst at Banyan Hill publishing. He attended Penn State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience. He holds a Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.

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Sunday Riley is an entrepreneur who launched her own skincare products after finding many of the products that were on the market were not satisfying her need for quality. She does not put any unnatural ingredients in her skincare products. The Sunday Riley product line comes with a price.

For many fans of the product line, the price is well worth it. While the Sunday Riley product line is generally made up of skincare products the company expects to add to the family soon. The company has attempted, in the past, to launch a full line of cosmetics. The line was discontinued after a couple years.

The Sunday Riley Skincare line had humble beginnings. When the company started out, it was easy for its founder to find a store to carry the products. Sunday Riley Skincare products could be found exclusively at one high-end retailer with stores in Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago.

The most difficult part of launching a skincare line for Sally Riley was the advertising. Like many companies who are just starting she found that she had an almost non-existing advertising budget. She turned to social media.

Riley found that handing out samples the takers would post their reviews online, many to their social media accounts. She advertised via her own social media outlets, with the help of friends and family, free samples of her skincare products. Takers of the skincare samples tried it out and even those with only a few hundred followers shared the results and their likes along with their dislikes. Word-of-mouth spread and the Sunday Riley Skincare line was in business.

Sunday Riley was hesitant about using her own name on the bottles of her skincare products. She felt this is going to be a reflection of who she was. Perhaps, this would cause some not to buy the products. Then again if the products fail, this too would forever be linked to her personally. She gave her line of skincare products her name only because the high-end retailer agreeing to stock a supply of it insisted upon it.

The Passion

David McDonald is a man of high standards and goals. He is passionate about the David McDonald OSI group and what they do. He started out at the bottom when he joined the OSI Group, just like so many people would. Through hard work and determination, he worked his way up the ladder. The David McDonald OSI group is a premier global food provider. David has played a large role in the success of this company. He strives to provide the needs of customers without the hassle.

The Venture of David McDonald

A recent acquisition of Baho Foods has helped David McDonald OSI Group’s presence even through Europe. He has also helped to establish 10 different Chinese factories that serve some very well known chain restaurants.

Starting from the ground up, David McDonald OSI Group has turned into a global leader. They started out as a neighborhood butcher shop in the early 20th century. It was based in Chicago. This butcher shop soon became a supplier for the restaurant McDonalds. Since then it has grown and become a provider for so many more food chains, both in the US and Internationally.

Background of David

David McDonald grew up on a farm and always enjoyed agriculture. He is a graduate from Iowa State University. His Bachelors degree is in animal science. He has been recognized throughout his life. As a senior in college, he was awarded with “outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise of continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni.” In 2004 he won the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. This was due to activism with the alumni association, and in 2014 he won University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award for Iowa state.

David McDonald has become a leader in the food provider industry and works with many different companies around the world providing first-class service to all the vendors. From a farm kid to international food service provider, David McDonald OSI group rises to the top.OSI Group acquires Baho Food

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Renovia, Providing the Needed Help

Affecting 1 in every 16 women worldwide, urinary contingence is a disease that simply cannot be ignored. A company that is doing more than paying attention is Renovia Inc. The MedTech company seeks to come up with affordable care and cure for various pelvic floor disorders through a number of their thoroughly researched diagnostic and therapy treatment tools.

The Million-Dollar Project

The health firm in August this year, through the well-suited leadership of their CEO, managed to reel in the 32-million-dollars’ worth of development fund from investors. The successful pitching event was graced by names in the health industry such as Ascension Ventures, Perceptive Advisors and Longwood Fund. Renovia Inc. also received an additional 10 million dollars through venture lending in the same event. The capital injection would be directed towards creation and trials of more diagnostic and therapeutic treatment tools.

Renovia’s Health Products

The Boston based health organization is researching and consequently creating tools for testing and treating different kinds of pelvic floor disorders. Among their products is Leva which in April this year was approved by the FDA for use by the American population. As if encouraged by the approval, the company also promised to dedicate some of the development funds from the August financing event to develop updates for the Leva device.

Success Begins with Good Leadership

With all these accomplishments coming barely 2 years after its creation, it is no compliment to say that the company is doing well, and doing well with reasons. The main and perhaps the most obvious contributor to the company’s persistent growth since inception is its leadership. At the helm sits the dedicated and equally qualified company CEO and chairman, Marc Beer. The co-founder of Renovia Inc has a career spanning well over 2 decades.

Marc Beer

Marc has dipped his shoes in the dynamic waters of biotechnology development, pharmaceuticals, health gadgets, and diagnostic tools. He also played the role of strategy specialist at OvaScience. Beyond that, he successfully closed crucial financing deals with venture capitalists on behalf of Renovia Inc. back in 2016. To say the least, the leadership is in the most capable hands. Learn more:

In a world where suffering and pain are an everyday encounter, Renovia Inc continues to fan in to flame the spark of hope every woman deserves.

The first thing that I have to say about NewsWatch Tv is that it is an internet marketers dream. I say that because it has tons of useful information that can help a marketer find a niche or something to promote, or sale as a drop shipper. NewsWatch TV has many reviews on the latest technology. This is great because people are always looking for the next best thing. Whether it be a new gaming console or a new health device to help you stay alert when something is about to go wrong with your body.

In the past I have done a little bit of drop shipping myself. In my experience it was always very hard to find out what products were really selling. The way I found them was just by chance or seeing an ad on youtube. NewsWatch TV is a one stop shop for anyone who has had this problem in the past like me. NewsWatch TV can also offer great advice about financial issues or investments that may be profitable for you.

I watched a review about a new mobile app  called Optifi. The subject was about Merging Technology and Traditional Investing. The app always you to organize what you would like to invest in. It provides a list of great investments to choose from. Once you have made your choice. The Optifi app then allows you to select your price range of how much you would like to invest. Once you have funded your investment with the minimum $5000.00 amount. You are able to monitor your investment through the app for updates on your progress.

I thought that this interview was great because most people don’t even know what to invest in. I myself look for things to invest in and don’t even know where or how to get started. The Optifi app is a great tool for beginners because it will guide you and help you get started. Results is what matters to me and I think that many people will get great results using the Optifi app.