Juan “OG” Perez rounded up his 50th birthday in true extravagant fashion and style alongside his celebrity friend and socialite, Jay-Z, who dished out nothing short of the best for Perez’s big day. Hip hop mogul, Jay Z was not shy about expressing his appreciation for Juan “OG” Perez as he spent about $113,000 on birthday celebrations extravaganzas for his close and personal friend. From restaurants, nightclubs and a never ending revolving door of bottle popping, it was a night to remember for Perez and his small accompanying group.
Juan “OG” Perez, the president of Roc Nation Sports and his long time friend and business partner, have been partners in crime for decades after meeting through a mutual friend at Roc-A-Fella Records in ‘96. Through the years, rapper, Jay Z has referenced OG a few times on a few of his records and their popular nightclub and sports lounge in New York, 40/40, is a rave around town. Jay Z and Perez have no reservations in admitting that their love for sports entertainment ability to intertwine the two tied their strong bond together and birth the powerhouse known as Roc Nation Sports.
Over the years, the unstoppable pair have achieved plenty by keeping to their Roc Nation Sports’ mission statement of always supporting and advocating for athletes in the industry as the Roc Nation brand has continuously done for musical artists. The brand and its focus of ensuring the excellence of both artists and athletes alike in every aspect, not just on the field. Utilizing Perez’s ability to focus on individual needs and development and Jay Z’s and platform in world of entertainment, the duo have committed to the tending of each athlete’s individual success, which is unique and groundbreaking for the brand.
Mina Ebrahimi is the founder and chief executive officer of Saint Germain Catering. She has build the catering company into a highly successful venture over the last several years. Her parents were immigrants to the United States who came in the year 1978. With the inspiration from her parents, Mina would work hard to achieve her goals in business and in life. She would use her passion for cooking to form her company. During the process of building her company, she would emphasize not only making quality food, but also providing excellent service to customers.
Starting at the young age of 11, Mina worked at her parent’s bakery in the suburb of Seven Corners, Virginia. During her time working for her parents, she would develop the skills necessary for providing customer service. Mina would then help oversee the family café to Tyson’s Galleria which would then become Saint Germain Café. At age 26 in the year 1999, Mina would found her own company. The company would begin serving corporate clients as well as weddings and other special events. She would help grow the company into one of the most successful catering businesses in the area. This growth would include providing the business into a full service catering company. The services would include business luncheons, weddings, parties and other special events. Today, Saint Germain Catering employs over 30 full time and 8 part time workers.
As both an entrepreneur and a local business owner, Mina has been recognized for her excellence in business. She received a number of awards that included the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award and the Washington Business Journal 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award. She would also be named the winner of SmartCEO’s Brava Awards as well. Along with being a recognized entrepreneur, Mina has also been very involved in philanthropy. She has been among the most generous and charitable business owners in the area. She supports a number of non profit organizations in the Washington DC metro area. These organizations include Operation Homefront which helps military personnel and their families. With her charitable contributions, she has been able to make a positive impact on her community.
GC Report’s article “The Road to Building Stellar with Jed McCaleb on Block Zero” describes the co-founder’s path to creating the recent blockchain company. Though the company was created in 2014, the path McCaleb took to create it was winding. He created this financial network as a non-profit to help repair the outdated infrastructure of the current financial system which currently limits the potential economic improvement within the world at large. The company connects technology and digital financial literacy. McCaleb hopes the company will eventually allow for full participation in the world’s economy.
McCaleb first became interested in digital finances in 2010 after he read an article on the popular technology site Slashdot. The article discussed a new technology called Bitcoin. McCaleb’s interest led him to the popular bitcoin centered chat called Bitcointalk. He was interested in the idea of a currency that wasn’t controlled centrally, but he wasn’t entirely sure it was possible.
After encountering the idea, he created a centralized trading exchange for Bitcoin called Mt. Gox. Mt Gox was one of the few exchanges available at the time for the digital currency and at one point in 2011, it controlled nearly 80% of all the cryptocurrency exchange. In 2011, McCaleb left Mt. Gox and sold it to Mark Karpeles, a software developer. Though he retained a small stake in the company of 12%, he wanted to dedicate his time to solving the issues at the heart of Bitcoin.
According to McCaleb, one of the largest issues the cryptocurrency was facing at the time was the inefficient mining abilities. It bothered McCaleb to the point of starting another company to solve the issue. The company eventually grew beyond McCaleb’s idea for it and became bigger than the original idea.
Then in 2014, McCaleb started the Stellar protocol. The Stellar Development Foundation was founded to oversee it. It was created to oversee the internet-level protocol for payments of the cryptocurrency. McCaleb wanted to create a network of banks and other financial institutions that could function in a similar way to email, streamlining the process.
McCaleb is also the advisor for a variety of companies like Machine Intelligence Research Institute and Mobius. More: Jed McCaleb on LinkedIn.
Some people are lucky to become or get something they have desired since their childhood. If certain successful people tell you they became what they aspired to become when they were still children, you may not believe it. Nonetheless, this has happened to some people like Clay Hutson. He ever desired to excel in the music industry since his childhood, and this has become a true story. Hutson studied at Central Michigan University where he graduated with a theater design degree. He then went to the School of Business at Stephen M. Ross for his master’s degree in business administration.
Hutson was lucky to get some job opportunities in some of the live entertainment companies in Tennessee and other states. At one point, he was a sound engineer and a project manager. Hutson had a passion for the music industry although he first joined the entrainment field. He used to travel with a sound team Billy Graham owned. He worked in corporation entertainment for some time before switching to music. ‘Rock and roll’ is what Clay Hutson was passionate about for a longhttps://twitter.com/@Clayhutson1 time. Most of the job opportunities he got exposed him to professional skills in live entertainment management, performances, and sound engineering facets.
With such skills in his mind, Hutson thought of starting his own business. These skills helped him to discover the natural entrepreneurial talent he had. He moved on and succeeded greatly in his endeavor. His business attained incredible growth. His reliable and impeccable work earned him an unmatched reputation. Hutson has traveled to many countries in the past with several musicians. Garbage was one of the bands that saw him travel to countries like Europe. He also traveled to Australia and North America with some other entrainment bands. In one of his biggest tours, Clay Hutson operated an automatic rigging system named One Republic. It’s among the notable and greatest accomplishments Hutson ever had.
He has become a reputable manager, designer, and producer of great concerts. Kid Rock, Pink, and Kelly Clarkson are some of the popular musicians he has worked with in his career. Hutson has a family he loves, and he spends quality time with them. Crafting projects and woodworking are some of the hobbies he finds enjoyable and exciting. His experience in tour production and live entertainment has taken his business to greater heights today. Clay Hutson has become a famous rigging, live production, and sound engineering service provider today. Learn more: http://www.digico.biz/docs/latest_news/EkFlpVAlpkPbdvCaIx.shtml
Jed McCaleb has long been a force to be reckoned with in the world of technology. McCaleb cut his teeth with eDonkey2000 back in 2000. This was an early network that allowed people to share files with one another. More recently, McCaleb has made his mark in the world of blockchain technology.
McCaleb founded famous Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. Initially envisioned as a Magic: The Gathering trading site, when that failed to catch on he changed directions. In 2010, Mt. Gox began functioning as place where people could convert bitcoin to dollars and vice versa.
According to Jed, he spends most of his time working on Stellar.org. Founded with Joyce Kim, this nonprofit seeks to revolutionize the way finance works around the world. Stellar is powered by the same blockchain technology that underlies the world of cryptocurrency. McCaleb sees blockchain as the future for a universal payments network.
McCaleb’s ultimate goal for Stellar.org is to process payments in both crypto and fiat style currencies. He envisions a network that can even be used to trade securities like stocks and bones. The goal date for this revolutionary network? In 2028, just under a decade from now.
Jed McCaleb was also behind the Ripple payment protocol. In just a few years, Ripple became widely accepted. It’s unique in that it utilizes open source code. Used by UBS, Santander and other financial institutions, Ripple is unique among crypto companies. Unlike Bitcoin, it doesn’t use blockchain technology.
Stellar.org is a lot like Ripple in function. There are two key differences. Firstly, this time McCaleb seeks to take advantage of blockchain technology. Secondly, McCaleb hopes to provide an alternative for people in underdeveloped countries. Billions of people around the world have no access to banks.
McCaleb has never been one to think small. Born in Arkansas, he briefly attended UC Berkeley before dropping out and moving to New York City. He loves working and feels blessed that his job brings him into contact with some of the finest minds in the world.