Securus Technologies on GTL’s Case

Recently, Securus Technologies made a press release on their intention to shame them in public and make them own-up for their mistakes and work in better capacity to stop ruining the reputation of their industry. In a report by PR Newswire, this press release was composed after Securus noticed continuous wrongdoings by GTL, yet their situation seemed to be worsening. Watch more on


During the press release, Securus brought to light some of the wrongdoings that Global Tach Link was being investigated of in regards to their services. Some of these wrongdoings were from the past but Securus brought them to light because GTL has simply not learnt their lesson. They continued behaving recklessly without a care of how they were affecting others in the industry.


The press release was a plea for something to be done to make GTL sober up. It was released, not for the purpose of putting down GTL but to protect the consumers, who were in the end the people who suffered the most. They hope that the release will make GTL more responsible, stop monkey business and take their customers more seriously for the good of the whole industry.


The reason why Securus America was considered with GTL irresponsibility is because they share the same customers. The company was established in the year 1986 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. They offer their services to correctional facilities and law enforcement agencies across North America.


They themselves have a policy of treating their customers with utmost integrity. This can be proved from their recent award of BBB accreditation as stated on They were graded with an A+, indicating excellence when it came to transparency, integrity, responsiveness, honesty, building and maintaining trust and the ability to safeguard the privacy and security of their clientele.

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Shaygan Kheradpir Finally Appointed as Coriant’s CEO and Chairman of the Board


The success of a company is determined by various variables such as the devotion of the employees, the business model, and market reception. With all these factors in place, there is a need for a capable and competent leader to steer the entire entity towards achieving its objectives. The scarcity of experienced, competent and performing leaders makes individuals like Shaygan Kheradpir be in high demand by companies looking for reliable executives. Consequently, Coriant opted for Kheradpir to take the positions of both Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board in September last year.

Fiercetelecom released a press report citing that the able Shaygan had moved to Coriant. This was credited to a previous relationship developed between Shaygan and the top management of the Marlin Equity Partners, which is the owner of Coriant. Previously, Shaygan worked closely with the senior management team as an Operating Partner.

Why Shaygan Kheradpir

With the availability of other successful individuals in the market capable of steering the operations of Coriant, the company settled for Shaygan as its best option. Apart from his cultivated relationship with the management of Marlins Equity Partners, Shaygan has an outstanding record of executive positions in numerous global entities such as Verizon, GTE, and Barclays.

In his previous position, Shaygan has managed to leave a legacy behind him for leading positive transformations in various entities. For instance, in Barclays, while working as the CIO, he assisted in developing the Pingit mobile payment system or software. On top of his experience is a strong academic background in the Electrical Engineering field. He is a proud holder of a doctorate, masters and bachelor degree from Cornell University.

Shaygan is an individual who firmly believes in Coriant’s ability to provide cost-disruptive networking services to its clients. He is also lured by the company’s portfolio of packet optical and data networking solutions.

About Coriant

Coriant has made a reputation for itself is one of the largest providers of networking solutions around the globe. Consequently, the company is a proud provider or supplier of networking services to numerous network operators based in over a hundred nations worldwide. Among the network operators served by Coriant include, utility companies, financial institutions, government agencies, cable MSOs, content providers, fixed and mobile line service providers and large enterprises.

The Marlin Equity Partners, which is the entity credited for establishing Coriant to its current status, founded the company in 2013.This was done by integrating various systems or networks such as Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) optical unit, Sycamore Networks as well as Tellabs.



OrganoGold Gets to Customers Through Direct Distribution

OrganoGold is a premium brew that is getting a lot of exposure. This is one of the new brands of gourmet coffee that has emerged victorious largely because there are a lot of people that buy this brand directly. This has become the coffee that is so important to those that are interested in drinking coffee that is healthy. That is itself seems like a sharp contradiction, but gourmet coffee that is healthy is the new trend.

There are some coffee shops on the west coast that are pushing the concoction of sticks of butter and coffee, and this is marketed as bulletproof coffee. There has been a lot of buzz about how this combination is the great solution to boost your energy through the day, but Bernardo Chua has created something far greater. He has actually developed a brand of coffee that is a proven healing agent. The Ganoderma mushroom is the foundation that makes this a wonderful brand of coffee to consider. This is the type of premium coffee that has emerged victoriously as one of the better brands on the market today. More people are becoming familiar with this brand because more people are confirming the way that they feel after consuming this product.

The Ganodrerma mushroom has been attributed to things like lowering cholesterol so there are a lot of people that are curious about the nature of this coffee. The small coffee shops that order this can really entice new customers. These stores have access to a brand of coffee that is not sold in stores so they can provide something that is out of the ordinary. People that may not want to buy a whole box of the coffee before tasting it will usually check out the coffee shops and simply order a cup of OrganoGold. Bernardo Chua is fine with this because he knows that this is all that it takes to get people to take interest in this coffee.

The OrganoGold brand is building up steam as the premium coffee brand that is questionably one of the best on the market. Customers are ordering it online, and it has become one of the strongest brands on the market in the direct distribution realm. Chua could have easily adapted to the grocery chain and used this as the middle man to access customers, but he relied on direct distribution and reaped greater profits.  This led to an award winning strategy that has seen Bernardo rise to the top.  See Chua himself speak about his success on YouTube.

Improving Performance and User Experience through Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies is one of the leading providers when it comes to criminal and civil justice. It provides solutions for investigation, monitoring, corrections, and public safety. In December 21, 2015, the firm released a fully integrated Big Data analytical tool in America’s corrections market. The redesign of their product improved the user interface to the newest web-based technologies, but preserved the powerful analysis tool that users were accustomed to. With the new upgrade, threads have now become easier to use which makes the system to perform better. The upgrade has also improved user experience.


The new release upgrades Securus’ patented platform to HTML5 from Silverlight and this enables integration with other Securus products like Secure Call Platform used to monitor inmate phone calls to be seamless. Investigators are provided with a more proactive and easier tool to enable them to carry out investigations faster and more efficiently. With the 3.1 release upgrade, training has become easier and takes little time to master, though Securus’ customer service is knowledgeable and always standing by to help. This enables more focused investigations to be carried out which leads to highly actionable intelligence.


The main features that have been included with the release update include an ability to listen to Secure Call Platform calls inside the THREADS software, context-sensitive reports, real-time analysis that is guided, and customized printing and mapping. For years, the THREADS application has been the investigative solution’s gold standard for identifying, detecting, and reporting suspicious calling patterns by in inmate communications, associations, correlations, and fraternizations. In addition, for existing customers, the upgraded is provided at no additional cost to take THREADS 3.1 to platinum levels.


If like me you are tired of long waiting queues after driving to the local jail to visit an inmate. Video visitation by Securus Technologies enables you to schedule visits according to your availability rather than being subjected to visitation times that are limited. This makes your loved one to feel like they are with you at home.

Depending on the availability of the facility, Securus video visitation technology allows you to schedule or pre-schedule a visit to your incarcerated loved one from home using your computer. Register for the video visitation services here:


In conclusion, Securus Technologies has served more than 3,450 law enforcement, public safety, and correction agencies plus more than 1.2 million inmates all over the United States. This success makes the recent leadership expansion at Securus understandable. The firm is committed to connect and serve by providing incident management, emergency response, investigation, public information, biometric analysis, information management, inmate self-services, communication, and monitoring services and products to make the world safer.

Kyle Bass Considers His Investments

Kyle Bass, founder and principal of Hayman Capital Management, L.P., located in Dallas, has stated that 2015 has been the worst year of the last ten. His interview on Wall Street Week, noted that he expected a rebound in energy prices in 2015, but it didn’t materialize. His optimism continues, as he feels there is a massive opportunity in energy. Kyle Bass’ states that if you are looking for a medium term investment idea, you could allocate capital for the next three to five years. Investing now and into the energy space over the next 6 months.

With an agnostic view as to what type of energy, one should invest in, Bass believes there are investments in; infrastructure, pipelines, producers, upstream or downstream. Bass strongly believes these can put new capital and generate substantial returns. He believes that this type of trade is not for everyone, as it’s very tough to invest as a non-professional. There was a prediction of China’s devaluation, which happened. Bass is quoted from CNBC:

“China many years ago attached its currency to the dollar: they hitched their wagon to our star very smartly because back then our goal was to depreciate our dollar through inflation. So we issued debt to the rest of the world to depreciate the dollar. And so now the real problem is China has hitched their wagon to our star, and their currency has effectively appreciated about 60% versus the rest of the world since 2005 and it’s killing them… China’s effective exchange rate moving up versus the rest of the world made their goods and services a little bit more expensive each year and now that labor arbitrage is gone. And if that labor arbitrage is gone, and the banking system has expanded 400% in 7 years without a nonperforming loan cycle, my view is we are going to see a non-performing loan cycle.”

Bass goes on to say: “We are not short Chinese equities, but we are very invested in the Chinese currency: we think we are going to see a pretty material devaluation; we think it’s going to be in the next 12-18 months.”

Bass was fortunate as his predications of the 2008 mortgage crisis, not only made his fortune, but also international headlines. During this time he became a superstar and genius. That seem to fall apart as time went on, something UsefulStooges has reported about Kyle Bass, and his magic touch dissipated. He has since made several bad calls. He chooses not to turn down invitations to go on TV and give analysis that invariably serves his own bottom line.

Homejoy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

We live in a world that makes it very difficult to find qualified cleaning and repair professionals that are reliable. The Homejoy mobile application was created to fill that void. The company made it possible for independent contractors to find work through their application. People requiring repairs or home cleaning were able to easily book the service through the application. However, the San Francisco based startup was hit with a number of legal challenges that made it difficult for them to keep their business doors open to the public. They filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a San Jose court, after only 2 years in operation.

Uphill Battle
Perhaps, the company did start with a bang. They raised fundings from several sources that had faith in their business venture. Some of the well-known sources included Google Ventures and First Round Capital. They offered house cleaning services for about $25 per hour. They also rapidly expanded the company to other areas. However, siblings Adora and Aaron Cheung found it difficult to maintain momentum in the industry. Perhaps, this was due to their biggest competitor, Handy Technologies.

Handy Technologies Inc.
Handy is the creator of a mobile application that allows the user to book cleaning and repair services. All the independent contractors are background checked and screened. Thus, users are assured of a good experience with all involved. Oisin Hanrahan is the co-founder of this Handy. Personal experience led the young college student to develop the idea for an application that made it easy to book professional cleaners and repair people.

During the beginning, the Handy application was only available to people living in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Today, Handy is available to major cities across the country and several international countries. Oisin Hanrahan is the co-founder and believes that there is a growing need for this type of application. People simply do not have a way to connect with professional repair people and home cleaners that are reliable and trustworthy. This application helps to close that gap and bring the independent contractor and customer together. The idea is to make the application a mutually satisfying experience for all involved.

HCM Earns High Award for Healthcare Fund

Continuing its tradition of excellence, Highlands Capital Management’s Highland Long/Short Healthcare Fund (HHCAX) was recently awarded the 2015 HFM US Hedge Fund Performance Award in the “40 Act fund – equity” category. This award is bestowed on the funds that have outperformed other related funds based on a number of factors, both quantitative and qualitative. In selecting the winners, judges look not only at the fund’s performance during the past one, three and five-year periods but also the background and experience of the fund management and relationship and reputation with investors.

The fund has $3 billion in assets under management and is Highland’s largest sector fund. The investment objectives are to provide its investors with long-term capital appreciation. It accomplishes this by leveraging the fund’s eleven professionals’ 130 years of experience to combine effective risk management with the income generating potential from long and short investments.

Highlands Capital Management was founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and has regularly been recognized as a leader in the hedge fund and investment banking business. Highland pioneered the use of collateralized loan obligations (CLO’s). By combining these corporate debt securities in a way to balance the risk and return, they provide a way for companies with sub-investment grade credit to obtain capital for expansion.

Today, Highlands has over 150 employees in offices worldwide. Offering their clients a wide range of investment services including mutual funds, investment banking, capital acquisition, and consulting. Industries represented in their client portfolio include healthcare, gas and oil, real estates, and emerging markets. The company has also been named one of the best company’s to work for by the Dallas Business News.

Jim Dondero founded Highland Capital along with Mark Okada after a successful career working for American Express and Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. Jim graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with honors from both Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi. His degree consisted of a dual major in accounting and finance.

After graduation, Jim was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. When that program was completed, Jim was hired by American Express, first as a bond analyst, but was quickly promoted to portfolio manager responsible for a fixed income portfolio of over $1 in assets. Protective Life hired Jim to oversee the launch of their GIC unit in 1989 and grew that business from inception to over $2 billion in assets within four years.

Brad Reifler Changes The Course Of His Investment Firm

The course of Forefront Capital was set many years ago when Brad Reifler was focused on accredited investors who made over $200,000 a year or had a new worth over one million dollars. This all changed when Brad invested in a college fund for his kids. Brad lost money on the deal, and he decided to turn his attention to people who are not represented on the stock market every day. Brad’s new plan with Forefront Capital allows investors with very little money to make more profits from simple investment tools.

#1: Applying The Same Tools To New People

Brad’s original plan was to serve the wealthiest investors on Wall Street, but he has changed his tune, and Forefront Capital is focusing on people who have very little money to invest. Brad’s blueprint for his investments includes the use of similar financial tools on people who make less money. Someone who starts with a small amount of money can increase their net worth quickly, and the funds that Brad invests in typically have massive returns.

#2: Reaching Out To Young Investors

Young investors are able to spend their money wisely with Brad and Forefront Capital because he is focused on using the right investment tools. The funds that serve the people with the least money tend to perform poorly, but these investors will lose money over time instead of profiting. Brad believes that he can create profits for anyone who is interested in investing, and he has made the shift at Forefront Capital to help those people as much as possible.

#3: Will Brad’s Funds Grow?

Brad’s funds will begin growing quite a lot over the years because he has focused his time and energy on servicing every account properly. The funds are traded the way any other fund would be traded, and customers get service that was once reserved only for the most elite investors on Wall Street. Brad’s funds will grow as young investors put in small amounts of money, and the funds could begin to outpace the much larger funds that everyone is aware of today.

The change of course Brad Reifler outlined on his Vimeo is using will help people who believe they cannot make investments on the stock market today. Someone who was afraid to invest can use Forefront Capital as a vehicle for investment, and Brad’s focus on the 1% will help make a difference where no other investment bank has tread previously.

Marc Sparks Has A Good Reason For Writing A Book


Marc Sparks is many things. He is a solid businessman and also a very well respected philanthropist. Now, he can add a new title to his resume: published author. The book bearing his name is “They Can’t Eat You – My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success”. That is a pretty interesting title. While the “They Can’t Eat You” part grabs people’s attention the most, the “Path to Outrageous Success” reflects the words people should pay the closest attention to. The best way to achieving success is modeling the careers of those persons who have been successful in the past previously. Thankfully, a lot of solid books have been written on this subject. This new one is definitely going to be worth reading.

In his blog, Marc Sparks asks a poignant question. “Why would anyone write a book?” The two most obvious reasons are quickly mentioned: money and ego. People want to sell books, earn cash, and get their name out there. Of course, other more positive reasons to write a tome exist as well.

Using a book to give back to other people is most assuredly a source for motivating authors. Upon achieving a high level of success, a certain segment of the entrepreneur class choose to share their wisdom with others. In doing so, they do their part to aid others in overcoming hurdles and achieving greatness. Someone who has attained success knows a thing or two about how to get ahead. Rather than remain selfish and keep such things secret, good-hearted entrepreneurs and business professionals opt to share what they have learned.

Mark Sparks is one of those people who is focused on sharing his knowledge. The book he has crafted is definitely a viable and valuable way to do this. Checking out his blog reveals a bit more on his motivations and the book itself.

A Few Facts You Should Know About Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital is a company with a reputation for being committed to providing top-notch services in the investment banking field. The company operates on the precepts that all clients must be accorded services that have integrity and that are excellent. The company has been doing well in areas related to mergers and acquisitions, advisory services, valuation services and offering professional financial opinions to companies that are private and publicly held. Clients that have been using the company’s service are at all times able to succeed in the global marketplace owing to the fact that they are well structured for optimum growth.

Different with other firms offering similar services, Madison Street Capital holds the opinion that emerging markets are the main component when matters related to driving the global economy are concerned. It has therefore been committed to having a strong focus on the markets and in the process, it has earned the client’s trust worldwide through its unwavering dedication to the highest levels of professional service delivery. While the company has continued to provide financial opinions to big corporations and firms, it has focused its expertise in working together with middle-market firms that have the ability to go through complex transactions so as achieve top quality outcomes.

The firm’s team of experienced professionals are always in touch with the latest investment trends and are always at the table offering clients with the needed sophisticated guidance as well as financial advice from the start to the end. The firm understands very well that every client’s situation is unique and it, therefore, takes all the necessary time so as to understand and analyze each client’s needs so as to come up with the best possible match between sellers and buyers. In the process, it also arranges appropriate financing and creates capitalization structures that optimize on the specific client’s potential.

The firm is proud to be associated with the best service in different industry segments that has allowed its clients reach their goals in a timely design and manner. Its vast experience in matters related to understanding corporate and independence governance have played a very big role in why it is a leading provider in financial advisory services. The firm is among the few that have a widespread network of offices in North America, Africa, and Asia, and it has adopted a global view that offers equal emphasis to businesses regardless of their location.