The modern world has several health issues that people are facing. The diseases can be life-threatening or minor, but they have a negative impact on the community. However, people don’t realize that the issue of aging is one that affects life habits and incomes of every person around the globe regardless of their geographical region or income levels. Human beings have for the longest time viewed aging as a process that they can’t control and one that happens to everyone. Notably, older people are more exposed to numerous diseases as compared to young people. The diseases such as cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis reduce the quality of life. Unfortunately, the healthcare sector focuses more on treating the diseases rather than preventing. Also, most of the researches carried out focuses on helping patients cope with the illnesses rather than dealing with the causes of the illnesses.
Read more: Scottsdale Philanthropist Jason Hope Helps Pioneering Nonprofit Fight Aging
Fortunately, Jason Hope, an entrepreneur, and philanthropist is embracing the issue differently. Jason has a vision of helping people to reverse or slow down the aging process so that they live longer and healthier lives than before. In fact, Jason Hope has donated his funds towards this project of transforming the healthcare sector and deal with aging effects. In this spirit, Jason Hope has donated $500,000 to the SENS Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The SENS Foundation makes technology readily accessible to the public by counteracting aging.
SENS Foundation was established in 2009, and it uses biotechnology to develop methods of treating and preventing illnesses that lower the quality of life. The foundation has invested in research programs that are designed to understand the aging process in humans better than in the past. SENS Foundation uses living organisms or organic systems to come up with new products that enhance life. The foundation also ensures production of healthier food and enhancement of agricultural approaches. The foundation also raises awareness of their work through reaching out to donors, politicians, volunteers, and influencers through conferences and events.
SENS Foundation carries out medical research in its laboratories. Jason Hope praised the foundation for its strategies to fight Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes according to marketwired.com. He further recognized the efforts of the foundation in identifying the effects of aging and addressing them before causing diseases. Aubrey de Grey is the chief science officer and leader of SENS Foundation. Grey co-founded the foundation close to eight years ago. Grey has vast experience in working with artificial intelligence in a research firm, which gave him the right foundation to establish and run the SENS Foundation.
Find more about Jason Hope: https://www.wingsjournal.com/jason-hope-airlines-internet-of-things
Whitney Wolfe Herd recently revealed that she is taking on more than women empowerment in dating. She wants to help women advocate for themselves in their careers as well. She discusses this in her Refinery29 article “Whitney Wolfe Herd: How to Build a Workplace Where Women Can Thrive”.
The article reveals that the CEO and founder of Bumble started the company after seeing the discrepancy in gender roles in the dating world. She wanted to create place where it was safe for women to make the first move. On Bumble, if the woman doesn’t make the first move, the connection is lost. She is also expanding the company to help women feel empowered in business and friendship through the new verticals, Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz. Bumble BFF allows potential friends to connect and Bumble Bizz helps women network with other like-minded people in the area.
Whitney Wolfe also wanted to create a culture inside the company that reflected this. She wanted to build a place where women were comfortable talking about salary and about career growth. When she first began the company, she only had three employees. All three were young women out of college, with little experience in the business world but plenty of gumption to make up for it. They used grassroots marketing strategies like using Wolfe’s dog dressed up in a bumblebee costume to gain attention on college campus. Since then, the company has grown into a billion-dollar business with 80 employees in five different countries.
As the business was growing, she noticed men were more likely to talk about a higher starting salary. She wanted to help women get to a place where they felt empowered speaking about it as well. The women would often feel guilty about asking for more, either during the starting salary discussion of the pay bumps. She created a place for women to discuss it when she made it a requirement in the semi-annual reviews. Whitney Wolfe believes the discrepancy is due to a confidence gap. In the current business culture, women were raised to believe it was impolite to discuss salary or to negotiate for higher wages. She also creates a place for her employees to have an honest discussion with their boss.
Learn more about Whitney Wolfe: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/01/23/whitney-wolfe-turned-a-traumatic-experience-at-tinder-into-her-successful-bumble-empire.html
In January of 2018, Fortress Investment Group was acquired by the SoftBank Group Corp. This was a significant milestone for the group as shareholders had already approved the 3.3-billion-dollar acquisition in July of 2017. This was a move that would help the group continue with its ambitious investment strategy as well as its growth in the Asian Market. The group managing over seventy billion dollars in assets has been doing quite okay under the leadership of Peter Briger the Co-Chairman, Principal, and Co-CEO. After joining the group in 2002, he would help grow the group aggressively while serving in different capacities. Peter came on board with quite an extensive portfolio having already been a partner at Goldman Sachs. He would lead them through their initial public offering in 2007 at a time when they had just experienced phenomenal growth seeing assets under management grow from 30 billion to seventy in less than six years.
The IPO listing would see the co-founders become billionaires even appearing on the Forbes billionaires list. This was a vote of confidence in them and their investment strategy that had begun in 1998 when they brought together assets worth approximately 400 million dollars and began Fortress Investment Group. The phenomenal growth over the first five years saw their return stand at 39 percent in private equity, which was among the highest at the time. This was a return buoyed by the diverse industries that they had turned to when making investments. One of the areas that Fortress has really become aggressive in has been the private rail industry. They acquired Brightline which runs various private passenger trains in America.
Brightline recently opened the Miami – Fort Lauderdale route which cuts travel time to approximately thirty-five minutes from the previous 2 hours on the highway during rush hour. This route has been able to have quite a flexible schedule with trains running the route from 7 am to 11 pm. The fortress investment group will continue to enjoy its independence even after the acquisition by Softbank, which means that Peter Briger and his group will continue to guide the investment strategies of the group. This is a vote of Confidence for the leadership team, and as such, they have promised to invest back half of their earnings to the group. As part of the bigger picture the Fortress investment Group hopes to continue its expansion in the Asian market.