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About Banking Analyst Jared Haftel

by Chris Holden - January 23rd, 2015

Jared Haftel received three Bachelors degrees including Economics, Science and Mathematics from Duke University in 2009. While pursuing his studies, he was a Summer Analyst at Credit Suisse from May to August of 2008. Jared also wrote several papers for the Duke Chronicle while pursuing his undergraduate degrees and among those papers include four music reviews and an article about an alumni band by the name of Bombadil in 2007.

Upon his graduation, Jared served as an investment banking analyst at the Bank of America as well as an analyst at Merrill Lynch from 2009 to 2011. His responsibilities at Merrill Lynch contained the goal of making the firm more profitable by going over extensive information through handling commodities and tracking significant investment opportunities. These investment opportunities included mining, chemical, metal, defense and aerospace industries. Jared served as an Associate at Vector Capital in San Francisco from 2011 to 2013.

With the goals of advancing his career and making himself more valuable to potential employers in the investment banking field, Jared is currently undergoing graduate studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Due to his education and experience, he is one of the top professionals in his field and has a promising future as an investment banker. Jared has also given advice to prospective investors by writing articles on constructing resumes and dressing for investment banking internships as well as interviewing for such positions. He also shares his thoughts on the banking industry and his experiences at Stanford University through his blog as well as social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Outside of his investment banking career, Jared Haftel is a passionate fan of music of several different genres and loves to spend time with his Yellow Labrador Retriever by the name of Emma.

Twitching While Sleeping – Normal or Not?

by Chris Holden - January 23rd, 2015

Has your partner ever awakened you during the night because they were twitching during their sleep? Have you ever awakened your own self by jerking or twitching while you were asleep? It’s a little disconcerting, very concerning, but usually nothing to be alarmed about.

Hands and legs are body parts which do the most twitching in these sleep scenarios. The sudden movements are most likely caused from muscle spasms and are harmless. However, there are certain types of sleep twitches that indicate an underlying health problem, such as in the case of restless leg syndrome or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD).
Restless leg syndrome causes the person to feel a creeping sensation in their legs and have involuntary leg movements while asleep. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is a rhythmic movement of an arm or leg that disrupts sleep and causes the person to feel tired the following day. Memory problems and depression may also plague a person who has PLMD because of their sleep deprivation.
Sleep Myoclonus is a common feeling most people will experience at least once while sleeping, Ben Shaoul says it’s the feeling of falling while asleep and the need to stop the free-falling. The body takes action to stop the perceived fall and the actions jerks the person awake. Normal, yet it will take a little time to fall back to sleep after an episode of sleep myoclonus.

Dr. Rod Rohrich: World Class Plastic Surgeon

by Chris Holden - January 21st, 2015

I recently met Dr. Rod Rohrich and he told me about his really interesting career. I thought it was worth sharing if you are interested in plastic surgery or live in the Dallas area.


 Rod J.Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S., is recognized as one of the finest plastic surgeons, author, and educator based in Dallas, Texas. From the time when he started his professional training in 1986, Dr. Rohrich has managed to become an internationally renowned and revered expert in the specialty of plastic surgical procedure. He has featured on TV shows like The View, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Rohrich has attained recognition as part of the greatest prominent plastic surgeons of the past decade due to his pioneering contributions and remarkable expertise, not just as the person in charge and educator, but also like a compassionate surgeon.

After growing up on a farm in North Dakota, Dr. Rohrich attained his degree from North Dakota State University as well as the University of North Dakota where he had pursued his undergraduate plus postgraduate degrees. Dr. Rohrich later attended the medical school at Baylor College of Medicine based in Houston, Texas, and managed to graduate with uppermost honors. Dr. Rohrich’s period at Baylor had great impact in his life and it’s among the main reasons he went back to Texas after completing his education in Plastic surgical procedure.

After attaining his degree in Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Rohrich proceeded to finish his plastic surgery residency at the famous University of Michigan. He performed his duties under the supervision of internationally acknowledged plastic surgeons like Dr. William C.Grabb, Dr. Reed O. Dingman, as well as Dr. Stephen J. Mathes. Dr. Rohrich advanced his training at The Radcliffe Infirmary based in Oxford University as well as at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at Harvard in Boston prior to taking his foremost academic docket. In 1986, he became part of the Division of Plastic Surgery based in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he worked as an associate professor.

By 1991, Dr. Rohrich became Chairman of Division of Plastic Surgery based in UT Southwestern that, under his supervision, became the foremost Departments of Plastic Surgical Treatment in the nation.  During his career, Rohrich also started his charitable trust and foundation work in Dallas, Texas. In the following two decades, he served as a medical doctor chief, academic expert, author and a well-revered chairman at UT Southwestern.

During his profession, Dr. Rohrich has encouraged as well as motivated the next age group of experts in his specialty by becoming an innovative head and educator for plastic surgical doctors.

Patriots Smash Colts

by Chris Holden - January 20th, 2015


Tom Brady and the New England Patriots went heads up in the AFC championship game on Sunday that would send the winner to the Super Bowl in the 2014 season. When the playoffs roll around, although the Patriots play good football during the season, they seem to transform into a powerhouse team that simply rolls teams flat when it matters the most. Tom Brady elevates his game and the Patriots have a knack for winning that has stretched back to the early 2000’s. This game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, as the Colts would have to come to New England and play on the frozen field that is Gillette Stadium. The Patriots struck early, and they continued to strike as the game went on stopping the Colts drive after drive. It looked as if the Colts were fighting back at one point, but it was very short lived. When the second half rolled around, Tom Brady kicked his offense into high gear and they completely put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Flat out, the New England Patriots humiliated the Indianapolis Colts, and sent young Andrew Luck out of the building scratching his head and looking dejected.  According to the New York Post, the Patriots will continue their playoff hot streak into the Super Bowl, in a game that will pit them against former Super Bowl champions and a hot team as well, the Seattle Seahawks. This will be a great game for Patriots fans, like Ben Shaoul.

Midpoint of NBA Season

by Chris Holden - January 20th, 2015

With the midpoint of the National Basketball Association 2014-2015 finally here, sportscasters and writers all over the country are weighing in on how teams have fared thus far and are making predictions for the rest of the season. This has been a shocking year for fans like to say the least. As pointed out by my friend Mark Ahn on Twitter, the standings look nothing like what was expected at the beginning of the season.

The NBA has been dominated by a handful of teams that looked to be in the middle to top of the pack, but definitely not stand out teams. Hands down the Warriors and the Hawks have been playing the best basketball in the NBA, as they sit very far atop each of their respective conferences. The Warriors have been simply fantastic, as they have already enjoyed a sixteen and a seven game winning streak so far. The Atlanta Hawks have only lost two games since they lost six early on and the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trailblazers have made some major splashes in the league as well.

Perhaps the biggest shocker of all this season and really one of the biggest shockers in recent memories is the terrible play that has been coming out of New York. The Knicks look absolutely pathetic, as they continue to lose by huge amounts night after night. They hit the midpoint of the season with only five wins under their belt and thirty-six glaring losses thus far.

Patriots Deserve an Asterisk

by Chris Holden - January 19th, 2015

In light of the new allegations of deflated balls being used in the conference championship, the Patriots deserve an asterisk. If the allegations turnout to be true, this would be the second time of Patriots cheating under the coaching of Bill Belichick. Yes it was a total lashing the Patriots gave to the Colts, but this does not excuse cheating. The NFL must give the allegations some credence, if they are investigating the deflated balls.  All of these allegations were a surprise to avid football fan Sultan Alhokair. The NFL has once before found that the Patriots cheated in 2007 by taping the Jets defensive signals. Any cheating whether relevant or not taints the credibility of NFL games. This is not baseball and if these allegations are found to be true, Bill Belichick should be banned from the game of football. On top of the coaches banning the organization should have to give up their draft picks and a probation period should be institued on the Patriots. Spy gate has already left the championships the Patriots have earned as being the product of cheating. Just because the events have only been proven once and maybe the second time pending the investigation. Who knows how many games the Patriots have reaped the benefits of cheating? If the allegations of deflating balls by the Patriots are found to be true, the Patriots should be stripped of all their championships. The NFL needs to send a message cheating isn’t acceptable.

Dogs Love Flavorful Beneful Brand Dog Food

by Chris Holden - January 19th, 2015

Every pet owner, especially those who own a dog, wants the best for their animal. Animals cannot eat the same foods that people do, especially with the heavy processing, additives, and chemicals that are in foods today. Beneful was created with dogs in mind, and it’s nutritious food for dogs, and owners that want healthy dogs, tend to purchase the food from Beneful. There are wet, as well is dry versions of Beneful available for dogs, so the owner can take their pick, as to which foods their dog would desire more. If the owner chooses, both wet and dry dog food can be fed to their pet.

Beneful has been on the market since the year 2001, and as of 2012, it’s considered the 4th most popular food brand for dogs. People on Twitter lean on it quite a bit. There are many different types of dog foods available, and even a soy product is available for dogs, if the owner chooses not to let their dogs have meat. Nestlé Purina PetCare is the owner of Beneful, and they have put a lot of work into the dog food brand that they’ve put on the market. Many owners are using Beneful on a regular basis, and the revenues for the company have skyrocketed.

Beneful alone brings in over $1.5 billion per year, proving that the brand is not only popular, but many dogs love the food. Usually, the pickiest of dog owners will choose to feed Beneful to their pet. Pets need love too, as well as good food, and Beneful is good food for every type of dog out there. If a pet owner is not certain what type of Beneful brand their dog would choose, they can try the wet or dry dog food, and see which one the pet prefers.

After the dog eats both types of pet food, then it’s up to the pet owner to decide if they’ll stick with one type over the other, or they can feed them both to their dog. Beneful has several different flavors, so the pets will not be bored with one type of food. Whether it’s wet or dry dog food, there are several flavors for the pet owner to choose from. The wet food is so well made, it almost looks like something that a human would eat themselves. Beneful ensures that every dog will love the food that they are being fed from their brand.

Tom Rothman Working With Edgar Wright On His Next Film

by Chris Holden - January 18th, 2015

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony Pictures joint venture, TriStar Productions and MRC, the producers of the blockbuster comedy, Ted, 22 Jump Street, Babel and The Adjustment Bureau have teamed up to make and release Edgar Wright’s next film, Baby Driver. The Hollywood Reporter has named Ansel Elgort from Fault in Our Stars as a contending actor for the lead role.

The film will be produced by Working Title and Nira Park, with writing and directing by Wright, the director of The World’s End. Slated to be the ultimate rock and roll chase film. It focuses on a young man hired as the getaway driver for a heist. Forced to work for a crime boss, he consistently follows his own personal soundtrack despite the danger in which he now finds himself. Now his life, his relationship and his freedom are all in jeopardy when the heist he participated in fails.

Everyone involved is excited about the prospect of bringing this film to the big screen. Edgar Wright is known for his original thinking as evidenced by his work in England and now the U.S. TriStars Pictures chairman, Tom Rothman agrees, “We’re delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film.”

Technology and Social Networking: Skout, A Great Way to Meet Others

by Chris Holden - January 18th, 2015

With the advent of the internet dating websites and applications have been flourishing. Skout is a prime example of how the dating scene is changing and improving with technology. Applications like Skout make it easy to reach out and connect with people that you may not have had the chance to meet otherwise.

Skout hosts an easy to use interface and is available for free on Android and Apple’s iOs making it accessible to almost anyone that has a smart phone. With a revolutionary new method of contacting others called Shake to Chat users of Skout are connected to each other by shaking their phones. This method of connection is new in the market and provides a fun experience to those looking to meet new people, and it’s easy!

On the front page of Skout you’re greeted with the faces of hundreds of people who are online and logged into the application. Touching the people’s images retrieves their profile and allows you to begin interacting with them. From this screen you are able to perform a variety of things such as winking at them, sending them a virtual gift, or simply just initiating a conversation with them. This interface provides an easy way for people to contact each other but it isn’t the only way.

As was mentioned before, the new revolutionary method of contacting someone called Shake to Chat is available by scrolling to the left from the main page. After initiating the shake to chat you are paired with another person using the application randomly and are given 40 seconds to communicate before your profiles are revealed. The conversation doesn’t automatically end after 40 seconds but most people enjoy moving on to the next person relatively quickly. This can provide a really fun experience and is great to pass time and meet new people. However, while these methods are fun, the best features of the application are available via micro-transactions such as giving virtual gifts, or sending out mass winks to dozens of people. With these methods you can really begin to solidify relationships or meet many people, however, these methods are still not the only ways to reach out to others.

A useful feature called Buzz displays local users of the application and many people find this to be the best method of meeting people as they are in your area. Buzz also displays the friends that you have made using the application and provides an easy method of reaching them.

Overall, Skout is a great application with many features that are easy to use and navigate. With its rising popularity and nearly endless amount of users the application can be a limitless source of entertainment for owners of smart phones. The Shake to Chat and the Buzz features of Skout are arguably the best available in the social networking market today. If you are looking for a great application to interact with people in your area or around the globe, Skout is the way to go.

Can Dropping Soda from Kids’ Meals be a Good Thing?

by Chris Holden - January 16th, 2015 has announced that Wendy’s has dropped soda from their kid’s meal options… is this a smart choice? In the world of nutrition and nutritious choices Status Labs research uncovers the information, is eliminating soda from a child’s fast food meal a big deal? Is something this simple going to change the lives of those who devour fast food on a regular basis? Are children going to be healthier just because they won’t receive soda with their meal when their parents take them to Wendy’s?
There are some who would argue that Wendy’s choice to drop soda from their kids’ meals was a good one, that it is a big deal, and then there are some who will grow angry about this decision. The thing that must be considered in all of this, though, is the fact that parents need to be watching all that their children are consuming, and that what a child eats and drinks is up to their parents and doesn’t necessarily have to be decided by a fast food chain. It’s fine for Wendy’s to do this, but the greatest changes in a child’s life are going to come from decisions that their parents make. To grow a healthy child, the parents need to be making regular healthy decisions.