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The Chainsmokers are growing up

by Chris Holden - March 28th, 2018

It seems like The Chainsmokers have been around forever, but they have only been a mainstream act for three years. In 2014, their single “Selfie,” became a top 20 song and their first top 10 hit, “Roses,” started a Chainsmoker fever that still exist today in 2018.

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The Chainsmokers are an EDM duo made up of producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. Since Chainsmoker fever began, The Chainsmokers have produced the mega hits, “Paris,” “Something Just Like This,” “Closer,” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” which earned the duo a Grammy Award.

With the release of their new single, “Sick Boy,” The Chainsmokers have decided to shift away from their EDM and top 40 pop sound to a darker sound. ““Sick Boy” is the first installment of this first new chapter or us. We’ve grown up a lot as artists and as people. We know what we want to talk about, at least for this next phase”, says Drew Taggart. The Chainsmokers believe that society is shifting to a darker sound and that as they grow as artist and as people, their music should reflect what is currently going on in the world. This new sound also reflects the internal struggles the duo is facing as people develop conclusions of who they are as a person based on the music they produce and the images and content about them that is spread across social media.

The lyrics of “Sick Boy” are very reflective of the social media world today. Lyrics such as, “How many likes is my life worth,” “We choose pride over character,” and “Everyone projects and expects you to listen to them” describe the thinking of the generations that have grown up with the internet and social media.

“Sick Boy” has over 125 million views and counting on Youtube.

This is us(Sick Boy; Chainsmokers).

Ara Chackerian’s Inspiration for TMS Health Solutions

by Chris Holden - March 28th, 2018

Entrepreneur Ara Chackerian is an investment specialist and the founder of several different medical businesses. He is a graduate of Florida State University and uses his success in business to provided philanthropy and angel investments.

Ara Chackerian took his years of experience in building radiology diagnostic outpatient centers and decided to spread it into other branches of medical care. He and business partner Brad Hummel investigated the transcranial magnetic stimulation technology and decided it was worthy of investing in.

The two businessmen met with a transcranial magnetic stimulation practicing and expert named Dr. Richard Bermudas. Dr. Bermudas had been using transcranial magnetic stimulation on his patients for a time but was encountering issues with insurance providers. Most insurance companies did not cover the treatment in their plans.

Dr. Bermudas wanted to spread the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation and decided to partner with Ara Chackerian and Hummel based on their many years of shared experience with outpatient treatment facilities.

The team started to look at the existing model used by outpatient psychiatry offices. They discovered that most psychiatrists worked alone, or in small groups, and often times practiced in small shared offices. For more details visit LinkedIn.

The team decided to construct large and inviting facilities. They employed New York architect Josh Heitler to design the prototype office. He implemented architecture and design that ensured patients would find the office space relaxing and tranquil.

Chackerian, along with Hummel and Dr. Bermudas, has built seven TMS Health Solutions offices around California.

Chackerian credits his success, in part, to his tenacity in maintaining a positive clinical reputation. He uses his medical businesses to provide education, and to better the medical community as a whole. As an entrepreneur and businessman, Chackerian says he is bad a maintaining a calendar. He is spurious but remembers to stick to his core principals at all times. You can search on Google for more details.

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Dr. Dov Rand: Influential Medical Facts Promotor

by Chris Holden - March 27th, 2018

Dr. Dov Rand is a valuable medical professional that has expertise in various areas when it comes to medicine. He built Healthy Aging Centers from the ground up with diligence and integrity. Moreover, he is a Psychiatrist, works in the world of Physical Medicine, and is a Rehabilitation Doctor. Therefore, his knowledge of the mind and body are profound in many aspects of healthcare.

Rand has integrity that is hard to find when it comes to healthcare professionals. He only promotes health news if it is backed by facts of science and influential medical journals. He takes pride in spreading healthcare knowledge that will not only persuades a population to change their health habits for the better, but also spread the truth when it comes to natural medicine and drugs that are commonly prescribed.

Dr. Dov Rand demonstrates his integrity and passion for his work in a youtube video that provides concise medical knowledge on the topic of natural medicine that intertwines into bio-identical hormones in the human body. He explains at the beginning of the video that bio-identical hormones are compounded in a specialty pharmacy (Zocdoc). Furthermore, these compounds come from natural sources from the earth, for example soy, yams, and numerous different plants. The beauty of these bio-identical hormones is that they are a reflection of the hormones that are naturally found in the human body therefore, the medicines often work better than medicines that are manmade. Bio-identical hormones provide the body with a sense that they are already a part of that working system however, synthetically made medicines have many adverse effects that at times could be harmful.

Rand presented valuable medical information that deserves further attention. Taking medicines that are healthy for promoting a life with healthier benefits is a must to life an optimal life. For more medical information Dr. Dov Rand is most definitely the Doctor to look to for the best natural medicine knowledge.

The RealReal, The High-End Consignment Business

by Chris Holden - March 27th, 2018

The RealReal is a high-end New York consignment shop. In 2016, the business held a pop-up, which is reported to have brought in 2 million dollars. The brand was originally only an online store, but driven by the success of several pop-ups, the RealReal plans to open more real stores. Last November, they opened a pop-up in San Francisco, and noticed an incredible 500 percent increase in online sales from the area. The business has previously included cafes and even a flower shop in the pop-up boutique at the New York location, and now say they are going to have authentication experts and gemologists at the stores to help shoppers. They also put quite a lot of effort in to finding consultants and salespeople who will value the work and create an friendly environment. Some of the employees used to be employed at places such as Gucci and Sotheby’s. These extra touches are essential to the success of the RealReal, as other similar businesses have started to create competition in the industry. Alison Sommers, the director of sales at the company explains how the in-store experience is key in getting customers interested in testing out the online options.

While the RealReal is a consignment business, they do offer very high-end clothing and accessories, and authentication is an important part of their process. All of the products sold in both the online and in-store locations are carefully examined and checked by experts to make sure that there are no counterfeits being sold. The RealReal aims to have a business that changes the way secondhand clothes are seen. By selling name brand and high-quality items at lower prices than they were originally purchased for, the consignment brand shows that people can still look nice and stylish without having to spend thousands. From Gucci to Prada, and many lesser-known brands in between, the RealReal allows both men and women to wear high-price clothing at a much lower price.

Eric Lefkofsky Backs Precision Medicine Against Cancer

by Chris Holden - March 23rd, 2018

Tempus Labs is a healthcare technology company based in Chicago. The firm leverages big data to enable personalized cancer treatments. The renowned entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky co-founded the company in 2015.

He also serves as the CEO. In a short period, he has built the company to become one of the leading biotech startups in the world. Tempus works closely with cancer centers under the umbrella of the National Cancer Institute.

In addition, it also enjoys close relationships with various educational institutions. Some of these include the New York University and Sanford Health among others.

The firm has built a system that makes it easy to test and build custom treatment programs for each patient. The company is quickly gaining recognition from industry experts as a vibrant biotech startup.

For example, Dr. Topol featured the company on his famous annual list of businesses building technology that is transforming medicine going into the future. Tempus earned a spot for its pioneering technologies including gene therapy and editing.

Gene therapy is already being used to treat inherited vision loss among others. Gene editing is in advanced trials. Another revolutionary technology is a system that uses an intelligent algorithm to diagnose skin cancers accurately.

Others include a rapid genome-sequencing tool that can be handy in the containment of an outbreak. Non-intrusive blood sugar monitors are also making headlines and quickly getting FDA approval.

You can also get a smart watch that measures your blood pressure. In like manner, we now have an intelligent scanner that detects eye conditions better than an eye doctor.

Numerous other medical technologies are redefining the way we deliver healthcare in future.

Tempus’ strategy is hitting all the right notes with investors. The firm has already bagged over $130 million in capital funding. The firm has developed a platform that gives physicians’ access to key information enabling them to make treatment decisions quickly.

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Great Films Produced by Lawrence Bender

by Chris Holden - March 19th, 2018

The well-known Lawrence Bender, born on October 17, 1957, is an amazing film producer. He has produced numerous movies that have reached insurmountable levels of success. Some of these movies include Pulp Fiction, Inglourious basterds Volumes 1 through 3, Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and many more. Although these movies are rather old, they are still widely favored by many and are almost regularly played on many television channels.

In response to the work he has produced, he has been nominated for Oscars a couple of times. He received three nominations overall, all for Best Picture. These nominations were for his films Pulp Fiction (1995), Good Will Hunting (1998) and Inglourious Basterds (2010).

Of the many great films Lawrence Bender has produced, my favorite would have to be the Inglourious basterds series. Not only are they thrilling, but they never get old. Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino are known to work with each other quite often, and this film is one of the many that they have worked together on. They crafted a series of movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more every second. There is never a dull moment and each movie is strategically crafted to leave you wanting more.

Bender was able to do what I believe most people cannot, and that is getting every characteristic of a movie right. He was successful in the selection of actors, the scenes were exactly right for setting the mood, and the overall story was wisely crafted. Most importantly, there is a happy ending. A lot of movies have twisted endings or have a weird way of things working out. Granted, a lot of people died in the movie, I consider it a very happy ending due to the Bride getting reconnected with her “abducted” daughter.

Overall, the time and effort that was put into the creation of these films is very noticeable and has made a huge impact on the publicity and greatness of the film. Bender showed his true talent through these films and has also done so with his other great films.

Dr. Jorge Moll a Man of Idealism.

by Chris Holden - March 15th, 2018

Dr. Jorge Moll, a renowned neuroscientist, received his MD in Neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil where he later completed his residency. Further studies led to him to gaining a Ph.D in Experimental Pathophysiology from São Paulo University.

Dr. Moll has been involved in research that detects various changes in the brain’s physiology when humans experience different emotions meeting loved ones, or performing good deeds. Dr. Moll’s subjects underwent magnetic resonance imaging, (MRI) before and after different events, allowing him to examine the difference in the brain’s activity. His research helped prove previous doctors’ theories that participating in helping others originates from impulses in the brain, resulting in humans experiencing a feeling of euphoria.

Dr. Moll’s work entails a variety of different neuro-related topics. As senior researcher at the D’Or Institute for Research & Education, Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, and Neuroinformatics Workgroup, he has received many awards and distinctions, one of which was the Visiting Scholar Award, Stanford Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University, in 2015 (

In interviews, Dr. Moll stated he has always had a passion to advance medical knowledge and research to create a better healthcare system in Brazil. This philanthropist is president-director of his own non-profit, research institute, the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, in Rio de Janeiro, (IDOR). Dr. Moll founded the institute in 2010 with Fernanda Tovar-Moll and their objective is to be acknowledged as an international, innovative, research institution. Dr. Moll’s research work involves many different aspects in the medical field including Intensive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Oncology.

In 2014, with backing of several medical organizations, Dr. Moll’s institute received an investment of $7-million dollars to expand its grounds and open a Molecular Biology and a Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory, which includes an exclusive cellular culture laboratory, for growing human stem cells, and molecular biology rooms. In 2016, IDOR modernized its Neuromodulation Laboratory and equipped it with many new systems, including the latest 3-tesla magnetic resonance imaging.

Despite this intensive work and research Dr. Moll still remains a family man living in Rio de Janeiro.


Pharmaceutical Genius Jeff Aronin

by Chris Holden - March 14th, 2018

Since 2010, Jeff Aronin has been the chairman and CEO of Paragon Biosciences, a global healthcare development and biopharmaceutical investment firm (Angel). In 2000, he founded Ovation Pharmaceuticals and was the company’s president and chief executive officer until 2009. He served as the president and chief executive officer of Lundbeck, Inc. during its acquisition of Ovation Pharmaceuticals. He is also the non-executive chairman of Castle Creek Pharma and the non-executive chairman to Harmony Biosciences.

Jeff is dedicated to building up biotechnology companies that perform research on a molecular level. His companies develop treatments for patients suffering from rare health conditions. At Paragon Biosciences, researchers create medications that are necessary to treat rare diseases. His company partners with healthcare providers and investors to bring medical and pharmaceutical products to patients. His portfolio includes SureGene and Decade Pharmaceuticals.

Jeff has received many awards, including the Weizmann Leadership Award, the Brain Research Foundation Award, the Frederic A. Gibbs Discovery Award, and Buyouts Magazine “Deal of the Year.” He has won the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Humanitarian Award and the Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine “45 under 45,” award. His colleagues describe him as unstoppable, relentless, enthusiastic, and passionate. He believes in putting patients first, developing new plans and is a mission-driven person.

Philanthropy is important to Jeff and he cares about health-related organizations. He supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the JED Foundation for Depression. He is actively involved in ensuring these patients receive a better quality of life. He contributes to organizations dedicated to community change as well, including the US Holocaust Museum, the Anti-Defamation League and Friends, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Jeff is an innovator in the medical and pharmaceutical industries and is dedicated to helping the sick and the suffering. He has taken the lead when it comes to pharmaceutical research and created a company that is making a positive change. He is not only an entrepreneur, but he is a father, a husband, and a dreamer. He helps others obtain success and is driven to make a difference in healthcare and humanity.


Nick Vertucci and The Fantastic Help He Gave For Real Estate Education

by Chris Holden - March 9th, 2018

There are some unspeakable brilliance and courage in starting a business, let alone a school. The nerve of taking on failure and risking one’s own money to prosper at the same time provide jobs for people is such an admirable act.

One of these business leaders who right now is starting a real estate training school is Nick Vertucci. He’s the inveterately passionate Founder of NV Real Estate and someone who’s brave enough to transcend his humble beginnings.

The Humble Start

You may have heard or read online that Vertucci came from a working-class family who could barely meet their daily needs. The situation even got worse when his father died, and he was left to sort of let the family stand. This challenge was met with courage by Vertucci, and so when he was 18, he started a business that specialized in computer accessories. Such drive to help his family and make money abruptly came to an end after the dot-com crisis, but then he didn’t see this as an end. Despite the fact that all his capital got liquidated at the peak of the crisis, he still went on and pursued his dream to make a better life.

After coming into a lot of debt, Nick Vertucci went to real estate and found his answers there. This was when he started NV Real Estate, or NVREA, which has as its mission to offer the right knowledge and expertise for those who are still starting in the real estate sales industry.

The 2014 Freedom

It was in 2014 that Nick Vertucci found the freedom he wanted, and this was also the time that he wanted to share the story he had to help other people achieve the independence that he gained. When he launched NVREA, he wanted just to offer the best real estate guidance that just won’t only be sticking with the books.

He wanted something that was rooted in reality. Fortunately, many people have now believed in what he can offer. You can even find in the NVREA Youtube Channel some of the testimonials of the graduates of the academy built by Nick Vertucci.

Dr. Mark Holterman Pediatric Medical Technology Innovator

by Chris Holden - March 7th, 2018

Dr. Mark J Holterman is a well-known member in the pediatric world. Not only for his work done in the field of pediatrics but also for his philanthropic contributions in various areas. Born to two farmers in the state of Wisconsin, his parents had no college education. Doing exceptionally well in high school he was told from a young age that he should pursue higher education. Initially he went to Yale and received his bachelors of science in biology before eventually graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. During his tenure there he met his future a wife, at the time a meidcal resident in sugery. After graduation, he went on to complete his residency at the University of Virginia and became a fellow at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.


Dr. Mark Holterman’s Services

Dr. Holterman went on to serve two primary purposes as a professor medicine at the University of Illinois and as the Cheif Executive officer for his investment firm The Mariam Life an organization dedicated to investment in medical technology and therapies in the regenerative medicine field. After retiring from professorship he has continued independent research into new regenerative medicine technologies and therapies through his private organization known as The Mariam Life. At the University of Illinois, he continues to do research with a particular interest in stem cell technology as a method of treatment for cancer and diabetes. He has been awarded the Innovative Research Award by the American Diabetes Association.

Since that time Dr. Mark Holterman has founded another non-profit organization the Hannah Sunshine Foundation. Its purpose is to help grant children who are suffering from rare chronic illnesses regenerative medicine treatments particularly treatments which function at the cellular level. With the help of his wife, he hopes to provide needed medical help to children who would otherwise have to go without and live a life of suffering from these debilitating conditions.