Talk 2 Brazil Talk Radio guest Bill Griesinger, Commercial Finance and Venture Lending Specialist, Chicago. Talks about: Ideas for funding Brazilian business, Hedge Fund projects, multi cultural children in a global world. “Brazil is a Brand”. Board Member of The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago http://www.brazilianculturalcenter.org/ and former Board Member of Junior Achievement .
Talk 2 Brazil with Juliano Graff, CEO Master Minds, AMCHAM Campinas Bussiness Affairs committee member,an Angel investor, Mergers and Acquisitions, what foreign investors look for in Brazil?
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Personal Interview Tips October 14, 2009 by RJ Sherman Interviews are a big step in the job search process that I don’t think most job applicants put in the right amount of effort for how important they actually are in a hiring manager’s eyes. To start off my guide of personal interview tips I first want to emphasize what an interview is. An interview is a chance for a hiring manager to put a face with the qualifications on the page. The person has been handed your resume, looked over it, and they want to now find holes in it. They want to find where you may have exaggerated, they want to find where your strengths and weaknesses are. Most of all, they are looking to answer one basic question, “By bringing you on board are you helping or hurting the organization?” 5 Personal Interview Tips 1. Do your homework. When you get in front of a hiring manager make sure that you can talk her ear off with details about the company. Now it is unrealistic to expect that you will know everything about the company, but it is obvious within 10 seconds if you have done your research. Know the general idea of the company and if you can, try to use their products for more than 15 seconds before walking into the interview. 2. Look the part. If you want to be taken seriously you need to dress seriously. This goes far beyond just the clothes that you wear. You need to look your best that means brushed teeth, limited facial hair, clean hands, and no stains. It is not that hard and it goes a long ways. 3. Think before you speak. The questions being asked of you are not meant to be easy. A hiring manager doesn’t expect you to have an answer in ground breaking speed. In fact it is better if you take a second to relax, take a breath and collect your thoughts. A coherent answer is better than one that jumps around and hits on some of the points. I consider this one of the most important personal interview tips that I can give. A good answer is worth the wait. 4. Ask yourself “what is the question really asking”. If you are given a scenario, most likely the person is not looking for the perfect answer, they want to see your process. No one cares if you can come up with the right answer once in a while, but if you can think through a problem, even if you don’t get to the right answer all the time, the interviewer will know that you have a good head on your shoulders. An interviewer does not want to be lied to, but they do want their main question and their underlying question answered. With that being said, answer their direct question always. 5. Be passionate but not over the top. It is great to show enthusiasm. You have to show that you are interested in the position, but repeating on and on about how you would really like the job and how you love the company sounds like you are begging. You want to be confident, you want to show interest – leave it at that. These personal interview tips are important regardless of the interview or the position. In my opinion before you want into any type of interview you should first put yourself on the other side of the table. You should think to yourself “Why are they interviewing me? What sort of information are they looking for? Do I fit with what they are looking for? “ If you can bring those questions up in your own mind and come up with some answers then you will be much more prepared for the interview than anything else. Understanding expectations is a huge part of the job search process. It is all too often that someone is hired into a position and they do not do well because they lead the hiring manager on during an interview or the job is below them because they were over qualified for the position. Making sure you are a good fit with the job is an important step before the interview even starts. You want to make sure that you are always putting your best foot forward. Some of the best personal interview tips that I can give are mostly common sense.
For our fifth annual roundup, BusinessWeek readers nominated a record number of young entrepreneurs. Meet the 25 most impressive
Welcome to our fifth annual roundup of the country's most promising young entrepreneurs. Before we get started examining the new batch, consider this question: Who is more likely to start a business: A college student or a worker with a few decades of experience? Yep, you guessed it: the experienced worker.
• America's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2009
• Entrepreneurs Who Started Young
• Special Report: America's Best Young Entrepreneurs
It turns out it's boomers, not twentysomethings, who start the most businesses in the U.S. Over the past decade or so, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity belongs to the 55-64 age group. The 20-34 age bracket, by contrast, had the lowest rate. That's according to a recent report by Dane Stangler, a senior analyst with the Kauffman Foundation, based on data collected from 1996 to 2007. It echoes research by entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa, who found that twice as many tech entrepreneurs create ventures in their 50s as do those in their early 20s.
So not only are these entrepreneurs navigating the toughest economy many of us have ever lived through, they're also vastly outnumbered by older, more experienced competitors, who usually have more contacts and capital. That's even more reason to continue to give young entrepreneurs the encouragement, respect, and awe that they've received since becoming cultural icons during the dot-com boom.
Stangler says he's not suggesting young people aren't entrepreneurial or won't be. "The cachet of large, established companies has taken a hit. Job tenure has been falling for a long time. Employment is not going to recover in the very near future. People across all age groups are going to take the future into their own hands."
Brian Ruby, 25, is just one entrepreneur who is following through on Stangler's prediction. He founded molecular imaging equipment maker Carbon Nanoprobes in 2003 in his Columbia University dorm room and has since raised about $4 million from institutional and private investors. After six years doing research, Carbon Nanoprobes is now transitioning to equipment sales, and Ruby expects about $1 million in revenue in 2010. The nine-person company based in Pike Malvern, Pa., sells its equipment to universities, semiconductor firms, and material sciences companies.
Husband-and-wife team Eric Koger, 25, and Susan Koger, 24, launched indie clothing e-tailer ModCloth in 2002, near the end of their freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University. They've managed to raise a little over $3 million from angels such as StubHub co-founder Jeff Fluhr and venture capital firms First Round Capital and Maples Investments. Eric says the 104-employee, Pittsburgh-based company is profitable, with around $1 million in monthly sales, and forecasts more than $15 million total in 2009.
Logan Green, 25, and John Zimmer, 25, started Zimride in 2007 to allow carpoolers to connect online. Its 35 clients are mostly colleges but include corporate customers such as Cigna (CI) and Wal-Mart (WMT). Universities pay about $10,000 per year to use the platform, although pricing varies. Zimmer says the Palo Alto (Calif.) firm, with six employees, expects revenue of $400,000 this year and is now profitable.
These are just a few of our finalists defying the odds. To assemble the group, as in previous years, we asked BusinessWeek readers to nominate candidates aged 25 and under who were running their own companies that showed potential for growth. Given the severity of the recession, we were pleased to receive a record number of nominations this year -- more than 600. After the call for nominations ended in mid-August, our staff sifted through the nominees looking for the most impressive.
Not surprisingly, the majority were Web-based businesses, where barriers to entry continue to fall. There were a smattering of more traditional companies, including an aircraft seller, a specialty mushroom grower, and a machinery lubricant vendor. Compared with last year, more women were nominated, more businesses were profitable, and more had secured equity capital.
You can flip through this slide show for profiles of each of the 25 finalists, then vote for the business you feel holds the most promise. We'll announce the top vote-getters on Nov. 9. Then check out our slide show on where last year's finalists are now. For more elements of the special report, including a feature on selling to universities and a video interview with a standout alum, visit the related items box at upper right side of this overview.
U.S. Entrepreneurs Ages 25 and Under
This summer, BusinessWeek set out on its fifth annual search to find the country's most promising young entrepreneurs. As in previous years, we asked readers to nominate candidates ages 25 and under running their own companies. After the call for nominations ended in August, our staff whittled the batch down to 25 impressive businesses. To read profiles of the finalists and vote for the business you feel holds the most promise, click on. We'll announce the top vote-getters on Nov. 9.
Note: Revenues and traffic numbers are self-reported. To be considered, founders had to be 25 or under when the nomination form was posted in late June.
Talk 2 Brazil Live Radio guest Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Director of The Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami . http://www.miami.edu/chp . We discuss Brazil’s Foreign Policy and Brazil – U.S Relations. Is Brazil a leader? Trade policy? Upcoming elections, and much, much more…
Business tourism in Sao Paulo, the business capital of Brazil , what to see and what to do in the city that never sleeps .From Formula 1 racing to conventions and fashion shows. World Cup 2014 and now the Olympics 2016, they compare New York, Rio and Sao Paulo.