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Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs Officially Opened Capital Prep Harlem Charter School []

Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs officially opened Capital Prep Harlem Charter School (#capitalprepharlem) on August 29, 2016 in New York City. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc.

The Harlem native, approached Capital Preparatory Schools in 2011 with the idea of opening a school in his hometown. Over the next five years, Mr. Combs worked with the founder of Capital Prep, Dr. Steve Perry, “to build community support and enlist a team of educators, parents and business leaders to bring the idea to fruition.”

“Creating this school is a dream come true for me,” Combs said in a release. “I want to impact the lives of young people in my community and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education.”

Kobe Bryant opens $100 million venture capital tech fund with Jeff Stibel []

Kobe Bryant opens $100 million venture capital tech fund with Jeff Stibel. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. 

"This is one of my passions," Bryant said on CNBC after he rang the opening bell Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. "We are one gear, 100 percent laser-focused, and here we go."

Kobe announced on Monday that he's partnering up with former president Jeff Stibel to start a $100 million investment fund. The name of the company is "Bryant Stibel" and will focus on technology, media and data. It has already invested in thirteen companies, including The Players' Tribune, LegalZoom and a video game design company called Scopely.

Christine Souffrant, Haitian-American Entrepreneur on TEDxUOWD []

Christine Souffrant, Haitian-American Entrepreneur on TEDxUOWD. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc.

Haitian American entrepreneur Christine Souffrant discusses how you can change your own reality by ‘following your patterns’ – the natural talents that you are born with that transcend through industries and skills. 

A globally recognized speaker, Christine Souffrant is a Haitian American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience across 30+countries. As the founder of Vendedy (a mobile network connecting global travelers to street vendors of developing countries), she has been featured with IBM, Microsoft, Fast Company, Manatt Ventures etc. 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Source: TEDx Talks YouTube

Verizon acquires Yahoo! for $4.8 billion []

Verizon acquires Yahoo! for $4.8 billion. Featured @ RJO Ventures, Inc. 
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Yahoo is poised to sell its core internet business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. In acquiring Yahoo, which it will merge with its AOL operation, Verizon beat out rival bidders including Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans, whose bid had been backed by billionaire Warren Buffett. 

The New York-based communications conglomerate won’t be buying Yahoo’s 3,000 technology patents, which could be worth more than $1 billion and are being auctioned off in a separate process, sources said. Nor is Verizon buying Yahoo’s stake in Yahoo Japan or its equity chunk of China-based Alibaba. 

Headed by former Google exec Tim Armstrong, AOL is likewise aiming for Yahoo’s advertising tech tools, as well as its search engine and e-mail service. Armstrong, who had tried and failed to convince Marissa Mayer to buy AOL in 2014 before selling to Verizon, will create the third-largest internet advertiser with the Yahoo deal — albeit far behind Google and Facebook, which together control more than half of the online advertising market, according to eMarketer. AOL and Yahoo account for just 3.4 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively, of the $69 billion niche, eMarketer said.

Source: New York Post

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Set for August 2016 []

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Set for August 2016. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. ( Informational Use Only.

Microsoft announced that it will mark the one-year anniversary of Windows 10 with a major update to the software, powering more than 350 million computing devices.

“The Anniversary Update will help people be more productive, stay safer online and, of course, have fun,” Windows and Devices Group corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post.

The Windows 10 update set for release on August 2 promised improved security and enhanced capabilities for the Microsoft Edge browser.

Better security. According to Microsoft, there are 250 million online threats posed on any given day. While Microsoft will tell you that Windows 10 is already the most secure version of Windows ever, the company is beefing up security in the update just the same.

Advanced Inking features. Though you’ll need hardware that supports the use of a digital stylus, the Anniversary edition of Windows is said to improve the experience of writing with such a digital instrument. The so-called Windows Ink workspace is a canvas for everything ink-related.  Digital ink features include sticky notes, a whiteboard doodling area and a quick link to the Windows Store for ink-powered apps, several from third-party developers.

A smarter Cortana.

A more power-efficient Edge browser. Microsoft claims that Edge will consume less power. You’ll also be able to personalize the browser with “extensions” such as Pinterst’s “Pin It Button” and Amazon Assistant. These and others will be available in the Windows Store.

Gaming. According to Microsoft, 9 billion hours have been devoted to gameplay on Windows 10 devices. With the Anniversary update and the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game one time and then freely play it on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One, sharing saved games and achievements across the devices. On Xbox One, you’ll be able to summon Cortana help you find new games, see what pals are doing, and turn on your console with a “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” command. Meantime as part of a promotion that started Wednesday and runs through Aug. 14, students can save $300 when they purchase an Xbox One and Microsoft Surface at Microsoft Stores.

Education. Microsoft says more than 90% of schools in the U.S. use shared devices, and nearly half of all teachers serve as their own tech support in the classroom. A new “Set up School PCs” app for Windows 10 aims to simplify the process for educators.

Google-Backed Undersea Cable Between US and Japan Goes Online []

Google-Backed Undersea Cable Between US and Japan Goes Online. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. ( for Informational Use Only 

Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was the $300 million it invested in the FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries. As the company announced today, this cable is going online tonight.

The 9,000km six-fiber pair cable can deliver up to 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth — or as Google’s SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Holzle puts it, that’s “about 10 million times faster than your cable modem.”

The cable will give Google dedicated access to 10 Tbps per second over its own pair of cables that will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to Bandon, Oregon (putting it relatively close to the company’s The Dalles data center in the state).

It’s worth noting that Google also plans to launch its Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year and the company notes that having this dedicated bandwidth for its operations will result “in faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe.”

While the focus of Google’s announcement is mostly on the connection between the U.S. and Japan, it’s worth noting that the FASTER network will also connect Japan and Taiwan over two fiber pairs that will offer an initial capacity of 20 Tbps. This extension between Taiwan and the two landing sites in Japan is 100 percent owned by Google (through its wholly owned Google Cable Bermuda subsidiary).

Google continues to make other undersea cable investments, too. To better connect the U.S. East Coast and Europe, for example, the company recently announced a partnership with Facebook to build the fastest trans-Atlantic undersea cable yet, with a capacity of 160 Tbps.

Source: Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch 

The Power of Broke by Daymond John []

The Power of Broke by Daymond John. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. This bestseller book is filled with inspiration, motivation and great insight for small business owners and entrepreneurs on all levels.

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Johnson Publishing sells Ebony & Jet magazines to Texas firm []

Johnson Publishing sells Ebony & Jet magazines to Texas firm Clear View Group. Featured @ RJO Ventures, Inc.

The company said Tuesday it has sold Ebony, its iconic African-American lifestyle magazine, and the now digital-only Jet magazine to Clear View Group, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm, for an undisclosed amount.

Johnson Publishing will retain its Fashion Fair Cosmetics business and its historic Ebony photo archives, which remains up for sale. The deal, which closed in May, also included the assumption of debt.

A family-owned business throughout its history, Ebony has documented the African-American experience since it first hit newsstands in 1945. It has shaped culture ever since, coming into its own as it reported from the front lines of the civil rights movement during the 1960s in powerful photos and prose.

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing and daughter of founder John Johnson, will serve as chairman emeritus on the board of the new company.

"This is the next chapter in retaining the legacy that my father, John H. Johnson, built to ensure the celebration of African-Americans," she said in a statement Tuesday.

The new publishing entity, Ebony Media Operations, will maintain the magazine's Chicago headquarters and its New York editorial office, as well as much of the current staff, according to Michael Gibson, co-founder and chairman of African-American-owned Clear View Group.

"When we make an investment, that's what we look for — a strong team that can actually run the company," Gibson said. "We're not managers or experts by any stretch of imagination in the media business. What we bring to the table is very strong networking and the ability to raise financing and the ability to establish a vision for the company."

"There's a lot of good reasons to keep the print," Gibson said. "That will always be our anchor. We want to grow the digital platform more consistently with both Ebony and Jet."

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash []

Microsoft Corp has agreed to buy LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant's fast-growing cloud services business with an online network of 433 million professionals.

The offer of $196 per share represents a premium of 49.5 percent to LinkedIn's Friday closing price.

LinkedIn's shares soared 48 percent to $194.00 in early New York Stock Exchange trading and Microsoft's shares were down 4 percent.

Reid Hoffman, chairman of LinkedIn's board and the company's controlling shareholder, said the deal has his full support.

"I have always had a great admiration for LinkedIn," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a video on Microsoft's website. "I have been talking with Reid and Jeff for a while ... I have been thinking about this for a long time."

Jeff Weiner will remain chief executive of LinkedIn, reporting to Nadella.

Microsoft plans to speed-up monetization of LinkedIn by growing individual and organization subscriptions as well as targeted advertising, it said.
Microsoft said it would issue new debt to fund its acquisition.

After the deal, which will require approval from regulators in the United States, the EU, Canada and Brazil, LinkedIn will become part of Microsoft's productivity and business processes unit, the companies said.

Possible New Bus Transportation Revealed in China []

Possible New Bus Transportation Revealed in China. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc.

A Chinese company wants to put this bus onto city streets because it is capable of traveling two lanes of traffic and can carry up to 1400 people.


Google AdWords Stories: Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Founder/CTO of Zyrobotics []

Google AdWords Stories: Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Founder/CTO of Zyrobotics; Featured @ RJO Ventures, Inc.
Zyrobotics has a mission to make the world a more accessible place for all children, especially those with motor skill challenges and other accessibility needs. Get inspired and discover how #AdWords enables Zyrobotics to get their mobile apps in front of families so kids of all ages, all abilities learn while having fun.
Source: Google Small Business