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Nintendo: Super Mario Run had 40 million #iOS downloads in 4 days [RJOVenturesInc.com]

http://www.rymaticast.com/2016/09/super-mario-run-iphone-and-ipad.html

Nintendo Update: Super Mario Run had 40 million #iOS downloads in 4 days. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc.

Super Mario Run was downloaded 40 million times in the first four days of its release worldwide, according to Nintendo. The publisher confirmed those numbers on Twitter.

With this feat, this makes it the fastest app ever to 40 million downloads in the $35 billion mobile gaming industry. The Android version has yet to be released either! Nintendo did not share its revenues but the game spent the last several days at No. 1 on the grossing list in a number of countries around the world. It likely generated between $2 million and $5 million per day from the United States alone.



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Kelechi Anyadiegwu Founder & CEO of #ZUVAA [RJOVenturesInc.com]



Kelechi Anyadiegwu Founder & CEO of #ZUVAA, Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. and RMNOnline Fashion Group.

This Interview Feature was Presented by Janel Martinez at Madame Noire. 
For Promotional Use Only.

We caught up with the technology entrepreneur to discuss how she started Zuvaa, her tips for starting a successful online marketplace and why community has taken her brand to the next level.

MadameNoire: How did you get your start in the technology space?
Kelechi Anyadiegwu: I’ve always had an interest in technology, since my parents bought me a computer as a small child. I naturally found myself attracted to online communities (chatrooms, The SIMS, neopets, etc.) and building things (websites, avatars, digital Barbies, etc.). These were interests that really shaped my career aspirations going into high school and entering college. I loved digital design and I loved creating content. Everything from the yearbook club to creating layouts, or putting together short media clips. I loved it all.

MN: What inspired you to create Zuvaa, a premier marketplace for African-inspired fashion and accessories? KA: This inspiration grew out of a personal problem that I had. My family is of Nigerian heritage and I grew up in the States. I grew up constantly going to Nigerian-themed parties, events and family functions. So African prints and textiles were always a part of my life. As I grew into young adulthood, I started to realize how difficult it was to find modern and trendy African-inspired designs. And it shocked me, because these prints were so beautiful and so much could be done with them. And anyone who knew me knew I loved fashion, especially eccentric and vibrant prints. So using my background in marketing and design, I created an online marketplace that I would personally shop at and I knew others would shop as well.



MN: When you first had the idea to create Zuvaa, what steps did you take to get it off the ground? KA: I just dove in. The minute I told myself I was going to pursue Zuvaa, I bought a domain, signed up for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and started building the community right away. I knew right from the beginning that having a strong community that believed in our mission would be essential.

MN: Zuvaa is an online marketplace, but it’s also community focused. Why did you feel it was important to build a community within the platform? KA: Building an online marketplace, community had to be a core part of my mission. Culture is something already so inherent in African communities, it only made sense that it would be the core of my marketplace for African fashion. I wanted the women who wore pieces from the marketplace, to feel like they were part of a bigger movement. Not only were they supporting small business owners and the African textile industry, but they were showing the love they had for African beauty and vibrancy through fashion. I wanted women to feel that personal connection to all the pieces they bought from the marketplace.

MN: What are your three tips to running a successful online marketplace? KA: -Build a great community – Can’t emphasize this enough and the impact this has had for Zuvaa.

-Understand your customer – Don’t make assumptions. I made a lot of assumptions early on and did not do enough testing. I could have saved a lot of time and money, if I better understood my customer from the beginning.

-Patience and perseverance – E-commerce is hard, especially in fashion. There have been so many days I wanted to quit because we got no sales; then, the next day, we are featured on an awesome blog and sell out of an item that day. Running a company has taught me so much in what it means to never give up.

MN: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received or given? KA: Focus, focus, focus. Don’t try to do too much at once. Become really strong at one thing and then branch out to others, once your core is set. When I first started Zuvaa, I wanted to start designing my own pieces, I wanted to have a showroom, I wanted to do so many things. But my advisor, humbly told me, to focus on one aspect of the business and do it really, really well. Then I could branch out to other things. She said, “Black women, we often feel like we have to do all these things at once to prove we are 10 times better than the competition. But you don’t have to do that. Go at your own speed and things will fall into place.”



MN: What’s next for Zuvaa? KA: Continuing to grow our community. We have such an amazing community of fashionistas who have really been pivotal in the growth of our company. These women are funny and engaged and supportive of the work we do at Zuvaa. We’re working on some amazing new projects and initiatives to further engage our community and our designers.

Source: Madame Noire

Recap: #ZUVAA Pop Up Shop Tour; #Miami 2016 @ Fussé Studios [RJOVenturesInc.com]



Recap: #ZUVAA #PopUpShop #Tour in #Miami 2016. Took Place December 3 - 4, During #ArtBasel at Fussé #Studio. A Collection of African Prints and Textiles from #Creative and Talented #AfricanFashion #Designers and #Vendors.

Designers, Vendors, Models & Staff Includes: @abeillecreations, @afrodesiacworldwide, @BesidaOnline, @thediarrablu, @monificent11, @houseofubuhlecollection, @Enza_Accessories, @FantaCelah, Kapasa, (@kibonen_ny), @KreyolEssence, @Londi_Ro, Naturally Fly Spot, @Ruva_Afric_Wear, @lensa_d, Candi Ebuzoeme, #richardjohn786, @ladymariam305, @emekagoz, @myobioma, @imbiecm, @_tordles @shopzuvaa, @mangishidoll @rahymasleek @fusse_studios @sharethadavis @sophido @duvoirg @akesestylelines (Instagram Links)

ZUVAA Brand Ambassador: Richard John for RJO Ventures, Inc. d/b/a: BrandingPower365.com & RMNOnline Fashion Group.

Exclusive Access @ Hard Rock Stadium (#MiamiDolphins) [RJOVenturesInc.com]

Exclusive access at Hard Rock Stadium (#MiamiDolphins) on a weekday. Contractor/Vendor work on display. Pics and video will be featured at (www.RJOVenturesInc.com)

Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts [RJOVenturesInc.com]



Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, discusses how she entered the hospitality industry, the story behind her company's name, and what excites her about the new Salamander Resort & Spa opening in Middleburg, VA, in 2013.

Pixel by Google; Powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor [RJOVenturesInc.com]



Pixel by Google Featuring a Snapdragon 821 Processor. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. (#RJOVentures) for Educational Purposes Only!


The first-ever phone designed end-to-end by Google, the Pixel is designed to provide unlimited storage with automatic content backup, smarter messaging with Smart Reply that personalizes your messages, quicker access to your device with Pixel Imprint, sharper images with Google Camera that allows you to take great pictures in any light condition, and built-in Google Assistant to help you find what you need and get things done. The Pixel is available with a 5" or 5.5" (XL) display, and a choice of three colors: Really Blue (limited edition), Very Silver and Quite Black.

Source: Qualcomm



As one of the most cutting-edge mobile processors ever created, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor with X12 LTE builds on the momentum of our Snapdragon 820 processor. It is designed to support superior connectivity, graphics, photography, power and battery efficiency and helps set a new bar for smartphones, tablets, mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays and more.

Source: Qualcomm

Miami's $1 Billion Brickell City Centre is Now Open [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Miami's $1 Billion Brickell City Centre is Now Open. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. (#RJOVenturesInc)

After four years of construction, the Brickell City Centre finally opened its doors to the public on November 3, 2016. The $1 billion dollar building was built to keep Miami’s downtown area booming with business.



The building consist of retail stores, restaurants, condos and hotels. “This is a transformational project and it is transforming Urban Miami,” said Stephen Owen, the president of Swire Properties. Days prior to the opening, stores like Saks Fifth Avenue gave VIP tours.

Richard John Presents: Election Day Theme (TV Soundtrack) (#Elections2016) [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Title: Richard John Presents: Election Day Theme
Single: Election Day Theme (#Elections2016)
Genres: Sound Effects, Music, Soundtrack
Released: Nov. 8, 2016
Label: ℗ 2016 Rymatica Entertainment
Music Publishing: Rymatica Music Publishing (ASCAP); R John Publishing (ASCAP); Rymatica Sounds Publishing (SESAC)

Available for Music Placement via Music Licensing: Television, Cable, Newscast, Internet, Satellite and Radio

Cathy Hughes, Founder/Chairperson of Radio One, Inc. Interview [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Cathy Hughes, Founder of the independently black-owned Radio One, special showcase, featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. For Promotional Use Only!

ONE ON ONE
Watch The Cathy Hughes One on One Special.

Roland Martin sits down with Radio One, Inc. Founder Cathy Hughes to discuss her incredible career.

Source: TV One



Richard John Presents: Indie Game Music (Full Soundtrack Album Release; Google Play, Amazon, etc.) [RJOVenturesInc.com]





Richard John Presents: Indie Game Music. It is a full length soundtrack album release through Rymatica Entertainment, where Richard John serves as the executive producer. Featured here at RJO Ventures, Inc.

Genres: TV Soundtrack, Music, Soundtrack
Released: Oct 18, 2016
℗ 2016 Rymatica Entertainment (#Rymatica)

Track Listing:

1. Wanderer
2. Fallout
3. Android
4. One at a Time
5. Dungeon Master
6. Mushroom Garden
7. The Abyss



Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang - Top 10 best-performing CEO according to Harvard Business Review [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Above: Jen-Hsun Huang of Nvidia shows off the company's Tesla M4 and Tesla M40 deep learning chips. Image Credit: Nvidia

Harvard Business Review ranks Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang as a top 10 best-performing CEO. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. (#RJOVenturesInc) For promotional use only!

Nvidia chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang is the No. 6 best-performing CEO in the world, according to the latest rankings from Harvard Business Review. The publication states that this list is about revealing the corporate leaders that are best at delivering reliable long-term performance. Jen-Hsun Huang co-founded Nvidia in 1993 and he has overseen its growth into the market leader for PC graphics while simultaneously expanding into new sectors like self-driving cars, consumer electronics and deep-learning cloud computing.

Huang is the top-ranked CEO of a gaming-focused company on the Harvard Business Review's list. Activision chief executive Bobby Kotick comes in at No. 75. Tencent chief Huateng “Pony” Ma, Softbank's Masayoshi Son and Amazon's CEO Jeffrey Bezos made the list at No. 45, No. 73 and No. 76 respectively.

“Our strategy is to focus on creating the future where graphics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence converge is fueling growth across our specialized platforms of gaming, pro visualization, datacenters, and Automotive,” Huang said in a statement alongside Nvidia’s earnings statement in July.

Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO of AppsTech [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO of AppsTech. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. (#RJOVenturesInc)

Rebecca Enonchong is the founder and CEO of AppsTech and I/O Spaces. AppsTech is a Bethesda, Maryland-based global provider of enterprise application solutions founded in 1999. It's an Oracle Platinum Partner and has customers in over 40 countries. I/O Spaces is a Co-working space in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Rebecca Enonchong started AppTech with literally no money and despite her best efforts, she was never able to raise any funding.




"I was a Black woman tech founder. I was a Black African woman tech founder. Although those might have been external factors, my race, gender or national origin were never a part of my equation. I lived in a self-created bubble in which those elements didn’t matter and I went about my business as any white male would have, oblivious to the reality that surrounded me and the challenges before me. It honestly never occurred to me that it might be any harder for me than any of my fellow startup entrepreneurs."

_______________________________

Lesson One: Your reality is the one that you create in your mind, not the one that others create for you. Because I was not conscious of how difficult this was, I could be bold. And bold I was. With very little savings and no financial backing, I set out to build a global multi-million dollar business. I spent the first two weeks doing nothing but writing my business plan.

Because I was writing it for me, and not for bankers or investors, I could be completely honest. I was able to lay out my weaknesses, market risks in a very bare, truthful way. Then I could think of strategies to counter these. As I did this, my business model changed significantly from what I first intended. Over the years of course, it changed some more.

Lesson Two: Having a personal business plan is very effective. When we pitch to investors or customers, we want them to drink our Kool-Aid. It’s important though, to realize that it is Kool-Aid and not to drink it ourselves.

So I realized by developing my plan that the type of customers that most purchased my offerings were multinational. That meant that I also needed to be a multinational. How a one woman company becomes a global business can be resumed by one word. The internet.

I built the company’s web site and it was available in both English and French. I spent days studying the web sites of companies like Arthur Andersen, PwC and CapGemini and mimicked the look and feel. The site wasn’t very nice but in those days, neither were my competitors’.

I couldn’t yet afford an office but I did get a virtual business address I could use on the web site and on a business card. I didn’t include a title on the card. I wanted the flexibility of being the CEO when I wanted or just one of the engineers if the situation warranted. I might have been a one person business but I presented myself as a global corporation.

Armed with by new business cards, my new web site, I spent a couple thousand dollars going to an industry conference. During that conference, I landed my first customer. A multinational. Of course, they had no idea that I was a one-woman machine. And they didn’t need to. They needed some technical advice that I knew I could provide.

Lesson Three: Fake it ‘till you make it but never sell more than you can’t deliver.

I used all of the revenue generated from that client and invested it in my business. I rented an actual office, hired a part time assistant. I never used any of those funds to pay myself. In fact, I was homeless and couch-surfed for two years before I finally got my own place. In the 17 years I have been in business, I have always paid myself last and have never had the highest salary in the company.

But couch-surfing wasn’t just about saving money; because I didn’t have a home, I could focus entirely on my business. I wouldn’t leave the office until at least 2:00 AM. There were absolutely no distractions; there was absolutely no comfort.

Lesson Four: Comfort is your enemy. Be prepared to make huge sacrifices.

As I mentioned before, even though I was a tiny business, I was global from day one. Every single tool I purchased to run my business had to work from anywhere. In a world where the word “cloud” still defined something you could look up to in the sky, I only bought software accessible over the internet. We were one of Salesforce.com’s early customers.

Also, each individual I hired, from my assistant to my technical and executive team, had to have worked or lived overseas and speak at least two languages. So where my like sized competitors were focusing on the small local customer, I had my eyes on the more lucrative global market. And because everything was designed to be global from the very first day, I didn’t have to pivot years later and develop a global strategy, change systems and staff. Global in one location with four employees is actually the same structure as global in ten locations with hundreds of employees. Global is a way of thinking.

Lesson Five: Design your business structure to address the largest market you can, not your current state.

There were several aspects to our business model which were unusual at the time and helped us sign some very large deals within our first few years in business. One of them was that I personally hated bureaucracy. I still do. I have an intense dislike for paperwork and administrative procedures. What I came to realize was that so did many of my customers. When a bureaucratic multinational company is faced with a bureaucratic multinational supplier, the purchasing process and the delivery of services becomes complex and bogged down.

So I tried to simplify the process. I basically productized services. So rather than sell so many man/hours or man/days with different rates for different people, I created packages that customers could choose from. For instance, support contracts had traditionally been per “seat” or per person on the contract. We proposed three different levels of a support product that never specified who, or how many would provide them. Not only did this greatly simplify the purchasing and delivery process but it also allowed us to scale. Since we weren’t paid by number of consultants, we could build efficiencies to reduce labor costs on customers and spread our resources across multiple contracts. In the US in 2000, this was innovative.

Lesson Six: If the product or service you are providing isn’t innovative, your delivery of it can be.

Of course, I couldn’t have done any of this without a fantastic team. I sought out the very best minds in the industry and sometimes courted them for months before they would come on board. As often as possible, I tried to find the brightest in the African community. Congo, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Sudan, Cameroon, and more were all represented at AppsTech.

This in addition to China, Korea, India, France and the UK. Most of them were much smarter than I was. Although some were obviously intelligent, they didn’t necessarily have specific industry experience. One of my very best hires for example, was a political science major with absolutely no Oracle and little IT experience. But I loved the way he carried himself.

I hired him on the spot. As a Client Relationship Manager, his ability to navigate difficult personalities was key. Another guy had a degree in veterinary science. He too had no Oracle experience. But he spoke five languages fluently including Russian and Spanish. If he could learn foreign languages so easily, surely “speaking” SQL wouldn’t be a stretch. He went on to get multiple Oracle certifications and was one of the very best members of our technical team.

Lesson Seven: Hire the very best or train the very brightest

Within four years, AppsTech had seven offices across three continents and customers in over 50 countries. We had generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue. By the time our model caught on, we already had established ourselves as the market leader. We had weathered the tech bubble and had seen many of our competitors, even some a hundred times our size, disappear. Profiles in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Computer World, Fortune Magazine and many others.

The epitome of success. We were unstoppable. Or maybe we weren’t…. But that’s for another post.
Source: Rebecca Enonchong Online


Health and Fitness Entrepreneur Christine Olivo Presents: Dance Fit Pro Studio [RJOVenturesInc.com]


Health and Fitness Entrepreneur Christine Olivo Presents Dance Fit Pro Studios in North Miami Florida. Featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. (#RJOVenturesInc) & RMNOnline Fashion Group (#RMNOnline) Respectively.

#DanceFitPro is a company that has designed multiple dance fitness programs for all your cardio workout needs. We have many different styles for your workout experience and we are creating more to come.
-Christine Olivo


Many existing gyms and studios struggle with building a successful group exercise program. Allow us to partner with your gym! We bring our programs to your facilities so that you don't have to struggle anymore. We can certify your current instructors or we can provide DanceFitPro certified instructors as well.


Source: Dance Fit Pro


  • Dance Cardio
  • Weight Loss
  • Strength Training
  • and More!

Follow Dance Fit Pro on Social Media with the Hashtag #DanceFitPro

Dia Simms - President of Combs Wine & Spirits [RJOVenturesInc.com]

 
Dia Simms - President of Combs Wine & Spirits, featured at RJO Ventures, Inc. #RJOVenturesInc (For Promotional Use Only)

D’Angela (Dia) Simms is a corporate executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and public speaker, whose professional journey began uniquely with her work at the Department of Defense. With positions in advertising sales and the pharmaceutical industry following, Dia Simms’ career path took an unconventional digression when she was solicited to work with music and business mogul Sean John Combs.
Source: Dia Simms




"I would tell anyone in any organization; Proctor & Gamble, Nabisco, if I went to go run the government of Croatia, that I’m going to work three times harder than anyone else. I’m not scared of hard work; that’s one thing I’m not scared of. And I would encourage a lot of people to consider how far hard work can get you." - Dia Simms



CÎROC® Combs Wine & Spirits is an expert in delivering unique product propositions and over-serving the consumer by delivering excellence in liquid and superior packaging.



Combs Wine & Spirits fosters product messaging that highlights social responsibility and is built upon an “Idea-First” environment wherein great ideas are given room to flourish and be translated into product solutions. Combs Wine & Spirits was founded in 2013 by Sean Combs.



DELEÓN® Tequila is made from the finest 100% Highland Blue Weber agave sourced from the rich earth of the Los Altos region of Jalisco. Hand-selected at harvest for high quality and peak ripeness, our plants yield the sweetest piñas, giving the tequila its abundant character and balance. 

Slow roasting of the agave in traditional brick and clay ovens, combined with slow fermentation, under the precise guidance of our master distiller contribute enriched depth and complexity to the agave’s natural sweetness, creating a remarkably nuanced character. DELEÓN® Tequila achieves this astonishing depth of flavor in just two distillations – allowing the tequila to retain the unique character acquired during the fermentation process.
Source: Combs Wine & Spirits
 
Combs Wine & Spirits is headquartered in New York, NY.