Comcast Faces $2.3 Million Fine

Comcast is known for providing some truly excellent deals for consumers who purchase services. So good are deals on internet, cable, and phone services that customers don’t always look closely at the bill. Apparently someone checked a monthly statement very closely and figured out Comcast was charging customers for things they never ordered. A $2.3 million fine has been levied as a result.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was behind the levying of the fine. The fine was arrived at after the conclusion of an investigation that revealed, in addition to billing for unrequested services, the company also billed for equipment not asked for. Clearly, these actions were a violation of federal law.


At the core of the decision was the assessment that refusal of service did not mean acceptance. In other words, if the company tacked on an extra cost and no one said remove it, the company does not automatically have the right to make any assessment the customer wants the service. Not gaining a direct “yes” from a customer means Comcast cannot add services and charge for them – period.


The monthly bills some customers received were pretty hard to ignore. The amount of money for the charged 30-day service was way beyond what many ever signed up for. Attention about the over-billing eventually reached government regulators. As a result, the process was set in motion to levy the fine. All of this is, honestly, mysterious. Comcast does billions of dollars in business per year. Why bother with such a petty practice? Clearly, someone somewhere in management made a terrible decision. The company is now paying the price, literally, for that decision.


The decision may rattle other entities in the cable industry. Any company that also is utilizing these business practices surely is going to reign them in. Assuming such behavior will go unnoticed would be a false assumption. Things may go unnoticed for a time, but the truth will eventually come out. And a fee is going to end up being paid – a hefty one.

The Career of Stephen Murray and his Accomplishments at the CCMP Capital

Stephen Murray was an outstanding professional in the private investment equity sector before his death in 2015. He was 52 years old when he died. Murray is the former CEO and president of the CCMP Capital. Before passing on, he had resigned from the company due to health problems. The CCMP Capital was under his leadership as since 1989, and at that time the business was called the Chase Capital Partners. The firm was later acquired by the JPMorgan, and its name changed to JPMorgan Partners. It was one of the leading private equity companies in the globe. In 2006, Stephen led the CCMP Capital to spin out of the JPMorgan Partners and the firm’s staff consisted of a small takeover crew. He took over the CEO position from the co-founder of the business, Jeff Walker, in 2007.

According to Greg Brenneman, the CCMP Capital staff was sad to learn of the death of Mr. Murray who was his friend and old partner. Mr. Brenneman succeeded Stephen as the chief executive officer of the company. He sent his condolences to the former finance expert’s family. Murray has a wife and four sons. He deeply loved his family, and he considered them as his joy and pride. From the time he started the CCMP Capital, Stephen was excellent in making deals and investing in different ventures. The CCMP Capital appreciated his noteworthy participation in its growth and that of its parent companies

When he was the CEO of the company, he helped it in raising $3.6 billion in the last five months before his resignation. He was one of the two executives of the CCMP Capital who had been listed in the Securities and Exchange Commission records for the fund. The other principal was Greg Brenneman who is the chairperson of the company. He was also among the last five experts who had been named in the latest Form ADV of the CCMP Capital.

Before his death, Stephen Murray was a board member of various companies, and they include the Infogroup Inc, Crestcom International, Strongwood Insurance Holdings, LHP Hospital Group, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and the Jetro JMDH Holdings. He is also respected for his active involvement in charity activities whereby he was a benefactor of some institutions that were important to the community on The organization that he supported include the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, the Boston College, the Stamford Museum, and the Columbia Business School.

Workplace: The Facebook for Work

Facebook continues to innovate and wedge itself even further into our everyday lives. Facebook recently launched Workplace, a social network version of their current social media site geared towards the work environment to help connect employees. This type of platform already exists through some companies like Slack, Yammer, and Jive. Over 1,000 businesses already use Workplace and with millions of people already using Facebook, the site’s adaptation should be simple for most. Workplace has a similar layout to Facebook which includes a newsfeed, chat, and photo/video/document sharing capabilities. This consumer familiarity allows the platform to be user-friendly since millions of people already see these features on their personal Facebook accounts. The platform, however, does not show ads nor are the Workplace accounts connected to an individual’s personal accounts. These features will prevent distraction in the office and provide a clear divide between work and home life to prevent distractions. The interface’s color is gray instead of blue, which serves as a visual differentiator between Facebook, used for socializing and Workspace, used for working. This network is intended to increase communication and connectivity within organizations whether employees are working next to each other in a communal workspace or working remotely in a different country. Workers will be able to see what their co-workers are doing via their Workplace status and post documents and information for a whole team or office to see in their newsfeed. This “one-stop” virtual workspace will increase connectivity, which Mark Zuckerberg says will increase communication and create a positive workplace. The cost structure is scaled per employee where companies with one to 1,000 active users will pay $3 per user per month; companies with 1,001 to 10,000 users will pay $2 per user per month, and businesses with more than 10,000 users will pay only $1 per user per month. Although this pay scale is very different than Workplace’s competitors, Facebook is banking on their brand recognition, loyalty, and ease of the site’s use to be the number one business communication space.

Samsung Prematurely Ends Production of the Galaxy Note 7

Amidst reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones unexpectedly combusting or exploding, Samsung has announced that it will permanently end its production of the combustible phones. This news comes a day after the company had escalated its recall efforts by asking retailers and telephone carriers to stop selling or even offering exchanges for the phone. The Galaxy Note 7 phone has only been available for a few weeks, but there are already numerous reports of customers who have sustained injuries as a result of the defective product.


One Honolulu Galaxy Note 7 owner reported that her phone began smoking only moments after she had visited Samsung’s website. A video of the incident shows the spectacular end of her phone as it becomes permanently unusable in a billowing puff of smoke.


Samsung had already been offering to replace overheating Galaxy Note 7 phones with new ones, but it soon became apparent that the entire Galaxy Note 7 line was defective. Initially the defect was believed to only affect about 2.5 million phones. At the time, a Samsung spokesperson admitted that there were “a limited number of reports,” but were quick to “reassure customers that [they’re] taking every report seriously.”


At least one notable report was serious enough to spur other companies into action. Over the weekend, several U.S. telephone carriers announced that they would stop replacing overheating Galaxy Note 7 phones with new ones, after a reported “replacement” Galaxy Note 7 phone spontaneously ignited on a Southwest Airlines flight. The next day, government investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) cited “exigent circumstances” when it used a subpoena to confiscated the charred remains.


Since Friday, the company’s stock has been in free fall, losing over 10% of its market value. This amounts to a substantial loss of billions of dollars to Samsung’s market value, ending its steady growth since the beginning of the year. The impact this debacle has had on their reputation may be harder to quantify.

Mars Colonization is Nigh, but Astronauts may Face Martian Madness

Let’s admit it, colonizing mars would be the coolest space thing to have happened since the moon landing, and that was over 40 years ago! I’m not saying that landing robots on Mars wasn’t pretty cool too, but we need real people out there in space to explore the final frontier. Scientists at NASA are currently looking into this possibility of starting a Mars colony, and some of the issues they’ve come across are actually quite bizarre.


The study they did was on the effects of radiation on space-travellers during their trip to Mars, and to test this, they decided to start by exposing mice to some of the same stuff that astronauts might be faced with if a Mars trip were actually happening, and their results were pretty interesting. They found that prolonged exposure to interstellar radiation could result in “. . . a range of potential central nervous system complications that can occur during and persist long after actual space travel — such as various performance decrements, memory deficits, anxiety, depression and impaired decision-making.“


This ultimately doesn’t bode well for a Mars mission, but it only gets me more excited about what is next to come. There are so many new things to explore, it’s impossible to understand how many issues we aren’t even aware of yet. Our leading scientists didn’t even know if there was any water on Mars until a few years ago, and we’re just now discovering new diseases and ailments that we might have to deal with when we’re ready to take the inevitable leap of colonizing the Red Planet.


So, you might ask, what is there to be done about this, and how is it relevant? My answer is that exploration is a part of our nature as Humans, and though we still have a lot to learn and a lot of hurt to fix on our own planet, we need to be looking forward to new frontiers and supporting our friends at NASA and SpaceX as much as we can for the betterment of humanity.

All Bets Are On The NBA

Professional sports attract large crowds and loyal fan bases. It’s only natural to see betting centered around sports is popular and widespread. While there are many sports to bet on, basketball is particularly ideal for betting. The NBA has an amazingly long season stretching from late October into early July. This provides close to a year’s worth of potential money earning opportunities for you to choose.

Establishing a decent spread, or line, can easily give you an easy opportunity to win big. Spreads can range from a single point into the double digits depending on a particular team and the expected outcome of a game. For example, if a team is given a -2 point spread that would mean the team is considered the likely victor and therefore a bet in favor of that team would mean less. On the other hand if the spread is positive that means the team is likely to lose and a bet in favor of that team would net a higher gain. This gives an incentive for placing bets on both sides, but for different reasons. If you want a safe bet pick the team with the -5 spread. If you want a riskier but more profitable bet choose the team with the positive spread.

Betting on NBA odds can be amazingly nuanced. In addition to betting on the final outcome of a game you can also bet on results for each quarter. Placing your bets down for the first quarter of the game and the results expected in that quarter gives you the ability to bet on the first part of a game and win bets based only on the first half of a game. Your success is based on the scores at halftime. After halftime you can place yet another bet on the final score and win yet another bet. Although they don’t seem to be as popular as bets made before a game starts they are growing in popularity.

NBA betting offers you opportunities you won’t find in other areas of sports betting, such as the NFL. Wide point spreads and long seasons almost guarantee you’ll find some victories. If you place your bets in a smart way you should be able to win bets without much of a problem.

8 Tips For Finding A Rental In Panama

1. Buy below market values

Ensure your purchasing the property at a price to make a profit. After all, the income earned by tenants must be greater than the costs incurred by Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa. It is best to consult a broker who has knowledge of the costs of real estate in Panama, plus you can conduct your own market research.

2. Choose the right neighborhood

Panama City has broad market condominium. Most condos to rent are aimed at those seeking accommodation a short period of time. The market for long-term rentals still exists on, but is not as common. For tenants looking for something long term, study neighborhoods midrange.

3. Be aware of the laws of Panama rental

It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the relevant rules relating to rental real estate in Panama.

4. Make sure there services available

If you are interested in renting your property to quality tenants, then you must ensure access to public and private services. For example: a place to park can be a big problem in certain neighborhoods in Panama City. Many of the newest condominiums also offer pool, gym, private parking, social areas, and security 24 hours a day.

5. Inspect the quality of construction

In Panama, the quality of buildings can vary greatly. It is important to review the history of the developer says Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa. It is recommended to seek the services of a licensed housing inspector to help you identify any potential maintenance problems. Many dangers lurk in real estate.

6. Managing rental property

If you do not live or plan to live full time in Panama, consider rental property administration like Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa. Absent Homeowners run into problems that could have been prevented if they had been living near the property.

7. Something big is not always better

When considering buying a rental property, be sure to analyze the market. Something big is not always better. Consider the number of rooms it has, restrooms, kitchen appliances, if you rent furnished or not, and what kind of services provided.

8. Public services can increase

The cost of public services may vary significantly from one tenant to another. Therefore, you should insist that your tenant place these services in their name and pay them directly. Thus, if costs increase, or tenants fail to pay, you are not responsible.

Sobre Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa
A Venezuela original who is a professional executive within five major companies of Panama. Sr. Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa plays a vital role in the Panamá business community. He helps businesses to grow, mentor young adults, and Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa strives to improve the economic conditions.

Don is “JustFab”ulous

Cherchez la femme! As the saying goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman. Don Ressler the co-CEO of JustFab, Inc. & CEO of Fabletics has a long story that began during his college days. Don Ressler shared his passion for fitness with his wife and colleague Ginger. The passionate athlete inside him kept pushing till he met the over-achiever business man Adam Goldenberg. They soon became friends and their friendship led to something really important in the world of e-commerce Fashion on Pando. That was “JustFab”! Later on, JustFab led to Fabletics that met the passionate athlete expectations. Indeed!

JustFab was founded by Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg in March 2010. About one year later, Kimora Lee Simmons joined JustFab as President and Creative Director. JustFab, Inc. or Tech style fashion group, is an online fashion retail business. JustFab approach was to use the social interaction in marketing their fashion brand backed by the advantage of affordable prices. That’s exactly how JustFab came out like. It really offers a different enjoyable fashion experience says Ressler. The contented customer pays $39.95 as a monthly subscription deducted from her first purchase fees. During the registration process the customer will be asked to complete a survey revealing her preferences. Each month JustFab personal stylist, according to stored preferences, will pick the right outfits and styles for her that she can purchase, modify, or even skip free of charge. Don Ressler, The man behind JustFab, relies on his guts spotting upcoming fashion trends. Ressler then professionally uses his unbeatable business skills to thrive and develop newer brands. He’s playing it right!

Comcast Customers Will Soon Have Data Caps On Their Internet Service

It’s obvious that Comcast is a technology giant that provides cable TV, Internet, and home phone service, so they have millions of customers scattered all over the USA. With the different deals that Comcast offers, many will leave their other service providers to join Comcast because they have high-speed Internet, service bundle prices and access to great TV channels. One of the most remarkable things about Comcast is their Internet service, which has been unlimited up until now.


Comcast decided some time ago that they would test out Internet data caps in certain areas that had high Internet usage, and it seemed to be successful, especially since those who went over their data allotment were charged additional fees. The additional monies that were paid to Comcast for Internet overages helped their bottom line, and now they are extending those data caps to their entire network all over the USA. Many customers are already up in arms about Comcast’s decision to limit data, but this was coming sooner or later.


Comcast initially limited data to 300 GB, which allowed for hundreds of streaming movies each month as well as Internet usage, but those who are gamers or have a 4K TV could easily go over that limit. Even though Comcast has now raised the data cap to 1 TB (1000 GB) of data, those that download games from the Internet or stream anything through a 4K TV will most likely end up over their data limit and will pay additional fees. A 4K TV is much sharper than the traditional high-definition TVs and takes up to three times as much data to stream a movie than a traditional HDTV.


Gamers can download games that take up as much as 50 GB for a single game or more, and that doesn’t include the data they use if they play games online. What Comcast is trying to do is to get people away from streaming movies and to get them to stick with their cable service, which has always been the heart of Comcast’s business. Those who keep their cable as well as their Internet service will be able to stream movies as well as watching movies on their cable box, so the data caps may not affect them as much.

An Extensive Look at what Motivates Keith Mann

UPDATE: October 20, 2016

Keith Mann and Dynamic Search Partners have partnered with Uncommon Schools to help the students succeed. He’s offering a scholarship to two lucky students. The group is based in New York City and each year it gives a scholarship to one senior from the uncommon school’s a Brooklyn-based high school. Mann is an advocate for education as well as a philanthropist.

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As a key leader in the executive search industry for more than 15 years, Keith Mann has navigated the complicated world of hedge fund management and private equity – and become an expert in hiring strategy for the financial sectors all over the world. Formerly Keith worked as the managing director of Dynamics Executive Search, a global financial service staffing company, where he recruited the very best in the business for key positions. In 2002, Keith Mann established the Alternative Investment Practice department at Dynamics Executive Search when he began to see that the hedge fund staffing industry was a quickly growing yet grossly underserved market. In 2006, Keith moved his skills into the private equity industry – setting up Dynamics Search Partners as the company to use to get the very best executives into roles in the financial sector. Today Keith Mann serves as the CEO of Dynamic Search Partners – running the management of the firm and helping clients develop strategies for hiring and marketing. His clients are located all over the world—from Asia to the United States—and are part of a growing 200-client family every year.

How did you come up with the idea for Dynamics Search Partners?

I grew up in New York around many financial executives, but over time, I noticed there was a lack of qualified managers with experience running alternative investment departments. When it came time to launch Dynamics Search Partners, I was working at a previous firm called Dynamics Associates. I wanted our branding to be seamless. That’s how we came about.

What’s a day like in your life?

It’s extremely busy. I barely have enough time to get lunch some days – but I try to fit that in. I exercise every day before work so I can stay energized at the office and I’m ready for meetings and calls throughout the day. And email—I answer a lot of email. I try to be as productive as possible by taking one task at a time and staying focused.
How do you get your ideas in motion?

I’m a big problem-solver. I’m always looking for new ways to make things better. If I see a need, I want to figure out how to meet it in the best way—whether that’s finding a way to change the process for interviewing executives or strategy for how we find new and more diverse candidates.

What are you excited about right now?

I’m excited about the way we are working to diversify our candidate pool. I want to find the best candidate for each position. I’m constantly looking for new people who surprise me and bring a rich and diverse experience to the industry.

What’s your key to productivity?

It goes back to that morning gym visit. I can’t stay focused if I miss my early workout. This can be extremely challenging to keep up – but that’s why I try to get into bed early so I’m ready for that alarm in the morning!

Tell me about your worst job. What did you learn from it?

I hated working as a trading assistant on a foreign exchange desk for a large bank. It was the worst. I learned a lot, of course, but I knew very quickly it wasn’t for me. I wanted to be in charge of my own work, be my own boss at the end of the day.

What would you do differently, if you could?

Honestly, I wouldn’t do anything differently. I love my job. I love the people I work with. They teach me knew things every day, and I’m thankful for the privilege of being surrounded by such incredible and talented people.
What’s your best advice for entrepreneurs?

I tell them not to be afraid to ask for help. Don’t assume your first decision is your best one. Go back, revise, rethink, be open to other ideas and directions.

What’s a key strategy that you’ve used to grow your business?

I can’t do my work without the very best technology behind us. We’ve created a seamless portal online that helps us collect and vet all our candidates and to manage our clients. It saves us time and money, and it helps us to streamline our hiring process. I’ve learned to be open to technology and to see where it can take us in the future. That energizes me and makes me excited for where we can take our business.

What about failure? How have you failed and what did you learn?

Sometimes in the hiring process you know you’ve got a great candidate but the employee ends up not being a good fit for the company. Early on, I had a situation like that. We had to break with the candidate. In the process I learned the importance of making sure both experience and personality are a match for the company.

If I gave you $100 and asked you to spend it now, what would you do?

I’d take my kids to a pizza-making class. They love pizza, and they love to cook with me in the kitchen.

What’s your favorite software product?

I’m a super fan of Google.

I love working in Google drive on documents and spreadsheets with my team. It’s great to collaborate in one place. I also love LinkedIn. Leveraging that platform has been a huge asset to our work.

What book is on your bedside table?

I’m reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It’s an inspiring read to anyone who wants to rise in their industry and find their passion along the way.

Who do you look up to?

I really admire Michael Bloomberg. His leadership skills are admirable, and I respect the example he set as mayor of New York City and as a businessman and philanthropist.

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