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Patent-Pending Online Education Platform Aims To Disrupt Business School Model

Tulsa Oklahoma (PRWEB) April 17, 2015

Thrive15.coms Founder, Clay Clark, believes that he can disrupt the traditional business school model in the way that Steve Jobs disrupted the music industry with iTunes. In the same way iTunes allowed customers the freedom to choose the exact song they wanted, Thrive15.com allows users to choose business courses they want to take, versus having to buy all the non-practical general education that is included in the cost of tuition. For less than the average Americans monthly Starbucks bill, Thrive15.com offers 15-minute video trainings in 20 areas of business including sales, marketing, accounting, public relations, capital, and more, taught by world-class mentors for $ 49 per month. Student subscriptions are $ 19 per month and Thrive15.com has teamed up with the U.S. Chambers Hiring Our Heroes Program to provide a free subscription to active, reserve, and veteran member of the U.S. military and their spouses with the 1 for 1 HandUp Movement.Thrive15.com launched in February and has subscribers in over 33 countries.

Many experts and billionaire business owners share Clarks views including Mark Cuban who has been quoted as saying, “When easy credit for buying or flipping a house disappeared we saw a collapse in the price of housing, and we’re going to see that same collapse in the price of student tuition and that’s going to lead to colleges going out of business…Can someone please explain to me how what is happening in higher education is any different?”

According to a Bloomberg Business business article from March 2015, “some top-ranked business schools are raising tuition by between 2 percent and 10 percent this fall, bumping up the cost of classes for the 2015-16 academic year to nearly $ 66,000 at the high end. Throw in room and board, fees, and textbooks, and it will cost as much as $ 99,000 to attend B-school next year.”

Thrive15.com Founder Clay Clark says, We are focused on providing an alternative to the overpriced business schools that are ripping students off and teaching things that business owners dont need to know. Entrepreneurs dont need to be paying for and taking general education classes about archery, humanities, and bowling. They need the practical education and the capital to start a business, not debt and general education.

The Thrive15.coms innovative courses are taught by world-class mentors such as NBA Hall of Famer turned private equity fund and entrepreneur, David Robinson and former Executive Vice President of Operations of Walt Disney World Resort, Lee Cockerell, who once managed over 40,000 employee creating the Disney Magic customer service the company has become known for.

Thrive15.com announces patent pending technology that provides courses that are broken up into easy to digest 15-minute chunks and feature aspects of entertainment and gamification to increase engagement and the retention of knowledge for the student. Thrive15.com does not offer grades, instead Thrivers can earn points toward a business boost package for a chance to win capital for their business.


Quick Facts Thrive15:

Thrive15.com provides 15-minute practical online business courses taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday entrepreneurial success stories.
Thrive15.com features many celebrity mentors including: David Robinson, NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Player and founder of Carver Academy charter schools and Admiral Capital Group, which currently has a valuation of over $ 250 million; Lee Cockerell, the Former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort who once managed 40,000 + employees; Michael Levine, the founder of Levine Communications who has been the publicist of choice for Michael Jackson, Prince, P. Diddy, Charlton Heston, Cameron Diaz, and countless other celebrities; David Nilssen, the co-founder of one of the nation’s largest small business funding solutions, Guidant Financial and; Jonathan Barnett, the founder of the 400 + OXI Fresh franchises.
Thrive15.com has teamed up David Robinson and the U.S. Chambers, Hiring Our Heroes Program, to provide free subscriptions to U.S. military families as part of the 1 for 1 HandUp Movement.
Thrive15.com has been mentioned in Forbes, Pando Daily, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and numerous media outlets since launching.
Thrive15.com offers best practice and practical online education in the core areas of business mastery that every entrepreneur must know including: legal, real estate, investing, execution, purpose, mindset, networking, business modeling, overcoming adversity, capital, branding, marketing, sales, customer service, product/service development, quality control, accounting, management, human resources, and leadership.
Thrive15.com was founded by Chief Operating Officer and former U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year, Clay Clark.
The Chief Executive Officer of Thrive15.com is doctor, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist, Doctor Robert Zoellner.
Thrive15.com offers points instead of grades and gives its users a chance to win a business boost package to the Thriver with the most points.
Thrive15.coms content is created by combining entertainment, gamification, and best-practice practical business education to increase the retention of training provided on the platform.

iTunes Promotions, iTunes Marketing

SurfWatch Labs Connects the Server Room to the Board Room by Linking an Organizations Unique Cyber Risks to its Business Operations

Sterling, VA (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

SurfWatch Labs, a provider of cyber risk intelligence solutions, today announced the latest version of SurfWatch C-Suite, an executive-level dashboard application that provides personalized KPI-driven analytics and insights to help measure and drive an organizations cyber security strategy. This new release of SurfWatch C-Suite helps bring security teams and management together to effectively monitor, measure and understand the impact of cyber risks according to an organizations key business areas, such as Brand and Reputation, Customers and Suppliers, IT Infrastructure and Financials.

When it comes to cyber security, most organizations do not view it in the same manner as they would other critical business operations, such as sales and finances, but as weve seen over and over again, cyber has a major impact on the business, said Jason Polancich, Founder and Chief Architect, SurfWatch Labs. This latest release of SurfWatch C-Suite extends our vision of treating cyber security as a key business function by linking an organizations unique cyber risks to their business operations. Now organizations will be able to identify cyber risks and the potential impact by their key business areas to help drive a more informed cyber strategy over the long haul.

By leveraging the proprietary SurfWatch CyberFact Data Model, which transforms raw cyber event information into evaluated business intelligence analysis for improved risk mitigation, SurfWatch C-Suite makes it easy for security professionals to easily communicate cyber risk insights to management in terms the business can understand.

Key features announced today further enhance the personalization and understanding of cyber risks and their impact to the business:

Cyber Risk Mapping to Key Business Areas (KBAs) SurfWatch C-Suite allows security professionals to map CyberFact data tags to their specific Key Business Areas Brand and Reputation, Customers and Suppliers, IT Infrastructure and Financials for highly relevant alerting, tracking and analysis of potential cyber threats over time. Executives and business analysts can then view analysis in real time of the organizations exposure to cyber risks broken down by each KBA.

Ask the Analyst SurfWatch C-Suite users now have direct access to SurfWatch Cyber Data Analysts, who can help answer questions about the intelligence derived from SurfWatch Analytics and explain cyber trends and cyber problems that are impacting a users organization. Examples of questions that SurfWatch Cyber Data Analysts can respond to are:
— Can you help me determine if I am well positioned for current cyber risks?

— Can you give me some analysis of what actor/target/effect/practice events are occurring against my current operating environment?

— Can you provide additional information regarding this specific actor/target/effect/practice and give me some additional context to what it means?

— What does the high level cyber security regulatory landscape look like for my industry? Are there any trends that I should be aware of?

— Can you please explain what this chart means? How do I build a custom dashboard?

Executive Daily Brief Now SurfWatch C-Suite users can receive an easy-to-read, daily overview of cyber threats and industry news customized for their organization. C-Suite bases this customization on a users own definition of their organizations Key Business Areas. As a part of the new Daily Brief, users will see a cyber risk rating that highlights the current state of the organizations cyber risk using Activity, Novelty, Impact, and Trend analysis.

SurfWatch C-Suite pricing starts at $ 10,000 and is also available now in iTunes and the Google Play Store.

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About SurfWatch Labs

SurfWatch Labs was formed in 2013 by former US Government intelligence analysts to help organizations understand their unique cyber risks from a higher level, business intelligence perspective. SurfWatch cyber risk intelligence solutions provide relevant, timely and tailored information that allows you to:

Easily visualize and comprehend how cybercrime affects all aspects of the business
Continuously monitor cyber risk key performance indicators (KPIs)
Ensure that the most effective risk management strategies are implemented

Instead of providing overwhelming amounts of low-level threat intelligence that can bury an information security team in data, SurfWatch delivers cyber risk insights in a complete business context so you immediately know your greatest exposures, the impact on your business and how to quickly mitigate the risk.

SurfWatch Labs: Cyber In Sight. For more information, visit surfwatchlabs.com.

iTunes Promotions, iTunes Marketing

Building a Global Social Network and New Maximizing LinkedIn Social Business How-to Book, One Connection and Case Study at a Time

Irvine, California (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

Windmills Marketing is pleased to report on early successes of it’s new book Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing, the sophomore offering from distinguished global and social media strategist, Neal Schaffer.

With its print release in July 2011 and ebook release on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes shortly thereafter, his new book is resonating with business people, worldwide, looking to parlay Schaffers years of accumulated international sales and marketing acumen, plus in-person and online connections, into measurable business returns now and in future. Effectively using LinkedIn, one of the worlds most respected and established social media platforms, for business development is the books primary focus. Demonstrating its own business expertise, LinkedIn had a successful IPO earlier this year.

Schaffer is a digital pioneer in teasing out the incredible potential of LinkedIn for social business opportunities, beyond those seeking employment. This information-packed and engaging book shows organizations how to do this with straight-forward guidance and do-able advice rather than empty rhetoric.

Global and social bookends

His second book being embraced by a global audience is a gratifying outcome for American-born Schaffer, who lived and worked in Japan for 15 years, returning with his family to California in 2005. “One of the great things about offering an ebook through iTunes is the way you can track sales by country,” indicates Schaffer. “Although the most ebooks to date have been sold in the USA (48%), significant numbers have been sold in the UK (18%), Canada (16%), Australia (14%) and, for some reason, in The Netherlands (4%). This means 52 percent of iTunes sales currently are coming from other parts of the world.”

In some ways this isnt surprising, as Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing features contributions from more than 15 business owners and professionals in the form of international case studies (including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and France), a result of Schaffers steadily increasing social and in-person networking connections, which is nearing six figures.

After working in several countries (including Japan, China, and Singapore) and gaining international business experience, Schaffer determined a diversity of voices for global-local context, plus highlighting the successes of others, better served the education needs of his associatesespecially considering his respect for and working knowledge of the worldwide potential of social business.

LinkedIn itself being an international phenomenon complements this rationale, making its business platform an ideal focal point in this second book. An exciting development for Schaffer is that LinkedIn recently launched its service in his second home, Japan.

Do-able current and future-focused social business advice

Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing comprises 14 chapters and two appendices (resources and additional case studies). Chapters cover areas such as: