Alex Pall Explains The Chainsmokers Rise to Fame

The Chainsmokers have exploded onto the EDM scene with their hit song Closer hitting number one on the billboards and holding its spot for 11 weeks. Finally the Chainsmokers sat down for an interview explaining how they attracted such a loyal international fan-base so quickly.

Alex Pall originally was a DJ as a hobby while working at an art gallery. He realized that music was the main focus in his life and decided to quit his job after his manager introduced him to Andrew “Drew” Taggart. Drew was in college at the time interning at Interscope Records; a long time electronic music fan. When they met, Pall invited Drew to join the Chainsmokers.

They would work all day on music: talking about what was working for other successful producers, what music they listened to, and what their identity as an artist should be. They didn’t want to become cookie cutter DJ’s that made the same music as everyone else, and began to explore for a sound that fit them. They chose to reveal themselves to their audience by stepping out from behind the DJ booth to sing their own songs.

When asked why they decided to sing the lyrics themselves, Drew responded by saying “’Well, why not?’ And the real answer for you is because none of these people write the lyrics to their songs.” By being involved in the songwriting, they made the songs their own.

Another decision they made was that they wanted to write vivid thought-provoking lyrics that the audience can relate to. To do this, they started telling the story of their own life. Closer was written about a run-in with an ex-girlfriend while inebriated at a bar, and hooking up despite him knowing everything about her.

The interview wrapped up by asking who The Chainsmokers audience was, and they replied that their core base had spread internationally and was between 16 and 25. They also mentioned that they are reaching a more diverse audience now, with many fans over 30 and under 16, proving that their music can appeal to any age group.

Jose Auriemo Neto: Leading the JHSF Participacoes

JHSF Participacoes is one of the largest real estate and property developers in Brazil today. The company’s current chief executive officer is Jose Auriemo Neto, who is also a successful businessman who managed to transform their family business into one of the most competitive companies in Brazil today. His leadership marked the golden era of the JHSF Participacoes, and in just a short period, he managed to build a variety of projects all throughout the country. JHSF Participacoes was established in the year 1972 by the grandfather of Jose Auriemo Neto, and after his grandfather stepped down from the position, the leadership was given to Neto. His family well-trusted him, and they have confidence that he will be able to change the company for the better.

Today, JHSF Participacoes is responsible for changing the skyline of Brazil. Many condominiums and other skyscrapers are appearing all throughout the major cities of Brazil, thanks to the projects that are being initiated by the company. JHSF Participacoes once specialized in building luxury properties, but they decided to shift to other construction works to reach more clients. Jose Auriemo Neto is also responsible for the company’s venture into the retail industry. The company is valued today at $1.2 billion, and because of his effective leadership skills, the stock market price of JHSF Participacoes keeps on increasing.

Aside from investing in the retail and hotel industry, Jose Auriemo Neto has also invested in the creation of airports, and he partnered with the government to take part in its private-public partnership projects.

Since becoming the chief executive officer of the company in 2003, Jose Auriemo Neto has brought growth and reforms in the company. He is positive that in the future, JHSF Participacoes would grow further. Today, they are now focusing on overseas expansion and building projects abroad.

Rocketship Education- Closing the Education Gap

In Tennessee, the academic results are out, and most schools know how their students performed apart Davidson County where the elementary school needs to wait another one long year to know the performances of their students. It means the elementary school will grade their students according to their proficiency, unlike others based on academic achievement.

The Nashville public schools have introduced another assessment ways of tracking students’ progress known as NWEA-Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). It shows individual growth during the academic year. Proficiency scores also tell of the student grade level but only on specific time of academic year. Growth scores also known as value-added scores shows the student the acquired knowledge within a period regardless of their starting point. More than 7400 public schools participate in MAP assessment throughout the world.

Rocketship Public Schools have adopted the MAP assessment since they started their first school since they believe growth is essential to all students and especially to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The school has tried to close the gap and give a fair playing field regardless of the economic environment.

The student on the national standardized test and achieve 10th percentile needs the addition of 1.3 percent growth each other year from elementary school to high school to reach college. Achievement of gap-closing growth needs a commitment from teachers and students which require frequent monitoring of student using benchmark assessment tool like a MAP. The parents need to pay attention to their children MAP growth scores. It helps them to learn their weaknesses and their most potent points and become their advocate

Rocketship serves low-income communities, and it’s a public elementary charter of national non-profit network schools. The schools were founded in 2006 with a mission to eliminate education achievement gap. It uses the scalable building and sustainable school models to propel their students achieve the higher growth with the core of teacher-led and technology instructional model supported by personalized learning approach. The approach matches the student with the right learning content according to their education level hence bringing out the student ability to succeed.

Shervin Pishevar Takes on Silicon Valley and More with His Tweet Storm

Tweet storms can’t exactly be described as rare occurrences. People, especially those with large online followings, do like to share their opinions on various topics. Venture capital and business expert Shervin Pishevar took to Twitter in early February to discuss several topics in a lengthy tweet storm. His warnings about the Dow potentially suffering from a massive nosedive shouldn’t be ignored. Pishevar co-founded and managed companies worth millions of dollars. He knows more than a little bit about the market. The tweets addressing a potential Dow dive are best taken seriously.

A potential declining Dow Industrial Average was only one subject Shervin Pishevar discussed in his epic tweet storm. Other topics were tweeted about with equal levels of passion.

Among the most provocative statements Shervin Pishevar made were directed towards Silicon Valley. The statements seem to strip away a great deal of the romanticism that the tech industry enjoys. Then again, recent scandals about data breaches have cast a dark cloud over the industry. Pishevar’s early February tweets were ahead of the proverbial game in terms of addressing issues overlooked with Silicon Valley.

Specifically, Pishevar warned about the monopolies that a limited number of tech companies seem to be forming. Pishevar singled out five major companies as being “empowered monopolies.” Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Alphabet reflect the five tech giants. Pishevar warns that companies built on “monopoly frameworks” run a risk of failure. Pishevar points to the historical example of “Ma Bell” suggesting breaking up monopolies might be good for the industry in the long run. Others do share similar concerns about tech giants consolidating too much power.

The Silicon Valley tweets could very well gain a lot of attention among younger persons. Silicon Valley represents a fantastic world where creativity, science-fact, pop culture, and entrepreneurship all merge. Not everyone looks at the potential negatives associated with the vaunted region’s business models. Maybe Shervin Pishevar helped reverse some overly-optimistic opinions.

Pishevar definitely raised eyebrows with his tweet storm. Warning about the Dow, Silicon Valley, and Bitcoin probably caught some followers off-guard. That’s fine as long as the tweets gave them serious things to ponder.