March 7, 2014
by The Mug
Formerly known as Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc., Arlington Asset Investment Corp is a real estate investment trust that has an annual revenue of more than $1 billion and a headquarter located in Arlington, Virginia.
As a publicly traded principal investment firm, the company’s common stocks are available on the New York Stock Exchange. The business’ interest lies on the acquisition of residential mortgage-backed securities that are either issued by the U.S. government or those that are used as guarantees to principal or interests by any U.S. government agencies. Any mortgage-backed securities that are owned by any government sponsored entities are also among the interests of the business as well as those that are issued by private organizations. Their prime subsidiary, the First NLC Financial Services, was sold in the summer of 2007 after the company announced severe losses related to its underperforming mortgage platform.
The business remains to be a publicly traded company with stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange. As of, there are about 580 employees running the business.
March 4, 2014
by The Mug
Candles, home décor, and home fragrances are considered essential items in every house. Not only will these products add aesthetic value to your homes, but they also come with certain functionality. Blyth, Inc. is in the business of marketing and manufacturing these products and is considered as the largest maker of candles in the United States.
The history of the business started in 1976 with the venture of a young entrepreneur in Brooklyn, New York. Partnering with three other colleagues, they put up the money to purchase the Valley Candle. Through their efforts in making the business grow, the partners persevered and put a lot of their time to make the business work. Their dedication paid off that in less than a year, they were able to make an expansion in the form of an acquisition of the Candle Corporation of America. They have become unstoppable in their quest for expansion that they have now become a global business and a leader in the home expressions market.
Robert “Bob” Goergen is the brain behind the success of the business. His vision remains steadfast in almost 30 years now that his venture has become a global success. Their operations are felt across the globe and they have become the leading marketer of candles, home décor products and home fragrances. The business continues to deliver a variety of products that seeks to satisfy the needs of every customer they have. Not only do they offer consumers a means of expressing their selves at home, they also give them products that have multiple functions.
As Blyth, Inc. continued to grow, their product portfolio also expanded. They now have several subsidiaries, including Midwest Company, which markets, product names like Nu Botanics, Colonial Candle, Midwest-CBK and Seasons of Cannon Falls. Their Candle Corporation of America also runs the Sterno product brand and PartyLite direct sales business.
February 28, 2014
by The Mug
In the broadband wireless and wire-line communications markets, one name stands out as a leader in the production of semiconductor solutions, ANADIGICS, Inc. The name is an acronym of their product lines of Analog and Digital ICs.
Through their Mixed Signal IC and high frequency RF they are able to help out manufacturers of communications equipment make breakthrough in the market. Through these products ODMs and OEMs are able to create devices that are not just able to carry out faster connections, but also enhanced battery life and other enhanced capabilities. As a leader in the industry, it thrives on, the business is known for powering 4th generation technologies that spearhead the revolution of smart homes and mobile offices. The business continues to lead the pack in defining the requirements of next generation technology solutions and wireless applications.
Since its founding in 1985 as a small enterprise, the business has expanded its operations to cover six countries and three continents. ANADIGICS, Inc. has also maintained its status as a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ.
February 25, 2014
by The Mug
As the cost of fuel skyrockets, various companies also emerged to address the need for renewable products. Various researches are done to make scientific breakthroughs in possible alternatives to the depleting oil reserves in the world. Amyris, is one of the companies that stood out in this field of interest.
The company’s branding “No Compromise” focuses on their technology platforms that provide high performance petroleum-alternatives using sustainable products like sugar cane. As an integrated renewable products company, their industrial synthetic biology platforms are capable of converting sugar into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules. These molecules are then utilized to become building blocks in a range of products serving as renewable ingredients to fragrances, flavors, cosmetics, lubricants, polymers and other consumer products like jet fuels and renewable diesel.
To further push their entry in the market, the company has hooked up with various institutions. They have also built a large scale production facility in Sao Martino, partnered with Cosan, the largest ethanol distributor and marketer in Brazil and started distributing ethanol in the United States through its subsidiary, Amyris Fuels. They have also taken part in the ongoing project of the Institute of OneWorld Health funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the production of non-seasonal and affordable artemisinin found naturally in the Chinese Sweet Wormwood. This substance is effective in the treatment of malaria. It is worth noting that the business started its venture in the conversion of plant sugars into alternative, stable supply and lower cost anti-malarial therapeutics.
Since its inception, Amyris has been set to make a difference in the world through their knowledge in science and technology. They are now focused on the production of their Biofene, a renewable farnesene manufactured through their process of fermentation of plant sugar feedstock. This long-chain branched hydrocarbon molecule is used as a building block molecule in the development of renewable specialty chemicals and fuel products.
February 21, 2014
by The Mug
Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan co-founded Pyra Labs, the business that created Pyra, a web application that combines the usefulness of a to-do list, contact manager and project manager. This platform soon became Blogger.
It was in 1999 that the company made its services available to the public. The result was a blogging platform that was free of charge and no revenue model. Initially, it was through donations from users that kept the business afloat, however funding have dried up which resulted to some of its employees working without pay for weeks and even months. When everyone has walked out on him, Evan Williams was left alone to salvage his business. When Dan Bricklin heard about the situation of the company, he invested in the business through Trellix.
The company came back with Blogger Pro and Blogspot. In 2003, at the height of the company’s success, Google showed interest in their works and eventually acquired the business.
February 18, 2014
by The Mug
Other than Walmart, when we talk about retailing Target Corporation also comes into the picture. This is of course because the business is considered the second largest retailing company in the country. Founded in 1902 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target is ranked 36th on the Fortune 500 list.
The company has operations in the United States and in Canada. It was just in early 2013 that the business ventured to Canada and was able to grow rapidly that in less than a year it already has over 100 stores in the country. Target is a component of the S&P 500 Index.
Target’s story started way back 1902 with George Draper Dayton and his venture into the Midwest markets. The land he purchased on Nicollet Avenue was transformed into Dayton Dry Goods Company, which would eventually turn into Target Corporation. In just a decade, Dayton was able to transform his store into a department store that offers assorted goods and services that in 1911, he changed its name to The Dayton Company to better reflect its offerings. It was John Geisse’s concept of upscale retailing that helped the business opened its first discount store. In 1962, the community of Roseville, Minnesota woke up to the news that the first Target discount store has opened its doors for business. The company differentiated itself from other retailing businesses by combining many of the department stores’ features and putting a low price of a discounter to it.
Other than the brand names and the discount that the company gives to its customers, the business is also known for its means of giving back to the community. Since 1946, Target is known for its practice of giving 5 percent of pretax profits back to the community. This made the company the second American business to establish a preset amount of giving back.
There are several businesses that Target Corporation owns, including Target Sourcing Services (TSS), Target Commercial Interiors, Financial and Retail Services (FRS), Target Brands and Target.com.
February 14, 2014
by The Mug
It was in 1952 that Francis Bouygues started his venture, Bouygues. The company is an industrial group that has interests in the Telecoms-Media and Construction. It is a publicly traded business with stocks listed on the Euronext Paris Exchange.
The company has over 130,000 employees in 80 countries and is generating an annual revenue of €32.7 billion. Their construction segment works through Bouygues Construction, Bouygues Immobilier and Colas. Their Telecoms-Media has Bouygues Telecom and TF1 as its brand names. The business also has interest in Energy-Transportation through its 29.4% stake in Alstrom. Among the notable works of the business include the Sports Hub in Singapore, the New Tyne Crossing in Newcastle, UK, road link in Abidjan, the Surrey Hospital in Canada and a new bridge in Hong Kong.
Since 1989, the son of Francis Bouygues, Martin Bouygues has run the business. He currently sits as the Chairman and CEO of the company. Bouygues is a blue chip on the CAC 40 stock market index.
February 11, 2014
by The Mug
Trane is a global organization that offers diversified services and has manufacturing facilities around the world. It is a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand and provides heating, air conditioning, building management and ventilating systems. Its international headquarters is located in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The company is the successor of the American Standard Companies. It is the business behind the comfort of the air for people in some of the world’s largest and most famous industrial, institutional and commercial buildings and homes. Through their expertise in environmental technology coupled with their knowledge of energy conservation, they are able to create a difference in energy efficiency around the globe. The company has strategic positions for their systems and services in the market making it work in the core of various industrial, residential, commercial and institutional markets.
As a global venture, they have over 29,000 people employed at their 104 manufacturing locations in 28 countries around the world. They have various offices, joint ventures and service operations in almost all corners of the planet, making them visible and a leader in the industry it thrives in. Their products include a broad range of energy-efficient heating, air conditioning (HVAC) and ventilation systems; air cleaning and dehumidifying products, financing solutions, advanced building controls and service and parts support.
The business was put up by James Trane in 1885 as a plumbing business. The business got incorporated in 1913 by James and his son Reuben as The Trane Company. Trane shifted its focus from plumbing to producing heating products. Reuben, a mechanical engineer, invented the convector radiator in 1923. It is this invention that cemented the company’s reputation as an innovator.
Among the infrastructures that Trane powers are The Kremlin in Russia, La Scala Theatre in Italy, GE Technology Center in India, Australian Stock Exchange, World Trade Center in China, the Statue of Liberty, The Olympic Sports Complex in Greece and SeaWorld in Florida.
February 7, 2014
by The Mug
Kodak Moments refer to those personal events that demand recording for reliving the happenings in the future. This terminology has been made famous by Eastman Kodak Company commonly referred to as Kodak. Founded in 1888, this American company is in the business of imaging solutions and services.
During the 20th century, the business held a dominant position in the industry of photographic film. In 1976 and in the United States alone, the business held 89% market share in the industry. It is through their tagline that the term Kodak Moment went viral. Until now, some people are still heard using this term. The decline of the business was caused by its slow transition to digital photography. Although the first digital camera was created by one of the engineers in the business, the company didn’t invest in the innovation and the creation was put away in the cabinet.
Kodak which was founded by George Eastman in 1888 still exists today. The company provides graphic communications, functional printing and packaging and other professional services for business around the world.
February 4, 2014
by The Mug
Formerly known as KT and Korea Telecom, KT Corporation is a South Korean integrated telecommunication service provider that offers both wired and wireless connections. The business is notable for having the largest portion of the South Korean high-speed internet market and local telephone connections.
Credits are also given to the business for paving the way of the country towards being a globally recognized IT superpower. Since its inception in 1981, the business has been very active in the transition process of Korea to the information technology era. It was in 2009 that the company merged with its mobile subsidiary KTF, which opened the doors of convergence of fixed and mobile services. The company is also known for introducing iPhone to the South Korean market. Since then, the KT Corporation has always been on the prowl for new business opportunities in virtual goods, global businesses and media.
KT Corporation is an integral part of the KT Group and has always been on top in generating income for the entire organization. Through the use of its convergence business they were able to expand and grow their current dealings. In 2012, with the success of their business expansion, they were able to raise their revenue to 22 trillion won with operating profit of 2.6 trillion won. The business envisioned its position as a Global ICT Convergence Leader.
There are four major philosophies that the business uses in all their dealings. Through these philosophies they are able to ensure that all their actions are aligned with their vision of becoming a Global ICT Convergence Leader. These four business philosophies are: to become a company capable of thinking outside the box (innovative management), read customers’ thoughts (communication-based management), excite customers (offering truly moving services) and realizing the dreams of their customers (future-oriented management).
KT Corporation remains to be a publicly held company with common stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Korea Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. As of the end of 2012, the company employs more than 32,000 employees.