Super Slopes


Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in For Skiers | Posted on 22-07-2016

Lake Tahoe is known worldwide for its beautiful scenery and ski slopes. The lake itself is a large freshwater lake, located in Sierra Nevada. It is the largest alpine lake in America, and the second deepest following Crater Lake. Mountains surround the lake on each side, and the beautiful clear and crisp water can be seen from miles long. Lake Tahoe’s first inhabitants were a Washoe Indian Tribe and to no surprise, it’s name derived from the Washo word “da’aw” which means, “The Lake”. Currently, it is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the United States. Lake Tahoe at offers more than twelve options for downhill ski slopes, as well as yearly activities such as boating, hiking and gambling.

Squaw Valley is one of the most sought out peaks at Lake Tahoe. It is mainly known for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics and has since maintained a very favorable ski culture. The mountains are said to not only add to the beauty of the scenery, but to also contribute to the almost serene like energy that can be felt there. Beginners can take comfort in knowing that here, they will find slopes that are forgiving of their lack of expertise. It gives the dramatic scenery, with less of the dramatic twist and turns. And for the ones who just can’t get enough, thanks to the almost year long snowfall, Squaw Valley is also known to host one of the longest ski and snowboarding seasons across the United States.

Less than twenty minutes away lies another must see slope. Alpine Meadows is located right in the middle of Truckee Nevada and Tahoe City. It offers several family friendly activities on over 100 trails and spread over more than 2,400 acres. Although they are both mainly known for their attractions, Alpine Meadows and Squaw valley reach far beyond providing thrill seekers with an abundance of fun opportunities, the two Tahoe resort communities formed a philanthropic organization called Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation or SAF. Their goal is to assist in athletes and coaches in their community by providing education, scholarship opportunities, and advocacy to those who need it. They are highly respected and appreciated for their selfless contributions to the success of the athletes and coaches whom they have helped, and will continue to assist.

Kyle Bass: One Hit Wonder?


Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Business | Posted on 21-07-2016

Being in the right place at the right time can be integral to making history. Almost more than an individual’s good or bad conduct. Consider Kyle Bass. He’s from Argentina, but operates his hedge fund Hayman Capital Management out of Austin, Texas. Though his fund is mediocre-at-best when compared against similar enterprises, Bass has been a very successful financier. Part of that success came from his previous employment with Bear-Stearns. Prior 2008’s financial meltdown, Bear-Stearns was one of the top five investment banks on Wall Street. Shortly after Bass’ employment with this financial bank ended, he gave proprietary inside trading information to a journalist who asked a probing question the following Monday. By the end of the week, financier confidence in Bear-Stearns had grown so weak, and their stock dropped so far, that J.P. Morgan-Chase was forced into a buyout. By the end of 2008, a full-on recession had come to America; now called the Great Recession. But Bass made a fortune by short-selling sub-prime loans he had a stake in, and being one of only a very few to do so. The media recognized his success, and since then he’s had a somewhat permanent spot on financial channels, where he continuously makes bad predictions; like his current estimate of China’s economy.

Bass has been saying China’s economy would implode since October, 2015. Earlier in 2016, he was saying that with a forty or fifty percent likelihood, the debt-bubble China was creating would collapse by the end of this year. He said there wouldn’t be a “Lehman Brothers” moment, but collapse was likely. In one of his most recent media appearances, Bloomberg reports Bass said that should a “material” devaluation of China’s currency take place, Asian markets would become one of the most exciting investment opportunities. Well that’s quite the 180-degree switch-around, isn’t it?

Perhaps Bass has been riding his 2008 wave, and the best he can do on financial programs these days is influence fringe financiers into making spurious decisions based on a lack of information. If enough pull out of China, it may facilitate the collapse Bass predicts.  Read more of what Kyle Bass has been up to on Useful Stooges.

Marc Sparks is proud of Spark Tank


Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Marc Sparks | Posted on 18-07-2016

Marc Sparks is a brilliant American businessman. He has worked in the business world for decades, and he has seen many companies grow to be very successful. One of Marc’s deepest passions is helping start-ups grow. Marc believes that start-ups bring new and exciting ideas to the marketplace.

These ideas are rarely considered by established companies and they can permanently change our lives. In the last two decades, Marc Sparks has seen establishments around the world change the way we communicate, travel, and eat. Marc has helped fund numerous start-ups, and he believes that funding cycle is helpful to start-ups around the world.

Several years ago, Mark Sparks and several other business people launched an exciting television program, Shark Tank. This idea allowed new companies to present their ideas and business plans to a group of intelligent business people.

These potential investors can ask any question, and they can choose to fund whichever projects they think have the most merit. Marc loves watching Shark Tank, and recently the show sparked a new idea in his brain. Marc wanted to know if the Shark Tank model could help non-profits around the country.  Learn more about Marc Sparks:

Marc has a huge heart for the world. He loves giving back to the world, and he especially loves helping non-profits that have new and interesting ideas.

He wanted to help non-profits throughout the Dallas funding get the funding they deserve, and he wanted to fund the most worthy causes. Marc recently launched Spark Tank to help start-ups around the Dallas Fort-worth.

The Spark Tank Social Innovation Challenge is inspired by Shark Tank. The challenge is very simple. There are two rounds for each challenge. In the first round, any philanthropy can submit an application.

The application contains basic information about the charity, but it also asks the charity how their project will help change the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the better. Marc and his Spark Tank team go over each application, and they invite the three teams that had the best applications.

The second round of each Spark Tank challenge invites the three best teams to present their ideas. Each team has a limited amount of time to present their idea and take questions from the panelists.

When the presentations are finished, the Spark Tank team sits down and decides which team could do the most good for the community. The winning team receives a check for $5,000.

The Spark Tank initiative has been incredibly successful thus far. Marc has already funded one organization, Dogs Matter, and he is looking forward to several more rounds of funding.

He loves working with these brilliant start-up philanthropies, and he especially loves seeing the impact that his money is having on the community.