Peter Briger, also known as Peter Lionel Briger Jr. Or Peter Lionel Briger is the current president of Fortress Investment Group. He is also a board member of caliber school, an organization that encourages upcoming young business entrepreneurs. Peter Briger and two other University alumni contributed key funding ‘The Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund’ (AEF) that will help the graduates of the University of Princeton. The three came up with the idea after realizing the current revolution in the world and wanted to help their fellow Princeton comrades to be ready for it by funding their ideas. The Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee sees the AEF as one of the ways that their business grandaunts’ will use to attain maximum heights in the business field hence joining the fellow Princeton alumni’s. They call it “Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way.”
The other strategies that the University has put in place involve numerous introductory steps to empower them to realize their visions. The Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund will help the alumni’s and current business students to bring their ideas to life as they look up to Peter Briger, who has been a role model for them. The fund offers up to a hundred thousand dollars. The first teams have already been enrolled in this project and have been able to come up with various apps for different purposes. Peter Bridger saw this fund as a way to prepare the students for the ‘new world’ in business.
According to Bridger the industry is changing, and only radical and innovative businesspeople will live past the era. He also looks forward to the time when this first batch of the program will influence others behind them. Peter Bridger is also a board advisory member of the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS), which is a non-profitable organization that innovates policies that have to do with defense and also the CNBC, which is a trending global leader in business news. That aside Peter Briger is a selfless leader who also takes his time to invest in other people. He is a board member of Tipping Point, which is a non-profitable organization that aims to promote the well being of the families of the lower class who present potential. Briger has also sponsored Bran Grenfell a student studying Ecology and Evolution Biology at Princeton University.
If you ever attended a conference where entrepreneurs from countries like Brazil were giving people entrepreneurial strategies, you were in the right place. Brazil is among the countries with the best minds on entrepreneurial matters. Some of the famous and greatest entrepreneurs like Guilherme Paulus come from this country. Every time you interact with such great entrepreneurs, your mind on business affairs changes.
Paulus has for several years now received the Entrepreneur of the Year award. He had been invited to share his knowledge and experience on entrepreneurship on this event to make the young entrepreneurs know they can still make it.
They say you can learn something from what you see or hear. If you don’t manage to go to the entrepreneurs’ businesses to see what they do, you can attend their business seminars and conferences and hear what they have to say. Paulus wasn’t mean with information in the Top seller event since he shared a lot about every step of his business journey. Most of the startups who heard his story got encouraged and motivated to move on with their business plans. Guilherme Paulus was to go to college when he was 19 years old, but he lacked money for his academic journey. While his peers joined college and universities to strengthen their academic base, Paulus went to IBM for an internship.
He later got an opportunity to work at Casa Faro where he was an airfare salesman. Although he didn’t earn much money, this position helped him to discover the many opportunities the tourism sector had. Guilherme Paulus left Casa Faro in 1972 feeling convinced that looking for employment wasn’t the way to go. He realized he had the potential to stick to his entrepreneurial ambitions and actualize them.
Paulus is so passionate about believing in oneself. Although he didn’t have any money to make the first move toward his ambitions, he still held on to his vision in the tourism venture. At 24 years, Paulus had decided to start a tourism company with his little financial strength. He involved a partner while starting, although he knew he would get his 30 percent share if he committed his time and skills to the venture. Through his persistence and positive attitude, Guilherme Paulus is today among the top Brazilian billionaires Forbes has listed.
How much do you believe in your ideas? Do you believe in your innovations so much that you would take out $10 million in loans using all of your family’s property as collateral? That’s exactly what a young David Zalik did after finding success in college. The reclusive founder of GreenSky Credit has a crazy story of gambling his entire family’s real estate fortune on a simple idea.
Where It All Began
I stumbled into David’s story on Wikipedia. I then found more information on Forbes. The native Georgian likes to stay out of the limelight and even wears tattered hats and clothing. He keeps his billion-dollar company rather secret in a hard-to-find Atlanta office where they do some of the most amazing and simple work you could imagine.
David, like his father, was a math prodigy. His high school sent him to Auburn University at the age of 14 where he began to refurbish computers. He sold these computers to other students and his company quickly took off. He even started producing software.
Rise To Financial Fame
The founder of GreenSky Creditdropped out of college because he found so much success early on. Oddly enough, he did not graduate from high school or college before amassing his fortune. He started GreenSky Credit with $10 million in loans that he procured using his family’s Atlanta properties.
GreenSky Credit essentially makes a smartphone app. The app is designed for homeowners who want home improvements. The homeowner simply uploads a picture of their driver’s license to the app in order to automatically fill out the application for a loan. After providing a Social Security number and consent for a credit check, the homeowner clicks “Apply” to get a decision in seconds.
All Profit, No Risk
GreenSky Credit takes the loan to the bank which assumes the risk. The company then gets kickbacks from the contractors and the bank. Everyone is happy while GreenSky Credit profits with no further responsibility. And founder David Zalik has stayed away from outside investors as he’s accumulated over $2.5 billion in wealth.