When you set out to start your career some of the most important things that one to your success are the things that motivate you to be better than you were. For some people that drive to succeed is simply not strong enough and their dreams fall by the wayside. Dr. Mark McKenna never felt as though that was an option for his dreams. A CrunchBase article entitled “A Glimpse into What Drives Atlanta Entrepreneur Dr. Mark McKenna” discusses his budding medical aesthetics company and the drive that he has to help it succeed.
For a very early age, Dr. Mark McKenna knew that he wanted to contribute to the medical field. To that end, he enrolled himself Tulane medical school where he graduated and began work as both a surgeon and general medical practitioner. While he was initially committed to the medical field there was always a pull towards something more entrepreneurial. He had felt a desire to grow something from the ground up after seeing the medical practice that his father held. This spirit is one of the contributing factors that helped him create and then sell ShapeMed to the company Lifetime Fitness Inc. for a substantial profit.
His newest endeavor is OVME. OVME is all about elective surgery and the process of making it a more patient-focused experience. The reason why something like OVME was so important to Dr. Mark McKenna is that he had worked in the medical field and he saw the growing need for professionals who were patient-focused in this field. It can become a little jailing to work in an industry where a lot of the work is not necessary. The problem is that even though the procedures might say that they are elective it does not mean that it’s an optional thing for the patient. They may be engaging in this process for several reasons, and these doctors could potentially be changing their lives. Dr. Mark McKenna has created a way for professionals to provide a better standard of care for these individuals through his practice OVME. It is his hope that his legacy will impact many facets of healthcare.
Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar embarked on a wide-ranging tweetstorm in February 2018. He expounded on the possibilities of the stock market, Bitcoin, startup companies, and monopolies, among other important topics. The key to Pishevar’s tweetstorm lies in his predictions that the market would dip in 2018.
As of the summer of 2018, these predictions have come true in a moderate fashion. Shervin Pishevar did correctly predict the fall in Bitcoin prices, though the drop has not been as severe as he warned it might be. “Gold will rise in response (to Bitcoin’s fall). Bitcoin will continue to crash but stabilize at 2-5k range and begin a more stable rise over the next 24 months.”
As far as stocks are concerned, the market has experienced a number of sell-offs, but the market has remained relatively stable. The 6,000 point drop that Pishevar predicted has not yet come to pass.
Pishevar touched on many other topics in his tweetstorm. He pointed to the resurgence of China, stating that its dominance in infrastructure could greatly influence the global business climate. He criticized infrastructure in the United States, claiming that “our infrastructure is in tatters, decrypt and decaying. Our government and companies are trapped in short-term thinking.”
According to Shervin Pishevar, technology innovation is moving overseas and Silicon Valley is losing its dominance. Shervin Pishevar warned of the five American tech monopolies: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. He stated that these five mega-corporations stifled technology investment in the United States.
“Just like Ma Bell, these 5 giants have too much power, stifling startups,” he claimed. “Uber might be the last giant to eke out before it was too late.”
One sector of the economy that Shervin Pishevar is bullish about is space exploration. He pointed to the exciting possibilities of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. He said that the companies would “suffer derision” until their core business was successful.
Shervin Pishevar has a unique and valuable perspective on the tech and financial worlds. While not all of his predictions have come to pass, it is worth keeping them in mind as the months go by.
Market America is well-known in the business world as the “Unfranchise Franchise”. It’s been in business since 1992 and was created and developed by married couple Loren and JR Ridinger. Since its inception over two decades ago, the company has undergone several changes as well as expanding to several different countries. Currently, Market America can be found in America, Canada and Singapore, and they have plans to branch out to Europe in the next few years. Over 650 people work for Market America in their offices, and their main job is to help independent distributors get started with the reselling program. The main office for M.A. is found in Greensboro, NC. Over half a million people sell products through the Market America platform on their own pre-purchased websites. Distributors can make anywhere from a few dollars a month to a few thousand dollars a month depending on the success of their site and marketing.
Market America works with third party manufacturing corporations to create and sell the products available to consumers. The product lines include Isotonix, Royal Spa, Pet Health, Snap and AutoWorks. The company is continually launching new product lines, which give independent distributors the ability to pick and choose what they want to sell. You can either sell one specific line on your site or several depending on what you are looking to achieve as a business owner. M.A. also sells these products themselves on their Shop.com platform, which was purchased from Bill Gates back in 2012.
The company’s distributors will need to pay a nominal fee in order to keep their websites active. As of right now, it will cost distributors roughly $100 a month to keep their sites fully active. If you become an independent distributor through Market America, you will also be required to attend routine seminars that are held online via web conferencing software. Distributors will be alerted of these seminars in advance to book themselves a seat. Seminars can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, and if you miss several seminars in a row, you will lose all rights to sell M.A. products.
Atlanta is about to get a lot more beautiful. Renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mckenna, a pioneer in the field of Medical Aesthetics, has just announced the opening of his new, state-of-the-art facility in Buckhead. OVME, pronounced of me, is a “medical aesthetic experience” featuring four luxurious and private treatment rooms, offering all the latest in treatments.
Dr. Mark Mckenna, a graduate of Tulane Medical School, has always had an itch to innovate. Rather than follow the traditional routes through the medical field, upon graduation in 1999, Mckenna went into real estate. When Hurricane Katrina cut a tragic swath through his territory, Mckenna decided to make a change. He moved to Atlanta and made his first attempt at medical entrepreneurship, opening a chain of cosmetic treatment, nutrition, and weight counseling offices, calling his new venture ShapeMed. He sold the business to a chain of gyms, continuing to work with the company for another year, but he missed the challenges and rewards of running his own business. Out of that, OVME was born.
Dr. Mark Mckenna first envisioned his new venture as an Uber-like service for Botox patients. He foresaw a time when patients would pull out their smartphones, and with a few swipes of an app, have an appointment for a house call. While the initial plan was eventually found to be unworkable, for now, it did get Mckenna’s innovative mind churning. OVME 2.0 was built on a deconstructed vision of medical aesthetics that is client-focused, and highly curated to the client’s needs.
The experience at OVME is highly customizable, with Dr. Mark Mckenna and his team providing one-on-one consultations to create care-plans that are personal and focused on long-term results. OVME also provides a comprehensive series of membership packages, at different pricing levels, that include exclusive discounts, access to special events, free monthly treatments, and, for those busy Atlanta professionals, same-day Botox appointments.
OVME, located at 3167 Peachtree Road NE, in Atlanta, opened its doors on March 1st, and Dr. Mark Mckenna and his staff are sure to keep innovating and designing a one-of-a kind medical aesthetic experience.
Super angel investor, Shervin Pishevar, is well-known as being the previous managing director and co-founder of Sherpa Capital. This is a venture capital fund that has invested in companies like Uber and Airbnb. He recently went on a 21 hour tweet storm that had some ominous predictions for the economic situation in the United States. Other predictions he has made regarding economics have proven to be true.
After a dramatic drop in the stock market in February 2018, Shervin Pishevar went on to post a variety of tweets that predicted bad things for the US economy. For example, he talked about quantitative easing. This is a process that central banks use to buy bonds. In the past, it is a tool that has been used to correct downturns in the market. However, Shervin Pishevar tells people to not be fooled by quantitative easing, basically saying that government bonds do not have limitless power when it comes to correcting the market.
In his 17th tweet, Shervin Pishevar said that inflation is dead. He said that the United States has been able to export its inflation for many decades and says that it never manifests itself in the way that people expect. He feels that under the current administration, uncertain trade deals are not going to help the situation.
He also addressed big funds. In his 14th tweet, he mentioned that when the market tanks, major CTA and managed future funds are taken out. He believes that there is a precedent to expect that big funds are going to bite the bullet.
These are just a few examples of the ominous predictions made by Shervin Pishevar in his 21 hour tweet storm rant. However, he did not only make bad predictions about the economy. He did say that there were some moonshots that would inspire good work. The exceptions to the rule included Virgin Hyperloop and SpaceX. Many feel that these predictions should be taken with a grain of salt, especially considering that Shervin Pishevar is one of the co-founders of Virgin Hyperloop. He mentioned that these moonshots are possible for smaller companies because of the decaying and decrypt infrastructure in the United States.
Dr. Mark McKenna is a medical maverick, entrepreneur, and the CEO of OVME, which is a company that is looking to offer people a fresh medical aesthetic experience to make them look and feel their best. McKenna recently sold his business idea ShapeMed to Lifetime Fitness and was more than happy to reinvest in his new business idea. The OVME offices in the Buckhead area are looking to offer clients luxury treatment rooms and private offices for consultations. McKenna commented recently that OVME is in business to refresh a stale aesthetic medical industry with its offerings and through technology that is looking to give elective healthcare a makeover.
— Dr. Mark McKenna (@drmarkmckenna) April 12, 2018
Dr. Mark McKenna has always impressed his patients, and he is a celebrity of sorts in his own community that is known to advocate and work for his patients. His procedures are minimally invasive, and for years he has worked to create a client-facing business model that is transparent. part of the excitement about OVME stems from the fact that it is moving away from a one-size-fits-all business model and moving towards individual care that uses modern technology to ensure its success. Along with skin and facial offerings, OVME is focusing on providing its patients with Botox and Dysport injections to make them look and feel more youthful and also plans on offering other health and body services.
Dr. Mark McKenna is proud to be a part of giving back to his community, but this isn’t the first time he has done so. he grew up in New Orleans and was there when Hurricane Katrina struck. He watched as his own business interests and those of many others were wrecked by the hurricane, and he also witnessed the massive loss of homes in the area. Instead of running away, he stayed around for years to ensure that people had homes. He helped to build many of these with his own hands, which went to house low and middle-income families. Dr. Mark McKenna is looking forward to continuing to be a part of the community he lives in, and he knows that OVME is going to change the lives of many people in the area.
Shervin Pishevar recently used Twitter to express his views on the global economy. His discussion lasted for 21 hours, and it was composed of twits about Silicon Valley to immigration. Pishevar is no stranger to investing. He has invested in companies such as Uber, Slack, and Dollar Shave Club, so when he twits, people take notice.
One prediction was about the fall of the United States stock market. He gave a detailed explanation of what will cause a combined 6,000-point reduction. The drop for 2018 has already erased all of this year’s gains, and if his predictions continue, the decline will erase all of the profits of 2017. Factors that caused the decline are higher interest rates, improper taxing, and the increase between credit accounts and their deficits.
Pishevar twits covered the government bond market and the disasters ahead. Eroded are the powers of the central banks. The process of purchasing bonds to correct the market is ineffective.
The storm of twits continues with the international economy. Americans are pushing inflation out beyond our borders. Pishevar believes this has been creeping along for years.
Twit number four talks about managed funds. The short burst names funds that Shervin Pishevar thinks may fall in the upcoming economic crisis. The two areas of concern are Volatility Indices and Managed Future Funds.
Shervin Pishevar chimed in about the once shiny Silicon Valley. He seems to believe that they no longer are the most influential player, and innovation and talent are opting for other avenues. Silicon Valley is losing its exclusivity and cannot be relied upon as a mainstream for growth in the US anymore.
Pishevar is an immigrant, who tweets about walls blocking talent. The barriers created to protect citizens and keep out trouble are actually preventing growth, skill, and prosperity. With all that said, Shervin Pishevar has predicted future markets before, so will he do it again?