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An Immigrant’s Multifaceted Success Story: 50 Million in Assets ​and Insightful Outlook into Real Estate in 2020

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Canada, due to its favorable immigration policy, has attracted diverse nationalities to live among its natives. Consequently, the country has benefited from imported talent in its finest form. Canada is actually ranked second to Germany in terms of its holistic sustainability. It is, therefore, no wonder you will notice a significant increase in immigrants, mostly families, who seek and indeed do find a promising future here. One of the greatest examples of an immigrant who has risen against all odds to become astoundingly successful is CEO Kosi Stobbs.  Stobbs is a first-generation Canadian whose parents immigrated to Canada with $100 and hope for the future. Stobbs’ life is a perfect picture of how an opportunity in a foreign country can unleash your potential if you are goal-oriented, self-motivated, and ready to turn into a multi-faceted businessperson.

Young, Ambitious, Goal Oriented and Millionaire at 30

Stobbs might have grown up in a humble home, but that did not stop him from achieving his goals. From an early age, Stobbs was known among his peers as a hard worker. He worked at Burger King to raise college tuition. After living the reality of his dream to become a mechanical engineer, Stobbs went ahead to immerse his feet into real estate. He purchased his first investment asset at the age of 22. 8 years later, Stobbs would become a millionaire and shortly after that a multi-millionaire with an excess of $50 million in assets.

CEO Ruling His Own Companies and Uplifting Lives of others

The most significant marker on Stobbs’ resume is his long experience in investment. The man started from scratch, and despite that he had to serve fast food to survive, it taught him how to savor every moment of the bitter-sweet life he lived back then. As Stobbs runs his empire, he considers the staff members as one of the biggest contributors to his accomplishments in business. Currently employing 200 employees, Stobbs uses his influence as a leader to make sure that all the needs people working with him are met. 

Real Estate Rock star: Buying More Companies

A mechanical engineer by profession, Stobbs orchestrated a major change when he expanded his horizons into the real estate industry. He had seen the thriving market of buying and selling properties and there was no way he could miss the opportunity to grow in the industry. Innately hardworking and boldly ambitious, Stobbs was able to successfully build Property Owl Investment Solution to acquire both real estate and operating companies. His ventures expanded beyond residential sites with sight set on buying more companies.

Designed Multiple Topics for Varied Courses and Plans for 2020

Stobbs is sensitive to the need of introducing education material to those who aim for personal growth and success in business. He is living true to the name he has earned in the real estate arena. Known as the logical thinker in real estate, Stobbs has designed courses in varied topics meant to aspire and to guide individuals towards being self-driven in life. As part of his advocacies of imparting lessons, Stobbs has spoken at real estate camps as well as youth prisons and camps. 

Marvelous prospective projects and lavish business deals will mark Stobbs’ endeavors to flourish in the country’s real estate industry. The main goal is to purchase companies that are still budding to become a magnate. 

As a result of a family’s reverie to live a satisfying life away from the tropical climate in Jamaica, a successful and self-made real estate business millionaire is reaping the good harvest in Canada. This is a living testimony that there is a better life ahead of this country as long as dreams still exist.  

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The 10X Ladies Conference Is Declaring 2020 The Decade For Women

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The next ten years are meant for women to continue growing their potential and succeeding in multiple areas, including business. To help achieve this, the iconic Elena Cardone is launching 10X Ladies.

10X Ladies is a conference designed for women who want it all. It will take place on February 24-25 in Las Vegas, with 10 amazing speakers and more. Some of the invited women are fashion designer Rebeca Minkoff, social media influencer Lisa Morales, and business coach Danelle Delgado.

The idea behind the conference is to expand on the 10X Growth Conference headed by her husband, Grant Cardone, which has been voted the #1 conference for marketing by Forbes, and has taken place every year since 2016.

“I decided to do 10X Ladies because I really wanted women to have the opportunity to be introduced to everything that we do over at Cardone Enterprises, Cardone Capital, Cardone Ventures.” Elena shares.

Grant Cardone runs an empire that includes a sales training University, Grant Cardone TV, a real estate company and more. This is why both Grant and Elena’s vision has always been to build an empire. For years, Grant has been organizing conferences and attended public speaking opportunities to share his ideas and tools with people.

“I feel that some of the ladies might not gravitate towards Grant, but they could come to the ecosystem through me. I didn’t want ladies to be left out of all the information Grant has and now I have as well.” Elena says. 

10X Ladies looks precisely to close the gap that exists between entrepreneurship and business-driven women who want to build an empire, and all the necessary resources to do so.

“Fifteen years ago when I was trying to figure all of this out, there wasn’t a successful couple [in business] that would have the curtains open to show how they do things. Grant and I found that if we hit a certain level, we would keep the doors open so that everyone could see and learn to fastrack their way to success.” Elena says.

It is because of the sense of responsibility that Elena feels now that she is in a position to help others, that she has gone all in into the planning of 10X Ladies, where speakers of the likes of Shay Rowbotton and Maria Conceicao will be sharing their experiences.

“I am very excited. 2020 is self declared the decade of the woman. 10X Ladies comes right on time for that, with amazing speakers and incredible women who can share their stories on how women develop who they are and help women develop their potential.” Elena stresses.

Elena, who first came to prominence as an actress, who starred in Two and a Half Men and Days of Our Lives, married Grant Cardone in 2004. She eventually got involved in business, which had always been Grant’s ballpark, and both began to build their brands in support of each other and their common brand. But her role is mostly to support what Grant does while raising their two kids, which some people see as too traditional.

“I would never tell any couple to do something because it is the woman-way or the man-way. It just happens I married a man who is amazing at business and you would have to be an extreme baller to keep up with him anyway. That was not my forte. I was an actress, I came from a different world. I am a creative person who does things in a visionary way. And what we try to do is divide and conquer and do what we are both good at. He happens to be very good at business, and I support him and give him my visions and ideas.” Elena says.

With 10X Ladies, Elena is creating the perfect platform to share the tools and resources she has had access to, with other women like her who are willing to build and grow their own empire, in whatever industry interests them. 

“The more I have created an empire the more I feel responsible to help women fastrack their way to success.” Elena emphasizes.

There are only 500 spots to attend this fantastic one-of-a-kind conference is Las Vegas, which promises to be the first of many. To find out more about Elena’s work and 10X Ladies, go here.

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How To Make Money On Amazon FBA In 2020

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Tony Delgado talks about How To Make Money On Amazon In 2020 and various Amazon FBA hacks at Arecibo, Puerto Rico at the UPR College University.

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Primary Founder, James Billson, Shares Insight On How to Build Better Software with Application Modelling

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James Billson has seen it all in the tech world. He started his first pizza delivery business at a time when Wi-Fi didn’t exist and orders had to be delivered by fax.

This business transformed into a software development outfit, and with it, he witnessed the rise and fall of tech in the early 2000s.

He made his grand exit with a sale to international advertising behemoth BBDO. He now runs Primary,  the result of his years of development service experience. In this article, he shares a simple agile technique for building better software.

Agile methodologies are here to stay. They have received widespread acceptance in the sphere of software development. An agile approach helps teams to work together as well as with their stakeholders.

Agile practices help development organizations focus on their individual end-users and the way they interact with products.

Actions speak louder than words, and in software that is part of the problem. In the Agile Manifesto, having  ‘working software’ is prioritized over compiling comprehensive documentation that exhaustively defines the product before development. Coincidentally, this manifesto was written by coders, and the universal belief of a coder is, if there is a problem, code it. If we extend the definition of ‘working software’ to include an application model, opportunities to work faster and more efficiently arise.

Introducing Application Modelling

Much like in manufacturing, product modelling can be used as an alternative route to effective application design. Modelling is the process of creating a simulation that gives insight into how the real product will function at the end of the development process.

There are many merits to this approach. First, it re-creates the full size and expanse of the product, in a holistic full-dimensional way that allows due consideration of all its facets. This way, it helps the team to understand the features of the product better and translate it into a design that the users can also comprehend. Finally, it presents all the necessary information in a light and vivid format rather than the dull and impenetrable nature of typical requirements documentation…

With a well-developed application model, there is direct access to the full scope required for the development process. It removes the likelihood of overlooking future steps and pathways by revealing the features of the future product.

Involving the Whole Team with Modelling

Modelling creates a unique environment for synergy among the UX team, the developers, and the product owners. A product model is an agile system that allows real-time creation and modification. All parties can raise potential concerns and create a matching solution as work progresses. In comparison to a ‘straight-to-code’ process where decisions are usually made during development, application modelling greatly saves time and team resources.

Telling Stories with User Flows

James Billson founded Primary.app to give developers an easy way to conduct product modelling. However, beyond simply using a tool, there must also be a systematic approach.

Developing a product model should be very much like telling a story. A story has a single important ingredient that allows its teller to connect with audiences. This is the narrative. To find this narrative, the development team must create user flows. A user flow is a series of steps that outlines the journey of the product user through the life cycle of the application. The user is the hero, and over each step, we see what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.

The narrative of the flow is the backbone to which you attach the details and conditions that will inform the different aspects of the product work. Once you have that overreaching structure in place, you can manipulate and modify details, creating different user scenarios and comparing end results. All of this can be done without making any grave changes to the main body of the model.

User flow models have another advantage in helping product managers to avoid the pitfall of ‘happy pathways’.These happy paths are easy and fun when you are looking at an engaging prototype that has all the characteristics of your minimum desirable feature set. However, the building process will reveal all the other less exciting processes that are needed to support these main functions, leading to a development lag and a generally uncoordinated process. A user flow-based model will highlight these necessary support functions and help you stay on top of them from the very beginning.

Modelling is The New Documentation

Comprehensive documentation fell out of favour because it became seen as a blocker to creativity. Development teams want the freedom to identify opportunities that arise from seeing the product in operation.  As decisions are made in development, the document becomes increasingly redundant. The long descriptive passages and confusing diagrams did not lend themselves to easy updating. 

Application modelling completely redefines all of this. It is a light system that can be edited and modified in real-time. The entire team can make input based on the progress to date and see those ideas implemented in the following sprints. The result is a clean and compact model that mirrors the reality of the developed application. 

Conclusion

At Primary.app, James and his team have created a system that allows users to build large application models that are easily modifiable and constantly under development. Models can be changed any time, in response to key drivers that affect the app functionality in real life. It is as easy as changing sheets or doing the dishes before heading out.

Application modelling is the future of software development. User flow-based models of your app can be created with minimal resources, and then used to engage product team members for maximum and meaningful output. What you get is a comprehensive system that can be modified and iterated to synchronize with your desired result perfectly.

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