Monthly Archives: November 2016

Securus Technologies Helps Families Celebrate Christmas

Recently, Securus Technologies released a series of informational videos highlighting the Video Visitation program. In the Securus video, there was a male inmate calling his family and helping his significant other wake their son to watch him open each of his presents and see what Santa brought on Christmas eve.


The father of the child was able to participate in Christmas day by connecting through a video screen, and being an active participant in one of his son’s special memories. These types of video visits are becoming more frequent in use in prisons and jails across the nation. I believe with these types of face to face visits the recidivism rate will drop sharply as inmates are able to stay connected with family and be a part of what’s happening in life outside the inmate’s facility.


Securus Technologies’ Video Visitation software is a two way video screen service that allows an inmate to use the screens located in a kiosk at the facility and contact a loved one who is using a tablet, smart phone, or computer with a camera. The family can also schedule a block of time, with the Securus system to contact their incarcerated loved one.


This service is just one of many that Securus Technologies offers to the public. Serving over 3400 public buildings and helping over 1,200,000 inmates communicate nationwide, Securus specializes in emergency response, incident management, investigation, inmate self service, biometric analysis, incident management and information management.


Don Ressler Leads His Companies To Success

Don Ressler is a successful entrepreneur that has created numerous amounts of start-up companies. The most notable is Intelligent Beauty and its affiliates. His very first company, was bought by Intermix Media in 2001, where he met his partner Adam Goldenberg who would help him with future endeavors.

Together, they formed Alena Media. Alena Media was an e-commerce division of Intermix and was its only profit center. In 2005, Intermix was attained by News Corp, and Ressler and Goldenberg saw their profitable business being ignored by the new mother company. Ressler and his partner became frustrated and eventually left News Corp to pursue other opportunities.

Don Ressler knew his partner and he had the proper skills to excel in the online industry. These partners decided to build a brand new enterprise. The two gathered a group of people, mostly former Alena employees, and began brainstorming. Within two weeks, the team had created the idea for Intelligent Beauty.

This new enterprise would be a direct-to-consumer business. The company’s first creation was Dermstore, a cosmetics and skincare marketplace. After securing the vast majority of their funding for their first few years, Intelligent Beauty received $43 million in funding from an investor, Technology Crossover Ventures, in 2008.

Read more: Former Intermix COO Raises $33M For Fashion Brand JustFabulous

Two short years later, in 2010, Intelligent Beauty launched its third company. This company would be a subscription e-commerce retailer, called JustFab. One year later, JustFab received funding from Matrix Partners, a substantial $33 million. During the same year, Kimora Lee Simmons joined the company as President and Creative Director. By December of that year, they had over 4 million members.

In April 2012, JustFab had over 6 million members and Ressler and his partner received another round of funding. This time, the company received $76 million from multiple investors. Riding on their success of the first few years of life, the company started seeking new opportunities to expand.

Don Ressler and JustFab knew that a majority of their customers were parents. It was from there that they found their new idea. They purchased FabKids in the beginning of 2013, a fashion subscription service for children on Bloomberg. In May of the same year, JustFab also acquired the e-commerce site, The Fab Shoes.

With Don Ressler’s guidance, JustFab and Intelligent Beauty perfected the subscription model, giving consumers personalized quality products.


Raj Fernando, Financial Trader, and Philanthropist

Raj Fernando is a successful trader based in the United States. Raj Fernando was born in 1971 in Denmark. His parents and two sisters decided to relocate and settle in the United States when Raj was only a year old. He went for his education in the US.

Raj Fernando founded an institution known as Chopper Trading in the year 2001. The private company is based in Chicago, Illinois. After starting the organization, Raj Fernando worked as the Chief Executive Officer for some years. Under his leadership, Chopper Trading managed to open new branches in San Francisco, New York City, Munich, London, and Washington DC.

Chopper Trading is an institution that mostly focuses on the realms of stagnant income, assets and any other commodity that affects business. The company is currently an associate of the Principal Trader Group. Principal Trader is a group of industries that trade specifically with their private liabilities and assets.

In the year 2012, Chopper Trading was honored by an organization known as Chicago Tribune. According to a report from the company, Chopper Trading was a preferred working place for many employees. The workers in the country would get fringe benefits like pool, shuffleboard, video games and ping pong.

Before starting this successful trading company, Raj Fernando was working as the currency bond trader of an institution known as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Raj also used to work for the Chicago Board of Trade for several years. In the year 2015, the successful businessman decided to sell Chopper Trading to one of the most competitive trading companies in the US, called DRW Trading Group. The company was sold at an unspecified amount.

Raj Fernando has done so well because of his professional experience which revolves in the financial systems. The successful trader is also an advocate for charitable causes in his home area, Chicago and in the whole country. Reports say that Raj Fernando is one of the dedicated fundraisers for the Democrats. In the past, he donated vast sums of money to support President Barack Obama and many other political activities.

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