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The Story of Sincere Headway
In 2012 after returning to his home in Mason, Ohio and while frequenting up and down the famous Western Row—in and out of town, the founding business executive and owner, Curtis Christopher Wragg was able to create and increase his voice to constituents through social media on modern platforms like Instagram and Twitter—the name gained global attention.
The original manifest or name was created and used ironically on Myspace, a networking social media site. The name “Sincere Headway” was created yet replaced Curtis Christopher’s previous name, with origin that dates back into college, “Prince Propaganda” also known as “Propa” for short. Like it has always been on social media, just a group of friends and a select ambitious few, networking and working toward having a good time.
However Propa, the name for short, also had some musical escapades. Featured at the time on a couple young producers’ works—some in humor and others in the nature of its worldly craft—to entertain, inform and or effect change.
From Myspace, Curtis Christopher used the name Sincere Headway on other social media outlets like BlackPlanet, where he managed relationships perpetually until our current and modern phase of social media took over.
Basically just another guy on a networking website, being entertained and or entertaining. However Curtis Christopher was inspired by images of success on the sites, as well as those in which he gained exposure during current events and self education. He visited Chicago and signed on to work as a traveling business analyst in 2013 for an international consulting firm, where he met several business and executive level counterparts. However there was one gentlemen in which Curtis Christopher developed a scrappy relationship with. Post assignments and after retiring to fall back into what Curtis hoped to be another career, he and Greg had a string of conversations that seemed to develop the next business concept.
According to Curtis Christopher, Gregory Coopwood was “a government grand master in Six Sigma” (not aware of Greg’s official title). But after a debate filled yet energizing conversation that stretched into the late evening about several topics including the altering of Greg’s business plan to partner and make a modest $3 million per month, the two ended the phone call that evening and never spoke again.
The ex-college football player, family and business man passed away in the following days and sent Curtis Christopher into a light depression in which he began shopping the corporate world for attractive roles to reignited his career.
When you begin to wonder what or that that is in a name, I was advised by Curtis to dream adjacent to him while referencing names such as Berkshire Hathaway—former Textile company prior to Mr. Warren Buffet’s current design. Morgan Stanley—an American bank and investment advisory firm and numerous others. As you might also, I find similar names very interesting.
In 2016 at a time where Curtis Christopher was experiencing questionable finances, he was reintroduced to merchant services or credit card processing, something he had tried briefly and had some success with early in and adjacent to his corporate career. However in 2016 he took the backing of a reputable payment processor to the streets to better his financial situation. “It was initially torcher, running people down and trying to show the value in a sale with a high law of average.” He referenced a business relationship who once expressed to him in a Miami Florida office building, “I had one foot in a nice home and the other foot in the homeless streets. But I would have killed myself before I would have gone door to door selling credit card processing.”
Curtis said he chose not to debate with him, accordingly Curtis informed me the guy was captivating and said he totally understood whole-heartedly what the guy was saying. “His story was filled with such similarities to mine that I was taken by the irony and energized by his story as well as his operation in which I worked within that was successful.”
When asked how much credit card processing did he sell back during the 2016 time of questionable finances, he to avoid dodging my question and or making excuses, said “not enough.”
However after dodging and parading in and out of the juvenile court system as he described the time of questionable finances as “fighting a women that mothered my child, who later ran off with my child on multiple occasions at opportunistic times and who is actually considered absent from my life (including child) completely to this day.”
Curtis seemed to gather himself, “I was summoned time and time again to address some times the same things and on other occasions new matters that seemed to only benefit the county we were in and the mother of my child or in some instances her lawyer.”
Curtis Christopher had not incorporated, so as he became a larger presence as a business man in the communities he grew up in and or the city he actually cut his teeth in during his days as a management trainee for what is now a Fortune 500 Corporation, he said it seemed his presence was requested and desired downtown in the family or child support courts by those that it behooved to summon him more than he cares to address or remember.
When asked why so much and why so long, Curtis replied, “sometimes it was about money, I actually humbled myself to request a reduction because as outlined in black and white as a level of service or an exception to grant such a reduction, my income was reduced by more than 33 percent—however my request resulted in an increase in my obligation and after several attempts to fight or appeal, the excess grew into a problem that was only addressed as a payment issue after I found time to spend half of my day in the office of a lawyer and in the presences of the administrators and clerks. I wasn’t making what I call ‘for-sure money’ as a start-up or new business I was in a unjustified hole in which my attempts were denied 3 times consecutively and finally honored when filed during another proceeding in which it only became leverage to dismiss the entire docket of semantic ‘bs’ I had been fighting for the previous year because the other party, my child’s mother, did not respond to the certified mailings—however her lawyer was in attendance to court at each and every proceeding.”
Curtis expressed “I lost all respect for the family court system and the governing bodies. I was and had been the guy they’d ask to take a step back and think of others my entire life. I directly informed the courts that I saw it to be a simple matter in which I had faith they could address and send our parties away in a timely yet cognitive and comprehensive manner—nothing of the sort happened, it was my exposure to gluttony and any ‘ism' you wish to make a case for.”
Curtis Christopher has a lawyer who represented him for the first half of the ordeal but became a none factor—dismantled during the proceedings in Curtis Christopher’s presence by the magistrate and what seemed to be the other party. All which lead to inter-party conflict during court and ultimately a verbal altercation about the proceeding and ‘best interest’ outside of court between Curtis and the attorney. He continued to say, “my court appearances were also about my time with my child—there was over a year long proceeding that involved custody, child support and the details surrounding connected topics.”
“At that time I was just a sole proprietor, working on my social security number, or 1099s trying to leverage the platforms of those who had had success before me and actually trying to avoid negative attention that seemed to gravitate to me in the only form in which a person like me would be venerable at the time—my child.
To address lifestyle, I lived in a nationally recognized community and had lived there for an extended period of time, actually right under 10 years in total (he mumbled best ranked schools in Ohio). The purchase of the home was actually during a negotiation time frame surrounding the relationship with my child’s mother and was actually occupied by the 3 of us for the initial 6 months.”
It was after the process that lasted over 1 year in the family courts was over and dismissed including his attempts to reduce his payment obligation on April 5th 2016, that Curtis Christopher made the decision on April 21st 2016 to take $200 of his last $700 available capital at the volatile time, to incorporate what now is Sincere Headway Incorporated (Inc) to begin separating his turbulent life from his focus and his developing business relationships at the time.
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My father worked in management onsite for over 30 years for Seagrams which became Pernod Ricard. At home he had a desk down stairs in the basement, however to my mother's dismay, he liked to use the dining room table to write on, as to pay bills scribe letters, etc. Now—not much to complain about right? However if you’ve heard me speak at length of my father in the past, he was a manly man. Accordingly he was very heavy handed; his print and signature was the largest, if not, the only reason mom’s dining room table developed a slight wobble over the years. Lol, my dad had a very heavy hand—honestly as he would press down and make unique markings.
Funny how my hands are light to the touch, I’m a finesse(er). I envied during by athletic years the guys with the heavy arms who could throw effortlessly—as heavy as my arms and hands are they are not so much as it seems to me. Ironically my father was cat like, for instance how he would walk, ninja like, around the house. Nevertheless, I heard many stories about his job and asked countless questions in which I received answers about the spirits and liquor industry and email responses or dialogues. I’d lay on the floor in the dining room and rummage through his stacks of emails and printed documents that he kept in a pile in boxes beside our China Cabinet. Honestly with respect for his career, I was most proud of my dad when he retired and was ask to return to consult in Indiana. Not the New York City stock broker, but "pockets full of fast money, but his clothes said slow bucks" as he wore chinos and casual steel toe shoes, polos and sweater vest.
A choice he made for an extended period of time, however I say this to you and I say to all, do not be so quick to leave work—you might find out that there is not much to you or potentially life without it. Kids—get involved in their lives immediately. S/o to Snoop Dogg, my dad really enjoyed you, "Ole Snoop and the song got sales rolling Curt."
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Letter notes from CCW today:
Today I made some phone calls in effort to drum up business. Note I’m in a small office in the town I was raised, making calls to the surrounding population—“I’m Curtis with Kinetic Capital, we outfit businesses with working capital...” a total cold call.
The business owner on the other end replied, “is it hard money?” And recently I’ve spent the last few months researching and debating with global brokers about “soft loans” so I immediately said, “yes—“ and went on to explain the process and was tastefully interrupted.
”No thank you I don’t want any hard money.” Soft money or better soft loans are typically lent with the notion that the money will benefit an underserved population—humanitarian in some instances. Nevertheless, for profit as well as nonprofit in many cases. Soft loans regardless, are lent with a desire in mind that includes a return on the money per the terms of it—case by case.
The phones, as I call it, are special—you have to get into a groove. Accordingly the reality is at Kinetic Capital—you provide your desire in the form of our one page application; the amount requested, any liens—yes? “Well we can only work with you if you’ve been placed on a payment plan, ok your on a payment plan great—stuff happens, I get it” etc. Then most importantly, how do you plan to use the money? To improve Cash flow? Equipment? Start a project? Hiring? What?
The dynamics of the loan or the capital funder are predicated in their ability or our ability to meet your need with a program or product that works for us both i.e. equipment is collateral in its self per se and adjacent, if your statements reflect that you have the revenue coming in to support a bridge style loan, then bank statements in that instance is your key to unlock a door to funding that is proportionate.
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Liken to our stock exchange, businesses have a range that begins with the launch and extends into future earnings—value is a range.
Business Valuation — Profit
(1) Assets minus Liabilities = Equity and/or Enterprise Value of Operation
$650,000 minus ($835,000) = ($185,000) ← negative, meaning extra liabilities
(2) On the other hand look at earnings:
(3) $429,000 ← Part 2 “Earnings”
-$185,000 ← Extra “Liabilities” (excess negative)
$244,000 ← Valuation
Tangible Net Worth of your Enterprise ≈ $250,000.00 (+ range +) the Future.
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LinkedIn released an article back around May 2016
LinkedIn released an article back around May 2016 about digital disruption and how it has revolutionized the sales and marketing landscape.
“In the traditional model, marketing tells a targeted group what to want. Then sales tells them why they want it and takes the order—this model is less effective now that buyers are more active in information gathering. They know what they want and why. When today’s buyers have questions, they search for answers online instead of relying on information from a salesperson. Sales and marketing must align themselves to a new shared set of goals to reach buyers.”
In the writing, LinkedIn did a great job preparing people for the social selling revolution of the past few years—mantra, “get started with social selling on LinkedIn,” brilliant. Now their mentioned periodical, executed the objective in five short, yet purposeful chapters.
The read is 10-15 minutes and for you track stars that cover ground fast and well, its 30 pages—time yourselves.
Artificial Intelligence—per Jack Ma, Elon Musk, by Curtis-Christopher Wragg
Bare no expense, I’ve drawn a conclusion—Dear Homosapien, listen, what you believe will happen, is what will happen. Acknowledging your banking institution or favorite businesses which provide you with promotional or (free) branded pens or writing utensils—draw your own conclusion, especially if your in a position to influence the future of AI developments and advancements. And from a mental health stand point, surround yourself with the humans that make you feel good and/or who add value to your life.
Jack Ma expresses that we have to invest in technology, however he does not like the technology debate—centrally because of his mention of artificial intelligence and big data. Surely perception is reality, accordingly, illustrated in media entities such as TEDx Talks and even interviews with Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur in Inc. Video (Published Oct. 30, 2017 Magazine), Elon expressed that the future of AI is going to be pretty scary.
Jack from another angle says yes, AI will threaten human beings. He expresses the desire for AI to support human beings—it should always do something to enable human beings, not disable people.
Nevertheless Jack Ma has a message for the arrogant cashier at your local bodega, he says “you will never be able to compete with AI.” He feels that AL offers humanity an amazing but risky opportunity, “the AI robots are going to kill a lot of jobs.”
“People need to develop soft skills to compete with artificial intelligence,” Jack focuses he’s greatest concern in the service industry. Furthermore he says, a computer is always going to be smart data (smarter than you). It never forgets, it remembers everything.
“Forget about running faster than a car.”
“Where there’s a plane, don’t think you can fly like a plane.”
Elon Musk notes that AI is rapidly advancing, too rapidly according to Elon. With both hands open wide, he has repeatedly sounded out about the dangers, according to his perception and research.
In a 2017 interview—AI might someday become too good at its job. Something created to specialize at one thing might destroy many if not all things in its reach or path, including humans. Beyond creative destruction, referencing audio tapes and cds, Musk is referring to the pot that boils over per se, catches fire and cremates the decor of a lovely kitchen and all the inhabitants at the time of raid.
He acknowledged a former Uber engineer who wanted to create an AI based religion. Ever heard of an AI ‘god’? The engineer’s name is Anthony Levandowski, the founder of a new AI-based religion called Way of the Future. His creation is focused on a high-tech ‘deity’ as a way to improve society.
In 2015 Google outlined plans to create a kill switch that would disable AI. Musk thought those efforts were futile. “I’m not sure I’d like to be the one holding the kill switch,"he said.“ Because you’d be the first thing it kills.”
Thus the race for AI superiority, will raise tension between powerful countries. The competition, he said is a likely cause of World War 3.
In 2017, a computer beat the world’s best humans at a video game that involves military strategy. Musk tweeted, “If your not concerned about AI safety, you should be.”
Short Writing Series
By Curtis-Christopher Wragg Twitter @ccwraggii
“It’s basic human nature to focus on immediate, “in-your face” problems, and the average contractor sure gets lots of practice. Most are very good at crisis management and making important technical and project-management decisions on the spot – it just comes with the territory. The problem is that far too many owners spend years doing nothing but putting out fires and keeping projects on track, while ignoring issues related to the firm’s long-term viability. The result is a business that’s dangerously out of balance.”
— As Featured in Construction Today
Word to the adjective grammatically related to the term, ‘long-term viability’. Retirement and succession planning are two good examples. Nevertheless, it seems the only way to offset the chore of fighting fires is to expand and delegate the task to an employee. Honestly, growth is paramount. Of course creating an index to measure the matrix of task and services is nothing new. It was a genius idea, over a decade ago—nevertheless, it too, requires the expansion of your force.
Let’s think, what could you do? Randomly call your customers and have them rate your service? Umm, that would produce qualitative as well as quantitative data to serve as the basis for recognition as well as a handy tool to minimize potential fires. Could you pull that off? Nah, let’s move on.
In good and bad times note, that healthy individuals recover more quickly from illness, so, too, do healthy businesses recover from a few bumps in the road, such as an economic downturn. Among the retrospective measures that reflect a company’s health are items on the balance sheet and income statement, including cash flow, net profit, growth rate, productivity and return on investment rates. Unfortunately, by the time such historical data indicate symptoms of trouble, it may already be too late to reverse the condition. What owners really need is real-time information that lets them exert control and steer the company, according to a business plan, toward a predetermined profit. Owners who only look at historical numbers may be in the eye of a hurricane, unaware that it is tearing the business apart around them. Consequently, many times the larger, wealthier enterprises win (didn’t say do the best jobs on projects).
A perpetual sales culture
By Curtis-Christopher Wragg
“More than 400 construction company owners and various contractors were surveyed and were asked, ‘What business are you in?’ Only one business owner answered the question correctly. The wrong answers went like this: ‘I’m in the construction business.’ The right answer came from a plumbing contractor who said, ‘I’m in the sales business, and I just happen to be really good at plumbing installation, service and project management.’ That plumbing contractor is doing very well at a time when many other construction-related businesses are failing or stagnating and are blaming the economy.“
This passage is part of an article developing the idea of what I like to call a ‘Paradigm Shift’ featured in Construction Today. The idea is predicated by thoughts that, “an owner’s mentality can drive company culture to either inhibit or stimulate innovation.” Ultimately—please run and tell this, the dynamics of your desire to grow the business in revenue or profit is either in a irrefutable fashion, innocence or even laziness, the chief goal. Your title or owner’s mentality will direct a company culture to either drive sales or to cut cost—and my friends, those beaten down, shaken and stirred are the only options. Accordingly if you desire something to hug per se, hug this— “I cannot help the poor if I’m one of them, so I got rich and gave back,” expressed by Mr. Sean Carter. “To me, that is the win-win (win-sum game).”
Accordingly never ignore that dynamic or Milton Friedman’s 1970 New York Times article, The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits. Apparently even titles within many business entities have created limits on businessmen, individual proprietors and corporate executives abilities to execute the things needed most and have altered mentalities over the years—as we are acknowledging right now. It is currently a popular blueprint to talk of or promote “desirable social ends; the business has a social conscience.” In fact, corporations or large enough enterprises actually do and believe it or not, hire personnel to eliminate discrimination, environmental issues and size up social responsibility. Large enough businesses enjoy social responsibility beyond social emotions and reduce tax obligations as a direct result of philanthropic and community involvement. Nevertheless,
“in fact they are—or would be if they or anyone else took them seriously-preaching pure and unadulterated socialism. Businessmen who talk this way are unwitting puppets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society.”
Back to the original situation at hand, you can generate sales and/or you can cut cost--folks those are your options. The blame for failures can be directed toward drivers in the economy, competitors or banks, but all business can be reduced to an extended metaphor--leaky bucket. All business entities are buckets that have the potential to leak, in which we generate sales in the form of adding water and we loose equity, value or accounts via the dynamic we call, “leaking.” Lost business varies from operation to operation and may also be addressed by what we call a reduction in foot traffic in environments such as retail. Nevertheless, in some businesses the sale begins and in others, the sale ends the service, production or labor portion of the business at that time—process begins again via marketing and promotion simultaneously (enjoy that tangent).
Construction Today expressed, “only a radical change in mindset can save the business. Decide not to let the economy, the banks or other external factors kill the company without a fight. Then, be in the selling business.” Yes, I have to remind myself, “wake up,” the company culture is the catalyst or the boat hovering on a worldly conduit that has the ability to manifest a self-filling prophecy. Recall Mr. Plumber? “I’m in the sales business, and I just happen to be really good at plumbing installation, service and project management.”
All—be in the selling business.
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I'm a fan of the facts. Beyond other subjective things I feast on facts. Accordingly I'm very blue with respect to personality test i.e. Manny Pacquiao, a Pan-Asian boxer found me in bars back in the earlier 2000s debating with persons who had no idea who he was at the time. "7 titles in 7 different weight classes" at the time was my knock blow to all noise surrounding his relevance.
Lebron James, an American NBA perennial all-star, through virtual osmosis brings in excess of $500 million to the city adjacent to his hometown that he calls home per year. Not simply an attraction but maybe more of a conduit or catalyst for those who have good luck. Note my father always informed me that luck, most specifically "good luck" is where preparation meets opportunity. And entities like the hotels have vacant rooms simply waiting to be filled.
Note others and enjoy the facts in a financial context as well as statistical. I love the day when the facts win.
Author C.C. Wragg
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Why is India so Important for Startups with Global Ambitions?
Any startup, event business, or event tech platform with global ambitions will need to start taking notice of the world’s 7th largest economy – India. Not only is its economic growth projected to outpace other large emerging markets like Brazil and China, making it the world’s fastest growing major economy, but by 2030 India is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country with a staggering 1,484 billion people. This includes a potential demographic dividend which will see 20% of the world’s working-age population live in India by 2025.
A number of factors are contributing to India’s accelerating growth
The use of the English language as a business lingua franca has played a deciding role in the rise of India’s services sector – while manufacturing in countries like China has slowed down.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-business focus on improved education, deregulation and other reforms should have a positive effect on productivity, entrepreneurship, and the growth of higher-earning jobs. Government campaigns like Digital India are bringing high-speed internet to rural areas and increasing digital literacy, which will create new opportunities in the digital economy.
As the world’s largest democracy India has always been more free-market friendly than large, developing countries, such as Russia and China. This has nurtured the spirit of entrepreneurship in a country with over 1.5 million registered companies and 26 million SMEs. It is worth noting that India already has more companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list than Germany, Russia, or Brazil.
Notably absent from the Forbes list is privately held Flipkart, India’s US $11 billion e-commerce platform. With the world’s third-highest number of tech startups India has started producing billion dollar platforms like Flipkart and Snapdeal, as well as a host of smaller global players like restaurant app, Zomato and customer support software, Freshdesk.
Further good news for the Indian economy is that consumer spending is pegged at 59% of GDP compared to China’s 36%, making it less vulnerable to export and capital investment slumps. Nonetheless, India replaced China as the top destination for FDI by capital investment in 2015. To drill the point home, in 2015 Gujarat alone received more FDI than the Shanghai region, the commercial and financial centre of mainland China.
According to a Standard Chartered report those twin factors – high economic growth and a dynamic young population – will make India the third largest economy in the world by 2030. By then its economy will also include a huge middle class – the people most likely to spend on private events and be involved with corporate events.
The events industry is already playing a significant role in India’s economic growth
India is no stranger to massive events. Kumbh Mela, the 12-yearly mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river is considered the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims. In 2013, an estimated 120 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad over a two-month period. Then there’s the International Kolkata Book Fair, the most attended book fair in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors annually.
EEMA (the Event and Entertainment Management Association of India) has estimated the size of the organized event industry at about $886 million in 2016 with a 15% annual growth rate. That excludes India’s massive wedding industry that could be worth anywhere from $25 to $40 billion and which is apparently growing at an astonishing 25% per year. To put the scope of the market into perspective – the average middle-class Indian wedding budget runs to about US$34,000, on par with its American counterpart, albeit with much more bang for your buck.
Event Tech is making a growing impact on the Indian events industry
The wedding industry in India is so large and lucrative that Veristrat, a San Francisco-based web technology firm, developed a wedding app, Shaadi-e-Khas, especially for the Indian market. In general the boom in the Indian events industry has provided fertile ground for several event tech startups, with Ahmedabad-based events platform Hubilo, recently securing angel funding from a group of investors that included Freshdesk CEO and co-founder, Girish Mathrubootham. All this activity resulted in another positive spin-off; it created a receptive audience by introducing Indian consumers to the advantages of digital platforms and apps.
The human race is known for its short and selective memory. We forget that until the 17th century India had the world’s largest and most advanced economy (25% of global GDP). And it looks like the pendulum is getting ready is to swing back in India’s favour. Rapid economic growth – tick. Burgeoning event industry – tick. Homegrown event tech market – tick.
As Indian digital infrastructure grows and disposable income increases, more and more opportunities will arise for global tech companies, and especially event tech companies, with the right service or product offering. The trick is to start building those mutually beneficial relationships right now.
For more material from Marc Steyn visit Eventerprise.com
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At Sincere Headway we understand that a mind easily overwhelmed by emotion, rooted in the past instead of the present, cannot see the world with clarity & urgency and will create strategies that will always miss the mark.
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TIME - time management & learning from the past
FOCUS - persistence & responsibility
PURPOSE - translating dreams into reality
POSTURE - listening & problem solving
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