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Mark Davis (American football)
Mark Davis (born 1954 or 1955) is an American businessman and sports franchise owner. He is the principal owner and managing general partner of the Oakland

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Mark Davis Davis in 2017Born 1954/1955 (age 62–63)
Charleston, South CarolinaNationality AmericanAlma mater California State University, ChicoOccupation Businessman and sports franchise ownerYears active 2011–presentKnown for Principal Owner of the Oakland RaidersNet worth US$500 million dollars
(October 2015)[1]Parent(s) Al Davis
Carol Davis

Mark Davis (born 1954 or 1955)[2] is an American businessman and sports franchise owner. He is the principal owner and managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).[3][4][5]

  • 1 Prior to team ownership
  • 2 Professional sports
    • 2.1 Oakland Raiders
      • 2.1.1 Management style
      • 2.1.2 On domestic violence in the NFL
      • 2.1.3 On social justice and player protests
      • 2.1.4 Relocation to Las Vegas
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Further reading
  • 5 References
Prior to team ownership

Prior to owning the team, Davis was involved in the retail part of the Raiders' business where he helped develop the organization's Raider Image stores. He also spent time in the Raiders equipment department where he developed the muff-style hand warmer for football. In 1980, Davis represented Raiders player Cliff Branch in contract negotiations with the team which resulted in a deal that included an annuity (still active) and got Mark kicked out of his father's house for being too close to the players. He later lived with Branch when the team moved to Los Angeles.[6]

Professional sports Oakland Raiders

Davis inherited the team after the death of his father, Al Davis, in 2011.[7][8] Davis with his mother, Carol, owns a 47 percent share of the Raiders, which is contractually structured to give them controlling interest. Davis has day-to-day control of the team.[9]

Davis gained control of the team towards the end of the Raiders lease with the Coliseum, a facility that dates back to 1965 and has multiple issues due to its age. It is also the only stadium which still houses an NFL and an MLB team at the same time.

Management style

In his short ownership of the Raiders, Davis has focused on the business aspects of the team while leaving football matters in the hands of general manager Reggie McKenzie. This form of management is in stark contrast to his father, who was well known as one of the most hands-on owners in professional sports. Al Davis became general manager of the Raiders in 1966 after returning from a short stint as AFL commissioner, a post he kept after becoming principal owner in 1972. He exercised close control over both business and football matters until his death.

In 2013, Davis fired the Raiders public relations director because of a Sports Illustrated article that was critical of Davis' father. Davis stated that the director's replacement needed to understand the importance of his father's legacy and actively protect it.[10]

On domestic violence in the NFL

Davis spoke out publicly on the issue of domestic violence in the NFL, following San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald's arrest on August 31, 2014.[11] Davis disagreed with Jed York's decision to keep McDonald on the active roster, proposing that the league should suspend any player arrested with pay while "the investigation moves forward"[11] This was the first proposal of this kind following the Ray Rice assault video surfacing, that specifically called for an immediate suspension of players rather than leaving the decision to suspend up to the respective franchises themselves. In March 2015, Davis again went public on the issue of domestic violence, shutting down rumors that the Raiders' started negotiations with Greg Hardy, who was convicted on domestic abuse charges earlier that year.[12] The Raiders' organization has traditionally been vocal about domestic violence issues, with direct involvement with the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation, created by Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff to support community substance abuse treatment and domestic violence programs.[13]

On social justice and player protests

Davis has spoken out publicly on the controversial National Anthem protests in the NFL where players kneel during the playing of the pre-game National Anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality on African Americans. Davis originally preferred his players to stand but after comments made by President Donald Trump calling protesting players "Sons of Bitches" and saying they should be fired for kneeling Davis changed his stance in a public statement the following weekend stating “About a year ago before our Tennessee game I met with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to ask their permission to have Tommie Smith light the torch for my father before the game in Mexico City,” Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “I explained to them I was asking their permission because I had previously told them that I would prefer that they not protest while in Raiders uniform. And should they have something to say once their uniform was off, I might go up there with them. Over the last year, though,” Davis continued, “the streets have gotten hot and there has been a lot of static in the air and recently fuel has been added to the fire. I can no longer ask our team not to say something while they are in a Raider uniform. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge that’s in front of us as Americans and as human beings.”[14]

In May 2018, Davis abstained from a NFL owner resolution on the anthem protests that called for players to stand or stay in the locker room until after the anthem is played or face a team fine for kneeling, locking arms or raising their fist. Davis abstained along with San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York after speaking out on social justice issues to the other owners.[15][16]

Relocation to Las Vegas Main articles: Carson Stadium, Las Vegas Stadium, and Oakland Raiders relocation to Las Vegas

Davis put himself in charge of an effort to establish a new stadium for the Raiders, an issue that his father Al was never able to solve in his tenure as owner. He initially stated a desire to keep the Raiders in Oakland (preferably on the Coliseum site) or the immediate area. Due to the lack of a stadium plan, Davis began to communicate with representatives in other cities such as Los Angeles, California, San Antonio, Texas and in the end Las Vegas, Nevada.[17][18]

In late February 2015, Davis announced that the Raiders would pursue a shared stadium in Carson, California, with Dean Spanos and the San Diego Chargers.[19] Davis cited the proposal as the result of years of talks with Oakland city officials that ultimately led nowhere. While the Chargers have historically been inter-divisional rivals, he recognized that Spanos was in a similar position with San Diego city officials and that their partnership could expedite the process of resolving the stadium issue for both franchises.[19] The Los Angeles Times reported that the team's relocation could result in the franchise "being worth 150% of its current value".[19]

On February 23, 2015, while still involved in the Carson project, Mark Davis attended a secret meeting at the UNLV International Gaming Research Center to look at Las Vegas sports betting, its effect on pro sports, how it could effect a pro sports team in Vegas and how the Raiders and the NFL could possibly work in Las Vegas. At the time Las Vegas was seen as a long shot candidate for the Raiders. The meeting was set up by Napoleon McCallum, former Raiders player and current Las Vegas Sands employee. In attendance was Davis and McCallum along with then UNLV president Don Snyder and Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute. The meeting would not be known about until two years later.[20]

On April 23, 2015, a new proposal for the Carson stadium was released, outlining several personalized touches for the shared tenants.[21] These include stadium seating changing from navy blue to black depending on which team homefield, as well as a 120-foot tower on the concourse that would serve as a memorial for the late Al Davis for Raiders touchdowns or shoot simulated lightning for Chargers' touchdowns.[21] The Carson stadium proposal also featured sprawling ground-level parking, rather than multi-story carparks, at the request of Davis who insisted that tailgating at a new stadium was a necessity.[22] Davis' and Spanos' proposal directly competed with and eventually lost to Rams' owner Stan Kroenke and his proposed stadium in Inglewood.[23]

In 2016, the Carson Stadium design was retained by Davis with the small additions of a roof and black covering instead of silver in a stadium proposal with Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation to interests in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Until after the Carson vote Davis was also actively working towards a resolution in Oakland.[24] In an interview, he said "we are trying everything possible to get something done in Oakland right on the same exact site we're on right now".[24] The Oakland stadium proposal called for a smaller 55,000-seat stadium at the current site, with space for commercial development and renovations for the existing BART Station.[25]

After a dispute over rent in Oakland where the city raised the rent on the team after the Carson plan failed and a lack of what Davis saw as a credible plan from Oakland, Mark Davis began discussions with Las Vegas. He initially teamed up with Sheldon Adelson to get a stadium in Las Vegas.

During Davis' meeting with Adelson, he also visited the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), which included a contingent consisting of the university's president Len Jessup, former university president Donald Snyder, Steve Wynn, and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) owner Lorenzo Fertitta. The stadium is being proposed to replace Sam Boyd Stadium and would serve as the home of both the Raiders and the UNLV Rebels college football program. A relocation to Las Vegas would be a long-term proposal, as Sam Boyd Stadium is undersized for the NFL and there are no other professional-caliber stadiums in Nevada. Raiders officials were also in Las Vegas to tour locations in the valley for a potential new home; they were also on the 42-acre site of the proposed stadium to ask questions about the site.

Interviewed by sports columnist Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Davis said that he had a "great" visit in the city he described it as interesting. Davis also said that Las Vegas was a global city and that "it's absolutely an NFL city," as well as saying that "the Raider brand would do well" and "I think Las Vegas is coming along slowly".[26]

On March 21, 2016, when asked about Las Vegas, Davis said, "I think the Raiders like the Las Vegas plan," and "it's a very very very intriguing and exciting plan", referring to the stadium plan in Las Vegas. Davis also met with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval about the stadium plan. On April 1, 2016, Davis toured Sam Boyd Stadium to evaluate whether UNLV could serve as a temporary home of the team and was with UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, adviser Don Snyder and school president Len Jessup to further explore the possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas.

On April 28, 2016, Davis said he wanted to move the Raiders to Las Vegas and pledged $500 million toward the construction of a proposed $2.4 billion domed stadium.[27][28] "Together we can turn the Silver State into the silver and black state," Davis said.[27][29]

At a media conference in UNLV's Stan Fulton Building, Davis also said the club had "made a commitment to Las Vegas at this point in time and that's where it stands." In an interview with ESPN after returning from a meeting for the 2016 NFL draft he expanded upon reasons why Southern Nevada held a certain appeal over the East Bay of the Oakland–San Francisco Bay Area, how he tried to make it work in Oakland and why (as he told Sandoval) he hopes to turn Nevada into the "Silver and Black State"; he also spoke of the meeting saying, "It was a positive, well-organized presentation that I believe was well-received", and stating, "It was a very positive step in finding the Raiders a home."

On May 20, 2016, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would support Davis and the Raiders move to Las Vegas, stating, "I think it would be good for the NFL."[30] If the Raiders were to move to Las Vegas the only competition they would have is the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League. On August 11, 2016, Raiders officials met with Northern Nevada officials about the possibility of Reno being the site of a new training camp/practice facility and toured several sites including the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno area high schools, and sports complexes.[31] On August 25, 2016, the Raiders filed a trademark application for "Las Vegas Raiders" on the same day renderings of a new stadium (located west of Interstate 15 at Las Vegas) were released to the public.[32]

On September 15, 2016, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee unanimously voted to recommend and approve $750 million for the Las Vegas stadium plan.[33]

On October 11, 2016, the Nevada Senate voted 16–5 to approve the funding bill for the Las Vegas stadium proposal.[34] The Nevada Assembly voted 28–13 three days later to approve the bill to fund the new Las Vegas stadium proposal; two days later, Sandoval signed the funding bill into law.[35]

Davis told ESPN on October 15, 2016 that even if the Raiders are approved by the league to relocate to the Las Vegas metropolitan area, the club would play the next two seasons at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, stating "We want to bring a Super Bowl championship back to the Bay Area."[36] The team would then play at a temporary facility in 2019 after its lease at the Coliseum expires. Davis has also indicated a desire to play at least one preseason game in Las Vegas, at Sam Boyd Stadium, as early as the 2017 season.

On October 17, 2016, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1 which approved a hotel room rate tax increase to accommodate $750 million in public funding for the new stadium.[37][38]

The Raiders officially filed paperwork to relocate from Oakland, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 19, 2017. On January 30, 2017, it was announced that Adelson had dropped out of the stadium project, also withdrawing the Las Vegas Sands' proposed $650 million contribution from the project. Instead, the Raiders would increase their contribution from $500 million to $1.15 billion.[39] One day after Adelson's announcement, Goldman Sachs (the company behind the financing to the proposed Las Vegas stadium) announced its intent to withdraw from the project.[40]

On March 6, 2017, the Raiders revealed Bank of America would be replacing the Sheldon Adelson portion of the funding.[41][42] On March 27, 2017, the National Football League officially approved the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas in a 31–1 vote, ensuring them a new stadium in the process.

Personal life

Davis is a graduate of California State University, Chico.[2] Davis says he is a food connoisseur and has said that his favorite restaurants include Dan Tana's in Los Angeles, California, Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, Florida, and P.F. Chang's.[43] Davis is known for his signature bowl haircut and for driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan SE which is outfitted with a bubble-top Mark III conversion kit as well as a VHS player mounted to the roof.[44][45] Davis has an estimated $500 million net worth.

Further reading
  • Kawakami, Tim (January 11, 2012). "Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis makes good first impression". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. 
  • Profile piece on Mark Davis done in 2014 from ESPN
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  2. ^ a b Tafur, Vic (October 9, 2011). "Davis family will retain ownership of Raiders". The San Francisco Chronicle. p. B-9. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Davis family will keep ownership of Raiders, executive says". National Football League. October 8, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Poole, Monte (January 10, 2012). "Monte Poole: Did Mark Davis make the call on Hue Jackson's firing?". Bay Area News Group. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Williamson, Bill (January 6, 2012). "Mark Davis knows his role in Oakland". Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Keown, Tim (October 14, 2014). "Just live up to your dad's name and solve the NFL's L.A. problem, baby!". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (January 9, 2012). "Prepping for Tuesday's Raiders media conference". Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Statement from Raiders owner Mark Davis". Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. January 10, 2012. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Dickey, Glenn (January 5, 2012). "Oakland Raiders in need of major front-office makeover". The San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Raiders' Mark Davis: 'Reggie's fine'". June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Cindy Boren (18 September 2014). "Raiders owner Mark Davis says he can solve the NFL's domestic-violence crisis". Washington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mark Davis is not happy Raiders used as Greg Hardy's leverage". Yahoo Sports. 13 March 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Peterson, Anne M. (May 7, 2000). "Former Raider Star Biletnikoff Honors Deceased Daughter". latimes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mark Davis: 'I can no longer ask our team to not say something while they are in a Raider uniform'". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  15. ^ "Mark Davis abstained from owner vote on anthem resolution, spoke up on social justice issues". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved 2018-05-25. 
  16. ^ "Raiders' Mark Davis confirms he abstained from anthem vote". The Mercury News. 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-05-25. 
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  18. ^ "Q&A with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis - NFL Nation - ESPN". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c Los Angeles Times (20 February 2015). "Chargers, Raiders will jointly pursue an NFL stadium in Carson". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ "How the Raiders got comfortable with sports betting". Retrieved 2018-04-04. 
  21. ^ a b Los Angeles Times (23 April 2015). "Chargers and Raiders overhaul design for potential L.A. stadium". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mark Davis: Carson stadium project 'very interesting to me'". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  23. ^ Los Angeles Times (21 March 2015). "Stan Kroenke ready to show NFL owners detailed Inglewood stadium plans". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Mark Davis: We're trying everything to get Oakland stadium deal". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Oakland Coliseum City planners not deterred by Carson's vote". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Las Vegas Sands wants stadium for UNLV, possibly Raiders". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. January 28, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "Raiders owner willing to give $20M toward Las Vegas stadium". National Football League. Associated Press. April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (April 28, 2016). "Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move team to Las Vegas". ESPN. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Oakland Raiders owner willing to spend $500 million to move team to Vegas". Fox News Channel. Associated Press. April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  30. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (May 20, 2016). "Robert Kraft would support Raiders move to Las Vegas". National Football League. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  31. ^ Richardson, Seth (August 11, 2016). "Raiders relocation could include Reno training camp". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  32. ^ Perez, A.J. (August 25, 2016). "Oakland Raiders file to trademark 'Las Vegas Raiders' name". USA Today. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Stadium plan to lure Raiders to Las Vegas passes vote". National Football League. Associated Press. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  34. ^ Chereb, Sandra; Whaley, Sean (October 11, 2016). "Raiders stadium project for Las Vegas clears Nevada Senate in 16–5 vote". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Las Vegas stadium plan gains approval from Nevada Legislature". National Football League. Associated Press. October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
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  37. ^ "Nevada governor signs bill to approve Las Vegas stadium plan". National Football League. Associated Press. October 17, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 
  38. ^ Spousta, Tom (October 17, 2016). "Gov. Brian Sandoval signs Raiders stadium bill — VIDEO". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Adelson no longer involved in Raiders' Las Vegas stadium plan". National Football League. January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Sources: Financial giant Goldman Sachs backs out of Raiders' stadium deal". ESPN. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Raiders secure financing for potential Las Vegas stadium". National Football League. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  42. ^ Jon Mark Saraceno (March 6, 2017). "Raiders' Las Vegas stadium gets boost from Bank of America". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  43. ^ "The TK Show - Mark Davis - EP04A". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  44. ^ Wickersham, Seth; Van Natta Jr., Don (April 13, 2017). "Sin City Or Bust". ABC News. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
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Healing: Faith and Medicine: A Medical Professional’s Memoir of Healing and Dealing with Illness
Healing: Faith and Medicine: A Medical Professional’s Memoir of Healing and Dealing with Illness
Have you ever wondered why a friend or loved one died? Did you pray for healing but the person died? God used to heal people. The Bible is full of divine healings. Is God still in the healing business today? If so, why didn't he heal our loved one? Does believing for a divine healing mean we should just pray and wait? Or should we seek medical help also? Does God want to heal everyone? Or is it like roulette and you pray your number comes up? Building on the premise that God is good and his Word is true, Healing: Faith and Medicine chronicles, the life of a medical professional as he navigates insurmountable illnesses. Healing: Faith and Medicine may not give you all the answers you want, but it will reveal how much God loves us, how God works in our lives, and what is required of us. Whether you believe in God or not, Healing: Faith and Medicine will ask questions that demand an answer. You may realize that coincidence could have another name: the hand of Almighty God who is moving in our lives.

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A Cosmic Christmas
A Cosmic Christmas
Joy to the world . . . or, joy to the worlds! Let heaven and nature—and also the supernatural—sing. A Cosmic Christmas presents twelve stories of Christmas in very unusual circumstances, ranging from vampires to robots, from the hills of Appalachia to a high orbit space station, all celebrating the holiday in their own, off-beat ways.New York Times best-selling author Larry Correia sends his popular tough guy detective and magicwielder, Jake Sullivan, on a special case at Christmas time, while visions of tommy guns dance in the heads of the thugs he's up against. Mark L. Van Name's Lobo, an A.I. housed in a pocket battle starship, drops his usual cynical pose to help a troubled family at Christmas time. Nebula Award-winner Catherine Asaro tells of a romantic Yuletide weekend that turns into a mystery in a futuristic high-tech house. New York Times best seller Mercedes Lackey offers a Christmas ghost the likes of which Scrooge never encountered. George O. Smith, a star of the Golden Age of science fiction, is on hand with an episode from his classic Venus Equilateral series, in which a Christmas celebration on a gigantic space station is interrupted by the arrival of a ruthless interplanetary criminal, who didn't drop by to hand out presents. And much more, in a holiday package that any fan of science fiction and fantasy would be delighted to find under their tree, on any planet.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (DRM Rights Management).

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The Little Mind: How to make all things possible
The Little Mind: How to make all things possible
The Little Mind is a part of the brain responsible for spontaneous remission of disease. It also controls dreams, memory, body weight, our abilities, moods, and emotions. We are not in touch with the Little Mind. Yet, many try to rely on intuition and instincts. This book explains how it developed and why it is so powerful. We can be plagued with accidents, illnesses, false memory, traumas, and cultural beliefs because of the Little Mind. Yet, some receive positive memories, amazing insights, and sparkling revelations almost daily. We do not control this mind. We rational minds only possess 15-30 seconds of memory. So, the Little Mind may supply what it considers the most important memories, making us facile and brilliant, or fearful and negative. Every personality disorder, placebo effect, miracle, intuition, cure, and disease is created or allowed by the Little Mind, based on decisions it alone makes. It can lower immunity or raise it. It can make us accident prone, or extra aware. It also has authority over the memory banks so it shapes us and impinges itself. The rational or big mind in modern humans is dominant. Unfortunately, it is usually out of sync and out of touch with the Little Mind. This creates a duality with two powerful minds often at cross-purposes. We may want to be slim, healthy, happy, productive, and drug free. The Little Mind may respond with fixation, compulsion, and desire for the opposite of what we want. We may be deluged with memories and desires of what we do not want to think about. It decides. We can eliminate this antagonism quite rapidly, even undoing the most persistent old fears and traumas by fully understanding our very own Little Mind. Each one is vastly different. Nothing outside of us can do this. It is a journey each individual alone must undertake. "Nothing in history can be understood without the Little Mind, and nothing about the Little Mind can be understood without history." Therefore, the book "The Little Mind" also provides a fresh view of history from the first humans, the dawn of religion, civilization, the mysteries of psi phenomena, and through the Dark Ages into our modern political arena. We suddenly know what serves the Little Mind best and what brings integration. This ultimately helps bring universal integration. Integration with the Little Mind can make all things possible because it can make all of our dreams and desires automatic. It can affect our magnetism, health, appearance, vitality, courage, and peace of mind. It can attract the right people, places, lives, and adventures. Most of us have never even been curious about the part of the mind that controls memory, weight, immunity, emotion, and mood. This has been a huge impediment and detriment. Now, all of the obstacles in life can be reconciled, understood, and transformed by the Little Mind.

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Jeffrey S. Davis and Mark Cohen on The 24-Hour Turnaround: How Amazing Entrepreneurs Succeed In Tough Times
Jeffrey S. Davis and Mark Cohen on The 24-Hour Turnaround: How Amazing Entrepreneurs Succeed In Tough Times
In any type of business, there is one common goal: to steer the business toward success and aim for even greater heights. If your company already does this, you are on the right track. Enclosed in this AHAbook are valuable tips to consider in terms of leadership and management styles, strategic plans, and attitudes toward running a business lucratively. Furthermore, it enlightens and empowers business leaders to make real and quick changes by opening one’s self to new ideas while retaining the company’s traditional beliefs to overcome economic pressures and eventually stabilize, grow, and achieve business success.As a companion work to Jeffrey Davis's book entitled The 24-Hour Turnaround, this book contains 140 AHAmessages that serve as an inspirational and practical guide for business leaders or entrepreneurs who dream of achieving a successful business amidst the challenges of an uncertain economic market.Jeffrey Davis and Mark Cohen on The 24-Hour Turnaround is part of the THiNKaha series, whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out AHAmessages. Increase your online influence by picking up AHAthat and easily share quotes from this book on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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The Fundraising Rules
The Fundraising Rules
The Fundraising Rules is a very clear explanation of the startup fundraising process, written by a person who has been on both sides of the fundraising process as a venture capitalist, angel investor and venture-backed startup founder. This book will guide you through the fundraising process from planning your fundraising strategy, to creating pitch materials, to getting the meeting, to closing the deal. You can read more about Mark Peter Davis, the author, on his blog or follow him on twitter PEOPLE ARE SAYING:“THIS IS VERY CLEAR!” Julien Smith, NY Times Best Selling Author and Startup CEO“A practical guide from someone who has seen thousands of pitches - read it to get the inside track on how to get funded with the least amount of pain.”Jeff Bussgang, General Partner of Flybridge Capital Partners & Author of Mastering the VC Game“The Fundraising Rules should be required reading for entrepreneurs raising any round of capital. These tools will increase your odds of successfully getting funded, raising the right amount of money at the right valuation, and starting off the relationship with your investors in the best possible way.”Jed Katz, Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners, Co-Founder of &“This book is a clear step-by-step guide to the funding process and a great reference for founders preparing for that rite of passage.”Erick Schonfeld, Executive Producer at DEMO & Former Editor of TechCrunchA NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:Many of the world’s best entrepreneurs are bad at fundraising. At first, I didn’t understand why, since the skills used in fundraising are many of the same skills used to create businesses. Over time, however, the reason these athletes underperform became clear. They don’t possess a fundamental understanding of the fundraising process. They have the skills, but not the knowledge.My mission in writing this book is to illuminate the fundraising process so that engaging these venture capitalists is no longer like walking in the dark.I will provide a detailed account of both the key steps in fundraising and the rationale behind them. The information should help entrepreneurs see through the eyes of the venture capital investor, enabling them to better understand motivations of investors and how best to engage them.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Mark Peter Davis is a serial entrepreneur, community organizer and venture capitalist. He is the founder of Interplay Ventures and a Venture Partner at High Peaks Venture Partners and a co-founder of Venwise, Devspark, Founder Shield and several other companies.Mark is the author of a blog ( that addresses industry topics and offers guidance to entrepreneurs on how to raise venture capital. Mark is also an occasional contributor to a number of industry news services, including PE Hub, Mashable, OPENForum, Business Insider and

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