Thursday, March 14, 2019



Business executives out after being charged in college admissions scam - CNBC

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 10:16 AM PDT

Manuel Henriquez has resigned as CEO of Hercules Capital, and private equity firm TPG executive William McGlashan and Willkie Farr & Gallagher co-chairman Gordon Caplan have been placed on leave after they were accused in a scam to help their children get into top colleges.

The three were among 50 people charged in what investigators said was a $25 million bribery scam.

Henriquez, 55, resigned as chairman and CEO of his California-based venture capital firm, according to a company statement, which did not mention the admissions scheme. He was arrested in New York on Tuesday and released on $500,000 bail. Hercules' shares lost 8.9 percent after the arrest announcement, but were slightly higher on Wednesday.

McGlashan, 55, was placed on indefinite leave, TPG said. He managed TPG Growth, which has invested in companies including Airbnb, Spotify and Uber, and led TPG's Rise Fund, which is committed to investing for social and environmental good, according to the website.

"As a result of the charges of personal misconduct against Bill McGlashan, we have placed Mr. McGlashan on indefinite administrative leave effective immediately," TPG said in a statement. It said Jim Coulter, co-CEO of TPG, will be interim managing partner of TPG Growth and The Rise Fund.

Caplan, 52, of Greenwich Connecticut, was placed on indefinite leave, by Willkie Farr, according to reports. The New York-based law firm has 700 lawyers in 10 offices in six countries. Caplan allegedly paid $75,000 to have his daughter's test score changed. He was released on Tuesday on a $500,000 bond.

"I'm not worried about the moral issue here," Caplan said during a phone call that was cited in the indictment. "I'm worried about the — if she's caught doing that, you know, she's finished."

The University of Southern California also reportedly fired two athletic department employees — senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic — for allegedly taking bribes of more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help kids get in as athletic recruits.

Other business executives charged included Agustin Huneeus, head of Huneeus vineyard in Napa Valley, California; Douglas Hodge, a former CEO of Pimco; and Robert Zangrillo, CEO of Dragon Global, an investment company whose website says it's managed more than $1 billion in companies that have over $500 billion in market value today. The enterprises did not immediately respond to CNBC requests for comment.

William Singer, CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation who was identified as the leader of the scam, pleaded guilty to four charges Tuesday. Federal prosecutors said his business helped parents bribe college coaches to take their children without any athletic background and to help alter students' answers on SAT and ACT exams.

Prosecutors said Henriquez and his wife paid $400,000 in bribes to get their daughter into Georgetown and hired a cooperating witness to aid their other daughter with her standardized exam. The couple also allegedly bribed Georgetown's head tennis coach to designate their daughter as an athletic recruit. They were each released on $500,000 bond.

Hercules did not respond to CNBC request for comment.

McGlashan was charged with working with a college prep company to create a fraudulent athletic profile for this son in order to be recruited as an athlete at USC. He also allegedly funneled $50,000 in bribes into the nonprofit arm of the company to have a cooperating witness correct his son's wrong answers on the SAT exam, prosecutors said.

Justice Department officials said at a news conference on Tuesday it was the biggest college admissions scandal it has ever prosecuted.

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Amazon has been a business bulldozer, except in video - CNBC

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 07:40 AM PDT

Amazon's ability to connect content to commerce won over the Tolkien estate back in 2017, when the company bought the rights to a "Lord of the Rings" series. Unlike Netflix or HBO, Amazon can market its content within an Amazon search for merchandise. Already today, a search for "The Hobbit" doesn't just show you the book to buy, but it also gives you a chance to subscribe to watch the movie on Prime Video.

Amazon's next big splash could be sports, especially live sports programming. The company has already acquired some streaming rights to Thursday night football and Premier League games, but it has yet to land a huge exclusive sports rights deal.

That could change in the coming years as league rights to the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball come up for grabs. Professional sports leagues may initially be hesitant to sell their rights exclusively to a nontraditional player like Amazon, but the potential to make a bigger profit may make the option more appealing.

"Amazon looks at content creation through a very different lens than a traditional media company," said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG. "A traditional media company is, 'Well, how much advertising can I generate from this?' Amazon, the first thing when they talked about the NFL, the number one metric they were looking at is 'new to Prime,' meaning new people that have come into the Prime ecosystem because those are people that spend a lot more over the year than people that are not part of the Prime ecosystem."

The bigger battle, beyond just content, could be ownership of the home. Seamlessly connecting the Amazon Echo to TVs and mobile devices could revolutionize how people find shows and movies. So far, Amazon and Apple haven't really gone toe to toe. But as Apple gets into original content too, that competition is coming.

This Boss Is Making Race Relations a Business Matter - The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 04:42 PM PDT

After Botham Jean, a 26-year-old PricewaterhouseCoopers senior associate, was shot to death by an off-duty police officer while watching football in his Dallas apartment last September, PwC U.S. Chairman Tim Ryan emailed a missive with simple instructions to the firm's 50,000 employees:

Talk. And then talk some more.

"It is important that...

KonMari Principles Are Great for Business, Too - Inc.

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 02:18 PM PDT

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Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm with her tips on organizing clutter and cleansing your space. But it's not just for your home - your work needs her just ...

Why space is becoming a dangerous place to do business - CNN

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 01:09 PM PDT

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New York (CNN Business) Internet startup OneWeb has plans to deploy hundreds of new satellites into Earth's orbit, and CEO Greg Wyler wants to make sure it's ...

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