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How to represent and protect minority investors against intentional wrongs in crowdfunding companies

The global financial crisis of 2008 was considered the most devastating financial crisis since the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929. The Eurozone crisis started in 2009, when Spain, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Portugal failed to provide their economies with, among other things, enough growth. These led to a dire liquidity crisis as banks, venture capitalists and angel investors became very hesitant about investing money in new companies. Start-ups were forced to seek out alternative funding mechanisms. This supported the growth of the modern-day Internet crowdfunding platforms first for donations, then loans and subsequently for equity.

January 20, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Virtual reality will give parents a host of new challenges

Last night I toured two cities in Latvia and stood on a sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil, watching people walk by on a sunny afternoon. I turned around at one point to notice several people coming behind me. I hadn’t heard them. After they passed, I stared into the deep blue sky, then looked down to examine cracks in the concrete.

January 17, 2016 | Jay Evensen Deseret News | Other Views


Dumping your bad day on the clerk nearest you

For the first time, everyone at my house is employed. One daughter works at sports venues selling concessions and the other works at a local store.

January 12, 2016 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


The Tzu-Chi Foundation helps victims retain dignity after natural disasters

Tzu-Chi is a Buddhist humanitarian aid foundation that has helped the world through many of its greatest hardships since its start in Taiwan in 1966. Its support in some of the U.S.’s most recent tragedies has been vital to our recovery. For example, on Sept. 11, 2001, only three charity organizations were allowed on ground zero: the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and Tzu-Chi.

January 06, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Uber and the growing sharing economy

Uber’s takeover of the “I need a ride” industry can be compared to Amazon’s takeover of the “I want to buy something” industry. Some love it, some hate it, but like it or not, it’s happening. Uber’s success is indicative of a new employment movement sweeping the globe: the sharing economy.

January 03, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Aiding the last mile — a good bet on health for Africa

“We as people are not defined by the crises that strike our lives; we are defined by how we respond to them.”

December 31, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


The life of A.J. Muste and trying to be a better Christian

I’m not a very good Christian, but I wish I was a better one, and toward that end I’ve been studying the life of A.J. Muste. I never met him — he died in 1967 — and I don’t ultimately share his left-wing, pacifist views, but my admiration for him continues to grow.

December 29, 2015 | David Blankenhorn Deseret News | Other Views


Too old for Santa, but not ready to be left out of Christmas giving

Santa's got enough on his hands without worrying about them. The adults in their lives often can't do much to help them. And programs that reach out to the needy with gifts and supplies during the holidays usually have a carve-out that specifically excludes them.

December 20, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Good news on poverty reduction worldwide

In the first week of November 2015, Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, reported that the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is projected to fall to around 9.6 percent by the end of this year. While this is excellent news, and mostly due to Chinese economic growth, the fact remains that not all countries have recorded their poverty data reliably during the past two decades. In October, the United Nations agreed upon 17 sustainable development goals, beginning with the desire to "end poverty, in all its forms, everywhere."

December 18, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


The best and worst Christmas music for your playlist

Stars are shining, sleigh bells ringing, carolers singing -- it's officially Christmas music time! (Just ignore that you have been hearing it since Labor Day.)

December 14, 2015 | Davison Cheney FamilyShare | Other Views


While we fight over the Christmas spirit, Christians are dying

Americans have a great ability to get lost in the forest of meaningless trivialities, missing things on the horizon that truly matter. Now that December has come, the forest is getting thick, indeed.

December 08, 2015 | Jay Evensen Deseret News | Other Views


Forging bonds in a season of family

The greatest joy of this long stretch of holidays that starts with the turkey on Thanksgiving and continues to the New Year for me is the opportunity to gather with family — both the one I was born into and adore and the one I built from the heart up.

December 02, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Many potential college students are not going to university partly because of fear of debt.

Clearly, there can be problems when students and their families take on too much debt to pay for school. But the pendulum has swung too far. Many potential college students are not going to university, forever hindering themselves, partly because of fear of debt.

December 02, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


27 things you are taking for granted but should be crazy grateful for

1. The moment you finally sneeze.

December 01, 2015 | Alexandra Crafton FamilyShare | Other Views


'Pay for success' — when government, private and community interests align

Not all government policies are as effective as intended. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including failure to thoroughly research a policy’s consequences or a misunderstanding about which people will be affected. Often policies are proposed based on stories and anecdotes rather than data, or no measurable goals are proposed to accompany a policy. In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country.

November 30, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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Credit cards: Love them and hate them

This is a positive take on credit cards. You don’t see those very often. Everyone wants to dump on debt, and there are reasons ...

April 27, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Dramatic rise in child abductions by the Lord's Resistance Army signals terrorist group's resurgence

A new report released earlier this month notes that the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel terrorist group from northern Uganda, has abducted 217 people ...

April 10, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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