Archive for July, 2015

A Lifetime of Literature: Jaime Garcia Dias

Jaime Garcia Dias (LinkedIn) has been an important force in Brazilian literature for thirty years. The son of Arnaldo Dias, a writer and journalist, and Dulce Garcia Dias, an architect, Jaime Garcia Dias wrote his first book at the age of fifteen.
His love for literature did not wane. He studied Letters in college, then, at age 23, became a teacher at the Carioca Literature Academy. His students were mostly teenagers who intended to study Literature upon graduation. After teaching there 5 years, he was elected Vice President of the Academy in 1997.
All the while, he continued writing and publishing fiction novels. By the time he was 30, he had more than 10 books published. In 2001, he won his first major award, the White Crane. This catapulted his book The Novel Fell From Heaven to the international stage. It sold well throughout South America and was honored at the Latino Books Meeting in 2003 by the Argentine writer Joshua Gomez.
His writing career did not diminish his dedication to education and the study of literature. In 2007, he was elected the president of the Carioca Literature Academy. Under his guidance, this school became the largest space dedicated to Brazilian writers.
To date, Jaime Garcia Dias (Twitter) has published 20 books, five of which have won awards. In July of 2015, he received the ABC Award from Brazil Fictional Literature. At 45 years old, he is one of Brazil’s premiere writers.
His latest work is a collection of personal essays. From 2013-2015, he published chronicles in a weekly journal, Jornal do Brasil. Many of these works center on themes from his childhood. He has now gathered them and is publishing them as a collection. This collection, Chronicles that Made Me a Man, is a tribute to his late father, whose collection of books and love of writing inspires Garcia Dias to this day.

FreedomPop Attracts New Investment for Data-based Plans

The cost of a monthly wireless plan can be expensive with the average customer paying anywhere from an average of $40 to $55 per month from a nationally recognized carrier, Fortune reports. However, FreedomPop has recently been attracting a large amount of attention for the way it is slowly changing the way the people of the US get their data, text and talk services from major carriers across the US and soon countries across the world.

FreedomPop has recently entered into its second round of major investment since it was established in 2012 and has in total received almost $50 million in investments over its short lifespan. The basic business plan for FreedomPop has been to buy large chunks of data from major wireless networks and provide capped levels of data, text and talk services for free over the course of a month. Customers can choose to increase their plan levels for a small fee or pay for any overage in data, text or talk that occurs over the course of a month.

Many major wireless providers are thought to be unhappy with the business model created by FreedomPop, who negotiated wholesale data prices with providers who have large amounts of free space and unused data available each month. FreedomPop uses an app to convert data into text and talk options for customers and has stitched together national coverage using various different providers. FreedomPop returns an average revenue per customer of between $7 and $7.50 per month, which it hopes to grow to around $15 per month in the future. A number of bids and negotiations over a sale or merger have been abandoned in favor of a major round of investment reaching around $30 million for the Los Angeles based startup.

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