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James Dondero Brings Hippos Back to Dallas:

Posted on 16 August, 2017  in Uncategorized

Hippos are once again a featured animal at the Dallas Zoo. One of the men responsible for their return is someone very familiar to people in the Dallas-Fort Worth community when it comes to giving back. It’s James Dondero.

Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. He and his company give an estimated $3 million a year to various charitable organizations around the city. One of those donations went to the new hippo exhibit at the zoo, and it totaled one million dollars. This money went to the construction of a nearly 4,500 square foot lodge next to the hippo exhibit that can be used for educational displays and to host events.

In all, the hippo exhibit cost $14 million and took four years to make it a reality. The hippos can frolic in a 120,000 water tank that also has an 8×24 viewing window, allowing zoo visitors to get an up close and personal view of the animals. This marks the first time the Dallas Zoo has been home to hippos since 2001. The two in this new enclosure — Adhama and Biopelo — came to the Dallas Zoo from the Albuquerque Bio Park.

James Dondero has more than 30 years worth of experience in the field of credit and equity markets. He formed Highland Capital Management in 1993. Before that, he was a bond manager at American Express and the Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life. Dondero has donated money in the past to SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Uplift Education, and the Perot Museum of Natural Science.



Now, I have to learn the Cloud too?

Posted on 9 November, 2015  in Uncategorized

As if the internet was not a big enough change for Americans that grew up without such technology like us Gen X’ers, but now I have to worry about the cloud, and all the apprehension I had about moving business onto the Web came back in startling fashion. Initially, I had fears about security on the Web. In most cases, I was correct because personal and business information is syphoned from the Web and sold through various legal and non-legal channels as well as some government sanctioned and governmental activities in this realm. The competition can peruse your website and replicate even intricate marketing techniques that have been pioneered and kept proprietary for many decades, or they could just hack your system and sack or sabotage your entire Web-based business.

I also know like the Web, the cloud cannot be ignored. I needed cyber security on the Web, and I want to research those same options with the cloud before I employ the cloud in any form into my business. The learning curve alone will mean many companies will not be able to employ the advancements the cloud will imbue on Web business and business in general. For many people this sounds exclusionary, but for me, it means playing in a space that has limited participation by the competition, employing those advancements as an edge against the competition to grow my business, increasing profits, and squeezing or eliminating some of my competitors.

It could really be a beautiful thing, but it has to be secure. There also has to be some guidance for businesses newly utilizing cloud technology in the form of a web application or service because individuals with this knowledge will be increasingly valuable until the point at which their services will be exclusionary to many businesses’ budgets. Additionally, a service of this type could prevent me from having to utilize another person or business at all. This saves much time, and time really is money, but this type of entity would have to be available for me to access cloud technologies and capabilities, and this company would have to be backed by credible entities.

However, it does exist in the form of a company called CipherCloud, and it is as if they read my rant and acted on it. They are a cyber or Web security company, but they have very refined and particular cloud capabilities that are driven toward bringing businesses and individuals onboard the cloud with particular proficiency. This company allows me the security, but with many other services that are necessary like risk assessment and usage assessment for application discovery. How great is that? It acknowledges the risk of the new cloud technology and offers a succinct solution, and this is only a small portion of their services.