Alok Tandon

Solutions Architect

Alok Tandon is a senior professional with expertise in creative problem-solving and business strategy. He is often called upon to construct and lead complex technological implementations while negotiating business process improvements with each stakeholder. Mr. Tandon is a business strategist fluent in technological jargon; and a technologist with a successful track record in all aspects of a business – from sales, marketing, & branding to operations and finance. As a management consultant, Mr. Tandon specializes in business analysis, process re-engineering, product/project management, dash boarding, and technology architecture for clients cross-industry. His client engagements include commodities, derivatives, media & entertainment, international development, peacekeeping, and startups.

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Management Consultant. Investor. Entrepreneur. Startup Advisor. Technologist. Sci-Fi Enthusiast. Audiophile. Peacekeeper. Diplomat. 

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creestalbreeze:

A young woman was restrained, force-fed and injected with cosmetics in a high street shop window as part of a hard-hitting protest against animal testing.

Jacqueline Traide was tortured in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers in a bid to raise awareness and end the practise.

The 24-year-old endured 10 hours of experiments, which included having her hair shaved and irritants squirted in her eyes, as part of a worldwide campaign by Lush Cosmetics and The Humane Society.

The disturbing stunt took place in Lush’s Regent Street store, one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.

Jacqueline appeared genuinely terrified as she was pinned down on a bench and had her mouth stretched open with two metal hooks while a man in a white coat force-fed her until she choked and gagged.

The artist was also injected with numerous needles, had her skin braised and lotions and creams smeared across her face.

Passers-by were gobsmacked to see Jacqueline, a social sculpture student at Oxford Brookes University, forced to have a section of her head shaved.

The gruesome spectacle aimed to highlight the cruelty inflicted on animals during cosmetic laboratory tests and raise awareness that animal testing is still a common practise.

The Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have joined forces to launch the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in over 700 Lush Ltd shops across forty-seven countries including the United States, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.

Lush campaign manager Tamsin Omond said: “The ironic thing is that if it was a beagle in the window and we were doing all these things to it, we’d have the police and RSPCA here in minutes.

“But somewhere in the world, this kind of thing is happening to an animal every few seconds on average.

“The difference is, it’s normally hidden. We need to remind people it is still going on.”

For more information about the campaign, visit www.fightinganimaltesting.com

I HOPE EVERYONE READS THIS AND REBLOGS IT!

That’s a pretty strong statement. Kudos to Lush and the people behind the campaign. I hope she doesn’t have to do it in every country!

humansofnewyork:

“We met at a party fifty years ago. He’d just drank a yard of ale when I met him. Do you have that expression here— ‘yard of ale?’ It’s when you pour a pint of ale down a tube, straight into your throat. Anyway, he was feeling quite good. He called me ‘funny face’ that night. And he’s called me ‘funny face’ ever since. We stayed at the party so late that we missed the last bus, and on the walk home we planned our honeymoon.”

A Yard of Love

humansofnewyork:

"If they raise the subway fare one more time, I’m going to explode. I’m making nine dollars an hour. I walk home three hours from work every day to save that $2.50, because that’s a half gallon of milk for me and my daughter. And every time they raise the fare, they have a ‘hearing.’ But they aren’t hearing anything. It’s a fucking joke. If you go to one of those ‘hearings,’ every single person stands up and says: ‘Don’t raise the fare.’ Then they raise it anyway. Oh man, it burns me up. ‘We need the money,’ they say, ‘America is hurting.’ That’s bullshit! If I see one more TV program bragging about multimillion dollar homes I’m gonna scream. How about a fucking TV program that shows me if there is anywhere in this city that I can fucking afford to live anymore. I’m sorry, but it’s burning me up."

humansofnewyork:

"I went to work with a fever one day, and I was trying to pull out a screw when the crowbar dislodged and hit me across the face. Two days later, I started to see a pink spray behind my right eye. They tried many surgeries, but over two months, my vision slowly faded to nothing until I was completely blind in the eye. My balance was ruined. I felt dizzy. I could barely walk. I spent $16,000 on surgeries, and then the hospital sued me for $40,000, even though they failed to save my eye. I was so sad and angry at myself, that I did nothing for a year and a half. I lost my house, my car, everything. Then one day, my friend said to me that he had an important job for me to do. And it was a very small job, but he gave me $1,000. He knew I wouldn’t take charity, so this was his way of giving me charity— overpaying me for a job. That was the way he was— Atilla Tetik is his name, from Long Island. And even though the $1,000 was a big help, seeing that I could finish a job made me feel powerful. And I immediately started working again."

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

Mark Twain

The Next Generation of Investors

Bear with me as this is my first ever real blog post.  Usually, I just submit a link to an article or quote with a few words on my FB wall; but this year, at the request of many of my close friends, I will try to expound on thoughts, themes, and trends I’ve been noticing over the past few years.

One topic that has been coming up on the web is about Millennials and their view of the future.

UBS Wealth Management released a report this quarter about how Millennials view investing, finances, and success.  Though much has been written by bloggers and pundits about what this mysterious generation thinks, wants, or does - the common theme in terms of investing and prospects for the future can be summed up as: “wary” or “conservative”.

This generation, currently between the ages of 21-36, has weathered an major financial crisis as they have entered the workforce.  They’ve either seen offers rescinded, depressed wages, or had to witness their parents’ financial difficulties.  The Millennial generation is also a generation that were in their teens when the war on terror began on 9/11/2001.  So for a large part of their early adulthood, they’ve experienced a world so volatile and dangerous that is has shaped a much different view of the future than previous generations at their age.

Though the Baby Boomers and WWII generation (aka The Greatest Generation), experienced immense societal upheaval and discord; it is the Millennial generation that has been through relatively difficult events in an era of rapid technological development and adoption.  Millennials are definitely standing on the shoulders of previous generations, but as they do and with more information at their fingertips their views on life, success, and wealth are quite different.

Take for instance that Millennials are the most indebted generation with over USD $1Trillion in student loans and as of November 2013, 7.3% unemployment rate.  Given this information, coupled with the aforementioned experiences with a world in turmoil and conflict, it’s not surprising the results of the UBS report, outlined below:

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This increase in Cash and decrease in Stocks, correlates with some other research I’ve come across about the nature of individual investors post-Great Recession.  The fact is that though the markets have been soaring in the past few years since the Crash, the number of individual participants has remained low.  Valuations have been up, but unemployment still is weighing on growth (Q4 2013 GDP Figures just came in at 3.2% and 1.9% for all of 2013).

Another reason is that Millennials are extremely distrusting of corporations since the Crisis revealed so many shady and unethical practices by major banks and corporations.  This is a generation that will not choose to work for an employer based on their social impact and policies.

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Their financials ambitions with the market and investing have been tempered and made more realistic.

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And their distrust of 3rd Party advisors is apparent.  They prefer advice from trusted recommenders.

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As the probably the most indebted generation, the answer to this survey question is no surprise.  

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And because they’ve seen many people’s life-savings and 401K’s decimated, they know they have to put in the time and effort to be successful.  Recently, I read that this is also one of the most frugal generations - I’m sure that is debatable, but I can see merits of that argument given the answers to the next question about Definition of Success.

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It seems all the events from the 90’s to now, witnessed by Millennials, has made them ambitious, but shaped their worldly pursuits to be less materialistic and more experiential and intangible.  Emotional Well-Being tops the list, followed by Experiential pursuits, with Financial success coming in a significant 3rd.

This all makes sense.  There certainly are those that want to pursue a Gordon Gekko life-style, but ultimately, as we are speaking in vague terms of generations, these Millennials seem to need financial wealth only to live a full life.  When asked what income is considered successful, Millennials averaged $220K, which was pretty close to each of the other generations which ranged from $205K to $256K.  It is unclear if this was inflation adjusted, but let’s assume so.  When asked what income would make them notably happier, all other generations came in at around USD $2M, while Millennials overwhelmingly (80%) stated USD $1M.

Given their conservatism as highlighted in the UBS charts, these figures about well-being and wealth definitely suggest that Millennials are driven by the quality of their assets as opposed to their quantity.  In addition, they are redefining what assets mean to them to include happiness factors such as a good home, strong relationships, and trying out different paths.  This last part is evident at any Millennial resume you read - it’s unlikely folks in this generation will keep a job for more than two years.

I happen to be at the cusp of the Millennial generation, so some of UBS’ finds don’t surprise me at all.  And while I can’t speak for my whole generation, I can say that I’m excited to see how we will impact our world.

Of course, much of the Millennial reports and surveys mostly target the US population, but from all my travels, I’ve seen many of these trends translate well in other cultures.  In emerging markets like India and China, where choice in educational path, growing middle classes, and increased access to information, have all brought similar opportunities and social shifts.  I’ve also seen a more tolerate and activist generation across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where I had the opportunity to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

Let’s see what happens with this generation.

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