Pop Financials http://popfinancials.com Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:09:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Did you know that Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung Have Access To Your Facebook Personal Data? http://popfinancials.com/business/did-you-know-that-amazon-apple-microsoft-and-samsung-have-access-to-your-facebook-personal-data http://popfinancials.com/business/did-you-know-that-amazon-apple-microsoft-and-samsung-have-access-to-your-facebook-personal-data#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:27:41 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=23198 Ever since the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal exploded more than a few months ago, billions of Facebook users all over the world get worried about the privacy of their sensitive, personal data. Many users expressed their woes regarding their private information being hacked and used by third parties.

While Mark Zuckerberg’s team ensured the public that their customer’s information is now secured, the recent New York Times report revealed that most phone device makers have access to sensitive data of you and your friends like their political affiliation, relationship status, and religion.

The Deal

Facebook confirmed that it entered into data-sharing agreements with over 60 companies and device makers, which are still in effect as of this writing. Many giant companies such as Amazon, Samsung, and Apple partnered with Facebook for the past decade.

The said agreement grants the device makers to access the data of a particular user’s friends, even after Facebook reiterated that they would not share such sensitive data to the public.

the issue of data sharing was first reported as early as 2012, according to the New York Times

The Former Head for Facebook’s Privacy Compliance, Sandy Parakilas stated that data-sharing issue was flagged as an internal privacy issue before.

She thought Facebook had long disabled or omitted the data-sharing feature. So it’s shocking for her to discover that this practice still continues six years later, contradicting Zuckerberg’s testimony that all friends permission has been disabled during his testimony to the Congress.

The CA Scandal

Last April 10, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in a rare US Senate joint committee in response to their subpoena to tackle the Cambridge Analytica Scandal that jeopardized more than 87 million users’ accounts and data worldwide. The said data was allegedly used to influence the US 2016 Elections that led to the victory of President Donald Trump.

The loss of trust from some of its investors and users triggered Facebook’s stocks to plummet in light of the CA data breach issue. Despite the giant social media network’s assurance that they already cut their ties with CA and took their Facebook page down when they discovered their true purpose of collecting data. Facebook also denied the data was used to influence Trump’s campaign.

The Senate summoned Mark to confirm whether the other 2 billion users may have had their sensitive information skimmed by these “malicious actors.” In the year 2014, Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook had started revoking the app developer’s access rights to user friend’s data like their names, birthdays, religious or political inclination. However, they admitted the device makers still had access to the data.

Facebook’s Defense

Facebook released a statement in response to the said report and denies that any information belonging to a user’s set of friends were shared without the users’ explicit consent. The company’s vice president for product partnership, Ime Archibong, published a blog post responding to NYT’s report. He stated that granting these devices to access Facebook were made as a feature before the emergence of standard operating systems and app stores.

Archibong also said that the rise of Android and iOS usage meant that few people are now using the bespoken Facebook experiences, which lead the company to end such agreements last April 22.

Furthermore, he claimed that such access to data was only intended to improve “Facebook-like experiences”. Contrary to what the New York Times claimed, he stated that device makers cannot, in any way, access the users’ sensitive data, photos, and even location.

Unless these Facebook users specifically granted their devices and the access rights. So far, Facebook hasn’t noted any hints of abuse or privacy invasion committed by these companies, Archibong said.

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Man Vs. Machine: Human Cruelty Revealed as People Kick Robots http://popfinancials.com/business/man-vs-machine-human-cruelty-revealed-as-people-kick-robots http://popfinancials.com/business/man-vs-machine-human-cruelty-revealed-as-people-kick-robots#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:15:40 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=23205 Starship Technologies, considered world leaders when it comes to the building of autonomous food delivery robots, have revealed that people are kicking its machines. The story has been discussed at length on a number of social media platforms as people try to decipher what prompts human cruelty.

The company, Starship Technologies, was established in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Fris with the aim of reaching out to the world. The company specializes in the making of 22-inch tall robots that can comfortably roll along pavements at 4mph to deliver food to people.

Starship Technologies seem to be raring to go. Recently, they have raised $25 million and appointed Lex Bayer, an Airbnb veteran, as the new CEO

Heinla shared that while the general attitude portrayed by humans to robots was impressive. There are quite a handy number of individuals who don’t find robots charming and actually despise them. Heinla commented that some individuals pass by a robot and kick it a bit in the process. He shared that despite the kicking-habit being a vice, he was unbothered because people are known to have anger management issues and robots are usually left unperturbed afterward.

He made it known that he was not really stressed out about individuals possibly inflicting serious damage to the machines. He shared that anyone who would attempt to give the robots a real kicking would be tracked down because the robots come configured with nine cameras, sirens and tracking devices that can point out one’s location with great accuracy.

Good News

The positive from all this is that most people who encounter the machines tend to respond positively to them

A spokesperson for Starship Technologies revealed that out of 15 million people who have encountered the robots, about 80% of them ignored them while a vast majority of interactions were “extremely positive.”

Incredibly, the news of individuals abusing robots is not a new concept. A study conducted in 2015 showed that when a robot is placed in a Japanese shopping mall when few people are around, children displayed “anti-social behavior” towards the robot. The study found that people were likely to be mean to the robot by blocking its pathway, name calling and violently inflicting harm on the machines.

With the rapid evolution of technology, analysts have focused most of their attention on highlighting all the merits and demerits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in human society. This latest finding on human cruelty towards robots is likely to have people contemplating alternate scenarios and ramifications should these robots acquire consciousness.

Future

The company has established itself to be far-reaching in the country. At present, employees residing on Intuit’s Mountain View campus can now easily order snacks, drinks or meals for delivery an anywhere on the lush 4.3-acre grounds. With the human condition being well documented, an international team of researchers is hard at work to reverse the negative perception individuals may exhibit when handling robots.

They have developed Shelly, a turtle-like cyborg that helps kids learn how to handle machines and avoid abusing androids. The tortoise-shaped toy is quite handy since kids can play with it, light it up and dance with it until someone presses it too hard or hits it. Intelligently, the creature is designed to retreat it’s head, arms, and legs back to its shell whenever it senses any danger. Once the danger is gone, it makes its way out of the shell.

While starting early a great way to teach humans, children are not the only ones who have had difficulty when it comes to dealing with technology. Last year, Hidden Brain, an NPR podcast tackled the question on whether machines could fundamentally change how machines could ultimately change the nature of human interaction.

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Netflix Renewed 13 Reasons Why for a Third Season! http://popfinancials.com/business/netflix-renewed-13-reasons-why-for-a-third-season http://popfinancials.com/business/netflix-renewed-13-reasons-why-for-a-third-season#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:17:12 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=23118 The phenomenal hit 13 Reasons Why tv series has been renewed by Netflix for a Third season, according to BuzzFeed last Wednesday. The great news comes shortly after the Second Season premiered last month. Note: Make sure you’ve watched the first two seasons first before reading this article as it may contain major spoilers.

Where it Left Off

Season 3 will continue with everyone dealing with the fallout of Hannah’s suicide. Her parents, Andy Baker (Brian d’Arcy James) and Olivia Baker (played by Kate Walsh), sued the Liberty High School for their negligence.

This put many students in a tight spot that caused them to recall the events of Hannah’s life and eventual death. Her classmates reminisced about her struggles, especially the toll it took on her when her parents got separated and were no longer living together.

The phenomenal tv series 13 Reasons Why was based on the bestselling book written by Jay Asher, of the same title

Meanwhile, Jessica Davis (played by Alisha Boe) also struggled with being mauled, which led her to report Bryce Walker (played by Justin Prentice) to the police. Walker then got arrested and sentenced with three months probation. Unfortunately, Jessica’s ex-boyfriend named Justin Foley(played by Brandon Flynn) was also involved in the crime by being an accessory. He also got arrested and demanded to serve for one month in a juvenile detention center.

A Controversial Renewal

Brian Yorkey will continue to lead as the series’ showrunner and will also executive produce the show along with Joy Gorman, Kristel Laiblin, Mandy Teefey, Selena Gomez, Steve Golin, and Tom McCarthy. Reed Hastings, the Netflix CEO, explained the controversial decision to bring back the show during the company’s shareholders’ meeting. He says that while the show remains controversial, nobody has to watch it.

The Season 3 Production will start in late 2018, so its loyal fans and viewers can expect the season to start streaming in 2019 according to Netflix

Meanwhile, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will also produce the Season 3. The new season will contain 13 episodes, like the previous two seasons. Last May 25, Katherine Langford announced on her Instagram post that she won’t likely return to the show, just a week after the show premiered Season 2.

Thankful for the Opportunity

Image Caption: Katherine shared a photo of a board with Hannah Baker’s name as well as the messages they left for her. She also said how she was going to miss playing her role, but heavily hinted she won’t be returning for the upcoming season.

Katherine shared how she was grateful for 13 Reasons Why for giving her an opportunity to land her first ever job as an actress. She’s also thankful she’s able to tell Hannah’s story in season 1, and even more ecstatic when asked to be back for season 2.

She also expressed how the show would always have a special part in her life, regardless if Hannah would be there or not. Her role in 13 Reasons Why drives her to strive harder, and do her work more diligently to create a positive impact in whatever she does, whether in music, film or other forms of art.

Predictions for Season 3

While nothing is confirmed for season 3 yet (like the plot details, cast members, and narrative views), the fans speculated that the aftermath of Tyler Down’s (played by Devin Druid) assault at Monty de la Cruz (played by Timothy Granaderos) may also play a huge part of the narrative.

Meanwhile, the fans are interested to see how Chloe Rice (played by Anne Winters) copes up with her pregnancy crisis when her current boyfriend Bryce Walker just got convicted of assault against Jessica Davis.

At the last scene of the season 2, Clay was seen holding the weapon Tyler used for attempted school-shooting. While she was able to calm him down, will he be blamed and get sanctioned for bringing a dangerous weapon inside school premises? These are just some of the questions most fans want to be answered in the upcoming third season.

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Famosos que bajaron demasiado de peso, ¿creerías que varios se han hecho cirugía de banda gástrica? http://popfinancials.com/insurance/famosos-bajaron-de-peso-cirugia-gastrica-mobile http://popfinancials.com/insurance/famosos-bajaron-de-peso-cirugia-gastrica-mobile#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:15:56 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=23130 Existen varios procedimientos para perder peso, pero queremos descubrir cuáles son los que en realidad sirven. ¿Llevar un recuento de las calorías, disminuir el consumo de carbohidratos y consumir alimentos bajos en grasa de verdad funciona para bajar bastante de peso? Seguramente no, por eso investigamos qué hacen actualmente los famosos para deshacerse de esos kilos extra. Unos se valen de cirugías para perder peso como la de banda gástrica, bypass gástrico o liposucción para disminuir su nivel de grasa corporal, algunos prefieren cambiar drásticamente sus hábitos de alimentación y empezar a ejercitarse. ¡Seguramente tu opinión sobre tus kilos extra cambiará! ¿Cuánto bajaron realmente de peso?, ¿y mantuvieron su peso delgado o más tarde triplicaron su tamaño?

¡Ojeemos a estos famosos y su viaje de rellenitos a saludables!

Con el #3 quedarás totalmente impactado. ¡CLIQUEA EN “SIGUIENTE” PARA INICIAR!

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Famosos que bajaron demasiado de peso, ¿creerías que varios se han hecho cirugía de banda gástrica? http://popfinancials.com/insurance/famosos-bajaron-de-peso-cirugia-gastrica-latam-mobile http://popfinancials.com/insurance/famosos-bajaron-de-peso-cirugia-gastrica-latam-mobile#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:09:41 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=23127 Existen varios procedimientos para perder peso, pero queremos descubrir cuáles son los que en realidad sirven. ¿Llevar un recuento de las calorías, disminuir el consumo de carbohidratos y consumir alimentos bajos en grasa de verdad funciona para bajar bastante de peso? Seguramente no, por eso investigamos qué hacen actualmente los famosos para deshacerse de esos kilos extra. Unos se valen de cirugías para perder peso como la de banda gástrica, bypass gástrico o liposucción para disminuir su nivel de grasa corporal, algunos prefieren cambiar drásticamente sus hábitos de alimentación y empezar a ejercitarse. ¡Seguramente tu opinión sobre tus kilos extra cambiará! ¿Cuánto bajaron realmente de peso?, ¿y mantuvieron su peso delgado o más tarde triplicaron su tamaño?

¡Ojeemos a estos famosos y su viaje de rellenitos a saludables!

Con el #3 quedarás totalmente impactado. ¡CLIQUEA EN “SIGUIENTE” PARA INICIAR!

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Other than making monetary payments, ZTE has been put to task to implement changes to its management and present those changes for closer examination by the US compliance team. Ross shared that he believes that with this settlement was going to be effective after it brought down the $17 billion company to its knees, and almost put them out of business. He further added that their suggestions for new management and board would serve as a great deterrent for any potential bad actors.

In the deal, ZTE will need to pay an additional $1 billion fine and place $400 million in escrow in case the company goes in violation of the sanctions again

The deal puts an end to a tense period of negotiations between the US and Chinese governments with regards to matters on the telecom equipment maker. Initially, the US had placed sanctions on ZTE for selling goods with US parts into Iran and North Korea. Given the fact that the two nations currently have sanctions in place at the moment, ZTE had broken the law.

Once the Commerce Department determined that ZTE had not abided by the original sanctions, the tech company was hit with an even harsher penalty by being refused the right to buy US parts. The penalty served as a major blow to the tech company because they are heavily reliant on US-made parts in order for them to stay in business.

Review

Some Trump administration officials had attempted to frame the ZTE sanctions as an entirely separate national security issue before the president stepped into the arena to pull the discussions into the broader talks over trade.

Incredibly, following the deal, the Trump administration has come under fire from lawmakers in both parties who have raised national security concerns about ZTE. US intelligence agencies and other countries are said to be in opposition to the move too.

According to Peter Navarro, who serves in close proximity to the president in a number of roles as an assistant, director of trade and industrial policy, plus as a director of the White House National Trade Council, US President Donald Trump executed the deal as a favor to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

In May, phones manufactured by ZTE were banned by the Pentagon for sale in military bases due to security concerns raised

When quizzed by reporters about his take on President Trump’s  decision to lift sanctions against the Chinese telecom company ZTE after it had acted in violation of sanctions, despite Iran and North Korea being two nations considered as national security risks, Navarro cited that Wilbur Ross would be better placed to respond to those matters in detail.

Decision

At present, analysts believe that the US president is hopeful that his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping returns the favor in a yet to be disclosed fashion. US companies have been quick to bemoan the fact that they have been locked out of the Chinese market when it comes to exploring investment ideas. Those who are able to do so are required to entire into joint ventures with local companies and expose their trade secrets to them.

Many are hopeful that if either of these restrictions could be done away with, then this would represent a significant change of tact and be recorded as a win for the USA. Having made claims to suggest that he is an excellent negotiator and people-reader, President Trump will be hopeful that Xi Jinping responds in kind to confirm his assertions.

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Most Memorable Moments In FIFA World Cup History http://popfinancials.com/career/most-memorable-moments-in-fifa-world-cup-history http://popfinancials.com/career/most-memorable-moments-in-fifa-world-cup-history#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:22:45 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=21882 Football fans around the globe are in for a great treat this summer, with 32 best teams meeting for the FIFA World Cup in June and July 2018. Social media are already abuzz with expectation of the great football event, and companies worldwide compete for their social media marketing share. As one of the most popular sporting events, World Cup has been collecting true gems over the years. Organized every four years since 1930, it has a long legacy and saw some of the greatest footballers and sides in the history. With remarkable and memorable moments in abundance, we’ve now shortlisted our favorite scenes that have marked the eras behind us – from controversy to chills that only such a big competitions can give, let’s rewind and get ready for the trip to Russia.

The African Wonder, 1990

When Central African country Cameroon made it to the 1990 World Cup in Italy, many were shocked. People didn’t believe they could make an impact and disregarded their skills. However, fans were in for a great treat as the Cameroonians beat Argentina by 1-0, where a single goal was enough to beat the World Cup 1986 title and create one of the finest moments in African football history. The African team not only gained mileage but also a lot of money, we assume.

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History Being Made as First Native American Congresswoman Almost Ready to Assume Office http://popfinancials.com/career/history-being-made-as-first-native-american-congresswoman-almost-ready-to-assume-office http://popfinancials.com/career/history-being-made-as-first-native-american-congresswoman-almost-ready-to-assume-office#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:05:20 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=22964 Last week on Tuesday, history was made as Deb Halland, a Native American woman, emerged victorious in the Democratic primary in New Mexico. The district has traditionally been under Democratic leadership since 2009. During the 2016 election, the district voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, by a 17-point margin.

All through the state, Native Americans from Washington state to Oklahoma filled the streets in celebration of the landmark moment in US political history. Haaland was able to trounce quite a number of mainly Hispanic candidates in the race. Notably, the feat comes almost 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy won South Dakota’s Democratic presidential primary all thanks to the Native American vote on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservations.

Interestingly, the district is known for having a low percentage of North Americans compared to rest of the country

Speaking after her victory, Haaland shared that she credited her victory to the movement of North Americans voting sparked during Kennedy’s campaign. She also referenced that her 15-year efforts working as an organizer registering such voters could have helped tide the fortunes her way.

She mentioned that the Native vote has been instrumental in helping a number of candidates conjure up victories because of the manner in which the voting block can sway statewide elections. She opined that if Native Americans keep working hard to come out in large numbers and remain active in politics, they could have a greater say on the state of politics in the country.

After her incredible victory, Haaland is now set to take on former state lawmaker Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian candidate Lloyd Princeton, both white, in the general election. As previously elucidated, Democrats have held onto the seat in recent years.

Wildfire

Haaland’s victory in the primaries spread like wildfire beyond New Mexico, which is home to 23 tribes of which 11 percent of the inhabitants are Native American

According to Mark Trahant, and editor of Indian Country Today website, Haaland’s victory brings them closer to a historic moment because Congress has never had a voice like hers. He went on to add that Haaland’s candidacy alone had generated excitement in Indian Country as an increasing number of women of color run for office. On behalf of Haaland, notable names like Paulette Jordan,  a Democratic candidate for governor in Idaho and a member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, traversed New Mexico to campaign.

Haaland’s strategy meshed together multiethnic campaigns in a bid to defy the norms of having to work using conventional white and Hispanic powerbrokers. Her strategy seems to have worked after she won the support of the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee. In addition to this, she was able to see a boost in her ratings when Rep. Gwen Moore, a lack Democratic congresswoman from Milwaukee made the trip to Albuquerque to stump for her.

Plaudits

During the final moments of the campaign, Haaland had successfully managed to bring in a couple of white teachers, Muslim volunteers and young Latinas to the fold through last minutes calls made on her behalf. Inspiringly, even before the Tuesday election, Haaland had declared that her candidature was going to be a momentous occasion. She shared that if she is fortunate enough to make it to Congress, she would strive to fight the poverty rates in Native American communities and voice her concerns about climate change.

Despite the positive comments shared by Arnold-Jones, he went on to express that he was not fully confident in Haaland’s abilities as a leader. He cited that voters in New Mexico are pragmatic and likely to be turned off by Haaland’s far left stances. Issues like immigration, abortion and takes on state oil production economy as some of the things he believes are likely to derail Haaland’s campaign.

Unbowed by the criticism, Haaland shared that she was fully aware of what was at stake in the election, not just for New Mexico voters, but also for Native Americans all across the country. She intends to use her biography to let voters become aware that she is fully cognizant of adversity.

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Warriors Will Boycott the White House, Lebron James Says http://popfinancials.com/career/warriors-will-boycott-the-white-house-lebron-james-says http://popfinancials.com/career/warriors-will-boycott-the-white-house-lebron-james-says#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:10:51 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=22954 In a statement issued to members of the press, LeBron James confessed that the Cavs and Warriors shared a common ideology when it comes to President Donald Trump. He mentioned that irrespective who won the series, none of them was looking forward to an invite to the White House.

Incidentally, LeBron shared that he learned about Trump pulling the invite to the Philadelphia Eagles just moments before he arrived at the podium. He went on to add that the decision to rescind the invite was typical of Trump, thus, he was not surprised.

Lebron has previously launched a scathing attack on Trump when he criticized Steph Curry for not immediately accepting an invite to 1600 Penn. He referenced that before Trump got elected to office, going to the White House was a great honor

History

Through the years, it has been a long-standing tradition for championship teams to visit the White House

Notably, Trump revoked an invitation to the White House he had extended to the Golden State Warriors following their championship victory. Their crowning moment in June marked their second title in three seasons. Following their momentous occasion, Curry commented that he would vote against any planned visit to the White House.

As two-time league Most Valuable Player, Curry shared that he and his teammates are likely to repeat a similar stance they took in the previous year should they find themselves with an opportunity to defend their NBA title.

Warriors forward, Kevin Durant, who was recently crowned as the Most Valuable Player in the NBA finals, shared that, “When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. We get it at this point. It’s good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”

What others have to say

Recently, Trump withdrew his invitation extended to the Eagles to mark their celebration once it became brazenly clear that most of the team’s players were actually planning to boycott the event. Trump had blasted NFL protests in which players who felt aggrieved kneeled whenever the national anthem played. Conspicuously, none of the Eagle’s players kneeled during the anthem last season.

President Trump rescinded the invitation less than 24 hours before he was set to welcome them to the White House. His decision was likely prompted after he learned that several members of the Eagles, including defensive end Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, one of the leaders of the Players Coalition, made announcements that they would not be in attendance at the White House.

The statement released mentioned that the defending Super Bowl champions are in disagreement with their President “because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and also the people of our country.”

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Largest Global Sports Media Property in Asia Created http://popfinancials.com/business/largest-global-sports-media-property-in-asia-created http://popfinancials.com/business/largest-global-sports-media-property-in-asia-created#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:09:44 +0000 http://popfinancials.com/?p=22847 Despite the fact that Asia has been able to churn out excellent athletes left and right for so long now, it still falls behind in the global sports media area. This is because despite the immense talent it has been bringing to the table, they would rather go with larger international groups because it gives them far more publicity than any local organization possibly could.

ONE Championship has a ten-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Asia

For many years, Asia has not had a global sports media property such as NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NBA in the United States, but ONE Championship has recently stepped up to fill the spot, and the martial arts promotion based in Singapore has leveraged the resources of the Lion City throughout its rise to prominence..

Taking the Initiative

According to ONE Championship representatives, there was no other group that catered to an audience on a pan-Asian scope. An opportunity might not have knocked, but because of the leadership of founder, chairman, and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship has blasted the door of its hinges. At the end of 2017, Fox Sports Philippines called Sityodtong the third-most powerful person in Asian sports.

Receiving direct support from the Singapore government and the Economic Development Board has been a help and part of the reason ONE Championship has thrived with Singapore as its headquarters. Because of its location, it is in a position to acquire large sum investments from Temasek Holdings. This is a unit of Singapore’s state investment fund, Sequoia Capital and Mission Holdings.

Alongside Singaporean media and telecommunications companies such as Singtel, one of Asia’s biggest mobile network operators and MediaCorp, a free-to-air network broadcast, others have also insured that ONE Championship will stay in an advantageous position regarding distribution and exposure. These connections, as well as a focus on social media and TV distribution, have caused extreme growth.

Staying with Singapore for the long run means building a relationship with the future of the city. Another recent partnership with Singapore Exchange (SGX) has created a way for ONE Championship to work with younger Singaporeans. With homegrown talents like Christian Lee, his sister Christian Lee, Benedict And and Amir Khan, ONE Championship events usually show a wealth of Singaporean stars that enhances the likeability of the product to the home city and its fans of varying ages.

That connection even reaches over the world of martial arts into other sports. Singapore native and Olympic Gold Medalist Joseph Schooling has been tapped as an exclusive ambassador of ONE Championship. ONE has also hired other famous Singaporean people to help the company grow.

Hua Fung Teh (M), a former leader at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry was hired as CFO.

Some Background

Formerly known as ONE Fighting Championship or ONE FC, ONE Championship is a MMA promotion based in Singapore which was launched on 14 July 2011 by businessman Chatri Sityodtong and former ESPN Star Sports senior executive Victor Cui. According to CNBC, ONE Championship is Asia’s biggest sports media property with an international broadcast to more than one billion homes in 128 countries.

ONE Championship has over US$100 million in total capital as of July 21, 2017

It is known as the biggest MMA promotion in Asia, and famous fighters on the roster include Bibiano Fernandes, Eduard Folayang, Roger Gracie, Ben Askren, Brandon Vera, and Shinya Aoki.

The first ONE Championship event was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 September 2011. The promotion has since expanded across the Asian region. ONE Championship has held over 40 events to date with shows being held in Manila, Jakarta, Dubai,  Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Hefei, Macau, Changsha, and Bangkok as well as Singapore.

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