The Rapper Side of Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant

An MBA graduate of the Yale University School of Management, Raymond Nobu Chang is the former chief executive officer of New Focus Auto, a company based in Shanghai, China. During his free time, Raymond Nobu Chang follows professional basketball and is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, particularly Kobe Bryant.

Always in contention in debates concerning the greatest basketball player of all time, Kobe Bryant has five championship rings and numerous personal accolades under his belt. He holds the rare distinction of being able to win a title single-handedly.

Despite all his achievements in the sport, there are still some things that the public do not know about the NBA’s former golden boy. Early on in his NBA career, he also aspired to become a rapper. In fact, he lived in a hip-hop executive’s residence for three weeks and was signed to the Sony Entertainment label. He also performed in rap battles at clubs. Bryant’s debut album was titled “Visions” and was set for release, although it never got to see the light of day.


How Playing the Violin Expands Reading Skills

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Playing the Violin

Yale University alumni Raymond Nobu Chang formerly served as the chief executive officer of New Focus Auto, a company based in Shanghai, China, which he helped become the largest automobile after-sales service operator in China. Before becoming a business executive, Raymond Nobu Chang played the violin for 12 years.

Among children and adults, the violin is one of the most widely recognized stringed instruments. While it is a beautiful instrument, what most people don’t realize is that there are numerous benefits to learning to play the violin.

One advantage of children’s playing the violin is that it expands their reading skills. According to a 2011 study by the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University, there is a positive correlation between musical training and a child’s word decoding skills. These skills are considered to be fundamental in learning how to pronounce specific words. Moreover, this study states that word decoding skills are improved because lessons also affect the child’s auditory abilities, which are necessary for proper pronunciation of words.

Taiwanese Company’s Plans to Expand Elsewhere in Asia

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The former CEO of New Focus Automobile, an after-sales service organization, Raymond Nobu Chang also led GigaMedia, a broadband Internet provider, in Taiwan. Throughout his career, Raymond Nobu Chang had made several partnerships and acquisitions with other media companies.

As part of a strategy to build market share in Singapore, mainland China, and Hong Kong, Chang made plans to finalize a deal with Australia’s News Corp., owner of Star TV, a pan-Asian satellite TV service.

GigaMedia was uniquely positioned to form such partnerships. It was the leading broadband supplier in Taiwan, reaching some 70 percent of households (about 4 million), with its content appealing to Chinese speakers outside of Taiwan. Revenue streams for the GigaMedia-Star TV partnership included advertising and content delivery.

Accounting for some 20 percent of revenues, GigaMedia’s content features encouraged customers not to switch providers. This enabled the company to have only a 5 percent turnover rate.

Chang mentioned other plans for expansion, such as delivering Internet service to Singapore. The city was chosen for its strong technological infrastructure.

New Lakers Center Shines in Summer League

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Raymond Nobu Chang has most recently served as the CEO of New Focus Automobile in Shanghai, signing partnerships with Michelin and Mobil Oil. In his spare time, Raymond Nobu Chang supports the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers’ rookie center from Croatia, Ivica Zubac, has made a good start during the NBA summer league. Drafted 32nd in the second round, Zubac impressed both fans back home and coaches in Los Angeles with his enthusiasm and shot-blocking abilities. He also exceeded expectations with an average of 10.6 points for 64.7% and 7.2 rebounds.

Zubac had promised himself that he would try hard to prove himself, but he had no idea he would do this well. His fluency with English surprised assistant coach Theo Robertson, as well as the ease with which Zubac adjusted to the NBA style of play.

Although Zubac had some difficulty adjusting to a different floor spacing, he brought considerable physical strength and a reliable jump shot. A teammate complimented Zubac on his agility. Another rookie commented that Zubac could become a great player.

Zubac planned to return home and celebrate, but he will be back for a regimen of lifting weights and working on his mid-range jump shot.