The Frontera Fund has been fighting for the rights of Hispanic communities and migrants across the Southwest of the U.S. for a number of years after the charitable network was established by the journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund can thank former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for its existence as the $3.75 million the writers used to establish the fund was drawn from a financial settlement made against Maricopa County and Sheriff Arpaio for illegally imprisoning the Village Voice Media executives.
The ire of Sheriff Arpaio was drawn when members of Maricopa County’s law enforcement department set out to use a Superior Court to illegally obtain information about staff and readers of the Phoenix New Times. Larkin and Lacey had been at the heart of the campaign to shine a light of the abuses being committed by Sheriff Arpaio and his fellow members of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department. Among the actions identified by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in the Phoenix New Times were the financial irregularities seen in the accounts of Maricopa County’s Sheriffs Department and the racial profiling of Hispanic members of Maricopa’s community.
In October 2007, Sheriff Arpaio and his fellow members of the law enforcement department illegally obtain a Super Court warrant calling on the Phoenix New Times to reveal details of its employees and readers, including IP addresses. Instead of fighting the warrant in court, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided their readers should know the truth about what they were being asked to do and made this their lead story; the response from Joe Arpaio was swift and included the arrest and detention of Larkin and Lacey for their failure to comply with the illegal order.
Despite being detained at two separate prisons, both Larkin and Lacey were freed within 24 hours and a national outcry about their arrest and the attack by Arpaio on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution led to a lawsuit being filed detailing the illegal imprisonment of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The $3.75 million the writers were awarded has been used to support the Hispanic groups Sheriff Joe Arpaio was targeting with his illegal racial profiling in Maricopa County.
Since 2007, Tobias Jaeger the managing partner at AXIOM Venture Capital runs various companies with his first company being Business Associates Europe. Jaeger started this business while studying at Maastricht University where he later established StrategosPoker which is an online platform that focus on e-gaming. His idea of starting AXIOM came from working in the entertainment industry by focusing on product strategies. Additionally, the opportunity to work at the ‘Thought For Food’ gave him the push to launch the boutique investment bank that primarily focuses on entertainment as well as the media industry.
Besides his entrepreneurial culture, Jaeger loves connecting with people globally to achieve greater things. He goes beyond the people in his field to talk to individuals who are not necessary for his field and it’s through this interaction that keeps his mind open to new and upcoming ideas. When asked about the business strategy that has helped him grow, Jaeger insists that growing his contacts has considerably helped him grow his clients base and it’s from this that he gets his referrals and recommendations. He also loves research which he says forms the groundwork of his decisions. However, he also relies on his gut which goes a long way in preventing him from pursuing ideas that may look viable yet no is willing to pay for the price.
Jaeger, a Texas A & M University graduate, acknowledges having failed in many instances but that did not stop him from moving forward. Instead, he always chooses to learn from his mistakes and events that unfold in his life. Additionally, he counts on good nutrition as what keeps him more productive. Exercise also helps him stick to a tight schedule while being more productive. Jaeger draws his inspiration and ideas from Chris William’s book, “The Richard Burton Diaries.” It’s from this book that he brings insights on what goes on in the mind of a notable public figure and the exploits that come along with the worldwide fame and resources.
The AXIOM Venture Capital leader is a frequent contributor to Wirtschaft TV, a business news network in German, where he comments on development as well as events related to the media and entertainment industry. He is always excited about things becoming more on-demand which he says improves on efficiency to a great extent. Further, more on-demand means that resources are utilized in an efficient manner where in return the industry gets to move forward.
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