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Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Edward Cheeks is an American former professional basketball player and is an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2018. Cheeks was born in Chicago, attended DuSable High School, he attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is the third leading scorer in WTSU/WTAM history. After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, he helped the 76ers to three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s, including an NBA championship in 1983.

While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well regarded for his team play and defensive skills. He was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, earned a spot on the second team in 1987. In NBA history, Cheeks ranks fifth in eleventh in assists. Upon his retirement from the NBA in 1993, he was the NBA all-time leader in steals and fifth in assists, he averaged 11.7 points and over 2 steals per game for his career. In his rookie year, Cheeks averaged 4.1 steals per game in the 1979 NBA Playoffs, an NBA record for one playoff run. After retirement, Cheeks spent one year coaching for the Continental Basketball Association’s Quad City Thunder, before becoming the 76ers assistant head coach in 1994, he coached under head coaches John Lucas, Johnny Davis, Larry Brown, he was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals. In 2001, he was hired as Portland Trail Blazers head coach.

He led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round. He was fired after a poor start to the 2004–05 campaign. On April 25, 2003, during a game between the Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks, Cheeks aided 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert in singing the American national anthem. After Gilbert forgot the words at "At the twilight's last gleaming", Cheeks rushed over to help her and they finished it together, as the entire Rose Garden Arena crowd sang with them. Cheeks and Gilbert received a standing ovation. In 2005, Cheeks was named as head coach of the 76ers. Cheeks was popular among Sixers fans because of his eleven-year tenure with the Sixers, during which he helped guide the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship; the move was praised by Sixers star Allen Iverson, who worked with Cheeks during his run as Sixers' Assistant Head Coach. However, he missed the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Frustrations began to grow with Sixers veterans Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, who were not happy with the team's direction.

During the 2006–07 season, Iverson would be traded to the Nuggets and Webber would be released, leaving Cheeks with one of the youngest teams in the NBA. On February 20, 2007, the 76ers extended Cheeks' contract one year despite his losing record as coach. At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, expectations were low and the 76ers were picked to finish last in the Conference by many prognosticators. However, the Sixers clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 4, 2008, it was their first postseason appearance since 2005, as well as the first in the post-Iverson era. However, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, 4–2. With this elimination, many fans considered this to be a successful season, considering that the Sixers were 12 games under.500 in early February and went on to have a 21–7 run that led them to the playoffs. The Sixers started out the 2008–09 NBA season 9–14, despite their signing of Elton Brand and re-signing of Andre Iguodala during the offseason.

Due to their slow start, the 76ers fired Cheeks on December 13, 2008. On August 14, 2009, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. On June 10, 2013, Cheeks agreed to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. On February 9, 2014, the Detroit Pistons relieved him of his head coaching duties and replaced him with John Loyer on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. On June 29, 2015, Cheeks returned to the Thunder as an assistant coach. On September 7, 2018, Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game List of National Basketball Association annual minutes leaders Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com

Cyriac Roeding

Cyriac Roeding is a German-American entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. Roeding's focus areas are consumer businesses, software meets biology, brain-to-machine interfaces, AI and consumer robotics, in the U. S. and China. He is a former EVP of CBS, where he started the division CBS Mobile, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. where he co-founded and led shopkick to >20 million users and a $250M cash acquisition by SK Telecom/SK Planet. Shopkick is a mobile shopping app that rewards users for just walking into retail stores such as Macy’s, Best Buy, Target Corporation and scanning products from Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Pepsi, L'Oreal. Fast Company ranked shopkick one of the world's 10 Most Innovative Companies In Retail, alongside Apple and Starbucks. Nielsen ranked it the most used shopping app in the real world, driving over $1B in sales annually for its partners; the World Economic Forum named Roeding a Tech Pioneer in 2013. Roeding is a Limited Partner in Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Greylock Partners, KPCB, IVP, ZhenFund, SV Angel, Silicon Valley Bank.

He is a direct investor and advisor in over a dozen startups, including LTSE, Karma Science, Click Diagnostics, Curbside, Brilliant, Furaxa. He is included on innovation topics such as Chinese vs Silicon Valley startups on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, has published on these topics e.g. on Recode, has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at Stanford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program, the CTIA Wireless Summit and Money 2020. Roeding was born in Constance and grew up in a small village north of Frankfurt, Germany, his father is his mother worked with under-privileged children. Roeding went to high school in the U. S. and Germany. He sold his first computer program to a local newspaper at the age of 15 in an effort to make his job obsolete, succeeded. Roeding became a programmer for Hewlett Packard, while still in high school, he went on in Tokyo. Roeding received a degree summa cum laude in engineering and business administration from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 1994, he went to Tokyo to study Japanese management at Sophia University, there first became exposed to mobile phones that had just become available in Japan.

During college, Roeding was a radio talk show host and reporter, a management consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the retail and technology sectors. After his university degree, Roeding joined McKinsey and Company in Munich, worked on growth business models for media companies, and co-authored the book Secrets of Software Success about the software industry, published by Harvard Business School Press. He co-founded the mobile marketing firm 12snap in Munich and Milan, which worked with Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Nokia, L'Oreal and others and won the first Lion Awards for mobile creative concepts in Cannes. Roeding left to build CBS Mobile, the mobile division of CBS, where his interactive entertainment concepts won Emmy Award nominations. In 2008, he traveled around the world for two months to learn how mobile is used across cultures, e.g. in Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains, in India and in the Brazilian Amazon Jungle. When Roeding returned, he spent a year at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to identify next-generation cross-platform mobile and online venture concepts.

In 2009, he founded shopkick, a company that rewards consumers just for being physically present in retail stores or for engaging with products with their smartphones. Roeding is an investor in startups and venture capital funds in the U. S. China and Europe in the consumer world, software meets biology healthcare, AI, consumer robotics and brain-to-machine interfaces; the World Economic Forum named Roeding Tech Pioneer 2013. He received the first Emmy Award nominations for Mobile in 2007 and 2008, the first awards for mobile concepts at the Cannes Lion Festival in France in 2003 and 2004. Cyriac Roeding on LinkedIn

Saimdang, Memoir of Colors

Saimdang, Memoir of Colors is a South Korean drama starring Lee Young-ae in the title role as Shin Saimdang, a famous Joseon-era artist and calligrapher who lived in the early 16th century. It aired on SBS every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 starting January 26, 2017; the series marks Lee's television comeback 14 years after her pan-Asia hit drama Dae Jang Geum. A Korean university art history lecturer discovers the long-lost diary of a historical figure, unraveling the secret behind a uncovered, mysterious ancient painting as well as a look into the extraordinary life led by Shin Saimdang, a renowned poet-artist in the Joseon era. Seo Ji-yoon, a lecturer in art history at Hankuk University, seems to have everything, she is about to finish her PhD, supervised by renowned professor Min Jung-hak, which would lead to a faculty position at the university. She has a good family life, with supportive husband Jung Min-seok, a wealthy businessman, mother-in-law Kim Jung-hae. For her PhD thesis, she is assigned to research a discovered painting Geumgangsando by An Gyeon, scheduled to be displayed as national treasure under the auspices of Min Jung-hak.

However, Ji-yoon's discoveries seem to doubt the authenticity of the painting. At a conference, a student named Han Sang-hyun challenges her on that authenticity question, which Ji-yoon deflected, citing she needs time to ensure its authenticity. Ji-yoon's answer casts doubt on the art world, humiliating Min Jung-hak, who opts to sabotage her career path in retaliation. At a conference in Bologna, Prof. Min devises a scheme to cite her for disciplinary action, terminating her position at the university; as bad as Ji-yoon's situation is, her life continues to crumble, when her husband goes into hiding, amassing unpaid debts as a result of a competitor's illegal business maneuvers in a desperate measure for his business to survive. Reeling from her personal and professional life crises, serendipity comes into play on the roads of Italy when Ji-yoon stumbles upon a diary mentioning the Geumgangsando painting, leading her to discover the painting of Shin Saimdang by accident; the diary sheds light about Saimdang, who not only resembles Ji-yoon but seems to be intricately linked to her.

Ji-yoon starts to fight an uphill battle to clear her name and prove her prowess by finding the real Geumgangsando painting, while struggling with financial hardship and continual pressure from Min Jung-hak to prevent her from succeeding. The story begins 500 years ago in the Joseon era. At that time, despite her youth, Shin Saimdang gains a reputation as a talented artist yet notoriously daring girl, going as far as climbing walls to sneak into other people's houses, she is the second daughter of Shin Myung-hwa, a Confucian scholar, loyal to King Jungjong. The King is portrayed as paranoid to losing his throne, losing control of government to factions. Saimdang meets and falls in love with Lee Gyeom, a member of the royal family, while enjoying the life of a commoner and an artist as well, their love blossoms with Lee Gyeom asking Shin Myung-hwa for his daughter's hand in marriage. However, through a series of mishaps, both by the King and the main antagonists Min Chi-Hyung and Choi Wheiumdang, results in Shin Myung-hwa being executed by the King and Saimdang marrying a simple-minded scholar named Lee Won-su.

Saimdang's marriage puts Lee Gyeom in despair, storming away to live a wayward life for 20 years, rejecting numerous requests of marriage from the royal family. 20 years Saimdang, now a mother of four, moves to Hanyang with her family. However, her husband, being a gullible scholar who could not pass the national exam for 20 years, is scammed, leaving her to spend all her savings to buy a decrepit house. In Hanyang, she meets her first love, Lee Gyeom, now known as Lord Uiseong, she denies her old feelings, claiming she has forgotten about them. He settles in Hanyang, opening the "Bi-ikdang Art Center", while secretly investigating Min Chi-Hyung at the request of the King. Min Chi-Hyung is now a high-ranking, but corrupt official who married Choi Wheiumdang, now an artist and head of the mother's organization at the prestigious Jungbu School. To survive through financial hardship, Saimdang gathers a bunch of homeless and starving drifters to open a paper mill, with the ultimate goal of producing Goryeo paper, a famous high-quality paper whose formula has been lost.

Despite having to raise a family and working tirelessly to make ends meet, Saimdang revives her dormant artistic talents, becoming a renowned painter. Saimdang and her group of drifters are able to recreate the formula for the lost Goryeo paper, making her and the drifters wealthy. Min Chi-Hyung is exiled for his numerous crimes, with Choi Wheiumdang having to find a way to rescue her husband. Two years things have gone south. Despite being amassing great wealth, Saimdang's marriage is falling apart, both from her husband having an affair and her sole focus on painting. Lee Gyeom, after travelling the world, returns to Hanyang, only to find that King Jungjong now distrusts him. After his wife stages a scheme to rescue Princess Jeongsun, Min Chi-Hyung is set free, but now winds up living a commoner's life as former officers scorn him. Things escalate when Saimdang offers to draw the King's portrait, who recognises her to be the daughter of