Houston – April 30 2014

Let’s meet for a drink or two at Back Bay Bistro, in Newport Beach.
Look forward to seeing at this scenic venue.

Patrick Charriou
cell 949-923-1110

PS. Be sure to forward this invitation to all your European and other expats in OC!!

Houston – April 30 2014

It’s time to celebrate the beautiful spring weather (and friendships!) at our next EuroCircle Houston event. Join us on Wednesday, April 30, at Caracol, for a “beach getaway” in the heart of the Galleria area.

With a great patio and stylish décor, Caracol, owned by renowned chef Hugo Ortega, offers fresh, delicious Mexican coastal cuisine with a contemporary touch. And yes, the drinks are incredible!
Happy hour specials until 7pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there! We encourage you to forward the invitation to all your international friends in Houston

Your hostesses Juliana, Shahla, Mary Beth and Venere

Orange County – April 29 2014

Noelle Caliguri, friend of mine, is the French Spotlight Coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival. We would like to extend EuroCircle members and friends to the French Spotlight event on Tuesday, April 29th. We are screening the French comedy, Attila Marcel.

Story: Paul, a mute in his thirties, lives in a Parisian apartment with his aunts, two old aristocrats who dream of seeing him become a virtuoso pianist. Isolated from the outside world, Paul has aged without ever having lived, until the day he meets Mrs. Proust, his neighbor on the fourth floor. This eccentric woman has the recipe for an herbal tea, which through music, brings back memories more deeply buried. After drinking it, Paul discovers his history and finds the key to help him finally live his life.

After the film, there will be an after-party including free food, drinks, and entertainment at Via Lido Plaza in Newport Beach.
Also, the official sponsor for the night is Diptyque Paris, a luxury French candle company.

Here is the ticket link:
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. The Promo code is FSNBFF2014.

It is $5.00 off the screening & after-party ticket worth $40.00.
Tickets for ONLY the film will be $18.00, and ONLY the after-party will be $30.00.
IMPORTANT: The promo code only works for the two together.

Newport Beach Film Fest French Spotlight Facebook Page-

Newport Beach Film Fest Promo Video- Newport Beach Film Fest French Spotlight Facebook Page-

Age: 21 and over for post party
Dress: Cocktail Attire suggested/ Outdoor event – coat or jacket recommended

Merci Beaucoup,

Patrick Charriou & Noelle Caliguri

PS. Please register at the site as well so we know you will be there

Austin – Sep 17 2014

Festival of Unity (ONE Human Race- Welcoming America Festival)
Asian American Resource Center.
8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754 (512) 974-1700
Wednesday, September 17th from 6:30-8:30PM
(about 8 miles north up I-35 from downtown, a bit north from 183 and a bit to the east)

The City of Austin along with other partner organizations will host a Festival of Unity (ONE Human Race- Welcoming America Festival) to introduce this program and to expose this community of people to resources the city of Austin has to offer at the Asian American Resource Center.

A main function of the International Welcome Program is to spread the word about existing City services available to recent immigrants as well as other information that the City wants to disseminate (i.e. pool safety tips, the importance of flu shots).

Last year, the City hosted three Welcome to Austin Orientation Sessions for this purpose, which we were grateful to have many of the city departments participate in!

This year, we are shifting to a new model of providing orientations where Economic Development staff will give short orientations to recent immigrants within existing events or meetings hosted by community groups, employers, and faith-based organizations.

San Francisco – Sep 18 2014

EuroCircle Presents: Oktoberfest in the Financial District

Oktoberfest:  Does it still need a description?
This will be the Fourth Annual EuroCircle and NLBorrels present: Oktoberfest Part Vier!
German Music, German & Czech beer in Steins
Great Outdoor BBQ on the Street
Great German Decorations

Plus super geil specials all across the board!
We are pleased to announce that EuroCircle will present an Oktoberfest Party. Like last year the party will be hosted by Cafe Prague in a hidden alley downtown in the financial district. There will be plenty of Real Authentic German Beers and German Schlager music will be played. Some German Sausages will be provided to acquire a great taste for this traditional Bavarian Fest. 6:00-9 PM $4 Grilled German Sausages with Sauerkraut, Schnitzel, German potato Salad,Pretzels


Please use public transportation as drinking das Boot and driving your Volkswagen don’t match.

Music wil be for the first hour!
Schlager and Volksmuzik
Apres Ski Hut
Then for the remain hours!
so you can dance like SPROCKETS

TO Hang Decorations and Pass out Everybody’s German Name Tag from Heidi to Wolgang!

As always we can use help setting up a great German atmoshere so please email at sanfrancisco@eurocircle.com if you to meet some great Europeans and create a wonderful ambiance See you there


Austin – April 25 2014

EuroCircle, Russian House and Phara are excited to announce annual party 1001 Nights.

In the spirit of wise and beautiful Scheherazade we are inviting you to dress up as a Persian queen for the costume contest, belly dancing to live music by Saadi Monwar, and get Mehndi tattoos by Nisha.

Fig and Raisin infusion will be on special all night!
Reserve a table here!

Los Angeles – April 22 2014

Paris Chansons presents: “Midnight in Paris” at the Sofitel

Tuesday, April 22nd, 8:00pm $10 cover (concert)
Let’s try to arrive early (6-8PM) and enjoy the specially priced tapas and cocktails – and have a bit of mingling.

Come and be transported. A wide-ranging tapestry of French music awaits you as always, from Aznavour to Zaz.
But with an added dip into the toe tappers of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s.

Seating is first come first served.
Tables can be reserved for groups of 8 or more if tickets are purchased in advance.
You MUST your tickets in advance through www.frenchsingersla.com and let me know AFTER you paid for it. So I make a table reservation.

See you there,

Ajay Babber

Jilliene Helman, Realty Mogul, A Young Female CEO in the Crowdfunding World

Jilliene, could you tell us a little about where you are and how is your family?

I grew up in Malibu, California. I am the youngest of seven children – not kidding – from a long line of entrepreneurs. My oldest brother is in his 50s already – I am in my late 20s. My father started out in a retail training program. He went on to launch his own import/export business out of China . He was known as the fad man jumping on items such as scooters, Puka shells and Star Wars lights. My father eventually sold the business. My mother started out as a jewelry buyer for Macys moving into the luxury real estate world. That real estate world was helpful as my father was in need of commercial properties which he rented and bought for his business for storage. My parents met in retail – my mother was the buyer and my father was the distributor. I also learned a lot about real estate from my mother.
Ethnically my family Jewish – background is Russian, Romanian so European – moved to Canada and then to the USA.

How was it growing up as one of the seven children, that is not very usual? Given your parents’ background what and why did you end up studying ?

I think being the youngest of seven can be annoying to some extent because everyone who has gone before you has already done it. I went east to Georgetown to go to college. I majored in International Business and Management. I ended spending my junior year in Asia – in China. In June, after my sophomore year ended, I started a backpacking journey into the deep west of China. The trip ended in Being as My program was located program in Bejing. I really felt the need to immerse myself in the culture and language before starting the program. I still speak Chinese a little, at least enough to travel and eat. I love good food so that was important to me.

So after your time in Beijing what did you do?

: I returned home for 48 hours in January the following year. Then I went back overseas to Barcelona, Spain for another semester abroad. I learned some Spanish, conversational – but since I have not spoken it for a while I believe I have mostly forgotten my Spanish.

When you returned to the USA, did you graduate from Georgetown or what happened??

I did an internship at Rolling Stone magazine before graduating that year. I realized that the east coast thing was just not for me. I am a California girl so I returned to LA.

How about your first job – was it the best choice for you, any regrets or vice versa, did you learn anything suitable for your current position?

I joined a training program at Union Bank (now the Bank of Tokyo). In the program I spent six months in finance, six months in marketing and six months in strategy. Upon completion I ended up in the wealth management division. I had told my Mom at 17 that I wanted to be in the money business and so now I was.
I actually loved banking and stayed there for four and a half years. Needless to say I learned a ton. The bank’s senior management saw my desire to learn and gave me new challenges each time I felt I had mastered something. To me that was a real blessing. I got to spend a lot of time with brokers, real estate lenders and trust officers. It gave me a 360 degree view of wealth management for a wealth investor. Understanding those risk and rewards has been crucial for my career – truly the key in Realty Mogul.

Just to educate readers who know nothing about Realty Mogul – how would you describe its business model to someone who knows nothing about crowdfunding?

Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate. It is a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-screened real estate investments.
Realty Mogul allows accredited investors (income of at least $200,000 per year or a net worth of $1 million) to invest in real estate opportunities online through a private, secure website. Investors can browse investments, review legal documents and due diligence materials and sign legal documents securely online. Investors also have access to an investor dashboard, giving 24/7 access to watch how your money is working for you.
We are cash flow investors. That means we look for transactions to provide cash flow to investors as quickly as possible. Some properties may have some level of vacancy or have the ability for our operating partner to add value and increase cash flow over the life of the investment. At this point We do not fund ground up development as we believe one of the benefits of real estate investing is passive income and development projects typically take 18-36 months to generate income.

With Realty Mogul, investors can invest in individual properties giving added transparency and control over investment selection and location.

(Kaisa’s comment: Basically members browse the site looking at potential investment. Should they decide to invest in a property, their money is only committed if the project is fully funded. They’ll get regular updates on the property and receive whatever cash distributions (such as rent payments) they’re entitled to. Jilliene pointed out that Realty Mogul always works with real estate investment companies — it’s the investment company that handles the operational end of things, like renovating a property.

How did you end up starting Realty Mogul? (the big WHY) Was it a sudden thought or more like pieces falling into the right places at the same time?

When the SEC began to dive deep into crowd funding I realized there is an opportunity. SEC set a time table of six months for legislation to pass around unaccredited investors. I knew it would take a lot longer. I decided the time to launch a crowd funding platform with accredited investors was there. Real estate stemmed from my own personal finances. My parents are retired. I saw that the equity markets aren’t great so where do you think they invested? Real estate. My brother is also in the real estate business so I started making my own investments. A friend of mine who is in the investment world was impressed with the real estate investments I made. He said he would put $50K behind anything I was going to invest in. I realized I was just giving him access to my deal flow. That was the aha moment and Realty Mogul was built. In addition, I saw how many wealthy investors had made their wealth through wealth investments. This was a natural fit.

So how does it work?? Could you explain in a few simple steps ? And is it risky?

The minimum investment is different for each investment, but can be as low as $5,000. However, I’d say average investment is about $60,000. We also pre-vet all investments and do not accept any projects that do not pass the two levels of investment committees.

For equity investments, we and our broker-dealer partner, WealthForge, review every transaction in-house. We go to great lengths to fully understand the variables of each transaction including the structure, the market statistics, the property, the quality of the property and the track record, reputation and quality of the real estate investment company we are working with. This process includes background, criminal and credit checks to mitigate the risk of fraud. While Realty Mogul cannot provide an assurance to investors that investment objectives of any given investment will be reached, only a small percentage (we estimate less than 5%) of investments we review will be included in the Realty Mogul marketplace.

Some other platforms accept smaller investments and projects we would never allow as they are so risky – or even fraudulent. There are a lot of fraudulent people and companies – when there is money there are always plenty of predators circling around.

Currently we work in 14 US states, the most investments being in California, Texas and Tennessee.

We make 1-2 % admin fees and we have an arrangement with the broker dealer.

Risky? There is always a risk with any investment. However, we try our best to adhere to a higher standard than we have seen any other platforms do.

Do you accept foreign investors?

Absolutely, we are a global platform and we have quite a few foreign investors.

Is Microsoft a partner – I noticed their logo on the website?

Microsoft invested in us – a small amount – when we were just starting.

How many transactions have you done?

RealtyMogul launched a year ago (spring 2013), and in its first year approx 6,000 members invested $14.6 million in real estate projects worth more than $100 million. I am guessing that the new number maybe around $110 by the end of April 2014.

Connect with Jilliene Helman:
Jilliene at LinkedIn

TechCrunch articles about RealtyMogul Funding


Boston – Apr 24 2014

Join EuroCircle and BU Center for the Study of Europe for a reading and conversation with prize-winning Spanish writer, poet, essayist, and translator Andrès Neuman!

Neuman is the author of El viajero del siglo (published in the US as Traveller of the Century by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2012), winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize and selected among the books of the year by the critics of El Pais, El Mundo, The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, and by the Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. This novel was later shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Latino Book Award, the Romulo Gallegos Prize (given to the best Spanish language novel published during the two previous years), and also longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.

The event will be moderated by Alicia Borinsky, Professor of Spanish at Boston University. Like Neuman, Borinsky was born in Argentina. She is a fiction writer, poet and literary critic who has published extensively in English and Spanish in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

This event takes place as part of our “European Voices” series – an ongoing series of conversations with artists and writers, activists and intellectuals exploring questions at the intersection of politics and culture. Co-sponsored by the literary journal AGNI and the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University. Funded in part by the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC.

Orange County – April 13 2014

Julia Kantor, the producer and one of the singers in Paris Chansons is doing her signature show, “Moulin Russe,” an unforgettable of French & Russian music in Irvine on April 13th.

They’ll be performing the passionate songs of Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Macias, Kaas as well as some of the most beautiful Russian classics!

I am reserving tables for our group to sit together if we pre-purchase tickets which are only $15. Tickets to be purchased in advance at www.frenchsingersla.com
This is a great way to spend Sunday night, listen to beautiful European music and really get to know a few EuroCircle members.

Let me know as soon as you have purchased your ticket/s online and I will add you to our table.

Patrick Charriou