From #DeleteUber to a sexual harassment lawsuit, Uber is in hot water and the nightmare is not over yet.Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has again found himself at the heart of another scandal — although this time there’s video. A recording released by Bloomberg on Tuesday shows Kalanick in the back of an Uber car, aggressively arguing with his driver, showing a lack of empathy for employees.Related: Before You Delete Your Account, Uber Wants You to Know It’s ‘Deeply Hurting’The six-minute clip starts with Kalanick and two anonymous women talking, laughing and listening to music in the back of the car. When they reach their destination, Kalanick and the driver, whose name is Fawzi Kamal, get into a heated discussion about Uber’s price cuts. Kamal claims he lost $97,000 because of Uber, and the CEO responds rashly: “Some people don’t take responsibility for their own shit. … They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!”During the altercation, what Kalanick probably didn’t know was that the driver had a dashcam in his car and the entire exchange was fully documented.Related: Next Time You Apologize, Say More Than ‘I’m Sorry.’Shortly after the video became public, Kalanick sent out an email to employees, which was then published as a blog post, “A profound apology.” In it, the CEO says that “ashamed is an extreme understatement” for the way he behaved. He said he realizes he needs to “change as a leader and grow up,” and intends to get help.Here’s the email Kalanick sent to the company:By now I’m sure you’ve seen the video where I treated an Uber driver disrespectfully. To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement. My job as your leader is to lead … and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away.It’s clear this video is a reflection of me — and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.I want to profoundly apologize to Fawzi, as well as the driver and rider community, and to the Uber team.– Travis Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver Released Add to Queue March 1, 2017 Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Well … it’s about time. Uber Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Rose Leadem 84shares Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article
April 10, 2017 Twitter Shareholders Will Vote on Turning the Company Into a Cooperative Owned by its Users Twitter On May 22, Twitter shareholders will vote on whether to investigate a radical proposal: Turning the social network into a cooperative owned by its users. There’s a campaign to turn Twitter into a user-owned co-operative, and shareholders will vote on it next month.If the vote passes the company will have to prepare a report on the feasibility of the radical restructuring.It’s symptomatic of dissatisfaction among some shareholders as Twitter struggles to grow or turn a profit.On May 22, Twitter shareholders will vote on whether to investigate a radical proposal: Turning the social network into a cooperative owned by its users.Next month is the company’s annual meeting, and one of the items on the agenda calls for it to look into becoming a cooperative.The proposal — to be voted on by shareholders — asks the company to “prepare a report on the nature and feasibility of selling the platform to its users via a cooperative or similar structure with broad-based ownership and accountability mechanisms.”Twitter is opposed to the plan, and it seems unlikely to win the vote. But it’s an interesting proposal — and underlines the discontent some shareholders feel with the ailing social network, which is struggling to grow or turn a profit.The idea draws on a petition calling for a co-op structure that has been signed by nearly 3,500 people. The petition contrasts the social network’s global reach and influence with the gloomy forecasts about its financial performance, arguing that its conventional structure means its social value isn’t being properly appreciated.”For a lot of us Twitter is the fastest, easiest way to know and share what’s going on around us — it sparks conversations, spreads information and energizes movements,” the petition reads.”But Wall Street thinks the company is a failure because it’s not raking in enough profit for shareholders. That means that Twitter is up for sale, and there is a real risk that the new owner may ruin our beloved platform with a narrow pursuit of profit or political gains.”A co-operative structure could, the proposal on the annual meeting’s agenda says, “result in new and reliable revenue streams, since we, as users, could buy in as co-owners, with a stake in the platform’s success. Without the short-term pressure of the stock markets, we can realize Twitter’s potential value, which the current business model has struggled to do for many years. We could set more transparent accountable rules for handling abuse. We could re-open the platform’s data to spur innovation.”It adds: “Overall, we’d all be invested in Twitter’s success and sustainability. Such a conversion could also ensure a fairer return for the company’s existing investors than other options.”The Twitter proposal cites a number of examples of cooperatives as evidence it could work: “For successful enterprises like the Green Bay Packers, REI and the Associated Press, their popularity, resilience and profitability is a result of their ownership structure. Examples of online companies include successful startups like Managed by Q, which allocates equity to office cleaners, and Stocksys United, a stock-photo platform owned by its photographers.”Twitter’s stock has been on a downwards trajectory for years.Image credit: Markets InsiderTwitter’s governance, unsurprisingly, isn’t a fan of the suggestion. In a statement, it argues “the proposal is not in the best interests of Twitter and our stockholders.” It goes on (emphasis ours):”We believe that preparing a report on the nature and feasibility of selling the ‘platform,’ and doing so only to ‘its users,’ would be a misallocation of resources and a distraction to our board of directors and management — resources and management time that could otherwise be used to build the long-term value of Twitter. The proposal would have Twitter explore the sale of the ‘platform’ to one specific group of people, ‘its users,’ ‘via a cooperative or similar structure.’ The proposal has pinpointed a very specific type of transaction and ownership structure and the board of directors does not believe that the course of action suggested in the proposal would enhance the value of the ‘platform’ or Twitter. Further, limiting exploration of strategic transactions that may enhance stockholder value to one narrow option would not be in accordance with the board of directors’ responsibilities to take actions that are in the best interests of Twitter and its stockholders. We believe Twitter is on track to continue building on the long-term value of Twitter for all of our stockholders as a publicly held corporation and not as a ‘cooperative or similar structure’ owned solely by ‘its users.’ As a publicly traded company, our users are also free to become stockholders of Twitter without any need to change the structure of the company.”That last point is an important one — users can already take ownership in Twitter, if they’re prepared to go to the effort of buying stock.This unanimous opposition from the board means the vote is unlikely to pass. And even then, there’d be no guarantee on what the report into the possibility of becoming a co-op would say, or whether the company would follow through with it.But nonetheless, it’s a fascinating look at an alternative structure for a major tech company. These days there’s a trend towards consolidation of power and voting rights in founders. Thanks to a radical proposal, Mark Zuckerberg is selling much of his stock in Facebook (to fund his philanthropy) while retaining his voting rights. And when Snapchat parent company Snap went public earlier in 2016, it deprived would-be investors of voting power.One relatively rare exception is crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, which is a “public benefit corporation” — a status that requires it to “consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders.” Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 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Image credit: Troll Cakes Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Forget glitterbombing. Now, you can send your online nemesis a delicious cake with their nasty words written on it.A company called Troll Cakes, whose tag line is “See something? Cake something,” is on a mission: to teach internet trolls an anonymous and delicious lesson. Just send the company a nasty comment you spotted online with the address of the person who said it. For $35, Troll Cakes will turn those comments into a custom cake and mail it to the offender’s home or work. For $60, they’ll even track the person down for you. Troll Cakes is the brainchild of New York City baker Kat Thek, according to a report from NPR.”When you open it up, [the box] looks like 100 percent good news,” Thek told the news outlet. “And then you see a screen grab of your comment, and it says, ‘Congratulations! Your Internet comment has been made into a Troll Cake.'”They’ve made delightfully colorful cakes decorated with all kinds of not-so-nice messages: everything from “you donkey witch” to “crash on a plane,” “sloppy butt,” “wouldn’t smash” and “ur mom is obese.”The company even has a “bigly satisfying” option that lets you “send a Troll Cake of your preferred Trump tweet to the White House.” The “Tiny Hands Special” will set you back $30. Or, for $35, you can pick any Troll Cake from the company’s website or Instagram, and they’ll recreate it and mail it wherever you like.Made of a “chocolate chip brownie with whipped frosting and assorted colorful sprinkles and icing,” Troll Cakes are perfectly suitable to eat, but not recommended for people with severe food allergies of any kind. They can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.; if your troll is in NYC you can get next-day, in-person delivery. 2 min read June 14, 2017 Internet Angela Moscaritolo –shares Reporter For $35, Troll Cakes will turn your enemy’s nasty internet comment into a custom cake and mail it to their home or work. This story originally appeared on PCMag ‘Troll Cake’ Makes Your Internet Nemesis Eat Their Words Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue
–shares Baby Boomers Support Medical Marijuana but Skeptically Image credit: CasarsaGuru | Getty Images dispensaries.com Older Americans overwhelmingly support the use of medical marijuana, but also feel the federal government needs to conduct more research on the potential of cannabis, a new study has found.Four out of five Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 support the legalization and use of medical marijuana, according to the annual National Poll on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy.Perhaps surprisingly, given that baby boomers sparked the counterculture revolution, respondents supported medical marijuana with a degree of wariness, the director of the survey said. They don’t use it a lot, either. Only 6 percent said they use medical marijuana, according to survey director Preeti Malani, a doctor at the university’s medical center, Michigan Medicine.Another 18 percent, however, said they know someone who does.Related: Study Warns Sky-High Marijuana Taxes Drive Consumers Back to the Black MarketPain ReliefThe survey questioned 2,007 Americans between the ages of 50 and 80. The goal was to gauge their acceptance and use of medical marijuana. Many voiced disbelief that cannabis is effective for pain relief, one of the chief reasons that many have advocated for medical marijuana.About one-third of respondents “definitely” believe marijuana provides pain relief, while an additional 38 percent said it “probably” does. However, just 14 percent believe cannabis is more effective than opioids in treating pain. Another 48 percent said they believe opioids are better at pain relief, while 38 percent said they are about equal.If that all sounds a bit more Mrs. Robinson than Benjamin Braddock for a group of baby boomers, keep in mind that 70 percent are willing to ask their doctor about using medical marijuana should the need for it arise.Related: Investing In Marijuana Businesses: Are Hedge Funds Coming To The Cannabis Industry?More Federal ResearchThe older Americans also asked for more research by the federal government into the potential for medical marijuana. That’s an issue, though, because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.The only place where marijuana is grown for research purposes in the United States is the University of Mississippi. The Drug Enforcement Agency announced a policy change last year that could lead to more facilities growing cannabis for research, but it remains unknown how many that will include. Meanwhile, other countries — especially Israel — have taken the lead on marijuana research.More research might lead to more use. In the survey, just one in five respondents said their doctor had even asked if they used marijuana. Even less said they think their doctor is knowledgeable about marijuana use.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Add to Queue Cannabis Eight out of 10 boomers favor legalizing medical pot, but few use it. Most think opioids would be more effective for chronic pain. April 10, 2018 Download Our iOS App 3 min read Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Free Green Entrepreneur App
A majority of U.S. consumers plan to go to Amazon.com for most of their online holiday shopping, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, even after traditional retailers have collectively spent billions of dollars to try to capture Web demand.The survey of 3,426 adults conducted from November 12 to 18 found that 51 percent plan to do most of their online shopping at Amazon this holiday season, compared to 16 percent at Walmart, 3 percent at Target and 2 percent at Macy’s.A little more than a quarter of respondents said they would use another retailer not listed in the poll.The poll underscored the hurdles that traditional retailers faced in expanding online. Their own sales data this week showed that such efforts were falling short.Target Corp said on Wednesday its digital sales grew 20 percent in the latest quarter, missing its expectations for a 30 percent gain. The discount retailer cited weakness in electronics demand.A day earlier, Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported quarterly online sales growth of 10 percent, slower than its target growth in the mid-to-high-teens this fiscal year. Wal-Mart pointed to sluggish market conditions in China, Britain and Brazil, and said it fared better in the United States.In contrast, Amazon.com Inc had posted a 28 percent jump in North American sales in its quarterly report last month.”The Big Kahuna that continues to grab market share is Amazon,” said Craig Johnson, head of retail consultancy Customer Growth Partners. “Both Wal-Mart and to some extent Target have simply not kept pace enough.”Johnson added that sluggish spending overall contributed to the weaker-than-expected online sales at Target and Wal-Mart, which also faced increased competition from other online retailers, such as Wayfair Inc.According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, 8 percent of adults said they plan to shop only online this year, compared to 6 percent a year earlier. The proportion of respondents who said they would shop mostly online remained steady at 17 percent.All major retailers are investing in e-commerce.Target said it has kept up the pace of investment in initiatives needed to grow its online business. In March, the retailer said it will invest $1 billion in improving its online sales technology and supply chain.Wal-Mart is spending about $1 billion a year to bolster its e-commerce infrastructure. In the third quarter, it opened its fifth fulfillment center dedicated to online sales – establishing a network from which it said it could deliver to customers across the United States in two days.For many shoppers, Amazon has become synonymous with online shopping. It gained tens of millions of members to its Prime service by offering access to movies, music and other services in addition to free shipping in return for an annual fee.Amazon can also focus on online sales because it does not have to worry about getting customers into physical stores, said Kerry Rice, an analyst at Needham & Co.”They drive you to that site in many, many ways,” Rice said of Amazon. “It’s not about driving foot traffic to retail stores.”The Reuters poll had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.(Additional reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Peter Henderson and Tiffany Wu) Poll: Amazon Is Still King of the Online Retail Jungle Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters Next Article Amazon November 19, 2015 Add to Queue Register Now » Image credit: Reuters | Michaela Rehle Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares 3 min read
2 min read Add to Queue Microsoft Apologizes for Scantily-Clad Dancers at GDC Party March 21, 2016 Image credit: Microsoft | Facebook This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Microsoft Reuters Next Article Microsoft Corp. apologized for hiring dancers dressed as skimpily-clad schoolgirls for its Game Developer Conference (GDC) afterparty in San Francisco on Thursday night, responding to media reports citing attendees’ pictures on Twitter and Instagram.”It has come to my attention that at Xbox-hosted events at GDC this past week, we represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to our values,” Microsoft’s head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in a statement. “That was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated,” Spencer said.Photos purportedly from the party surfaced on Twitter and Instagram, with many users expressing their anger at Microsoft’s actions.”I like dancing, I like talking to devs. But not at this #GDC16 party. Thanks for pushing me out of this party, Microsoft,” Tin Man Games editor Kamina Vincent tweeted.Microsoft had hosted a “Women in Gaming” luncheon at the GDC earlier that day. Spencer added that the matter would be dealt with internally.Technology companies been facing intense scrutiny over diversity and compensation equity issues.Many big firms say there is a dearth of qualified women to hire, but many critics say the firms are not doing enough to attract and retain women.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »
–shares Voting Is A Right, Exercise It Wisely Phil La Duke Iconoclast Next Article Add to Queue Presidential Elections August 12, 2016 If you are active on a social media site, watch television, listen to the radio or … well, if you’ve been conscious for the last two months, you have been bombarded by information about the presidential election. In fact, you’ve likely received so much information that you may be burnt out and ready to check out.As we enter this election year, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the president while powerful is only one piece, and a relatively small piece, of our government. The people we send to congress wield far more power to influence our day-to-day lives than the president does.We face an historic election, and unfortunately for the entire world, far too many of us are forming our political views and support of candidates by what we’ve read on Facebook, or heard from a friend. First, let’s talk about what the president can do.Related: 4 Ways Technology Has Impacted Presidential ElectionsThe executive branch.The president can: Appoint supreme court justices and federal judges. Presidential appointments are important because many of them are appointed for life and the decisions they make, especially in the case of the U.S. Supreme Court, have implications for decades.Appoint the cabinet. From the attorney general to the secretary of state, the president has the power to appoint these very important and influential people.Veto or sign bills. Congress writes the bills and when enough of them vote in favor of a bill, it is eventually sent to the president for either his signature (which then enacts the bill into law) or his veto, in which case it goes back to congress, where a two-thirds majority is needed to override the veto and enact the bill into law without him.The point being much of the president’s power is indirect, and without a cooperative congress there isn’t much a president can do that will change much for you and me.The legislative branch.Congress on the other hand has great power to change our lives, and far too little attention is focused on congressional elections, both at the federal and state levels.Related: Millionaires Are Now the Majority Party in CongressSo whether you are a liberal or a conservative this election season, participate in the voting process.A right, a privilege and a duty, all in one.Consider that African Americans and women were not allowed to vote when the United States became a country. People fought and died for the right for African Americans and women to vote, and if you are a member of either of these groups, it is an insult and affront to those who fought, suffered and died to gain this right, if you decide not to exercise it.Do your homework. Don’t vote for someone about whom you know nothing. Research the candidates and ballot initiatives before you make up your mind.Remember, your vote matters. Many believe that their votes don’t matter; they’re wrong. Recent elections have been very close; every vote counts. Even if your candidate loses, your vote still matters: a candidate who wins by a landslide feels emboldened to do whatever he or she pleases, while one who squeaks by with a narrow margin is less likely to be as confident of the public’s support.Don’t be a single issue voter. Lobbyists spend millions trying to convince you that a single issue is a good reason to vote for a particular candidate, while the truth is that your elected official is likely to decide hundreds, perhaps thousands, of things that will affect your life. So it is wise and prudent to avoid electing an official based on a single issue, no matter how important that issue is to you.Related: How Much Money Does It Take to Win an Election? (Infographic) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Image credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock Contributor 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »
How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone or iPad Jill Duffy and Chandra Steele This story originally appeared on PCMag 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 8 min read June 21, 2017 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Writers Data Storage Is the storage full on your iOS device? Here’s how to figure out what’s taking up the most space so you can decide what to delete. Next Article How much space is left on your iOS device? Do you hit a wall whenever you try to update your OS or download new apps? What’s the best way to move files you want to keep in order to free up space? And how can you make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad.1. Check your total usageGo to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.At the top, you’ll see sections for Used and Available space, which refer to the space on your iOS device. Below them, you’ll see your iCloud storage. For the purpose of this article, however, we’ll just focus on local storage.You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply, and there are no hard and fast rules about how much space you need to leave free on your device. If you simply want to have enough free space so that you can take new photos and install new apps without worrying about hitting an obstacle, give yourself at least 1GB of free space (1GB=1,024MB).Note that when you add your available space and the used space, they won’t add up to the total size of your phone (e.g., a 16GB iPhone may appear to have only about 12.3GB total space) because it doesn’t include the space being used by the operating system.2. Find apps taking up the most spaceOn the Storage & iCloud Usage Screen, tap Manage Storage. Here you’ll see a list of all your apps, in order of how much space they consume.Select any app, and a new page shows the usage into two parts: the amount of space the app itself uses (in light gray at the top) and the space used by the app’s data and documents. For example, my favorite podcasting app Downcast takes up 622MB total: 17.1MB for the app and 605MB for documents and data.Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app that takes up so much space, but rather what you store in it. In my case, the Downcast app is listed first when I go to the Manage Storage page, meaning it is the app that takes up the most space of all my apps, so I know I can make big gains by getting rid of any excess data in it. And I have some options. I could listen to the podcasts that are saved in the app and delete them afterward. Or I could change my settings in the app so that new podcasts only download to my phone when I want to play them. Or I could change the settings to only stream podcasts with a video component and never download them.3. Check your photo and video useA lot of people find that the Photos & Camera app takes up a lot more space than they realized, so let’s deal with that app directly. Tap on it and you’ll see Photo Library and My Photo Stream. Right now, just focus on Photo Library, as that’s the space being used locally on your iPhone or iPad.If you have more than 1GB here, you should consider copying photos and videos to another storage space so you can delete them from your iPhone and free up a lot of space.If you have a Google account, an easy option here is Google Photos. Download the app, sign in and navigate to Settings > Back up & sync > and toggle Back up & sync to on. Make sure Google Photos has access to Photos (Settings > Google Photos > Photos) and then, every photo you take with your iPhone will be automatically backed up to Google Photos and accessible across your devices and on the web.You can also offload your iPhone photos via Dropbox or any cloud-based syncing and storage service you like, such as Box, SugarSync, etc. Ideally you want the service to have a mobile upload feature in its iPhone app, as Dropbox does.Once iPhone photos have uploaded to your cloud service of choice — double- and triple-check that they’re there — delete them from the Photos app. Then navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted. Tap Select, and then at the bottom tap Delete All. If you skip that last step, you won’t free up any space for a month, as your iOS device hangs onto deleted photos for 30 days, just in case you change your mind about deleting them.Other apps that often take up a lot of space include music players, podcast players, Voice Memos and office apps. You probably want to keep the app itself, but you might be able to free up space by deleting files that are no longer relevant. To do so, open the app where they’re contained and remove them. In other words, you can’t delete them from the iPhone or iPad Settings area.4. Wade out of the streamPhoto Stream is meant to be a seamless way to share photos across iOS devices. Activate it on your iPhones and iPads, and any time the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, photos taken from one device, like your iPhone, will appear on the others, like your iPad.It’s a handy feature, but the feature syncs the most recent 1,000 photos, so it can eat up space. If storing your photos on one device is enough for you, turn Photo Stream off. You can do this by going to Settings > Photos & Camera > Upload to My Photo Stream and toggle it off.5. Target apps you don’t useGo back to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Storage > Manage Storage. Scroll through the list of apps and look for apps you don’t use; it’s much easier to do this here than on your home screens, where apps are likely to be scattered across several pages and bunched into folders.If you find apps you don’t need or only use in specific contexts — like travel apps — consider deleting them. Any app you’ve purchased in the past is always available for you to download again at no extra charge.To delete apps, go to your iPhone or iPad’s home screen. Place your finger on an app you want to delete and hold (don’t press down on iPhone 6s and 7 or 3D Touch will activate). Apps will start to wiggle and a small X appears on each icon. Press the X, and confirm to delete. Press the home button to stop the wiggling.6. Remove unwanted musicMultimedia, such as audio tracks and videos, takes up a lot of space. There are two ways to delete audio files and videos. From Settings Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > Music. The next screen summarizes all the songs and albums you have stored on your phone.Delete tracks you don’t listen to by swiping left. You can also use the Edit button (top right) to delete multiple tracks and albums in one shot. Both actions delete all the files associated with the entry or album.If you want to put the music back on your device, open the Music app and go to Library. Find the song or album you want, tap it, and re-download it by tapping the cloud-arrow icon on the right.From within the appOpen the Music app. Go to Library > Downloaded Music, where you’ll see music that’s stored locally and taking up space. If you want to delete an entire album, press on it and a pop-up menu will include a “Remove” option (pictured). You can do the same for specific songs within an album.Consider streamingIf you want to have thousands of tracks at your disposal, use a music-streaming service like Spotify. If you’re a Premium subscriber, however, keep an eye on how much you download for offline use. Storing all those playlists on your device can quickly eat up space.7. Get (rid of) the message Unless you like to hang onto conversations for sentimental (or legal) reasons, delete all “running late” or “what do you want for dinner?” texts to free up some space. If you like to live dangerously, set texts to automatically delete. Go to Settings > Messages and choose to keep messages for 30 days or 1 year.8. Empty your browser’s cacheOne final smidgen of junk to wipe off your iPhone or iPad is the cache for the Safari web browser or other mobile web browsers you use. For Safari, go to Settings > Safari. Tap Clear History and Website Data.For Chrome on iOS, open the app, tap the three dots on the top-right corner and select History. Then tap “Clear Browsing Data” to wipe everything out or “Edit” to erase specific sites. 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Craigslist Next Article The passing of the controversial, ham-handed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA-FOSTA) has prompted Craigslist to close its personals section.The bill is designed to punish websites with criminal sanctions if they are seen to be facilitating sex work, as a personals ad could be. Unfortunately, the legislation is drawn so poorly that any website that connects people could be targeted. Which is what has prompted Craigslist to act, with all links in the area now pointing to a short statement.”U.S. Congress just passed HR 1865, ‘FOSTA,’ seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.”Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.”To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”This isn’t the first time that Craigslist has pulled its personals section to protest other attacks concerning its hookup-enabling tools. Back in 2010, the site closed that part of its product in response to criticism that it was enabling sex trafficking. But, in The New York Times, Craigslist’s representatives said that it was combatting abuses when they were found, and worked closely with law enforcement. It pointed out that its ability to do so was hampered as many ads went to other platforms, like Backpage.In addition, there are many, including the EFF, who believe that the bill has been built less to tackle genuine crime, and more as a censorship tool. In 2010, Craigslist said that its critics were simply trying to prohibit casual sex between consenting adults. Now, a large coalition of free speech campaigners and sex worker’s rights groups have decried the legislation, since it will chill free expression in many realms. Add to Queue –shares Craiglist Blocks Personal Ads to Protest Anti Sex-Trafficking Law This story originally appeared on Engadget Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Shutterstock via engadget March 23, 2018 2 min read It wants to bring them back ‘some day,’ but can’t under the current legal regime. Daniel Cooper Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.
The widely scattered residents of the largest state are looking for alternatives to reduce their onerous energy costs. Next Article It’s crazy that Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas but its largest city has only 304,000 people. It’s isolated from the rest of the country. Due to its weather, terrain and lack of adequate infrastructure, Alaska has the highest cost of energy in the nation behind Hawaii. And it has the third highest per capita consumption of energy in the nation!It seems ironic that Alaska, known in the lower 48 for its oil pipeline, would now be promoting alternative energy. We like to say, “If you want to make a change, put a buck on it!” Well, in their case, the price of oil fell to a point that, while the rest of the country enjoys a growing economy, Alaska is suffering from a deep recession.We recently had the opportunity to Keynote for the Alaska Small Business Development Center’s 1st Annual Vitalize Alaska Conference, a two-day event. We attended the Demo Night for the Launch Alaska business accelerator, and caught up with its managing director, the former executive director of the Alaska BCDC, Isaac Vanderburg. Isaac is a graduate of the Energy Executive Leadership Program at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO, and the Energy Innovation and Engineering Technologies Program at Stanford.Related: This Entrepreneur Is Playfully Revolutionizing Renewable EnergyCan you say “Opportunity”? Isaac Vanderburg can! “Alaska is the ideal place for an alternative energy start up today!” he declares. His launch Alaska has been cobbled together by various public and private funds to provide an incubator for businesses that solve Alaska’s energy problems. “It’s a great place to prove your concept and get some traction,” says Vanderburg.Due to Alaska’s small, concentrated population, the folks at Launch Alaska can readily introduce you to the important gate keepers and government decision makers necessary to help you gain access to funds and the market itself. Beyond coaching and connections, this year Launch Alaska has invested up to $75,000 in each of their startups.Outside the narrow “Rail” belt between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska has hundreds of tiny villages on mini-grids powered by very expensive and polluting diesel fuel. Most of those villages are under the auspices of the Alaska Native Corporations, powerful organizations motivated to buy alternatives. At the current prices they are paying for energy, even a 20% savings is attractive.Vanderburg says, “We are looking for ventures in the post-launch stage who want to scale their revenue to validate their businesses.” Alaska has up to 250 independent mini grids. “We have access to the heads of all six utilities in the state,” he adds. This year’s cohort of four start-ups competed before the Demo Day audience. They presented their concepts, progress, and investment opportunities. The popular winner, BoxPower, is a classic example of what Vanderburg is looking for: an ideal alternative energy solution for Alaska.Related: How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the EnvironmentWe met with its 25-year-old founder, Angelo Campus. Angelo has developed a mobile solar power plant with batteries, back up and software all packed in a self-contained shipping container. He has one in operation in Puerto Rico, one in Upstate New York and is shipping three more to a customer in Alaska this month. He also has Letters of Intent for several more Alaskan projects next summer! Unlike similar solutions that take five to10 employees two to three weeks to install, BoxPower can be assembled and producing power within four hours!Angelo says, “Even though my manufacturing facilities are in Grass Valley, California, I was accepted into last year cohort at Launch Alaska. They helped me with a $75,000 investment, got me through the Alaska entitlements, and introduced me to the buyers we needed to prove our concept and gain traction in the market place.”Big state, big energy costs, and big consumption – Alaska has it all! Small population, small microgrids, and small barriers to market access – these, too, Alaska has. This is why Isaac Vanderburg is broadcasting: “Calling all De-Carbonators, Alaska wants you!” Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Alaska Is Offering Entrepreneurs a Huge Renewable Energy Opportunity –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey July 29, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founders Image credit: Stephan Zirwes | Getty Images Renewable Energy Guest Writer
Landmark Study Shows CBD Could Treat Heroin Addiction Green Entrepreneur Podcast Next Article –shares CBD Add to Queue Image credit: razerbird | Getty Images Prior research has pointed to marijuana’s ability to treat addiction in myriad ways. Not only have previous studies shown how cannabis can be an exit drugs from opioids, it’s also been proven effective in treating cocaine addiction and alcoholism. Perhaps this explains why consumers are replacing their prescription pills with cannabis, including those taking anti-anxiety meds.A new study out this week demonstrated that CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana and hemp, could assist those with opioid addiction. When given to patients with heroin addiction, CBD helped them experience less cravings when compared to those participants given a placebo. The CBD was also effective in making patients feel more at ease and lessen anxiety symptoms.Related: Illinois Makes it Legal to Replace Opioids with Marijuana“The specific effects of CBD on cue-induced drug craving and anxiety are particularly important in the development of addiction therapeutics because environmental cues are one of the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use,” the study’s lead researcher and the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai director Yasmin Hurd said in a press release.The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 42 men with known heroin addictions, but weren’t taking methadone or buprenorphine, two substances known to treat opioid addiction. None of these men were taking heroin or opioids at the time, and randomly divided into three groups — one collective taking pills containing 800 mg CBD, another with 400 mg CBD pills, and finally a placebo group.Related: Why Are Opioid Painkillers Legal But Marijuana Isn’t?Over the course of two weeks, individuals were shown various images that would test their potential cravings and overall mood. Some media participants saw included nature videos while other pictures shown were associated with drug use, like needles or packets filled with substances resembling heroin. Afterwards, individuals were asked to rate their heroin cravings, as well as their anxiety levels.The groups that had taken CBD reported less cravings and anxiety on average compared to the placebo group, though the difference between the two CBD groups was insignificant. In addition, more objective measurements like heart rate and cortisol levels in saliva (which can be used to evaluate acute stress) were also down.“Our findings indicate that CBD holds significant promise for treating individuals with heroin use disorder,” Dr. Hurd said. “A successful non-opioid medication would add significantly to the existing addiction medication toolbox to help reduce the growing death toll, enormous health care costs, and treatment limitations imposed by stringent government regulations amid this persistent opioid epidemic.”Related: Why Will Health Insurers Reimburse You for Opioids but Not for Medical Marijuana?While the authors caution this is an “exploratory” study, the scientific community remains encouraged by the results. To continue their findings, Dr. Hurd and her team will next explore CBD’s effects on the brain and the second will focus on more specific CBD formulas to treating opioid addiction. 3 min read Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Brendan Bures May 24, 2019 Brought to you by The Fresh Toast Addicts given CBD were much more resilient to relapse. Listen Now
Hollywood after Weinstein: ‘The animals have no choice but to be civilized’ “A lot of people are compromised by Harvey’s alleged actions,” he said. “Although everyone thinks it is vile behavior, you have got to focus on those who may have colluded and protected him. For me, they are as guilty as he is and in some cases more so, if I can say that. I mean, he was a predator and a predator is a predator. But what about those who would rather look the other way?”Haggis rose to fame with race drama Crash and won two Oscars for the film. He has since written screenplays for Million Dollar Baby, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale as well as directing In the Valley of Elah and The Next Three Days. He was previously a prominent Scientologist and has written about his process of escaping the organization. His lawyer’s statement has also suggested that Haggis “questions” whether or not the group has played a role in the accusations. Paul Haggis: Crash director accused of sexual misconduct by four women Sexual harassment Support The Guardian Hollywood? It’s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York @benfraserlee Benjamin Lee Last modified on Sat 6 Jan 2018 07.32 EST Share via Email Paul Haggis winning Oscars for Crash in 2006. He called Hollywood a ‘fairly sexist’ town in a previous interview with the Guardian.Photograph: Vince Bucci/Getty Images Share on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old Movies news This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Read more Movies Haggis with Charlize Theron at the Venice film festival in 2007. Photograph: MJ Kim/Getty Images Reuse this content Fri 5 Jan 2018 15.44 EST Publicist Haleigh Breest originally accused Haggis last month of “a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault” that occurred in 2013. “The emotional and psychological damage to Ms Breest from the attack cannot be overstated: it has been profound and lasting,” the complaint read. In response, Haggis filed a countersuit claiming that the lawsuit was “extortion”, a $9m attempt to get money from him.The three new accusers have refused to be identified for fear of retribution.One was a 28-year-old publicist working on a television show with Haggis in 1996. She claims he forced her to perform oral sex on him before raping her. She didn’t come forward because she worried that no one would believe her and that Haggis would end her career. “The power, the anger, the financial resources, you feel like you are not really a match for that,” she said. Shares7777 Facebook Rape and sexual assault Topics Share via Email Paul Haggis has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women, including two allegations of rape.The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director was originally the subject of a lawsuit in December from a publicist who claimed he raped her. Now, three other women have come forward with accusations, according to the Associated Press.Haggis’s lawyer has denied any accusations, saying: “He didn’t rape anybody.” In a later statement, the following has also been added: “In a society where one of a person’s fundamental rights is the ability to confront an accuser, that right has now been eviscerated when it comes to anyone being charged in the press with any sort of sexual misconduct.” Read more Share on Twitter The Oscar winner, whose credits also include Million Dollar Baby, has denied the claims with his lawyer stating: ‘He didn’t rape anybody’ … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest A third accuser claimed to have met Haggis while pitching him a TV show idea in his office. She states that Haggis told her he had an arrangement in his marriage that allowed him to sleep with other women before trying to kiss her. “I felt like my life could have been over,” she said, before she managed to escape, followed by him outside.The final accuser claims that in 2015, Haggis forcibly kissed her before following her into a taxi. 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‘You can’t erase us’: in Silicon Valley, Google workers share assault stories Share on Twitter Walkout organizers demanded an end to forced arbitration, a popular corporate practice that has long enabled HR departments to push employee complaints into secretive hearings. This system can silence victims with non-disclosure agreements, conceal labor violations from the public, and protect serial offenders. Arbitration has faced intenser scrutiny since the former Uber engineer Susan Fowler spoke out about harassment last year.Pichai said Google would now make arbitration “optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims”, but noted that employees could still choose to keep their claims confidential. This is a significant shift for the company, which earlier this year was pursuing private arbitration in a lawsuit brought by a female software engineer. That plaintiff, Loretta Lee, described a “bro-culture” that she said enabled daily harassment, including “lewd comments, pranks and even physical violence”.Although Microsoft and Uber backed off of forced arbitration policies in the wake of pressure amid the #MeToo movement, Google was previously resistant to similar reforms. An attorney for the company told the Guardian in March that arbitration was efficient and effective, saying: “Arbitration has been in use for literally decades.” Last modified on Thu 8 Nov 2018 18.08 EST This article is more than 8 months old Google Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Thu 8 Nov 2018 14.36 EST Employees in New York stage a walkout. CEO Sundar Pichai says Google will end forced arbitration and revamp its investigative process.Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images Pichai also said Google would disclose trends about investigations and disciplinary actions and would create “one dedicated site” that included “live support” for people with complaints. Google would now also offer “extra care and resources” to employees, including counseling and “career support” and a “support person” , the CEO added.The original walkout demands called for a “clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously” and stated that it should include those who are not full-time workers.The Tech Workers Coalition, a group of labor organizers that includes Google employees, criticized Pichai’s message in a statement to the Guardian on Thursday, saying that “temps, vendors and contractors” (TVCs) “continue to have no adequate protections from sexual harassment”. Read more Sam Levin in San Francisco Share via Email Read more Shares5959 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Some critics, however, said the commitments were inadequate, failed to address pay disparities, and ignored demands to improve the rights of temporary employees and contractors.The massive protests came after a New York Times investigation revealed that the tech firm gave a $90m payout to a top executive after determining that sexual misconduct allegations against him were credible. The revelations sparked intense backlash and reignited concerns about discrimination and abuse in Silicon Valley.“We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that,” Pichai wrote. “It’s clear we need to make some changes.” After the Google walkout, is #Me Too about to get more militant? Sexual harassment This article is more than 8 months old The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, said the company would overhaul its sexual harassment policies, meeting some of the demands of employees who organized historic walkouts across the globe.In an email to staff on Thursday, Pichai said Google would end forced arbitration for sexual misconduct claims, revamp its investigations process, share data on harassment claims and outcomes, and provide new support systems for people who come forward. The announcement is a notable achievement for employees who organized roughly 20,000 workers to walk out of the corporation’s offices across 50 cities last week. Share on Pinterest Topics Google staff stage a walkout at the company’s UK headquarters in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images This workforce, which is disproportionately women and people of color, did not receive the email announcement and were excluded from a town-hall discussion, the coalition said, adding: “This deliberate slight demonstrates the caste-like system deployed by Google, which fails to protect its workers and our colleagues. For a company that likes to innovate, it’s striking to see such a lack of vision for treating all of their workforce with basic dignity.”The coalition also criticized Pichai for ignoring the walkout demand to appoint an employee representative to the company’s board.Pichai’s email also made no mention of pay discrimination, which is a rampant problem for women across Google, according to an ongoing class-action lawsuit and US labor investigators. The walkout organizers had demanded a “commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity”.Walkout organizers called on leadership to do more in a statement Thursday afternoon, saying the “company must address issues of systemic racism and discrimination, including pay equity and rates of promotion, and not just sexual harassment alone”.Added organizer Stephanie Parker, “We demand a truly equitable culture, and Google leadership can achieve this by putting employee representation on the board and giving full rights and protections to contract workers, our most vulnerable workers, many of whom are Black and Brown women.”Google has previously said it closed its gender pay gap, a position the class-action is challenging.Google remains overwhelmingly white, Asian and male. In leadership positions, 2% of employees are black, 1.8% are Latino and 25.5% are women, according to the company’s figures.Asked about temporary workers, a spokesperson pointed to Pichai’s statement saying Google investigates “all matters in which a complaint is made by a TVC against an employee”. A “code of conduct” also requires Google suppliers to “demonstrate a commitment to identify, measure, and improve a culture of diversity and inclusion through all aspects of workplace management”, the statement said. Pinterest Facebook news Share via Email Since you’re here… Google pledges to overhaul its sexual harassment policy after global protests Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Guardian staff and agencies Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 7 months old Astrophysicist posts lengthy message on Facebook pageWrites: ‘In any claim, evidence matters’ Neil deGrasse Tyson.Photograph: Supplied This article is more than 7 months old Share on Messenger Shares224224 Topics Share via Email Sexual harassment news US news Sign up for the new US morning briefing US news Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Neil deGrasse Tyson: sexual misconduct allegations investigated Sun 2 Dec 2018 08.01 EST Neil deGrasse Tyson answers allegations of sexual misconduct The scientist then denied, in detail, an accusation that he groped a woman and denied that he made sexual advances toward a production assistant when he invited her to share wine and cheese at his home. He apologized for making the production assistant feel uncomfortable.Under the title “Early 1980s”, he also discussed another claim, dating from a relationship in graduate school, which he said “was used as a kind of solicitation-bait by at least one journalist to bring out of the woodwork anybody who had any encounter with me that left them uncomfortable”.Fox and National Geographic Networks have said they will conduct a thorough investigation of the claims against Tyson.“I welcome this,” he wrote. Tyson was host of Cosmos: Possible Worlds on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series was to air on National Geographic next year. The religious news site patheos.com recently published accounts from two women who say Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward them.In a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday, Tyson wrote: “For a variety of reasons, most justified, some unjustified, men accused of sexual impropriety in today’s ‘me-too’ climate are presumed to be guilty by the court of public opinion. Emotions bypass due process, people choose sides, and the social media wars begin.“In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters. But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full cooperation to do so.“I’ve recently been publically accused of sexual misconduct. These accusations have received a fair amount of press in the past 48 hours, unaccompanied by my reactions. In many cases, it’s not the media’s fault. I declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press. But clearly I cannot continue to stay silent.” Share via Email Last modified on Mon 3 Dec 2018 12.08 EST Read more Reuse this content The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said he would cooperate fully with an “impartial investigation” into allegations of sexual misconduct against him. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedRecycle Your Old Assistive TechnologyJanuary 13, 2010In “Equipment Reutilization”Tony Faucett – Volunteer of the YearFebruary 13, 2018In “INDATA News”Consumer Highlight: Fred ChristianApril 28, 2016In “Consumer Highlight” The INDATA Project operates an Equipment Reutilization and Computer Reutilization (ReUse) program where assistive technology equipment is received from donors and given to individuals in the state of Indiana who have a disability. This program takes donations of used CCTV’s, video magnifiers, and computers. The equipment is then sanitized, repaired, and then given to to qualified recipients. Donated computers that are received from donors are wiped of all previous data, refurbished, and provided at no charge.INDATA’s ReUse Coordinator, Alvin Alviar, supervises the ReUse program, also known as The Depot. Alvin was a volunteer with the Assistive Technology Center before becoming an employee. His background was in Information Technology. He received his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science at the University of Philippines. Alvin is passionate about getting donated computers into the hands of people with disabilities that could not otherwise afford one.Alvin is assisted by, Tracy Castillo, the ReUse Technician. Tracy worked in a school district before joining Crossroads. She is responsible for getting donated computers in working condition. Tracy told me she “thrives on helping people in need”. She enjoys working in a field where she can work with technology and help people.The Depot is also fortunate to have volunteers who help get all of the computers and equipment in working order. The volunteers assist in cleaning up the donated computers. They perform duties such as wiping the hard drives clean of the previous data. They then make sure the computers are up to usable standards. The volunteers provide technical support and troubleshooting. The volunteers also play an important role in teaching other volunteers that don’t have experience working with computers. This is a great opportunity for those who aren’t as proficient to learn computer skills and an opportunity for the volunteers to teach and share their knowledge. In talking with Alvin about the volunteers, he said, “The volunteers play a very important role in the sustainability of the program.”When Alvin informed me that they were taking a handful of computers to a group of individuals who had applied for computers, I asked if I could join them to see the process of getting computers to individuals. He told me that several people at Crossroads Industrial Services had applied for computers so he was going to take all of them at the same time and show the features of the computers in a group setting. Crossroads Industrial Services (CIS) is a division of Easter Seals Crossroads that provides manufacturing, assembly, metal fabrication, and supply chain services to customers. The focus of this warehouse is to provide production services to clients lowering the customer’s productions costs while employing people with disabilities.Before dropping off the computers I asked Alvin how computers are received and handled once received. He told me, “Donated computers can be dropped off at Easter Seals Crossroads at the front desk any time between the hours of 8am to 4pm. There are some instances when transportation can be arranged to pick up the donations. Once the computer(s) is received all the previous data is securely wiped from that computer. The computers are cleaned and brought up to desirable specs. Once they are operational, Microsoft Windows operating system is installed, as well as MS Office Suite, anti-malware software, and other useful utilities and applications, and if needed, screen readers like Window Eyes (which comes free with the version of MS Office we provide) or NVDA.”Alvin then described the typical process of how to obtain a computer. He said, “If someone wants to apply for a computer or other reutilized equipment, they would first contact me, Alvin Alviar, at email@example.com or call 317-466-2013 to request an application. The application is also available for download on our website. The application would need to be completed and returned with documentation of a disability. Examples of documentation would be a letter from social security or a doctor. Once the application is processed and approved, the applicant would be notified that they have been approved and where they are on the waiting list. Once their name comes up on the list, someone will call them to schedule a pick up at one of our distribution sites.”Alvin and Tracy loaded up the van with five computers to be taken to CIS and drove them over to the factory where the recipients gathered in the conference room waiting to receive their new laptops. It had been determined since there were so many people in the same location receiving a computer that they could deliver the computers and provide a brief overview of the computer features onsite. It was very exciting to see the joy of everyone in the room that would be receiving these computers. They talked about how the new computer would give them more independence. Alvin and Tracy were animated with smiles and as they appeared to enjoy the entire process of giving the computers to everyone in the conference room. Their skills and compassion really shined as they were showing the users how to access the computer and teaching them some of the basic features. Alvin and Tracy showed them how to access the Internet, the accessibility features that are built in to the computer, and also discussed Internet safety.Here are some video highlights of my visit when we took the donated computers to CIS:Alvin and I discussed what is typically shown when someone receives a computer and he told me, “Recipients of computers come from different backgrounds and levels of computer literacy, so the Depot provides tailored, brief instructions to each individual that ranges from the basics of mouse and keyboard use up to surfing the Internet so they can at least get to the tutorial links that will help them further use a computer. We give a brief demonstration of the Ease of Access features built into Windows OS. Recipients are also shown web links to free tutorials on the web that includes online classes on computer basics, Internet safety, and even college courses. There are links to useful resources on the web such as free ebooks, public libraries, jobs and healthcare sites and we provide these to the people who receive our computers.It was such a pleasure to tag along with Alvin and Tracy and see how happy they were to bring these computers to people who needed them and to see how much joy they brought to the people that received the computers. Many looked forward to using the computer to access health information, connect with loved ones, and have increased independence by being able to do things from their home such as online banking.Click here for if you would like additional information about The Depot or would like to download an application for a computer.If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, please contact Tessa Barnard at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 317.466.100 Ext. 2414.
Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of Directors PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 1:01 pmJune 21, 2019 cloud-based softwarecrmExperience ManagementLeslie StretchMarketing TechnologyMedalliaNews Previous ArticleTechBytes with Evgeny Popov, Global Vice President at LotameNext ArticleGoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Team Coupa Software CEO Adds Deep Expertise to Experienced BoardMedallia, Inc., the global experience management leader, announced the appointment of Rob Bernshteyn, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Coupa Software, as a new member of Medallia’s Board of Directors.Bernshteyn’s decades-long experience in the enterprise software industry is exemplified in his role at Coupa, where he drives the company’s overall strategy and execution. For the past 10 years, Rob has led Coupa from an early start-up to a position of global marketplace leadership with rapid revenue growth and massive spend under management through its platform.“Rob’s executive tenure across all key functional areas of an enterprise software business, along with his deep product marketing and management experience at Siebel Systems, SuccessFactors, and Coupa equip him perfectly to serve on the Medallia Board. We are delighted that he has chosen to join forces with us at this important time for the company,” commented Leslie Stretch, President and CEO of Medallia.Marketing Technology News: Popular Ticketing Platform Ticketbud Announces Integration with SalesforceAs a member of Medallia’s board, Bernshteyn will join eight existing board members: Medallia Co-Founders, Borge Hald and Amy Pressman; CEO, Leslie Stretch; Stan Meresman; Steve Walske; Leslie Kilgore; Mitchell K. Dauerman; and Douglas Leone.“Medallia’s unique vision and groundbreaking customer and employee engagement platform is proving to be indispensable for top organizations across the globe,” said Bernshteyn. “I look forward to joining Medallia’s Board during a time of transformation and growth, and I’m absolutely thrilled to help drive the industry originator’s continued leadership in the experience management space.”Marketing Technology News: Lattice Engines Ranked a Leader in B2B Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research FirmPrior to his role at Coupa, Bernshteyn served as Vice President of Global Product Marketing and Management for cloud-based software provider SuccessFactors. He was also the Director of Product Management at CRM solutions provider Siebel Systems, served as an associate management strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, and spent four years as a Project Manager focusing on global SAP systems implementations at Accenture. Bernshteyn is often featured on major news programs on CNBC, Bloomberg and NPR. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Harvard Business School.Marketing Technology News: Lattice Engines Ranked a Leader in B2B Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research Firm
crmCTI integration solutionsInteraction Integration CloudMarketing TechnologyNewsOpenMethodsOracle CRM Previous ArticleKinetica Brings on Strategic Asia-Pacific Leadership in Response to Strong Market DemandNext ArticleLack-Luster Localization Prompts Chief Marketers to Re-Examine Global Ops and Realign Agency Dynamics Customers Are Realizing 45+ Seconds in AHT Reduction, While Improving Customer and Agent Experiences and SatisfactionOpenMethods, a leader in omnichannel and CTI integration solutions, announced new features to their next generation Interaction Integration Cloud to deepen cloud-based Oracle CRM integrations with leading communications infrastructure to provide real-time, relevant contextual information to contact center agents.OpenMethods Announced New Feature Set that Creates a Step Function Improvement in Interaction Integration for Contact CentersIn this release, OpenMethods added over 100 features focused on automated interaction integration. The release makes it faster, easier, and cheaper to integrate Oracle CRM with leading communication platforms from Avaya, Cisco, Five9, Genesys, and others. Features enhance the ability for contact centers to quickly and deeply integrate enterprise and 3rd party data sets and workflows directly into Oracle CRM to streamline and personalize agent and customer workflows delivering what agents need to help customers when they need it. Also, OpenMethods released a set of features focused on advanced logic and usability to enable business users to automate thousands of lines of CTI, integration and design code, enabling the design, testing, and deployment of new agent workflows and screen pops in a matter of hours instead of months.Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth“OpenMethods has been a big win, helping us automate workflows, understand the type and context of a call, which allows our agents to take care of the customer better and resolve their needs,” said Traci Scott, Senior Business Analyst at Pella Corporation.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers“Over the past ten years, we’ve been working closely with our customers, which represent some of the largest contact centers, to continuously prioritize our roadmap and drive innovations that create step function improvements and ROI with their integrations, design, and deployment in streamlining and personalizing their experiences. It has been great to see our customers drive incredible time and monetary savings while creating a better experience for their customers and agents with this new release,” said Gerrit Lydecker Jr., CEO of OpenMethods.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce OpenMethods Announced New Feature Set that Creates a Step Function Improvement in Interaction Integration for Contact Centers Business WireJune 26, 2019, 4:27 pmJune 26, 2019
TechBytes with Gregory Raiz, Chief Innovation Officer, Rightpoint Sudipto GhoshApril 29, 2019, 2:30 pmApril 29, 2019 Rightpoint is an independent customer experience agency with technology at our core. We create transformative digital experiences driven by insight, design, technology, and mobile innovation and emerging technologies via Raizlabs, to help organizations succeed at the speed of innovation. Rightpoint serves more than 250 Fortune 1,000 companies and has been named one of Crain’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Chicago for four consecutive years. Rightpoint is the largest independent agency with 450 employees across 10 offices. Gregory Raiz graduated from Tufts University and got his start as a Program Manager at Microsoft on Windows XP. In 2003, Greg founded Raizlabs with a vision to improve lives through design and technology. Raizlabs hit its stride in 2007 with the launch of Apple’s iPhone. Since then it’s been an Inc 5000 fastest growing company for four years in a row and has launched hundreds of apps including many that have topped the App Store charts for their innovation and design. The products Raizlabs produces have utilized cutting-edge technologies and platforms starting with mobile but extending to Voice, IoT, AI, VR, and more.Beyond helping start Raizlabs, AltConf, and DrinksOnTap, Greg actively speaks at events and conferences on entrepreneurship, innovation and new technology. Greg most recently joined Rightpoint’s Leadership Team as Chief Innovation Officer through the acquisition of Raizlabs. Greg is based in Boston and will continue building the culture of innovation throughout Rightpoint, and working with clients to help them digitally transform their businesses using design and innovation thinking. About GregoryAbout RightpointAbout Gregory About Rightpoint Tell us about your interaction with new-age technologies such as AI, Machine Learning and Mobile Applications.We’ve been working with new technologies for a number of years. We’ve been exploring new tech capabilities building things that use AR/VR, Machine Learning and a wide range of mobile applications.How did you start in this space? What galvanized you to start at Rightpoint?I started my own agency after leaving Microsoft back in 2001. I wanted to improve lives through technology and design and I saw a huge opportunity in mobile and emerging technology. The agency I started grew to over 80 folks and we were acquired by Rightpoint about a year and a half ago. Our depth in new technology and innovation was a great match for the marketing, content and IT technologies that Rightpoint had done. We’re now bringing these worlds together and looking to push the state-of-the-art across our offerings.What is Rightpoint and how does it leverage technology in its Marketing, Sales and Customer Service? Rightpoint is a customer experience agency with technology at the center of our organization. We’re an experience agency in that we’re always thinking about how people use the products and websites we build and we do that with depth in technical expertise. We believe that some of the best solutions are a mix of art and technology and that’s how we think about our business. We work with organizations across their customer journey from marketing to product to customer services.Tell us more about your recent enhancements to established healthcare practice.We’ve been developing software for hospitals, doctors, and pharma companies for a number of years. We wanted to tie this together and have a well thought out approach and perspective on healthcare and how we can improve patient experiences. This has resulted in a concerted effort across our agency to align our capabilities around healthcare. Our agency also gained a key quality certification around medical software and devices, giving us a unique perspective on building software in this space.Who are your customers and how do they leverage your products/services? We work with companies that want a customer experience edge from their products, websites or apps. They tend to be established brands and companies but also include many mid-market innovators. We’re typically working with VPs of product and heads of technology as well as marketing executives.What is the biggest challenge to digital transformation in the market you cater to? How does Rightpoint contribute to a successful digital transformation?The biggest challenge to digital transformation is typically not technology but getting organizational velocity. Getting companies working in an agile way to innovate and deliver new products and solutions is the biggest challenge to driving digital transformations. Many organizations want to change but have trouble taking the first step. When we get companies moving in the right direction it tends to be a snowball picking up speed.Where do you see AI-enabled car journeys and other smart technologies heading beyond 2020?AI-enabled cars are a great example of technology changing right before our eyes while also taking a decade. You can see the future of 2020 today by observing the beginnings of technology as it picks up speed. The beginnings of these new trends are out there today and improving day over day… from EV’s to audio applications to the advances of self-driving cars, innovation is largely happening out in the open. Tesla is moving the state-of-the-art of cars, Apple is putting health data right on your wrist, Amazon is enabling new breeds of voice and Google is enabling AI across a spectrum of things that we search for.What is your opinion on “Weaponization of AI and Machine Learning”? How do you promote your ideas in the digital economy?Software hasn’t changed that much and weaponized AI is just the new way to say ‘malicious software’. It’s important that applications of any new technology consider the use, application and potential ethical concerns of doing so. AI, just like any other software, can be used to get computers to do certain things. We’re not talking about HAL2001 or The Terminator, rather, software programs that can categorize, identify or filter information in a way that was previously difficult. As a society, we need to understand what these technologies can do and provide the appropriate security to keep things running smoothly.It is equally important for us to consider how we can inadvertently train AI’s to have discriminatory biases. Recently, some facial recognition apps were identified that were only good at detecting predominantly white faces. As we think about AI, it’s important that we’re using training data that represents a broad and inclusive user-base.What digital technology start-ups and labs are you keenly following?I tend to follow a lot of interesting people, rather than particular technologies. Twitter is a great tool for learning about things outside your typical bubble. So, I try to follow folks from a number of industries. I’m particularly interested in AI, Robotics, VR, Healthcare, and Blockchain recently but it does change from month to month.What technologies within your industry are you interested in?I’m particularly excited about what’s happening with augmented reality and how it’s being applied to mobile apps, healthcare, and other industries.As a tech leader, which industries do you think would be the fastest to adopt AI in car-making with smooth efficiency? What are the new emerging markets for these technology markets?I think there is huge potential for AI in autonomous cars in trucking and agriculture. These two industries could see vast adoption of these types of technologies to enable smoother operations and efficiencies.What’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?If you want to be productive for the day, it’s just two things. Don’t open email. Don’t schedule so many meetings. When you control your day and do what you need to get done you’ll be 10x more productive. If you live by your inbox or by your calendar you’ll be pulled in a million directions.Tag the one person in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read.Would love to hear thoughts from Benedict Evans. adtechAugmented RealityFace TrackingGregory RaizMarketing TechnologymobileOpenLoopRightpointSpotifyTouch & GestureVideo Previous ArticleData Integrity: A Marketer’s Opportunity TodayNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Jeremy Korst, President, GBH Insights