Month: July 2019

Jul 27 2019

The designer in me is totally geeking out on these industrialtexture engagement

first_imgWhat could be a bigger testament to your love for your partner and your creative profession than a nice, knurled piece of jewelry?Cleverly capturing its aesthetic cues not from conventional jewelry, but from industrial textures that us industrial designers are all too familiar with, these fun, tongue-in-cheek, tactile engagement rings are perfect for designers who love what they do! Acting as a constant reminder of your loved one as well as an emotional connection to your profession, Igor Komov’s ring designs feature prominent, popular industrial textures found in most products. From bumps to grooves to ridges and even the famous diamond knurls, these rings come with a matte 3d-printed titanium exterior that’s absolutely inviting to the touch, with a window that exposes a gold inner ring along with an inscription of the memorable date. Absolutely delightful!The Industrial Wedding Rings are a winner of the A’ Design GOLD Award for the year 2019.Designer: Igor KomovSharePinShareFlipSharePocket1.0K Shareslast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Bend City Staff Will Respond to Citizens Concerned about Speeding Cars in

first_img Twitter On November 13 at 6:30pm in the Bend City Hall Council Chambers, City staff will formally respond to a list of citizen proposals intended to address the ongoing problem of speeding cars on neighborhood streets. (This is not an official governmental meeting, but is being held at the initiative of the newly formed private citizens group, Slower Safer Bend.) In a spirit of innovation and cost-containment, citizens of all ages from all parts of Bend met this summer and fall to develop ideas and suggestions for traffic calming in their neighborhoods.Barb Campbell, a downtown business owner, presented copies of these proposals at the October 2 City Council session.  Anne Aurand, the City’s new community relations manager, has been instrumental in creating the opportunity provided by this meeting for individuals and neighborhoods to air their concerns about what they strongly believe to be a public safety issue.Nick Arnis, Bend’s transportation safety manager and a representative from Bend Police Department will be on hand to address citizen concerns and to hold a discussion with audience members. The public is cordially invited to attend the November 13 meeting. Disabled access is provided.The full text of the citizen proposals is available onfacebook.com/SlowerSaferBend Google+ LinkedIn 0 Facebook on November 7, 2013 Bend City Staff Will Respond to Citizens Concerned about Speeding Cars in Neighborhoods center_img E-Headlines Email Share. Pinterest Tumblr By CBNlast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Holding Those Accountable for Cover Oregon Fiasco

first_img Pinterest on June 5, 2014 Holding Those Accountable for Cover Oregon Fiasco By Pamela Hulse Andrews, Cascade Business News E-Headlines Last week Governor Kitzhaber asked Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to immediately initiate legal action to recover payments and other damages from Oracle, the state’s chief technology vendor for Cover Oregon. Citing Oracle’s failure to deliver to the state a fully functional website, the Governor also made a request to Daniel Levinson, the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to evaluate the work performed by Oracle and consider the full range of legal options. He also wrote Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley requesting they use their oversight authority to help investigate and recoup taxpayer dollars paid to Oracle.Last month, the Cover Oregon board voted to drop its unfinished IT project and shift to the federal exchange, despite $248 million spent. The move will cost approximately another $40 million, most of it picked up by the federal government.The Governor offered that progress has been made saying, “We are making progress moving away from the failed technology toward a reliable enrollment process with the federal exchange that will ensure Oregonians have better access to health care.” Given the colossal screw up of Cover Oregon, there wasn’t much left the Governor could do but try to save face, move on, recover costs and blame Oracle, the same company that has numerous lawsuits filed against it for unfulfilled promises and substandard work.Several months ago the Governor acknowledged that  oversight was a problem at Cover Oregon. He tried to solve that management dilemma by  firing acting head of Cover Oregon, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, in March. However, according to the Oregonian and the Associated Press Goldberg is still drawing a salary. Through July 18 he’ll draw his same director’s pay of $14,425 a month from the Oregon Health Authority where he once served as director. Although the Governor assured the public that Goldberg would not return to the Oregon Health Authority he is still being paid. Typically, departing employees are allowed to choose a lump-sum payout of vacation time. Goldberg’s decision to be reinstated to serve out his vacation time allows him to use health benefits as well as accrue pension benefits. It’s alarming that while the new healthcare programs are managed by appointed (and oftentimes incompetent) paid federal and state directors (who draw those ample salaries), failures rest with the companies hired to design these massive technology projects. How can this be? We hold business in high regard, believing that they are well suited to implement their promised tasks. Not so though with Oracle and part of the problem lies with the way the contract with Oracle was prepared. Instead of using a performance based contract, Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King (who was said to leave due to health reasons) allowed the company to operate on a time and materials agreement. In May 2013 the state’s information technology expert with the department of administrative services warned Cover Oregon that Oracle’s status reports on the exchange were non-compliant, omitted clear information, showed a lack of performance and did not fulfill basic standards of project management work. Cover Oregon staff and the Governor’s office did not heed the warning. If you were running a company and your employees or subcontractors were performing substandard work you would fire them immediately.  Oracle should never have been hired in the first place when it had numerous lawsuits filed against it on poorly delivered work?  Computer Sciences Corporation reportedly spent a billion dollars developing a computer system for the U.S. Air Force that yielded no significant capability. The Oracle software on which the system was based could not be adapted to meet the specialized performance criteria.  In 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Oracle alleging fraud. The lawsuit argued that the government received deals inferior to those Oracle gave to its commercial clients. The 2011 settlement forced Oracle to pay $199.5 million to the GSA.   In 2012 the U.S. General Services Administration banned Oracle from the most popular portal for bidding on GSA contracts for undisclosed reasons. Oracle has previously used this portal for around $400 million  a year in revenue. That same year Oracle lost lawsuits with HP, Google and Android. And yet the State of Oregon saw fit to hire a company with a reputation of delivering inferior work?Overall the consensus must be that government is doing a pretty bad job of managing the most important benefits to its citizens from the national troubles of veterans’ care to Oregon’s healthcare system. And now, as the Governor says, we have to sue a very large corporation, the second largest software company in the world, and it will undoubtedly fight us tooth and nail, but he insists he will not allow that to stop us from recovering the money Oracle received for technology that did not work and was not delivered on time. Share. Twittercenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Email Google+ 0last_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Leasing Buying or Selling Real Estate An Architect Can Help

first_img By Seth Anderson, AIA, LEED AP of Ascent Architecture and Interiors Pinterest 0 on May 28, 2015 Email Just about every day, real estate brokers, asset managers and their clients contact our firm for assistance with commercial property transactions. As licensed professionals with up-to-date market and construction experience, architects bring a unique perspective and valuable experience to a client’s real estate team.On the seller or owner side of a real estate transaction, experienced architects can offer creative solutions to update or improve a building’s aesthetic appeal and make it more marketable, as well as suggest energy upgrades to lower operating costs. On the buyer or lessee side, we can foresee building and land-use challenges, potential permitting issues and unexpected construction costs. We can also offer analysis to make sure a building or space meets a potential buyer or user’s needs and requirements.Specific services architects can provide real estate brokers and their clients include:1. Building Owner and Manager Association (BOMA) measurements and calculations. BOMA sets the national standard for measuring leasable space. Having an accurate measurement meanslandlords capture all rentable square footage, and tenants pay the correct amount, not more or less.2. Space planning. Do you need room for 10 employees and a conference room, but you’re not sure everyone will fit into the space you’re about to lease? A quick sketch from an architect can help put your mind at ease or help you determine the square footage required for your use.3. Color schemes, materials and interior design. Architecture firms that offer interior design services can help improve a dated building by selecting new paint colors, fixtures, lighting, floor coverings, casework (cabinetry), furniture and artwork. An architect and trained interior-design team can make a big impact on the look and feel of the space, sometimes with a minimal investment.4. Due diligence. By state law, cities and counties have the legal authority to restrict property use, building size and even itsexterior look through zoning and development ordinances. State building codes also specify which uses within the same building are compatible, when a building needs fire suppressionsprinklers, and allowed construction types(e.g., wood framed, steel, concrete). Knowing these requirements ahead of time can help you determine if a property and building will accommodate your business.5. As-built drawings. “As-builts” are building plans drafted after a building has been constructed or remodeled. Often, construction documents or plans are lost or unavailable over time, or a building has changed through remodeling. An architect can measure, draft and document the building “as it is (or has been) built.” This gives the building owner or tenant accurate information for building management,future improvements or BOMA calculation verification.6. Budgeting and construction costs. New developments and remodels have many associatedcosts, including city fees, system development charges (SDCs), professional services and construction. Architects are trained to put all the pieces together to create a project budget.7. Contractor referrals. As architects, we work with contractors every day and can offer referrals to a selection of contractors best suited for your project. Just like architects can have specific areas of expertise, many commercial contractors also have specialty knowledge related specific building types. For example, using a contractor with experience building highly technical medical spaces often leads to fewer unexpected costs and delays during construction. We’re happy to make those recommendations and help with contractor interviews and selection.8. Commercial building-condition survey and report. Similar to a home inspection, a buyer needs to know the current condition of a building and if any maintenance or replacement is needed beforefinalizing the purchase. An architect can perform a building survey and document the age and condition of the building components and make recommendations so you know what to expect. Additionally, an architect can develop a list of items that need future replacement and their anticipated replacement cost, so your property manager can calculated the necessary reserve for replacement. And if you plan to do any remodeling, you’ll need to perform an “accessibility barrier removal survey” and plan for the removal of any barriers.Commercial real estate transactions vary in scope and complexity. No matter the type, adding an architect to your real estate team can help increase a property’s value or ensure it meets a buyer or lessor’s needs. Share. Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Facebook Leasing, Buying or Selling Real Estate? An Architect Can Help! E-Headlines Tumblr Google+last_img read more

Jul 27 2019

ReachAnother Foundation Second Annual Night in Ethiopia in Bend Oregon

first_img Tumblr Pinterest ReachAnother Foundation Second Annual Night in Ethiopia in Bend, Oregon The ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) is gearing up for their second annual fundraiser,  A Night In Ethiopia, scheduled to take place at 5pm on Saturday, September 12 at the St. Charles Medical Center event space.  This very special night will bring the sights, sounds, colors and tastes of Ethiopia to Central Oregon in celebration of the vibrant Ethiopian culture and cuisine.Guests will enjoy an authentic Ethiopian dinner paired with wine, served in traditional style, and followed by an auction filled with unique travel experiences, culinary adventures and one-of-a-kind artwork.  Tickets are $100 per person, fully inclusive.All funds raised will provide life-saving treatment for children born with hydrocephalus in Ethiopia, where each year, nearly 2,500 children are born with hydrocephalus or ‘water on the brain.’  While a simple corrective surgical procedure will give these babies an excellent chance of living a normal life, until recently, afflicted children have died due to a lack of trained neurosurgeons in Ethiopia.In 2009, there were just two neurosurgeons to serve a country of over 90 million people.  This was a problem of an epic nature, leaving children born with hydrocephalus without treatment options.The ReachAnother Foundation helps by providing consultation and funding to a collaborative neurosurgeon training program, graduating new neurosurgeons, and then providing financial support for children’s surgeries (at an estimated cost of $150 per child) to allow them to grow into contributing members of their communities.“Until a few years ago, babies with hydrocephalus in Ethiopia simply progressed in their condition and ultimately died,” said Marinus Koning, MD, FACS, RAF founder and medical director.  “Our goal is to train neurosurgeons and facilitate corrective treatment to help make these babies a surgical priority.  It is our plan that over the next five years more than 5,000 babies could be saved.”ReachAnother Foundation is a humanitarian organization based in Bend, Oregon. It is dedicated to improve the quality of life for the world’s poorest citizens and to empower them to choose their own destiny.  RAF works to increase access to healthcare, education and safe living conditions.  Guided by a strong belief that healthcare is a fundamental human right for all peoples of the world, RAF was founded in 2009 by Dr. Marinus Koning.For event tickets or to learn about event sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.anightinethiopia.org, or contact Sophie Clark at 503-580-0088 or email sophie@eventdivasnw.com.For more information about ReachAnother Foundation, or to schedule an interview with the RAF founder, please contact Dr. Marinus Koning at info@reachanother.org or by phone at 541-325-3668. 0 Google+ E-Headlines Facebookcenter_img By CBN Share. Twitter LinkedIn on August 18, 2015 Emaillast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

How to Structure a Tender Response

E-Headlines Tumblr Twitter on August 21, 2017 Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Share. 0 How to Structure a Tender Response Facebook By CBN Tender documents will usually provide the writer with a document that needs to be completed according to instructions. It may need to be sent in a specific format and each section may have a specific word count. It is important to adhere to this if you want to be successful. If you accurately follow the tender requirements, you will make it much easier for the recipient to review your bid.In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to structure a tender response.1. Follow the InstructionsNot every tender is the same, so you can’t copy and paste answers between bids and hope for success. Before you even start writing a tender response, it’s important to read the instructions clearly. If there are no requirements for file format or structure, keep your bid well organised, clear and logical. You’ll want to create a persuasive but clear introduction, which states the reason for your bid. Where possible, use diagrams to break up the text. If, however, you are asked to send the document in a specific file format or have specific word limits – make sure you stick to them.2. Provide All DetailsEvery bid will require you to provide various details. Here, you will need to include a company profile and statement, including key personnel’s CVs, information regarding subcontracting, the price and any conditions that could affect this, a proposed schedule, insurance and tax information, and information regarding any variations to what is in the proposed contract.3. Address the Bid CriteriaThere’s no point submitting a bid for a job you aren’t a good fit for, so make sure you can meet the criteria. If you meet them, you need to show why you are a good fit in your bid. It’s important not to be modest here, so consider hiring a bid writing company like Executive Compass if this is something you struggle with. You’ll want to provide specific information about why you are suitable and explain how you will meet the buyer’s needs. Try and identify which requirements are most important to the client and focus on these.4. Choose the Right RefereesAt the end of your tender, you’ll need to include a list of referees that the client can contact to verify your proposal. Because of this, you’ll want to include referees that have used your products or services and are happy with them. It’s a good idea to get permission from any referees you choose to include and let them know in advance that they may be contacted. Try and brief them about the tender you have applied for so that they can formulate their response accordingly.Once you have structured your tender, all that is left to do is proofread and submit it. Make sure you leave enough time to do both of these things and don’t leave it until the last minute, especially if you need to send your bid by post. Good luck! Email read more

Jul 27 2019

3 Things Preventing You From Truly Listening to Your Customers

first_img Filed Under: Management, Resources, Strategic BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.Image Credit: CC by Common Good ForumPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST One of the key strategies that allowed my company to find success — and be named to Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list — was to listen to our customers and steer the company accordingly. It’s such a simple and essential tenet that it seems like following it would be second nature. However we, like many companies, allowed ourselves to get distracted at certain points, and there were times when we lost the crucial connection with what our customers wanted from our business.Listening to your customers involves an imprecise combination of market research, customer satisfaction data, revenue tracking and more. With more tools and data available than ever before, it can make this essential task seem simultaneously daunting and achievable. But by recognizing three common situations that can lead you astray — all of which happened to us — you can learn from our journey and avoid suffering the setbacks that occur when you stop listening to your customers.Getting Swept Up in a Passion ProjectGreat ideas are often contagious; they can quickly catch and spread, creating an environment where you can’t focus on any one thing. Entrepreneurs are always looking to push the throttle, but often it’s because they just want to build, even if it’s not useful for their customer.For example, for the first two years of Blank Label’s existence, our biggest technology investment was building a WYSIWYG design tool for creating custom dress shirts. We worked with top 3D graphics artists but ultimately learned that our customers were buying from us because of custom-fit, not custom-design. It took us much longer than it should have to realize this because rather than listen to our customers, we were just passionate about pushing the boundaries of online clothing design and digital customization.The problem is that some entrepreneurs let stubbornness get in the way once their customers have rejected the new idea. They’ll think, “one day the public will catch up with my vision,” or “I’ve already invested so many resources in this plan; I have to make it work.”Letting Your Competitors Dictate TrendsOn the other end of the spectrum, it’s also possible to follow market trends too closely at the expense of the needs of your customers. When you see your competitors trying new directions and finding success, it’s understandable to want to imitate them in order to snag some of the market share (especially if you compete in a burgeoning market that has no immediate ceiling). This type of reaction does have the potential to net you short-term revenue growth, but it may also have the much more substantial effect of obscuring your core value proposition and causing you to blend in with the crowd.We’ve seen this ourselves, as in the past few years, subscription commerce has been a hot trend. You can get a monthly box delivered of all sorts of products — shoes, makeup, accessories, bath products, shaving. We did a deep internal report on the benefits of doing a monthly shirt club, built out visual interfaces of what the Web pages would look like, and even created some of the underlying subscription technology. But as we started doing the marketing plan, we realized this wasn’t something our customers had ever asked for. We surveyed our customers, and that reinforced our fear — people weren’t actually interested in automatically getting a new shirt every month or every quarter.Falling Victim to HubrisFrom the myth of King Midas to Breaking Bad, storytellers have always been interested in tales of hubris leading to the fall of the powerful. It’s an essentially human concept, and it often strikes a nerve with audiences who see themselves acting differently were they in a similar situation.We’ve also fallen victim to it. In 2013, business was going well and we thought we were ready to expand, this time into women’s shirts. We occasionally got emails from women asking if we made them, so we thought we’d passed the customer-validation test. We worked with our manufacturers and were ready to launch. We submitted our campaign to Kickstarter and reached out to our email list. Then something unexpected happened — our customers said they didn’t talk about clothes with their significant others; moreover, they liked that we were a men’s brand. Blank Label was their thing, and they liked that it was contrary to being dragged to the department store by their spouses.Listening carefully to your customers gives you a necessary insight into the essential benefits you provide for them, and will keep you from implementing a change in your business practices that would diminish or obscure these benefits. Remaining essential to your customers is one of the surest ways to build loyalty and spread brand awareness through your die-hard fans. Seeing as how a recent study commissioned by Adobe found that 40 percent of all revenue in the U.S. comes from returning customers, building loyalty is a crucial step on the road to long-term prosperity, and listening to your customers helps build that loyalty.center_img 3 Things Preventing You From Truly Listening to Your CustomersApril 17, 2017 by Fan Bi 340SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 83118

first_img Paravel, the direct-to-consumer luggage brand, has raised $3.2M in Seed funding from investors that include 8VC, Fitz Gate Ventures, Shan-Lyn Ma, Allison Williams, David Heath, Jenny Fleiss, Lizzie Tisch, and Jonathan Tisch. Paravel was founded by Indré Rockefeller and Andy Krantz in 2016. 252SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 8/31/18 by AlleyWatch Paravel $3.2M – Seedcenter_img Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 8/31/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Tagged With:  Andy Krantz, 8VC, Allison Williams, David Heath, Fitz Gate Ventures, Indré Rockefeller, Jenny Fleiss, Jonathan Tisch, Lizzie Tisch, Paravel, Shan-Lyn Malast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Internal memo from Intel details AMDs new competitive edge

first_img$244.99 US$244.99 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago $219.99 $249.89 center_img Buy We all know Intel is suffering in the resurgence from AMD in its Ryzen CPUs, but its upcoming Ryzen 3000 series based on the next-gen Zen 2 architecture and 7nm process are going to hurt Intel even more.   Fast forward to now and we have a post on an employee-only portal called “AMD competitive profile: Where we go toe-to-toe, why they are resurgent, which chips of ours beat theirs”. The post was written by Walden Kirsch and is part of “the latest in a Circuit News series on Intel’s major competitors”. Kirsch noted that AMD’s recent strategic re-focus on high-performance desktop, datacenter and server markets. AMD championing towards the new 7nm node with TSMC has helped in a big way, but Kirsch also notes the public wins of cloud systems, next-gen Zen 2, and more that will “amplify near-term competitive challenge from AMD”. AMD sees competitive threads from 7nm-based EPYC Rome CPUs for the server and datacenter markets while Matisse will mop up the desktop CPUs under the Ryzen 3000 series. The post talks about AMD tapping the 7nm node and the fact that AMD now “no longer manufactures its own chips” allowing the company to “drive higher core counts and higher performance than it could previously with Global Foundries as its in-house mnaufacturer”. But the note makes you not worry as an Intel employee, as the Team Blue water as Intel launched its own 10nm Ice Lake CPUs “to strongly positive reviews” at Computex 2019. Intel has some “secret sauce” in the form of not just one single ingredient as the pep talk says, but rather the “six pillars of innovation – process, architecture, memory, interconnect, security, and software”. Given the recent security holes in the likes of Spectre, Meltdown and the avalanche of other holes in Intel CPUs of late, mixed in with the failure of 10nm, I’d say process and security are points of discussion. Read the full thing here. Intel Core i5-9600K Desktop Processorlast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Key Performance Indicators KPIs for SoftwareasaService SaaS Companies – COMMITTED MONTHLY RECURRING

first_imgDuring their expansion stage, a lot of SaaS companies find themselves in a stage where the volume of their revenue and customers accounts put them far ahead of the new startup companies, but their financial infrastructure is far from being well established for successful scaling up and is far from being aligned with the company exit strategy. In previous blog posts I discussed Churn Rate and Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) for the expansion stage software companies, and more specifically, the ones that dwell in the SaaS space. In this blog post, I will discuss a KPI that presents a modified version of the MRR.    Today’s KPI is CMRR – Committed Monthly Recurring Revenue. According to Bessemer Venture Partners’ paper on the subject, the goal of this KPI is to show what a SaaS company’s revenue stream will be going forward if they virtually stop their sales and marketing effort. To get the steady state value of the CMRR, a company needs to consider the MRR, add all the purchase orders of future recurring revenue, and subtract the recurring revenue from customers that indicate that they will churn within the year.Now the challenge is to create and enforce a consistent definition of what Expected Churn is, as its meaning could be very subjective. If such definition is not created and enforced, the Expected Churn may be misrepresented and this will not be uncovered about couple of quarters later.Besides tracking the CMRR to understand a company’s performance, it can also be used as a measure to determine the end of year bonus for the CEO. However, Bessemer warns that CMRR is not a good indicator to determine the commissions for your sales team (farmers) since reporting accurate expected churn will actually be punished. Therefore, for your sales team’s commissions MRR is a better indicator.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Jul 27 2019

Built for Success 9 Tips for Developing an Exceptional Workplace

first_imgDoes your day-to-day business radiate from a balanced and exceptional company culture?“All workplaces are different,” writes Nancy Mobley, founder and CEO of Insight Performance, “but in exceptional ones, all staffers work together and leadership is in-sync with employees. In a guest post for Inc., Mobley argues that, “While a company may function and can even be profitable without proper attention to how it builds, retains, and develops employees, the company cannot achieve greatness without those characteristics. These gears must work together in harmony, in a never-ending cycle to build upon what is special within your organization.”First, however, you have to determine what the important and special aspects of your company’s culture are. Mobley offers nine questions to ask yourself to identify your culture’s distinguishables, which, once pinpointed, you’ll be able to refine and develop in order to truly set your company apart. Read her full article to learn more about developing your company into an exceptional workplace.Related Content from OpenView:As a startup, you may not have put much thought into your company culture beyond the fact that there’s no dress code or set hours. But as your company grows culture becomes an integral ingredient to your company’s operations and brand. Read this post for advice on developing a company culture built for the long haul. And read this post from the OpenView Blog to discover why you’ll hit a wall without establishing your company mission, vision, and values. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Jul 26 2019

The 4 Essentials You Must Know to Hire Freelancers Effectively

first_imgFreelancers Add to Queue The 4 Essentials You Must Know to Hire Freelancers Effectively 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 16, 2016 Jeffrey Dake –shares Director of Engineering at Experts Exchange Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Booming numbers of freelancing professionals are changing the face of work. In the United States alone last year, the number of workers freelancing grew from 700,000 to 54 million, according to a Freelancers’ Union study. Each is enjoying greater freedom, flexibility and control, thanks to marketplace sites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour and Experts Exchange.Of course, it is not just workers who are benefitting from sites powering the “gig economy.” Companies are also reaping the rewards by hiring amazing contractors who are transforming their businesses.At ours, we have fished in freelance marketplaces a number of times for developers, copywriters and website builders. When you are facing a time crunch, hiring for a one-off project is a great way to run a self-contained job and quickly get the result out into the world.Related: 4 Ways to Successfully Blend Gig Workers Into Your TeamWhile I have seen countless successful projects completed by professionals hired online, sometimes the relationship sours, breaks down and ends in disappointment. So, what are the typical pitfalls, and how can you avoid them?1. Start small.You may have grand visions for a game-changing site, service or app. But don’t throw it all on to an untested freelancer’s desk at the same time. If you write a $50,000 job spec for a new app to run an entire business off, you are risking massive disappointment. The nightmare scenario is your freelancer disappears mid-way through the project, and your dreams will never be realized.Start small instead. Communicate your end goal, but break down it down into individual parts that can stand by themselves, ahead of overall completion. Then hire for the build of the first, the second and so forth. This way, you can minimize the any issues.“Having everything spelled out in minute details before beginning, with a clause for what happens when the client wants to deviate from the specs, would be the only way I’d consider bidding on it,” a freelance network administrator with the username SStory told me online.Related: 5 Things to Have in Place Before Hiring Freelancers2. Set clear expectations.Scope creep is kryptonite to freelancers. Avoid feeding them with continual requests by setting a clear upfront goal.“If there is a project that is not well defined, I usually won’t even waste my time with it as you spend more time flushing out the details, for free, at the risk of not getting the project,” said Kyle Abrahams, a software developer in Suffolk, NY.The best time to set expectations is early. Before your gig starts, talk with your candidate to ensure they fully understand the job and that you understand how it will be delivered. 3. Understand true value.I have seen many hiring companies, especially first-time hirers, significantly low-ball the amount they want to pay for a project. This is the path to disappointment. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for — so be prepared to pay for what you want.You will only know the answer by researching the necessary skills, and comparable projects, to get a sense of the appropriate fee you should pay. Do your due diligence. Shop around, and wait for a few bids to come in. Unless you are in a real time crunch, there is no need to seize on and hire the first applicant.Related: 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Prepare to Engage With Today’s Freelancers”If you don’t spell out the expectations out of the gate, the freelancer could do a whole project completely wrong before you get a chance to correct them,” Amy Waller, a marketer for CompuCom who has previously used freelance marketplaces, told me. “That just wastes everyone’s time and money.”4. Communicate clearly, a lot.Freelancers must be clear with you how much work they think your project will entail. But it is your responsibility to understand that. It is easy to cast an eye over web page text profiles, but speak with your freelance candidate on the phone before beginning, to ensure you are both on the same page. Don’t leave room for assumptions.”It’s like ordering a burger at a restaurant,” said Lucas Bishop, a developer from San Luis Obispo, Calif., who has used freelance marketplace sites. “If you don’t tell your server that you are allergic to gluten, and the burger is made on a regular bun, whose fault is it that you can’t eat the burger?”Once the upfront communication is done, carry on. Request regular progress updates to ensure development is going as you intended. Don’t leave it until the end to find out.And remember, common courtesy goes a long way. Just because your worker may be on the other side of the country, and is only freelance, you should still treat them with respect. Next Article last_img read more

Jul 26 2019

Tulip to invest £10m to upgrade Cornwall bacon factory

first_imgTulip to invest £10m to upgrade Cornwall bacon factoryPosted By: Martin Whiteon: July 11, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmail Danish Crown subsidiary Tulip will invest £10 million to improve production capability and capacity at its Redruth factory in Cornwall, UK, as the company aims to turn the site into ‘the UK’s leading bacon manufacturing centre of excellence’.The investment will pay for the installation of new high-speed slicing lines and new equipment and processes, in order to reduce packaging costs and improve overall efficiency.On top of these upgrades, the Redruth site is also implementing additional skills training and bolstering its innovation capacity to accelerate the development of new products to ensure the company can meet evolving consumer demands.Part of the site’s innovation programme includes developing reduced salt, reduced nitrite and nitrite-free product lines, in response to consumer concerns surrounding nitrites.Tulip reduced the salt across its bacon products in 2018 and earlier this year reduced the amount of salt in its gammon range.Andrew Cracknell, Tulip CEO, said: “This investment, which comes on the back of a significant bacon contract win for Redruth, forms part of renewed customer focus as we look to drive growth for Tulip and with the challenging bacon category.“It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Cornwall region and puts us in a robust position to grow the site & category in the years to come.”Peter Broomfield, Site Director, Tulip Redruth, said: “This is an exciting time for Redruth and this investment shows our desire to create the UK’s leading bacon manufacturing site.“Investing in both our facilities and people ensures we can continue to lead the way in bacon production and drive growth for Tulip and the category as a whole.”This move is the latest investment undertaken by the company to upgrade its UK production network in order to increase production capacity across its meat portfolio.This strategy included the investment of £2.3 million in its Ruskington, UK, production site to support the increased demand for core traditional products, and an investment of around £1 million in a new mincing line at its factory in Tipton, UK, to increase output at the site.Share with your network: Tags: baconDanish CrownTulipUKlast_img read more

Jul 26 2019

Crowdfunding Platforms Need to Be Better Watchdogs Says Journalist Who Investigated Kickstarters

first_img January 21, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Zano | Torquing Group Ltd | Kickstarter Crowdfunding 4 min read Zano nano drone Add to Queue Next Article Former West Coast Editor –shares Enroll Now for $5 Crowdfunding Platforms Need to Be Better Watchdogs, Says Journalist Who Investigated Kickstarter’s Biggest European Failure Kim Lachance Shandrow 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 Zano mini drone campaign on Kickstarter was a disaster. After raising nearly $3.5 million by promising to ship thousands of backers reward drones, the project managed to ship just four.Kickstarter’s response to the high-profile failure was unexpected: the company hired freelance journalist Mark Harris to find out why the project crashed and burned.The results — in the form of Harris’s 13,000-word post-mortem posted on Medium — are in.Related: This ‘Smart Wallet’ Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn’t It Deliver?“Personally, I do not believe that the creators possessed the technical or commercial competencies necessary to deliver the Zano as specified in the original campaign,” Harris wrote. In his assessment, the crowdfunders in question aren’t scammers. They’re inept.In other words, the Zano campaign’s failure boils down to inexperience and incompetence, a corrosive combination that has torpedoed crowdfunding campaigns time and time again — and burned countless consumers in the process.Toward the close of his exhaustive report, Harris suggests crowdfunding platforms do a better job of positioning themselves as fundraisers instead of “retail websites.” Perhaps this will stop first-time backers from confusing them for online stores, like Amazon.Related: Last Year, Reading Rainbow Raised $5.4 Million on Kickstarter. Then, the Real Work Began.Harris put forth several other recommendations for crowdfunding platforms on how to make crowdfunding a less sketchy endeavor. Here are four of them:  1. Identify and kill off weak or unrealistic projects before they reach their campaign goal. Harris suggests replacing the “Report This Project” button buried at the bottom of every Kickstarter page with a “Convince Me” button. If enough people express skepticism about a project by clicking on such a button, it could be flagged by the platform’s Trust and Integrity team members before it reaches its funding goal.2. Help campaign creators after they meet their goal. When it comes to crowdfunding, raising donations is often the easiest part. It’s typically much harder to deliver promised perks and products. Just ask Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton.To give creators a leg up after they’ve reached their funding goal, Harris recommends that crowdfunding platforms pair them with a mentor who has successfully fulfilled rewards for a similar project. Harris envisions the mentors working on a volunteer basis, at least at first. (Although we have to wonder: In the absence of a financial carrot, how motivated would these men and women be to actually help?)Related: 4 Famous Crowdfunding Fails3. Be more vigilant about “massively overfunded” projects. When a campaign exceeds its goal by a large amount, Harris suggests crowdfunding companies step off the sidelines to help creators manage the funding process. This could mean onboarding various “external experts” to consult on wildly successful campaigns, as well as automatically extending reward ship dates as orders add up.Harris argues that crowdfunding platforms need to acknowledge how hard it is to manufacture a product while juggling communications with thousands of backers.4. Crack down on misleading videos that make products look better than they are.Harris alleges the promo video posted on Zano’s Kickstarter page, which shows the nano drone shadowing a mountain biker and flying over selfie-snapping revelers, might have been enhanced by CGI and other filming tricks.To stop campaign creators from wowing backers with sneaky, digitally- and otherwise enhanced videos, Harris suggests crowdfunding platforms create and enforce video review rules. Stricter video requirements could uncover CGI use and help unmask false product claims, ideally before consumers are duped into handing over their hard-earned money.Related: How This Couple Created the All-In-One Travel Jacket That Is Nearing $2 Million on Kickstarterlast_img read more

Jul 26 2019

Amazons Plan to Build a Kickstarter Knockoff Turned Into a Site That

first_imgAmazon Amazon’s Plan to Build a Kickstarter Knockoff Turned Into a Site That Helps Startups Sell Products In 2015, a group of Amazon employees kicked around ideas for a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site. The idea didn’t get very far, as they soon learned that the market was already crowded.Instead, they discovered that every retail startup was looking for someone to solve the same problem: how to get their products exposed to a wider audience.It was a problem Amazon knew how to fix. And so the team that initially thought about a crowdfunding site turned to a new idea instead: a site called Launchpad that’s dedicated to selling and promoting products made only by startups.”What Amazon knows a lot about is going to retail, and we continued to hear that that’s a big problem for startups,” Jennifer Petoskey, Launchpad’s senior marketing manager, told Business Insider. “Launchpad is like having an amplifier for what you as a startup is trying to do.”Launched in July 2015, Launchpad is a marketplace for products made by startups. Amazon treats these companies like any other vendor, buying their goods at the warehouse level, but also giving them additional exposure through custom pages and a site solely dedicated to Launchpad members.These products are eligible for Prime’s free two-day shipping and are also sold through Amazon’s main website.Plus, through partnerships with VC firms, startup incubators, and crowdfunding sites, Amazon gets referrals on what the best startups are and easy access to buying their products. It’s a win-win since startups get exposure to millions of Amazon customers while Amazon gets full access to some of the hottest startups.”The Launchpad is really more about helping startups become a vendor on Amazon super quick and easy,” Petoskey said. “The major benefit is in the reach and exposure that we give startups.”Amazon LaunchpadIn just one year, Launchpad has seen quick traction. At launch last year, Amazon had only 25 partnerships with VCs, incubators, and crowdfunding sources and sold about 200 products. Now, it works with over 100 leading VC firms, including Andreessen Horowitz, and has helped over 700 startups sell roughly 1,400 products around the world.Soylent, the Andreessen-backed nutrition-juice maker, just announced its availability on Launchpad earlier this month, while other highly funded startups like Anki and Sphero also sell on the platform.”It’s really a referral relationship with VCs and incubators. They view our program as just a great distribution channel,” Petoskey says.There are two simple qualifications to applying for Launchpad. The startup must be able to get the product into Amazon’s warehouse within 30 days of ordering, and the company should have a history of receiving funding, either from a VC, incubator, or crowdfunding service, as a way to prove its market appeal.Then Amazon reviews the products and puts in orders for the products it likes. As long as Amazon continues to place purchase orders, the startup will have its products sold on Launchpad. Eero, the home Wi-Fi system company, was able to gain strong traction by launching through Launchpad early in its life cycle, Petoskey notes.She says that the long-term goal of Launchpad is simply to increase the product selection for Amazon customers while helping startups grow faster. And, ultimately, that will help grow the overall ecommerce pie.”As these companies become successful in ecommerce, they’ll continue to focus on ecommerce for their distribution strategy,” she said. June 29, 2016 Add to Queue Eugene Kim Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Image credit: AP Register Now »center_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares 3 min read Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Business Insider Reporterlast_img read more

Jul 25 2019

CocaCola opens new production plant in Yunnan China

first_imgCoca-Cola opens new production plant in Yunnan, ChinaPosted By: News Deskon: June 15, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Industries, Manufacturing, Soft drinksPrintEmailCoca-Cola and Swire Group have inaugurated a new production plant in Yunnan, China, and Coca-Cola says the new facility is the largest Coca-Cola production plant south of the Yangtze River in the country.Coca-Cola claims that the new plant will significantly increase production capacity across the company’s soft drinks range, helping the company meet the rising consumer demand for soft drinks in China.The new facility has received a gold certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), due to the fact that the plant uses natural lighting, intelligent lighting systems, two-way heat-protective glass and highly reflective materials that cover 75% of the roof to conserve energy.The plant also includes a 600-cubic-meter rainwater collection facility for irrigation and street cleaning, which helps conserve water and in turn reduces water waste at the facility.Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said: “Coca-Cola has been part of the tremendous changes in China since the opening of the market in 1979.“We started our business in China with a single brand, and we’ve gone on to build a portfolio of more than 20 brands in the market today.“The new Yunnan plant marks a milestone in celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Coca-Cola’s return to China.“Together with our bottling partners, we offer a growing portfolio to Chinese consumers, in addition to playing an important role in the communities where we operate.”Merlin Swire CEO of John Swire & Sons added: “Swire has significantly increased investment in our global Coca-Cola bottling business in recent years, and this new bottling plant is a good example of that.“The increased capacity will help us satisfy millions of consumers and continue to drive sustainable growth throughout Yunnan.”Share with your network: Tags: ChinaCoca-Colamanufacturingsoft drinksSwire Coca-Colalast_img read more

Jul 25 2019

Malaysia considers sugar tax as PM raises concerns over diabetes

first_imgMalaysia considers sugar tax as PM raises concerns over diabetesPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 29, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Industries, Legislation, Legislation, Soft drinksPrintEmailThe Malaysian government is considering introducing a tax on sugary soft drinks as a means of improving health in the country.Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the move is aimed at reducing sugar consumption and levels of diabetes.“The diabetes rate in Malaysia is very high because we take too much sugar,” he said.The proposed sugar tax was welcomed by the Malaysian Dental Association. Its president said in a statement: “A tax on sugar will serve to highlight the severe health problems that the nation is suffering as a result of cheap and abundant added sugar.”Meanwhile, The Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy welcomed the discussion to reduce sugar consumption as a means of encouraging healthy living, but cautioned on the implementation of a soda tax.Chief executive of the organisation Azrul Mohd Khalib said: “Studies and the experience from countries which have already implemented this measure such as Chile, Mexico and the United Kingdom have indicated that a soda tax would have both short-term and long-term effects.“Short term, young consumers (between 13-30 years) across different socio-economic backgrounds would very likely reduce their sugar consumption by up to 80% compared to the average consumer, turning to beverages which are less sweet.“Older individuals and those who already have high-sugar diets are unlikely to change habits as they already have strong preferences for sugar and are relatively insensitive to price increases. In the long term, the situation will normalise and consumers may very well end up buying the same amount of soda drinks but paying more.“The effectiveness of a soda tax on actually reducing obesity is therefore mixed. The tax succeeds in achieving large reductions in sugar among one specific group, but does very little for the larger group.”He added: “A tax by itself is not going to solve the obesity problem. Soda drinks are not the only contributor to obesity. The government must invest in health literacy and NCD prevention programmes which aim to educate and create awareness of healthy choices and influence behaviour.”The announcement comes the same year as countries such as the UK, Ireland and the Philippines introduce taxes on sugary soft drinks. Indonesia is also considering the implementation of a levy.In May, lawmakers in California banned any additional taxes on groceries until 2030 and effectively ruling out the expansion of sugar taxes introduced in some cities.Share with your network: Tags: MalaysiaSugar taxlast_img read more

Jul 25 2019

NuZee Coffee Blenders raises 14m in equity financing

first_imgNuZee Coffee Blenders raises $1.4m in equity financingPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 15, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailCalifornia-based coffee company NuZee Coffee Blenders has raised $1.4 million in equity financing after selling 1,208,003 shares of common stock.NuZee’s Coffee Blenders brand produces and markets a range of coffees which include functional ingredients and packaged in single-serve cups.The brand’s range of functional coffees includes Lean Cup for weight loss, Think Cup for cognitive performance, Relax Cup for stress reduction, Active Cup for a pre-workout boost of energy and Nude Cup, a 100% Arabica coffee.The company says that the funding raised will be used to sustain the “general business operations) of the company.Masa Higashida, NuZee’s CEO said: “We are making notable progress in our ongoing evolution to become a co-packing business for regional and global coffee brands.“This additional capital will enable us to continue to pursue new clients, establish new sales channels, and support the introduction of new products.”Share with your network: Tags: coffeeNuZee Coffee BlendersUSlast_img read more

Jul 25 2019

Hearthside Food Solutions to acquire former Kellogg factory

first_imgHearthside Food Solutions to acquire former Kellogg factoryPosted By: Martin Whiteon: November 01, 2018In: Bakery, Business, Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailHearthside Food Solutions has acquired a bakery product production facility in Seelyville, Indiana, which was most recently operated by Kellogg.The recently idled 187,000 square-foot baking facility produced cookies, crackers, and other baked products for Kellogg, and Hearthside claims that the site has been continually expanded and upgraded, including a significant expansion in 2001.The acquisition of the site expands Hearthside’s manufacturing network to 26 facilities, and the site will be Hearthside’s second bakery plant in Indiana.Earlier this month, Hearthside agreed to acquire the US business of Greencore for $1.08 billion, and once this transaction is finalised, Hearthside’s production network will increase to 39 production locations, with 35 of these sites located in the US and four in Europe.Rich Scalise, Hearthside Chairman and CEO said: “The Seelyville acquisition is about future growth.“The facility will enable our bar and bakery business to continue to serve our customers’ expanding needs.“We are looking forward to being part of the greater Terre Haute business community.”SVP of Supply Chain Dwayne Hughes added: “The Seelyville facility is in excellent condition and has been well cared for.“We look forward to the Seelyville facility becoming part of our expanding world-class production network.”Share with your network: Tags: bakerycookiesHearthside Food SolutionsUSlast_img read more

Jul 24 2019

White House investigating 500m loans to Kushner family firm – ethics chief

first_imgAssociated Press in Washington Share on Pinterest This article is more than 1 year old First published on Tue 27 Mar 2018 08.23 EDT Tue 27 Mar 2018 11.08 EDT Kushner Companies reportedly accepted $184m in loans from Apollo Global Management and $325m from Citigroup last year over a span of several months.Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Jared Kushner Jared Kushner’s company faces inquiry over false building permits Since you’re here… Share on Twitter US politics Share via Email Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Topics White House officials have been looking into whether $500m in loans that went to Jared Kushner’s family real estate company may have spurred ethics or criminal law violations, according to the head of the federal government’s ethics agency. Shares251251 … 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 Messenger Share on WhatsApp White House investigating $500m loans to Kushner family firm – ethics chiefcenter_img David Apol of the Office of Government Ethics says officials looking to find out if loans may have spurred ethics or criminal law violations Jared Kushner In a separate letter last week to Democratic lawmakers, an Apollo official said “to our knowledge, Jared Kushner did not play any role on behalf of Kushner Companies with respect” to the loan. In the letter to Krishnamoorthi, Apol responded to several of her questions about Kushner’s conduct during the period when his family’s firm received the two loans. Apol did not offer legal opinions on Kushner’s behavior, instead noting that “the White House is in a position to ascertain the relevant facts related to possible violations and is responsible for monitoring compliance with ethics requirements”.Apol said he raised those questions with White House officials “to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated”. During the conversations, “the White House informed me that they had already begun this process”, he said. A spokeswoman for Kushner Companies said on Monday night the firm had not received any correspondence or other notifications from the White House or OGE.On Tuesday, Krishnamoorthi and fellow House Democrat Elijah Cummings pressed the White House counsel’s office to provide results from its inquiry.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders firmly denied any formal investigation into Kushner at her regular press briefing, although she acknowledged that the White House Counsel’s office often played a role in checking whether ethics guidelines have been met by administration officials. “While the White House Counsel’s office does follow up with staff to assist with compliance with various ethics standards, it is not probing whether Kushner violated the law,” Sanders said. Late on Monday, Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, said “the White House counsel concluded there were no issues involving Jared”. Several White House officials contacted for comment were not immediately available to confirm whether White House lawyers had completed the inquiry. Lowell denied any improprieties by Kushner, saying “he was not involved with his former company after he entered government service; the transactions in question came after that; he had nothing to do with those transactions; the transactions had nothing to do with any of his meetings in the White House”.Both companies have insisted their officials did nothing wrong in meeting with Kushner. In one case cited by the Times, Citigroup lent $325m to Kushner Companies in spring 2017, shortly after Kushner met Citi’s chief executive, Michael Corbat. Last week, Citigroup’s general counsel told several Democratic lawmakers in a letter that the loan was “completely appropriate”.In a second case, Kushner met several times with Apollo co-founder Joshua Harris and discussed a possible White House job – followed by Apollo’s loan of $184m to the Kushner firm. An Apollo spokesman previously said Harris “never discussed with Jared Kushner a loan, investment, or any other business arrangement or regulatory matter involving Apollo”. David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a letter sent late last week to representative Raja Krishnamoorthi that the White House counsel’s office told him officials were investigating the loans to Kushner Companies and whether “additional procedures are necessary to avoid violations in the future”.Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, asked Apol on 1 March about a New York Times report in February that Kushner Companies accepted $184m in loans from Apollo Global Management and $325m from Citigroup last year over a span of several months after Kushner met officials from the two firms. As Donald Trump’s son-in-law and key adviser, Kushner plays an influential role in domestic and foreign policy decisions. Support The Guardian news Jill Abramson Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 1 year old Nepotism and corruption: the handmaidens of Trump’s presidency Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more