Body of Missing 5YearOld Oregon Boy Found in River

first_img Show Discussion US Body of Missing 5-Year-Old Oregon Boy Found in River By Jack Phillips August 8, 2017 Updated: August 8, 2017 Allen “Chaz” Pearson (Courtesy: Salem Police Department)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img The body of 5-year-old Allen “Chaz” Pearson was discovered in the Willamette River in Oregon, said the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said that at around 1:40 p.m., the child’s body was discovered near the Wheatland Ferry, some 13 miles down river from where he was seen last, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.“The Polk County district attorney and the Polk County medical examiner both responded to the scene and the investigation is being treated as a drowning,” according to the statement. “Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as they move through this very difficult time.”According to KPTV, the child was last seen playing with other children near the water’s edge at Wallace Marine Park at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, before he went missing.Several crews from different state agencies looked for the boy over the weekend. “The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol found the body of Pearson Allen while helping with this search,” the statement reads.According to the agency, “Sheriff Mark Garton wants to thank all the agencies who initially responded to the scene on Friday and to those who continued to help search every day. There were countless hours put toward this search by agencies throughout the valley, many of which consisted of purely volunteers.” Share Share this articlelast_img read more

Disgruntled Employee at Charleston Restaurant Shoots 1 in Hostage Situation

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article An active shooter situation in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, is underway.At least one person was shot and killed and another was injured, police said, according to Fox News, citing the city’s mayor. Police are negotiating with the gunman.Charleston police got a call about regarding “active shooter situation” just after 12 p.m. at Virginia’s on King Street, Fox reported.Restaurant patrons Tom and Patsy Plant said a man, presumably the suspect, entered the restaurant with a gun before saying, “There’s a new boss in town,” The Post and Courier reported.They escaped through a back door. The man appeared like “an ordinary grandpa, but he had a crazy look,” they told Post and Courier of Charleston.“I am the new king of Charleston,” the man also said, according to another diner, who said the man was dressed as a kitchen staff member.Some 30 people were in the building when he entered.Officials told The Associated Press said the gunman is a disgruntled employee.Mayor John Tecklenburg said the shooting in Charleston was not an act of terrorism or racism. He’s not sure how many hostages are inside.“This was not an act of terrorism,” he explained. “This was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee.”Charleston Police deployed SWAT teams and a bomb squad unit to the area, while warning people nearby to stay inside buildings or leave the area.The Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch, the Charleston Police Department, Charleston City Fire, and Charleston County EMS have all responded to the scene.The site is a couple of blocks away from the Emanuel AME church, where nine black members of a church were killed by a white man in a June 2015. The suspect, Dylann Roof, was sentenced to death in the shooting.“I heard that a dishwasher got fired and came back in and shot the chef,” said a local man, John Aquino. “There were some people in there and there were a couple of hostages.”Others told the Post and Courier that the suspect is an “older black man wearing an apron.”This is a developing story. Show Discussion Disgruntled Employee at Charleston Restaurant Shoots 1 in Hostage Situation By Jack Phillips August 24, 2017 Updated: August 24, 2017 US last_img read more

Harvey Soaks Louisiana as Houston Paralyzed by Flooding

first_imgA woman holds her dog as she arrives to high ground after evacuating her home due to floods caused by Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road in east Houston, Texas on August 28, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Share The storm has affected nearly one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity, sparking concerns about gasoline supply. The national average gasoline price rose to $2.404 a gallon, up six cents from a week ago, with higher spikes in Texas.The unprecedented flooding has left scores of neighborhoods in chest-deep water and badly strained the dams and drainage systems that protect the low-lying Houston metropolitan area whose economy is about as large as Argentina’s.The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings that stretch from the Houston area into Tennessee.Died Trying to Rescue PeopleHarvey has drawn comparisons with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans 12 years ago, killing more than 1,800 people and causing an estimated $108 billion in damage.Among the confirmed fatalities was Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the force who drowned while attempting to drive to work on Sunday.A military helicopter and personnel rescue a stranded resident from floods caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in east Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) A military helicopter and personnel rescue a stranded resident from floods caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in east Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)In Beaumont, northeast of Houston, a woman clutching her baby daughter was swept away in raging flooding. The baby was saved but the mother died, Beaumont police said.Ruben Jordan, a retired high school football coach died when he was helping rescue people trapped in high water, the Clear Creek Independent School District said.In all, 17 people have perished, according to government officials and the Houston Chronicle. Four volunteer rescuers also went missing after their boat was swept in a fast-moving current, local media reported.Ethan holds his 2-year-old daughter Zella as they walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman) Ethan holds his 2-year-old daughter Zella as they walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman)U.S. Coast Guard helicopters and boats have rescued more than 4,000 people. Thousands of others have been taken to safety by police, rescue workers and citizen volunteers who brought their boats to help, local officials said.The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday afternoon said a record 51.88 inches (131.78 cm) of rain had fallen in Texas due to Harvey, a record for any storm in the continental United States.A family is evacuated on an air mattress from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) A family is evacuated on an air mattress from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)This breaks the previous record of 48 inches set during tropical storm Amelia in 1978 in Medina, Texas, the NHC said. Medina is west of San Antonio. The island of Kauai was hit with 52 inches of rain from tropical cyclone Hiki in 1950, before Hawaii became a U.S. state.For a graphic on storms in the North Atlantic, click here.By Ruthy Munoz and Gary McWilliams. Additional reporting by Gary McWilliams, Ernest Scheyder, Erwin Seba, Ruthy Munoz, Peter Henderson, Andy Sullivan, Jon Herskovitz, and Brendan O’Brien.People are evacuated by volunteers in waist-deep floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) People are evacuated by volunteers in waist-deep floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)Denise Vital, who evacuated her flooded home from Tropical Storm Harvey, watches over her 3-month-old godson at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. Vital, who's home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005 said, "You have to keep pushing forward." (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman) Denise Vital, who evacuated her flooded home from Tropical Storm Harvey, watches over her 3-month-old godson at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. Vital, who’s home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005 said, “You have to keep pushing forward.” (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman)Volunteers with The American Red Cross register evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 28, 2017.  (Reuters/Nick Oxford) Volunteers with The American Red Cross register evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 28, 2017. (Reuters/Nick Oxford)Evacuees fill an exhibition hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center where people have taken refuge in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017.  (Reuters/Nick Oxford) Evacuees fill an exhibition hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center where people have taken refuge in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Nick Oxford) HOUSTON—Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on Louisiana on Wednesday, pouring down more water after setting rainfall records in Texas that caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the U.S. energy hub of Houston.The storm that first came ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes.People evacuate by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) People evacuate by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)Damage has been estimated at tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the costliest U.S. natural disasters.Related CoverageTexas Teens Use Tiny Fishing Boat to Save Over 50 People From Flood There is some relief in sight for Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, with forecasters saying five days of torrential rain may come to an end as the storm picks up speed and leaves the Gulf of Mexico region later in the day.A helicopter hovers above the Houston skyline as sunlight breaks through storm clouds from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) A helicopter hovers above the Houston skyline as sunlight breaks through storm clouds from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)Harvey made landfall early Wednesday and was about 32 miles (52 km) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was expected to bring an additional 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15.24 cms) of rain to an area about 80 miles east of Houston as well as southwestern Louisiana, where some areas have already seen more than 18 inches of rain.Several hundred people had already been rescued from their homes in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where floodwaters were knee-deep in places, Mayor Nic Hunter told CNN.“We are a very resilient people down here. We will survive. We will take care of each other down here in Texas and Louisiana,” Hunter said. “But we do need some help from the federal government, these homeowners and these people who have been displaced. That’s going to be our biggest need.”A police officer wades through the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Alvin, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) A police officer wades through the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Alvin, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)Harvey is projected to weaken as it moves inland to the northeast, the National Hurricane Center said.“We aren’t going to be dealing with it for too much longer. It’s going to pick up the pace and get out of here,” said Donald Jones, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.But nearly a third of Harris County, home to Houston, was under water, an area 15 times the size of Manhattan, according to the Houston Chronicle newspaper. It may take days for all flood waters, which have spilled over dams and pushed levees to their limits, to recede, local officials said.A group of people are shuttled to dry ground in a trailer after being evacuated by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) A group of people are shuttled to dry ground in a trailer after being evacuated by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)City officials were preparing to temporarily house some 19,000 people, with thousands more expected to flee. As of Wednesday morning, state officials said close to 49,000 homes had suffered flood damage, with more than 1,000 destroyed.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. amid reports of looting, armed robberies and people impersonating police officers.U.S. President Donald Trump visited Texas on Tuesday to survey damage from the first major natural disaster to test his crisis leadership. The president said he was pleased with the response, but too soon for a victory lap.  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)“We won’t say congratulations,” he said. “We don’t want to do that … We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.”Moody’s Analytics is estimating the economic cost from Harvey for southeast Texas at $51 billion to $75 billion.Related CoveragePresident Trump Visits Hurricane-Struck Texas, Praises First Responders Harvey Soaks Louisiana as Houston Paralyzed by Flooding By Reuters August 30, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Rep Mo Brooks Terminate All Federal Government Support to NFL

first_imgTremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem??— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Share this article Rep. Mo Brooks: ‘Terminate All Federal Government Support to NFL’ By NTD Television September 27, 2017 Updated: September 27, 2017 Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) speaks during the D.C. March for Jobs in Upper Senate Park near Capitol Hill, on July 15, 2013, in Washington. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Sharecenter_img US News Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Tuesday called for a total end of federal government support for the NFL as players continued to disrespectfully kneel in protests during the national anthem.“I believe we ought to terminate all federal government support of the NFL,” Brooks told Breitbart News.“That would include the termination of any and all advertising that is done on behalf of the federal government—military and nonmilitary—to the extent we do any,” Brooks said.Brooks is the U.S. representative for Alabama’s 5th district and a member of the House Freedom Caucus.“The same thing with any other professional sport that insults our country and our flag and our anthem as the NFL has done,” he told Breitbart News.NFL teams reportedly receive billions of dollars in subsidies from American taxpayers, CNN Money reported in 2015. What’s more, revealed in a 2015 report that more than a dozen NFL teams received money from the Defense Department in exchange for advertising and other forms of promotion for the military.The Jets got paid a total of $337,000 between 2011 and 2014.The money increases to $5.4 million when calculating the overall amount the Defense Department paid to 14 NFL teams during that time. Out of that amount, $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts, according to reaffirmed his comments on Twitter and drafted a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to honor the American flag and anthem “by stopping all Department of Defense and federal government support” for all professional sports teams that “display disrespect” for our flag and national anthem. Trump called on NFL fans to stop showing up to games in order to put more pressure on the league.From There’s no reason taxpayers dollars should go to support sports leagues that disrespect our national anthem & flag.??— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) September 27, 2017 He circulated the letter to House colleagues for support and said in a press release, “The NFL’s conduct is not only unpatriotic and deplorable, it also conflicts with federal law.”“The foregoing considered, we respectfully ask that you withhold all federal taxpayer dollars that directly or indirectly support (via advertisements, marketing contracts, or any other direct, or indirect financial patronage) any professional sports team or league that refuses to display proper decorum for America’s flag or national anthem” the statement said.The full text of the letter can be seen here.Trump also weighed in on Twitter, criticizing the players for not respecting the flag.“Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country. #StandForOurAnthem” Trump said in a Sept. 25 tweet.last_img read more

OJ Simpson to Be Released Monday

first_img Share this article O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images) O.J. Simpson is supposed to be released on Monday, Oct. 2, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.“We are waiting for some things to be cleared up from the Division of Parole and Probation prior to his release,” said Brooke Keast, the corrections department spokeswoman, in an email. O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)Simpson, 70, is locked at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He’s been imprisoned for nine years for a robbery in Las Vegas. He was granted parole on July 20. O.J. Simpson (C) arrives for his parole hearing with his attorney Malcolm LaVergne (L) at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)A tentative date for his release was set on Oct. 1, but the department doesn’t release to parole on Sundays, Keast said.Simpson, a football star of the 1970’s, was found not guilty in 1995 of the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant waiter Ron Goldman.Exactly 13 years later, he was found guilty in an armed robbery of sports memorabilia from Bruce Fromong, a dealer in such items. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison, eligible for parole in nine years. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab US News Sharecenter_img O.J. Simpson to Be Released Monday By Petr Svab September 28, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Georgia School Reinstates Paddling Policy Reports

first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article A school in Georgia said that it is reinstating paddling as a form of discipline.The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics sent home consent forms informing parents of a new policy that would allow paddling, WAGT-TV reported on Sept. 6.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” Superintendent Jody Boulineau told the station.There is no obligation for parents to allow the measure, and the form specifically said that no more than three hits from the paddle would be administered. Parents who don’t agree to the policy will have their children suspended for as many as five days for disciplinary problems rather than paddling.A third of parents who got the forms have agreed to paddling, the station reported.“I’ve heard, ‘Great, it’s about time, we’re so glad that this is happening again, they should’ve never taken it out of schools,’ all the way to ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe you are doing that,’” Boulineau said. Regarding the punishment, “I honestly feel like it’s something that’s not going to be used very often. Sometimes it’s just kind of the threat of it being there becomes a deterrent in itself,” she said.Paddling is still legal in the state of Georgia and 19 other states. It’s rare for a school to include it, WAGT reported.The form said that students will be taken to a school office, behind closed doors, and will place their hands on either their knees or on a piece of furniture and will be struck on the behind with a paddle, WLOS reported.According to the school’s website, the “Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics is a public charter school that opened on September 8, 2015.”“GSIC is committed to excellence in all its endeavors, including delivering a classical education centered on the three phases of the classical Trivium: grammar (grades 1-4), logic (grades 5-8), and rhetoric (grades 9-12) with an employment of the Socratic method throughout the classroom experience,” the school adds. US News Sharecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Georgia School Reinstates Paddling Policy: Reports By Jack Phillips September 10, 2018 Updated: September 10, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Grand Rapids Police say a body that was discovered

first_img Grand Rapids Police say a body that was discovered earlier this week is that of a missing woman, Ashley Young.Grand Rapids Police issued a statement on Twitter: “Update of death investigation involving female remains: DNA has positively identified them of the missing 31 yo Kalamazoo County woman, Ashley Young.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “It was learned through our investigation that Jared was with a female acquaintance two days prior and that that female acquaintance was since reported as a missing person and she has not to this date been located,” Grand Rapids police told WOOD-TV.Officials have not released a cause of death, WKZO reported.Chance is being held on a $750,000 bond, the report said.The investigation into the case is ongoing. Anyone with additional knowledge is being asked to contact police in Grand Rapids.“No further statements regarding any details about current media reports will come from this page. Please respect that decision by not posting your theories or opinions about the circumstances, nor your guesses or your online research regarding this case. We hope that you are still willing stand with us helping us in our efforts to find her as her family wishes us to,” wrote the Help Us Find Ashley Young Facebook page.“Be patient, be kind, have love and compassion for those whom you wish to seek information for and about,” they added, saying, “Again, thank you for your support, keep this family in your prayers.”Violent Crime Declines in 2017The FBI says that in 2017 violent crime had dropped by 0.2 percent, according to a release, but aggravated and rape offenses increased by a respective 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent, the agency said.“In 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes. The estimated number of robbery offenses decreased 4.0 percent, and the estimated number of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 0.7 percent when compared with estimates from 2016. The estimated volume of aggravated assault and rape (revised definition) offenses increased 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively,” said the FBI.The agency added: “By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter was 3.8 per 100,000 inhabitants; rape (aggregate total using the revised and legacy definition), 7.2; robbery, 29.3; and aggravated assault, 120.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.Meanwhile, the FBI said that there are now 670,279 sworn officers and 286,662 civilian officers in the U.S, which is a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants. US News Officials have notified her family, Fox17 reported. She was known to be traveling to Grand Rapids from Kalamazoo on Thursday, Nov. 29 when she disappeared. She was seen last at Mulligan’s Pub in the Eastown neighborhood at around 1:30 a.m.Officials discovered a mutilated body at a home on Dec. 2.Jared Chance was arrested on Dec. 2 for mutilation and concealing the death of an individual. The family of Young told WOOD-TV that she was last seen with Chance. “Jared chance is thought to be the last person my cousin Ashley Young (Leelee Young) was with before she came up missing. Please help us bring her home,” family member Amanda Young also wrote on Facebook.Chance and Young were also Facebook friends, and friends of Young shared photos of the two together, MLive reported. Share this article A tenant investigating a ‘strange smell’ led Grand Rapids policeto a Southeast Side basement, where they found a woman’s torso stuffed inside a bag, newly-released court documents show. Jared Chance, 29, is charged w/ mutilation of a body. Police are still trying to ID the body.— John Hogan (@JohnHoganWZZM) December 6, 2018 Ashley Young in a file photo. (Ashley Young/Facebook) Update of death investigation involving female remains: DNA has positively identified them of the missing 31 yo Kalamazoo County woman, Ashley Young.— Grand Rapids Police (@GrandRapidsPD) December 8, 2018 Police: Body Found in Home Is Missing Michigan Woman Ashley Young By Jack Phillips December 7, 2018 Updated: December 7, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share this article A suspect in five Louisiana shooting deaths has been arrested in Virginia, said officials on Jan. 27.Dakota Theriot was captured in Richmond County, Virginia, said a statement from Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.Theriot, 21, was taken into custody after a night on the run following his being named as the suspect in the slayings of his girlfriend, his mother, his father, his girlfriend’s father, and her brother. The shootings took place in two separate incidents near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Dakota Theriot, 21. Authorities in Louisiana say a shooting has left five people dead in two parishes. Share Elizabeth and Keith Theriot were at home when the younger Theriot allegedly shot and killed them, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said.When officials arrived on the scene, his parents, who were still alive, told officials that his son shot them, USA Today reported. His parents would later die at a nearby hospital.“He will be transported back to Ascension Parish at a later date and booked on two counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, and illegal use of weapons,” the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.The officials added, “Sheriff Webre would like to thank our law enforcement partners at the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers, the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, and other agencies who assisted during this investigation.” “My family met him last weekend at a birthday party and didn’t get good vibes from him,” DeYoung was quoted by USA Today as saying. “My mom is a good judge of character and she just thought he was not good.”According to CNN, Theriot was also living with the Ernests for several weeks, but they also told him to leave and not return.Following the shooting, a 7-year-old and 1-year-old child were found in the Ernests’ home, but they were not harmed. They’re now with their mother, officials told the news network. Authorities in Louisiana say a shooting has left five people dead in two parishes,in Ascension Parish in Louisiana, on Jan. 26, 2019.(Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)Officials think the shootings stemmed from a “boyfriend [and] girlfriend type of dispute,” according to WAFB.“This is probably one of the worst domestic violence incidents I’ve seen in quite a while,” Webre told station. “For a young man to walk into a bedroom and kill his mother and his father, and then kill friends in Livingston that he had a connection with.”“We do not have a motive,” noted Ard, NPR reported. “There is no red flags, no sign of anything.”There were no signs that Theriot would commit such an act. He had no other run-ins with the law other than a drug paraphernalia charge, officials said, CNN reported.Prior to his arrest, Webre warned: “I would not approach this vehicle. We feel no doubt that Dakota is going to be armed and dangerous and we need to bring him to justice really quick,” reported The Associated Press.Webre also said they believe the suspect is heading east and that there was no reason to think he was now targeting someone else but warned that because he’s armed and dangerous, “Anybody he comes into contact with could be a target.”  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Dakota lived briefly with his parents, but they told him to leave and not come back, Webre said.The other three victims were identified as Billy Ernest, 43; his son, Tanner, 17; and daughter Summer, 20, in Livingston Parish, USA Today reported.Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said Theriot was in a relationship with Summer Ernest.Crystal DeYoung, Billy Ernest’s sister, said they had just started dating. Dakota Theriot, Wanted in 5 Louisiana Murders, Captured in Virginia By Jack Phillips January 27, 2019 Updated: January 27, 2019 Show Discussion Crime and Incidents last_img read more

USA Cycling and Visit Bend Announce New Race Venue Schedule for 2013

first_img Email on June 4, 2013 E-Headlines Twitter 0 USA Cycling and Visit Bend Announce New Race Venue, Schedule for 2013 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship in Bend Share. Google+center_img Facebook The five-day event will kick off on Wednesday, September 4 with a time-trial course that starts at Crooked River Park in Prineville, approximately 40 minutes northeast of Bend. It’s an out-and-back course that parallels the scenic Crooked River, and represents the second consecutive year a national championship bike race will be hosted in the City of Prineville. On Thursday and Friday, September 5-6, the competition will shift to the road racing national championships, where another tried and true national championship course will be the challenge of the day.  The road racing course will begin at picturesque Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, loop clockwise south past Edison Sno-Park, and continue north up the legendary Sparks Lake Grade on Century Drive. The course, made famous through the Cascade Cycling Classic Stage Race, will end at the West Village parking lot of  Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, will see the criterium races on a new course in beautiful downtown Redmond. This is a new addition for 2013, characterized by flat, fast terrain with ample room for larger field sizes.“We’re excited to introduce the new course in Redmond which allows us to share a broader cross-section of our community with USA Cycling and cyclists from around the country,” said Doug La Placa, CEO of Visit Bend, “We worked with key stakeholders from each of the communities and permitting agencies combined with rider feedback from the past 2 years to make sure the courses are safe, challenging, and worthy of hosting national championship racing.”The 2013 USA Masters Road Cycling National Championships are expected to draw more than 3,500 competitors, support staff, and fans to Bend in September. Over the past four years, Bend has played host to an unprecedented eight USA Cycling National Championships.“Bend has secured its place as one of the undisputed capitals of bike racing in the United States,” noted Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events at USA Cycling.  “We’re excited to be able to announce these courses to the public, and we look forward to another successful national cycling championship in Bend.” Visit Bend:Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend.  We’re a leading provider of information on Bend, Oregon hotels, restaurants, activities, and Oregon vacation planning. To learn more or to order a complimentary Official Visitor Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 1-800-949-6086 or visit USA Cycling:Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 74,500+ licensees; 2,800+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,150 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit Pinterest Tumblr LinkedIn By CBNlast_img read more

60 of Workers Think Staff Meetings Are Pointless

first_img Even though staff meetings are an integral part of any business, and even though they provide both business leaders and employees the opportunity to discuss important topics to keep a company moving forward, it turns out that 60 per cent of workers actually think that these staff meetings are pointless and a waste of time.Zoning Out and NappingA recent survey has found that a whopping 7 out of every 10 people will always end up zoning out during a staff meeting. This means that, despite investing your time into organising a staff meeting, and despite investing in technology like this meeting room digital signage from Pronestor to help increase efficiency and keep everyone organised and on time, most of the people who are in your meeting aren’t even really paying any attention to what you’re saying. In fact, others have even stated that they use the time to take really short naps, usually lasting around two minutes.An Opportunity for SnacksIn addition to those who use staff meetings for napping or generally zoning out, there are those who will admit that they’re there only for the delicious snacks and coffee. Even though you spent time ensuring your staff members will have refreshments at the meeting, that isn’t the point of the meeting, yet 1 in 6 people will admit that they’re there just to satisfy their appetites.A Pointless EndeavourSurvey results also proved that 6 out of every 10 workers ultimately feel that the staff meetings that they’re required to attend are ultimately pointless endeavours. They feel that the time isn’t well spent, and that the meetings are pointless. In fact, these same people feel that their bosses simply hold these meetings just for the sake of saying that they were conducted, rather than for any real or necessary reasons.The Consequences of Not Paying Attention at a Staff MeetingEven though all of these workers admitted to not paying attention, taking naps, snacking, or thinking that their staff meetings were pointless, there were also many who admitted that these habits were not very good for them.Almost 1 in 5 workers used the survey to admit that they’ve made mistakes as a result of not being attentive during a staff meeting. And over a quarter of the people surveyed stated that they had made several big mistakes because they dozed off and didn’t hear what was going on during the meeting.What They’re Really Thinking AboutEmployees who have admitted to being inattentive at staff meetings have stated that they spend their time daydreaming, usually about the upcoming weekend. 31 per cent will use the time to plan their dinner, and another 16 per cent will think about what’s on TV. Almost half of employees like doodling, and 29 per cent will aimlessly look out the window. And if a smartphone or device is handy, workers are using it to go on social media or text their friends.To make staff meetings effective and engaging, it’s clear that business managers need to make a few changes to the way they conduct their meetings. Pinterest 60% of Workers Think Staff Meetings Are Pointless 0 Share. on May 18, 2016 Google+ Twittercenter_img By CBN Tumblr Facebook LinkedIn E-Headlines Emaillast_img read more

Bend Oregons JOY Project Issues 10Day Community Challenge

first_imgBend Oregon’s JOY Project Issues 10-Day Community Challenge LinkedIn Share. Twitter By CBN 0 E-Headlines Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Google+ Tumblr Bend community members and visitors have already seen new inspiration, messages and lots of orange popping up on social media and around town as part of the Bend JOY Project. Back for its third consecutive year, the project has recently launched a new program — a 10-Day Community Challenge. Designed to help individuals and families take a thoughtful approach to fostering joy and positivity, the Community Challenge includes a downloadable checklist to help guide meaningful moments.The Bend JOY Project’s Community Challenge includes the following categories to help participants “Plan out each day with friends or family and let their JOY flags fly.”FamilyFriendsCommunityAnimalsNatureFoodMusicEducationSelf-careCompassionEach day’s theme includes tips and ideas for fulfilling the challenge and a downloadable checklist is available on the website.Many more events, activities and materials are spreading JOY through the spring in Bend, including inspirational messages on shareable bookmarks, social media, banners, billboards, daily text messages and more. The community is encouraged to get involved and many opportunities are available to incorporate JOY into the workplace, existing community events, schools, nonprofit organization initiatives and other partnerships. Bend JOY Project materials — stickers, postcards, bookmark share cards and posters, for example — are available at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District through April.The Bend JOY Project is a challenge, a conversation, an opportunity, an experiment and a mission to bring joy in meaningful ways to keep our community happy, strong and vibrant. The Bend JOY Project launched for the first time in 2017 to inspire kindness and thoughtful actions in the community. It was so well received that it continues to return, with new expressions of JOY, each on April 11, 2019 Emaillast_img read more

Launching and Building Your Online Marketplace a 4Step Approach

first_imgLaunching and Building Your Online Marketplace: a 4-Step ApproachJanuary 8, 2018 by Kiyan Barelli 292SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin 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. PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST The time is ripe for online marketplace businesses, and their reach just keeps expanding. Peer-to-peer rentals, a hub for finding and booking key services, B2B networks or exchanges between individuals – anything’s possible. In an age when web and mobile apps like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Upwork are thriving, it’s time to get into the game.Your winning idea will go nowhere if it isn’t launched intelligently. Below is what I’ve learned as a partner and head of product of Swiss Commerce, a UX/UI web agency. This measured approach can help your business take flight and ensure it connects with the right people at the right time.Start With a Soft LaunchThe soft launch of an online marketplace business is about tempering expectations with strategy. The online marketplace has two prongs: customers and providers. Entrepreneurs should bear in mind that, initially, there will be limited activity from the demand side. Providers generally have the larger motive to enter a marketplace because they’re driven by the potential of revenue. The soft launch requires addressing the age-old “chicken or egg” issue: The goal is to connect with customers despite having a limited supply, yet acquire supply with minimal customers. It just makes sense to build a marketplace audience from the supply side first.Seed the Marketplace With ProvidersOne of the ingredients of a marketplace business soft launch is a focus on seeding the target marketplace. The goal should be signing up quality providers that offer relevant services or products for your business — and this is a crucial step before customers can come in. The trick is not to play both sides of the fence (providers and customers) too soon.Here are a few ways you can find, identify and connect with your ideal providers:Establish your value proposition. It’s very important to create a solid value proposition to present to potential providers. How is your marketplace superior to the one(s) they are currently using? Lower fees, higher pay, a superior user experience, a more appealing brand, and a more trustworthy app environment are just a few examples of points that will be of value to product and service providers.Seek existing providers. Next, contact providers already active in similar marketplaces or venues. Check Facebook and Yahoo groups, Craiglist, Etsy or any other relevant platform. Using your value proposition, create a basic template email or pitch that can be personalized to invite ideal potential providers to your new marketplace. Airbnb, for example, had great success with this strategy during its soft launch.Search directories, aggregators and offline resources. You can use online and offline resources to connect with potential providers. Make liberal use of Google searches for your target provider profile, but don’t neglect offline business directories and aggregators. Depending on your marketplace, the Yellow Pages, chamber of commerce meetings, hobby clubs, networking groups, Meetup groups, trade associations, online forums and internet review sites like Yelp can be gold mines. You have to be willing to be proactive.With a clear profile of your ideal candidate and a solid value proposition, you should be able to zero in on new providers and get them to come on board. You might consider offering exclusivity, at least at first, making your marketplace “invitation only.” This will help create buzz in the community, focus your enterprise on quality versus quantity, and compel other providers to seek you out.As for customers for your marketplace providers, strive to establish key partnerships with communities relevant to what they will be offering. This will show the potential upside and pave the way for your next phase, described below.Transition Into the Hard LaunchAt this next stage, balance the demand and offer sides: A healthy ratio is key. High-quality providers naturally bring in customers, and word will spread. Build quality and integrity at your core. After a successful soft launch, you’ll have a respectable user base and some transactions already taking place.Connect With Ideal Growth ChannelsAs you build momentum, your growth can differ depending on your business type. Find ideal channels using these five basic steps:Brainstorm ideas with your partners.Zero in on the most promising ones.Test each idea for about a month.Implement the most effective channels.Fine-tune as needed.Some of the most effective tools and methods for growth during and after your public launch include:Search engine optimization (SEO)Sales, coupons and discountsViral marketingFree giveawaysContent marketing/bloggingSocial media engagementPay-per-click ads (Google AdWords)Email marketingCommunity-buildingStrategic business partnershipsCross-marketing campaignsSpecializing in your most successful areasCapitalizing on new trendsScaling the business to other areas/marketplacesAs for the rate of growth, have realistic expectations. Before reaching critical mass, search filter options can be reduced to allow for a broader search result. Parameters like distance and age range can be limited initially, and then gradually expanded once you’re ready to grow.Building an online marketplace business usually takes longer than other online models. In some cases, it can take three years or more for it to gain momentum. But don’t lose faith: After all, it took Airbnb about four years to really take off, and the same time frame could hold true for your own burgeoning online marketplace business. Filed Under: Advice, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Rules Of Business

first_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Rules Of BusinessFebruary 5, 2019 by Martin Zwilling 288SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin The pervasive ability and need to communicate constantly and globally through the Internet and smartphones is incenting everyone to get more out of their own assets and time and capitalize on the idle resources of others. This sharing economy is rapidly becoming the new business of sharing, with major winners already including Airbnb (rooms), Uber (rides), and Chegg (books).If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, or an existing business, and haven’t yet sized any of these opportunities, you may be already late to the game. Until I read the classic book “The Business of Sharing,” by Alex Stephany, who founded JustPark (current valuation estimated at £33M), I too had no idea of the scope of opportunities, and the 350 or more players already out there.The business tenants of the sharing economy, with alternative names including collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer economy, or “we-conomy,” always imply these five basic principles and assumptions:Sharing economy platforms create reciprocal economic value. Usually, these are revenue-generating e-commerce sites or have the potential to be revenue-generating. Even if the goods and services are changing hands as gifts, or the revenue motive exists only to make services sustainable, the economic value is evident.There is value in the “idling capacity” of all assets. Idling capacity is a notion that was first systematically studied and measured in the context of industrial processes. The sharing economy applies the same ruthless logic of how best fully utilize our clothes, bicycles, driveways, computers, pets, and free time.For utilization to increase, assets need to be made accessible. These days, accessible starts with being visibly listed online, in lieu of the now old-fashioned rental sites and swap-meets. It can mean selling through peer-to-peer e-commerce (eBay), renting (HomeAway), gifting (yerdle), or even swapping (Swapz).Assets need to move in a community of engaged users. Community means more than supply and demand. Often these communities are built around special interest groups, where the members interact through social media, help each other, and trust each other, and the relationships go well beyond the transactions.Access to assets in a community leads to a reduced need to own. One consequence of the new sharing business model is that goods become services. The Zipcar sharing service is said to take 17 other cars off the road, as opposed to Hertz car rental, which only adds more vehicles into every community.Where and when is all this leading? I believe that we have only seen the beginning. Certainly change happens more slowly in areas encumbered by political systems, long-standing cultures, and large dominant brands. Although the sharing economy isn’t really new, here are a few of the arenas that Stephany and I believe are still ripe for disruption:Education. With US student debt at over one trillion dollars, startups like Skillshare and Udemy provide top-class vocational training for the price of a Harvard hoodie.Insurance. An example is Berlin-based startup Friendsurance connecting people to create a private insurance pool for payout on household and consumer electronic claims.Healthcare. Cohealo is now allowing hospitals to share medical equipment. Fertility can be helped by less restrictive ways for people to share their sperm and eggs.Restaurants. In Cuba today, there are over 1,000 restaurants in people’s homes, known as paladares. Chefs are beginning to offer peer-to-peer dining platforms or cooperatives.Financing. With crowdfunding, entrepreneurs and artists no longer need to wait for family money or venture capital. In the US, we are still waiting for equity crowdfunding, but the rewards, donation, pre-order, and debt-funding models are already working.Yes, the sharing economy is changing the rules of business, and opening a wealth of opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs around the world. Those that recognize it early still have time to ride the wave, and those that don’t will lose out on a lucrative way of doing business. It’s time to start caring about sharing.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

This NYC Startup Wants to Save Your Sole

first_imgHigh heels may be the most inconvenient item that’s in style, especially in NYC where you can hit a pothole, sink into a subway grate, or even trip in embarrassing fashion. With high heel related accidents on the rise, there needs to be something to protect yourself while still maintaining your style. Introducing Solemates, the shoe care/accessory company, known for its patented product High Heeler that makes walking in heels great again.  With a recent Shark Tank appearance and Oprah’s approval, Solemates is showing that mean business.AlleyWatch spoke with cofounder Monica Ferguson to learn more about the inspiration for the company and where it’s going.Tell us about the product or service.Solemates is a brand of women’s shoe care & accessories. Our flagship product is the patented, Solemates High Heeler which prevents stilettos from sinking into the grass.How is it different?We are the first and best and only the patented heel protector in the world. Our unique hour glass shape is what allows for the product to grip the shoe without damaging it, and our proprietary water clear material has some flexibility in it which allows for flexibility between heel sizes.What market are you attacking and how big is it?The Total Addressable Market (TAM) sits at the cross section of a 3 primary sectors; wedding, footwear & shoes care/accessories.  The wedding industry is $500B globally with $100B domestically; 22% of weddings take place outside.  The Footwear industry is $200B globally with $50B domestic.  Shoe care is $50B with $20B in the US.What is the business model?We manufacture at a low cost, sell at a higher one.  We have build great brand awareness through influencers and celebrities wearing our products (unpaid) and through partnerships with key retailers and high profile events.  The recognition of our patented product has built brand equity in our name, Solemates.  This brand equity has allowed us to sell other products under the brand umbrella with built-in trust from our customers. It’s so cool to see.What inspired the business?Personal necessity.  We were tired of ruining our shoes when we went to weddings, outdoor parties or walking down the treacherous streets of New York. Cobblestones, subways grates & cracked sidewalks were the nemesis of the stiletto until we invented Solemates.Can you please tell us about which retail stores carry your product and how you fostered those distribution relationships?We have been really fortunate on the retail front to work with Nordstrom, David’s Bridal & DSW among many others.  Garnering each retail relationship involved a long road of cold calls & networking. We once sent flowers to the receptionist at the David’s Bridal Headquarter (she was lovely, told her church group about us, and greets us with a big smile every time we are in town for a meeting).. We were tested in each store over a period of months to ensure viability and sell through.  In each case we exceeded projections and expectations, which was great.What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?Over the next 6 months, we are going to ramp up on website merchandising and refine our relationship with current customers. We don’t do enough with the customers we have; and it’s a missed opportunity.What is the one piece of startup advice that you never got?Being an entrepreneur is an endless Epistemological challenge; you don’t know what you don’t know.  Growing a business is a moving target and in order to constantly be growing, you have to constantly be learning.  In a large company, tools for advancement are at your disposal (at least, they were for me at Goldman Sachs).  Out in the ‘wild’, tools have to be self-taught and resources creatively leveraged.  You’re always seeking out the next new tools and skill sets to increase efficiency and growth.If you could be put in touch with anyone in the New York community who would it be and why?Sarah Jessica Parker.  She’s a serial entrepreneur who has built a smart brand with authenticity.  I’ve also heard she’s an incredibly nice person.Why did you launch in New York?NYC is the center of the world, where else is there to launch?What’s your favorite rooftop bar in NYC to unwind?I love the view of midtown from the Dream Hotel, the view of Manhattan from the Wythe and I’ve been dying to get to the William Vale.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST This NYC Startup Wants to Save Your SoleNovember 9, 2016 by AlleyWatch 266SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Fashion, Interviews, Launching in the Alley, News, Startupslast_img read more

Is Startup Tunnel Vision Hurting Your Investor Pitch

first_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic Tagged With: Investor pitch, Tunnel Vision Is Startup Tunnel Vision Hurting Your Investor Pitch?May 18, 2017 by Robert Gerov 277SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Don’t let your drive steer you down a dead end.Enthusiasm is a necessary piece of the personality puzzle for a startup founder. You took the leap and started your business because you believe in it. Whether you’re solving a major tech problem, disrupting a stagnant industry or providing a service that will make life more enjoyable, you’ve reached your current level of success because you’re confident in your concept or product. It’s not cockiness or ego but a natural extension of hard work and faith that your ideas are valuable.There’s no need to sell yourself on what you’re doing because you’re already all in. But that’s not necessarily true of the VCs and other investors who will help your startup get where it needs to go. Startup tunnel vision is one of the few negative consequences of the courage and self-assurance of the entrepreneurial spirit. If you remain too focused on your confident belief in what you’re doing, it can be difficult to shift gears and put yourself in the shoes of a skeptical investor. It’s easy to believe that everyone will share your enthusiasm for such a brilliant concept, but that kind of confidence can actually hold you back.There are so many different ways that startup founders can get in their own way and undermine their success. We’ve all seen dramatic examples of this in news stories about bad-boy behavior, but I’ve seen it happen in much subtler ways. The boldness that drives founders to dare greatly can cause a disconnect that makes it difficult to get the support you need on your journey to the top. If you can’t widen your focus to include the viewpoint of people who aren’t yet convinced, you’re getting in your own way.That perspective, the viewpoint of a skeptic, can be an uncomfortable place for a founder to go, but I’ve found that it’s an important part of the fundraising process. Investors want to see that you can offer them value, but if you’re stuck in the confidence-induced tunnel vision viewpoint, you’re likely to miss some key points that skilled VCs, angel investors and even loved ones will zero in on immediately. You understand the value in what you’re doing, but are you prepared to prove that value to someone else?How to Leverage Your Confidence for Successful FundraisingConfidence can indeed be your best asset with investors, but you’ve got to use it right. Once you’ve taken your tunnel-vision blinders off and widened your focus to include an outside perspective, you’re ready to approach the fundraising process with some finesse. These steps are crucial in converting raw faith into a useful strategy.Do your research: A cocky founder would sit and wait for investors to swarm like bees to honey, but a smart founder knows better. You’ve got to be informed and make smart choices about who you approach, and that means doing a ton of research to find compatible parties. As you look into potential investors, your confidence will be an asset that grants courage to approach some major players.Find a pain point: If you think you’re the next big thing, you can use that confidence to hit an investor where it hurts. Research the individuals and groups you’re approaching during funding rounds and find out if they’ve missed out on any big opportunities in the past. Drawing a direct connection between your efforts and someone else’s success allows you to use your confidence to your advantage.Present an opportunity: Selling your startup as a sure thing can make some investors balk. If you’re already all set, what do you need them for? Most VCs want to find a good team to partner with, and some even actively seek out startups looking for guidance or mentorship of some sort. Overconfidence can be a big turn off in these cases. Plus, it can actually end up robbing you of the opportunity to form a valuable partnership with experts who can help steer you in the right direction.Build a relationship: Assumptions brought on by tunnel vision can cause founders to come on too strong in initial meetings with potential investors. Instead of charging in headfirst, use your self-assurance as a foundation for making a personal connection. The person you’re meeting may have something you want, but you also have something they want in the form of a great investment opportunity. Take the blinders off and remember that investors need a reason to trust you, and at this stage in the game, a single-minded focus on your own value can send the wrong message.Ultimately, confidence is a good thing in the startup game. If even you don’t believe in your startup’s mission, you aren’t going to get anywhere. But it’s a mistake to let your confidence get in the way of your ability to advocate for your ideas and sell your startup to investors. Entering sales mode early and staying there will put you in a much better position for future success. Don’t let startup tunnel vision prevent you from acting as the fierce advocate your ideas deserve.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

7 Ways To Survive The Retail Customer Shift To Online

first_imgIn my role as advisor to small businesses, I often hear first-hand the challenges and failures of retail store owners who fear the advantages of online and feel the exodus to eCommerce, led by Amazon and Ebay. Ironically, the most common desire I hear from entrepreneurs selling wholly online, is the need for their entry into retail, as the next step in their growth strategy.What neither group seems to fully comprehend is that retail needs to fundamentally change to succeed, far beyond the addition of an online component, to meet the experience expectations of today’s generation, an oversupplied global marketplace, and technology for instant pricing and distribution. Many pundits are already talking about a “retail apocalypse” that has already started.In an effort to learn a bit more about this phenomenon, and how to capitalize on it rather than fight it, I just completed a new book, “Retail’s Seismic Shift,” by Michael Dart, with Robin Lewis. Dart and Lewis should know, since both have over twenty-five years of experience consulting with dozens of retail and consumer product companies, old and new.Here is my summary of the strategies they recommend for retailers and eCommerce companies alike to meet the challenges ahead and thrive:Demonstrate a willingness to break “business as usual.” Test new things and keep testing in your market for things that work. There is no magic, and things change so fast that you can’t count on things that worked for you in the past. Companies that are constantly looking forward, rather than backward, are going to be victorious.Encourage and reward out-of-the-company thinking. Make sure everyone is curious and open, and not getting stuck with ideas from inside your company. People must be measured in performance reviews against industry best practices, rather than previous results in your business. They may be improving every period, but losing the race.Measure your agility by putting metrics on change. Old views of change rates are no longer competitive. Don’t allow a subjective view to cloud your reality. Count the number of new projects, time and resources required to implement, and measure the return in revenue, customer satisfaction, or cost savings. Look outside for benchmarks.Abandon the concept of “cookie-cutter” stores. These days, you need different retail layouts and sizes for urban communities versus small neighborhood communities. Some may have no product at all for carry-out, with demonstrations and iPads for ordering and delivery the next day. Others highlight upscale styles, or complement nearby stores.Create a non-online memorable customer experience. Only retail can provide real people relationships, and they better be memorable on the positive side. Find your niche, and it’s probably not competing on price and volume alone. These days, customers expect a focus on a higher cause, such as sustainability or social improvement.Look for growth in emerging global market geographies. Rather than saturating your coverage of a single geography, use technology and the low cost of global manufacturing to cherry-pick new opportunities. There will always be markets where the culture, income levels, or the products don’t lend themselves to online.Build a community with face-to-face between customers. Smart retail stores sponsor live events, peer-help sessions, and customer demonstrations to create great experiences and opportunities for people to feel community with others that they could never find online. Perhaps they need to add a coffee bar, or other entertainment options.The time to start for new ventures is at the beginning, when you can set the right team culture, and before biases are set. For existing businesses, it’s harder. You have to break things, change people, and build some new habits yourself to be the right role model. The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but if you can’t get over the fence quickly, you won’t live to enjoy it.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 7 Ways To Survive The Retail Customer Shift To OnlineNovember 28, 2017 by Martin Zwilling 330SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Advice, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

This NYC Startup is the Plug in Play Solution for Corporate Social

first_imgThis NYC Startup is the Plug in Play Solution for Corporate Social ResponsibilityJanuary 10, 2019 by AlleyWatch 409SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly important not only for a public branding perspective for customers but also for recruitment efforts. Aligned4Good, through its platform, helps startups build flexible CSR programs that rival those of large corporations. Early and mid-stage companies are able to build holistic, social outreach strategies that allows them to launch their own impact initiatives. This platform also collects valuable data on the components that make a successful CSR program, planning to use machine learning to make it easy for any company to understand the most profitable social impact strategies for their business with a data driven approach.AlleyWatch spoke with Rachel Goor about cofounding a company that is giving startups the tools and platform to create the perfect CSR program.Tell us about the product or service that Aligned4Good offers.Aligned4Good delivers turnkey social responsibility solutions to help companies convert customers, attract investment, and recruit + retain top talent. More than 40% of consumers’ perception of a company is based on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, but few early and mid-stage companies capitalize on this fact. Aligned4Good offers a suite of targeted CSR solutions that enables companies to leverage social impact initiatives to drive business outcomes. Our unique lifecycle approach addresses the full spectrum of needs from a founder’s perspective, ensuring entrepreneurs can stay focused on building their business while we build them a game-changing CSR program.How is Aligned4Good different?As cliché as the word has become, corporate social responsibility truly is an arena that is ripe for disruption. Large corporations have been leveraging social impact efforts to enter new markets, test new products, upskill their employees, and otherwise get ahead for years; it’s time those strategies were reimagined for startups. While businesses of any size and stage can always launch impact initiatives of their own accord, Aligned4Good is offering something new in terms of assisting early and mid-stage companies to plan out a holistic strategy that will directly benefit them, then managing the logistics, effectively pioneering plug-and-play CSR.What market does Aligned4Good target and how big is it?Aligned4Good is launching with a focus on startups in NYC, a $71B ecosystem with more than 7K companies. Research has demonstrated that effective corporate social responsibility programs can increase revenue by as much as 20%. With thousands of startups and billions of dollars in play, there’s an immense opportunity for value creation just in New York alone. Aligned4Good’s services will also produce externalities from happier, more productive employees, as well as from uplifting underserved populations whose increased purchasing power and reduced use of municipal services will positively impact the local economy. Obviously, we’re a bit biased, but we feel it’s essentially a no-lose situation for everyone involved.What is the business model?Aligned4Good charges by the deliverable. As consumers and employees increasingly demand more accountability from the companies they give their time and money to, it can be difficult to know which citizenship strategies will actually have bottom-line benefits. We work with each individual client to understand their business needs and goals, and design, implement, and manage a custom social responsibility program for them. Based on the amount of time and effort each component requires, we calculate the price to complete the project.Ultimately, however, we are collecting a great deal of data and aim to use machine learning to usher in a new era of tech-enabled corporate social responsibility that will make it easy for any company to understand the most profitable social impact strategies for their unique business. It will also make it possible for Aligned4Good to scale widely and create mutually beneficial public-private ecosystems in innovation hubs around the world.Ultimately, however, we are collecting a great deal of data and aim to use machine learning to usher in a new era of tech-enabled corporate social responsibility that will make it easy for any company to understand the most profitable social impact strategies for their unique business. It will also make it possible for Aligned4Good to scale widely and create mutually beneficial public-private ecosystems in innovation hubs around the world.What inspired the start of Aligned4Good?Aligned4Good is the result of years of feedback from founders and employees wanting to do more meaningful work through their companies, paired with the shift in consumer sentiment towards rewarding socially responsible brands. I was building a civic tech company I cofounded before leaving to launch Aligned4Good, and during that time I had literally hundreds of conversations with fellow entrepreneurs and startup team members in which my discussion partner said something to the effect of, “I really love what I’m doing, but I feel like I could be doing more to help the world.”As a founder though, I know how precious time is and how difficult it can be to prioritize any new initiatives, especially ones that don’t necessarily scream ‘mission critical’. Accordingly, I wanted to make it really easy for companies to expand their social impact work. It’s ultimately in their best interests to do so; 85% of consumers would switch brands to one associated with a cause and a company that is seen as not responsible stands to lose as much as 39% of its potential customer base. CSR programs give companies a competitive edge, so it really is becoming a ‘need to have’ and not just a ‘nice to have’. Aligned4Good is the answer to this paradigm shift.What data do you have to show that social responsibility programs serve as an effective recruiting strategy?The data is a bit overwhelming on this topic, so I’ll try to pare it down to just the top few sound bytes. Studies show that 79% of people prefer to work for a socially responsible company, and 62% of people are willing to take a pay cut to do so. More than half of employees overall and 64% of Millennials surveyed state that: they won’t work for a company that doesn’t have a strong corporate social responsibility program.More than 80% of employees express interest in being involved in volunteer and giving programs through their company and, in a crushing blow to the quintessential startup employee engagement tactic, 70% of employees believe volunteer activities are more likely to boost employee morale than company-sponsored happy hours.More than 80% of employees express interest in being involved in volunteer and giving programs through their company and, in a crushing blow to the quintessential startup employee engagement tactic, 70% of employees believe volunteer activities are more likely to boost employee morale than company-sponsored happy hours.Anecdotally, I’ve also spoken with numerous recruiters and Heads of Talent/People Ops who say that candidates often ask them during the interview process about what the company does to give back. Well-designed corporate social responsibility programs have even been shown to reduce employee turnover by as much as 50%. One of the reasons people join startups is to be part of building something bigger than themselves. Company-sponsored social impact programs help deliver on that promise.What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?Within six months we aim to be working with 10-12 clients, as well as to begin building the foundations of our technology for scale. These first companies will get a white glove, concierge service as our first users, and will be the first to get a leg up on their competitors through this new take on corporate social responsibility. Additionally, they’ll be helping expand opportunities for the tech community to give back more broadly, so they get bonus bragging rights on that front.What is the one piece of startup advice that you never got?Ask for things. I have a tendency to always want to figure things out on my own and just keep hammering away, but if you have that mentality as an entrepreneur, you’ll miss out on a ton of opportunities and it will ultimately slow your progress. I’ve seen people ask for really audacious things and get them, simply because they put themselves out there. I’m working on getting better at this myself, but in most cases the worst thing that can happen if you ask for too much is nothing.If you could be put in touch with anyone in the New York community who would it be and why?Of course, I’d love to speak with anyone interested in potentially getting involved with Aligned4Good, but I guess if I had to narrow it down, I really respect the work that both Joanne Wilson and Fred Wilson do. They’re obviously both extremely accomplished professionally, but they’re also involved with a number of great philanthropic and civic initiatives, so it would be interesting to get each of their takes on the future of corporate social responsibility.Why did you launch in New York?There’s a community among New Yorkers. When a fellow New Yorker is in need, people step up. I haven’t seen that in other cities I’ve lived in, so between that and the thriving tech industry here, there was no better place to launch.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?I’m going to have to stay on message here and say P.S. Kitchen. They donate 100% of their profits to charity, employ folks in transitional housing in partnership with local nonprofits, and serve an eco-friendly, plant-based menu; it’s tough to argue with that much good work, plus the food is delicious!PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Interviews, Launching in the Alley, Startups, Wellnesslast_img read more

Samsung delays Galaxy Fold new release date not announced

first_imgSamsung has given the first wave of its new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, to some influencers and reviewers ahead of its April 26 launch in the US. Some of those units were breaking in their first day which caused a ton of controversy that has now resulted in Samsung officially delaying the entire launch of the world’s first foldable smartphone.   It started with Samsung announcing it has delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold in Hong Kong and Shanghai, with no new dates provided for the launch event in the country. Hours later the global launch for Galaxy Fold was canceled. Samsung hasn’t provided any ETA on the release of the Galaxy Fold other than saying a new release date would be revealed in the “coming weeks”. By that commetn alone, we’re at least another month away from it launching. Samsung explained in its full statement:  We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold. While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience.  To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks. Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.  We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold. We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.  Not all of the review units have been affected with industry legend Patrick Moorhead, President & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy has had no issues with his Galaxy Fold. On Twitter, Moorhead tweeted: Still no issues with #GalaxyFold. Zero. None. Nada. Using as primary phone with personal SIM. Full-time Fold.— Patrick Moorhead (@PatrickMoorhead) April 21, 2019  I reached out to Patrick for a personal comment on Samsung delaying the global roll out of the Galaxy Fold, where he told me: “While this is a bit of a black eye, I think this is a positive move by Samsung to check final shipping units for any potential issues before they hit consumers. I had my Galaxy Fold for 5 days and have not encountered any of the issues a handful of reviewers were experiencing. While many of the issues were caused by reviewers peeling off a permanent, protective layer, two to three reviewers had not removed it and still had issues. As long as the final shipping units don’t have any issues or Samsung enables a very aggressive “no questions asked” replacement program, I don’t see any issues with stunting foldable smartphone category growth. Smartphone sales numbers are declining and the industry needs a winner with the category”.last_img read more

Cocreated Halo scifi title Disintegration teaser trailer

first_imgOne of the biggest gaming franchises ever released is no doubt the Halo franchise, and while you might not know the names behind the series other than Bungie, a decorated co-creator of the franchise has teased a new title.   The big name behind the new title which is called ‘Disintegration’ is Marcus Lehto, he was the creative director at Bungie for years as the Halo franchise was being rolled out. Disintegration seems to be taking the same route as the Halo, as the title is a sci-fi shooter and judging from the trailer players will be taking to the stars for an adventure.  Lehto will be developing the game with his own indie studio V1 Interactive and is also partnering with 2K Games’ Private Division label for publishing purposes. There isn’t much else to talk about for Disintegration, other than that more news is going to be released at this years GamesCom on August 19th. The trailer says that a “full reveal” will be happening on this date, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Disintegration if you are a fan of Halo. – US$59.99 The Outer Worlds – PlayStation 4 Buycenter_img $59.99 $59.99 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days agolast_img read more

Content Marketing RoundUp

first_imgLast week, Boston-based OpenView Venture Partners hosted 9 of its expansion stage portfolio companies at a workshop focused on content marketing. I think it was valuable for everyone involved – both our growth capital fund and companies. We had 6 industry leading speakers who presented on topics related to content marketing – what it really is, the strategy behind it, and execution tactics.It was a lot of information packed into a day and a half. As a result, I wanted to share my top takeaways in this week’s blog post.Here is my round-up:Before you even think about what content you would like to start producing for your company, STOP. Take a step back and think about the goals you would like to accomplish with a content marketing strategy. For example, the content you create for brand awareness may be very different than content for lead generation.You will also want to plan which customers and prospects you are targeting with the content strategy. It is necessary to understand and prioritize your buyer personas.Once a strategy is determined, set a content schedule and commit to it. One speaker, Joe Pulizzi, described it as a “content promise.” There may be nothing worse than breaking that promise to your customers and failing to send out your weekly e-newsletter, for example.Remember that your company’s brand will play a role in the content marketing strategy. We did not discuss this in great detail at the workshop, but it is EXTREMELY important. If your company is an innovative, fun company a video of an employee rapping may be perfect to engage your target prospect. However this approach may be counterproductive if your company sells into a more serious market, i.e. financial services, insurance, investors, health care, etc.Image courtesy of: www.newyorkpersonalinjuryattorneyblog.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more