first_img Pinterest A fresh start is around the corner… Facebook LinkedIn E-Headlines Google+ Schedule some time to review the year and set some new goals. What are some areas you want to work on for the future? Write down some goals for the first quarter of 2013 (keeping them shorter term will help you measure and track your progress).If your schedule allows, consider taking time this month to purge and physically organize your work space. (This includes digital files – can things be moved to archives?) Setting up new folders (digital and paper) for the new year can make it easier to hit the ground running after the holidays. Approach December with some intention and planning and you just might finish the month with the greatest gift of all – a clean desk and completed projects!Bethanne Kronick is a speaker, productivity strategist and consultant working to empower people — helping them learn new habits and behaviors so their lives reflect what’s truly important to them. Her clients make positive, long-term changes, whether it’s managing stacks of paper, overflowing email boxes, busy schedules, cluttered space, or facing life’s greater challenges. Find out more about Bethanne and her company, SIMPLIFY! at www.simplifynw.com. Tumblr Email The Pareto Principle says we get 80 percent of the work of our day done in 20  percent of our day. If you work an 8 hour day, that’s 96 minutes. Consider “booking” that time in your own schedule every day, to work on projects without interruptions. Turn off email notifications, stay offline, put your phone on “do not disturb” and hang a sign on your door that says, “I’ll be available at ____” to help your co-workers. Watch out for multi-tasking. Once touted as the secret weapon of busy professionals, research shows this practice actually reduces our efficiency and can produce substandard work. Our brains are not wired to be doing multiple things at once (that’s an expectation of our culture, not our physiology). Thinking you can shop for little Jimmy’s Christmas gift during the sales meeting might seem like a great use of your time, but might come back to bite you later on when you’re asked to provide a summary of the meeting. center_img Take some extra time this month to track meetings and appointments on a paper or digital calendar. Nothing is more frustrating than showing up for a meeting that has been canceled or postponed, especially in December. Add any holiday events such as luncheons, parties, etc. and take care of RSVPs as soon as possible. Track the holiday schedules of others that might impact your workflow. Anticipate decisions and input you might need from colleagues before they leave for holiday vacations. Do your part to make sure you are not bothering them on their time away and they’ll likely return the favor.Check in with vendors for their holiday schedules. Adjust deadlines to cover for holiday closures/shipping issues.If you are planning time away from the office make sure co-workers have what they need to cover your duties and follow through on projects while you are gone.A gift from you, to you – schedule Focus Time. Share. on December 6, 2012 Plates of baked goods in the break room, ugly Christmas sweater contests, Secret Santa gift exchanges – celebrating the holidays at work can include traditions that are as sacred as Aunt Mary’s mystery Jell-O salad. However, in today’s competitive workplace, it’s more important than ever to keep focus and momentum on the job.  No one wants to be a Grinch and hide out in her cube for the month of December, but how do you keep focus when the office is swept up in holiday buzz? Here are some tips to help you stay off the boss’s naughty list this holiday season.Give your calendar some extra attention this month. By Bethanne Kronick, Productivity Expert 0 Twitter Staying Productive During the Holidays last_img read more

first_img The city is the first in the nation to adopt a law incorporating what they term a viable scientific prescription for climate recovery. This week, with a vote of 6-2, the Eugene City Council adopted a powerful Climate Recovery Ordinance that was promoted by the city’s young people, and backed by a scientific prescription for climate recovery. The Ordinance is the first in the country to require carbon neutrality, fossil fuel use reductions and the development of a carbon budget based on the best available science.At a public hearing on July 21, over 100 community members showed up to testify or stand in support of Eugene adopting the Climate Recovery Ordinance. Some of Eugene’s faith community, scientists, lawyers, business owners, children, parents and students spoke in favor of the Ordinance.“I am amazed by the young people of Eugene. For months they have come to us to speak about climate disruption, and to ask us to take action to protect their futures. I’m proud of this City and our community for rising to the challenge of taking meaningful action on the biggest threat of our time. My hope is that other cities across the nation will follow Eugene’s example to combat climate change,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy. “Here at home, we now need to redouble our efforts to make sure this new law is fully implemented and to meet our City’s carbon budget.”This climate victory is the result of a group of young people in Eugene who have been working hard for the past 10 months to get the Eugene City Council to adopt the Ordinance. With the help of Our Children’s Trust, the young people came together last September to create the Youth Climate Action Now (YouCAN) Campaign to advocate for their right to a safe and stable climate system. The youth and their supporters have attended every City Council meeting since last fall to present testimony to the City Councilors, voicing their concerns about the negative effects of climate disruption in Eugene, Oregon, and beyond, as well as the need for urgent action by every level of government. Last night, their leaders took action. The vote to adopt the Climate Recovery Ordinance left the young people behind this effort feeling celebratory and proud of their city.“It was awesome!” exclaimed 10-year-old Zealand Bell, who testified before Eugene’s City Council and was there for the vote on the Climate Recovery Ordinance. “I’m glad that the City of Eugene is helping us stop climate change so that I can live a healthy life when I’m an adult and be able to see the wilderness and have fun like I do now. I want to enjoy what I do now my whole life.”“Now in my early twenties, I’ve come to realize that the places we live are ultimately what we make of them. In this imperative time, the Climate Recovery Ordinance instills the City of Eugene, young and old, a realization of the power we hold in making our world what we want and need it to be,” said Kyra Gunther, a college student, activist, and artist, who helped lead the YouCAN Campaign and worked side-by-side with young people like Zealand Bell to paint a climate mural on the wall of a local business, Arriving By Bike, to bring more climate awareness to Eugene.The Climate Recovery Ordinance legally commits the City of Eugene to its pre-existing climate goals of carbon neutral internal operations by 2020 and reduction of citywide fossil fuel use by 50 percent by 2030. The Ordinance directs staff to develop a citywide, science-based target and carbon budget for emission reductions consistent with achieving 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2100. The Ordinance also requires regular reports on the City’s progress toward meeting its climate obligations and creates a mechanism for getting back on track if the City is not meeting its obligations.“Eugene is a leading example of what governments can do to help avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate disruption and ocean acidification,” said Dr. Pushker Kharecha, climate scientist with the Columbia University Earth Institute who is working with the City of Eugene to help the City align its emission reductions and carbon budget with the trajectory of reducing carbon dioxide levels to 350 ppm in the atmosphere. “I applaud Eugene for enacting a law grounded in the science of stabilizing our climate system and seeking to protect our youth and future generations. I hope it inspires many such laws around the nation and the world.”The Climate Recovery Ordinance is informed by and incorporates a viable scientific prescription for climate recovery from one of our nation’s top climate scientists and other experts from across the globe. According to Dr. James Hansen, “the science is crystal-clear we must rapidly reduce fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions if we are to have a chance of protecting Earth’s natural systems for these young people.”The best available science prescribes that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels must be reduced from the current annual mean concentration of 397 parts per million (ppm) to 350 ppm by 2100 in order to achieve climate stabilization and protect our oceans from catastrophic acidification. 0 Facebook Pinterest E-Headlines Google+ Eugene, Oregon Takes Historic Climate Action LinkedIncenter_img Share. Email Twitter Tumblr By CBN on July 31, 2014last_img read more

first_imgPlaces & Spaces to Nurture Creativity Google+ Pinterest on December 31, 2015 E-Headlines Facebook (Photo courtesy of socialmonsters.org)Driven. Ambitious. Committed. Passionate. Work ethic. Intelligent. Talented. Motivated. The list goes on and on. Yet, the characteristic that typically gets omitted from the list of traits that define a successful entrepreneur is creative. Writers are creative. Designers are creative. Artists are creative. But are business owners?Creativity is where fresh ideas, smart solutions, efficient processes and innovative products originate. It’s the launching point and driving force for a business to think outside the box and discover new avenues for success. With creativity, a small business can improve on all fronts, from productivity to cost-effectiveness, gaining that competitive edge.A business owner may value creativity, but thinking outside the box can be tough when you’re on deadline. Time-restricted routines, fear of failure and lack of inspiration can all dampen great ideas. If you’re in a lull, here are five ways to help boost your creative process.Focus on Your SurroundingsA creative idea can occur at any time, and a comfortable, aesthetic and personalized home is a great environment to foster this process. Lori McNee, a professional artist and owner of FineArtTips.com, recommends breathing new life into your personal space with fresh flowers and greenery. A touch of nature, such as silk flowers or bamboo shoots, can add a positive feel to a space. A color scheme of light blue or sage can also produce mental clarity, while canary or turquoise blue commonly evoke feelings of happiness. To create good energy and a harmonious environment, follow the rules of feng-shui.Take an Urban SabbaticalMany entrepreneurs and business visionaries have the freedom to work remotely, which invites opportunities to travel and ditch the monotony of a familiar routine. Head east and shake it up with an urban sabbatical in our nation’s capital. You’ll surround yourself with a highly ambitious, intellectually sharp professionals, and tons of museums and historical landmarks to explore. Living in Washington D.C., even for a short time, can ignite self-discovery as you put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Check out resources like StoryDistrict, the Creativity Conference and the Library of Congress to stimulate your brain and boost your creative energy.Explore BendA change of scenery, even if it’s just a day trip, can also fuel creative engagement. Mix up your surroundings, recommends the Creative Live blog, and dig into new experiences. Explore Bend. If you already live in Bend, change your perspective to see your city through the eyes of a tourist. Known for friendly people and funky culture, Portland is an excellent destination to rejuvenate and explore. Enjoy a cup of coffee (without looking at your phone or laptop) and people watch at a local coffee shop. Or bike to a brewery where you can meet locals with eclectic tastes and diverse backgrounds.Soak in Mother NatureHard work and dedication are essential for business success, but overwhelming stress can lead to burnout. Detach from your smartphone, peel your eyes away from the computer screen and escape to the outdoors. Open space can spark creative ideas that may be suppressed by an overload of daily business responsibilities. A study at the University of Kansas found that young people who backpacked for three days exhibited higher creativity and cognitive abilities. As master of your own schedule, designate time to experience Crater Lake National Park or hike the six-mile Tillamook Head trail in Ecola State Park.Get DistractedMusic can help break a lack of imagination, says Planet of Success. Putting on headphones and playing music is a quick fix for enhancing creativity during a project or problem. Take a break and close your eyes. Replace frustrations with focused breathing. Allow ideas and concepts to arise as you get lost in the beats and sounds. You can also increase opportunities for creativity by varying how you connect with music. Recharge your creative energies and travel to Austin for a local live music festival or attend a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver. Tumblrcenter_img Share. LinkedIn Email By CBN Twitter 0last_img read more

first_imgHow To Save Money For An Upcoming Trip Twitter E-Headlines Google+ Traveling is an exciting adventure that’s well worth the time and energy it takes to plan and prepare for the trip of a lifetime. Your biggest challenge is going to be saving the right amount of money you need to be able to do all that’s on your checklist.Remember to be patient, because saving money takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. Stay focused on the end goal and find ways to motivate yourself on a daily basis, so you aren’t tempted to give up. Believe in yourself and hang pictures on the wall of your destination to keep yourself pushing forward. See how to save money for an upcoming trip.Plan AheadIt’s hard to know what you’re saving for and how much you need to save without a plan. Decide where you’re traveling to and create a budget that tells you exactly how much money you’re going to need for your specific trip. This way you aren’t pressuring yourself to save more than what’s necessary and will have a goal you can track and monitor. Research places you want to stay and activities you’re going to want to take part in once you’re there.Work Extra HoursThere’s no better way to impress your boss and company, than by asking them if you can work extra hours. You’ll be saving extra money for your trip and increasing the chances that you’ll improve at your job and move up the ladder. You have to be willing to work a little harder when the circumstances call for it, like saving for a trip. Remember that it’s your choice and the extra workload is only temporary as you stash away extra cash. Soon enough you’ll be traveling and having fun without a care in the world.Designate A Portion of your Income to InvestingYour traditional savings account doesn’t offer much of a return on your money currently. Depending on your time horizon, you can increase your returns through investments. One way is to use an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform, such as Ethereum. At this point, you may be asking yourself, “what is ethereum?” Learn more online and start saving today. By investing in solid, well-diversified companies or funds, which have historically paid dividends to its shareholders, you can set aside extra money for your trip.Cut Back on Discretionary SpendingNow’s the time to take another look at your budget and see how much you’re spending on optional activities, like going out to eat and for coffee. You have to be willing to give up certain aspects of your life temporarily to reach your savings goal. Cutting back will help you tremendously, and you’ll quickly put more money back in your pocket. Find other ways to have fun at home like cooking and watching movies.ConclusionTraveling is a great hobby and will bring you lots of happiness. The obstacle is that it can be expensive, so you have to plan ahead. This is how to save money for an upcoming trip. Pinterest Email LinkedIncenter_img Facebook on November 7, 2017 Share. Tumblr 0 By CBNlast_img read more

first_imgStudy Reveals Need for Human Trafficking Training LinkedIn E-Headlines 0 By CBN Twitter Share. Facebookcenter_img Tumblr Google+ Pinterest on January 17, 2019 Human trafficking may be more of a problem in Central Oregon than we think. A report released by nonprofit IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB) — Central Oregonians Understanding of Human Trafficking — highlighted the need for training on human trafficking in order to aid in recognition of victims in our community. The study, co-authored by Nita Belles of IN OUR BACKYARD and Professor Donna J. Casey of Central Oregon Community College, surveyed both service-providers and the community-at-large and found that 75 percent of respondents did not feel they could identify a victim of human trafficking. Of those that could, interactions with 242 potential victims were reported.More trafficking is happening in small cities and rural areas than originally thought. The problem lies in that it is more discreet than in larger cities. Often victims are hidden in plain sight — behind you in the grocery store line, cleaning the home across the street, selling you something door-to-door and using a convenience store restroom.A startling 62 percent of service providers surveyed reported that they’ve had no training regarding human trafficking and 66 percent that their agencies do not have a screening tool to identify victims.“We are not going to arrest or legislate our way out of this problem — we have to change our culture. We’ve got to make it not ok to buy children, to buy adults for sex or force them into labor. We’ve got to stop this mentality that this purchase of another human being is ok, ever,” declared IOB Founder and Executive Director Nita Belles. “And we do this through education. Imagine how many more victims could be recovered if everyone was trained to recognize human trafficking, understood the factors that perpetuate it, and knew how to appropriately respond.”Survivors have confirmed that a lack of awareness of human trafficking also makes Central Oregon a sweet spot for recruiting victims. Community member respondents in the survey overwhelmingly indicated (92 percent) the importance of including age-appropriate curriculum on human trafficking in our schools.In 2018, IOB formalized and expanded their schools’ program—Teens Against Trafficking—and reached 1,460 students in 13 Central Oregon middle and high schools. IOB also trained all the school nurses in the state of Oregon. Their hope is to reach all middle and high schools in Central Oregon to prevent this unspeakable tragedy through education of youth.The Central Oregon community has rallied behind the work IN OUR BACKYARD through sponsorships, donations and grants. As a result of this support in 2018, IN OUR BACKYARD trained more than 12,000 community members and service providers across the U.S., many of whom live right here in Central Oregon. But there is still more work to be done.inourbackyard.org Emaillast_img read more

first_img Pinterest 0 on January 17, 2019 Twitter By CBN LinkedIn Share. If you’ve ever been asked to run a meeting and felt uncomfortable leading a large or diverse group of people…Or, if you’ve ever hesitated to spearhead a project because it may involve some disagreement…Or, if you just want to get better at helping others find solutions and consensus, then this special session is perfect for you.Professional facilitator Terry Buchholz has graciously partnered with Citizens4Community (C4C) to help area residents build their practical facilitation skills. A January 30 evening workshop will offer attendees valuable advice and tips.With more than 35 years of experience, Buchholz is the principal facilitator and strategist for Integrated Water Solutions. She has extensive experience facilitating collaborative decision-making processes associated with complex, multi-party, controversial environmental and water resources projects. Buchholz has become known in the Pacific Northwest for her ability to convene collaborative processes that achieve implementable consensus solutions. She has helped a diverse range of organizations including tribes, federal, state and local agencies and stakeholder organizations.Larn how to lead more effective and more collaborative gatherings—meetings that produce real and sustainable results. And you’ll feel encouraged and more confident about facilitating meetings, work sessions or projects for your nonprofits, businesses, churches, HOAs, schools and more.Enjoy a free light community meal and a chance to connect with other community members and local volunteers from 5-5:45pm in the community room at Sisters Fire Hall, 301 South Elm Street. The workshop will begin at 6pm.With the help of grant funding and Buchholz’s generosity, the C4C workshop is being made available to the Sisters Country community for a nominal fee of $5 per person. But seats are limited. (The $5 will be collected at the door.)citizens4community.comcenter_img Facebook Google+ Facilitation Training for Community Members & Volunteers Tumblr E-Headlines Emaillast_img read more

first_imgLeveraging the Power of Creative Thinking in Managing Remote Teams By CBN E-Headlines on May 29, 2019 LinkedIn Facebook It’s nobody’s secret that creativity is one of the most powerful tools a human can leverage to come up with breakthrough innovative ideas. By thinking creatively, you can change both your personal and professional life and help others unleash the powers of creativity. Management is often associated with traditional and conservative thinking and might seem like the least possible niche to try your creative prowess, but we are confident that by thinking creatively you can come up with a number of powerful ways to improve your managerial style and, as a result, your company’s performance.Managing remote teams and freelancers might seem like a daunting task with little room for creativity but a lot for supervision and tracking. However, we’re here to present that reality in a fresh way and share some valuable and practical tips on how you can use your creativity at organizing, building, and managing teams.What is innovation?If you think that innovation is about creating new ideas, it’s not entirely so. While it certainly incorporates coming up with new solutions, the process involves a successful introduction of those changes and making them happen daily. Innovation, per se, might sound spontaneous and instant, whereas, in reality, it’s a gradual process that encompasses gradual improvement in existing services or products and developing new solutions on a continuous basis.Innovation implies having a leader because the process is much more successful when it’s purposefully led. If you think you lack leadership skills, then it’s high time you worked on them by reading, studying, attending meetups, conferences, and so on; and if that’s not working for you, then accept the possibility of hiring or appointing the leader.Another condition for successful innovation is the management’s commitment to positive change that would concern all members of the team or organization. By thinking strategically, you’re enabling yourself to think more generally about the future and how it might affect your employees and company as a whole. Thinking about the future is one of the first prerequisites for unleashing the power of your imagination and creativity.Flexibility and acceptance of risk go hand in hand with innovation: rigid structures will produce inertia and stagnation, whereas quick and agile teams are apt to break into new markets with progressive products.Traditional corporate culture, while may still produce innovative solutions, is much less capable of generating new ideas: routine dulls creative thinking but informal attitude spurs imagination, willingness, and openness to contribute.The structure of a creative organizationAny organization, be it a remote or offline business, falls somewhere on a creative/productive continuum with “think tanks” and research laboratories being the most creative and administrative and commercial companies being the most productive. However, irrespective of what type of business you manage, you can come up with ways of making your company more creative, if that’s what you truly want. First, you can outsource some of those creativity tasks to another organization or subcontractors, or, otherwise, create a separate department or hire a person responsible for innovation.Imagine that you have that employee with a creative streak. When thinking about ordering, organizing, and formalizing your relationship with that person, remember that chaos and informality are the seedbeds of creativity, so allowing personal and professional freedom might sound like a better idea. The same applies to departments, teams, and everyone else in your company who’s responsible for innovation.Hierarchical organizations, distinctions of status, and breeding bureaucracy are hostile to creativity: keep everyone’s on your team as flat as possible, and relationships as informal as possible. While it’s certainly necessary to have supervisors inside your team, try to find a progressive laid back approach to that supervision and never allow supervisors to make their subordinates feel invaluable or unappreciated.Nevertheless, it’s important for you to ascertain yourself as a leader because if people don’t see leadership, you’ll lose credibility and trust. Leadership, however, doesn’t mean isolation from the rest of your team; conversely, allow your employees to reach out to you and encourage communication between the departments.To sum up, let’s outline the main features of a creative organization: decentralized decision making, flat structure rather than pyramidical, informal rather than formal, strong leadership, lateral rather than vertical interaction, positive thinking, strategic mindset, willingness to accept risk.Three ways to foster creativity in remote teamsNow, let’s look at how creativity applies to the management of remote teams and how you can foster creative thinking without being able to interact with your team face to face.Work on yourself first: establish yourself as a strategic leaderIt’s important to always start from yourself. As a leader, you need to provide a clear sense of direction, embrace strategic thinking and planning, and project an attitude of “making it happen.” You have to be sure what you’re trying to achieve and how you plan to achieve those things, meanwhile making your enthusiasm and creativity contagious for all team members.Managing a remote team comes at the cost of not being able to interact directly, but modern technologies allow you to make yourself more present whenever and wherever you need to. Schedule video calls, presentations, webinars; ask your clients, partners, other team members, and leaders to participate and contribute. During video calls, try to make eye contact at least with the camera, so everyone on board would feel like you’re talking to them.As a leader, you have to be a person with a message, who’s able to think deeply and deliver on their promises. Team members must look up to you because you are the one with humor and infectious enthusiasm.Supervising remote workers is important, but you have tracking systems to take care of just that. At Soshace, we use HubStaff software to track working hours and activity of every employee, which is absolutely essential in our business, since freelance developers are paid by the hour. Delegating the tracking stuff to software means you have more time to actually talk to your employees about the work done or hear them out for concerns or ideas.Ensure everyone is informed and has access to other team membersSince communication is one of the biggest hurdles for remote teams, it’s important to ensure everyone is properly and timely informed. Moreover, ensure that no important decision is made without consulting all the key leaders within your organization, no matter how far they are on the map from the rest of your team. Scheduling up calls every morning to discuss important issues and ideas are critical for any business, especially remote.During those brief moments of interaction, value each and every contribution and allow everyone to have a chance to speak up. You’ll be surprised that many ideas are better developed not in the minds of their holders or creators but when they are transplanted to grow in other minds.Moreover, organize brainstorming sessions, not just check-up calls, but conversations where everyone is encouraged to contribute to the possible solutions of the outlining problem. During brainstorming, judgment is ruled out until later, wildness and creativity are welcomed wholeheartedly, the more ideas the better, combination and improvement on the ideas already spoken are sought and asked for. You’ll be surprised that by holding regular sessions like this, you’ll see more and more people contributing or willing to participate in the discussion.Organize fun activities off work: promote an informal cultureOrganization of a laid back creative culture that stimulates people to share can be achieved by scheduling fun activities where team members do not talk about work. It could be anything: from online book club meetings, like the one we hold at Soshace every month, to a gaming session, or a debate club. By enabling people to talk about something else other than work, you make sure everyone feels comfortable and valued for whatever input they are bringing. Moreover, everyone gets closer on your team, gets to know each other, and their personalities, which can come in handy during creative or brainstorming sessions, because you never know where ideas can come from.ConclusionBy projecting an image of a creative and enthusiastic leader, you’ll stimulate others to look up to you and follow into your steps. If you cannot communicate, you cannot innovate. Therefore, ensure communication is an integral part of your team management. Organize brainstorming sessions and regular video calls, as well as fun activities, like debate clubs, unrelated to work. Foster creativity within the organization by allowing everyone to share and contribute to the conversation. Be flexible, experiment, and plow the ground for change to overcome natural resistance that oftentimes comes with any prospective changes.Author: Marina Vorontsova, a copywriter at Soshace.com, a hiring platform for web developers: hire a developer or apply for a remote job. 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first_imgThe AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 5/31/18 by AlleyWatch 251SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin FitSafe,the risk management platform for fitness and sports exposure founded by Jeff Halevy in 2016, has raised $250K in funding from SterlingRisk. Hello Alfred, the in home concierge service, has raised $40M in Series B funding from investors that include New Enterprise Associates, Spark Capital, Invesco, Moderne Ventures, Solon Mack Capital, and DivcoWest. Founded in 2014 by Jessica Beck and Marcela Sapone, Helle Alfred has now raised a total of $52.5M in funding over four funding rounds. Paxos, the fintech company bringing blockchain solutions to financial institutions that was founded by Charles Cascarilla and Richmond Teo in 2013, has raised $65M in Series B funding. Paxos has now raised a total of $93.3M in funding over three funding rounds and this round includes investment from RRE Ventures and Liberty City Ventures. Hello Alfred $40M – Series B Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 5/31/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST R3 $5M Trilogy Education Services $50M – Series Bcenter_img FitSafe $250K R3, the company building a new operating system for the financials services industry built on the blockchain, has raised $5M in funding led by CLS. Founded by David Rutte and Todd McDonald 2014, R3 has raised a total of $112M in funding over four funding rounds. Tagged With:  Marcela Sapone,  Richmond Teo,  Todd McDonald, Charles Cascarilla, CLS, Dan Sommer, David Rutter, DivcoWest, Exceed Capital Partners, FitSafe, hello alfred, Highland Capital Partners, Invesco, Jeff Halevy, Jessica Beck, Liberty City Ventures, Macquarie Group, Moderne Ventures, neMedioIO, New Enterprise Associates, Paxos, R3, RRE Ventures, Sabrina Varnelli, Solon Mack Capital, Spark Capital, SterlingRisk, Trilogy Education Services Trilogy Education Services, the while label digital skills training programs for universities founded by Dan Sommer in 2015, has raised $50M in Series B funding from investors that include Highland Capital Partners, Macquarie Group, and Exceed Capital Partners. In total, Trilogy Education Services has now raised $80M. neMedIO $1M According to a recent SEC filing, mneMedIO, the platform to get medical devices to market faster, has raised $1M in funding. The filing lists Sabrina Varnelli as CEO and indicates there were 8 parties that invested in the offering. Paxos $65M – Series Blast_img read more

first_imgKeeping Artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Safe              For any museum or art gallery, protecting the art and exhibits is a top priority. This is a unique challenge for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). In 2018 the Met set a new attendance record with more than 7.35 million visitors. That is a mind-boggling amount of people, but, for the most part, attendees are well behaved and rarely do any damage to the museum’s fine art. So, why would the Met need RFID technology to protect their priceless art pieces?Many of the Met’s most prestigious works of art and artifacts are extremely old. And, their exposure to certain temperatures and environments are enough to cause severe damage. That’s why the Met is now using RFID tags to stay alert to changes in the environment of a specific room. The museum has employed RFID tags to The Cloisters – an area of the museum dedicated to medieval art. With RFID tags, the museum can get a better understanding of how the environment affects the pieces on display. Needless to say, doing so is worth every penny in order to keep their priceless artwork and artifacts in good condition. 5 Ways New York City Has Embraced RFID TechnologyMarch 11, 2019 by Johnathan Schino 329SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Replacing Metrocards In 1993, New York City subways started using the MetroCard. The card replaced the decades’ old subway token. The cards have helped alleviate problems the token had such as fraud and malfunctioning at the turnstile. Believe it or not, thieves would suck tokens out of the turnstile to get it back! So, MetroCards were a welcomed change in the City.But, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) is looking to the future, and planning to replace those cards with something smarter, and faster. No more having to swipe your card. Instead, riders will utilize contactless turnstiles that interact with your smartphone or MetroCard embedded with an RFID tag. The new technology will likely decrease swiping errors. The MTA has plenty of logistics to work through, especially since they’ll need credit card companies on board. Their projected goal to start using smartcards is this year so be on the lookout for a new Metro experience very soon.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Tech It really is mind-boggling how big the city is. More than 8 million people are packed into 300 square miles. Over 1 billion annual subway riders, 263 street blocks, and 237 skyscrapers are all packed together into the concrete jungle known as New York City.Have you ever wondered how the city stays organized, efficiently run, and safe? In many industries, both private and public, RFID technology provides a huge benefit in keeping the city running smoothly. Here are a few ways RFID does it.Keeping FDNY Firefighters Safe    There are over 15,000 firefighters in New York City. They respond, on average, to nearly half a million emergency calls every year. On September 11th, 2001, the FDNY lost 343 of their own. Prior to 9/11, the FDNY simply relied on a paper/carbon-copy ride list to keep track of who was or wasn’t present during emergencies. The events of 9/11 motivated the FDNY to find a more reliable way to account for all their firefighters in an emergency.The FDNY partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Space Systems to deploy an RFID system that can track the proximity of a firefighter. At the heart of the system are active RFID tags that track the location of FDNY firefighters. Tags are sewn into firefighter jackets, so firefighters never forget to have the tag on them. The active RFID tag chirps out a signal every few seconds that relays its location to an RFID reader attached to the fire truck. The tag reader is activated as soon as the truck’s ignition is turned. So when a firetruck is dispatched, they know exactly who was on which truck. When the firefighters are finished with a task, the truck and RFID reader acts as a rally point and checks who is present. The system can detect who has and has not returned when the tags are read again by the truck, ensuring nobody is left behind. Building Skyscrapers  One World Trade Center, also known as the new Freedom Tower, is the latest addition to New York City’s skyline. It is the largest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th largest in the world. Construction took 7 years, there are over 100 floors, and RFID had a big hand in making the amazing building a reality.Today, the Freedom Tower stands where the twin towers once stood. Part of building a new World Trade Center was to create a sturdy, blast-proof foundation. To set the foundation, active RFID tags were used in order to read the temperature of concrete during its drying period. The RFID tag sensors helped construction workers keep the concrete at the right temperature as they built the blast-proof foundation. Maintaining the right temperature for the concrete is a vital element in building the foundation. The concrete dried over a period of weeks. Once completed, the base was set to build the 104-floor behemoth. The tower now stands at 1,776 feet tall, and it is the centerpiece to New York City’s illustrious skyline. And, we have RFID sensors to thank for it.Organizing Citi Bikes  If you haven’t been to New York City in a while, perhaps you are unfamiliar with Citi Bikes. Now the largest bike sharing program in the US, Citi Bikes is New York’s public bicycle sharing system, started in 2013. The initiative has been sponsored primarily by CitiGroup, hence their name, and it has become a major project to help improve public health and decrease traffic congestion. Citi Bikes has been a big success for the city. According to Citi Bike, as of 2017, there are 130K annual subscribers. Citi Bike riders took an average of 38,491 rides per day in 2016, and the system reached a total of 50 million rides in 2017. So, where does RFID come in?Citi Bikes are tagged with RFID and GPS units. With this capability, Citi Bikes now knows exactly where each bike is located in the city. This helps if you’re looking to find where the nearest bike is. But, Citi Bikes is much more than that. With the tags, they are getting tons of data about how the bikes are used. Thanks to RFID, Citi Bikes knows when their bikes are used most, how long they’re used for, and how often they are used. This gives them the information they need to ensure the right bike station is full of the right number of bikes. No wonder it’s been so successful – they got the data to back it up.last_img read more

first_imgWhat is one piece of advice you would give a fellow founder preparing to raise a Series A for the first time?Get Warm Introductions“Make sure you are getting your network to warm up your introductions. It makes a world of difference. I think it is really important to be systematic about identifying the firm that you are interested in (by checking out their portfolio) and then finding the right partner at that firm. After, find a way to warm up to that partner. Good luck.” Luke Skurman — Niche.comBe Pitch Perfect“While knowing your numbers inside and out (as well as proving your concept prior to pitching) is absolutely crucial, you must develop a pitch that “sells the shave not the razor.” This means a succinct, well-considered presentation that appeals to multiple personalities. Investing in professionals to design your PowerPoint presentation is also an excellent idea (i.e. copywriting, logo, branding, etc.)” Nicole Munoz — Start Ranking NowKeep Those Google Alerts Coming“Market trends change almost every 3 days, and the equity that might not have been available for you last week might just materialize this week based on this fact. Do not be the founder who is unaware of new competitors (and their arson) duking it out for the same market — that is perhaps the saddest way to go out. When you are preparing to make your pitch, you can never be too informed!” Cody Mclain — SupportNinjaRemember That it is Not Only About Money“When we raised our first large round of capital, we wanted someone from the US with deep connections and experience building e-commerce, global travel businesses and in particular emerging technology markets like the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We realized it is not all about money when we were trying to secure as much capital as possible.” Obinna Ekezie — Wakanow.comChoose Investors Wisely“Before raising a Series A, ask yourself if this is the right path for your company. Remember that money is a commodity and you can get it anywhere. When you sign your Series A, you are committing to investors for the long term. Make sure that you check references from previous investments they have made and ensure your objectives for the business are aligned.” Arian Radmand — CoachUpRemember Metrics are More Important Than Vision“First, accept that raising a Series A round is going to be significantly harder than raising an angel round, no matter how easy (or hard) that was. Second, practice your pitch relentlessly and discuss strategy with other founders or friendly investors. Third, recognize that angel rounds are raised on vision while Series A rounds are raised on solid business fundamentals and metrics.” Joseph Walla — HelloSignAnalytically Build Confidence“Your investments are sound if your idea or product is cutting-edge, useful and fluid. Analytically building your own confidence in your business will minimize risks and exemplify your strengths and strategies.” Alexis Levine — Savvy Media 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Are Preparing to Raise Their First Series AFebruary 6, 2017 by YEC 433SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Be Prepared for a Reality Check“Because it is easier than ever to get seed money nowadays, that makes getting Series A funding harder. If the amount of Series A funding has not increased industry-wide, but more companies are getting seed funding, then there is more competition for smaller slices of the pie. Do not be surprised when friendly interest turns into hard interrogations about your metrics and value.” Jared Brown — Hubstaff TalentKnow Your Weaknesses“No company is perfect. In a seed stage, you can assume that many of the finer details of your company will simply be passed over. Do not bank on that. Habitually create backup slides, and be your own harshest critic. Nothing is more attractive in a founder than self-awareness.” Slater Victoroff — IndicoGet Your Books in Order“Nothing will torpedo a deal faster than poor accounting practices. You can do everything else right, but if your financials are not in shape, no reputable investor will want to put money into your company. Make sure you have a good accounting firm prepare your financials and taxes and that everything is up to date when it comes to tax payments.” Sathvik Tantry — FormSwift  The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.Image credit: CC by The Natural Step CanadaPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more