How Not to Use Apache Hadoop

first_imgRelated Posts Sometimes best practices and practical tips can obscure mistakes that you should avoid. Sometimes what you really need is a list of worst practices.Iwona Bialynicka-Birula has written a post organizing things not to do in Apache Hadoop into three categories: efficiency, scalability and reliability.Bialynicka-Birula writes:The problem with Hadoop is that it is relatively easy to get started using it without an in-depth knowledge of what gives it its powers and without this, you are more likely than not to design your solution in a way which takes all of those powers away. So let’s take a look at the few key features of Hadoop and what not to do to keep them. Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Big Data#hack See also:HBase Dos and Don’tsMongoDB Gotchas for the Unaware User. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

For Nontechnical Hires, How Much Stock Is Enough?

first_imgscott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.In an early-stage startup, you may not have much in the way of cash to offer new hires. While you’ll often hear advice about how to structure equity for technical hires, deciding how to compensate other key hires—from cofounders to sales staff—isn’t as clear-cut.To help you figure it out, I asked founders from YEC how they figured out what to offer early-stage, nontechnical hires. Their best advice—from considerations to make to equations to use—is below.1. Base It on the Number of Employees You HaveEarly hires are more critical than late hires. Think of your company hires in terms of stages: 1–2 employees, 3–6, 7–15, 16–30, 31–60, 61–150, etc. The amount of equity an employee gets should go down with each stage, because the company is getting less risky to work for, and because you just can’t keep issuing large amounts of equity to everyone at the company. Here’s one system to follow: Employees 1-2 (cofounders) should split the company either 50/50, 67/33, 75/25, or some other reasonable amount. Employees 3-6 should get between 1 and 5 percent of the company in equity, while employees 7–15 should get 0.5–1 percent. Employees 16–30 should get between 0.25–0.5 percent, and so on. A great company to look to for guidance on this is Buffer, which opened up all its salary and equity calculations. —Mattan Griffel, One Month2. Calculate Based on Your Capital ConsiderationsAssuming you’re starting with no capital, you’re going to grant pieces of your company in order to give incentives to early-stage employees. In my experience, sales and marketing is most often handled by stakeholders when there’s no capital. If sales staff is a requirement of your particular company, revenue-share models can be more conducive with the startup economy so you’re not forced to give away critical pieces of your business before seeking subsequent investment. —Blair Thomas, EMerchantBroker 3. Decide on What You Want Everyone to KnowWe make all compensation, salary, and equity based on the expectation that everyone eventually finds out each other’s numbers. This means that people with similar positions and responsibilities should have the same compensation. Even if a candidate asks for lower equity than their peers, give them the same amount. When they find out that you gave them less equity than a peer, you’ll lose their trust. When we give out offers, we tell candidates that we don’t negotiate because what we offer is prioritizing fairness for the candidate and the rest of the team. New hires have been appreciative of this approach. —Nanxi Liu, Enplug4. Use AngelList to DecideAngelList is a great resource for determining early-stage compensation for non-founders. It shows you how much equity companies like yours in your geographical area are offering employees of various titles, and takes the guesswork out of the process. —Brennan White, Cortex5. Start With an Option PoolThe best way to manage equity for key and strategic hires is through an option pool. Most option pools include total equity in the amount of 10–15 percent, which you’ll need to allocate based on projected hires over the next 24 to 36 months. Once you establish your intended list of hires, you can allocate up to 75 percent of the option pool (leaving wiggle room for negotiation). Generally speaking, technical hires should get more equity than nontechnical hires. However, you may want to break the “technical-hire” rule for superstar nontechnical hires, especially if the hire fills a needed executive or senior-level position. Once you think through your hiring, you’ll be in a better position to allocate your option pool. Note: setting up an option pool will also be helpful should you raise venture capital. —Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com6. Tie It to PerformanceUsing equity in lieu of capital compensation until you are cash-flow positive is normal. The shares should be on a vesting schedule and should be tied to performance and agreed upon by both parties. —Lane Campbell, June7. Keep a Vesting Period in MindIn general, sales and marketing staff tend to get less equity than technical hires with the exception of nontechnical managers and executives. In my opinion, how much equity you give is less important than how the equity will vest. In general, most vesting periods are four years long, though people are experimenting with longer and shorter periods. This means that regardless of how much equity the non-technical hire is given, they will have to stay with the company (not get fired or quit) in order to achieve the full amount of equity given. For instance, if you provide a nontechnical hire with 0.5 percent equity over 4 years, the stock will vest in equal installments of 0.125 percent each year. Vesting periods are critical because they protect the company and create better alignment between the hire and his or her performance over time. —Obinna Ekezie, Wakanow.com8. Base It on How Critical the Hire IsIt’s a two-step process. First, do some research to find the industry benchmark (try AngelList.) Second, you should think critically about how important this particular hire is going to be. For example, in enterprise companies, sales positions becomes very critical for the success of the company. If it is like that, you want to sweeten the deal further. Overall, good companies tend to be more generous with their stock options. —Ashu Dubey, 12 Labs9. Use Equity to Keep Everyone in the GameCompensating those on your team with the success of your business will add extra motivation and drive. Especially early on, you need all hands on deck and everyone moving in the same direction. This includes all aspects of your business, not just technical team members. I leveraged AngelList frequently to assess how much equity to give. Putting in a one-year cliff and a vesting schedule has been critical to keep the team motivated, and gives something to really celebrate when we hit those key milestones. —Kristi Zuhlke, KnowledgeHound10. Quantify and Be FlexibleIt’s a very tricky question with many different answers, depending on who you ask; there’s no single answer, but there are ways to tailor compensation to your company and industry that will serve you exponentially better than listening to general advice. Keep in mind several factors: How big is your equity compensation pool (15 percent, 20 percent, etc.)?How many hires will you be making in the next six months with the current equity comp pool, and what types of hires will these people be (low-level, high-level)?How early is this employee and what kind of salary is this employee getting relative to their industry?How important or unique is this employee compared to other hires? Keep these things in mind relative to your equity pool, and also compare to industry what you come up with as a guideline. —Alec Bowers, Abraxas Biosystems 11. Think in Terms of Dollars, Not Shares or PercentagesYou should have a reasonable expectation of how much your business is worth today and might be worth in a year or two. You can also estimate what additional upside a new hire will need to either compensate for below market comp today, or take on the risk of joining a startup. For example, if the market for a sales person is $65,000 and commission is 10 percent, you can decide how much additional bonus per year they need to join your team ($25,000, $50,000, $100,000). Consider what that might grow into based on your valuation growth (2x, 5x, 10x) to get them to join. Then you can decide if it’s worth giving that up for what they bring in terms of sales growth or lead generation. —Avi Levine, Digital Professional Institute 12. Make Sure Total Compensation Hits Market ValueThere are market rates established for all levels and roles. Target a compensation package within 20 percent of market rate. We’ve had success by offering a menu of three choices, which allows each candidate to choose their mix of cash and equity. Just remember that a well-rounded startup has strong technical and nontechnical people, so don’t treat anyone like a lower-class employee. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches13. Do the MathSlicing up equity should come down to a math equation. Instead of reinventing the wheel, you should use math that other people have invented to figure it out. Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham puts it together in this simple equation: 1/(1 – n). What it breaks down to is that if “n” is the equity you’re giving up, it’s worth it if it makes the company worth more than 1/(1 – n). Beyond that, I stick to the basics: Have a one-year cliff and four-year vesting for all equity employees. —John Rampton, Due AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themcenter_img Tags:#compensation#Equity Compensation#Guest Posts#hiring#Nontechnical Hires#recruiting#Stock Options#yec Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

How do you record audits against software?

first_imgIn the world of effective software inventory management there are audits. Those audits are done comparing the software to physical installations or against budget. There are audits performed when a HFE (Human Factors Engineer) analyzes your usability or those done to ensure that you have sufficient disaster recovery elements in place.This happens every day against dozens of software applications and I have to ask the question — where do you record this data? Does everyone have individual approaches and simply has a spreadsheet containing the data? Is it recorded anywhere?I have to wonder where the value is in gathering data that has no reuse or exposure to the owners of the software solutions.So I’ve been bouncing around an enhancement to allow certain groups to register (and report) on audits. Internally some people hate it and some love it.What do you do?Do you have yet another application for capturing software audits?Do you do them at all?Let me know.Previous topics include Application inventory, what do you capture?,  Application inventory starts with a definition, Application inventory as a cost savings initiative, Application Inventory, the start of data sustainability? and How do you measure data quality in your Application Inventory?.last_img read more

From Boola Boola at Yale to Just Boo

first_imgThings are as bad as expected under the Ivy in New Haven. Yale University President Richard Levin has announced in an email to staff, faculty, and alumni that Yale expects to run a deficit of $150 million each fiscal year between 2010–11 and 2013–14, and that “with the exception of financial aid, no area of expenditure will be immune from scrutiny.” Levin noted that the college of arts and sciences will have to pare back faculty recruitment significantly. This reduction includes recruitment to the university’s new West Campus, situated 7 miles from the New Haven campus. The West Campus will house a number of science laboratories, and while the university will still recruit scientists and staff for those buildings, it will not do so at the pace it had hoped. Virtually all universities are facing similar cuts and cutbacks, and even the wealthiest Ivies have not been spared, especially their endowments. Yale’s did not take as big a hit as Harvard University’s did, but Yale’s projection last summer that the endowment would be approximately $17 billion is now looking $1 billion too optimistic. Any university program dependent on endowment funds will be especially hard hit, Levin warned.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

FIFA’s Chuck Blazer admitted taking bribes for World Cup votes

first_imgA former executive committee member of football’s global governing body FIFA told a US judge in November 2013 that he and other officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, among other major tournaments.Chuck Blazer, a US citizen, secretly pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in New York as part of an agreement with US prosecutors, according to a partially blacked out transcript of the hearing released on Wednesday.According to US officials, Blazer’s cooperation helped build a sprawling corruption case that has led to charges against top FIFA figures and prompted the resignation on Tuesday of longtime president Sepp Blatter.Blazer served as an executive committee member of FIFA from 1997 to 2013 and was the general secretary of CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, from 1990 to 2011.”Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup,” Blazer told US District Judge Raymond Dearie during a closed-door proceeding in Brooklyn federal court on the morning of November 25, 2013, according to the transcript.Though France won the bidding to host the tournament, separate court documents claim Morocco paid the bribe in connection with the 1998 World Cup.Blazer added that from 2004 to 2011, “I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup.”U.S. authorities have said South Africa paid a $10 million bribe while bidding to be the 2010 World Cup host. The country has confirmed the payment but said it was a donation to support soccer development in the Caribbean, not a bribe.advertisementBlazer also admitted to taking kickbacks related to five different editions of CONCACAF’s premier event, the Gold Cup, between 1996 and 2003.”I knew my actions were wrong at the time,” he said.A lawyer for Blazer declined to comment.Many of the details were revealed in documents released by US authorities last week, when they announced indictments for 14 people, including nine FIFA officials.Blazer, 70, is one of four defendants in the case who pleaded guilty in secret and agreed to assist US investigators.During his plea, he said he suffered from health problems. Friends of Blazer say he is currently hospitalized and unable to speak due to a breathing tube.last_img read more


first_img“Last year I had been tested on more than ten occasions. “Last year I had been tested on more than ten occasions. In the last one and a half months I have given samples five-six times. They have tested me at home. I have to give them my whereabouts.”Yesterday I was planning to go and watch (Bollywood movie) Sultan (with his girlfriend). We have to tell that also (to testers). It puts the athlete under pressure. I dont think this is right. The athlete can be tested when he goes for competition. I have not skipped any doping test. Its not good to put pressure on the athlete,” he said.”I am always available to be tested. At least inform one day before, but they say if we inform you will run away. I was in Bangalore for two days and both days I had given samples.”The 28-year-old athlete was candid to say even his career-best effort of 20.65 metres was not good enough for him to get a medal in Rio.”My best performance is not that good to get me a medal in the Olympics, thats the truth. I will try my best to be in the finals and give my best. Olympic medal winners will be at 21-plus. Last year in most competitions, I have thrown 20.40, 20.50. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”Asked about his strong rivals he said, “Shot put competition will come mostly from Germany, US, Poland, Jamaica. I am Asia no. 1. My event is on the 18th – morning qualification and evening finals. I intend to leave on 10th of August.” PTI NRB SSR PDS PDS RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Here’s Why Quinoa Is a Better Choice Than Rice

first_imgPronounced KEEN-wah, quinoa is a whole grain that’s slowly built a huge fan base thanks to its gluten-free qualities and high-protein content. Whether you’re looking to switch it up from brown rice or simply catch up on the trend, this easy base belongs in your pantry.Nutrition StatsServing Size: 1 cup (185 g) of cooked quinoa222 calories4g total fat0g saturated fat8g protein39g carbohydrates5g fiber2g sugar31 mg calcium3 mg iron118 mg magnesium281 mg phosphorus318 mg potassium13 mg sodiumWhat exactly is quinoa?Quinoa is defined by the Whole Grains Council as a pseudo-cereal, but it’s been classified as a whole grain. The small seeds are cooked like rice or ground into flour. Produced mainly in South America, quinoa has been grown rapidly in its popularity due to its protein content. It can be found in breakfast cereals, side dishes, pasta, and other recipes.There are over 120 varieties of quinoa ranging in color and flavor, but it usually has a slightly nutty taste on its own.Is quinoa good for you?Quinoa is a grain rich in protein, fiber, moderate fat, and vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s considered a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids in the necessary amount. This makes it a great choice for vegetarians, vegans and people trying to eat less meat.What gives it the nutritional leg-up compared to other grains? It’s higher in B-vitamins than other grain alternatives like barley, rye, rice, and corn. B-vitamins contribute to the metabolic reactions going in your body all the time, converting the food you eat into fuel for energy. Eating quinoa may also help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a 2012 study.Is quinoa better than rice?Quinoa, although less popular than rice, can be a more nutrient-dense alternative. For a 100-gram serving, quinoa has double the amount of protein (14 grams versus 7 grams) for approximately the same amount of calories. It also has 2.5 times the amount of fiber than rice: 7 grams versus 3 grams, respectively.Is it gluten-free?Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, so it’s safe choice for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Plus, it’s higher in folic acid than the refined grains like rice or corn. This crucial vitamin plays a role in neurological function and immunity.How do you cook quinoa?Quinoa found on supermarket shelves is usually pre-rinsed (indicated on the packaging), but it’s always a good idea to wash it yourself prior to cooking. This removes a natural pesticide found on the exterior of the kernels known as saponins. Prep as you would rice, using two parts liquid to one part dry quinoa.Is quinoa the “best” grain?There are tons of reasons to eat 100% whole grains: They’re fiber-full, more sustainable as a protein source than meat, and full of phytonutrients. That said, if you’re not a quinoa fan, don’t sweat it! Other whole grains like oats, teff, barley, farro, sorghum, amaranth, and buckwheat are also great choices having a major culinary “moment” right now, so you’ve got plenty of goodness to choose from.Sourcelast_img read more

The World Is Moving On Since Trump Announced Intent to Withdraw From the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

first_img*READ ON: “7 Signs of Progress: A Year of National Climate Action” One year ago this week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The president claimed that the Agreement was a bad deal for America. The reality is that his disavowal of the treaty is putting the United States increasingly at odds with the rest of the world and harming the American people.Fundamentally, there is no reason this administration should want to rework the Paris deal. The Agreement did not impose undue burdens on the United States, as the president claimed, but allowed it and every other country to determine their own emission-reduction targets and create their own plans to increase ambition over time. All evidence suggests that the president was wrong in claiming that adhering to our target would hurt the U.S. economy and destroy jobs. He was also wrong in claiming that the Agreement allowed large developing countries like China to do nothing to cut their emissions until 2030. In reality, China has already made significant strides to decarbonize its economy and is on pace to achieve its Paris targets by 2030. Similarly, India now has some of the most ambitious renewable energy targets on Earth, and is on track to meet them.Since the president’s announcement, this landmark pact aimed at tackling climate change has only gained traction. No other country is signaling it will follow the United States’ lead in withdrawing. Meanwhile, thousands of American businesses, cities, states and organizations are ramping up efforts in an attempt to help fill the gap.Progress Toward Paris Agreement Builds InternationallyThe international response to President Trump’s withdrawal announcement started even before it happened. Chinese President Xi declared in January 2017 that China would “fully honor its obligations” under the climate agreement, which he described as a “milestone in the history of climate governance.” Other leaders followed suit, calling the Agreement “an article of faith,” and their commitments steadfast and “unwavering.”These responses built steady momentum to the G20 meeting last July in Hamburg, Germany, when the other 19 leaders declared the Paris Agreement “irreversible,” underscoring the world’s determination to move forward and isolating President Trump as a global outlier.Other countries are very concerned about the consequences of climate change, and are taking major strides to address it. In just the past year, seven countries committed to phase out fossil fuel vehicles, more than 20 agreed to end their use of coal, and New Zealand and the UK announced plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, among other actions. It’s clear that the world remains determined to forge a lasting, fair agreement that can rise to the climate challenge.Leaving the Paris Agreement Leaves US BehindIn the meantime, while the United States is marginalizing itself on climate and other international issues, China is more actively providing global development assistance – and, as a consequence, eroding U.S. influence around the world. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finally recognized this predicament, warning African countries last March that deals with China could threaten their sovereignty. Regardless of the merits of this claim, this concern went unheeded in the administration as President Trump fired Tillerson shortly after his return home.The economic opportunities that the United States is losing out on by rejecting the Paris Agreement are enormous. The International Finance Corporation estimates that the Paris pledges from developing countries alone have opened up global investment opportunities worth $23 trillion. Another recent study argues that meeting the most ambitious targets under the Paris Agreement would save $20 trillion for the world economy by the end of the century.Non-Federal Climate Action Ramps Up in the United StatesJust as international actors are moving forward without the Trump administration, so too are an array of non-federal actors in the United States, many of whom have banded together to try to fulfill the U.S. climate pledge to the Paris Agreement. U.S. states, businesses, cities and others are signaling their support by joining We Are Still In, the U.S. Climate Alliance and the U.S. Climate Mayors. WRI and partners produced the America’s Pledge phase one report last November, showing that if these more than 2,700 non-federal actors were their own country, they would be the third-largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. Individually, their actions continue to mount:In January, Maryland became the 17th member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, with Republican Governor Hogan leading the state’s effort to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions 40 percent by 2030.States and cities continue to lead on renewable energy. The New Jersey legislature revised its Renewable Energy Standard last month to derive 50 percent of its power from wind and solar by 2030, with new efficient energy provisions expected to save residents $200 million a year. Michigan will likely have a ballot measure in November to increase renewables by 2030, while Connecticut just finalized a new comprehensive energy strategy that includes increasing renewable energy to 40 percent of its power by 2030. In Virginia, the number of solar jobs has increased by 65 percent in the last year alone, while expanded energy efficiency measures helped employ more than 75,000 people. Meanwhile, more than 65 U.S. cities have adopted 100 percent clean energy goals through the Ready for 100 initiative.At the beginning of this year, Ford announced its plan to nearly double its investment in electric vehicles in the next five years. Its competitor, General Motors, plans to add 20 new battery electric and fuel cell vehicles to its portfolio by 2023.Carbon pricing continues to deliver value and expand. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state cap-and-trade program for reducing power plant emissions, generated $1.4 billion in net economic value from 2015 to 2017, and created more than 14,500 new jobs. Power plant CO2 emissions have dropped by half in the years since the program launched in RGGI states. New Jersey and Virginia are expected to join the initiative in the coming year.America’s Pledge will release a new report this September at the Global Climate Action Summit in California, with analysis from WRI and other partners that will examine these and other recent developments to see what U.S. states, cities, businesses and others can do to help achieve the United States’ 2025 climate goal.Everyone Needs to Step UpAccording to the terms of the Paris Agreement, the earliest the United States can fully exit will be one day after the U.S. 2020 election. The president has suggested that the United States might stay in if he can renegotiate a better deal, but in reality, there can be no renegotiation: Unlike NAFTA, where the United States can force two parties back to the table, one country cannot compel more than 190 nations to rehash a deal that took many years to reach.But while the United States remains in the Paris Agreement, it has, as WRI’s Distinguished Fellow and former U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern puts it, ceded its place as a “strong, leading, credible voice in the ongoing negotiations.” This is a shame given the role the country played in creating this Agreement.While we wait for a new approach in U.S. federal leadership, every party—from the biggest U.S. state to the smallest city—needs to step up their game. At the same time, signatories to the Paris Agreement are quickly facing a deadline to enhance the ambition of their 2030 climate targets by 2020. A positive response to this call would definitively prove that President Trump cannot stop global progress on this issue by himself. Altogether, a determined U.S. effort, supported by an international community resolved to move forward, can lead the way.LEARN MORE: Check out a recording below of WRI’s recent event, One Year Later: Has the World Moved on Since President Trump’s Announcement on the Paris Agreement?last_img read more

Facebook Places Launches, Allows Businesses to “Check In”

first_img and other location-based social networks, but also to Google and Yelp. The social network has announced the launch of a major new feature: Facebook Places.  We have Facebook, similar to on this blog in the past. However, this trend just got a lot more interesting for marketers. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack talked many times about the adoption and marketing implications of location-based social networks HTML5 mobile site Foursquare Facebook Business Pages has delivered a major blow to not only to as well as their Originally published Aug 19, 2010 10:05:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 users to check in to offline locations similar to other location-bastion social networks. The Places feature is available in Facebook’s Facebook Places allowscenter_img Marketing Takeaway Facebook Places isn’t an attack on Foursquare, it is a direct attack on Google and Yelp. Facebook realizes that as retail business shift marketing dollars online, a huge opportunity exists. iPhone application Yelp and other location-focused sites, is also allowing businesses to claim their location in Facebook Places. Once Facebook Places is available to you, add the location to your business. Once that location page is created, you will then have the option to “claim” it as the page for your business. It is likely that Facebook will launch many other marketing opportunities for Businesses on Facebook places in the future, so it is important to go ahead and claim your location now. Topics: Do you plan to use Facebook Places? Although the feature is now available in the newest version of the Facebook iPhone app, the company says it is still rolling out the feature and is not yet available to all users.  Another interesting note is that Facebook, via an API, is going to provide developers access to some of the data from Facebook Places to integrate this new feature with outside applications. Additionally, it doesn’t seem like Facebook is out to “kill” other location-based networks. It will allow Foursquare and other major location-based social networks to push location information into Places so that a user can use Foursquare to check in on both Foursquare and Facebook Places. If you are a marketer, this announcement demonstrates that location-based social networks are transforming from a trend into a mainstream feature of social networking. Some of the initial developers using Facebook Places are social game developers like Booyah, who plan to create new social games based on location. Facebook .  One change in Facebook Places is that instead of showing people who have checked in nearby, the application will display people near you that Facebook has determined to have relevancy to you.last_img read more

How to Create Banner Ads That Get Results: A 10-Step Guide [Free Ebook]

first_imgBanner ads get a bad rap, and are often thought of as old-school due to their disruptive nature. But believe it or not, there’s way to make inbound-y banner ads that actually drive results.However, even marketers that recognize the value of banner ads struggle to design ones that don’t seem spammy, let alone ones that get desired results.You have to learn how to present the right message, to the right audience, at the right time, which is why HubSpot and Bannersnack teamed up to bring you How to Make Banner Ads That Don’t Suck.In this guide you’ll find 10 steps for creating high-quality banner ads that generate the results you want and help you reach your goals.More specifically, you’ll receive:The basics of banner ads: sizes, files, and formats.Design tips and best practices on choosing color and imagery.How to write the best copy for your banner ads.Tons of good examples from real brands.Much more on creating inbound-y ads to actually drive results.Download your copy of How to Make Banner Ads That Don’t Suck here. Originally published Sep 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated October 29 2019 Topics: Advertising Best Practices Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Make Competitive Intelligence Your Competitive Advantage

first_imgI stared at the sea of snow around me. White as far as the eye could reach. A blank, empty landscape.It was exhilarating at first. No one ahead, no one tailing or overtaking me.Unencumbered, I was completely alone.Then I realized I was lost. What direction was I going in? Was I going in circles? Was I even on a path?Click here to get started with our free market research kit.It was my first snowboarding trip in Japan and I had taken a wrong turn. And now, the beautiful landscape around me was devoid of anyone, or anything, that might give me a sense of direction.Years later, it’s this experience that comes to mind when my friends in the startup industry complain about their competitors.They long for a blank expanse of a market, free of competitors hurling their way forward alongside (or ahead, or behind) them. It’s an entrepreneur’s daydream: no one to stop you from speeding ahead, eyes firmly on the prize.Of course, markets devoid of competitors are rare: if a product is worth making, the market around it won’t stay empty for long. If it does, the product probably wasn’t worth making.Even so, the appeal remains. And that’s why we’re often told to ignore our competitors completely.Shut them out, focus single-mindedly on your product and users: everything else will fall into place.And it’s certainly true that an obsession with ‘the competition’ is a bad idea. When companies get tangled up in rivalries, they often miss out on more important things (while Coke and Pepsi were battling it out, they failed to cash in on the arrival of energy drinks — Red Bull is now the most popular soft drink in the world).But do we have to choose between a blinkered focus or competitor obsession?I don’t think so. If we can adjust our lens, the landscape around us will begin to look different. Blinkered focus can turn into a peripheral vision that is both inclusive and alive with information.A single company — especially a startup — will naturally be limited in terms of the information it relies on. The combined knowledge of a number of companies operating in the same arena (or neighboring landscapes) is inevitably much more extensive.And so, we can begin to view competitors as invaluable resources rather than pesky rivals.Here’s how.The Perks of a Busy MarketMany startups enter an already-crowded market. That’s often seen as daunting, or even deal-breakingly negative.It’s not.In fact, entering an unexplored arena with no context is much more daunting.The support that comes with having competitors may not be obvious at first, but it’s real.By their mere presence, a competitor is already helping you carve out your category, make noise, and educate your users. They are legitimizing your idea, and proving there’s a market for it.As Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer puts it:The real problem startups have is that most people don’t know about them.Competition can help to shine light on the market, which is often actually more useful than if you were alone.There are cautionary tales of businesses that became ‘victims of active inertia’ — lazy on their initial strong competitor-free success — and ultimately failed. And there are other businesses that, spurred on by new competitors, kicked their complacency habit to the curb.That’s because strong competition is the ultimate accelerator. Each individual step forward counts as a step for everyone.Would Nike still be the king of sportswear without Adidas snapping at their trainered-heels? What would Steve Jobs’ legacy be without Bill Gates? Would Salesforce’s boom be as resounding without Oracle pushing it along?Competition strengthens, rather than weakens, a market. Companies striving for leadership and out-servicing each other to win customers generates tons of value.Plus, saturated markets are the most profitable. And if your business can thrive in a startup-crowded jungle, it can survive (almost) anything.Peripheral VisionThe benefits of a competitive market aren’t reaped automatically. What you need is an all-encompassing awareness of the industry you’re in — its peaks and troughs, new players and old-timers, innovations and disasters.This will keep you nimble and agile, particularly if, like me, you’re in a market that’s constantly shape-shifting and whizzing forward.With peripheral vision of the big picture, you can steer fast and respond faster.And when you adopt this frame of mind, the competitive landscape turns into a goldmine of information to guide you forward.But how do we tap into this competitive intelligence?It boils down to three basic steps:Gather data from a bunch of different websitesAnalyze the dataInterpret the resultsOf course, we do this kind of stuff all the time. The problem is, it tends to be a tedious, time-consuming process woven with endless opportunities for distraction — particularly as half of the relevant information will be buried under the noise of the internet.And really, there are a ton of better ways we could be spending our work day.Humans aren’t great at dealing with large datasets. Machines are.Enter bots — clever automated systems. By linking to, and communicating with, multiple APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), machines like our new digital assistant, GrowthBot, can help us map the landscape we’re operating in.But the potential of automation goes further than this. Our capabilities as humans are finite, and often biased. As important as it is to stay on top of our industry’s trends and transformations, we’ll never be able to know it all ourselves.That’s because we rely on the limited amount of information we’ve come across rather than a complete knowledge of our field (which would be impossible). Plus, we can’t plug in a new server when we reach our information-processing limits.A smart machine, however, will be able to learn literally everything there is to know about an industry and its players.It can then summarize and present the core content back to us, bringing us as close to being all-knowing, all-seeing experts as it’s possible to be.Reducing Trial and ErrorHere’s the thing: all businesses are testing the waters for someone else.It’s up to those who follow in their footsteps to capitalize on this.By paying close attention, a trailing company can cleverly reap the benefits of someone else’s successes and failures.That’s not as evil as it sounds. It’s basically common sense, or the ‘second-mover advantage’.While the pioneer pays a steep price in creating the product category, the later entrant can learn from the experience of the pioneer, enjoying lower costs and making fewer mistakes as a result.Imagine if Google hadn’t paid attention to the mistakes in Yahoo’s UI, or if Uber hadn’t exploited the public enthusiasm for Lyft?Indeed, many of the world’s most successful businesses aren’t built on originality. Instead, they’re launched by entrepreneurs who simply saw a gap in an existing concept. Perhaps that gap was better branding, smarter customer service or elevated UX.One example is the way Apple redefined and dominated the market for mobiles — a category which Motorola pioneered.The point is, this success is built on the swift, agile following — and then improving — of an idea; not on being the first to execute it.Similarly, you can come to a conclusion in seconds (for free) that it might have taken another business hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to get to.There are shortcuts everywhere when you start looking. Opportunities to reduce trial and error on the basis of someone else’s experience.Maybe similar strategies will work for you, maybe they won’t. Either way, the more you know, the better-informed your future decisions will be.Put simply: insights aren’t necessarily less useful when they’re second-hand.Collective (Competitive) IntelligenceCollective intelligence within an industry is something we can all contribute to and benefit from, by pooling resources and building on what’s already been achieved.Turning a potential battleground into a network, like in case of open-source software.And along the road somewhere, your competitor could even become your collaborator: enter ‘coopetition’ (cooperative competition).The big players have set the trend: Spot.IM has started using Facebook’s API, despite the fact that their goal is to keep users engaged on websites that aren’t Facebook. Apple and Microsoft joined forces on the licensing of mobile operating system features and patents. Google funded Mozilla’s Firefox. Arch-rivals Amazon and Apple teamed up to distribute Amazon’s e-books through the iPad’s Kindle app.All these companies have the same target market, but they found that combining forces — rather than constantly trying to one-up each other — is a powerful tool.And this mindset can be put into practice on a smaller scale, too.As long as we’re keen to grow, improve and adapt, there will always be value in questioning the tactics of businesses besides ourselves. Maybe the answers will surprise us, maybe they will inspire change.Businesses like ours, yes; but also unrelated businesses we simply find interesting.So no, it’s not about an unhealthy obsession with our competitors. But it’s not about shutting out those around us to create the mirage of an empty landscape, either.It’s about curiosity, open-mindedness, a willingness to learn from others. And with the help of today’s AI, competitive intelligence can become a competitive advantage. Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: Marketing Trends Originally published Jun 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated June 05 2018last_img read more

England must call time on James Anderson and Stuart Broad partnership: Michael Vaughan

first_imgThe days of James Anderson and Stuart Broad spearheading England’s fast bowling attack are over, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.The pair have taken more than 1,000 Test wickets between them with Anderson’s 575 a world record for a pace bowler.The 37-year-old Anderson, however, managed only four overs in this year’s drawn Ashes series after aggravating a calf injury.Broad, 33, excelled despite the absence of his usual partner and took 23 wickets at an average of under 27.After more than a decade in which they have been used in tandem, Vaughan suggests playing one or the other is the way forward for England.”I don’t think it is right both of them play now,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5. “It might be that Broad plays one series and Anderson plays one series.”They are not going to like it, but they are at that stage of their careers where England are going to have to manage the combination very smartly.”Vaughan also believes that England’s sole focus now must be in trying to regain the Ashes in Australia in two years’ time after drawing the recent series 2-2.”I want to see a disciplined way of playing and the World Cup is in the bag now,” Vaughan said.”The most important thing going forward is the Ashes in two years. It is the Test team that needs a real focus over two and a half years of real dedication and structure.”Also Read | Joe Root, Michael Vaughan come out in support of Ben Stokes over controversial articleAlso Read | Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Angry Pakistan fan demolishes Sarfaraz Ahmed hoarding after 3-0 T20 series loss

first_imgFollowing Pakistan’s dismal performance in the T20I series against Sri Lanka which they lost 0-3, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is drawing flak from all quarters in the country.Both fans and former cricketers have expressed their wrath and anger, with some demanding Sarfaraz’s removal from captaincy after they were whitewashed by a second string Sri Lankan side, that too in their own backyard.Now, in a video going viral on social media, a fan in Pakistan can be seen punching and destroying a hoarding of Sarfaraz.Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq tweeted the video with the caption: “A fan not happy with Sarfaraz Ahmed after the 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka.”A fan not happy with Sarfaraz Ahmed after the 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka #PAKvSL #Cricket Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 10, 2019Sadiq also informed that a resolution has been submitted in Punjab Assembly to remove Sarfaraz as captain. “The resolution stated Sarfaraz failed to perform his responsibility and isn’t capable of leading Pakistan and he should be immediately removed from captaincy,” he tweeted.The Pakistani skipper had to face similar reaction after their loss to arch-rivals India in the 2019 World Cup in the UK. Pakistan suffered an embarrassing 89-run loss (D/L method) against India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16.After the defeat, the team went on to become the butt of all jokes with fans criticising the players’ fitness and their training regime.And in a video that went viral, a Pakistani fan was even seen body-shaming Ahmed. The fan — who met Sarfaraz at a mall in London after the India match while the latter was carrying his son — called out to the skipper and asked him why he was “fat as a pig”. While the cricketer chose to walk away, the man followed him and continued, saying: “You’ve become very fat, like a pig. You should diet less.”advertisementLater following a backlash, the Pakistani fan issued an apology and deleted the video.Also Read | Pakistan commentator Ramiz Raja trolled over post-match presentation gaffeAlso Read | Virat Kohli, come to Pakistan and play cricket: India captain’s fan in Lahore wins heartsAlso See:last_img read more

Wax Your Surfboard With the Surf Grooming Kit Noir

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Surf boards need love and care after riding those waves. They need to be waxed and groomed just like your hair does. Well, not exactly. But anyways, we bet those of you who really love your board want to treat it with something a little special. That’s why the folks at The Make Co., Archive, and Ethos came up with the newest edition of their Surf Grooming Kit collaboration that originated in 2013, the Surf Grooming Kit Noir edition.They decided to change the packaging, encasing the goods in a powder coated steel and gold case, but don’t fret, they promise that you are still getting “The most sophisticated maintenance kit for your surfboard on the market.”Inside is a waxcomb cast from bronze and inlayed with Macassar Ebony, a black cotton cloth, a bar of wax and a small bottle of methyl hydrate to clean off any residue left behind by the wax.The waxcomb features standard comb grooves, a scraper, and a bottle opener, just in case you want to pop open a cold one after all that surfing. There’s also a lanyard so you don’t lose it. Attach it to your keys or your jeans so you won’t forget it.Wax your surfboard in style with the Surf Grooming Kit Noir edition, and prepare your board to catch those waves.For more information, visit Keep Clean On the Go With the Sonny Portable Bidet How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn last_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Dec 7th – Dec 11th)

first_imgPoor Judgement Led to Collision in Jebel Ali, Report SaysA number of safety measures were disregarded resulting in a collision on February 11 2015 between the UK registered containership Ever Smart and the Marshall Islands r… Read More Maersk Saigon Runs Aground at Brazilian PortThe 108180 DWT containership Maersk Saigon owned by the world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line ran aground at Port of Santos access channel in B… Read More Car Carrier, DFDS Ferry Clash in Humber ApproachesPanamanian-flagged car carrier City of Rotterdam has sustained severe damage in its portside bow following a collision with a DFDS-owned ferry Primula Seaways on December … Read More Shipping Dropped from Paris Climate DealThe global shipping and aviation industries have been left out from the draft Paris climate agreement published on Wednesday afternoon… Read More World Maritime News Staff M/V Hanjin Aqua Hard Aground in IndonesiaPanamanian-flagged containership MV Hanjin Aqua went aground off Sangiang Island in the Sunda Strait Indonesia at 1936 local time 4th December Melbourne-based shipping co… Read More last_img read more

Germany barely avoided recession in Q4 with zero growth

FRANKFURT — Germany economic growth stagnated in the last three months of the year, skirting a technical recession but registering only zero growth as foreign trade made little contribution to Europe’s largest economy.The lacklustre figure reported Thursday by the state statistics agency followed a 0.2 per cent fall in output during the preceding third quarter. Business spending on machinery and equipment supported the economy in the fourth quarter and kept Germany from suffering two straight quarters of negative growth, one definition of a recession.The weak second half followed stronger performance in the first six months, leaving growth for the full year at 1.5 per cent.Slowing global trade amid U.S.-China trade tensions has been holding back Germany’s export-focused economy.The Associated Press read more

Burundi UN Security Council backs emerging peace process

Adopting a presidential statement, the Council also said it was concerned by the “dire humanitarian situation” in Burundi. Holding the parties responsible for allowing humanitarian organizations unrestricted access to civilians, the Council condemned acts of violence and violations of human rights.Reading the statement on behalf of the members, President Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria said the Council welcomes recent steps towards peace, including last month’s signing of a comprehensive ceasefire between Burundi’s transitional government and its biggest rebel group, le Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD).It urged another armed rebel group, Parti pour la liberation du people Hutu – Forces nationals de liberation-Agathon Rwasa (PALIPEHUTU-FNL), to join the peace process immediately.Earlier this month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended that the mandate of the UN’s Office in Burundi (UNOB), due to expire on 31 December, be extended for another year. By today’s action, the Council approved the renewal as well as a small increase in staff to respond to increasing needs in the areas of peacekeeping and security.The statement also called for the international community to provide greater financial support to Burundi, including by backing the African Union’s mission in the country, which is emerging from a decade of civil strife that left between 250,000 and 300,000 people dead. read more

Brock in the News – September 1016

What to do if your child is being bullied at schoolBullying continues to be a major issue both inside and outside the classroom. Bullies, as Child and Youth Studies Professor Tony Volk explains in The Globe and Mail, tend to gain more dominance as the bullying continues.Vocab project awarded $2.5 million grantBrock-led international language project earns $2.5 million in research funding from the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, in partnership with McGill University, McMaster University, University of Alberta, University of Montreal and University of Windsor: Windsor Square and Windsor Star Newly crowned Grape King has roots in NiagaraEarly this week, Brock alum Jamie King (BSc ’06) was crowned the 2016 Grape King by the Grape Growers of Ontario for his work at the Quai du Vin Estate Winery: St. Catharines StandardLumsden hoping to raise the profile of OUA hockeyThe historic Tailgate Party and annual Steel Blade Classic has the Brock community energized going into a busy Homecoming weekend, but for Athletics Director Neil Lumsden, the connection to the broader sports community is what he is aiming to strengthen: TSN Radio and CKTB read more

Nikola Karabatic is out of contract

One of the best handball player in the last decade, Nikola Karabatic (29) is now out of contract by mutual agreement with the HC Montpellier Aglomerate. After betting scandal in which Karabatic was involved with some other Montpellier’s players, this kind of the end was expected. Karabatic had four years contract with the team until 2016, but suddenly everything changed. Now, Nikola is ready for a new challenge and one of the most possible options is Aix En Provence, ambitious member of the French Elite, for whom playing Nikola’s brother – Luka. Nikola Karabatic ← Previous Story Jonas Erik Larholm for HP: “I enjoy in Szeged” Next Story → Rajko Prodanovic to MKB Veszprem! read more

Call of Duty Black Ops II gets ingame Twitch streaming

first_imgA major breakthrough has just been confirmed by video game streaming startup Twitch. The service, which allows users to upload live streams of their gameplay sessions, is now fully integrated with the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. This means gamers can sync their Twitch account to their game without needing any sort of external video capture equipment or PC hardware.Currently, to stream your video game footage to Twitch you need to buy extra equipment and you also need to have the technical knowhow to wire a direct feed of your gameplay to a computer. This frictional setup process means that only the most hardcore gamers are taking advantage of the streaming platform.That isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, since Twitch mostly revolves around the individual users, who tune in for no other reason than to watch the best of the best play through their favorite games. It’s like toggling through all the different ESPN channels, except here you’re watching people with real skill (I kid, I kid).Now, however, there is a completely frictionless way to upload your gameplay content, provided the game you’re playing is Black Ops II. It is already one of the most popular titles on Twitch, and this will just catapult its popularity and accessibility on the site. All users need to do is link to their Twitch account from within the game, and the live streaming process can begin. The game already offered a similar connectivity option for YouTube; this new Twitch option functions very similarly.So if you want to watch your buddy’s progress while you’re stuck at the office, no problem. If you think you’re a Call of Duty god, you can finally prove it to the world even if your PC is nowhere near your Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon . You can even add your Kinect video camera feed to the video so everyone watching knows that it’s really you. And just to get the word out about how awesome it is to watch you play the game, integration with Facebook and Twitter is built in as well.This is a huge milestone for Twitch, and will hopefully lead to built-in integrations with future games right off the bat.via Twitch bloglast_img read more