p By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts (including Anthony Iannarino, Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi) participated as well.Periodically moving forward, we will feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions.Nominated by Robert Pease, this week we are pleased to feature Julie Harrelson who is the Fund Manager for the Cascade Angels Fund, a Bend, Oregon based regional seed stage investment fund.A successful entrepreneur herself, Julie was recently named the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and serves on the board of the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the Board of Advisory Directors of the Central & Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank National Association, ex-officio on the Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO) board and is on the honorary council for the Center of Women’s Leadership at Portland State University.Current computers: MACBookAir with a giant monitor
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p Prime Minister Theresa May will take her beef with Google and Facebook to the Group of Seven meeting in Sicily, where the UK leader will call on Internet companies to do more to fight terrorism and take extremist material offline.In the wake of the Manchester bombing, the prime minister will say that companies should develop tools to automatically identify and remove material based on what it contains and who has posted it -- and help the authorities identify and catch extremists, according to a senior British official speaking on condition of anonymity to preview the plan.May believes Facebook and others are not doing enough and wants tech firms to block users who post extremist content.Where there’s evidence that the material is harmful, she wants them to report this material to the relevant authorities.She will argue that the tech industry has a social responsibility to remove all harmful, extremist content from its networks, as she leads a discussion on countering terrorism at the G-7 summit at the site of an ancient Greek theatre.Even before Manchester, May’s team was drawing up plans to push Internet communication services to do more to tackle harmful content.
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p A Florida GOP campaign consultant who runs a blog under a pseudonym directly contacted the hackers behind the breach of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he solicited material from them.The Wall Street Journal reports that Aaron Nevins set up a Dropbox account specifically for “Guccifer 2.0” to drop files into, and he received 2.5 GB of data from the Democratic Party breaches—including the “get out the vote” strategy for congressional candidates in Florida.Nevins analyzed the data and posted his analysis on his blog, HelloFLA.com.Guccifer 2.0 sent a link to the blog to Trump backer Roger Stone, who told the paper he was also in communication with the hackers.Nevins told the Journal that the hackers didn't understand what they had until he explained the data's value.Some of the most valuable data, Nevins said, was the Democratic Party's voter turnout models.
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p Codenvy’s cloud-native development tools and containerizsed workspaces to be added to Red Hat’s portfolio.Red Hat is to acquire Codenvy in order to boost its portfolio around containerised workspaces.The open source company’s acquisition of the provider of cloud-native development tools will see Codenvy’s tools added to the Red Hat portfolio of developer tools and application platforms.In essence, Codenvy is going to be included in Red Hat JBoss Middleware and will become an integral part of OpenShift.io, according to the company.Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platforms Business, Red Hat, said: “Thanks to the increasing push towards digital transformation and the use of technology platforms, including apps, as a strategic business advantage, the role of the developer has never been more important.But, accelerated innovation through agile development requires new approaches and tools.
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p The two companies sign a three year strategic alliance to deliver new joint solutions.HPE and Citrix are expanding their partnership to help customers to embrace new technologies across Hybrid IT and the Intelligent Edge.The two companies announced a three-year strategic alliance that will see them deliver joint solutions, with an expanded portfolio of offerings built on Citrix and HPE Edgeline in the pipeline for next year.HPE & Citrix have worked together for a number of years and have already brought to market joint solutions based on the HPE Edgeline Intelligent Edge Workspace Appliance with Atlantis USX software-defined storage, and the Citrix Cloud and XeBoth are also big partners of Microsoft, and the two will work together to optimise HPE’s Azure Stack offerings for Citrix workloads in addition to ensuring that mutual investments across all offerings with Microsoft are “aligned for our customers’ success,” the company said.The two have a number of connections, with the majority of HPE Moonshot systems sold running on Citrix workloads, and over 35% of all Citrix deployments running on HPE infrastructure.
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p Imagine a smartwatch with a big camera right in the middle off it.Taking photos would be awkward, likely, since you’d have to point the top of your wrist at the subject.Such seems to be the reality posited by a recently surfaced Samsung patent, which shows a smartwatch with a camera in the middle of the ‘display’ portion; the camera has a zoom lens that extends out of the watch when needed.The smartwatch was recently spotted by Russian website 3Dnews.ru, though it was first published on the USPTO.The patent surfaced recently, though it seems the application went through back in November.The watch would offer the camera as a primary feature, and the camera would have a display around it for things like phone notifications and health data.
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p Essential, the new startup from Android creator Andy Rubin, has teased its upcoming smartphone for the second time./p p The shadowy photo, which the company tweeted Thursday, appears to show some sort of attachment at the top of the device./p p Take a look: /p p /p p We heard you @renan_batista - here's something to hold you over until next week: pic.twitter.com/QSIeXyjKNq /p — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 p If we had to guess, that bulb on the top of the phone looks likeThat would go along with another recent
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p Chamber.Media goes to work for PiperWaiBut to make a delicate subject slightly less awkward, how about we toss in some silly choreography, Oprah-style product giveaways and hippie satirist JP Sears?For its first advertising, all-natural deodorant brand PiperWai launched a four-minute digital short Thursday that crams in as many dance moves and yoga poses as ingredient references.The video, from the viral mavens at Chamber.Media, aims to reach health-conscious Gen X women with a direct but somewhat subtle message.“They didn’t want to use shock humor or go for the belly-busting laughs, which is what often works for viral ads,” says Travis Chambers, the agency’s chief media hacker.“They wanted it to be relatable.”
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p Back in March, Andy Rubin, co-creator of Android and former exec at Google, teased the secret smartphone he’s been working on with his new company, Essential.Now it seems we’re finally getting a date for its reveal: May 30.Essential tweeted for the first time earlier today, teasing the announcement:Hi, welcome to our Twitter page.We're here to let you know something big is coming May 30th!— Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017
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p Undertone /p p Eric Franchi, cofounder of the digital ad firm Undertone, is leaving the company after 16 years./p p Franchi, who is regularly spotted at ad industry conferences and in industry trade press, plans to focus on investing in andHis last day at Undertone will be June 1./p p “Over the past year, investing in and advising startups has grown
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p The product detail page on an ecommerce site is where a shopper usually decides to buy.Use a Relevant, High-quality ImageIn 2015, data scientist Anjan Goswami published a SlideShare describing several tests eBay had done as part of a machine learning project intended to identify high-quality, high-converting product images.The presentation considered image brightness, saturation, and colorfulness.It mentioned contrast; foreground and background segmentation; and even the ratio of white space and product.While this level of image research is presumably beyond the reach of small and mid-market online retailers, eBay’s efforts make the point that image quality matters.
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The 33-year-old CEO and world's fifth richest man famously dropped out the university 12 years ago to create Facebook, which is now valued at $447 billion./p p During his 30-minute speech, Zuckerberg touched on a range of politically charged topics, including climate change, universal basic income, criminal justice reform, and even
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/p p The big question was whether the old business model is tenable in the world of smartphones and/p p In the summer of 2016, Turner made its first big foray into the budding world of esports with ELEAGUE, which broadcasts professional players of popular video games like “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and “Overwatch.”
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p After five movies playing a ruthless pirate, you might think an Oscar-winning actor like Geoffrey Rush would be tired of it.He relishes playing Captain Barbossa, the longtime nemesis of Jack Sparrow, because he believes Pirates of the Caribbean is the rare franchise that stands out in a world dominated by franchises.“I think all the franchises battle with each other, to [try and] out-do each other,” Rush told io9 in Los Angeles last week.There’s something thrilling about the adventures on the high seas that connects.”When Rush was cast as Barbossa for the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, it wasn’t conceived as a franchise.“And we were very low on the list of the summer releases.
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p Another one of the co-founders of online lending startup SoFi is leaving the company, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch.Dan Macklin, who served as VP of Community and Member Success at SoFi, announced internally that he’ll be stepping down from his position on June 6th.“First of all, I would say it’s been a very difficult decision… To step away from SoFi — it’s a hard decision.I feel comfortable making that decision now given the shape we’re in,” Macklin told me by phone.“The company is in really great shape, so for me it feels like the right time to make the switch.”Macklin will be staying on in an advisory role on the company’s “SoFi at Work” efforts.
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p An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant’s poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system’s largest planet, researchers said Thursday.“We knew, going in, that Jupiter would throw us some curves,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.“There is so much going on here that we didn’t expect that we have had to take a step back and begin to rethink of this as a whole new Jupiter.”A look at Jupiter’s poles has shown they are covered with dozens of densely clustered storms, possibly dropping hail or snow.“Images of Jupiter’s previously-unseen poles show a chaotic scene of bright oval features,” said one of the studies in the journal Science.These ovals, it turns out, are huge swirling storms, some of which measure up to 870 miles (1,400 kilometres) across.
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p The new budget piece from the Leagoo brand is an iPhone 7 Plus clone model and now when the Leagoo M7 successfully entered the preorder period, the already low price dropped even more.Starting today you can find it with a $10 discount so only $68.99./p p /p p We have already covered the specification roundup in our yesterday’s article so let’s just repeat the main features of the device in case you missed it.And we have some more pictures of the actual phone in the gallery below too./p 1 of 7 p Leagoo M7 specifications : /p Join GizChina on TelegramMT6580A quad-core chipsetRear dual camera (8MP 5MP)Front 5.0MP camera5.5 inch HD 2.5D display1GB RAM 16GB ROM0.1s front fingerprint IDRemovable 3000mAH battery with 5V1.5A quick chargePre-installed Android 7.0 OSDual SIM dual standby p /p p You can find the preorder offer for the Leagoo M7 in the Aliexpress store and first 1000 orders are also getting a free silicon case during the campaign period.And of course more information about the phone is available on the official website.
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In September 2016 Google unveiled a new local search algorithm, dubbed Possum, and it pretty much went unnoticed in comparison to the real-time Penguin update released in the same month.In short, Possum made it harder for businesses to fake being in locations that they’re not (through the likes of virtual offices), as well as tackling Google My Business spam.Possum, however, isn’t a “single” algorithm update, as it affected both localized search results as well as the Map Pack, which of course are two separate algorithms both triggered by search queries that are interpreted as having a local search intent.The Google “Fred” update, which hit SERPs back in March, has also had an impact on local search, much like the Phantom updates before it.A lot of local SERPs are extremely spammy, where websites have been built cheap and location names have been liberally applied to every menu link and keyword on the page, such as this home page sidebar menu:Take advantage of the market conditions
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p Top Companies list last week, listing the companies where its users really want to work, and Thursday, it shared tips on how they can make those dreams come trueThe professional network divided its advice by job type, high-growth companies and employee longevity at companies, and it shared the following nuggets:is on an engineer hiring spree.The company increased headcount in its engineering organization by more than 50 percent.See current Airbnb job openingsis upping its engineering game, growing its engineering organization by just over 30 percent in the past year, with more than 300 engineering roles open now
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p ‘Customer engagement’ is a concept so nebulous, and so often used, that it’s lost meaning in the marketing world.Applying across several channels – including mobile, social media and email – the word typically manifests itself as an explanation for things like a high email CTR, social media interactions such as likes and shares, a spike in web traffic or simply increased revenue.So what is customer engagement, what metrics should you use to measure it, and what tools are available to help you capture the right data?They are more receptive to your marketing messages, more likely to be brand advocates, and ultimately spend more time and money with you than your competitors.In the retail banking industry, for example, engaged customers bring an average of 37% more revenue into their primary bank than customers who are actively disengaged.That means replying to comments, following up on customer service issues and getting involved in relevant discussions.
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