Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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When one starts a business, she desires to grow it to its maximum.Growth has a different meaning, depending on the company’s goal.This is something that needs to be defined A$AP.Is it possible, from such a high-level goal, to come down to a set of tactics to achieve that?This is exactly why you need a growth plan.Don’t you know how to craft one?
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Open source approach could help the company to gain traction in the market.Red Hat is expanding its product footprint in the hyperconverged infrastructure market.The open source company has come out with the Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure which combined virtualisation, storage, and an operating platform to help bring data centre capabilities into locations with limited space.That’s the usual pitch for the benefits of HCI but Red Hat thinks it will have the edge here by offering an entirely open source infrastructure stack that is developed, sold, and supported by a single vendor.The hope is that by vendor lock-in won’t occur due to the open source nature of the product and that the community-based approach will help to speed innovation.The HCI product itself uses Red Hat Virtualisation (KVM), Red Hat Gluster Storage that can be converged on the same hardware as the virtualisation hosts, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ansible by Red Hat to take care of the deployment and management.
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London could be a lot more green by 2050 – Mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined a plan for transportation service (via Engadget) in the city that would make the whole system, including taxis, cars and buses, totally emission free by that year.Even though that’s over 30 years away, it’s still an incredibly ambitious plan that will require a lot of pieces to fall into place.Those pieces are also taken into consideration, as Khan’s “Transport Strategy” draft describes how this would include stages like making all taxis and for-hire private vehicles zero-emission “capable” as of 2033, then buses and all other road vehicles meeting that same standard by 2033 and 2040 respectively.Also included in the plan are staged introduction of emission-free city zones, which start small in 2025 and grow eventually to cover the whole city.And the plan isn’t just about encouraging emissions-free cars; Khan suggests walking, cycling and public transit should grow from making up 64 percent of in-city transport today, to 80 percent by 2041.That alone would help with the metrics.
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Large chunk of money handed to tech firms from US government to develop 1,000 petaflop supercomputerThe United States continues its quest for an exascale supercomputer, as it seeks to maintain its position in high-performance computing (HPC) research and development.The tech firms involved in the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) will provide additional funding amounting to at least 40 percent of their total project cost, bringing the total investment to at least $430 million (£337m).It was back in July 2015 when then President Obama first signed an executive order for a high-performance computing (HPC) initiative in the United States.That initiative, known as the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), is designed to help the United States develop the fastest supercomputer in the world capable of running at 1,000 petaflops or one exaflop.The tech firms awarded the money include Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Cray, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), International Business Machines (IBM), Intel, and NVIDIA.
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partnered with the Missouri School of Journalism to create a social media course meant to help teach college students the ins and outs of handling social media for big brands.The agency hired Derrick Lin, a student from that class of 20, as an associate account manager in February, and he works there now on social campaigns for PepsiCo.Based on that success, the agency is now working with Villanova School of Business on a monthlong summer school class in digital marketing that’s open to both business students and students enrolled in the Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.This time, VML created a real-world brief for Gatorade that students are using to create a digital game plan for the brand.The class of eight students meets twice a week in three-hour sessions.The brief asks students to flush out a social media strategy for Gatorade on lesser-known social platforms including Musical.ly and Live.ly.
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Even though Syndicate avoided the cavalcade of bugs and frustrations that beset Unity, it still had something missing: some kind of focus amidst a sprawl of towers and icons.We got hands-on with the latest Assassin’s Creed at E3 2017.Any excuse to man the rigging, batten down the hatches and enjoy a good, old fashioned spot of treasure hunting is alright by us.Basically, what we’re getting at here is that setting is crucial to the AC univese, and with the ancient Egypt-themed Origins Ubisoft is onto an absolute winner.Egyptian mega-soldier) blessed with a fearsome array of lethal talents, his story will take in the formation of the perennial Assassins versus Templars struggle.From what we’ve played so far, that’s an exciting prospect.
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In these last months smaller Chinese phone manufacturer have been really active and launched a plethora of cheap and smaller 5-inch devices, which are those we usually find in our sub $100.So, with this in mind, let’s see the smartphones that made it on the list for the month of June!The Xiaomi Redmi 4A isn’t new to this list, indeed we’ve seen it already in April’s list and we’ll probably see it in the future as well.The Xiaomi handset features a solid build quality, a really power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.Second on the list we have the recently launched Leagoo M5 Edge, this really cheap device features pretty mediocre hardware but compensates with a beautiful design, which by reading its “Edge” moniker could have already come clear to you.Camera wise, we find a 13MP shooter on the back and a nice 8MP camera for selfies.
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Are you running Facebook advertising but nothing seems to work?Does it ever feel like you’re just throwing ads out there hoping that something sticks?Compared to other PPC platforms like AdWords, Facebook can seem difficult to conquer at first.That's because most advertisers focus on the wrong things.In this webinar, we’ll break down KlientBoost's Facebook ads strategy, that if followed, will help you build a foundation of success.Audiences: Where to focus and prioritize and in what order.
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p The number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds.Even if you’ve mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera’s settings.That’s where a new camera dongle comes into play, one backed by the power of artificial intelligence to make the hard decisions for you.Arsenal connects to a camera via its USB port (and therefore you’re going to need a high-end camera like a DSLR to use it), then connects with a companion mobile app over WiFi.Place the camera in front of the scene you want to shoot, then tap a certain button within the app — the AI will automatically choose the best camera settings based on its training with thousands of existing high-quality images.If you don’t like the settings the system chooses — or you want to adjust them to your tastes — the app also offers control over basic things like exposure and shutter speed.
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p Britain’s biggest chain of convenience stores, McColl’s, is to expand its footprint further by lining up a possible takeover of Tesco’s One Stop outlets.Tesco is widely expected to be forced to offload the chain owing to competition concerns arising from its £3.7bn merger with wholesale retailer Booker, with the UK’s competition regulator thought unlikely to give its consent otherwise.Tesco could also be forced to divest itself of hundreds of Express outlets to ease the path of its merger, music to the ears of McColls boss Jonathan Miller who has ambitious expansion ambitions for his convenience store empire.Having just wrapped up the purchase of 300 Co-op stores Miller is targeting organic growth of 50 shops per year to add to its existing tally of 1,300 outlets – but any land grab of Tesco’s estate could turbo charge even these ambitious plans.Commenting on his intentions Miller remarked: “Whether it’s One Stop or a number of stores we would be interested in having a look.One Stop is very similar to our own model, so we would be the most logical business to acquire it.”
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p Many retailers have chosen to highlight as a competitive advantage their dedication to community and humanitarian efforts.Consumers, such as millennials, increasingly value companies that emphasize improving the wider society, as noted in Deloitte’s recent Millennial Survey 2017.In this article, I’ll address three businesses that use social media to publicize their efforts toward improving humanity.Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade retailer in Akron, Pennsylvania with more than 50 retail locations throughout the U.S. What makes Ten Thousand Villages unique is its dedication to nurturing lasting relationships with its makers-suppliers across the globe, especially in third-world countries.Since its founding in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has helped over 20,000 makers in over 30 countries earn over $140 million.Throughout the years, the organization has shared in-depth stories of its makers on its Mosaic blog, as well as through social networks, such as Instagram.
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p Adam Gross, the head of product at Heroku, has a long history in companies that now are some of the biggest players in technology, but he facilitated their growth back when they were still upstarts.Companies like Salesforce and Dropbox.His interests and expertise lie in app development and cloud infrastructure along with CRM and customer facing systems, two areas he finds "oddly related."Gross spoke at Google Ventures' Startup Lab workshop last year about the rules he's found that govern his approach to telling the story of the companies he works for and advises... /p
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p Alex Williamson, the petrol head behind both the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed, has been named as the surprise pick to lead a revamp of House of Fraser department stores.Williamson will be installed as chief executive of the venerable retail brand at the end of July, placing him in the driving seat of a planned revival of the business.More accustomed to race cars than pedestrian traffic, Williamson will fill a role which has lain vacant since the departure of Nigel Oddy last year.Now owned by Chinese billionaire Yuan Yafei, House of Fraser will seek to turn itself around by culling the number of brands it carries, relaunching its website and doing more to target older female shoppers in a bid to arrest the decline in footfall.House of Fraser executive chairman Frank Slevin has made it his mission to transform the investment starved retailer into a ‘lifestyle-led experience’ by offering customers access to a range of cafes, restaurants and beauty treatments alongside in-store events.Justifying his decision to plump for Williamson Slevin said: “If you look at the Goodwood Revival, that is just the pinnacle of experience in every possible way.
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p A senior government space scientist said China was considering mounting a mission to “capture” an asteroid and try to fire it into the moon’s orbit within a decade, state media reported.Ye Peijian, chief commander and designer of China’s lunar exploration programme, said at a meeting of space authorities in Beijing this week that the nation’s first batch of asteroid exploration spacecraft would probably be launched in about 2020, according to state media reports.Asteroids roam throughout our solar system, ranging in size from a metre to hundreds of kilometres across.Some cross close to Earth’s orbit, sometimes dangerously so.The later mission will explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, which is 210km wide and probably a remnant from the core of an ancient planet no longer in existence.The Chinese programme, however, is much more ambitious.
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p AAC Technologies Holdings denied allegations of “dubious accounting practices” made by a leading short-seller that sent shares in the Apple supplier into free-fall.Gotham City Research, which is well recognised among hedge fund managers, said the acoustic parts maker used more than 20 undisclosed related parties to overstate its profits and to evade Apple’s labour standards.Gotham City is among the top five short-sellers worldwide in terms of campaign returns, well ahead of Muddy Waters, according to a recent rankings chart.In response to the accusations AAC shares plunged 10.5 per cent on Thursday to HK$99.4.It was the biggest fall since May 2010, and followed a record high of HK$114.2 at the end of April.AAC was the fourth-worst performer as the benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 0.4 per cent to reach 25,125.55, the highest closing level since July 2015.
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p If you're a parent, you're probably familiar with the difficulty of throwing out your kid's artwork.Sure, every piece of macaroni art or a peculiar portrait has a strong sentimental value, but rationally speaking - you don't have infinite room inside your home to keep them all.Luckily, Keepy.me has a solution!This startup has developed an awesome app that enables you to digitally store all your kid's mementos and artifices, along with awesome features.It is designed to bring the family together while allowing every member who's a part of the private network to leave impressions in different formats - text, video, or audio.Read on to find out more!
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p When it comes to building out your brand’s social media marketing strategy, one of your primary objectives is crafting a multi-channel amplification plan for sharing content that raises awareness, fosters engagement, and ultimately helps drive new leads.For many, this means mapping tactics and time to specific brand-owned social channels.Or to attach a marketing buzzword to this—employee advocacy.In fact, brand messages are re-shared 24 times more frequently when distributed by employees versus the brand, according to an MLS Group infographic.Now that we have that out of the way, you’re probably wondering how you get your employees on board or how to start an employee advocacy program.And let’s face it, your employees are probably engaging on their respective platforms while at work every day—and they may already be sharing content about your brand.
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p Apple’s stratospheric growth rate looks set to continue unabated for some time yet – – despite an apparent stall in sales of its flagship iPhone – after its valuation topped $800bn for the first time.Even that figure could be dwarfed by the shower of riches up for grabs in the future, with US broker Drexel Hamilton of the belief that the firm could hit the $1tn milestone.Far from having peaked, a growing number of investors are of the belief that the technology firm is actually undervalued, with plenty of growth left in the tank.Hamilton has set a target price for each of Apple’s 5.2bn shares at $202 to take it over the magic number, significantly higher than the $153 they achieved by the close of play on Monday (8 May).This puts him somewhat at odds with prevailing orthodoxy that the public’s love affair with the iPhone may start to wane but with a market share stuck at 15%, Hamilton believes there is plenty of room for further growth even in a saturated market.
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p Infertility treatment platform Haoyunbang receives undisclosed Series B in millions of USD /p p Haoyunbang /p p Founded in: 2014 /p p Financing status: Tens of millions in RMB (a few million in USD) for Series B financing in 2017 /p p Haoyunbang is an online to offline (O2O) infertility treatment platform that is committed to integrate reproductive resources all over the world to provide professional and reliable solutions for women who have trouble conceiving./p p Founded in 2014 in Beijing, it has so far accumulated 3 million users with more than 10,000 reproductive specialists from 30 partner hospitals.It mainly provides four different solutions for its users.Some users can have successful pregnancies through learning the content and information about pregnancy on its platform./p p There are also some users who have trouble conceiving and cannot be easily solved with the help of content and information on its platform, so they may need additional medical help to achieve pregnancy.Thus, the company introduces specialists to them based on their problems.
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p Longtime vets tapped to help get cable net back on trackThere’s nothing a news outlet hates more than being the news.For Fox News Channel, it’s been nine months of lurid headlines involving sexual harassment, racial discrimination, abrupt dismissals and stacks of lawsuits.Harris Poll’s annual EquiTrend study, out last week, found Fox News fell 5 points among conservative-leaning viewers—“a statistically significant drop in their brand equity,” said Harris Poll’s vp of brand solutions Joan Sinopoli.exit last month of Fox News’ top-rated host Bill O’Reilly (Fox and O’Reilly paid $13 million over the years to settle sexual harassment claims against the host, per The New York Times), the latest shoe to drop was the departure of Bill Shine, who’d been promoted to co-president last July in the wake of the ouster of FNC CEO and co-founder Roger Ailes.Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch isn’t filling Shine’s role just yet, but as he searches for a new CEO, he has promoted two longtime staffers: Jay Wallace was named president of news and Suzanne Scott is now president of programming.
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