Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

Followers 9
Following 16
China
This is a lesson most startup founders – and scribes like me – learn the hard way.In the last 10 years, he has worked with around 120 startups as the CTO-in-residence with Microsoft Accelerator in Bangalore, co-founded a startup himself, and felt scaling up pangs acutely.He stuck his neck out and chose to tie his accelerator’s success to that of its startups in the most tangible way he could think of: by promising startups a revenue outcome by the end of the accelerator program.That’s real skin in the game, he felt.But getting from US$8,000 to US$80,000 MRR – that’s about a million dollars in annual recurring revenue (ARR) – is very hard.So, that means only if we can achieve that metric and build something that is milestone-based, will Upekkha get to its product-market fit.” That’s the concept.
3
UK
Friends of TV presenter Keith Chegwin have been paying tribute to the TV star, following his death at the age of 60.In a statement, his family said the star had passed away following the long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.The said: “Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December.His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side.“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”
4
UK
ATTA KENARE via Getty ImagesForeign Secretary Boris Johnson has ended a “worthwhile visit” to Iran without an announcement over the case of imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.During nearly an hour of talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said they “both spoke forthrightly” and “agreed on the need to make progress in all areas”.“After meeting Dr [Ali Akbar] Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Association, the Foreign Secretary concluded his visit to Iran with a meeting with President Rouhani,” the spokesman said.“In both meetings the Foreign Secretary discussed the full range of regional and bilateral issues, including banking matters and our concerns about the consular cases of dual nationals.”The Foreign Office spokesman said: “We leave with a sense that both sides want to keep up the momentum to resolve the difficult issues in the bilateral relationship and preserve the nuclear deal.”
4
China
There have been rumours for and against the OnePlus 5T but so far these renders are the most compelling.There’s a strong argument for both reasons why OnePlus will launch a OP5T and won’t launch one.Commentators have pointed out that a new OnePlus would likely adopt a 18:9 screen ratio and that this is too much of an upgrade to be simply launched as a pre-life update.Over the past few days, OnePlus 5 stock has been depleted in most major online territories which sparked rumors that a new version of the Five would be launched.For the sake of argument, we’re calling this render a OnePlus 5T because, well just look at it!.From the rear, the phone is clearly based on the current OnePlus 5, and even from the front, the design is similar, well except for the large ratio display.
6
China
Oppo is one week away from releasing the Oppo F5, but is it really just one device?Well, according to this new leaked brochure from Thailand, there are more than just one Oppo F5.The brochure shows three variants of the device, the F5, the F5 6GB and the F5 Youth.So, what are the differences between these devices?The plain Oppo F5 is pretty much in line with what we already know.That means there’ll be 4 GB RAM, the 20MP camera, the 18:9 FHD+ FullView display.
6
US
The sequel to Monument Valley was a surprise: back in June the game was announced and launched at the same time.And while the game was an iOS exclusive at launch, it’s finally making its way to other platforms next month.Developer Ustwo says that the Android version of Monument Valley 2 will be available on November 6th.Like the original, a breakout hit that was downloaded more than 30 million times, Monument Valley 2 is a peaceful puzzle game, in which players guide characters through gorgeous scenes filled with impossible architecture.The sequel changes things up with a larger focus on narrative, telling the story of a mother and her child over the course of 14 chapters.It also introduces some new ways to interact with the world, and beautiful new levels to explore.
4
US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The human brain has evolved and expanded over millennia to accommodate our ever-more-complex needs and those of our societies.This process is known as "encephalization" and has given us the big brain we need to communicate, cooperate, reach consensus, empathize, and socialize.The same is true for cetaceans, like whales and dolphins, it seems.These sea creatures also grew big brains in order to better live in societies, according to a study published on Oct. 16 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.According to Michael Muthukrishna, an economic psychologist at the London School of Economics and co-author of the study, the researchers used two related theories, the Social-Brain Hypothesis and the Cultural-Brain Hypothesis, to make predictions about various relationships between brain size, societal organization, and the breadth of behaviors the cetaceans would display.Then they tested these predictions by creating and evaluating a comprehensive database of cetacean brain size, social structures, and cultural behaviors across species using data from prior studies on 90 types of whales and dolphins.
6
China
Rumors of a possible retirement from HTC in the mobile industry have been running for quite some time.Despite the low sales the company keep pushing nice devices in the market, their latest release being the HTC U11.Now the company seems to be preparing a next move in a event scheduled for November 2.The leaked invite informs the date and time, but more interesting is to see the big “U” in the center.Could it be the U11 Plus?The HTC U11 Plus will be a new flagship sporting 5.99-inch 18:9 display with the 1440×2880 resolution, Snapdragon 835, either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
4
US
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Equifax isn't the only credit-reporting behemoth with a website redirecting visitors to fake Adobe Flash updates.A security researcher from AV provider Malwarebytes said transunioncentroamerica.com, a TransUnion site serving people in Central America, [was] also sending visitors to the fraudulent updates and other types of malicious pages... Malwarebytes security researcher Jerome Segura says he was able to repeatedly reproduce a similar chain of fraudulent redirects when he pointed his browser to the transunioncentroamerica.com site.On some occasions, the final link in the chain would push a fake Flash update.In other cases, it delivered an exploit kit that tried to infect computers with unpatched browsers or browser plugins... "This is not something users want to have," Segura told Ars...Equifax on Thursday was quick to say that its systems were never compromised in the attacks.TransUnion said much the same thing.
10
US
Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers should be struck down, advocacy groups told federal judges last week.The FCC failed to justify its claim that a market can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider, the groups said.Led by Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC's Republican majority voted in April of this year to eliminate price caps in a county if 50 percent of potential customers "are within a half mile of a location served by a competitive provider."That means business customers with just one choice are often considered to be located in a competitive market and thus no longer benefit from price controls.The decision affects Business Data Services (BDS), a dedicated, point-to-point broadband link that is delivered over copper-based TDM networks by incumbent phone companies like AT, Verizon, and CenturyLink.But the FCC's claim that "potential competition" can rein in prices even in the absence of competition doesn't stand up to legal scrutiny, critics of the order say.
10
US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Google has announced that after 10 years a carbon-neutral company, it will be able to brag running on entirely renewable energy at the end of 2017.That means that all of the electricity the company consumes in both its data centers and offices are provided by wind and solar energy.Announced in Google's 2017 environmental report, Google says it has created "new energy purchasing models that others can follow" and that "we've helped drive wide-scale global adoption of clean energy."In addition to being an obvious PR boon, the company says its mission of full sustainability fits in with its larger mission.(It also makes the fact that as recently as 2015 Google alone reportedly consumed as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco in a year way more palatable.)One step the company has recently taken in marrying its ethos of sustainability with its products is a new initiative to equip Google Street View vehicles with air quality sensors.
10
US
The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the purpose of helping the islands regain connectivity.The license extends from October 6th until April 4th, 2018, and it was granted to Ben Wojtowicz, a software engineer and member of Alphabet’s X lab who works on Project Loon.The helium balloons are expected to deliver emergency LTE cellular reception to allow residents and local governments to contact friends and family, coordinate relief and restoration efforts, and reestablish communication with the outside world.It’s unclear to what extent Loon will cover Puerto Rico or parts of the Virgin Islands, or how many balloons the team plans to deploy.“The purpose of the [Special Temporary Authority] is to support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” the license reads.Just last week, the Loon team said it was looking into helping Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricane Maria, regain connectivity.
3
UK
Google announced quite a lot of stuff on Wednesday night, but there was one notable absence from the presentation: Android Wear.To make matters worse, people noticed that the Android Wear section of Google Play had been taken down - leading many to wonder if Google had abandoned smartwatches.Now, though, we seem to have an answer.According to Hoi Lam, who works on Android Wear for Google, it's not a case of Google abandoning its smartwatch platform.Instead it's readjusting its focus so that Google Play only sells "Google made hardware".Android Wear isn't dead, it's just migrating to new, custom portals for other online retailers.
4
US
Curiscope, a U.K. augmented and virtual reality content startup, has raised a $1 million seed round led by LocalGlobe, the seed VC firm founded by Saul and Robin Klein.Ascension Ventures, Force over Mass, ustwo Adventure, and Richard Fearn also participated.The backing follows crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo last year for the company’s The Virtuali-Tee product, an augmented reality experience that combines a t-shirt and app to let you explore part of the human body.Curiscope other’s product out in the wild is a virtual reality experience called Great White Sharks.Specifically, The Virtuali-Tee is described as a high-quality t-shirt, partnered with a free app, that enables children and adults to discover the human body in fully animated 3D using immersive augmented and virtual reality.“The t-shirt’s unique design is picked up by the camera function on the app, allowing users to jump into the pumping heart to bring learning to life, or pop their phone into a Google Cardboard to immerse themselves entirely in an anatomical adventure,” explains the Brighton-based company.
8
US
Joshua Topolsky, writing for the Outline: Once upon a time, Apple could do little wrong.As one of the first mainstream computer companies to equally value design and technical simplicity, it upended our expectations about what PCs could be."Macintosh works the way people work," read one 1992 ad.Rather than requiring downloads and installations and extra memory to get things right (as often required by Windows machines), Apple made it so you could just plug in a mouse or start up a program and it would just... work.Marrying that functionality with the groundbreaking design the company has embodied since the early Macs, it's easy to see how Apple became the darling of designers, artists, and the rest of the creative class.The work was downright elegant; unheard of for an electronics company.
8
US
Google plans on upgrading its two-factor authentication tool with an improved, physical security measure aimed at protecting high-profile users from politically motivated cyberattacks, according to a report from Bloomberg.The new service, to be called Advanced Protection Program and potentially slated to launch next month, will trade out the standard authentication process for services like Gmail and Google Drive with physical USB security keys.The service would also restrict the types of third-party apps and services that could connect to a user’s Google account.The changes are not likely to affect standard Google account owners, as Bloomberg reports that Google “plans to market the product to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns.” Following the 2016 hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account, which was the result of a phishing attack with links to the Russia government, Google began looking into measures that would improve security for users in possession of sensitive material and those in a position of political prominence.The new physical security keys, which will require users keep them plugged in to access the additional security controls, should make it more difficult to remotely gain control of someone’s Gmail or Google Drive account.
3
US
But what’s even more remarkable about WhatsApp is that it reached 450 million monthly users “without investing a penny in marketing”.Rather than relying on the barefaced bribery of a referral program or desperate begging for "likes" and positive reviews, try these five tips for adding a smart viral twist to your product.Related: How We Drove 10K Unique Visitors to a New Product in a MonthIn 1991, telephone firm MCI (for whom I once worked) was vying for new customers in the recently deregulated long-distance calling market.Though this concept is now ubiquitous, at the time it was truly innovative.MCI’s telemarketers could now begin sales calls by saying “I’m calling on behalf of your friends and family”, giving them three times the close rate as cold calls.
5
US
The long-heralded demise of traditional TV advertising is still refusing to materialize despite rampant growth in the streaming video on demand sector, according to new research by YouGov.Broadcast to Narrowcast, its latest industry snapshot, divides the industry into three broad categories; viewers who exclusively watch streaming content through the likes of Amazon and Netflix; those making use of paid subscription services such as Sky and Virgin Media and those reliant on Freeview and Freesat services.The research indicates that while the way people watch TV has changed dramatically the number of people viewing adverts hasn’t fallen by much with even 45% of those taking advantage of streaming video still able to recall seeing television adverts over the preceding week.While below the comparable figures for Freeview/Freesat (57%) and paid TV (63%) it does indicate that brand propositions are still managing to find a way through during live broadcasts, which maintains a big role in the viewing habits of streaming viewers.Overall Yougov found that 48% of those who stream had viewed the ITV1 app in the past 30 days while 51% tuned into Channel 4 and 28% accessed Channel 5.Stephen Harmston, head of YouGov Reports commented: “People watch TV in different ways but it doesn’t necessarily follow that the number of people watching traditional television have fallen that much.
2
US
A report released this month by Angel List indicates cryptocurrency jobs have risen by over 100 percent in the past six months.While Bitcoin value fluctuations may be testing investor confidence, the hiring market for blockchain-based technology remains overtly bullish.Not only are more jobs available, but positions working with blockchain also pay better.On average employees are being offered salaries 10-20 percent higher than non-crypto jobs.Job-seekers who prioritize flexibility should take note that blockchain-based startups are 22 percent more likely to offer remote positions, and expertise in blockchain, for non-technical jobs like marketing and operations, isn’t necessarily required – though the report does indicate potential employees should understand the concepts and terminology.For those who aren’t quite willing to commit to a career in cryptocurrency there’s always the intern option.
5
US
How Jordan Klepper Finds the Funny in Alex Jones and the Alt-Right MediaThe Opposition will satirize outlets like Brietbart and InfowarsThirteen months after cancelling The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central has finally found its 11:30 p.m. companion to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.Tonight, the network is launching The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, which will satirize hyperbolic alt-media outlets like Brietbart and Infowars.Klepper, the former Daily Show correspondent, will follow in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert by hosting the 11:30 show as a fictionalized version of himself, a character he described over the summer as “a know-nothing provocateur who fights for the common man … Alex Jones meets Garrison Keillor.”As he prepared to launch the show—which will finally solidify Comedy Central’s late-night lineup—Klepper spoke with Adweek about how The Colbert Report inspired him, why The Opposition could be a great fit for brands and how much late night has changed in the past year.
2
More

Top