Val Strefeler

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Among the many decisions a company has to make before initiating an IPO, choosing which stock exchange to list on should be relatively straightforward.Yet, with a new stock exchange — IEX — on the rise and more direct forms of listing, going public today isn’t as clear-cut as it used to be.Coaching startups early on is a smart move in terms of building strong relationships with potential IPO candidates.“Back when Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple became public companies, they were not eligible to list on the NYSE, as our listing standards required multiple years of positive net income prior to listing,” said NYSE head of global listings John Tuttle, in an interview with VentureBeat.Hopping over to the other sideBut no matter how many statistics they push out to showcase their might, both Nasdaq and the NYSE have lost listed companies to the other — the most recent example was human resources software company Workday, which switched from the NYSE to Nasdaq.
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With a top speed of just five miles per hour, Radio Flyer’s ride-on Landspeeder toy doesn’t provide much of a thrill for adults.But when you hack it apart and then rebuild it with one of Razor’s high-speed Crazy Carts, suddenly you’ve got a great reason to buy some more Star Wars toys.This fun hack comes courtesy of Adam Woodworth, who’s better known for his custom flying RC toys.His Crazy Cart Landspeeder will never get off the ground (at least intentionally) but the fact that you actually get to pilot this craft around empty car parks makes us all the more envious of Adam’s latest creation.
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But if you wanna succeed in this life, you’ve gotta learn how to do it.As the founder of Hustle Con, the startup conference for non-technical founders, I’ve been throwing conferences for a while now—and that means the team and I have done a TON of selling.It looks like my good buddy Joey The Cat is LinkedIn buds with with Rick.(If you don’t have any mutual friends, use this same tactic but on Facebook or skip to the cold email step below.)Think of networking or sales like hunting.Cold email like a master (the secret is followup)
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When you’re branding your company and you’re just starting out, you obviously want everything to go smoothly.Unfortunately, there are some easy branding mistakes to make along the way.Here are some of the common mistakes that new businesses make regarding their branding.Related: 6 Growth Hack Techniques You Can Try TodayIf you can’t articulate this single elemental point, then you’re off to a shaky start.Obviously, you can always pick a new one and redirect old traffic to the new domain, but this is tacky.
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SEO can provide a huge benefit to entrepreneurs – even if the results aren't immediate.Here are the top seven objections debunked:Related: Here Is How to Get Customers With Limited FundsAnother report found that leads generated from search are eight times more likely to close into customers than outbound leads (source).Let me answer this objection with a tweet by one of our weekly SEO chat participants:A1: "80% of U.S. consumers consult online reviews before making a purchase" ("Everyone's a Critic," @BillTancer).
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Hold your waistline, Starbucks lovers.The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, ordered the popular sugary caffeine jolt, but got a heap more than he bargained for.The drink, served at a Starbucks in a St. Augustine, Fla., came with an judgy side of snark.The snide comment, which a Starbucks source claims was only meant as a joke, was neither cute nor funny to the offended customer.“That first word just automatically brought the picture of both sisters in my head, and I was taken aback," he told the TV news outlet.We are working directly with the customer to apologize for his experience, and with our partners (employees) to ensure this does not happen again.”
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Image credit: cnythzl | Getty ImagesAs more and more companies consider investing in influencer marketing, the question that repeatedly arises at conferences, dinners and client meetings is: How much should I spend on influencer marketing?"I think $20,000 is the minimum budget required to create impact for brands.We think that's the starting point for working with a group of professional influencers,” said Yuli Ziv of Style Coalition.You need a partner to help you navigate."At that price point for entry, you are getting an agency to help you manage, navigate and access top tier influencers with proven campaign results.
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But the startup NeuroPlus hopes to convince people that its brain-controlled games can actually improve ADHD symptoms in kids.In a pilot study, kids with ADHD showed better focus and attention after 10 weeks of playing the games while wearing a brain-sensing headset.Brain-training games have gotten a bad reputation recently.One market leader, Luminosity, was fined in 2016 for making misleading marketing claims, and scientists have conducted studies showing that its cognitive-improvement games don’t work.“We did this study because we’re an evidence-based company,” he says.“We don’t want to be a fly-by-night company selling snake oil.”
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It’s not the nicest laptop out there, but this modded 2008 MacBook Pro is definitely the nicest laptop running DeX — Samsung’s portable desktop software, which isn’t actually meant to be built into a laptop.As spotted by SamMobile, a modder named Kris Henriksen (who also appears to be the co-founder of a Bitcoin payments startup) cracked open an old MacBook and replaced some of its internals with parts that allow it to run DeX off of a phone.Henriksen replaced the laptop’s battery, installed a new LCD controller, and made the keyboard and trackpad work over USB.All of that — and some other tweaks, like getting the laptop’s fan to work — allowed him to plug in a Galaxy S8 and boot into DeX.The whole thing appears to work pretty well, with the only oddity being the phone that’s powering the laptop being attached to the side of the screen.I suppose, though, that building the phone into the laptop would have wasted a perfectly good smartphone.
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Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) announced today that it has closed its 16th fund, dubbed IVP XVI.According to a statement, IVP’s existing Limited Partners (LPs) contributed the vast majority of the capital.This is a gigantic fund when compared to the firm’s first fund, which, according to general partner Jules Maltz, closed at $22 million.The firm has seen tremendous growth over the years, reporting a 36-year internal rate of return (IRR) of 43.2 percent.Current portfolio companies include AppDynamics, Domo, Dropbox, Glossier, The Honest Company, Slack, Snap, Supercell, Twitter, and ZipRecruiter.The firm has invested in more than 300 companies, of which 106 have gone public, according to a statement.
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Best Bluetooth Speaker Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in 2017.Some common features that people search for are water-resistance (and water-proofed speakers), voice calling and device charging, a feature that allows you to plug your phone or tablet into the speaker to siphon off a bit of juice when it's running a bit low.That being said, we've tried to highlight some of the most common use cases below and have selected a speaker that fits perfectly with that scenario.(But if you're looking for a little more power, the Megaboom – also from UE – is a great choice, too.)Best speaker that charges your phone: JBL Charge 3A near-perfect balance between sound, features and price
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Trackball mice won't be for everyone, but if you're set on the form factor then the MX Ergo does everything you'd need it to.Left-handed mouse users may be disappointed by its right-handed only configuration, but otherwise there's little to dislike.Unifying receiver and Bluetooth supportFew things in computing have stayed quite as consistent as the keyboard and mouse.Trackball mice represent a completely different way of interacting with your computer.We’ve been putting Logitech’s new MX Ergo ($99.99 / £99.99 / AU$129.95) through its paces the past couple of weeks to determine whether it’s worth switching away from the traditional mouse.
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Long-time Slashdot reader Mikkeles quotes the BBC: Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal...The image, which shows the diminutive Jedi Master sitting beside King Faisal as he signs the UN Charter in 1945, was created by the Saudi artist Shaweesh.He told the BBC it was not yet clear how it had ended up in the textbook...The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture -- ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader -- are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events... Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was "wise, strong and calm"."Someone should have checked the image before printing," he added.
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Now, new research gives over-thinkers yet another reason to envy jellyfish.Apparently, some of these animals without brains might sleep pretty peacefully.These brainless, spineless bottom-dwellers—which live in the tropical waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans—don’t swim around much.Instead, they rest on the ocean floor and pulsate.The group found that these lazy jellies seem to exhibit sleep-like behaviours similar to humans at night, suggesting that sleep is both very old and, surprisingly, doesn’t require a brain.“It may not seem surprising that jellyfish sleep—after all, mammals sleep, and other invertebrates such as worms and fruit flies sleep,” co-author Ravi Nath, a graduate student in Caltech’s Sternberg laboratory, said in a statement.
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Coca-Cola has snapped up an unusual ambassador in the protagonist from EA Sport’s football simulator video game, Fifa 18, marking the first time it has snapped up a virtual athlete to ply its wares.Fifa 17 was the first title in the series to introduce narrative-driven mode, The Journey, in which players take up the guise of young football prodigy Alex Hunter and rise through the ranks of English football.The mode looked to encapsulate many aspects of modern football, including brand endorsements, as such, Hunter actually starred in the Adidas First Never Follows campaign, both in the game and in real life.For The Journey: Hunter Returns, Coca-Cola has embraced the opportunity to support the virtual athlete for his second season of fame in the game, allowing the soda brand to integrate with the title.He becomes an ambassador for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the game.Matt Wolf, vice president of entertainment, ventures and strategic alliances at Coca-Cola, said: “This is an exciting brand innovation.
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Lockheed Martin has shown off a terrifying new video of it testing its ATHENA laser weapon defence system.While laser cannons are usually associated with films like ‘Star Wars’ they’ve also started to appear in real-life too.Lockheed Martin’s system has been in development for several years, in fact back in 2015 we saw photographs that showed how it could effectively melt the engine out of a car.Well now the company has finally turned its attention to the skies, with what looks to be a finished prototype.In the video you can clearly see the weapon shoot not one, but five UAVs straight out of the sky using a precision shot.Rather than causing the aircraft to explode, the system locks onto a vulnerable part of the aircraft and then cuts through the material until the aircraft can no longer sustain powered flight.
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It ögonbedövande beautiful and djävulusiskt challenging The Witness was released to PC and Playstation 4 in January of last year.the Game got a very warm reception and basking in an aggregate Metacritic score of 87/100.today the game seems finally to land to the IOS, and then for a price of 109 sek.The Witness: Seductively beautiful and supersmart-designed puzzle gameThe Witness was created by Jonathan Blow, which was previously squeezed out of it sönderälskade platformer Braid.In his latest works is the player stuck on a lush, deserted island and have to use every brain cell to solve the different puzzles and riddles that line the road to freedom.
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Its very first Android app was, in fact, a tool to help Android users switch to iOS.It was almost a miracle that it would bring Apple Music to Android, and an even bigger miracle that it would implement big new features.And yet that’s exactly what happened in the latest update to Apple Music’s Android app which brings social features to the app and, again shocking, “OK Google” integration.Music is one of those things that is both personal yet, especially these days, social.Audiophiles and music lovers just love sharing their tunes with friends.And friends, in turn, also discover new music from their friends.
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The Bain group includes SK Hynix, a chipmaker based in South Korea, Apple, Dell and other US tech firms, and they've pitched an offer of about ¥2.1 trillion ($22 billion)."At this point, we cannot return a request for comment on the deal, regretfully," a spokesperson for SK Hynix told The Register.Toshiba is eager to sell its share of its NAND flash chip joint venture with WDC due to losses from its nuclear power station work in the US.But it's locked in a long legal row with WDC, which is arguing it has veto power.According to Reuters, late Tuesday Toshiba was leaning toward selling to a Western-Digital backed group, but changed its mind as WDC wouldn't agree to limits on a future stake.According to multiple reports, Toshiba's board made the decision to sell to the Bain Group today.
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Here’s an excerpt from my review last year:“Dishonored 2 takes first-person stealth to new heights...As far as this type of Thief-style steal-everything-that-isn’t-nailed-down stealth game goes, Dishonored 2 is a masterwork.”My review focused on two levels in particular—the Clockwork Mansion, with its shifting walls and multitude of paths, and the “Crack in the Slab” mission, which [Year-old spoiler] saw you flitting between past and present versions of Aramis Stilton’s manor, one pristine and getting ready for a party, the other crumbling into dust.Death of the Outsider’s third mission (of five) is probably the strongest—a bank heist.It has a strong visual style, which helps.The title Death of the Outsider is certainly an attention grabber, and “killing a demigod” sounded like far better stakes than Dishonored 2 proper, which was basically a rehash of the original game’s royal family woes but set in the Caribbean.
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