At a recent gathering of venture capitalists and other pious alumni of HIT brought together by Technology Review magazine in Mountain View, Bob Metcalfe–the inventor of Ethernet, founder of 3Com, high profile tech pundit and MIT alumnus in his own right–put the state of the YC world in fast perspective. “At one time, the venture capital community was a cartel,” he said in the night’s featured presentation. “But I believe that cartel has been broken. Competition has intensified and now the VCs are slitting each other’s throats–and that can only be good for everybody.”
The comment had stopping power not only because Metcalfe spoke pointedly to his audience, but because he spoke the truth. Today more than ever, VC firms face intense competition, because–in the words of Mohr, Davidow general partner George Zachary, “Much as anyone with a keyboard can call himself a journalist, anyone with a checkbook these days calls himself a venture capitalist.” Read the rest of this entry »
You want to start your own blog since everyone’s doing it but you’re wondering how to set up a blog. Before making your own blog, you have to be sure of what you want to write. Knowing what to write about is essential to owning your blog. If you know what to write about, you won’t have trouble thinking of what to write about. If you want to make your own blog, you have two options to choose from. You can either make blogs from websites that offer it free or from websites that require you to pay.
Many websites offer cheap blog hosting; usually they don’t cost more than $10 a year. It’s affordable to keep your own blog running if you decide to host on a website that requires you to pay. Also, you have to be sure that you can take care of your blog, writing every day or at least most of the time …11.22.15
Sleep is an essential part of our everyday lives. You have no doubt seen the people who do not get a good night’s rest. They are the ones with the dark circles under their eyes or they are wandering around almost zombie-like. They are the ones who don’t eat very well and are maybe a bit snippier than you’d like to deal with on a daily basis. There are a variety of reasons why people can suffer from terrible sleep; if they have children they might be getting interrupted during the night, if they have an old mattress it might need replacing, if they have a lot of stress it can cause them to wake during the night or not be able to get comfortable, and they might snore or sleep with someone who does.
Living with snoring, whether you’re the one who does the snoring or not, is a difficult challenge. People don’t snore because they want to and there are several lifestyle issues that surround why they may snore. Maybe they are stressed out, they drink or smoke heavily before they go to bed, they are overweight, or maybe they need to take sedatives just to get any kind of sleep. People who snore can have their sleep interrupted by their partner jabbing them ever-so-sharply in the ribs or even the snoring sound they make. People who live with snorers generally have a difficult time falling to sleep if the snorer goes first and earplugs can only do so much.
There is hope out there, however. There are a multitude of products on the market that are designed to combat the snoring issue. There are nasal strips, chin straps, wrist-devices, and anti-snoring mouthpieces. Many people choose to use the mouthpiece option as it helps deal with the snoring at the source.11.5.15
Why are more businesses turning to mapping? The software is becoming easier to use and less expensive. Mapping software is designed to link information from a company’s back-end databases and to display data such as sales patterns, results of marketing campaigns, or concentrations of potential clients. Many programs are now meant for sales or marketing employees rather than techies. The Internet is also playing a role, allowing for more users at a lower cost.
Territory alignment has always been mapping’s most classic use. In their basic forms, mapping programs help managers decide the most effective deployment of their sales and service forces to balance account loads and achieve the biggest profits. They can also help managers recommend which accounts a salesperson should try to cover each day, ensure territories are geographically compact, and estimate driving time associated with servicing an account.
“When you think about it, the majority of all data that companies collect can be tied back to a physical address and can be displayed on a map,” says Jim Brown, vice president of TerrAlign, a Reston, Virginia-based company that specializes in sales and marketing consulting and mapping software. “So it isn’t surprising that mapping can be a powerful tool for understanding a business, its markets, and its customers.”
But before executives invest in a tool, they have to know how to choose Read the rest of this entry »
My wife and I just returned from Paris. This statement is not to be misconstrued as being pompous or pretentious. If I had wanted to be pretentious, I would have begun with Bonjour or Comment t’allez-vous or Ou est la plume de ma tante to show off my French vocabulary. Actually we were celebrating our anniversary and Paris was a logical romantic choice. The romantic aspect of Paris is not entirely relevant, but relevance is not my thing either, as my marketing background will easily attest to. On the other hand, it is important to set the scene for what I am about to say. Be assured that what follows will have something to do with our industry. The powers-that-be at Global Cosmetic Industry have set specific guidelines for me and although they are flexible, they include being Read the rest of this entry »10.24.15
Women get wealthy in a lot of ways. They start their own businesses (Jenny Craig, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart), run giant corporations (Pat Russo at Lucent, Anne Mulcahy at Xerox), or forecast the stock market (Abby Joseph Cohen at Goldman Sachs). They achieve their positions through brains, talent, drive, and luck. Once they make their money, they’re usually pretty smart about handling it. So let’s look at what the do (not necessarily what they say) and learn.
1 LIVE ON LESS THAN YOU EARN
Before you start throwing plates at my head (“Jane, you dummy, who couldn’t live on less than a million–or $10 million–a year?”), let me hasten to say (crash, bang!) that I’m talking about the folks who not only earn big bucks, Read the rest of this entry »
Wow, would I love to inherit my 93-year-old Nana’s longevity. This pistol in pantyhose still has her own Manhattan apartment and only recently retired from her bookkeeping career. She surfs the Internet, plays bridge regularly with her gal pals, and can tick off the birth date of everyone in our clan, right down to the youngest great-grandchild. There’s just one hitch, my husband reminds me: Nana is on his side of the family.
Point taken. But experts now say that I might actually have more to gain by following Nana’s example than I would if I shared her bloodline. In fact, an explosion of research has found that how you approach life and the choices you make play major roles in how long and well you’ll live. Here’s what experts on aging say you can do to stay young at heart for a long time to come. Read the rest of this entry »
Chances are good that if you own an antiaging cream, it’s for your face. We’re so focused on our reflection that we forget there’s other territory affected by time: the skin below our necks. While this thought may depress you (“Oh, great, now I’ve got to start looking for wrinkles on my back!”), it’s meant to be encouraging. “The skin on the body is so neglected that just by regularly using something–anything–you can make a visible difference,” says Nicholas Perricone, M.D., assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Yale University.
Products for the body are more effective than ever, because skin-care companies–including Estee Lauder, Jergens, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, and Olay–are tweaking formulas used in facial products to target thicker-skinned, less-sensitive areas. That often involves increasing concentrations of active antiaging ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, and retinol. So read on to find out how to get younger-looking skin–without having to join a gym or police what you put in your mouth! Read the rest of this entry »