“Healthy” Alcohol, Cannabis and Sustainability in the Spotlight as Vinexpo New…

first_imgBDS Analytics Presents: Cannabis Trends and the Impact on Beverage Alcohol. BDS account manager Kate Senzamici will draw from her research background in consumer packaged goods and the cannabis industry to discuss the cannabis market’s growth, evolution and role as a disruptor in the beverage alcohol industry.The Changing World of Wine Retail. A panel of pioneering wine retailers—Wally Wine & Spirits’ Christian Navarro, Wine.com’s Michael Osborn, Total Wine & More’s Robert Trone, and Gary Fisch of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace—will join Wine Spectator executive editor Thomas Matthews in this insightful look at industry developments.The World in Which We Drink: Global & US Beverage Alcohol Trends. Brandy Rand from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis will share global and U.S. beverage alcohol volume and value growth and forecasts across wine, spirits, beer and ready-to-drink. She will discuss underlying consumption drivers like wellness, changing consumption environments and ecommerce. From bourbon’s rebirth to the hard seltzer craze, Rand will examine brands and categories shaping the future of beverage with a special focus on the world of wine.Rounding out the conference program will be a panel called Expertise & Experience: Four Industry Leaders Share Their Perspectives and a presentation by SevenFifty Daily on wine and spirits technology. The current schedule is available here and will be updated as events are finalized. As the 2020 master class program continues to take shape, Vinexpo New York has announced the details of two intriguing sessions:Sonoma County: Sustainable Agriculture in the Wine Glass. On the heels of the region’s designation as the world’s most sustainable wine region, Sonoma County Winegrowers will discuss what it means to lead the charge on one of the most pressing issues facing the industry today.Agence de l’Alimentation Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Cognac Presents: Cognac Master Class. Cognac educator Franky Marshall will lead this deep dive into one of the world’s most revered and storied spirits—its history, production and how to best enjoy it, complete with a tasting of six cognacs of various ages, styles and crus.Also on the master class schedule is the presentation of the new Crus Bourgeois du Medoc Classification. Topics for two master classes presented by Riedel will be announced soon, and as more sessions are added to the program they will be updated here.The BuzzA new addition to the 2020 event is The Buzz, a dedicated, informal space for information sharing, group discussion and networking with a focus on current events, issues and trends impacting the U.S. beverage alcohol market. Vinexpo New York advisory board members will moderate discussions on laws and distribution, tariffs, spirits and consumption trends.One to Wine Meetings scheduling begins February 10Vinexpo New York’s complimentary matchmaking service, One to Wine Meetings, connects buyers in advance with the exhibitors they seek to meet so they arrive at the show with appointments in hand. Enrollment for pre-registered attendees has begun and the platform for meeting selections opens on February 10For more information or to register to attend, visit www.vinexponewyork.com.About VinexpoSince its establishment in Bordeaux in 1981, on the initiative of Bordeaux Gironde’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vinexpo has been a leading organizer of events for the wine and spirits industry. In 37 years, Vinexpo has developed a unique understanding of the market and an extensive network of key distributors around the World. The brand currently runs exhibitions in four set locations (Bordeaux, Hong Kong, New York and soon Paris), and the touring event Vinexpo Explorer. The Group also publishes every year the Vinexpo/IWSR Report, which is the most comprehensive survey of the global consumption of wine and spirits. For more information, visit www.vinexpo.com. Join Vinexpo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.About Diversified CommunicationsDiversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products, Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries, including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.Advertisement Share Facebook TAGSDiversified CommunicationsVinexpo New York Email ReddIt Home Industry News Releases “Healthy” Alcohol, Cannabis and Sustainability in the Spotlight as Vinexpo New York…Industry News ReleasesWine Business“Healthy” Alcohol, Cannabis and Sustainability in the Spotlight as Vinexpo New York Builds Its Program Lineup for March 2-3 ShowBy Press Release – February 4, 2020 228 0 center_img Twitter Pinterest Linkedin AdvertisementSpecial advanced registration rate of $100 available online through March 1NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2020 – As Vinexpo New York  draws closer to its March 2-3 return, organizers are finalizing a provocative program that explores the biggest trends and challenges shaping the wine and spirits industry. On the line-up are thought-provoking conference sessions on the impact of cannabis and the low-alcohol movement while master classes will span topics from sustainability to a deep dive into cognac.North America’s leading international exhibition exclusively for the wine and spirits trade, Vinexpo New York will span two full days of exhibits, educational programming, business meetings, tastings and networking at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, March 2-3, 2020. Advance registration is available online through March 1 for $100 at www.vinexponewyork.com; on-site registration will cost $150.Among the conference highlights:VinePair Presents: The Health Halo—How Health is Impacting How We Drink. VinePair’s Adam Teeter will lead a panel of industry experts in a discussion on today’s surging interest in low and no-alcohol drinks. The conference will take on the perception that certain drinks, brands and styles are healthier for consumers, even if they still contain alcohol. 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High School Football Week Three Scoreboard and Standings: Suburban League National

first_img Related TopicsSuburban League National Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. After a busy night of high school football, here’s some results from the Suburban League National along with some updated standings.Barberton 56 Cuyahoga Falls 21North Royalton 21 Highland 7 (GAME HALTED IN THE 2ND QUARTER, TO RESUME 12:30p SATURDAY)Wadsworth 21 Medina 17 (GAME HALTED AT HALF, TO RESUME @ 3pm SATURDAY)Stow 50 Solon 19 Strongsville 14 Brecksville 7 (GAME HALTED WITH 9:21 LEFT 2nd QUARTER, TO RESUME 4pm SATURDAY)Mayfield 27 Nordonia 0 (GAME HALTED WITH 7:07 LEFT 2nd QUARTER, TO RESUME 6pm SATURDAY)Aurora 23 Twinsburg 0 (GAME HALTED IN 3RD QUATER, TO RESUME 10am SATURDAY)Hudson 27 Brush 6 (GAME HALTED with 35 SECONDS LEFT 3RD QUARTER, TO RESUME AFTER JV GAME SATURDAY)StandingsStow 3-0 (0-0)Cuyahoga Falls 2-1 (0-0)Wadsworth 2-0 (0-0)Brecksville 1-1 (0-0)Nordonia 1-1 (0-0)North Royalton 1-1 (0-0)Twinsburg 1-1 (0-0)Hudson 1-1 (0-0) center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Police officer saves choking baby

first_imgWSB(ATLANTA) — A Georgia police officer is being called a hero after he saved a baby from choking.Marietta officer Nick St. Onge responded to a 911 call May 15 from a woman who said her 2-month-old infant was conscious but not breathing, according to a statement by the Marietta Police Department.The act was caught on dashcam and bodycam footage. Officer St. Onge, a five-year veteran of the department, arrived at the scene to find a woman standing in the parking lot, holding the baby, police said.The woman holding the baby was Kianna Dorsey, her grandmother.“She only had a bottle,” Dorsey is heard saying in the video. “That’s all she had.” The baby appeared lifeless and was turning blue, police said. Officer St. Onge began CPR, using chest thrusts and back blows to try and clear the baby’s airways.“There we go. Come on, baby. Come on,” St. Onge says in the video. After a couple minutes, police said, the infant started to respond to the CPR, crying and breathing irregularlySt. Onge had recently taken a CPR class in February that helped him during this incident, he told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.Fire department paramedics arrived shortly afterward and took over.Dorsey called St. Onge the family’s hero.But the officer said, “I’m just the guy who showed up to do what he had to do.”The baby was released from the hospital and is home with her family.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Over The Line Club Focus – Tuam RFC

first_imgThe Programme came from the Cellar Bar in Tuam.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email John was joined by a wide variety of guests as they looked at the History, the Teams and the Characters.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/TUAM%20RFC%20CLUB%20FOCUS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Over The Line’s Club Focus this week is about Tuam RFC.last_img

128 Clubs To Feature In Connacht Youth Cup Draws Tomorrow Evening

first_imgThe largest ever Connacht Youth Cups draw takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) when 128 teams from 23 clubs will learn their opponents for the 2018/19 competitions.In total there are 9 Boys and Girls Cups ranging in age from U13 to U18.5. The U13 Cup will feature 19 teams, with 18 teams in the U14 and U15 competitions, while the U16, U17 and U18.5 Boys Cups will be contested by 17, 12 and 15 teams respectively.New for this year in the Girls Cup competitions is the inclusion of an U14 Cup. This will be contested by 11 clubs, such is the growing number of girl’s minis and youths players in the province. The U16 and U18 Cups will feature a combined 18 teams, meaning a record 29 Girls teams will take part in this season’s Youth Cups.The Girls Cup finals are scheduled for 3rd March 2019 at The Sportsground with the Boys Cup finals penciled in for the same venue on the weekend of 7th and 14th April 2019 (exact date and kick-off time TBC).The draw will be held at the Sportsground’s Heineken Rugby Clubhouse tomorrow evening and will take place in conjunction with the launch of the Connacht Rugby Player Ambassador Programme. This programme involves each Connacht club being designated two pro players who will act as Club Ambassadors for the remainder of the season and will be made available to the club for visits and coaching/skills sessions.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

‘The problem is I’m Italian’: Balotelli spurs racism debate

first_imgThe punishments come in stark contrast to the way the league ignored monkey noises directed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during a match at Cagliari in September. There was also no punishment for racist chants aimed by Verona fans at AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in September.Derogatory chants have also been aimed at Dalbert Henrique, Miralem Pjanic, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalidou Koulibaly in Serie A this season. All the players targeted — except for Pjanic, who is Bosnian — are black.“Too often the soccer clubs have played down and defended — due to laziness, connivance or fear — the extremists among their own fans,” Spadafora said. “Over the last few months things have started to change but there are still many steps to be taken.”On Tuesday, Verona prosecutors announced the opening of two separate criminal investigations — one into Castellini for allegedly instigating racial discrimination and the other into the chants inside the stadium.Hellas Verona president Maurizio Setti said his team was being treated as “a scapegoat,” while Verona Mayor Federico Sboarina labeled the partial stadium closure “Kafkian.”Another city politician suggested a class action lawsuit against the Italian league, and a group of city council members proposed that the city should sue Balotelli for defamation.There is a long history of Balotelli being subjected to racist chants in Verona, stretching back to when he said “the fans in Verona disgust me” after a Chievo Verona-Inter Milan match in 2010 when he played for Inter.After three seasons in France, Balotelli returned to Italy this season with Brescia, his hometown club and a regional rival of Verona.“I’ll be honest, I really like the stadium in Verona and their fans, as they have always mocked in an amusing and ironic way,” Balotelli said on TV channel Italia 1. “If they want to distract a player, they can do it in a thousand ways, but not (with racism).“My daughter saw this on TV and that made it hurt three times as much,” Balotelli added. “I can take all kinds of insults, but ones based on racism are not acceptable, have never been acceptable and never will be acceptable. Those who did it, and I repeat they are only a few, are complete idiots.” Brescia’s head coach Eugenio Corini talks to Brescia’s Mario Balotelli during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)ROME — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling.Figuratively speaking, at least.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Super Cup: University of Tsukuba hands PSL Shine 2nd straight loss View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli’s outburst has prompted more debate, more outrage and more indignation over the problem of racism inside Italy’s stadiums than any other case.“I am not saying that I am different from the other players who receive the same abuse, the same monkey noises, but the problem is that I am Italian,” said Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants and has represented the Italian national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Luca Castellini, the leader of the Hellas Verona “ultra” fan section that directed the racist chants at Balotelli and a leader in the far-right party Forza Nuova in Verona, sees it in his own way.“Balotelli is Italian because he has Italian citizenship but he’ll never be fully Italian,” Castellini said Monday, a day after the incident during the second half of the Verona-Brescia game. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Castellini’s comment caught the attention of Liliana Segre , an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor and Italian senator who recently proposed a parliamentary commission against anti-Semitism.“They’re still judging people by the color of their skin?” Segre said. “There’s a good reason why this commission should get to work straightaway.”Balotelli, meanwhile, wrote on Instagram: “People like (Castellini) should be banned from society — not just soccer.”Vincenzo Spadafora, the government minister for sport and youth policies, chimed in and ordered Hellas Verona and the city’s mayor — who had denied the existence of the racist chants — to condemn Castellini.Verona responded by banning Castellini from its stadium until 2030 — adding on to a previous ban through 2022 — and the Italian league ordered part of the Bentegodi Stadium closed to fans for the team’s next home match, noting that the chants “were clearly audible.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was lost in the post-match discussion was how well Balotelli played in Verona.He hit the post in the first half then scored with a curling shot into the top corner from beyond the box late in Brescia’s 2-1 loss.Balotelli’s form, however, was not the reason why Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina made a public call for the striker to be called back onto the national team.“It would be an extraordinary message to the world, to people who think about putting off their opponents by making expressions of that kind,” Gravina said. “Balotelli is Italian. I’m with him all the way. He has shown to have a more-than-Italian level of sensitivity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ask It: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

first_imgShare This!When planning a budget for a Disney vacation, it is fairly easy to get a good ballpark estimate for hotel costs, transportation, meals, and tickets. But when it comes to souvenirs, it can be tricky to know exactly how much to budget. Some people stick to a firm idea of how much they plan to spend, and others are a bit more fast and loose with the purse-strings, depending on what they see that they like. So this week, we’re curious about your spending habits when it comes to the souvenirs that we love to fill our suitcases with.How much per person, per week do you spend on souvenirs for a Disney vacation?  Loading …Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have the results next week. Feel free to share your souvenir budgeting tips in the comments. Have you ever bought something that you regretted later on? Ever skipped buying a souvenir and wishing you could go back in time to get it? Let us know! $51-$100 (33%, 276 Votes) $0-$50 (31%, 262 Votes) $101-$200 (19%, 161 Votes) More than $201 (17%, 146 Votes) Total Voters: 845last_img read more

eProject – Eyeing Salesforce.com With Dynamic App Development

first_imgTags:#enterprise#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Context and CollaborationIn this post, however, I will discuss their Dynamic Application development capability. In so doing, I need to refer back to something that I have been harping on about forever: Context. When we think about Collaboration, we tend to collaborate around a Context. Let’s take an example.A Director of Marketing is running a PR Campaign and needs to collaborate with his colleagues and the PR Agency, as well as keep track of all the reporters that the team has pitched to. He also needs to keep track of the idiosyncrasies of the various reporters, as cliff notes, so that the people who do the interview (e.g. the CEO or the VP Marketing) know what to emphasize. Finally, he needs to keep track of the follow-up schedule. In this case, the Context is this PR Campaign project – so a collaborative “custom” project management application is created on the fly! Recently I interviewedeProject, an on-demand Project Management company. More than 100,000 users at 650 companies currently use eProject‚Äôs solutions. They run the gamut from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized fast growing organizations.The product is used across industries, but has some sweet spots of adoption in highly regulated industries such as insurance and other financial services, healthcare, and other ‚ÄúIP heavy‚Ä? businesses and organizations.I have always liked “Project Management” as the organizing principle for Collaboration, and while Microsoft’s Sharepoint and LiveMeeting are the leaders in Collaboration, I have said before that Cisco’s Webex acquisition gives them a splendid opportunity to enter this market in a big way. eProject’s bread-and-butter project management application could be a great addition to Cisco’s portfolio, and is a compelling competitor to Microsoft Project – due to its broader collaborative approach, rather than just gnatt charts. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Ease of use – business users can bypass ITIn eProject’s Dynamic Application environment, a business user (in this case, the Director of Marketing) can create this application without the help of an IT person. No need to know any technology at all. It’s entirely wizard-based. It’s impressive usability and gives Salesforce.com a run for its money. It also enables eProject to sell their SaaS product to departmental users, without having to go through IT. Finally, eProject also comfortably handles Extended Enterprise projects.Honeywell needed a versatile PPM solution, powerful enough to handle diverse projects from teams spanning the globe. They found eProject to be the fastest and easiest to deploy. So due to eProject‚Äôs ease-of-use and high user adoption, Honeywell Specialty Materials quickly expanded to over 1500 seats. Many other customer successes have enabled eProject to build up a serious revenue stream and strong user adoption.Differentiators: Scalability and dynamic app devOne of my readers Chris McArthur wrote in response to my interview with the eProject CEO:“Fascinating interview. However, as a VP R&D in a small company my personal experience with eProject was that it requires too much time and effort to introduce. I‚Äôve been looking for PPM tools for the SME for quite some time and find none.I recently visited DowJones VentureWeb conference in California and saw presentations from Clarizen and Central Desktop – both are targeting exactly that market.I found Central Desktop to be easy to use and rather functional, but it is only adequate for simple projects and not for complex R&D projects (even in a small company). Clarizen is still in stealth mode, but according to their CEO, it certainly seems they‚Äôre taking a more robust approach.”It’s true that Clarizen and Central Desktop handle simple PPM, but the difference between them and eProject IS in the scalability, as well as in the dynamic application development capability. The latter, in fact, positions eProject against Salesforce.com – rather than the lightweight PPM vendors. So it hints at a potential company strategy that is far more ambitious and capable than a pure play SaaS application.This post was written by Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Strategy Consultant Sramana Mitra. On her blog Sramana Mitra on Strategy, she writes about entrepreneurship, venture capital, emerging markets, strategy, policy, leadership and sundry other business topics. Sramana Mitra has been the founder CEO of 3 startups, Interim VP of Marketing of 7 startups, and has consulted for over 70 companies including public companies such as SAP, Cadence, Webex, and others. sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Strategy Roundtable: Open Opportunities in Cloud Computing and Rural BPO

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101 I have been meaning to get to discussing blue-sky opportunities at the roundtables, and this week we did some of that. During this week’s roundtable we discussed an area that deserves a serious look from entrepreneurs: Rural BPO. Whether it is in the emerging markets or in the U.S., it is my sincere belief that there are numerous entrepreneurial opportunities to be tapped into. Today, I invited entrepreneurs to come up with ideas, apply the 1M/1M methodology to it, and come discuss with me at these roundtables. Readers – if any of you have ideas, I am keen to hear from you, as well as help you refine them.CrowdEngineeringAs for today’s pitches, first up was Gioacchino La Vecchia pitching CrowdEngineering. This company provides a crowdsourced customer service solution to enterprises. Gio pitched it to me as a crowdsourced BPO, but I think he will have more success if he simply focuses on customer service as his core value proposition. They already have several customers including some telcos, and are at about $350,000 in revenues. Gio expects to get to about $500,000 by the end of this year and asked me for advice on venture funding.I gave Gio some advice on funding, which I will repeat here for all of you. This is important, so please listen up.We are, at this time, in one of the tightest funding environments of the last 15 years. Whether it is credit or equity, funding is very, very tight. VCs ONLY want to invest in momentum deals, which means you already have serious customer validation and traction and you are looking to raise money to scale your business. Unless you are an experienced entrepreneur with a track record, the chances of your getting a VC behind a concept are very small. And EVEN if you ARE an experienced entrepreneur, all but just a few VCs still want to see customer validation, business model validation and traction, before they will invest.Next comes the topic of angels. Angels tend to invest small amounts of money on somewhat validated concepts. Often, this will not necessarily get you to a significant milestone. I call it drip-financing. Most entrepreneurs have no choice but to avail of this sort of financing along with the mentoring and the contacts that could come with it (doesn’t always come along, though).In 1M/1M, our preferred financing strategy is customers. You can get cash without diluting your ownership in the company. Why? Because customer financing equals revenue, not equity.So, in Gio’s situation, it is clear to me that he is able to get customers to buy. In that case, why bother wasting time trying to raise money right now? Why not go further, develop more valuation, customer experience, and really, deeply validate the business?Yes, venture capital is very good for scaling businesses rapidly. I personally have nothing against venture capital. I have raised VC money, and will continue to use that class of financing in my entrepreneurial work.However, for a first-time entrepreneur, it is my strong belief that getting as far along as possible before raising money – if you can do so – is desirable. That’s why, I advised Gio to keep going with further execution on his business and build more revenue traction.Meanwhile, I will work with him to put in place a financing strategy that helps him scale faster for next year.Kir DevriesThen Kristen Becker presented Kir Devries, an e-commerce site that offers a well-edited collection of unique goods for practical everyday living that have been sourced due to their impeccable craftsmanship, unique design and style, and their “good factor” in the moderate price range. The “good factor” is that extra something about the product or company like eco-friendly, or fair-trade sourcing, or something else that makes the shopper feel good.Kristen’s primary audience is young professional women 25-45 shopping for themselves, with creative or professional interests, contemporary lifestyles, and residing in urban areas. Average income is $60,000 a year and a large percentage are unmarried or childless.She also has a secondary audience who shop for gifts. These are women in their 40s to early 60s, often shopping for younger women.Kristen is doing about $70,000 year-to-date, and expects to hit $200,000 for the 2010 fiscal year based on her holiday sales projections.Her main questions were around customer acquisition and financing. As far as customer acquisition is concerned, we discussed, again the power of organic search engine optimization. I asked her to go through my recent article, From Niche E-Commerce To Web 3.0, as well as the Taking On Giants section of EJ1. In that discussion a subtle point came to the surface: Kristen has a blog that is on a separate URL from her e-commerce site.Again, here is a piece of wisdom for all of you who are blogging and doing e-commerce simultaneously: you need to build up SEO leverage ON your e-commerce site, so be sure to bring the blog onto the main site, not leave it off someplace else by itself.As for financing, my advice to Kristen is to get to $200,000 and then she can do some inventory financing that I will help her arrange.InnovizeTechNext, Shirish Deodhar discussed InnovizeTech, an Indian company that has built software to capture how employees are spending their time in order to help manage and monitor productivity. Especially for companies that have a large amount of time and materials based services work, this is an important function, and Shirish has already managed to get several pilots with Indian companies in the Bombay and Pune area.Shirish had a pricing model question, as well as a set of go-to-market and sales strategy questions. Overall, I encouraged him to stay focused on the Indian market, generate 20-30 pilots of 50-200 employee test cases at companies with 5,000-plus employees over the next six months, and close full-on enterprise deals with at least a dozen of them over the next 12 months. I advised him to avoid spending money to sell to the US and UK markets for the next year.All three companies from today’s roundtable were promising, and I am pretty sure we can work with them to help them get to $1M in revenue in the foreseeable future. Very encouraging!Next week, we will delve deep into cloud computing businesses. I will also discuss blue sky opportunities in that industry based on our extensive research. To prepare, please study the Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing trends and opportunities series.I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. All three of today’s roundtable companies will soon be featured on Incubation Radar.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To MarketInnovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. Photo by takatukacenter_img sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Can IoT help stop the utility death spiral?

first_imgElectronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Tags:#Industrial IoT#IoT#Navigant#renewable energy#RWE#utilities 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Donal Powercenter_img Electrical utilities who dive deep into the Internet of Things (IoT) can potentially leverage the emerging technology to build new, stronger relationships with their customer base. Notably, IoT will allow utilities to develop trusted advisory relationships with customers previously beyond the scope of traditional power delivery.A new report from Navigant Research on the U.S. IoT market examined customer adoption trends, changing technology, the vendor landscape and utility rollouts out to 2025.It concluded that IoT has the potential to open new avenues for utilities, particularly as the industry looks beyond its traditional strategies driven by demand-side management (DSM). Through IoT, utilities can develop “deeper and ongoing relationships with residential and commercial customers through devices, software, and services.”“IoT can help utilities transition into new ongoing advisory and managed services relationships to gain better insight into customer loads and improve customer satisfaction,” said Navigant’s principal research analyst Casey Talon. “This new approach to customer engagement will direct behavior modification, load control, and conservation in concert to maximize reliability and resiliency of the grid.”Utilities caught between a rock and a hard placeUtilities are currently caught between the twin pressures of new forms of energy being pushed by policy and client demand – like renewables that drive down energy prices while utility fixed costs remain higher – and lowering energy demand caused by increased energy efficiency efforts and the technologies enabling them.German utility RWE’s CEO Peter Terium called this “the worst structural crisis in the history of energy supply.” Industry analysts call it the utility “death spiral” with grid maintenance costs going up and the cost of generating renewable energy going down, more customers will leave the grid to employ efficient technology and generate their own on-site energy.But IoT deployments could slow this utility defection. By 2020, Navigant predicts 70,000 customers across the U.S. will be in pilot-scale utility IoT engagements, a market estimated at $500 million. The report predicts the drivers of IoT adoption among utility customers will be improved DSM program synergies, cost containment and the desire for consumer choice. How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Related Posts last_img read more