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Falling off a Map

Instead of trying to unfold and read a paper map, more people are going the digital route and reading maps on phones and other electronic devices. While this might put some businesses that create paper maps in a position to lay off workers or even close the doors, digital maps can often assist drivers in more ways than a paper map. A digital map by Susan McGalla will often update according to any road closures or detours that are needed. This can help save time when going on a trip or if you aren’t sure of a closure in your town. Some systems will speak the directions instead of you needing to read them on a screen. If you are able to listen to directions, it can sometimes prevent distractions that are caused when you’re trying to look at a screen in the car in order to get to your destination. As more people are using digital systems, there will likely be more demand for them in cars and on phones in a user friendly model. This could mean more money for the companies that offer the maps and create them. More money for a company means more money for the employees who work there.

Brian Bonar Leads with Background of Impressive Financial Skills

The guide to any successful company is finding a person that can make the right financial decisions when the time comes. It doesn’t matter how well the products are designed. It doesn’t matter how great customer service is. The true test of success with any organization is finding a way to manage all the finances. That is what makes a company run.

That is what Trucept did when they discovered Brian Bonar. He is someone that had a background in the staffing – the core of Trucept services – but he also had an extensive background in finance. This meant that he knew about decisions on spending and allocating funds. He knew how departments should run based on the financial reports that were rendered by the company each year. This has made him one of the more promising leaders for the company because he knows how to analyze finances.

In any leadership role there is going to be a need for someone that has the ability to take charge and motivate people. This is fundamental, but this is not the only thing that a great leader has to be mindful of these days. It takes more than the ability to lead. It takes a well rounded individual that is also engaged in the financial aspect of how the company runs. It is through finances that a department is able to decide if a product or service can be promoted. This is crucial because there are times when a product or service may be developed that can provide new revenue streams. If the product is not something that people can get off the ground due to lack of marketing funds this is a dead end. A professional in the financial world would be aware of all of this.

Some companies have excellent finance departments. These companies are able to thrive with a lot more success than some of the other companies because the flow of the money inside of the organization is running smoother. The finance department has to know the cash flow system, and a leader like Brian Bonar is more apt to run Trucept better because he knows about this type of environment. With the finance department there is a sense of responsibility for paying vendors and making commitments to certain projects based on funding. It certainly helps to have a CEO in place that knows about the shortcomings of the finance before it gets too late. A person that is able to evaluate the company’s cash flow may be able to turn things around before it all gets too far gone. The CEO that sits and waits until he is blindsided may find himself thrown from his throne.

No Photos Please

The ongoing quest to take the perfect selfie almost cost one gentleman his life. Though this chap suffered a horrific rattlesnake bite that could have killed him, he was able to get prompt medical treatment. Unfortunately, it is his wallet that will be hurting for a long time to come.

After attempting to take the ultimate selfie with a venomous rattlesnake, Todd Fassler of San Diego, California was taken by Christian Broda to the hospital after being bitten. To his shock and dismay, his medical bill for treatment totals a whopping $153,161.25 of which, $83,000 was from the pharmacy as it depleted two hospitals supply of antivenom. Unbelievably, this is not deter him from snapping yet another photo while receiving treatment in the hospital.

Though it may seem like a fantastic idea at the time, attempting to take a photo with wild animals or poisonous snakes might not be such a good idea in the long run. Remember there is a reason why these species are called wild. Trying to make yourself the cool kid on the block could cost you more than you think. Thankfully, Mr. Fassler has recovered after a five-day stay in the hospital. Unfortunately, it will probably take his bank account a lot longer to recover.

Eric Pulier Cares About More than Just Himself

When it comes to the kind of individuals who have made it big and who have a lot of money in hand, most seem to want to keep the money to themselves. There are some who give away some of the money that they have earned, but it seems that there are more who want to keep that money for themselves. No one is going to force the rich to give their money away, but there are some who choose to give of what they have, anyway. There are some who give without being forced, and I believe that those individuals should be looked up to. There are some who have worked their way up in the world to get to a place where they are earning a good salary, and those individuals can choose whether they want to keep all of their money or give some of it away. I believe that those who choose to give some of their money away should receive credit for what they do, and Eric Pulier is one of those individuals.

Eric Pulier (CrunchBase) has decided that he needs to share some of the money that he earns, and he is doing just that. When it comes to a man like Eric Pulier, he could just keep all of his money to himself and do what he wants with it. The money that he has has been earned by him, and he is in control of it. Eric Pulier, though, has chosen to support charitable organizations with some of his money, and to help out those who are in need. Eric Pulier has decided to give a portion of his money away, to be used to help out those who could use help of some kind. A portion of the money that Eric Pulier earns goes to a camp that helps out children in the world who are dealing with chronic illnesses, helping to brighten the lives of those individuals.

How a Monk is Changing the Business World: The Spiritual Journey of Joseph Bismark

 

Recently, I stumbled across a thought-provoking article about an inspiring leader, Joseph Bismark. When it comes to the business world, the story of Joseph Bismark is anything but ordinary. Therefore, I am compelled to write about this remarkable business leader who has successfully integrated business and spirituality to transform his company into a successful business enterprise. 

At a tender age of nine years, when children are contemplating about their education, Joseph left to become a monk, instead. For the next eight years, he concentrated on learning the spiritual aspects of life. The impact of spirituality was such that Joseph is perhaps one of the first business leaders to integrate spirituality in his workplace. As a managing director of Qi Group, he believes in working as a team to accomplish business goals. Joseph stresses the importance of integrating business expertise with mutual respect for fellow workers. Perhaps, he is an example of someone who would treat his employees as a family by invoking a sense of friendship and professionalism. As a result, workers at Qi Group not only tread a spiritual path to business success, but their work style is also evident by their approach to customer service. In the presence of such work ethics, it comes as no surprise that the motto of success is derived by team work where business leaders and corporate managers strive to achieve maximum work-life balance. 

Due to the effort of Joseph Bismark, spiritual transformation of business ethics is not restricted to workplace. Instead, the spiritual journey continues to provide relief to thousands of stakeholders outside the company. For instance, the corporate social responsibility arm of the company recently founded a world-class University in Malaysia. Under the close supervision of Joseph, the CSR department is also engaged in organic food and wellness markets. Moreover, Joseph’s inspiring words continue to offer guidance through his blogs and writings. 

For those interested in more details, the complete article can be found at the blog, “We Don’t Love These Hogues”.

FreedomPop Raises Another $30 Million

FreedomPop moved forward towards its purpose in building a global business. This business offers free voice, data and text bundled together for its offer. $30 million was raised in funding. This is so that FreedomPop could grow as an independent business.

There have been as much as six bids from different carriers. One bid came from a big tech company. However, FreedomPop has turned down all of the bids becaue they wanted to avoid selling the company prematurely. There are further goals to raise money. The plan is to raise between $50 million and $100 million within the next year.

FreedomPop has also taken in a strategic investment, who’s name remains undisclosed. This investor is not trying to buy it, but is willing to help FreedomPop with the hardware. FreedomPop not only offers services, but sells the phones needed for use of the service.

The additional investor will be revealed in the coming weeks. The announcement could add $5 million to the funding that is raised for FreedomPop. This would also help FreedomPop reach its goal of 1 million users in the United States by year’s end. It is a very realistic goal considering that FreedomPop is a very unique type of carrier that gives away data, text and voice as compared to other carriers that just offer cut prices.

The original article can be found here at:
http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/17/freedompop-30m/

FreedomPop Refuses Sale as Customers Grow

The mobile communications based startup FreedomPop has revealed it has undergone a major round of investment funding after refusing to sell amid a number of offers made for the company. Established in 2012, FreedomPop has become one of the most popular mobile communications providers for customers and a major target for major mobile network providers, Onliine giants and cable companies. Recode reveals a major investment totaling around $30 million has taken place that will secure the future of FreedomPop and see the arrival of new products. A major announcement over a strategic partner will also come soon, which is rumored to be a hardware provider who will provide a boost in the types of handsets available to FreedomPop customers.

FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols is reported to have felt the company had not yet reached the perfect moment for a sale to take place, with future developments leading to a company worth three to four times the current value. Major improvements FreedomPop hope to implement soon include a tie up with a major retailer who will provide a physical location for the sale of FreedomPop handsets and plans. Data plans are offered by FreedomPop for free with customers given the chance to add premium services or additional data, texts or talk time to their plan for additional charges.

Amazing Developments in the Field of Psychiatry

The brain is an amazing organ. For centuries, it has occupied a central place in the world of medicine. Doctors have long tried to find out how the brain functions as well as how to repair a brain that is no longer functioning properly. Today, we are quite fortunate in that we are literally able to peer inside the brain and even correct many types of mental illness. People who might have once faced a lifetime of mental dysfunction can often get help from trained medical professionals and lead a relatively normal life. Even those with minor mental problems can also get help. The field of psychiatry is expected to grow even further in the future as our collective knowledge about the inner function of the brain will only expand.

Those who choose to specialize in the field of psychiatry are known as psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have graduated from medical school and earned a medical license. They choose to specialize in the field of psychiatry with internships and additional formal study in this area. Psychiatrists work with those who have medical mental illness in some way. This may include removing a benign brain tumor that makes it hard for a patient to see, prescribing medication for those who suffer from auditory hallucinations and assisting people who have problems such as phobias that can make it hard for them to leave the house and become a fully functional member of society.

One of the contemporary pioneers in the field of psychiatry is Daniel Amen. Amen is a highly respected board certified psychiatrist who has helped increase our understanding of the inner workings of the brain. His work has focused on many fields of psychiatry including the treatment of concussions. Dr. Amen has written widely about his discoveries and published many scientific papers in the field of psychiatry. He has also written several books for laymen about how to life one’s life in a more effective way. His books have reached the New York Times bestseller list and helped provide people with the opportunity to learn from his discoveries and apply such principles to their own lives.

His work and the work of others in the field has been enormously important in providing people with the help they need to confront any mental issues they may have. Those with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder have been able to get access to methods of care that can help reduce many of their symptoms. People with more mild mental problems such as minor case of ADD, have also been able to get help from professionals in the field and enjoy a greatly improved overall life.

Jersey Boy Floats On Clouds

Eric Pulier raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, began his career programming computers and has advanced to the Clouds. After graduating from Harvard University, magna cum laude in 1988, he headed West where technology was just beginning its warm up. 

1994 Eric Pulier founded the interactive agency Digital Evolution and began his climb to the Clouds. 

Philanthropy is no stranger to Eric. He has always given back and continues to donate to several non-profit organizations. Sitting on the board of the X-Prize Foundation, an organization that holds competitions in an effort to solve any of humanities greatest challenges.

Along the road of accomplishments, Eric Pulier now enjoys as Co-Founder, holding the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ServiceMesh, Inc.

ServiceMesh, Inc. provides a cloud management platform, on-demand, self-service IT operating models for Global 2000 users. Automates the release across the software development lifecycle, including enforcing cloud security, governance and compliance, application, updates empowering businesses with on-demand access to applications of cloud services.

A couple of years ago Eric Pulier co-authored the book titled Understanding Enterprise SOA (Services-Oriented Architecture). This bood deatils moving with confidence between technology and business-level concerns. Using reality as a tool, Understanding Enterprise SOA looks at real companies experiencing situations in real-time and exposes what it is like demonstrating “what must be done to get SOA to work”.

Next Generation Storage Infrastructure is moving forward. As we still rely on spinning disks as a means of storing data, we must provide a solution to storing information in the future. Today we use what is called storage silos which have little to no flexibility. The measurement of storage space doubles every two years, therefore, we must move to a superior means of data storage. To continue on the path we are on today will drive costs higher and stagnate the market. We must provide a new means of affordable storage. 

In a presentation given by Shankar Rao, Advisor, America’s Technology Architecture, at ServiceMesh, detailed in a recent presentation what we need is the ability to scale granularly and with extreme flexibility. “Performance, availability, affordability, mobility and portability along with security must be the leading criteria for next generation storage infrastructure.”

This bring us to Cloud Storage, which is the means of storage we are just breaking. We still have many levels of storage to improve, such as public, private and hybrid. The average person may not comprehend the infrastructure of Cloud Storage. 

We have available now “flash array”. Flash Array is a solid state disk system that houses “multiple” flash memory drives. Instead of using the spinning hard disk drives, a flash array can transfer data quicker than the hard disk drives (SSDs) we are now using.

The next generation in data storage is one to be closely watched. Scientific ideas and ingenunity is what we rely on.

FreedomPop Receives Boost from Next Round of Funding

According to Fortune, the upstart mobile and data carrier FreedomPop has recently reached an agreement for a new round of venture capital funding to help them in their quest to take on the entrenched giants of the telecom industry. FreedomPop offers incredibly discounted or even free plans to consumers in a bid to grab market share away from the big players in the industry.

Of course gaining and keeping new customers is not the best way to make money in the short term which explains their need for additional funding. The company started it’s service in 2012 with a radical proposition- to offer free cell and data plans to customers in their networks. They offer basic plans for free while charging fair amounts for upgraded services like insurance or additional data.

The Los Angeles based company was able to receive 40 million dollars in funding from a number of venture groups including Partech Ventures who led the charge. Forbes reported that FreedomPop has raised about 50 million dollars in the last few years in order to fund tech networks and customer acquisition.

The company has a much lower profit per customer due to their revolutionary business model. While many telecoms are making somewhere between 40 and 50 dollars per customer per month FreedomPop typically makes around 15 dollars a month per customer. The reason the customer profit is so low is due to the fact that nearly half of the customers on the network are free users. These customers typically do not pay for services and just take advantage of the free services offered by FreedomPop.

The company needs paying customers to make up the imbalance which is why they have raised additional funding. In order to attract more paying customers they need to get them into the FreedomPop network so they can profit from each customer.