Fortuna’s Bailey Foley remains hospitalized as large community rallies to aid

first_imgSanta Rosa >> Fortuna High School football player Bailey Foley remains in a medically-induced coma after doctors said the 17-year-old running back/linebacker suffered a stroke following a hematoma during the Huskies’ 41-18 loss to Cardinal Newman on Friday in Santa Rosa. In the waning moments of the game, Foley went to the sidelines complaining of cramps before suffering from seizures. He was rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was found to have bleeding in his brain. Doctors …last_img read more

Draymond Green to have number retired by Michigan State

first_imgSeven years after leaving Michigan State for what became a decorated NBA career, Draymond Green will have his jersey hung in the rafters of East Lansing’s Breslin Student Events Center.Michigan State announced Monday that Green’s No. 23 jersey will be retired. The ceremony is set for Dec. 3, the day of a nationally-televised matchup with Duke. Green, 29, played four years at Michigan State where, as a senior, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year. He finished his career as one of three …last_img read more

Event Check-ins Could Become Faster, More Interesting With New Mobile Apps

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Standing in line for the big conference could become a much less painful experience if a new class of mobile apps that use QR codes prove effective. Once you’ve gotten through the line, your experience attending an event could be made richer with the same technology. EventBee, a startup that sells tickets to events for a flat rate of $1 each, launched Android app today that event organizers can download to their phones. The app then scans 2D bar-codes, or QR codes, that attendees received with their receipts when they buy a ticket. The company says an iPhone app will be launched with-in the next 30 days.Eventbee isn’t alone in thinking QR codes could go well with events. Another startup called Mogotix aims to offer a very similar function, though its organizer-side app is listed as “coming soon.” The advantage of the Eventbee software is that attendees don’t have to do anything but bring their receipts, printed or on their phones. Leading competitor Eventbrite launched an iPhone app this Spring but does not support code scanning for check in. Using Eventbee’s new app, anyone on an event’s staff can be turned into a quick check-in administrator with a simple download to their phones. The check-ins will be much faster and richer than scanning names on paper. QR code-driven check-ins can also provide much richer analytics, in theory, than would be practical to collect manually. Every code can carry a payload of data about the person checking in.Beyond Check-insCodes for events are believed to have a lot of potential beyond checking in, too. Designer Andreas Carlsson articulated a number of different possibilities for consumer-side QR use in a recent blog post; imagine scanning a conference guide with your phone to get a speaker’s slide deck live on your phone while they are speaking, for example.So far event attendees have not adopted QR codes with the enthusiasm that advocates have hoped, however. That may change in the future, but Eventbee’s strategy of focusing on getting codes and readers into the hands of event organizers first seems smart.Regarding consumer features, Eventbee founder Bala Musrif says those are on the road-map. “We’ve got more in the pipe-line in that direction,” he says. “This is our first step – but we’ve got big games planned in real time check-in scenarios.”Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb has purchased the services of Eventbee for ticketing at past events.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

How to Avoid a Bad Strategic Partnership for Your Startup

first_imgchris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Good & the BadFor startups, strategic partnerships boil down to pretty clear pros and cons.The Good: Strategic partners can provide much needed capital, especially at a time when financial investors may be balking at the company. They can also provide resources and exposure for the startup than can be invaluable to its success.The Bad: Strategic partners aren’t as focused on the interests of your company, and in most cases aren’t even in it for the money. Companies take on smaller partners to help promote their own brand or to leverage new technologies. While a strategic partner could lead to an eventual acquisition, it could also prevent the startup from being acquired elsewhere.The Solution: Be wise. Carefully inspect the details of the partnership and be sure it doesn’t forfeit too much power to the partner. If need be, use merit-based rewards or other incentives to ensure the partner holds up its end of the bargain.For startups, a strategic partner is a careful endeavor to consider, but if done right it can be beneficial. If you have any other reasons why a startup should or should not take on strategic partners, please share your thoughts in the comments below! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In the world of the investing in and acquiring of companies, strategic investments sit on the fence between these two camps. When an established company sees a smaller one making progress in a field that it is interested in, it may make an investment in the company for one of several reasons. Doing so can give the company a bit of leverage in terms of helping steer the startup while not dropping a big acquisition investment. That said, it is important for startups to understand both sides of the coin before taking on strategic investors.center_img “One way I’ve seen a startup navigate [the right of first refusal] clause is by narrowing the timing of such a blocking right to 6 months or 12 months. I’m not a fan of that either.”– Bijan Sabet, Spark CapitalSpark Capital partner Bijan Sabet wrote on this very topic today, pointing out the potential pitfalls for startups with strategic investors. He says that in his experience, relationships with strategic investors are usually not positive ones for startups because of the misalignment of incentives. A venture capitalist is incentivized to see the startup succeed; the better the startup does, the greater the VC’s return on investment. Strategic partners, on the other hand, obviously care more about protecting themselves than the success of a smaller company. As Sabet adds, this can lead to bad deal terms for the startup, including giving the partner the ability to block an acquisition.“They don’t want to see your company being sold to a competitor,” writes Sabet, referencing a “right of first refusal” agreement. “One way I’ve seen a startup navigate this clause is by narrowing the timing of such a blocking right to 6 months or 12 months. I’m not a fan of that either.”Another way that Sabet suggests startups can avoid bad strategic partnerships is to introduce incentives for the partner to turn the tables a bit. Startups can set goals or quotas that will incentivize the partner to provide for the startup in order to receive its equity. With this safeguard, if the startup doesn’t significantly benefit from the relationship in the way that it needs, the partner goes home empty handed. Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more