Lessons from famous failures

first_img 122SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Bill GatesYes, that is right, the richest and most charitable man in the world was a failure. His first company was Traf-O-Data. Catchy name right? Its product was a device that could read raw data from traffic counters and create reports for traffic engineers, with the goal of optimizing traffic and ending road congestion. When they first tried to sell this super niche processing service, their first demo failed because the machine just “didn’t work,” in Gates own word.Even though Traf-O-Data was far from a success, Gates’ partner Paul Allen says that it was “seminal in preparing” them for Microsoft’s first product launch a couple of years later. Even if you end up going a completely different direction, use your past failures to help you reach your next success.DysonI would bet that you have one or more of Sir James Dyson’s products in your home. Now a worldwide success, his bag-less vacuum took him over 15 years to make. In that time, he created 5127 vacuum prototypes, during which he lost a considerable amount of money. He is now seen as one of the best inventors of our time, and even earned knighthood for his services to business.Dyson is a modern day Thomas Edison on the lessons of failure. As an inventor he was used to failure, though many inventors don’t call it failing. Those of us unaccustomed to failing on an inventor’s scale can learn from their mindset. The way in which you view your failed attempts will decide whether or not you’re going to succeed.Walt DisneyThe Disney that we know today is an entertainment giant. Holding the rights to some of the biggest properties, including some of my personal favorites, such as the Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars franchises. But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. During the early years, Walt Disney experienced a wide range of difficulties. His first animation studio went under, he couldn’t pay his rent, and things looked bleak. Even after the huge success of Snow White, he still experienced financial failure with some of his earlier movies.Even though he lost tons of money, all of his movies are considered masterpieces. Financially he may have failed, but perhaps making money was not his definition of success. You may need to change how you measure your own success so you don’t quit before you do something great.last_img read more

Judge denies US women footballers immediate appeal of pay claim

first_imgUS women footballers will have to wait on their appeal against the dismissal of their equal pay lawsuit after a Tuesday ruling by federal judge Gary Klausner. US star Megan Rapinoe wears her jersey inside-out to hide the US Soccer Federation logo to protest for equal pay during the national anthem before a March 2020 SheBelieves Cup match against Japan in Frisco, Texas US District Judge Klausner had dismissed the players’ equal pay claim in their lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in May. Lawyers for the women had asked him to enter a final judgment on that decision, which would have allowed them to take the case to the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco. But Klausner, who has scheduled a trial to begin September 15 on the players’ remaining claim of discriminatory work conditions, ruled that no appeal should go ahead before then – and that trial should not be delayed pending an appeal of the pay claim. “The granting of an immediate appeal will not eliminate the possibility of two trials or the possibility of successive appeals involving interlocking facts,” Klausner wrote Tuesday. “The court has declined the parties’ request to stay trial pending the resolution of any appeal. “And should a jury render a verdict unfavorable to plaintiffs on their remaining claims, there is no reason to think plaintiffs will not appeal that decision.” The US women, who clinched back-to-back World Cup wins with victory at last year’s finals in France, had based their claim for back pay in the disparities between prize money distributed by FIFA at the men’s and women’s World Cups. Klausner ruled in May that the women couldn’t prove pay discrimination because they had previously turned down an offer in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations to be paid along the lines of the US men’s team. He allowed claims of gender discrimination, such as discrepancies in areas of travel, housing and medical support to go ahead. Read Also: Video: Schmeichel saves Leicester with penalty stop in Brighton draw “One way or another, we intend to appeal the court’s decision which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players, said in a statement. ”(Tuesday’s) ruling simply means that an appeal may take longer to file and is a reminder that we must not give up our efforts both on and off the field to fight injustice,” Levinson said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

The Plant Place Nursery Offers Ornamental Grasses for Local Landscapes

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin12 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryTake a look around town and you will most likely see a wide variety of ornamental grasses in Thurston County.  Perfect for mass plantings, as groundcover, or along borders, grasses are often used on commercial properties and public areas such as roundabouts and planting strips.  They work perfectly in the home landscape as well, softening borders or rock gardens.  Ornamental grasses add great texture when teamed up with flowering perennials and shrubs.Whether you are looking for compact mounding shapes or a more upright variety, there is something for everyone from spiky rigid blades to fluffy gracefully arching clumps like Feather Grass. Miniature Sweet Flag even works between stepping stones. Blue Fescue and Magellan Wheatgrass are a stunning silver blue color.  Oh, the colors to choose from:  chocolate brown, blood red, glossy black, or green and yellow variegated to name a few.Available on site right now at The Plant Place Nursery Retail Lot you will find Red Switch Grass, Cappuccino Sedge, Miniature Sweet Flag, Magellan Wheatgrass, Autumn Sedge, Variegated Moor Grass, Elijah Blue Fescue, Variegated Japanese Sedge, Black Mondo Grass, Fubuki Forest Grass, Golden Hakonechloa and Japanese Red Baron Blood Grass.last_img read more

City Hall urgently needs other revenue streams – treasurer

first_imgOfficials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) were on Monday given the opportunity to share constraints faced in their daily operations, where City Treasurer John Douglas highlighted the financial strain of depending solely on rates and taxes to garner revenue.City Treasurer John DouglasA Trinidad-based delegation along with representatives of the Communities Ministry were involved in talks to develop the operational procedures of the Council. For some time, the Council has been battling with financial burdens.As he emphasised the importance of financial stability, the City Treasurer insisted that the Council is involved in activities which bear no financial benefits to the Council. On the other hand, they are heavily dependent on rates and taxes to subsidise their operational costs. For this, the municipality needs to implement other revenue streams.“We need to be more diverse in our revenue streams. We’re too dependent on rates and tax which has shown over the years that rates and tax cannot carry this organisation for that is required. You look at solid waste. We pick up the waste, it costs us hundreds of millions per year. We don’t get no revenue stream from solid waste,” Douglas said.Other highlighted areas where the Council does not benefit include waterfront activities and increased security presence.“The population in the city is growing. Street vending is growing. Hence, the need for more security…We don’t get no earning from those vehicles traversing the city. You have boats, ships using our waterfront. We don’t generate any revenue from any such activities.”Defined responsibilitiesDouglas also called for defined responsibilities between Central and Local Governments, so as to determine where money should be allocated. Presently, the Council utilises a majority of its earnings to pay staffers and to pay for solid waste collection.“We need clearly defined roles and responsibilities, especially between what’s required of the local organ and the central organ. Both Local Government and Central Government deals with roads. Are we then identifying which ones are to be dealt with by the Central Government and which ones by the Local Government organs?” Douglas questioned.While the M&CC is solely dependent on their rates generation, there have been constant issues with defaulting taxpayers.In May, it was announced that some $8.4 billion, excluding interest rates, was owed by taxpayers within the perimeter of Georgetown and as such, a committee was established to retrieve these monies.Douglas had told media operatives that after a final computation, numbers showed that the $8.4 billion was owed from both residential and commercial taxpayers combined. Some records show that persons had not been paying taxes for as long as 28 years.“One of the approach we have decided to do is to carry out a rate recovery drive. It will be made up of six to seven individuals who would go about to a certain area and we’re looking to start off with Lacytown. We’re trying to target all areas that are closest to Council first and then we would go out,” the City Treasurer stated.It was identified that while that there is a difference in rates for commercial and residential taxpayers, some commercial enterprises have been paying the residential fee, which is significantly lower.last_img read more

Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report policy

first_imgThe Raiders are still taking losses, even on their bye week.The league fined the Raiders $20,000 for a violation of the NFL’s injury report policy after they failed to downgrade left guard Kelechi Osemele from “questionable” to “out” when he didn’t travel to the team’s Week 5 away game against the Chargers, a source confirmed to the Bay Area News Group on Thursday morning.Here is what the league’s policy states on the matter:“Injuries or other events that occur after 4:00 p.m., New York …last_img

SA property fund ups Aussie investment

first_imgIn the latest transaction, Emira has once again followed its rights in a Goz rights issue to fund the purchase of the Australian stock exchange-listed Rabinov Property Trust. The six properties being acquired are high quality properties independently valued at A$184-million. Two of the largest properties are located on the outskirts of Melbourne and are let to General Electric Australia on relatively long leases. The others are also tenanted by blue chip companies. Although the Rabinov portfolio comprises 12 properties, Goz will only be acquiring six of the properties with the remainder being sold back to the Trust’s founding family. It subsequently participated in a rights issue in September last year acquiring a further 9.175-million units valued at around R117-million when Goz announced that it was acquiring the properties of company Property Solutions and needed to raise A$101-million to cover the purchase price. 11 August 2011 “The transaction is expected to be earnings enhancing for both Goz and Emira unit holders,” Emira CEO James Templeton said in a statement this week. “At a forward yield of 9.2%, the pricing of the rights offer is attractive and offers better value that is currently obtainable on physical property investment in South Africa.” The largest securities holder in Goz is JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties, which is also South Africa’s largest listed property fund. Templeton said the transaction represented a further meaningful diversification of the assets in the Emira portfolio, adding that the properties being acquired were of high quality and would also help reduce risk within the fund. Diversifying portfolio, reducing risk Emira made its first investment in Goz in May last year when it acquired 10.25-million units, or 6.4% of the units in issue, at a cost of R116.6-million after being given regulatory permission to invest a portion of its funds abroad. Further, the additional investment will boost Goz’s market cap to around A$1.2-billion, thereby attracting further interest from institutional investors. JSE-listed Emira Property Fund is investing a further R61.1-million in Growthpoint Properties Australia (Goz), giving it an effective ownership of 8.2% of the units in the Australian-listed real estate investment trust. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SaaS: SAP Moves Slowly in Targeting SMBs with OnDemand

first_imgSAP is beginning to make noise that they’re getting more serious about SaaS.  SAP is desperately trying to come up with a strategy to grow from a base consisting mostly of large companies to one that can also attract small and medium sized companies.The new strategy needs to kick in soon.  Sales are stalling — sales targets were missed in two quarters in 2006.  As a result, the stock price has fallen 15 percent since January.  There have also been rumors that SAP founders Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira and Dietmar Hopp are in talks to sell their 30 percent share of the company to private equity.  Some think that SAP may also be a target for acquisition.To get back into gear, Henning Kagermann, chief executive of SAP, is counting on a move into SaaS, but it doesn’t help that they’ve delayed release of their on-Demand offering until the end of 2007.  The original release schedule had been for the first quarter of 2007.  The new on-Demand SAP product helps with managing client relations and factory inventories.  It was demonstrated last week at the ceBit Trade Show in Hannover, Germany and is currently being beta tested by 150 select customers. Following the tradition of SAP product names like R/3, SAP is internally calling the new on-Demand product A1S — Business One and All-in-One.By offering the solution on-Demand, SAP hopes to be able to attract cost-sensitive companies with their “try, run and adopt” model.  But going after small businesses with an onDemand solution is a clear break from SAP’s traditional business strategy and it has some investors concerned that they may trip up with execution.As part of the plan, SAP is spending $529 million until 2008 to grow their line of on-demand small business software.  From this investment, SAP hopes to grow their base of small and medium customers from 39,000 to 100,000.NetSuite has to date been the only company able to get all components of a complete on-Demand ERP system up and running.  While Salesforce.com has been hugely successful with CRM, they’ve struck out with their attempts to go after the ERP market.  Salesforce.com first announced attempts to enter ERP in 2002 with the ‘Salesforce.com Billing Edition’, but they have not yet been successful.In a related announcement, on March 8th SAP reorganized their reporting structure for accounting.  On-Demand seems to be showing up under the catefory of Subscriptions and Other Software Related Services.  That area grew 46 percent, but it still makes up a very small fraction of SAP’s total business.?last_img read more

PH cagers reinforce Southeast Asian clubs in regional tourney

first_imgCebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Winning Best Player plum least of Cabagnot’s concerns

first_imgBut the 34-year-old playmaker said that winning the plum is the least of his concerns.READ: ‘No excuses’: Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain“BPC is the ‘June Mar Fajardo award,’ in my opinion. I’m just glad that we won,” he said after the Beermen’s 115-96 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday as they punched their ticket to the semifinals.The goal in Cabagnot’s mind is clear: to help San Miguel cop the crown in the Commissioner’s Cup, something which over the years has seemingly been the achilles heel for the powerhouse crew.“I haven’t been in the Finals in the second conference, and that’s what we’re striving for, to get to the Finals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may have a come as a surprise to some, but Alex Cabagnot’s ascent to the top of the Best Player of the Conference race this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t that shocking for the whole San Miguel squad.“I think you can see that he’s always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists for our team,” said coach Leo Austria. “He’s very consistent on his job and I hope come the semifinals, he can continue what he’s doing because I know what that award would mean to him. I think that’s one motivation he has right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo, a perennial BPC contender, agreed with Austria’s observation.READ: Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces importsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not surprising because you can see it in his stats. He has been playing good this conference and I’m happy for him,” said the reigning MVP.Cabagnot rose up the leaderboards as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in the elimination phase to wound up with a league-best 34.7 statistical points. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berthcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cabagnot, though, won’t shy away if the honor gets bestowed on him, as he could possibly add the hardware to his already gaudy trophy case.“As long as we’re playing hard and we’re winning, the accolades will favor us more cause it’s a team sport. I’m happy, but that’s not the overall goal,” he said while touching the crucifix. “Hopefully, God-willing, we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov

first_imgCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodovby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City face competition for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov. The Express & Star says Aston Villa are interested in signing CDespodov.The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who favours a position on the right wing, is being tipped to have a bright future after scoring ten goals and registering 11 assists in just 22 appearances this season in his native top flight.Cardiff and Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in the £5m rated international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img