Dell Brainstorms with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs at SXSW

first_imgOne of my favorite things about South By Southwest (SXSW) has always been the annual opportunity it affords me to be face-to-face with many people that I only interact with online throughout the year.The favorite thing about the event for Austin-area businesses, however, is probably the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy – a $325.3 million impact in 2016 alone. CNBC likened it to a second Christmas for small businesses.And that makes it a great time to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses and entrepreneurs. With the chaotic SXSW backdrop, Dell brought together seven members of the small business and entrepreneur community for a Dell Inside Circle Mini-Meetup on March 12.Dell Inside Circle has fun! Left to right: Ben Hindman, Erik Day, Rakia Reynolds, Carolyn Rodz, Mikaila Ulmer, Ramon Ray, Elizabeth GoreThey were all appearing throughout the conferences and festivals at events and on panels in the Dell Experience. But this mini-meetup provided an intimate gathering of the minds for these influential and accomplished entrepreneurs to discuss upcoming initiatives, small business challenges, and of course— their love for all things Dell.For many, it was a reunion – including myself and Ramon Ray, founder and publisher of Smart Hustle. I’ve been fortunate to interact with him at least 7-8 years (I lose count) in my various roles at Dell and always appreciate his insight into the life of our small business customers.Erik Day, who leads North America Small Business for Dell, took the opportunity to brainstorm with Ray, on the topic of what is changing and what’s staying the same for small business technology.The small business world, an often tight-knit community, showed up in full force in Austin during this year’s SXSW. Small business and entrepreneurship were front and center with pitch competitions running daily in different venues all over Austin.At the Dell meetup, Mikaila Ulmer, the 12-year-old founder of Me and the Bees embraced Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell Elizbeth Gore, and Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media, like old friends. Ulmer also made a new friend in our Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier, who was spotted by the media giving her a shout out on Facebook.“My favorite [moment] was in one day at the Dell Experience lounge we had: entrepreneurs, youth, Congressman, celebrities, CEOs and veterans. Everything we stand behind in one moment,” said Gore.Ben Hindman, co-founder and CEO of Splash and Reynolds, who have both appeared on the cover of Dell’s Small Business Magazine and in Dell Small Business TV spots, reunited for the first time since their video shoots.Rakia Reynolds, face of Dell for Small Business and Founder of Skai Blue Media, tries out a product display at SXSW on March 12, 2017Carolyn Rodz, founder of Circular Board and the newest member among the Dell Inside Circle group, had recently – along with long-time pal, Gore – invited the group to her company’s conference, Circular Summit, taking place March 30-31, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas.“My favorite moment of SXSW was all of the virtual reality experiences and activations,” said Rodz. “It is amazing how far that technology has evolved!”And keeping up with that sort of technological disruption is important for small businesses. It’s also the topic of the latest Dell Technologies podcast on “Developing Distruption.” It’s just one innovative new way that we’re helping our small businesses and entrepreneur customers keep up with the trends that will impact their business.I encourage you to take a listen!last_img read more

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How to effectively analyze your deposit portfolio

All deposits are not created equal. Say that again, say it loudly.  That’s because traditionally bankers—credit union executives included—divided their world into two. On one side of the ledger there were loans, on the other deposits.  And, in many institutions, that’s about as granular as analysis got.Not today.  Now savvy institutions are doing deep data dives into their deposit portfolio, with the explicit aims of finding more and better ways to serve more consumers.In the process, the credit union may also find itself getting more deposits from members because member needs are better served.Picture this scenario.  You learn that a longtime member just moved $59,000 out of your institution. You inquire into it.  What you find out is that the consumer was approached by XYZ—maybe a competitor—that offered many times the interest you had been paying the member. So the consumer did the rational thing: he or she followed the money.Except: what if you in fact have a product that would have paid that consumer yet higher interest with less risk?  That’s right: this business could have been saved if only…. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

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Planning: is there an opening for another factory outlet centre?

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Messi prefers not to think so much of risk of infection

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Lionel Messi believes he is better off not thinking too much about the risk of being infected by the coronavirus as Spanish football clubs step up their return to activity.The Argentina captain says he looks forward to getting back to playing matches. Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates have been back at the club’s training ground conducting individual sessions since last week.This was after La Liga’s four-phase protocol for returning to activity since it was halted in March due to the pandemic.All 11 remaining rounds of fixtures in La Liga will take place without spectators, with President Javier Tebas saying last week that matches could start as soon as June 12.While some players and clubs have spoken out against football returning out of fear of picking up the virus or passing it on to others, Messi is indifferent.He said returning to matches was no riskier than leaving home for any other reason. “There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk. So, I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere,” Messi said on Friday.“But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. `“Returning to training is the first step. But we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary.”Messi said while he is excited about returning to matches, he is opposed to La Liga’s proposal for teams to be quarantined together, away from their families, once matches resume.“Personally I’m looking forward to the competition returning. We know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands, I’ve done it before and I found it out,” said the Barca captain. “With regards to being quarantined, the truth is we don’t like the idea of being separated from our families at all. But we’ll have to see what the final plan is.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFC BarcelonaJavier TebasLa LigaLionel MessiSpainlast_img
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Cricket News Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team masters the art of a last ball finish

first_imgNew Delhi: Rohit Sharma has stepped up admirably in the role of captaincy for the Indian cricket team. With Virat Kohli taking a break occasionally for series or formats, Rohit has provided great leadership for the team. The year 2018, in particular, has been sensational for India and Rohit. In March 2018, a depleted Indian side defeated Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy tri-series. In September, India once again got the better of Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final while in the recently concluded series against West Indies, Rohit’s side achieved a 3-0 whitewash of the two-time Twenty20 champions.Read More | India vs West Indies 3rd T20I: India win by 6 wickets, clinch seriesHowever, when one looks at the success of the side, there has been at least one game in each of these series that has resulted in a last-ball finish. Luckily for India, they have come out as the victors on all three occasions. Here are the instances when Rohit’s side won the game off the last ball.Read More |Dhawan returning to form crucial ahead of Australia tour: Rohit Sharma1)      Nidahas Trophy final – India vs Bangladesh – DK’s super sixAfter suffering a loss in the opening game against Sri Lanka in Colombo, India reached the final to face Bangladesh. In the final, chasing 167, Rohit scored a fifty but Bangladesh fought back to keep the runs down as the asking rate mounted. With 34 runs needed off 12 balls, Dinesh Karthik blasted 22 runs off Rubel Hossain and the equation boiled down to 12 off the last over. Soumya Sarkar bowled well and with five runs needed off one ball, India were in a desperate situation. However, Karthik slammed a the last ball flat over deep extra cover for a six to break Bangladesh hearts.2)      Asia Cup final – India vs Bangladesh – A stolen legbyeBangladesh had shown they were a force to reckon with in the Asia Cup. After knocking Sri Lanka out, they repeated the dose and knocked Pakistan out to enter the final. Awaiting them was India, who had not lost a game but had just escaped a tie against a buoyant Afghanistan. In the final, Liton Das blasted 121 but the rest of the batting suffered a collapse and Bangladesh managed just 222.In response, none of the Indian batsmen got a big score after a good start. The match swung like a pendulum and in the final over, India needed six runs off six balls. Mahmudullah was given the task of bowling the final over and he kept it real tight. With one run needed off the last ball, Kedar Jadhav managed to get a leg bye as India once again continued to prolong Bangladesh’s agony3)      Third Twenty20 International – India vs West Indies – Suddenly goes down to the wireNicholas Pooran’s magnificent 53 off 25 balls was the catalyst in West Indies reaching 181/3. In response, Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) put India on course for a comfortable win with a 130-run stand. The left-handed Pant fell to Keemo Paul in the 19th over as he attempted a reverse paddle but his middle stump was pegged back. Boosted by the wicket, Paul kept it tight, conceding just three runs and India needed five off the last over. Fabian Allen, the left-arm spinner, conceded four runs off three balls. A dot ball in the fourth over resulted and on the fifth ball, Dhawan was out. However, Manish Pandey got the single thanks to a misfield as India completed their domination of the West Indies. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking

first_img Submit Related Articles Refocused XLMedia hires Ken Dorward as US business lead  June 17, 2020 XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has continued to battle the effects of a Google deranking, with projected revenues expected to fall short of previous quarters.Publishing a trading update for the first six months of 2020, XLMedia predicts that revenues will amount to approximately £27.5 million, while EBITDA is forecasted to reach approximately £3.5 million.XLMedia said: “As anticipated, monthly revenue is currently running around $2 million below the level being achieved before the impact of the Google deranking, with the vast majority of this dropping through to the bottom line.“The Company believes that around half of the revenue drop is directly associated with the deranking of these predominantly Casino websites, with the remainder caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the Sports and Personal Finance verticals and the management decision to discontinue the media buying operations.“The first quarter of the year was stronger than the second, with revenue of $15.6 million, due to a normal period of trading before the deranking in late January and the impact of Covid-19 not being felt until the middle of March. A strong focus on cost management and the recently announced reduction in employee numbers contributed to the healthy cash position at the end of June.”Despite the effects of the deranking, XLMedia expressed its confidence in being able to maintain a strong balance sheet, with cash balances at the end of June of approximately $27.9 million.XLMedia explained that unlike some of its competitors, the January Google deranking has prevented the company’s casino division from being able to take full advantage of the industry-wide uptick in online casino and gaming.The London AIM-listed affiliate marketing network, continues to restructure its publishing portfolio, seeking to reduce the number of domains and focusing growth on its revenue effective properties.The statement concluded: “While financial performance in the first six months was disappointing, XLMedia continues to make good progress on its transformation agenda and the delivery of its strategic priorities. Alongside this, the Company is prioritising removing the penalties imposed by Google on some of its premium sites.“Combined with recent encouraging signs of increased activity in Sports and Personal Finance, this would provide an increasing level of confidence in the Company’s ability to grow revenue and profit in 2021 and beyond.“XLMedia remains a strong business and a leader in its industry, with a clear strategic vision and the operational and financial strength to deliver it.”last_img read more

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