Spend a Day in the Life with Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez

first_imgVIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Photography Assistant: Evan Zimmerman | Hair & Makeup: KeLeen Snowgren | Some Wardrobe Provided By: Austin Scarlett Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Schuyler Sister in the greatest city in the world? Hamilton’s Angelica Mandy Gonzalez showed us how she makes it all “werk” with a peek into a day in her life through the lens of Broadway.com contributor Matthew Murphy. Here’s Gonzalez’s typical day, from heading into New York City in style to rehearsing for her upcoming 54 Below show to ending each day starring in a revolutionary hit. Check out the photos here and let Gonzalez talk you through the gallery of her non-stop day in our video below! Related Shows from $149.00center_img View Comments Hamiltonlast_img read more

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3 gunmen open fire on church in Egypt, no one killed

first_imgGunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a church near Cairo on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with police, Egypt’s official news agency said. No one was killed.The MENA news agency said the three attackers escaped after the firefight. It said police guarding the evangelical church near the Giza pyramids were left with scrapes and bruises.Attacks on churches and Egypt’s Christian minority have increased over the past decade as tensions have grown with the country’s Muslim majority, sometimes exacerbated by officials.Egypt’s Coptic Christians have long complained of being treated like second-class citizens. They now make up about 10 percent of a population of around 90 million, making them the largest Christian community in the Middle East.last_img read more

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Madison Bumgarner pushes aside trade talk: “I’m trying to win games for the Giants”

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants used seven pitchers Thursday night — even with Madison Bumgarner throwing nine sterling innings — and had Tyler Beede in the on deck circle waiting to hit after Donovan Solano.Beede, who struck out in the 14th inning, didn’t have to take another swing. With the bases loaded and no outs, Solano singled to right off reliever Chris Mazza to score Brandon Crawford from third base and give the Giants an exhausting 3-2, 16-inning victory over the New York Mets at Oracle …last_img read more

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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell could be playing for Team USA

first_imgSteve Kerr could get a head start on coaching new Warriors All-Star D’Angelo Russell, who is reportedly among the candidates to be added to Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.The Athletic reported Russell, former Cal star Jaylen Brown of the Celtics and San Jose’s Aaron Gordon of the Magic each could be selected to replace some stars who backed out of the tournament in China later this summer.Kerr, who is one of his former protege Gregg Popovich’s assistant coaches for Team USA, will be in Las …last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable: A Market of Late Adopters

first_imgTags:#start#StartUp 101 This week’s roundtable had two entrepreneurs from India. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Indian market, it is a market that has not seen as much Internet adoption as elsewhere. Whereas China’s Internet penetration will reach 518 million this year, India’s is only about 80 million, and access is still largely from companies and cyber cafes. Establishing home-based broadband Internet access is an elusive goal. Even at small and medium companies in non-IT or ITES sectors, Internet usage and in fact computer usage, is relatively low.Against that backdrop, Tarak Nagraj started off by presenting Abhaya, his SME ERP solution targeting the Indian ERP market, focusing on manufacturing companies with $2 million to $15 million in revenue. Tarak’s product is built on top of Tally, India’s de-facto accounting software standard, and supplies additional modules such as manufacturing resource planning, customer relationship management and other functions. Tarak’s analysis is that manufacturing companies in India are operating at 28-30% efficiency levels, and introducing MRP into their midst dramatically enhances their performance. Abhaya has been in business since 2007 and would like to be a pure play SaaS company.The market realities, however, are quite different in India in general, and in the SME manufacturing sector in particular. In addition, the segments of manufacturing that Abhaya is working with – textiles, dyes, garments, leather goods – tend to be very backward from a technological standpoint. Thus, for every customer, Abhaya has to conduct extensive training to plant the seeds of adoption, and this training cannot be conducted online over Web conferencing software like DimDim, which is what we use for our roundtables. No, the training has to be in person, making the adoption cycle longer and more expensive.My advice to Tarak is that he needs to meet the market where it is, and not try to force a configuration that doesn’t work for the customers. Self-service SaaS won’t work for the Indian manufacturing segment at this point. Tarak will have to assume that 10-20% of his business will be training, and budget and plan accordingly. The critical thing is that the training is paid for. In fact, the training business could become a serious revenue generator, and help him bootstrap the business further.Pure-play SaaS is a long way away for Abhaya. To some degree, it is a long way away for India.AfterCollege.inNext Kamal Dunani and Mukul Samtani presented AfterCollege.in, an online career-counseling portal for students. Their current business is a local brick-and-mortar training business for students in the central Indian town of Bhopal. Fifty percent of the current revenue comes from soft-skill training and 50% from MBA entrance exam coaching. Kamal and Mukul, however, want to do a national portal for online career counseling. This business idea is not flushed out sufficiently yet. They need to map the idea to my Web 3.0 framework and define a content strategy with a freemium game plan, taking advantage of both advertising and subscription business models. In addition, they need a community strategy including some user generated content game plan. They also need to figure out what they can sell online, to execute on a commerce strategy. Also, detailed competitive analysis is missing. Who are the top competitors, what are their traffic and advertising metrics? All this will lead to a possible business strategy that may or may not make sense, but without following the necessary steps of analysis, this business idea is at a 30,000-foot level. It needs to hit the ground and put the tires on the road.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.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 Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img sramana mitra Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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BPA Ports to Reflect a No Deal Brexit Scenario

first_imgzoom The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit.Following an agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.Although the report, titled ‘A Brexit Dividend’, outlines the potential opportunities for ports, the Association has warned that the direction of travel is increasingly heading towards a situation where border arrangements at ports will reflect a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.“A potential Brexit free trade deal will be welcomed by many in the sector but this is unlikely to cover border processes. In terms of border operations the impact of leaving the Customs Union and Single Market is now fast becoming a ‘no deal’ scenario for ports. Indeed this means that new border controls on UK-EU trade are likely to be unavoidable and that delays at certain ports and important trade gateways are a distinct possibility,” Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said.The report sets out potential opportunities for ports post-Brexit on free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries. The report sets out the industry’s position on other potential opportunities in a number of areas such as free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries.“This report shows that there are substantial potential benefits to leaving the EU for our ports and wider maritime sector. However, in order to realise these benefits, we first need to get a deal that prevents delays and disruption at our ports,” David Dingle CBE, Maritime UK Chairman, said.“It is in both the UK and EU’s interest to get that deal. Failure to get that frictionless deal will not only see delays and disruption at ports like Dover, Holyhead and Portsmouth, but also in the EU at ports like Zeebrugge, Calais and Dublin.”last_img read more

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Plantbased drinks shouldnt be main beverage for young kids experts

first_imgCanada’s dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks — such as rice, coconut and almond milks — as the main beverage for babies and young kids.Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society said Wednesday that some plant-based beverages are not fortified with any minerals or vitamins and often contain sugar as the second ingredient after water.“There’s a bit of a push from the health movement where people think or feel that plant-based nutrition is better than meat-based nutrition, which may be true in adulthood where we are recommending to move away from eating meat very frequently, but the same doesn’t hold true for children who need the protein,” says Pound.“We see parents that are well-intentioned that are moving to a plant-based beverage for their children thinking they are doing a good thing while actually they are withholding important nutrients and proteins.”Kids aged two to eight need 13 to 19 grams of protein per day, which can be met with two cups of cow milk or two cups of fortified soy beverage.Meanwhile, almond, coconut or rice drinks contain little to no protein and would require kids to also eat two child-sized servings of meat or two half-cup servings of lentils. Almond drinks only contain about four almonds per cup.The experts say the best foods for growing children are whole, fresh and unprocessed fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, dairy and meats.And while fats are avoided by many adults, they are a valuable nutrient for young children, says Pound.“Fat is extremely important for a child or a toddler because it certainly contributes to brain growth,” she says.“We do not want to restrict fat at all for the first couple years of life.”In the case of allergies or other concerns, Pound says parents should consult a dietitian.The joint statement with the Dietitians of Canada also warned that drinking too much of the plant-based beverages can displace hunger and cause children to eat less food.If possible, infants should be exclusively breast fed for the first six months, and continued for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding. Otherwise, babies can drink formula or pasteurized human milk from screened donors.Cow milk is not recommended before nine to 12 months of age. Full fat homogenized cow milk is then recommended for kids until age two.last_img read more

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A 50 Million Bet on Las Vegas Tech Startups

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Image credit: Jim Laurie. Andy White manages the Vegas Tech Fund, which is investing $50 million in tech startups.Image credit: Jim Laurie A look inside Work in Progress, the Downtown Project’s network of co-working venues in downtown Las Vegas.Image credit: Jim Laurie Andy White manages the Vegas Tech Fund, which is investing $50 million in tech startups.Image credit: Jim LaurieEntrepreneur: And how do you help them figure it out?White: We have office hours and mentor days, and we work cooperatively with Work in Progress. We help bring in mentors, and whether you’re a Vegas Tech Fund company or a visitor in town, you can use those services. There is also Tech Cocktail Week, where the second week of each month we bring in up to 20 venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and other tech luminaries — including Kevin Rose, serial entrepreneur and general partner at Google Ventures and Hunter Walk, angel investor and former head of product for YouTube — to connect with each other and our community. We think it’s important for entrepreneurs to build relationships with other funding sources, whether it’s VCs or angels. We also want to make sure they have a diversified network of investors to pull from when they get to their next phase. Entrepreneur: You have mentioned how important it is for startups to give back to the community. How do you monitor or encourage that involvement?White: We host a monthly “CEO circle” to set the pace for how to come together and learn from a peer network. In March, for example, we went around the room and asked the founders we’ve invested in what they’re doing in the community to get a feel for it. The responses included everything from creating a weekly soccer game to hosting a monthly hackathon, an event where programmers come together to collaborate and create new technology. Another group of founders runs our Downtown Podcast, which is done weekly and talks about the Vegas tech scene and things happening in the area. Every one of these projects is at the initiative of the founder. Entrepreneurs at the Center of Revitalizing Las VegasLas Vegas is a betting town. So it appears fitting that Tony Hsieh would place the highest stakes of his entrepreneurial career on a city that rolls out the red carpet for risk-takers. As part of a $350 million urban experiment that began in 2011, the Zappos CEO wants to transform downtown Las Vegas into a thriving, culture-rich community led by creative thinkers and bound by common passions. The five-year plan places entrepreneurs at the core, with an emphasis on the arts, music, fashion and technology, as well as education and urban development. Hsieh’s personal fortune is funding most of the project and there are a handful of individual investors. A sizeable chunk of the investment, $100 million, will be split evenly among tech startups and small businesses. Education initiatives are being allotted $50 million, while the remaining $200 million is being spent on real estate, from building and land acquisition to residential housing. In this series, we take you inside the project for a first-hand look at a city in the process of reinvention.For tech startups looking for a place to incubate their next big idea, Sin City is no longer such a long shot. Tony Hsieh has been encouraging founders to take a chance on Las Vegas and become part of his Downtown Project. Entrepreneurs are the linchpin in the Zappos CEO’s $350 million initiative to revitalize the downtown area. In addition to investing $50 million in local small businesses, the project set aside another $50 million to launch the Vegas Tech Fund last year.The tech fund has already invested in 27 companies and committed to another 10, according to Andy White, who moved to Las Vegas to manage the fund after leaving his post as executive director of BoomStartup, a Salt Lake City-based tech accelerator. The plan is to fund between 100 and 200 tech startups, with each receiving investments of $50,000 to $500,000. The startups the fund invests in receive guidance, mentoring and the opportunity to participate in workshops to help them expand. To be sure, attracting top talent is likely to be a challenge in Las Vegas, which lacks the concentration of tech pros traditionally found in Silicon Valley. To try to overcome that, White says the recruitment process for founders and prospective employees is designed to give people a true taste of the city’s evolving tech scene. There are invitations to mixers, dinners and tech events, as well as tours of the Downtown Project and a complimentary stay at the Ogden, a high-rise condominium where the Downtown Project offers furnished apartments as “crash pads.” Every week, White says, he fields inquiries via email or phone from about 30 startups, of which three to five will ultimately get the green light for funding. Companies are evaluated on traditional criteria, including experience, ability to execute and go-to-market strategy. But there is another equally important prerequisite: a focus on community. From day one, founders must have a desire to get involved in the community, whether it’s hosting a tech event or pursuing another passion that brings people together. I recently sat down with White for an interview in Las Vegas. He offered insight on the multifaceted effort to expand the tech scene in the downtown area and what startups need to know if they’re hoping to be a part of it. Edited interview excerpts follow.Entrepreneur: What types of startups are you looking to invest in?Andy White: We don’t have a focus in gaming or gambling or hospitality, as there are a lot of great people focused on that every day in Las Vegas. In general, we’re looking for post-accelerator companies, where there’s a founding team that has proven it can work together in a tough situation, has a product and some customers and is getting some traction in the market but still needing to figure out how to bring all of this together. A look inside Work in Progress, the Downtown Project’s network of co-working venues in downtown Las Vegas.Image credit: Jim LaurieEntrepreneur: Of the startups the Vegas Tech Fund has invested in, how many have relocated to Las Vegas compared to those that were hatched here? White: Right now, about 25 percent of the companies we’ve invested in are homegrown, 50 percent started elsewhere and relocated to Las Vegas, another 25 percent have at least part of their team here. Entrepreneur: What obstacles have you overcome as you expand the tech startup scene here?White: The biggest challenge is everyone already thinks they know Las Vegas. They’ve been out for a conference or bachelor party, they’ve seen the TV shows and movies and they have a strong perception of what it’s like to be here. What we’re finding though is when people come in with that perception and they take the time to come downtown and really understand what is happening here, the gap between what they thought they knew and what’s actually happening is huge. They’re just blown away.Entrepreneur: What is the most important piece of advice you can offer startups looking to attract your attention? White: One of the negative things I see is entrepreneurs who fall in love with their product and their whole goal is: How can I convince other people that they want it because I think it’s cool? I’m much more impressed when you really understand the challenge you’re taking on. The best thing you can do is make sure you’re passionate about solving the customer’s problem. If you can show that and that you’re moving toward building the best tool to solve that problem, then that’s what we want to see.center_img Register Now » 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Image credit: Jim Laurie. May 21, 2013last_img read more

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Mozillas new Firefox DNS security updates spark privacy hue and cry

first_imgMozilla just upped its security game by introducing two new features to their Firefox browser that they call “DNS over HTTPs” (DoH) and “Trusted Recursive Resolver” (TRR). According to Mozilla, this is an attempt on their part to enhance security. They want to make one of the oldest parts of the internet architecture- the DNS- more private and safe. This will be done by encrypting DNS queries and by testing a service that keeps DNS providers from collecting and sharing users browsing history. But internet security geeks far from agree to this claim made by Mozilla. DoH and TRR explained A DNS converts a computer’s domain name into an IP address. This means that when you enter the domain of a particular website in your browser, a request is automatically sent to the DNS server that you have configured. The DNS server then looks up this domain name and returns an IP address for your browser to connect to. However, this DNS traffic is unencrypted and shared with multiple parties, making data vulnerable to capture and spy on. Enter Mozilla with two new updates to save the day.The DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocol encrypts DNS requests and responses.DNS requests sent to the DoH cloud server are encrypted while old style DNS requests are not protected. The next thing up Mozilla’s alley is building a default configuration for DoH servers that puts privacy first- also known as the Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR). With Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) turned on as default, any DNS changes that a Firefox user configured in the network will be overridden. Mozilla has partnered up with Cloudflare after agreeing to a very strong privacy policy that protects users data. Why security Geeks don’t prefer Mozilla’s DNS updates? Even though Mozilla has made an attempt to transport requests over https- thus encrypting the data- the main concern was that the DNS servers used are local and hence the parties that spy on you will, well, also be local! Adding to this, while browsing with Firefox, Cloudflare will can read everyone’s DNS requests. This is because Mozilla has partnered up with Cloudflare, and will resolve the domain names from the application itself via a DNS server from Cloudflare based in the United States. Now this itself poses as a threat since Cloudflare is a third party bearer and we all know the consequences of having a third party interfere with our data and network. Despite the assurance that Cloudflare has signed a “pro-user privacy policy” that deletes all personally identifiable data within 24 hours, you can never say what will be done with your data. After the Cambridge analytica scandal- nothing virtual can be trusted. Here’s a small overview of what can go wrong because of the TRR. TRR  fully disables anonymity. Before Mozilla implemented this change, the DNS resolution was local and could be attacked. However, with Mozilla’s change, all DNS requests are seen by Cloudflare and in turn also by any government agency that has legal right to request data from Cloudflare. So in short, any (US) government agency can basically trace you down if you have information to spill or benefit them. So to save everyone the trouble, let’s explore what you can do with the situation. It’s simple- turn TRR off!Hackernews users suggest the following workaround: Enter about:config in the address bar Search for network.trr Set network.trr.mode = 5 to completely disable it If you want to explore more about mode 5, head over to mozilla.org. You can Change network.trr.mode to 2 to enable DoH. This will try and use. DoH but will fallback to insecure DNS under some circumstances like captive portals.  (Use mode 5 to disable DoH under all circumstances.) The other modes are described on usejournal.com You may be surprised at how such a simple update can fuel so much discussion. It all comes down to the pitfalls of blind trusting a third party service or being your own boss and switching the TRR off. Whose side are you on? To know more about this update, head over to Mozilla’s Blog. Read next- Firefox Nightly browser: Debugging your app is now fun with Mozilla’s new ‘time travel’ feature Mozilla is building a bridge between Rust and JavaScript Firefox has made a password manager for your iPhonelast_img read more

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