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Forget Facebook! Meet 12 investors on the hunt for the next Microsoft

Forget Facebook! Meet 12 investors on the hunt for the next Microsoft | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Smart investors are betting big on business technology.
Sure, all the buzz goes to consumer-focused companies like Facebook and Zynga. But while those companies’ post-IPO performance has been tepid at best, enterprise startups have been quietly kicking ass.
In 2012 alone, acquisitions in the billion-dollar range include Meraki (acquired by Cisco), Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), and Quest (acquired by Dell). In addition, SAP closed its $3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors, and human resources software maker Workday held a stellar IPO.
The investors behind these and other enterprise startups are a different breed: Not as flashy and more technically savvy than the average venture capitalist.
These investors are looking for small startups that are trying to sell innovative technology to the world’s largest organizations. The best of them have a real shot at knocking out giant incumbents like Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle, and winning billions of dollars in revenue.
As one of them, investor Ping Li, put it, startups are winning because they are creating “Apple-like experiences for business users.”
But how do you get the attention of enterprise investors? (And how do you compete with them?) You’ve got to start by knowing what makes each of them tick.

 

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Mom of Navy Veteran Denied Visa to Come to Son’s Funeral

Mom of Navy Veteran Denied Visa to Come to Son’s Funeral | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Ngoc Truong proudly served his country in the Navy for four years.
 
But when his family was in need, the government turned his back on him, said Truong’s father to WREG.
 
Truong died of leukemia last month, two months after leaving the Navy. His death was sudden and happened shortly after doctors diagnosed him.
 
His mother who is in Vietnam was denied twice for a visa to attend the services and ended up missing her own’s son’s funeral.
 
His father is a small business owner in Blytheville, Arkansas and is the kind of person the Trump administration says it supports.
 
“That’s what made me fuming mad. Fuming. Why?” Truong asked.
 
“He’s already done for this country, but what has this country done for him? What did this country do for him?”
 
The story gained more attention when it was tweeted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
 

 
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Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men

Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Iceland on Monday became the first country in the world to force employers to pay workers the same rate — regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
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Amtrak train derails over I-5 in Washington state; multiple fatalites reported – LA Times

Amtrak train derails over I-5 in Washington state; multiple fatalites reported – LA Times | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

An Amtrak train derailed over Interstate 5 in Washington state on Monday morning, reportedly killing multiple people, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Dramatic images on social media showed train cars dangling from an overpass.

It was not immediately known how many people were killed and injured.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.
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Meet New York’s brainiest cheerleaders

Meet New York’s brainiest cheerleaders | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Three cheers for the Stuyvesant High School cheerleading squad!

Last Saturday, the academically competitive high school’s equally competitive pompom team took top honors at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s regional tournament at Nassau Community College on Long Island — a first for the squad.

Forget the age-old rah-rah stereotype of airheads interested only in dating football players. This 20-person varsity squad is all about jam-packed Advanced Placement course loads and overachieving GPAs.

“Because of how the media portrays cheerleaders, a lot of people don’t realize [we] aren’t dumb blondes,” says squad member Patricia Tan, 17. “The majority of [our] team have GPAs above 90 [on a 100-point scale], and they’re working just as hard if not harder than other people at Stuy, because of the work ethic that we’ve come to develop on the team.”

That’s also a new thing for the school. The program was merely a student-run club before certified cheerleading coach Nicholas O’Stanton saw them at a competition and lobbied their faculty adviser to let him take over this fall. (The team has 51 students total and is co-ed.) He, too, is aware of the prejudice his students face — including the notion that they’re just eye candy.

“The biggest misconception people have is that it’s not a sport. A lot of people think we are just sideline cheerleaders [rather than performing competitive stunts],” he says. “Also . . . there’s a stereotype of promiscuity. Actually, the girls are extremely wholesome.”

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Google Results Now Include Your Local Library's Ebooks

Google Results Now Include Your Local Library's Ebooks | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Google just made free legal ebooks much easier to find. Search for a book, and in the info bar on the right, under the buying options, Google lists local public libraries that have the ebook. (On mobile, tap the “Get Book” tab.) If you’re a library member, you can borrow it right away, right on your device. It feels like magic. Here, try it with Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.
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ABC’s Juju Chang Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

ABC’s Juju Chang Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Juju Chang still has many years to go before she hangs up her journalism hat. Yet, last night, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Front Page Awards, presented by the Newswomen’s Club of New York which honors journalistic achievement by women.

In addition, Nightline won two awards, for stories on Chelsea Manning and one titled Femicide: The Untold War. 20/20 also took home an award for its documentary Truth and Lies: Watergate.

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Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing

Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Over the last year, we’ve been talking to writers like A.G. Riddle who have been making a more than comfortable living selling e-books directly to readers on Amazon. That’s why it’s always seemed a bit strange to see media accounts reporting on the shrinking market for e-books.

News outlets like The New York Times report that e-book sales continue to slip, which is true if the data only covers part of the market. Reports from the Association of American Publishers has data from 1,200 publishers. They are the largest publishers, but they are also losing market share.

 
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Tropical Storm Philippe named as weather system strengthens en route to South Florida

Tropical Storm Philippe named as weather system strengthens en route to South Florida | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

And now all this nasty weather has a name.

The National Hurricane Center released its 5 p.m. advisory about 25 minutes early Saturday to call it Tropical Storm Philippe. The depression that has been soaking central and western Cuba and spreading rain and thunderstorms northward across the Florida Keys and South Florida, now has sustained winds of 40 mph.

The storm is moving north at 29 mph and the forecast cone has shifted a bit west, putting South Florida into the cone of concern. On the forecast track, the center of Philippe is predicted to move off of the northern coast of Cuba and into the Florida Straits this evening. The storm will then move across the Florida Keys or the southern tip of the Florida peninsula overnight, and across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning, the center said in its advisory.

The tropical storm force winds are on the east end of the storm.

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October Meetup for a Cause Honoring The Sari Center - Association for Women in Communications South Florida

October Meetup for a Cause Honoring The Sari Center - Association for Women in Communications South Florida | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Join The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter‘s October Meetup for a Cause as we honor The Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care! All funds raised at the event, including ticket sales, will be donated to The Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care.
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29 Things That Are Too Damn Real If You Were Raised By Asian Parents

29 Things That Are Too Damn Real If You Were Raised By Asian Parents | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
"If at first you don't succeed, don't come back home."
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Active shooter reported at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort

Active shooter reported at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
An active shooter has been reported at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Hotel in Last Vegas, and at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. It's unclear whether there is more than one shooter.
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UPDATE: Tropical depression forms in eastern Atlantic | WeatherPlus

UPDATE: Tropical depression forms in eastern Atlantic | WeatherPlus | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Update 11 p.m.: A tropical depression has formed over the eastern Atlantic, about about 380 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.The season’s 14th depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west-northwest at 22 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.A slower westward motion is forecast to begin Friday and continue through Saturday.Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later tonight or Friday. It would be named Lee.
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Talk Surfaces of Ann Curry Returning to Today

Talk Surfaces of Ann Curry Returning to Today | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

 Could the elevation of Hoda Kotb to co-host of the first two hours of Today with Savannah Guthrie lead to the return of Ann Curry?
 
That’s the speculation reported by Inquisitr, a global news aggregator which claims 40 million readers a month. The website cites a story from Life and Style Magazine.

“There is talk now of bringing Ann back,” the unnamed insider told Life and Style. “They’ve always felt Ann was an incredibly likeable colleague. They feel there’s a place for her.”

The talk comes as Curry is set to make her return to national TV. Her six part program We’ll Meet Again debuts on PBS January 23. By now Curry’s departure from Today has been well documented. The tension between Curry and her then co-host Matt Lauer became apparent when on Curry’s farewell show on Today, Laurer reached over to kiss Curry and she flinched.

With Laurer’s departure after sexual harassment charges emerged, why not bring back Curry who has maintained her popularity despite leaving the national broadcast.

Kotb has been serving as co-anchor of Today’s fourth hour. The Oklahoma-born Kotb whose parents are from Egypt has made numerous appearances at the annual conference of the Asian American Journalists Association and has also been a featured guest at AAJA’s J-Camp, the annual multi-day seminar for high school students of color interested in a career in journalism.

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Florida District 23 | United States | Carla Spalding For Congress

Florida District 23 | United States | Carla Spalding For Congress | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Carla Spalding is the Republican Candidate for Florida House District 23.

As a proud American who moved to the United States from the Caribbean as a child, Carla Spalding life experience is one of an American Patriot. Carla is a woman who wears many hats. She is a Navy Veteran, a registered nurse, an author, and above all a single working mother and a grandmother.

 

"When I joined the Navy, I learned a great deal about devotion to duty and the importance of defending America and its values. I will take those skills and valuable life lessons with to Congress."

As a United States Navy Veteran, Carla has been on the front lines of health care at the VA Medical Center. She has heard the cry of our Veterans and believes now is the time to fix it.

 

As a psychiatric nurse instructor, Carla also teaches at a local South Florida college. Her background and experience give her great insight into the issues of drug abuse and the mental health crises we face in America.

 

With her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Education, Carla knows and understands the healthcare challenges that our seniors and veterans face daily. She also understands the financial burden that our young people endure with explosive higher education costs. No other candidate running for Congress, or serving in Congress today has this type of unique experience.

 

As an experienced entrepreneur, Carla has a unique insight into fixing our economic challenges. Among those is to use the Congressional powers to reform our overbearing tax system.

To improve our economy Carla believes we need to help struggling business owners by cutting taxes and eliminating strangling regulation that inhibits growth and success. In addition, she believes large businesses should also be given incentives to remain in America to employ Americans.

 

Carla understands that our Founding Fathers envisioned leadership coming from all segments of our nation, just not from one industry. "With over 70 % of the Washington’s elected officials coming from the legal industry, it’s time we put forth a better and more diverse representation in Washington."

 

"My biggest motivation to serve in Washington is to make a real difference as a Congresswoman of the people and for the people. Please join me on our mission to make this vision a reality.” 

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Judge Gillespie of Broward County Praise 4Kids of South Florida

Hear what Judge Gillespie has to say about 4KIDS.

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Opioid crisis packing foster systems

Opioid crisis packing foster systems | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

92,000 children nationwide were removed from their homes last year due to a parent’s drug use, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Many of these children in the U.S. foster care system has increased due to the opioid uptick, and Florida is among the states with the highest increase in cases.

Tom Lukasik and his wife fostered more than 50 children since 1994.

"It's been really great to see kids that were kind of on a path of despair to be able to put them on a path of hope. We see their lives change right before our eyes,” said Lukasik.

He is now the Vice President of Community Engagement for 4Kids of South Florida, an organization that provides foster homes in our area. He said the opioid crisis is taking a toll on those who open their hearts and homes. Therefore, it’s hard to let them go after forming the loving bond, but it’s important for families to reunite.

"We always try to think it's better for them to spend some time in our home, rather than in a shelter or institution program where they're not getting the love of a mom and dad,” added Lukasik.

ChildNet helps manage foster care systems with the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF). They tell CBS12 substance abuse is the number one reason children are brought into the system. They’ve seen a 45% uptick in cases this year alone.

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Major Publishers Proclaim eBooks Represent 20% of Total Sales

Major Publishers Proclaim eBooks Represent 20% of Total Sales | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Over the course of the past few years major publishers have consistently reported that ebook sales have been declining steadily. This has resulted in a number of publishing executives to become disillusioned with the format. Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle recently stated that "Book markets have seen growth in most countries, slow, but continuous growth," Dohle said, noting that some emerging markets have seen "double-digit" growth. One contributing factor to financial stability is the re-invigoration of the print market and the now "healthy co-existence" of the print and digital markets. Overall the markets have stabilized, with print accounting for 80% of sales and digital 20%. "Who would have predicted this five years ago?" Dohle asked. "Most people would have thought it would have been the opposite." Markus also took a jab at self-published authors who merely write a word document and submit it to Amazon. "There are 50 million books available from Amazon," he said, acknowledging the growing importance of self-publishing as an avenue for authors. "Yet, while we are growing in titles, we are still thirsty of the next great story." Publishers, he went on to say, have a key role to play as curators of content. "Publishers stand for quality and perfect each product before it makes it to the market," he said." Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy also acknowledged the print renaissance. "E-books have done some pretty remarkable things," she said. "But e-books are, and always have been, just a format." Reidy proposed that while nothing "went wrong" with e-books to cause the leveling-off of their popularity, consumers most likely simply "got tired of screens." She noted that for years before e-books, publishers had been "taking pennies out of the cost of making a book," but when digital became widespread, publishers began "spending years putting value back into the book." Guillaume Dervieux, CEO of the family-owned French publishing company Albin Michel wondered if perhaps the industry expected "too much, too soon," from the e-book format, and remarked that even by the "grace of Jeff Bezos and huge discounts," such a large shift in consumer habits could not happen in such a hurry. Reidy added that she believes "very firmly" that a new version of the book based on digital delivery will come eventually, though she does not know what it might look like. "Some person who is young and grew up with the screen will come up with something that I hope we recognize," she continued. "There will be a new form of it, because there has to be." Stephen Page, CEO of U.K. publisher Faber & Faber, also mentioned the stabilization of the print market, and the lack of fear from previous years that print might be wiped out by digital. "It's more about the what than about the how," he said, referring to the importance of content over format. [adrotate banner="6"]
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Association for Women in Communications South Florida Workshop: Secrets of eBook Publishing

Association for Women in Communications South Florida Workshop: Secrets of eBook Publishing | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The secrets of how to publish and market your eBook will be the topic of an expert panel discussion Tuesday November 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton. Panelists are scrum master Tara Husband; award winning novelist, writer and editor, Bob Brink, and Oasis Husband, a millennial published eBook author; and moderator April Klimley, founder of Klimley Communications.

This panel discussion offers you a great way to find how to jump into this low-cost publishing structure which is booming. By attending, you will learn how to publish and market your own ebooks. Plus, you'll pick up a great skill which your company will value as more and more corporations publish their own books and marketing materials.

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@AWCSF Workshop: Secrets of eBook Publishing

The secrets of how to publish and market your eBook will be the topic of an expert panel discussion Tuesday November 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts. Panelists are scrum master Tara Husband; FAU professor and author Dr. Katherine Powell, and Oasis Husband, a millennial published eBook author.

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The Boom in eBooks May Transform Corporate Marketing

The Boom in eBooks May Transform Corporate Marketing | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
My friends and I are always arguing over eBooks: Who buys them? Who reads them? Who claims they never read them, but does? Regardless of these debates, eBooks are booming! Just look at these statistics published by Statista, the data aggregator:
20% of all American book readers take advantage of eBooks and consumer eBooks sales alone are projected ​to generate nearly 20 billion US dollars by 2018.
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AWCSF October Meetup for a Cause Honoring The Sari Center

AWCSF October Meetup for a Cause Honoring The Sari Center | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Join The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter‘s October Meetup for a Cause as we honor Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care! All funds raised at the event, including ticket sales, will be donated to The Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care. 

Boca Raton Resort is a private club *RSVP IS REQUIRED* Please register on Eventbrite to be added to our guest list
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awcsf-meetup-for-a-cause-honoring-the-sari-center-tickets-39123774262

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Trucking company catches fire in SW Miami-Dade

Trucking company catches fire in SW Miami-Dade | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A trucking company has caught on fire in Southwest Miami-Dade and crews are working to get the situation under control.

Flames and thick smoke could be seen shooting from the business, Wednesday evening.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, several trucks were on fire near the scene at Southwest 187th Avenue and 192nd Street.

Crews rushed to put out the fire with water from a canal near the scene.

The fire was initially reported to be at a medical marijuana lab, but authorities say that the fire is at the trucking company close to the facility.

A 7News viewer sent in cellphone video of the fire, showing a thick, black smoke filling the air.

Investigators said as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, no one was injured.

 
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Equifax lands $7.25m IRS fraud prevention contract despite its mammoth data breach | ZDNet

Equifax lands $7.25m IRS fraud prevention contract despite its mammoth data breach | ZDNet | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Equifax wins an uncontested contract with the IRS, even after its controversial handling of one of the worst data breaches in recent US history.
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Reverse Aging & Fight Cancer Using FDA-Approved Drugs Off-Label

We believe aging is at least partially reversible using existing therapies. There's a growing interest in transforming this into clinical reality. Ou
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