12 days agoWolves legend Bull hails Traore for victory at Man City

first_imgWolves legend Bull hails Traore for victory at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull has hailed the impact of two-goal Adama Traore for victory at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “Adama Traore’s finishing was top-class as well.”He has had a lot of criticism during his time at the club, with people saying it’s all 100mph with him – too fast.”He took his goals absolutely brilliantly, though. He slotted them away like a true goalscorer. Some might think they were easy finishes. Trust me, they weren’t.”Traore could have fluffed his lines and smacked the ball into the row Z, but he knew where he wanted to put the ball and placed it past the keeper with confidence both times.”Raul Jimenez set each of them up, of course, and I thought he was excellent as well, constantly making himself available.”It was a delight to see him run at the City backline and take on Nicolas Otamendi in the build-up to Traore’s first. It’s something we expect to see from Diogo Jota, not Jimenez.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Remembers Crew Of Edmund Fitzgerald On 40th Anniversary Of Shipwreck

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Today is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan. The ship’s entire 29-man crew died in the tragedy. It’s a haunting historical event for many who live in the area. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has already admitted that his favorite song is Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is a tribute to the captain and crew of the ill-fated ship. This afternoon, Harbaugh tweeted out a link to Lightfoot’s song as a way of remembering those who perished in the storm 40 years ago. Remembering the captain and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald today. God Bless You and Yours! https://t.co/OZl3bMYWuy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) November 10, 2015Harbaugh truly is a Michigan Man, in more ways than one.last_img read more

Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Just Bested His Coach Boris Becker

By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach. read more

Football Jerome Baker influenced by Raekwon McMillan and Chris Worley growing into

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack againstr Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorLinebackers at Ohio State have a history of becoming on-campus legends, and emerging as NFL-ready talents by the time they decide to make the leap to the next level. More often than not, the biggest leaders on the defensive side of the ball come from this unit, and soon-to-be junior linebacker Jerome Baker could be just like the players who came before him.From names like James Laurinaitis, Tom Cousineau, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk, Baker has some lofty expectations to live up to. Since coming into Columbus as a linebacker and a running back in high school, the Cleveland native has lived up to every expectation placed on him.Totaling 83 tackles this season, Baker flashed his ability to get to the ball carrier, while also racking up 3.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Although he made lots of plays by himself, he credited the mentorship of Raekwon McMillan and soon-to-be redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley as an instrumental piece to his success.“It’s very easy playing alongside Raekwon and Worley,” Baker said at OSU’s media day prior to the Fiesta Bowl. “Their ability alone is really a blessing. It’s made it easier on my confidence. They’re always telling me I can do it. They’ve believed in me from Day One. I’m just glad I can finally play alongside those guys and do what I love doing.”However, Baker will not be playing alongside McMillan, who decided to forgo his senior season for the 2017 NFL Draft. The unquestioned leader of the defense last year, McMillan’s shoes will be hard to fill. The competition for the lead role at linebacker will come down to Worley and Baker, with the advantage going to Worley since he will be in his final season of eligibility. However, McMillan spoke of Baker at media day, saying his play should be singled out. “For a portion of the season, he was playing the best ball on the defense, I figure,” McMillan said. “Against Oklahoma, he was pivotal when it came to stopping Baker Mayfield and other guys like that.”Worley is no slouch either, and seems like the most likely candidate for fulfilling the void left by McMillan. Worley has been around the program long enough that he should be able to fulfill the crazy process McMillan went through before the snap this year.However, Baker’s output this season and the fact he was named as an honorable mention for All-Big Ten has put him close to being named as the leader on defense. That, paired with the praise from McMillan, makes Baker a name to watch for once again next year.“He’s a baller, and he’ll definitely have a tree at Ohio State soon,” McMillan said. read more

Football Ohio State beat itself then beat Penn State

Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEarly in the fourth quarter, Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker took a peek at the scoreboard and didn’t like what he saw. The No. 6 Buckeyes were down two touchdowns, and No. 2 Penn State had the ball.Baker and his teammates had no one to blame but themselves.Penalties, special-teams blunders, turnovers and miscommunication through the first three quarters coalesced into a two-touchdown deficit with 13:13 remaining in the game. “I was just like give me, give us a break,” redshirt junior Sam Hubbard said. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong and the score didn’t reflect how we were dominating on offense and defense and we just had to keep chipping away.”From the opening kickoff, which running back Saquon Barkley returned 97 yards for a touchdown, the Buckeyes made difficult what would seem easy Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer caught a short kickoff and rumbled for a miraculous 59-yard return as the Buckeyes were unable to wrangle him and take him down. Ohio State even managed to go offsides after stuffing a kick return inside the 20-yard line.Ohio State junior receiver Terry McLaurin (83) runs the ball in fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes racked up 10 penalties for 79 yards, including four false starts. A late first half Hubbard sack was negated due to a face mask penalty. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked twice in the first quarter. “It wasn’t really getting down, it was just more frustrating because you have a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” left tackle Jamarco Jones said.Twice, the Buckeyes believed they had interceptions, but both were overturned. In the second quarter, safety Damon Webb reeled in an interception in the end zone, but cornerback Damon Arnette was flagged for pass interference, placing the ball at the 6-yard line. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley dove into the end zone on the following play. Then in the third quarter, cornerback Denzel Ward came down with what was called an interception before the referees turned the play into a Nittany Lion touchdown due to duel possession after review.“We knew we were killing ourselves, really,” Baker said. “We were shooting ourself in the foot.”But during this barrage of self-inflicted misfortune, the number showed Ohio State was dominating. The Buckeyes finished the game with substantial leads in total yards (529-283), first downs (27-17), yards per play (5.2-2.6) and tackles for loss (13-6). Ohio State just could not seem to make a run and take the lead.The Buckeyes held Barkley, a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, to 21 carries for 44 yards, 36 of which came on one touchdown run. Barrett, whom Meyer said played a near-perfect game, completed 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards.“[In] the first three quarters, I can count a handful of plays that we looked like fools, and we have to get that fixed,” Meyer said. “But it wasn’t like we were getting pummeled. It was the opposite. We were playing very well against a very good team, but we had miscues that used to be uncharacteristic.”And then, in less than 12 minutes, everything changed. Ward blocked a punt. Barrett hit Dixon for not one, but two touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense bent, but did not break as the Nittany Lions drove 64 yards, and settled for a 24-yard chip shot field goal. Then, after trailing for more than 58 minutes, Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown which gave the Buckeyes a 39-38 lead.But there was 1:42 remaining on the clock, more time than it took for the Buckeyes to score in any of its final three drives. Since the Buckeyes were avoiding kicking off to Barkley, kickoff specialist Sean Nuernberger hit a squib kick which set the Nittany Lions up with advantageous field position at their 36-yard line. Despite the Penn State field advantage, redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley was never worried.Ohio State defensive coordinator (middle, in red), leads into the air after the Buckeyes beat Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station Manager“We knew, just give us a chance to be in a position to stop them,” Worley said. “They didn’t really move the ball much on us. There were a couple big plays, penalties that just kept giving them life.”Worley was right. It took just four plays. Incompletion. Sack. Incompletion. Incompletion. Ohio State victory.“I can’t even describe it because we just wanted it more,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “Guys in tears on the sideline, because all we’ve been through as a team and as individuals culminated in this moment. A lot of people probably counted us out during this game, but we believed in each other and we got the job done.”Over Ohio State’s final three drives, the home team averaged 15 yards per play and needed just 12 offensive plays to put up three touchdowns, coming back from a 15-point deficit. The momentum shift did not happen all at once, but took a concreted play after play effort, center Billy Price said. “We never gave up, honestly,” Baker said. “We knew we were capable of beating those guys. Great team, but we definitely come up to win.” Sure, Ohio State had no one to blame but themselves for the early deficit. But, after taking down the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes also had no one but themselves to credit for the victory. read more

Golf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises 15M for

first_imgGolf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises $1.5M for Navy SEALs DEL MAR (KUSI) – The eight-annual Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala raised $1.5 million to assist Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF Support Foundation, the event organizers announced Thursday.Former 60 Minutes reporter and long-time war correspondent Lara Logan and retired Navy Vice Admiral David Buss served as the gala’s keynote speakers on Saturday.The event included an 18-hole golf scramble at the Del Mar Country Club followed by a dinner gala and live and silent auctions, which featured a trip to New York City with U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets included and dinner for 10 with retired NFL defensive lineman Michael Strahan at the Pamplemousse Grille among other prizes.“Thanks to the selfless generosity of our loyal supporters … we’re going to be able to further expand our mental-health and family-counseling programs for the men and women who defend our country and so badly need it,” said SOF Support Foundation vice chairperson Dominique Plewes.The golf tournament and gala were co-hosted by Plewes, Madeleine Pickens, Geniya and Doug Manchester and Jenny Craig.Event sponsors included American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, the Burr Family Foundation, Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick and Debby and Hal Jacobs.“San Diego is an incredible city and to see everyone rally together to raise so much money for our servicemen and women is amazing to see,” Pickens said.Prior to this year’s tournament, former war correspondent and the tournament’s keynote speaker, Lara Logan, told us all about the event. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRELATED STORIES: Del Mar Country Club holds Golf Tournaments to benefit Navy SEALs Posted: April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Praetorian Branches Out Acquires Local Government Brand

first_imgThe Praetorian Group has been expanding its public safety business rapidly since last year. Now, they’re branching out to the larger local government space with the acquisition of EfficientGov.Terms weren’t disclosed.Public safety—markets like fire and police departments, emergency management and corrections—can account for more than half of a municipality’s budget, says Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian, but there’s another half his company didn’t have an entrance into. Areas like planning and development, education and transportation were untapped. Ford says the digital media model Praetorian uses in its current markets—a mix of analysis and news content, along with grant assistance and education—can be applied to an audience of municipal leaders as well.”Public safety is a subset of local government,” he says. “It’s a logical extension to take that model to the rest of local government with a similar mission.”He adds: “We see the same exact model that’s working so well for us in public safety applying to local government more broadly, accessing an opportunity that’s more than twice the size.”See also: Praetorian Buys Fire Chief Assets from Penton The EfficientGov acquisition doesn’t get them all the way there—at least as comprehensively as they serve the public safety market—but Praetorian now has a foothold with the decision makers that hold influence over multiple segments, inside and outside of public safety. Ford says the deal brings about 44,000 new government officials into the fold.EfficientGov will continue to operate as a standalone brand, but will aggregate content from Praetorian’s network of more than 15 sites, Ford says.Prior to the acquisition, the company also announced that John Suhler, formerly the head of private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, has joined Praetorian in an advisory role.”Since his retirement from VSS, he now has the opportunity to take a more formal role and is excited about our opportunity to scale and grow the business,” Ford says. “He has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge of how to grow digital media companies. His connections are probably, bar none, some of the best in the media world, so he’s going to be a great asset.”last_img read more

How to wear florals for different occasions

first_imgFloral fashion is never out of trend, but it helps to know how to get it right and not go overboard.Fashion experts have shared tips that can help you style your floral outfits for different occasions to add spark to your look:-Florals for workwear: Floral print mostly in dresses is on the top of this season’s trend alert. One can easily incorporate some florals in the workwear wardrobe. Go for minimal silhouettes and elegant prints. You can style a nice muted floral sheath dress with a leather belt, a longline blazer and a nice pair of black heels. A floral shirt with a solid skirt would also be a great hit at your workplace. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Florals for evening looks: People often connect florals with a breezy morning brunch or a sunny afternoon stroll but it could be a nice evening wear option too. All you have to do is to go for a floral print over a rich fabric like silk, satin or organza. You can also go for a quite elaborate silhouette and can finish the look with a statement pair of earrings and nice contrasting pumps.-Florals for fall: Fall season rings the bells for winters but it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear floral dresses in fall. For fall, one should opt for some earthy florals over chirpy ones. You can incorporate colours like slightly rustic shade of orange; go for floral printed mustards or a shade of lavender. You can style your floral skirts with tinted full sleeve blouses and you can wear your floral dresses as a layer over a basic t-shirt or shirt and can complete the look with a nice pair of boots and some chunky accessorizing would do magic to the whole ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Florals for casual getaways: A floral print short dress can be a very sophisticated and playful choice. A go-to option for casual getaways the colours of the dress can be anything from vibrant to bright or neutral. A solid black dress or anything in a darker hue is usually better suited for the cold weather. Boots and scarves can be matched to give a complete winter vibe to your outfit. Long floral shrugs are also great add-ons for a chic and breezy look in the fall season. -Florals for a picnic: The year is not complete without at least one meal eaten alfresco in the park or by the beach. Also, because the ambience and scenery around are just begging to be Instagrammed, you’re going to want to wear the right picnic outfit. Find something that keeps you comfortable like a nice floral blouse paired with comfortable linen pants. A floral dress paired with a solid scarf also makes for a great outfit choice! You can also choose long floral shrugs instead and as they add a rich look to any dress.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Cyber Insurance

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read July 9, 2015 Q: Do I need cyber insurance for my business?A: You must be asking because you think your business is too small to attract criminals. In fact, when it comes to cyber theft, size doesn’t matter, according to Christine Marciano, president of insurance brokerage Cyber Data Risk Managers in Princeton, N.J. She says hackers are looking for businesses of any size with valuable customer data they can steal and sell on the black market. Hence the need for cyber insurance—coverage that can include data theft or loss, network intrusions, information-security breaches and lost income due to system downtime. It’s available for first- and third-party losses, which means that if your business has customer or vendor relationships and processes customer-sensitive (nonpublic) information, you need it.We asked Marciano to give us the lowdown.Doesn’t my current insurance cover cyber breaches?Review your policies—especially the exclusions—and you’ll likely find that your traditional commercial general liability won’t respond to a cyber or data breach claim. And the last thing you want to do is handle a cyber attack or data breach alone. Cyber insurance can provide coverage for regulatory defense, penalties and fines.Penalties? Fines? How does that happen? Most states have laws requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches involving their personally identifiable information. Regulators such as the FCC and FTC can assess fines and penalties against a company for a data-security breach that affects consumers’ sensitive, personal information. An example from April: The FCC handed AT&T a $25 million fine for a data breach that affected 280,000 customers.Gulp. how much does cyber insurance cost? Like any insurance, premiums vary by insurer and type of coverage selected. They can start at $850 a year for a $1 million aggregate policy for a small, sole-proprietor business and climb to seven figures for midsize to large companies that require coverage limits of $300 million or more.Anything I can do to whittle down those premiums? The Internet Security Alliance, in coordination with insurer AIG, has a helpful guide to best practices that need to become part of a company’s culture. Such practices can help reduce the cost of purchasing a cyber insurance policy. Go to AIG.com and download their whitepapers on managing cyber risk and maintaining “good cyber hygiene.” Among the tips: eliminate unnecessary data, regularly change passwords, avoid sharing logins and passwords, update software immediately and audit user accounts on a regular basis. If you can document that these policies are in place and followed consistently, you may see a break on your premiums—it all depends on the value of the data your business holds. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Ondemand TV software and solutions firm Espial is

first_imgOn-demand TV software and solutions firm Espial is expanding its Ottawa, Canada, headquarters and Cambridge, UK, office to keep pace of demand for its solutions.The firm said that it is hiring more engineers and technical staff to expand its capacity and deliver user experiences for smart TV manufacturers and service providers worldwide.Espial said it was seeing demand for its TV user experience solutions based on HTML5 and Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will host a recruitment event in Ottawa on June 5, 2014.“There is tremendous interest from service providers around the world in deploying compelling and responsive HTML5-based TV user experiences for their consumers. We are scaling our technical capacity to meet these customer demands as we establish our leadership in these markets,” said Espial’s chief technology officer Kumanan Yogaratnam.last_img read more

Timm Degenhardt Tele Columbus has appointed the ch

first_imgTimm DegenhardtTele Columbus has appointed the chief commercial officer of Swiss telecoms provider Sunrise as its new CEO.Timm Degenhardt is due to join the German cable operator on August 14, taking from current chief executive Ronny Verhelst, who is stepping down for personal reasons.Verhelst, who has been Tele Columbus’ CEO and chairman for almost seven years, will leave the company on February 1, 2018 following a five-month handover period.Degenhardt is due to be appointed to Tele Columbus’ management board on September 1, 2017 for an initial three years.During his time at Tele Columbis, Verhelst helped to transform the company from a regional infrastructure operator to a digital multimedia provider that ranks third in the German cable market.He oversaw a financial restructuring, an IPO and the acquisition of fourth and fifth-place players in the market Primacom and Pepcom.Degenhardt has been at Sunrise since 2013, where he worked first as chief marketing officer before becoming chief commercial officer last year.Prior to this he was CEO of smart home company Aizo Group and before that worked as senior vice president of marketing and sales at E.ON, based in Dusseldorf.Tele Columbus’ chief financial officer, Frank Posnanski, who has been part of the company’s management since 2011 remains in his role.last_img read more

Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are comm

first_imgStimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what’s known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs.That’s partially because more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. But the new Netflix documentary Take Your Pills focuses on the use of these drugs to boost cognitive performance in college classrooms and the workplace.”What the film really looks at is really: What do these pills promise, and what do people desire?” says director Alison Klayman. “And these drugs are associated with keeping better focus — it’s better attention, it’s better productivity — in this moment when people are all really feeling squeezed, feeling pressure to perform.”Klayman, a former All Things Considered intern and now a filmmaker, spoke with us from NPR’s studios in New York City.Interview HighlightsOn what Klayman generally heard from adult users of these drugsThere were at least two different camps. There are some adults who were using it since high school and even earlier. And then there were some who found it for the first time as an adult. And there was a cycle that people go through where at first, it seems like something that’s jet fuel that gets you everything you want. And slowly, people report needing more and more — higher doses in order to keep the efficacy. And then, people report different side effects, and also kind of an identity issue — of wondering, you know, is it correct that I am associating my success with a need for this as a tool, as a supplement? I think for people who grew up on the medication, a lot of the people that we talked to — and we talked to well over 100 people — they want to see if they can go off of it.On the reasons interview subjects cited for taking these pillsSometimes it’s because they feel like everyone else is doing it — that was the experience of the anonymous worker from Goldman Sachs. Same thing in coding — that’s another environment where it’s expected that you’re going to do these long runs. [The coder in the film] describes the first time he took it was 1 a.m., given to him by another person at this coding bootcamp. It’s a big thing for high-functioning and successful people in America.On the cited research suggesting that these drugs don’t actually improve cognitive performance, but do make people feel as if they’re performing better While we were shooting the film, people who use Adderall, Ritalin, these drugs regularly — I was surprised how many young people would say, “So, you’re working on this film — does it work?” … I think they could tell it was doing something, but again this identity question of: How much is me, how much is the drug and how much is it really helping?And what’s amazing is that one of the effects of Adderall — which is, you know, amphetamine, mixed amphetamine — is that it makes you feel like you are doing better. But the idea that these are “smart pills” or that they’re cognitive enhancers is a little bit misguided.On potential harm in the widespread use of these stimulants, whether long-term or otherwiseI think the harm that is most urgent, that applies to the most people, is what the film focuses on, which is a little bit more of the identity questions of, you know: What is lost if we are all in an Adderall world? What does it mean to feel like you need it to succeed? It’s just — it’s true, we don’t know what the impact is. And that’s part of the reason why I see this film as a real conversation starter. Is this the kind of world we want to live in? And then we’ll continue to do research from there.Denise Guerra and Emily Kopp produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death

first_imgThe mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges.Jill Gant says work and pensions ministers should be tried for misconduct in public office for failing to take action that could have saved the life of her son, Mark Wood.She spoke out after signing a letter, drawn up by the Green Party and backed by Disabled People Against Cuts, that calls on work and pensions secretary Damian Green to order an independent inquiry into the links between his department’s procedures and the deaths of benefit claimants.The party has produced a dossier of 50 cases in which the deaths of benefit claimants have been linked to decisions taken by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Mark Wood (pictured) starved to death in 2013 after being found ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA), even though he had never been able to cope with the demands of a job and his GP had said he was completely incapable of working.The decision to find him fit for work caused him extreme anxiety and distress and exaggerated his eating disorder.He died in the summer of 2013, apparently from natural causes and as a result of becoming dangerously underweight, four months after his incapacity benefit was stopped.Because of his complex mental health condition and other impairments, including the eating disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and multple chemical sensitivity, he had not provided the evidence needed in his ESA application, or at a face-to-face work capability assessment (WCA).But he had stated in the ESA form that he had problems with anxiety and depression, while the assessment was carried out at the cottage where he lived alone, rather than at an Atos assessment centre in Oxford, because of the severity of his panic attacks.Because of his complex mental health issues, he was unable to cope with either support workers or help from his family, and his mother says he was unaware of the purpose of the WCA.She said that neither the Atos assessor nor the DWP decision-maker made any attempt to secure further medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, who would have told them that he was unable to work.His GP told his inquest in February 2014 that he had handed Mark a note, explaining that he was extremely unwell and completely unfit to work, but the note does not appear to have reached his local jobcentre.The GP also told the inquest: “Something pushed him or affected him in the time before he died and the only thing I can put my finger on is the pressure he felt he was under when his benefits were removed.”His death came three years after ministers had been warned by a coroner – following the death of Stephen Carré in January 2010 – that they needed to review their policy not to seek further medical evidence from the GPs and psychiatrists of ESA claimants with mental health conditions.And a year after Mark Wood died, another letter was sent to DWP by a coroner, raising the same concerns and making almost identical recommendations, this time following the death of a disabled man from north London.But nearly seven years after the Stephen Carré inquest, these safety concerns have still not been addressed, despite many other deaths, and a DWP promise to a tribunal that it would test ways to collect further medical evidence through a pilot project, although a DWP spokesman said today (Thursday) that the pilot project had now been completed.Former DWP ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling have been heavily criticised for failing to act on the coroner’s advice in 2010, for covering-up that report, and failing to pass it to Professor Malcolm Harrington – the expert they had commissioned to review the WCA – as well as failing to show Harrington secret DWP reports linking the WCA with the deaths of benefit claimants.Attempts by the user-led grassroots group Black Triangle (BT) to secure a prosecution of Duncan Smith and Grayling in Scotland – over the deaths of three Scottish benefit claimants – have so far failed because of resistance from the Scottish criminal justice system, although BT is seeking legal representation to help push for a case to be taken in the Scottish courts.Mark Wood’s mother, Jill Gant, said she would like to see ministers held accountable by the criminal justice system for their failure to act on the Stephen Carré coroner’s report, which she believes led to her son’s death.The retired education social worker, now 78, and from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, said: “Quite honestly, I think they have failed in their duty. They doggedly refused to consider and act on this very clear, simple suggestion.”She said it would be “stunning” if a case could be brought against ministers, and added: “They certainly need to be called to account.”She secured a meeting with the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, in March 2015, but said that he had “a heart of stone” and had made no effort to be “friendly or understanding”, and when she asked him about the need to secure further medical evidence “he refused to answer the question directly”.She said it was “shocking” that Harper now chaired the all-party parliamentary group on learning disability.Her search for answers following her son’s death had quickly focused on the single issue of why further medical evidence had not been sought.Confronted by the refusal of Conservative ministers, including Harper and employment minister Priti Patel*, to answer her questions, she has now told her Tory MP, Nicola Blackwood, that the refusal to act was “not fair and in my view it is not moral or legal”.The final letter from Patel was sent to her last July and said that DWP was still working with Maximus – the discredited US outsourcing giant now carrying out WCAs – to “expand the current guidance” on securing further medical evidence and “ensure that evidence is gathered in more circumstances than at present, especially for those claimants with a mental health condition”.She said: “They must have no conscience at all. Each of these stories, each of them, is a massive tragedy and a painful time for these poor people.“In the end I [told my MP] that I looked forward to having a government where there was compassion and understanding and which would seek to protect the most vulnerable.”A DWP spokesman said this morning (Thursday): “The department will respond to the [Green Party] letter once it has been received.“The pilot has been completed, and the outcomes of that will help to inform training and staff guidance.”It is not yet clear what action DWP will take following the pilot project.*Both of them have now left the departmentlast_img read more

A disability charity that has signed up to the gov

first_imgA disability charity that has signed up to the government’s Disability Confident scheme for employers has been forced to pay more than £3,000 to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed.Tmara Senior (pictured) worked for Cloverleaf Advocacy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for more than three years, before she says she was forced out after her year-long research project ended.After learning that she was facing redundancy, she applied for another position with the charity, only to be sent a print letter telling her when to attend an interview, even though she is blind.It later sent her other print letters in connection with her application, she said, even after she complained that she could not read them.She said that she was rejected for one position she applied for with the charity because she failed to describe in the interview how she would use visual forms of communication in that job.And she said that her own personal assistant was able to shadow advocates working for the charity, when she was not given similar opportunities until after she had left her job.Senior has also told how the charity refused to publish her research report, which detailed the views of disabled people about the barriers they faced in accessing social and leisure opportunities in the Kirklees area.Cloverleaf also prevented the report being shared with the local council.She said: “I never got to present it to anyone because they decided nothing was going to be done with it.”She believes the charity failed to publish it because she had refused to remove criticisms made by disabled people she had spoken to about local organisations that Cloverleaf worked with.She said: “I didn’t alter what was said because I wanted it to be accurate and reflect the views of disabled people.“How can you advocate on behalf of disabled people and not want their views to be taken into account?“Why wouldn’t you want to publish a report to the council saying these are the reasons disabled people are not happy? That’s not advocacy.”After Senior took legal action against Cloverleaf, the charity tried to convince her to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of its settlement of her claim, but she refused to do so because she wanted to speak out about the way she had been treated.Although Cloverleaf did not admit liability for Senior’s claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, it has agreed to pay her £3,250 to settle her claim, as well as paying for her to take an advocacy course.She said she believed she was discriminated against, and blames the “culture” of the charity.She said: “My work had always been very good but in the end it is almost as if what I did was not really valued very highly.“It really does hurt because I worked there for quite a while. I loved my job and I never wanted to leave.“I feel like I was just pushed out.”She also said the charity failed to deal with two members of staff who had confronted her in the office, shortly before she was made redundant, leaving her too frightened to return to work and “feeling extremely anxious for some weeks afterwards”.Suzi Henderson, Cloverleaf’s chief executive, said the charity did not want to respond to the individual allegations because it would not be “fair” to Senior to do so due to “confidentiality” reasons, although she said they “very strongly feel that the allegations she has made are untrue”.She said that all of the issues raised by Senior have been “reflected on by the organisation as part of the process of reaching the settlement” and that “all the actions we have taken were fair and lawful and appropriate”.But she admitted that “in terms of our reflections, we have updated all of our application forms now to accommodate additional communication needs, alternative communication needs”.She declined to discuss any more of the allegations, but she said in a statement: “Since 1995 our core values have driven us to be passionate about equality.“We firmly believe that every individual should be an equal member of society: everyone has the right to plan their own life, to be listened to, taken seriously and to be respected.“We constantly review all our activities to help ensure that we are doing everything possible to support all our 160-plus staff while providing the best possible service for thousands of individuals.“Regarding the specific issues, we remain confident that our actions have been right. “We do not tolerate any incorrect behaviour and take immediate action wherever appropriate.“The settlement made was a commercial settlement by our insurers and does not indicate any liability.”The charity, which says it offers “high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers”, is a member of the government’s Disability Confident scheme that aims to promote the employment of disabled people.Cloverleaf secured its status as a “Disability Confident Employer” – the middle of the government scheme’s three levels – through self-assessing its own policies and procedures.As a Disability Confident Employer, it is supposed to “make a commitment to employ and retain disabled people”, “make sure all documentation is available in different formats”, “make sure people involved in the recruitment process are Disability Confident and know how to support disabled applicants”, and provide “a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process”.Senior said that Cloverleaf’s claim to be a Disability Confident Employer was “just laughable”.She said: “If they can do what they have done to me, why wouldn’t they do it to anybody else who was disabled?“They should not be a member of that scheme when you consider what they have done to me and the way I have been treated.”She added: “I really believe in disabled people being heard and the voices of disabled people being heard but I don’t believe they believe in that.”Disability News Service reported last November how analysis by disabled campaigner David Gillon suggested that Disability Confident was “trivially easy to abuse” and allowed organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they failed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.last_img read more

What Top Performers Can Learn From Disneys Firing of the Voice of

first_img Last week, Steve Whitmire, the actor and muppeteer who had been the the voice of Kermit the Frog since creator Jim Henson’s death, was fired after 27 years on the job.In a blog post, Whitmire wrote that in October 2016, he was told the role was going to be recast. “This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.”Related: Kermit the Frog’s Voice Actor Publishes a Heartbreaking Letter After Being FiredHe went on to say that while he “offered multiple remedies” to Muppets Studio higher ups’ “two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call,” it was to no avail. Whitmire described feeling “devastated” that he wasn’t able to fulfill his duty to Henson.The actor said he believed that his “continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets.”But now Disney, which has owned the Muppets since 2004, and Henson’s children Lisa and Brian shared their side of the story, citing conflict around both the creative vision for the character as well as the handling of business negotiations.Related: Why Teamwork Matters at Every Level“He played brinkmanship very aggressively in contract negotiations,” Lisa Henson, who is also the president of the Jim Henson Company, told The New York Times.In speaking to The Times, Brian Henson said that Whitmire would “send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director.” In Brian’s recounting of events, Whitmire also did not want to have an understudy and would not appear with younger performers who could potentially take on the role.”For workers of all stripes, this story brings to light the surprising tie between some top performers and toxic behaviors.”In a 2015 study from Harvard Business School, researchers found that the very traits that some of the highest performing employees have can actually make them some of the most toxic. Workers that are terminated due to toxic behavior are often more self-regarding, more confident and also work more quickly and are more productive — in terms of quantity, not quality — than workers who are not fired for that reason.Related: 5 Toxic People Who Will Stunt Your Business GrowthBut having a toxic team member can be both emotionally and financially taxing, especially with regard to having to replace the people that a company can lose as a result of one bad apple.“The total estimated cost is $12,489 and does not include other potential costs, such as litigation, regulatory penalty and reduced employee morale,” wrote researchers Michael Housman and Dylan Minor. “Also not included are the secondary costs of turnover that come from a new worker’s learning curve: a time of lower productivity precedes a return to higher productivity. … Even if a firm could replace an average worker with one who performs in the top 1 percent, it would still be better off by replacing a toxic worker with an average worker by more than two-to-one.”Which goes to show, even those at the top of their game still need to be team players. Because if you follow the money, even superstars sometimes need to be replaced. What Top Performers Can Learn From Disney’s Firing of the Voice of Kermit the Frog 4 min read Next Article Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Firing –sharescenter_img It comes to show that even at the highest level, you still need to be a team player. Register Now » July 18, 2017 Image credit: Cindy Ord | Getty Images Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Millions of PCs Targeted by CryptocurrencyMining Malware

first_imgCybersecurity 3 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag The hackers behind the malware appear to have been selling the hijacked computing power on the mining platform NiceHash, according to Palo Alto Networks. Millions of PCs Targeted by Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Malware is increasingly developing an appetite for cryptocurrency mining. One newly discovered strain has tried to infect millions of Windows machines, all in an effort to siphon their computing power and possibly sell it for mining purposes.The operation has been going on for over four months, and may have targeted around 15 million machines or more, security firm Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.To spread the malware, the hackers have been disguising the code as EXE files made to look like file-sharing downloads with names such as “File4org,” “RapidFiles” and “Dropmefiles.” Those EXE files have then been circulated online via shortened URL links through services like Bitly and possibly Adfly. It isn’t clear where the hackers have been posting the links, but they’ve generated at least 15 million clicks, according to Palo Alto Networks.Once the malware infects, it will secretly run an open-source utility called XMRig, which mines Monero, a digital currency now worth about $310 per coin.”In this case the attackers set it to never use more than 20 percent of (CPU) resources,” said Josh Grunzweig, a malware researcher with Palo Alto Networks, in an email. As a result, most victims probably won’t notice that the mining is taking place.However, the hackers may be less interested in generating the Monero for themselves than helping others mine it. The malware’s code actually contains a reference to NiceHash, an online marketplace for people to buy and sell computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.”In our research, we’ve seen that the attackers using it as the marketplace where they ‘sell’ the hash processing power of the systems they’ve loaded XMRig on,” Grunzweig said.Palo Alto Networks doesn’t know how much Monero the hackers have mined with their malware, but it’s been targeting computers mainly in Southeast Asia, North Africa and South America.The scheme is among the latest hacking threats to capitalize on the rising value of Monero, which was worth only $13 a year ago. Last month, F5 Networks reported that hackers were using leaked NSA cyberweapons to take over Windows and Linux systems, and download malware to mine Monero.Meanwhile, other cybercriminals have been hijacking websites to run Monero mining scripts over internet browsers. Victims may notice a hit in their computer’s processing power when they load the affected websites. Fortunately, antivirus software and browser add-ons can block the activity. Reporter January 26, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Michael Kan Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Facebook Changes Policies on Trending Topics After Criticism

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency.The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news.But the world’s largest social network said in a blogpost that it was introducing several changes, including elimination of a top-10 list of approved websites, more training and clearer guidelines to help human editors avoid ideological or political bias, and more robust review procedures.Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company’s editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news. The allegations were reported by technology news website Gizmodo, which did not identify the ex-contractor.The report led Republican Sen. John Thune to write a letter demanding that the company explain how it selects news articles for its Trending Topics list.Two days after Thune’s letter, Facebook published a lengthy blogpost detailing how Trending Topics works even though it rarely discloses such practices. Previously, it had never discussed the inner workings of the feature, which displays topics and news articles in the top right hand corner of the desktop homepage for its more than 1.6 billion users.Facebook said its investigation showed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at nearly identical rates. It said it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources.But it did not rule out human error in selecting topics.”Our investigation could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, wrote in a company blogpost.Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met last week with more than a dozen conservative politicians and media personalities to discuss issues of trust in the social network.In his letter, Thune had called on Facebook to respond to the criticism and sought answers by May 24 to several questions about its internal practices.”Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open internet,” Thune said.(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb in San Francisco and Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism –shares Next Article Facebook Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstockcenter_img 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. May 24, 2016 Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public

first_img –shares Vine Apply Now » James Cook 1 min read Image credit: Rebecca Cook via Business Insider Jack Dorsey The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public July 25, 2016center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. European Technology Reporter at Business Insider This story originally appeared on Business Insider The source code for Twitter’s six-second video app Vine was accidentally revealed online, The Register reports.A security researcher who goes by the username “avicoder” published a blog post about his discovery. He says that he found a subdomain on Vine’s website which led to him discovering Vine’s entire source code available for download.The source code for apps and programs is usually a closely guarded secret as it shows the inner working of exactly how an app functions, and public exposure is a big security risk.Avicoder reported his finding to Twitter, and it was removed within five minutes. He was later paid a $10,080 bug bounty for finding the code. Twitter declined to comment on this story.In case you were wondering, here’s what it looks like to receive a $10,000 payment from Twitter:Happiness is this !!!Write-up is coming soon at https://t.co/JbmlhNVzc0 … pic.twitter.com/phEnaPt39W— {{ avicoder }} (@avicoder) April 2, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian CEO at PROLIFIQ

first_img Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at PROLIFIQ?I’ve spent my entire career in CRM and HighTech, selling into organizations that need to operationalize their sales, marketing, and customer service business units. I was inspired to join PROLIFIQ because its products fill some of the biggest gaps in CRM actually helping sales professionals sell.What is PROLIFIQ and how does it make Sales teams more powerful?PROLIFIQ is a Sales Enablement productivity suite for the Salesforce Customer. We brought the two most valuable selling motions (Key Account Management and Digital Content Management) back into Salesforce. In almost every organization, these things happen outside of the CRM which is counterproductive and creates huge challenges.Why should Marketing and Sales teams leverage Sales Enablement platforms? What are the benefits? They leverage them already but not always in unison with their CRM Strategies. Documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints and static ‘things’ fly all around the companies. However, they are not standardized or created for the way the sales professional sells making it very difficult for the end-user to do their job. The benefit of having an integrated CRM/Sales Enablement strategy is pretty logical. Sales professionals leverage CRM to do what they need to do which is to serve their customers and grow their book of business all within one platform.How do you focus on bringing Automation and AI together at PROLIFIQ? What are the core technologies driving your product? We’re fortunate enough to have the power of the Salesforce Platform behind us and we are beneficiaries of the powerful AI capabilities Einstein has to offer. As a native app, we can leverage the data and insights within CRM and complement them with Einstein to drive those capabilities for our customers.Tell us more about your Salesforce-side of the business. How do you leverage Salesforce features to solve customer’s challenges?We complement, not compete with Salesforce. Many Sales Enablement applications compete with CRM. PROLIFIQ extends CRM Capabilities to the sales reps versus trying to recreate what CRM already does.According to you, which set of industries and departments are the fastest to adopt Sales Enablement for their sales success? It’s really anyone that has a B2B Business Model and works closely with others to manage customers and prospects. Some of the industries that have been very fast adopters for us include HighTech, MedTech, FinTech, Professional Services, and Manufacturing.What message do you have for the industries that are lagging in the race or are yet to invest in Sales Enablement platforms?Define what Sales Enablement means for you. It’s a broad term– It can mean training, technology, process, etc. We are the technology provider, but we incorporate all of these aspects of ‘Sales Enablement’ in our offerings.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?At PROLIFIQ, we practice what we preach; our sales and marketing efforts live and breathe in Salesforce and AppExchange. Whether using our own Sales Enablement suite or the apps that round out our multichannel approach to marketing, we go native every chance we get. It simplifies mundane tasks and keeps us focused.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in the Salesforce technology for 2019-2020?I think Einstein and AI are going to change this industry. Consumers are smarter about what they want, so vendors servicing them need to get better at engaging with them. I see our future hinged around predictability, but it’s dangerous because AI is powered by data. So, data quality is paramount and that’s driven by simplifying platforms, not complicating them.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? There are so many. I really love what’s happening in tech right now – so many entrepreneurs and companies are challenging the status quo and disrupting the same way that PROLIFIQ is.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Define AI for your business first. AI is a slippery slope if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish in the first place and what business value it’s going to drive. Having AI just to have AI isn’t a strategy.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?It needs to be seamless. The technology needs to complement their natural selling motions and it needs to make their lives easier. The second the ‘shiny toy’ starts deviating their motions, it becomes a distraction.One word that best describes how you work.GRITTYWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Salesforce CRM, emailWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?Dashboards with every detail or metric I need at my fingertips to manage the business.  Also, in this age of email and disconnected communication, I feel like picking up the phone is becoming productivity have, believe it or not.What are you currently reading?I’m reading ‘Unshakeable’ by Tony Robbins. I consume information in a variety of different ways and it really comes down to the type of information I’m consuming. I prefer discussion.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?That’s a tough one; there are so many. I think this one applies to all of the entrepreneurs out there: “Successful people are successful for one simple reason: they think about failure differently.”Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?When you break away from all the noise, it all comes down to GRITTag the one person in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read: Marc Benioff @benioffThank you, Vrahram! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. “Consumers are smarter about what they want, so vendors servicing them need to get better at engaging with them.” About VrahramAbout PROLIFIQAbout Vrahram AIAppExchangeB2BcrmFintechinterviewsMarTech InterviewPROLIFIQSalesforceVrahram Kadkhodaian Previous ArticleTechBytes with Keith Fenech, VP, Software Analytics at RevulyticsNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Mike Myer, Founder and CEO at Quiq MarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian, CEO at PROLIFIQ Sudipto GhoshJune 24, 2019, 1:30 pmJune 21, 2019 PROLIFIQ is the leading sales enablement company, pioneering native Salesforce account planning and content delivery software that empowers sales teams to boost performance and become trusted customer advisers.The world’s leading brands choose PROLIFIQ to crush competitors and ace the customer experience.center_img MarTech Interview Series About PROLIFIQ The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. As CEO, Vrahram is passionate about driving record growth, exceeding customer expectations and being an employer of choice. He specializes in scaling and building teams with methods that are proven across all market segments. Prior to leading PROLIFIQ, he served as an executive sales leader at Salesforce where he contributed to the company’s hyper growth and he has over a decade of additional sales leadership experience.last_img read more