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Hawk soccer teams picked to repeat

first_imgIf the Northeast Conference coaches have it right, Monmouth University soccer teams will rule again. Both the men’s and women’s teams, which won the NEC championships last fall, are picked by the coaches to repeat as the conference’s best. This is nothing new for coach Rob Mc- Court’s men. They’ve won the past three league titles. “The NEC is a talented conference, and it is an honor to be ranked at the top of the preseason coaches’ poll,” said McCourt, the NEC Coach of the Year in ’07. “Our players are working hard to live up to this billing and the pressures that go with it. “It is a prestigious award, but we are aware that there is a long road ahead,” he added. “Finishing on top of the NEC is always our top priority.” Monmouth was 12-5-2 overall and 7-2 in league play. The Hawks are 20-2-5 in NEC play since 2005 under McCourt. Defense has been Monmouth’s trademark during its three-year run as NEC champion, and much of the nucleus of last year’s club, which had a 0.74 goal-against average, is back, led by All-NEC Second Team defenders Angelo Amato and Daniel Bostock. Sophomore Bryan Meredith (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) will take over for the graduated Daniel Schenkel in goal. Monmouth lost leading scorers Damon Wilson (seven goals, six assists) and Tom Gray (six goals, four assists). Expected to pick up the slack are senior Rob LaRocca and sophomore Ryan Kinne. The Hawks had the No. 30-ranked recruiting class in the country, led by Ramsey midfielder Cesar Blacido. He will join his brother Jorge Blacido, a junior transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson. The top area recruit was speedy forward George Quintano from Manalapan. He led the Braves to the NJSIAA Group IV state cochampionship last fall. Monmouth University’s women’s coach Krissy Turner said her only concern is how the Hawks play, and not their ranking. “It’s an honor to be selected by your peers as the team to beat going into the season,” she said. “However, we have yet to step on the field and compete in 2008. Expectations are high, which they should be, but getting results on the field is what we are focusing on.” Monmouth was 12-5-4 overall last fall, including a 6-2-1 record in league play. The Hawks lost plenty with the graduation of NEC Player of the Year Amy Hoyer and First Team All-NEC defender Brittani Heller. But there is a reason the coaches like Monmouth to repeat. They have a lot of talent returning, led by All-League forward Andrea Lopez. She had 14 points on five goals and four assists. She had the only goal of the match in Monmouth’s 1-0 win over Sacred Heart in the NEC championship game. Also returning are midfielder Joanna De- Moor and defender Shannon Rogers. De- Moor was third on the team in assists (three) and Rogers ranked third in scoring (nine points).last_img read more

Former Man United star ‘excited’ by Di Maria’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford

first_imgLouis Saha joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to give his view on Manchester United’s move for Angel di Maria.The Argentina forward is expected to seal a £60m switch to Old Trafford this week and Saha believes he is just what his former club needs.“It is a great move for Di Maria and Man United,” said the Frenchman, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Man United definitely needed a player to do extra things, unpredictable things that you need in certain moments.“You have to give him credit for coming to Man United at this difficult time. I’m very excited by the move. “He is able to play in the centre of midfield, on the wing, so there is more options [for Manchester United now].”last_img read more

Driver walks away after crash

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ The woman was taken to a hospital with minor scrapes, Penner said. LA MIRADA – A woman may have attempted to walk away from her overturned car after a single-vehicle wreck in La Mirada this morning, authorities said. The cause of the wreck, which happened at Imperial Highway and Ocaso Avenue at midnight, was not immediately clear, said Lt. Stan Penner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Norwalk Station. When authorities arrived, they found the driver, a woman whose name was not immediately released, about a half mile away from the accident site, Penner said. Authorities this morning investigated the possibility that she had been attempting to flee the scene, he said, adding that the car was registered in her name.last_img read more

Declan Rice lauded for response to pro-IRA posts and tipped for England captaincy

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Declan Rice can become an England legend, according to David Gold Bobby Moore kisses the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 “West Ham supporters will only worry about his performance for England and how these past few days will most definitely be of huge benefit to their club.“The West Ham fans are craving a new hero and they’ve got one in Declan. He is special, no question about it.“He is an England captain of the future in my mind.”And Gold believes there are similarities between Rice and one of England’s greatest ever captains. Declan Rice impressed on his full England debut Bobby Moore, a West Ham legend, is the only Three Lions skipper to lift the World Cup, but Gold believes the sky is the limit for Rice.“He has a long way to go for sure but there are similarities between Declan and Bobby Moore. I saw Bobby when he first turned out at Upton Park.“After 20 minutes I turned to my brother and said I thought this guy was a bit slow. An hour later I was watching Bobby glide across the pitch. 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF REVEALED “He will have gained so much confidence from playing for England.“The ten goals in two matches will be a massive boost too. He has been accelerated down his career path thanks to a brave decision by the England manager to blood all these youngsters.“I get it why the tweets were big news. It’s a tetchy subject. But now we move on, it’s over. West Ham fans won’t be interested in silly comments from a silly young man in his teens.“It’s now about the next stage of his career and being a hero for his club.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED 4 REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ And West Ham’s joint-owner Gold believes Rice will continue to overcome obstacles and become an England legend, having been impressed by the youngster’s response to the unearthing of his old Twitter posts.He told The Sun: “The important thing is that he didn’t hide from it. He apologised and recognised it as a mistake.“He has handled it well and now it’s over. He is growing into a man now. He was 14 or 15 when he said those things. We all said silly stuff at that age. no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS But the midfielder’s journey to Gareth Southgate’s starting XI has been a turbulent one after he switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.Last week, historic social media posts emerged showing Rice appearing to declare support for the IRA.Nonetheless, he was given a warm ovation on his debut at Wembley during last Friday’s 5-0 win over the Czech Republic, before Rice started the 5-1 victory in Montenegro. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card West Ham joint chairman David Gold has backed Declan Rice to become England captain in the future, believing the Three Lions’ latest debutant can be the new Bobby Moore.Rice, 20, has quickly emerged as one of the Hammers’ most valuable players this season and his exploits at the London Stadium earned him an England call-up. 4 David Gold expects big things from Declan Rice RANKED ADVICE huge blow LIVE on talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… “Declan is calm, assured. He floats like Bobby Moore did. I also noticed that it didn’t take him long to be yelling at more senior players during the game.“He grew into the game on Monday night particularly. We must remember he is only 20.“But this recent experience will really mature him. By this time next year in football terms he will be a 25-year-old.last_img read more

McCulloch exit makes Smith question managerial future

first_imgKilmarnock captain Steven Smith says Lee McCulloch’s departure has made him question whether or not he would like to get into management.The former Rugby Park defender left the club by mutual consent on Sunday having failed to win any of the opening eight Scottish Premiership fixtures.He had only been in the job since February, when he replaced Lee Clark on an interim basis, before being given it permanently during the summer break.Smith says the short time managers are now given could be enough to put him off that role when he eventually hangs up his playing boots. “Every club needs stability but I don’t think any manager is given times these days.”Smith also said the players had to shoulder responsibility for McCulloch’s departure.“I think all fingers would point in that direction,” he said when asked if they needed to appoint a more experienced manager. “We’re in a difficult position and we need some stability. Experience would help but we have experience in the dressing room as well who need to do more. We feel responsible, we’ve let people down.” The 32-year-old defender told STV times are changing in football and it can be a harsh career change.“I think every football club needs stability but as I’ve said before that’s football,” he said. “There’s managers losing their jobs after four games, which is incredible, but that’s the mad world that we live in. I’m coming to the point in my career where I’m starting to think about what do you do next. “But when you see managers losing their jobs after four games you think there’s no point in going down that route – or you start to wonder is that the right route to go down because of the circumstances they find themselves in.last_img read more

Sligo GAA Fixtures April 6-14

first_imgExpert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 3Sun, 08 Apr, Venue: Corran Park, (Round: Round 1), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 11:00,  Ref: Brian O ConnorWed, 11 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 1), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V CooleraStrandhill 18:30,  Ref: Seamus Hoey Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 2 Group 1Mon, 09 Apr, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round: Round 1), St Patrick’s/Dromard V St Michael’s 18:30,  Ref: Rory DillonTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Riverstown Community Park, (Round: Round 1), Shamrock Gaels V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 18:30,  Ref: Stephen Maher Expert Electrical Sligo U16 Hurling LeagueMon, 09 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 1), Naomh Eoin V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: Ciaran O DonnellMon, 09 Apr, Venue: Easkey, (Round: Round 1), Easkey/St.Farnans V Benbulben Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Pat Maguire Expert Electrical Sligo Minor Football League Division 2 Group 2Mon, 09 Apr, Venue: Geevagh, (Round: Round 4), Geevagh/St.Michaels V Calry/St Joseph’s 18:30,  Ref: Gus ChapmanTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round: Round 4), St Farnans/ St Patricks V CooleraStrandhill 18:30,  Ref: Conor ConwayFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round: Round 5), Calry/St Joseph’s V St Farnans/ St Patricks 18:30,  Ref: Gavin CawleyFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Stenson Park, (Round: Round 5), St John’s V Geevagh/St.Michaels 18:30,  Ref: Michael Harte Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 2 Group 2Mon, 09 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone/Kilglass, (Round: Round 1), Enniscrone/Kilglass V Easkey 19:00,  Ref: Ronan Hynes Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1Sat, 07 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: Conor ConwaySat, 07 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s V Shamrock Gaels 18:30,  Ref: TJ KeaveneySat, 07 Apr, Venue: Kilcoyne Park, (Round: Round 2), Tubbercurry V Eastern Harps 18:30,  Ref: Gus ChapmanSat, 07 Apr, Venue: Ransboro Park, (Round: Round 2), CooleraStrandhill V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 18:30,  Ref: Barry JudgeSat, 07 Apr, Venue: Nace O’Dowd Park, (Round: Round 2), Coolaney/Mullinabreena V Curry 18:30,  Ref: Joe HynesSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 3), St Mary’s V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 18:00,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Shamrock Gaels Park, (Round: Round 3), Shamrock Gaels V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 3), Curry V CooleraStrandhill 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 3), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V Tubbercurry 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Gurteen Community Park, (Round: Round 3), Eastern Harps V St Molaise Gaels 18:30,  Ref: TBC Expert Electrical Sligo Minor Football League Division 1Fri, 06 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 4), Curry V Shamrock Gaels 17:30,  Ref: Pat NormanlyFri, 06 Apr, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round: Round 4), Tourlestrane V Ballymote/Bunninadden 18:00,  Ref: Anthony Mc GowanFri, 06 Apr, Venue: Connolly Park, (Round: Round 4), Owenmore Gaels V St Molaise Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Pat NormanlyTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone, (Round: Round 4), Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass V Eastern Harps 18:45,  Ref: Ollie GoldenFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 5), Curry V Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass 18:30,  Ref: Gus ChapmanFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Fr. Kevin Brehony Park, (Round: Round 5), Eastern Harps V Owenmore Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Declan HaranFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Shamrock Gaels Park, (Round: Round 5), Shamrock Gaels V Ballymote/Bunninadden 18:30,  Ref: John GilmartinFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 5), St Molaise Gaels V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: Gerard Higgins Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3Sun, 08 Apr, Venue: Cloonacool Community Park, (Round: Round 2), Cloonacool V Curry 13:00,  Ref: Anthony Mc GowanSun, 08 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s V Ballymote 14:00,  Ref: John DoyleSun, 08 Apr, Venue: Connolly Park, (Round: Round 2), Owenmore Gaels V Shamrock Gaels 14:00,  Ref: Pat NormanlySun, 08 Apr, Venue: Gurteen Community Park, (Round: Round 2), Eastern Harps V Tourlestrane 14:00,  Ref: Declan O Boyle Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2Sat, 07 Apr, Venue: St.Brendan’s GAA Park, (Round: Round 2), Castleconnor V Easkey 18:30,  Ref: Cathal MartynSat, 07 Apr, Venue: Geevagh, (Round: Round 2), Geevagh V St Michael’s 18:30,  Ref: Ronan HynesSat, 07 Apr, Venue: Bunninadden Community Park, (Round: Round 2), Bunninadden V Calry/St Joseph’s 18:30,  Ref: Ciaran O DonnellSat, 07 Apr, Venue: St.Farnan’s Community Park, (Round: Round 2), St Farnan’s V St Patrick’s/Dromard 18:30,  Ref: John GilmartinSun, 08 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone/Kilglass, (Round: Round 2), Enniscrone/Kilglass V St John’s 13:00,  Ref: Barry JudgeSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round: Round 3), St Patrick’s/Dromard V Bunninadden 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: St.Brendan’s GAA Park, (Round: Round 3), Castleconnor V St Farnan’s 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round: Round 3), Calry/St Joseph’s V Geevagh 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: St.Michael’s, (Round: Round 3), St Michael’s V Enniscrone/Kilglass 18:30,  Ref: TBCSat, 14 Apr, Venue: Easkey, (Round: Round 3), Easkey V St John’s 18:30,  Ref: TBC Expert Electrical Sligo Minor Football League Division 2 Group 1Fri, 06 Apr, Venue: St.Brendan’s GAA Park, (Round: Round 3), Castleconnor V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 18:30,  Ref: Ollie GoldenFri, 13 Apr, Venue: Nace O’Dowd Park, (Round: Round 3), Coolaney/Mullinabreena V St Mary’s 18:30,  Ref: Joe Hynes Expert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 2 Group 1Thu, 12 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone/Kilglass, (Round: Round 1), Enniscrone/Kilglass V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: TBCThu, 12 Apr, Venue: Geevagh, (Round: Round 1), Geevagh/St.Michaels V St John’s 18:30,  Ref: Conor Conway Expert Electrical Sligo U16 Football Division 1Mon, 09 Apr, Venue: Bunninadden Community Park, (Round: Round 3), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Curry 18:30,  Ref: Dermot Walsh Expert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 1Thu, 12 Apr, Venue: Connolly Park, (Round: Round 2), Owenmore Gaels V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 18:30,  Ref: Bill CartyThu, 12 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 18:30,  Ref: Declan HaranThu, 12 Apr, Venue: Shamrock Gaels Park, (Round: Round 2), Shamrock Gaels V CooleraStrandhill 18:30,  Ref: Gavin CawleyThu, 12 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels V Castleconnor 18:30,  Ref: Cathal Martyn Expert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 2 Group 2Thu, 12 Apr, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round: Round 1), Calry/St Joseph’s V Eastern Harps 18:30,  Ref: Seamus HoeyThu, 12 Apr, Venue: St.Farnan’s Community Park, (Round: Round 1), St Farnan’s V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 18:30,  Ref: TJ Keaveney Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Hurling LeagueTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round: Round 1), Calry/St Joseph’s V Benbulben Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Gavin CawleyTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Easkey, (Round: Round 1), Easkey/St.Farnans V Castleconnor 18:30,  Ref: Micheal ConnollyTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Ransboro Park, (Round: Round 1), CooleraStrandhill V Western Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Gus ChapmanTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 1), St Molaise Gaels V Tourlestrane 18:30,  Ref: Pat MaguireTue, 10 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 1), Naomh Eoin V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 18:30,  Ref: John Griffin Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 1Fri, 06 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 1), St John’s V St Molaise Gaels 18:30,  Ref: David DillonSun, 08 Apr, Venue: Corran Park, (Round: Round 1), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 11:00,  Ref: Daniel O DowdWed, 11 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 1), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V CooleraStrandhill 18:30,  Ref: Gavin Cawley Martin Brennan CupSun, 08 Apr, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round: Final), CooleraStrandhill V Calry/St Joseph’s 12:00,  Ref: Pat Maguirelast_img read more

Post-World Cup, ‘extra effort needed’

first_img6 August 2010 Sub-indices of the volumes of merchandise exports as well as imports recorded a relative strong performance compared to previous months. It said that even though the present rand strength was causing some discomfort, the reasons for the strength should be looked at before any ill-conceived policy on intervention was implemented that could cause distortions and have unintended consequences for the economy. The global economy also reflected tensions as the pace of positive financial market developments outpaced a lagging real economy, Sacci said, adding that business confidence had yet to perceive strong and real economic prospects. “Higher real financing cost came about by default as inflation trended lower and nominal interest rates remained unchanged,” said Sacci. According to the chamber, the month of July 2010 renewed focus away from the sentiment of the World Cup and returned it to the economic reality of a domestic economy struggling to gain momentum. “South Africa’s highly developed financial markets provide a comfortable platform for these flows to take place over the short term providing the potential for substantial returns. Leads and lags on proceeds or payments of global trade transactions also exaggerate the volatility of the rand exchange rate.” “The Soccer World Cup 2010 was an exceptional success and, although it raised expectations during June 2010, a special effort is required to sustain the positive momentum and enhance the business outlook,” the chamber said. Sacci said that, relative to July 2009, eight of the BCI sub-indices improved, with real retail sales and building construction still lagging recent economic improvements. It said that the increase in liquidations was a legacy of the recession and the period of exuberance before the recession. Rand volatility “The figure has improved from the recession, but it is still not good enough at the moment,” Sacci economist Richard Downing said of the BCI’s composite weighted index of 13 sub-indices that include new vehicle sales and merchandise import and export volumes. “Stronger domestic demand and stronger posturing in the international trade environment are necessary to promote sustained improvements in business confidence.” Return to economic reality “If July 2010 is compared to June 2010 (month-on-month), five sub-indices of the BCI were positive, four were negative and four remained neutral,” the chamber said. The volatility of the exchange rate at present, it said, was primarily a function of the global financial flow of funds rather than a current account phenomenon. South Africa’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) for July recorded the second highest reading this year at 84.3 points, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. Legacy of the recession The July figure of 84.3 points is 1.1 points above the July 2009 level, following on June 2010’s 84.8 points. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ello Founder Paul Budnitz Did Something “Stupid” … And It’s Still Working

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Budnitz Bicycles#Ello#Facebook#Kidrobot#Paul Budnitz#social media#startups richard procter Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Since beginning its beta in August, new social network Ello has attracted attention for its spare, minimalist design, its invitation-only status, its temerity to take on Facebook, and most notably, its refusal to host ads. Ello’s also been criticized for being buggy, and had its viability questioned by Mark Zuckerburg. Whether its here for the long term remains to be seen, but it has attracted $5.5 million in additional venture funding, and has accomplished the feat of not falling flat on its face in its first five months. Founder Paul Budnitz spoke with ReadWrite about what the first few months of the budding social network have been like, how it got there, and what’s next. ReadWrite: So, how have the first few months of Ello been?Budnitz: It’s been completely awesome and surprising and a lot of work. RW: Has the reaction been better than you expected? Worse?PB: I can’t say that it’s what I expected at all. It’s funny because some things that we did really actually worked. One of the ideas we had was that because we’re artists and designers, we would invite artists and designers to be on the network first. It’s helped Ello grow organically into this very creative community. See also: What Your Business Can Learn From ElloThere were some things we didn’t anticipate, like when the LGBTQ community came on. That gave us a real big kick. I think we grew in about six days what I thought we had about six months to do. We’ve been working 40 to 50 hours a week. We’ve been working 18 hours days constantly because there’s a lot of backend work we had to do. It was a lot of stuff that happened at once that was really hard and kind of awesome. RW: How big is the team?PB: If you add everyone up, it’s about 20. It’s a lot more than we had when we started. We’re still keeping it small. Everyone that works on Ello and those of us that founded Ello are very good at what we do. One of things we decided to do from the start is only bring in people we know are the best. Rather than build a big team, we decided to build a great team. I’d rather have 25 great people than a big office where people are running around wasting each others’ time, in a way.RW: How has starting Ello been as opposed to starting some of your other businesses, Kidrobot and Budnitz Bicycles?PB: It’s been really different. Kidrobot grew over the course of five or six years. It moved much more slowly. There were definitely bursts. It grew kind of steadily. The bicycle company is different still because it’s kind of designed not to grow in a way. We have a limit to the number of bicycles we produce. It’s made to be a company that’s about quality not quantity.It was conceived to be a small, profitable company. Ello is … We kind of released it and it just went crazy within a month. I think I’ve learned lessons through all the other things I’ve done that I get to apply to this company. We’re kind of fortunate that we blew up and then I got to take on the investors that I wanted. (Ello) has spent zero dollars on marketing. Making Social Media Fun AgainRW: Was there a singular experience that led you to found Ello? How did this become something you wanted to do?PB: I had stopped using social networks and most of my friends had as well. Some of us were on a little bit professionally. My bicycle company has a page, for example. I really like social media. When Facebook first came out, I thought it was really fun. I had a Tumblr blog I think it’s still sitting there. As a way to just promote what you’re doing, social media was great, especially for creative person. I realized over time, though, that (social networks) had all been driven by same profit model which was driven by selling ads and personal data. See also: Ello No Flash In The Pan, New Metrics SuggestSo after awhile I found myself looking at all this junk. On a personal side, the social networks just weren’t fun anymore. Simultaneously, on the business side, Facebook encouraged brands to build up a large following but then the pulled this bait and switch and said if you want your followers to read what you post, then you have to pay Facebook. You can do a post and two to four percent of the people that are following you will see it organically. I kind of looked at this whole broken thing and what it all came down to, the fact is that what’s really going on is deeper than that. It’s not about the ads, it’s about what that does. Everything you do is tweaked against you. You want to see the stuff you follow, and network wants you to click on things that will let them learn things about you. Those motivations are not aligned. I was hanging out with (Ello co-founders) Todd (Berger) and Lucian (Föhr). We were just having lunch together and I said “Why don’t we make our own social network?” And they said “That’s stupid,” and I said “Yeah, but what if we did it anyway?” So we did it as a design exercise, and then talked to the guys at ModeSet. We built (Ello) and used it with about 100 of our friends for about a year. It wasn’t very robust and very hacked together, so after awhile it couldn’t support as many people as wanted to be a part of it.RW: What happened then?It was very hard to raise money for because everyone was like “Oh, that’s a horrible idea. Facebook has already won, do you think you can actually compete with them for the amount of money you have?” We said, “We don’t know!” I like to believe if it’s easy to raise money for something, somebody else is probably thinking about it. It wasn’t about the ads so much as people being jaded and saying Facebook has already won. We released Ello and clearly we can. Facing The FutureRW: What’s on tap for 2015?PB: Our mobile app is deep in development. That should be coming out fairly soon. When that comes out, we may come out of beta and the invitation only practice at that time, but we’re not sure. The mobile app has been a big gap for me personally. I think that’ll be pretty awesome when that comes out. There’s also lot of new features. I think we’re about two thirds of the way through our feature list. We’ve been releasing new features every few weeks. I’m just assuming that Ello will keep getting better and better. RW: Do you have a New Year’s resolution?PB: No, not really. One day awhile back, this must have been 10 or 12 years ago, I was living in New York City. I walked into my apartment and decided to get rid of everything I owned but didn’t use constantly. Every piece of childhood memorabilia, every CD, I just put everything  out in the street. I ended up with an apartment with a bed in it and a table and no chairs, and I’ve pretty much lived like that since. I don’t own anything I don’t use.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Ranbaxy to Pay $500 Million in US Lawsuit Settlement

first_imgDrugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories pleaded guilty on Monday to felony charges related to drug safety Related Itemslast_img

Podcast: Earliest pictures of dogs, and a quantum view of climate

first_imgGuagnin et al., J. Anthropol. Archaeol, 2017 About 8000 years ago, people were drawing dogs with leashes, according to a series of newly described stone carvings from Saudi Arabia. Online News Editor David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about reporting on this story and what it says about the history of dog domestication.Sarah also interviews physicist Brad Marston of Brown University on surprising findings that bring together planetary science and quantum physics. It turns out that Earth’s rotation and the presence of oceans and atmosphere on its surface mean it can be described as a “topological insulator”—a term usually reserved for quantum phenomena. Insights from the study of these effects at the quantum level may help us understand weather and currents at the planetary level—including insights into climate change and exoplanets.Listen to previous podcasts.last_img read more