The ‘signing’ of Rooney doesn’t stop Everton’s defeat to Villarreal

first_img Villarreal and Everton played in a very tight first half, in which both teams didn’t want to give anything away despite it being a friendly. When both sides made changes, chances came as a result. 02/08/2015 The second half started in the same fashion, with Villarreal set up well and unwilling to give their opponents any joy. In addition, the Spanish side began to threaten Tim Howard’s goal more regularly. An impressive Villarreal defeated Everton 2-1 in a game played in tribute to Duncan Ferguson, in which the Spanish club showed themselves to be better than their rivals, with this especially the case in the second half. Due to this, Villarreal went on to score through Nahuel, making the most of an assist after being put through against the goalkeeper. The second goal was evidence of the superiority of the Yellow Submarine, with Nahuel also having the chance to score a third, but for a save from Howard. Gerard Moreno and Leo Baptistao stood out for Villarreal, counteracting the efforts of Mirallas for Everton. In a game that was very balanced and low on chances, only dead ball situations could find a goal. CEST Upd. at 19:52 EFE On 37 minutes it was Gerard Moreno who converted a goal from a corner that had been touched by Baptistao, the first of the game. Once again, Villarreal made the most of the chances that were afforded to them while on their tour in England, where they have worked well as a group. Marcelino’s men continued to control the game, approach the opposition penalty area and create opportunities. Ivan Alejo also went through one-on-one with Howard. Changes then came, allowing for some chances and a goal for the hosts, which excited their fans in the dying embers of the game.last_img read more

Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgJunior Football Championship NorthAt Tuam Stadium, Mountbellew/Moylough V Corofin, 4:45pm, Ref: G Daly Fri 02 Sep Junior Football Championship WestAt Ros Muc, An Fhairche – Clonbur V Renvyle, 6pm, Ref: M Mac Gearailt Minor B Hurling Championship At Killimor, Cappataggle V Meelick-Eyrecourt, 6.30pm, Ref: C Browneprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Minor A Hurling Championship At Kenny Park, Castlegar V Athenry, 6.30pm, Ref: A Mooney Junior C Football Championship NorthAt Milltown, Claregalway V Dunmore MacHales, 7pm, Ref: P KellyAt Glenamaddy, Glenamaddy V Corofin, 7pm, Ref: C Ward Intermediate Football Championship At Tuam Stadium, Monivea-Abbey V Williamstown, 6.30pm, Ref: N Dempsey Minor C Hurling Championship At Craughwell, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Mountbellew/Moylough, 4pm, Ref: M Conway Junior A Football Championship NorthAt Tuam Stadium, Caltra V Athenry, 3pm, Ref: G Guinan Division 1 LeagueAt Cregg, Annaghdown V Mícheál Breathnach, 12:00, Ref: An O Connell Sun 04 Sep Intermediate Football Championship At Pearse Stadium, Oileáin Árann V Kilkerrin-Clonberne, 12:00, Ref: F KinneenAt Pearse Stadium, An Spidéal V Athenry, 6pm, Ref: J Molloy U21 B Hurling Championship At Moycullen, Moycullen V Portumna, 6.45pm, Ref: C Quinlan Junior B Hurling Championship At Duggan Park, Abbeyknockmoy V Pádraig Pearses, 7pm, Ref: J Rosney Minor B Hurling Championship At Loughrea, Craughwell V Tommy Larkins, 4.30pm, Ref: JJ LarkinAt Kinvara, Michael Cusacks V Ballinderreen, 6pm, Ref: J Mc Donagh Division 6 (West) LeagueAt Leitir Móir, Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir V Salthill-Knocknacarra, 6pm, Ref: N Gorham Minor C Hurling Championship At Carnmore, Sylane V Ballinasloe, 11am, Ref: C Quinlan Junior C Hurling Championship At Killimor, Sarsfields V Mullagh, 4pm, Ref: G DonoghueAt Castlegar, Annaghdown V Moycullen, 6pm, Ref: A MooneyAt Carnmore, Rahoon-Newcastle V Turloughmore,6pm, Ref: R Mc Nicholascenter_img Sat 03 Sep Junior A Hurling Championship  At Kenny Park, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Mícheál Breathnach, 1.30pm, Ref: J LundonAt Killimor, Sarsfields V St Thomas, 5:30pm, Ref: D Cunningham Wed 07 Sep Junior A Hurling Championship At Kilbeacanty, Tommy Larkins V Carnmore, 6.45pm, Ref: K Egan Junior A Football Championship WestAt TBC, Na Piarsaigh V St Michael’s, 6pm, Ref: T Faherty Junior B Football Championship NorthAt Menlough, Sarsfields V Killererin, 12i.n, Ref: M Gavin Junior B Hurling Championship At Kenny Park, Ballinasloe V Killimordaly, 3pm, Ref: P Sheehan Minor A Hurling Championship At Loughrea, Liam Mellows V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, 6pm, Ref: Dk Kelly Hurling FixturesFri 02 Sep Junior C1 Hurling Championship At Ballinasloe, Ballinasloe V Craughwell, 7pm, Ref: D CunninghamAt Clarinbridge, Clarinbridge V Tuam, 7pm, Ref: R Stankard Sat 03 Sep Intermediate Football Championship At Tuam Stadium, Headford V Glenamaddy, 6.30pm, Ref: K Quinn Intermediate Football RelegationAt Oughterard, Corofin V Clifden, 1:45pm, Ref: P Mac Donncha Sun 04 Sep Minor B Hurling Championship At Duggan Park, Pádraig Pearses V Abbeyknockmoy, ,6.30pm, Ref: J Rosney Junior Football Championship NorthAt Mountbellew, St Gabriel’s V Caherlistrane, 6.30pm, Ref: N Dempsey Tue 06 Sep Senior Hurling League At Mullagh, Mullagh V Castlegar, 8pm, Ref: M Dolan Division 7 (West) LeagueAt Inis Mór, Oileáin Árann V An CheAthrú Rua, 2pm, Ref: C O ConaireAt Tbc, Gaeil na Gaillimhe v Clifden, 6pm. Ref: G Cahill Football Fixtures Division 6 (West) LeagueAt na Forbacha, Barna V An Spidéal, 7pm, Ref: F Kinneenlast_img read more

‘Railway Cup’ finally looks dead and buried

first_img“I know for a number of years in recent times, Connacht were very grudgingly involving themselves in the Railway Cup. It appears to me that the Connacht Council didn’t really have any great love for it, particularly in recent years,” the new Louth manager said. The future of the GAA’s interprovincial series is up in the air after Connacht confirmed they didn’t expect to take part in the competition again. The GAA announced in August that the series would not proceed this December. Last year’s winning Interprovincial football manager Peter McGrath (pictured above 3rd from the left at the launch of last years event) feels the Connacht decision not to participate will kill off the series once known as ‘The Railway Cup’. Connacht secretary John Prenty said today: “We feel it has run its course and we decided at the beginning of the year that we wouldn’t compete this year. I don’t think we’ll take part again but what the other three provinces will do again I don’t know.”In their 1950 and ’60s heyday the competitions attracted large crowds, but interest has dwindled since the club finals took over their previous St Patrick’s Day date in the calendar and they have regularly been shunted around the fixture diary or even cancelled. Last year’s football final saw 150 people attend the Ulster v Connacht football final in Carrick on Shannon. It remains to be seen whether the GAA will attempt to proceed with a three-team format next year or simply scrap the concept.In the 90 year history of the competitions, Connacht won 11 Interprovincial hurling titles and 10 football titles. Their last hurling win was in 2004 and their last football success came in Tuam Stadium in 2014 after a gap of 45 years.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

St Joseph’s The Bish Wins All-Ireland U19A Title

first_imgNational Basketball Arena, TallaghtWATCH BACK: Joseph’s College (The Bish) 52  Intermediate School Killorglin 35St Joseph’s College The Bish of Co. Galway stormed home to the Under 19 A Boys All Ireland Schools League title this afternoon, with a 52-35 point win over Intermediate School Killorglin.The Bish were in control from the off, driving into an early 17-9 lead at the end of the first with good scoring from James Connaire, Padraic Lenihan and Liam Nolan.Killorglin were battling hard at the other end though, with Darragh O’Connor and Eoin Evans working hard on defence, and getting some vital early scores to keep them in touch.A strong second quarter display from The Bish saw them widen the gap to 27-13, with James Cummins and Nolan shining brightest once more, while strong defence from James Connaire kept Killorglin to scoring just two baskets, one each for Dara Casey and Eoin O’Sullivan.Momentum stayed with The Bish in the third, with Nolan again one of the shooting stars for the Galway school, while Connaire and Cummins also bagged some good scores. Killorglin were really beginning to cause problems at the other end though, with Evans, O’Connor, Dara Casey and Roan Moriarty finding the target in style, and Moriarty proving to be very hard to guard for the Bish, who still held the lead, 45-27 going into the last.A much closer affair ensued in the last as Killorglin continued their good run from the third quarter, to close the gap back by the midway point. Super defence from Aaron Kiernan for The Bish managed to stem the tide somewhat, and a huge block for him, followed by an even bigger three-pointer at the other end saw The Bish back in control and, despite the best efforts of Killorglin, they managed to hold onto their lead in style, winning out 52-35 in the end.ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (THE BISH): James Cummins (9), Iarla Sullivan, Padraic Lenihan (4), Pavel Gillick, Daire McNulty (3), Liam Nolan (16), James Connaire (13), Matthew Sweeney, Aaron Kiernan (3), James Lyons (4), Kevin Burke, Thomas Togher.INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KILLORGLIN: Roan Moriarty (5), Gearoid Griffin, Rory O’Connor, Tim Moskal, Dara Casey (5), Daragh O’Connor (13), Ronan Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan (2), Eoin Evans (10), Eoin O’Hagan.MVP: Liam Nolan (St Joseph’s College The Bish)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Monday, February 26th, 2018 Under 19 A Boys All Ireland Schools League Finallast_img read more

Aintree Grand National Line Up complete

first_img30) PENDRA (IRE), 10, 10-07, Charlie Longsdon31) BUYWISE (IRE), 11, 10-07, Evan Williams32) CHILDRENS LIST (IRE), 8, 10-07, Willie Mullins IRE 4) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE), 10, 11-07, Kim Bailey5) VALSEUR LIDO (FR), 9, 11-06, Henry de Bromhead IRE HORSE/AGE/WEIGHT/RATING/TRAINER1) MINELLA ROCCO (IRE), 8, 11-10, Jonjo O’Neill2) BLAKLION, 9, 11-09, Nigel Twiston-Davies3) ANIBALE FLY (FR), 8, 11-07, Tony Martin IRE 11) CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), 12, 11-00, John Kiely IRE12) VICENTE (FR), 9, 10-13, Paul Nicholls13) TIGER ROLL (IRE), 8, 10-12, Gordon Elliott IRE14) REGAL ENCORE (IRE), 10, 10-12, Anthony Honeyball15) VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR), 9, 10-12, David Pipe Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The full list of 40 runners is: 16) CHASE THE SPUD, 10, 10-11, Fergal O’Brien17) WARRIORS TALE, 9, 10-11, Paul Nicholls 6) TOTAL RECALL (IRE), 9, 11-04, Willie Mullins IRE7) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR), 8, 11-03, Mouse Morris IRE8) PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE), 11, 11-02, Fergal O’Brien9) SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), 8, 11-01, Richard Hobson 33) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR), 11, 10-06, Venetia Williams34) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE), 12, 10-06, Jim Culloty IRE35) CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE), 9, 10-06, Stuart Coltherd36) BLESS THE WINGS (IRE), 13, 10-05, Gordon Elliott IRE37) MILANSBAR (IRE), 11, 10-05, Neil King38) FINAL NUDGE (IRE), 9, 10-05, David Dennis39) DOUBLE ROSS (IRE), 12, 10-05, Nigel Twiston-Davies40) ROAD TO RICHES (IRE), 11, 10-04, Noel Meade IREcenter_img 10) TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR), 11, 11-00, Venetia Williams The Gigginstown House owned Road to Riches (pictured) has been included in the final list of 40 runners for the Aintree Grand National on Saturday. That’s following the withdrawal of the Nicky Henderson trained Gold Presents. Mike Vince reports… 18) SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, 10, 10-11, Sandy Thomson19) GAS LINE BOY (IRE), 12    10-10, Ian Williams20) THE DUTCHMAN (IRE), 8, 10-10, Colin Tizzard21) PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE), 10, 10-10, Willie Mullins IRE22) UCELLO CONTI (FR), 10, 10-09, Gordon Elliott IRE 25) RAZ DE MAREE (FR), 13, 10-08, Gavin Cromwell IRE26) I JUST KNOW (IRE), 8, 10-07, Sue Smith27) VIRGILIO (FR), 9, 10-07, Dan Skelton28) BAIE DES ILES (FR), 7, 10-07, Ross O’Sullivan IRE29) MAGGIO (FR), 13, 10-07, Patrick Griffin IRE 23) SAINT ARE (FR), 12, 10-09, Tom George24) BEEVES (IRE), 11, 10-09, Jennie Candlish print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kane scores first August goal as strikes from Trippier and Moura seal win

first_imgLatest football newsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startINTERACTIVE STATS – CLICK on the categories to find out how the teams fared INTERACTIVE LINE-UPS– CLICK on a player’s number below to see their stats1 – Harry Kane has scored a Premier League goal in August for the first time ever, in his 15th game in the month. Finally.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 18, 2018 Mitrovic then grabbed an equaliser after the break when he missed Joe Bryan’s cross, then headed in while still on the floor when Ryan Sessegnon got the ball back in the danger zone.Fulham looked capable of pulling off a result but Trippier curled into the top corner – just like he did for England against Croatia in his last game.Then Kane was teed up after Erik Lamela’s surging run – and coolly slotted into the bottom corner. HARRY KANE broke his August hoodoo by finally scoring a Premier League goal in the opening month of the season.The England striker netted late at Wembley, with fellow World Cup hero Kieran Trippier also on the scoresheet, plus Lucas Moura with his first Prem goal.7 Harry Kane has finally broken his August hoodooCredit: Getty – Contributor7 The England hero finally scored in the summer month at his 15th attemptCredit: Getty Images7 Lucas Moura celebrates opening the scoring against FulhamCredit: ReutersKane and Tripps netted after Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Lucas Moura’s opener.Moura’s goal was all Spurs had to show for their first-half dominance, when Kane was denied a penalty after getting clipped by Tim Fosu-Mensah.They eventually took the lead when Moura curled a beauty home off the post after Calum Chambers’ clearance fell to him on the edge of the area.Fulham had given warning signs with Tom Cairney’s shot being saved and Mitrovic hitting the post.Kieran Trippier scores a marvellous free-kick for Tottenham against Fulham7 Harry Kane runs off to celebrate with the Spurs fans after netting against the CottagersCredit: Getty Images7 Kieran Trippier celebrates his goal against FulhamCredit: Getty Images7 Kane scored the third in the 3-1 win to make it successive wins for SpursCredit: EPAHarry Kane breaks August hoodoo with goal for Tottenham against Fulham7 Trippier proved Tottenham’s World Cup stars have no Russia hangoverCredit: Getty ImagesSaturday Round-Up: All the action from Saturday’s games in the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Trust and HR – The Business Impact of Listening to Your Employees

first_imgLike any other profession, there are plenty of HR horror stories out there – from the “Why We Hate HR” to “It’s Time to ‘Blow Up’ HR”. That being said, human resources plays an important role in the organization. It’s often the “go-to” place for employees and, as such, they need to feel comfortable coming to HR. Here’s an example:An employee was recently accused of harassing and bullying by someone with anxiety. The accuser kept a log over 8 months and never said anything to the employee. The employee said when HR met with them, they never listened to their side of the story. Now, the accused employee has anxiety and depression. They’re having a hard time working because they were told that they need to hold themselves to a different standard because the accuser has anxiety.The employee feels targeted and feels they can’t turn to HR because they didn’t listen or care during the first interaction.Obviously, we’re only hearing one side of the story. So it’s hard to resolve the situation, but there are a few things we can discuss about HR, credibility, and investigations. So, I asked employment attorney  Heather Bussing if she would share her expertise and, thankfully, she said yes!Heather BussingPlease remember that Heather’s comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, they should be addressed directly with your friendly neighborhood labor attorney.Heather, one of the first things that struck me about this story is that the employee knew their accuser has anxiety. We don’t know how they learned that piece of information. Is an employee having anxiety something HR should know and/or share with others?[Bussing] If the anxiety rises to the level of being a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or requires leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it would make sense that HR knows about the condition because the employee would have disclosed it when she asked for leave or accommodation. The employee may also have simply told HR in the course of making the bullying complaint.As for HR sharing with others, it is important not to disclose medical information about employees to anyone who does not need to know it. Confidentiality is sometimes required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), although most employers have very limited, if any, coverage under HIPAA. Mostly, it has to do with privacy, trust, and not promoting gossip or speculation about people, taking leave, or changing jobs. It is simply in everyone’s best interest, particularly HR’s, to keep employee health information confidential as much as possible.When dealing with leave issues or even an investigation of a complaint, it is best to keep any discussion of medical information general. Discuss it as a ‘personal issue’ or ‘health issue’ rather than a specific medical condition. Digital versions of medical reports for ADA, workers’ compensation, or FMLA, should be password protected or encrypted. Lock up any hard copies.How a company should accommodate someone with anxiety gets very tricky because there is simply no way to make someone with anxiety feel safe or comfortable all the time. (If there were, I would sign up immediately.)My sense (guess) in this case, is that the employee with anxiety has identified with her diagnosis and spends some time and energy letting other people know. If so, she probably told both the other employee and HR. When that happens, the information is no longer confidential. But HR should continue not to discuss it except with people who need to know regarding any investigation, leave, or other accommodation.The employee feels that, in the initial meeting with HR, they weren’t being heard. Is there anything an employee can do during (or after) the meeting to get their side of the story told?[Bussing] In this situation, it did not seem like she was disciplined or there were any other admonitions except to try to be nice. So, it would be good for her to take this into account when considering whether or not she was heard or believed. If HR truly believed the person complaining, there would likely have been a stronger response. Bullying is not okay. So my take is that HR is taking both sides with a grain of salt.Yet, not feeling heard when there is a claim or dispute is a common issue. Sometimes it is because HR believed the first story they heard or have some other (reasonable or unreasonable) bias toward the other employee. Sometimes, it has more to do with the employee’s feelings and impression because HR did not agree with her completely.Either way, it is a difficult position. If the employee goes over HR’s head, it will create more drama and almost always upsets HR, which can make things more difficult for the employee down the line.So I usually advise sitting down and writing out what she wants HR to know and understand. Then get someone who has some objectivity and who will tell her the truth to look at it and see where it needs clarity or toning down. Employment lawyers are good at this and may even do it as part of an initial consult.She should explain in the memo that she left the meeting not sure whether she was clear in explaining what happened and wanted to follow up in writing to make sure HR understood. If there is a decision she wants modified or clarified, ask for that specifically. The important thing is to stick to the facts and make the memo as clear and reasonable as possible. If all she wants is to be heard, this would create a clear record.If there is something specific that she wants, always start with HR and only go beyond that (either to a higher level internally or making a legal claim) after discussing it, putting it in writing, and if applicable, following grievance or other policies.Don’t assume that just because things did not go your way, that you were not heard or understood. Many HR decisions are about finding balance and compromise when there are competing stories. If you need your way, all the way, all the time, it may not be HR that is the trouble.The employee feels that this incident has caused them to experience anxiety and depression that is having an impact on their work. Do they need to inform the company that they need a work accommodation? Why or why not?[Bussing] At this point, she may have situational anxiety and depression that could benefit from therapy. She has a choice about whether to get that on her own, request FMLA leave if needed, or make a workers’ compensation claim. The more the employer is involved, the more the employee may be required to reveal information about her therapy or medical treatment and life. So consider it carefully.If the condition becomes chronic and more severe, it may make sense to ask for leave either under the ADA if the condition qualifies, or the FMLA either way.The reality is that just getting entangled in the process of requesting leave or making a claim can exacerbate the anxiety and depression. So she should weigh the options with her doctor or therapist and if it seems like she will need leave, also talk to an employment attorney.Is it fair to tell an employee that they need to hold themselves to a different standard? Isn’t that setting a precedent?[Bussing] The oddest part of this story is the idea of telling an employee to hold themselves to a different standard. What does that mean?I don’t have enough information to understand whether there is manipulation and bullying going both ways. But it appears that there is now a competitive anxiety contest starting. If so, giving either side an advantage by imposing a different standard of conduct or behavior on one side is a really bad idea.In addition, requiring employees to be kind is not a reasonable accommodation. It should be the general standard of conduct for all, even if some people have anxiety and depression.While there can be some tolerance for difficult behavior due to someone’s medical condition, if it is permanent, they may not be qualified to have the job. This is a complex ADA accommodation analysis that is not possible here.But the focus should be on the person with the anxiety and depression, whether she can do the job, and how to get her help. The company should not allow her to do whatever she wants while the rest of the company has to walk on eggshells.Last question, what are the implications of employees failing to bring issues to HR because they don’t feel HR listens or cares?[Bussing] It depends. If employees feel comfortable talking to their managers and the managers are responsive, then HR rarely gets directly involved, and there will be few implications.In other organizations, where HR is the mediator of workplace issues, the implications are much larger. When people don’t trust HR, they usually deal with difficulties at work by starting to hate their jobs, which leads to performance issues, which leads to losing employees. Attrition is expensive, time consuming, and puts a burden on the remaining employees while the organization finds replacements.It also means that HR will not hear about problems until it is too late, which often means more claims and lawsuits.But most of all, if employees don’t trust HR, they probably don’t trust any of the leadership and that is a culture and management problem that does not bode well for the future of the organization.Listening and caring are the foundation of working with other people. If HR is not getting that right, they have lost their way.A HUGE thanks to Heather for sharing her knowledge. Be sure to check out Heather’s writing on HR Examiner for more great insights.As you can see, employee situations aren’t always easy to facilitate. And some of what has to be fleshed out is the context of the situation. One thing is certain, employees need to feel that they can go to HR. They might not like what HR says, but they are comfortable speaking with someone in the department.last_img read more

The 85 Piece Mobile Search Tool Kit

first_imgcharles knight altsearchengine 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Back in February, I came across a Kronus 55 piece Home Repair Tool Kit in a Radio Shack ad – all for just $29.99. This inspired me to assemble the first ever 55 Piece Mobile Search Tool Kit here on Read/WriteWeb; and my Tool Kit was absolutely free!Well, it happened again. Walking through the local Sears store, there right in front of me was the Companion 85 piece Auto Repair Tool Kit! And the price? Also $29.99! What a country! Well, I knew what I had to do. I threw my new Tool Kit in the car and headed back to my home office.I then dusted off the 55 Piece Mobile Search Tool Kit and neatly arranged 30 more of the latest Mobile Search-Related sites, which I have been collecting for the past six weeks. If Mobile is going to be “the Next Big Thing”, you’re going to need all the tools you can get in order to be prepared for every eventuality.The result: the brand new 85 Piece Mobile Search Tool Kit! You will want to bookmark this Tool Kit, put it in your Favorites, print it out, or save the attached Excel spreadsheet to your computer. These 85 websites will come in very handy, if you have anything at all to do with the Mobile Web this year.This Tool Kit replace the one that you may already have. The 85 pieces here include all of the original 55 pieces, plus 30 new ones – so all you need is right here. Tags:#search#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

How Not to Get Screwed by VCs

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… bernard lunn 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.Fear of VCs is a common problem for first time entrepreneurs. It is a natural fear. You are going to be negotiating with somebody who is older, richer, and way more experienced in this than you are. You have heard a bunch of horror stories. They have the one thing you need to turn your dream into reality.But chill out. Read this eight-step guide, and keep going.Note: the term “VC” is used here to include the professional angel investors who do this for a living. They may just invest their own money, but they are in the venture investing business. This does not apply to friends and family who loan you money because they like and trust you.Our Eight-Step Guide1. Eliminate bad eggs early.The vast majority of VCs are decent human beings and really want entrepreneurs to be successful. Their first duty, of course, is to their investors (and so your interests may not always align), but within that limitation they tend to be reasonable negotiators. But bad ones are out there. Eliminate them early. Check out The Funded. Ask your advisor (see step 3).2. Understand term sheet fundamentals.You’ll need a good business advisor, and you’ll need a lawyer for a final check, but you also need to understand the fundamentals yourself. Don’t let yourself be confused by a lawyer because you don’t know what “liquidation preference,” “right of first refusal,” or “drag along/tag along” means. Check out websites such as Venture Hacks. Don’t waste your business advisor’s time asking them to explain the basics.3. Get a good business advisor.You’ll need an experienced entrepreneur who can help you decide what is critical (a deal-stopper) and what you can concede. Some lawyers will wade too deep into the legalese weeds and fight on points out of professional pride. You’ll need someone to help you make the big judgment calls.4. Be proactive in your reference checks.This comes after the term sheet has been signed but before the contract. VCs do reference checks on you, and you should do the same to them. Don’t worry, they won’t be insulted… unless they are bad eggs that slipped through your first filter, in which case this is a great place to catch them. By being proactive, we mean selecting three companies in their portfolio to connect with. You could ask the VC for an introduction, but use your own network to connect as well.5. Be reasonable.If a VC sees dig-in-your-heels posturing on minor issues, they will either walk away or show you who really is the experienced negotiator with clout at the table. If you and your business advisor think an issue is a deal-stopper, calmly tell the VC why you think so. The VC would almost certainly have seen this issue before and would likely have a workaround.6. Think clearly about valuation and dilution.Few subjects upset entrepreneurs more than valuation and dilution. Getting some perspective on these issues and having a framework for your ongoing discussions with investors is useful. Dilution matters, and the sad reality is that entrepreneurs often end up with only a very small percentage of their company at the time of exit.So, look at what would happen after multiple rounds of investment. Be very clear about the trade-off between scale and early profitability. Going for scale first and delaying profitability is right for some ventures; scale and the network effect are the best barriers you can erect to prevent other companies from entering the market and gaining competitive advantage. But this does put investors in control. The headline valuation number matters much less than some of the term’s details, specifically the liquidation preference.7. Make sure they have some competition.Even the most wonderful VCs get greedy when they see a combination of awesome venture and naive entrepreneur. That is pretty rare, but if your venture gets them all excited, make sure at least three other potential buyers/investors are interested, too. VCs are like London buses: you wait and wait, and then a bunch of them come all at once.You are either hot or not; there is no such thing as lukewarm interest. But avoid the “shopping around” posturing: you know, leaving “VC trails” in your presentation, dropping names and cards like a Victorian lady drops her hanky. Experienced VCs see through this in a heartbeat, and you’ll be dead. If other investors are interested in you, their network will tell them so.If you don’t have a good VC alternative, you should know what is referred to in negotiation theory as BATNA (the Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement, or the course of action one party will take if current negotiations fail and an agreement cannot be reached). In simpler terms, have a viable Plan B.8. Stay cool.He who loses his temper first has lost. It is an old and true maxim. Very, very occasionally, a tactical bit of table-thumping will help. But getting all red in the face and looking as if you don’t know whether to cry or yell won’t do you any wonders. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

New Chart: How Important is Social Media to Your Strategy?

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