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The Future is Visual: How Slyce and Image Recognition Are Revolutionizing Consumerism

 

Much like anything else that defines humanity, humans take for granted their advanced vision and recognition. In everyday life, it’s unnecessary to think about why and how we function like we do. It’s autonomous. But hasn’t everyone looked at a shirt, a pair of shoes, a particularly nifty wrench, or anything else and wondered to themselves that they’d like one for themselves? Haven’t we all had a moment of disappointment when we hear the owner forgot where they bought it? Sure, consumers can take the time out to research but it takes time and effort that not everyone is willing to expend, especially when there is no guarantee they can actually find the exact product they’re looking for.

Well, necessity is the mother of invention.

Image recognition, according to TechCrunch, is revolutionizing the way people interact with technology. Developers have taken the time out to deconstruct not only the literal mechanics of sight but also the abstraction involved with taking information and doing something with it. Artificial computer intelligence is making leaps and bounds as research is poured into it, making it possible for a computer to see a red, round object and tell whether it’s a tomato or an apple. Of course, the process isn’t perfect. While Google has a great visual search tool for occasions where users don’t know what something is but want to find out, it is limited. Unless the picture they search already exists on the internet, images tends to go based on pixel colors or what the engine thinks the image might relate to.

Product recognition companies like Slyce have taken the time and initiative to meld the mechanics of image recognition with boundless information stored on Internet servers in a cohesive way. This technology figures out how to take the guesswork out of image recognition. Visual searching has revolutionized consumerism; it has both invented a mechanic to replicate the actual process of human recognition and removed the margin of error due to faulty individual recall. With a tool like the one Slyce offers, consumers have the luxury of seeing something they’re interested in and use their phone cameras in order to search a database that uses visual indicators in order to match up the object with a name and even somewhere they can purchase it.

Securus Points to Lapses in GTL’s Integrity

Securus Technologies has released their first in a series of exposes that highlights competitor Global Tel Link’s business practices which demonstrate breaches in their ability to serve clients to the best of their ability. The first of these reports goes all the way back to January 1998 and a report the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) compiled on GTL’s business practices.

The 17-page report chronicles GTL’s contract with the Louisiana Department of Corrections to establish outbound telecom services. In their investigation, Louisiana PSC found that GTL programmed clocks to add 15 or 36 seconds to the tail-end of each conversation to extend call times; telephones were programmed to rate calls higher than existing caps; and several calls were found to have been charged several times. These unauthorized practices were carried out by GTL for the purposes of increased billing. The Louisiana PSC found that GTL had overcharged the Louisiana Department of Corrections $1,243,000 in excess of authorized billing through their deliberate, unscrupulous business practices.

CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard A. Smith stated that such companies do a disservice to the law enforcement agencies they provide tech solutions to when they place their bottom line above the needs of the client. The Louisiana PSC seems to agree with Smith’s position, as their report of GTL’s contract is pretty clear on their position concerning that company’s professionalism. But could that change with time?

GTL seems to be in clear violation of Smith’s principle of good business in communication when looking at their track record with the state of Louisiana back in the ’90s. But according to Smith these business practices are still part and parcel of how GTL does business with their clients. Over the course of the next six months, Securus plans to highlight more of GTL’s poor business practices by publishing them to their site. The first of which can be read here.

Securus Video Visitation – Kids from Securus Technologies on Vimeo.

A Return to the Past is a Sign of A Promising Future At Goettl Air Conditioning

Most of the time when a company gets a buyout from an investor who is known for buying and flipping damaged firms for profit, and is faced with a negative rating from the BBB it’s a sign that dissolution and liquidation may not be far down the line, but that is not the case with Goettl and is not your regular investment entrepreneur. The difference is that Goettl has not only recovered from the dark times it had suffered in recent years, to the tune of 20 Million in revenue in 2014, but is on the verge of a major operational expansion and a return to a previous name that had become synonymous with quality and high standards so greatly that it was a household mainstay for those in the greater Las Vegas area. Another major difference is that Goodrich has a connection to Goettl that is much more than the company’s owner, for him is personal, deeply personal.
Goettl Air conditioning started out in 1939 in the Las Vegas area and became a popular choice for servicing of HVAC systems due to their high standards and expert professionalism. The company grew over the next few decades until the economic downturn and staffing changes brought about by retirements of the original employees led to an unfortunate decision to move to Arizona. Things didn’t get much better over the next couple of years and in December 2012 the firm was purchased in whole by Goodrich.
Goodrich is a man who is more than familiar with the HVAC business, his father was a HVAC technician and he has fond memories of growing up and helping his dad, often holding the flashlight when his father would have to go out on night calls to meet a customer’s needs. He has bought, sold and repaired more than 20 air conditioning companies over his career and made a fortune doing it, but with Goettl things are a little different. See when young Goodrich was helping his dad all those years ago it was a Goettl uniform that he was wearing.
Since Goodrich’s arrival on the scene Goettl AC which had been stunted by over rapid growth, a loss of more than 1/3 of its workforce and a senior staff that were not concerned with the health of the company as much as they were in their own paychecks has seen a rapid turnaround, and now in a signal to the return to the standards of quality and professionalism that the company had always stood for, Ken Goodrich has decided to turn the company back to its original name of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen, citing that the decision to change it upon acquisition was not one that he would do again in hindsight.
New installation procedures have been initiated, standards for quality control have been put in place, and staff have been carefully curated to weed out the chaff including the company’s president. Among other terminations included the general manager, the service manager, and the operations manager, along with 17 others who had been described as “cronies” of the senior management, and bring in new recruits that are among the best technicians available for hiring, many right out of school. Now the company has 84 full-time staffers and operates a fleet of 58 vehicles, all of which are top of the line.
Company CEO and former owner Dan Burke was retained and has been assisting in the positive transition of the firm under the hand of Goodrich. Every major department has been revamped, streamlined and modernized all with quality and customer satisfaction in mind. Everything from IT to scheduling to QA checks on fished jobs old and new has been reimagined and has helped drive a new sense of moral and personal pride in the company among the employees.
Goettl Air conditioning, soon to be known once more as Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen has been serving customers in Arizona and Las Vegas for more than 75 years. It has been a standard bearer for the industry in the region and despite hard times has found a way back. It takes good people to turn around a company that has lost its focus, and that’s what Goettl has, great people. It’s safe to say also that with Ken Goodrich at the helm, driven by a passion for the industry and the desire to ensure that the name of a company that meant so much to his father is elevated once more, it will be around for many more generations.

Original Sources:

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127042-goettl-building-off-rock-solid-foundation

https://twitter.com/goettlair

Duda Melzer Reign on RBS

 The forty year old Eduardo Melzer Sirotsky, better known as Duda, took over the reign of Grupo RBS from his uncle Nelson Sirotsky. This was in an event held at Porto Alegre offices, in the presence of the company employees and their families. Guided by his strong passion for business and people, it is hoped that he will take the 56-year old business to heights that it hasn’t reached before.

Duda has both a strong education and career background. He has vast knowledge in Business Administration, having graduated magna cum laude from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS). Additionally, he has worked in executive capacities for various companies, both in Brazil and abroad.

While abroad, pursuing his MBA, Duda worked as a senior financial analyst for Delphi Corporation. He was also the CEO of Top Box media, a traditional media station. He also had over 8 years of experience in Grupo RBS, before he was made CEO and chairman of the company’s board of Directors.

With this, along with his clever business strategies, Duda is confident that he will expand the company and ensure that it remains a family- business. He also speaks of his grandfather as a mentor whose counsel will continue guiding him while running the business. Other than running Grupo RBS, Duda is also the founder and CEO of Digital e.Bricks.

Grupo RBS is one of the leading media conglomerates in Brazil. The conglomerate was founded by Mauricio Sirotsky in the year 1957. The conglomerate owns a number of radio stations, newspapers, an online portal and television stations. The company employees more than 6,000 employees, making them the second largest Brazilian media company in terms of people employed.

Read More:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_Sirotsky_Melzer

http://eduardosirotskymelzer.com/

Reasons to Visit the Squaw Valley Ski Resort

For one of the best experiences during a vacation, family members, friends, and couples are encouraged to visit the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. This resort at squawalpine.com is full of fun activities to do from shopping, dining out, to exploring the wilderness that surrounds the entire resort. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is the the product of two merged together ski resorts that have created an enjoyable 6,000 acre ski resort that is offered to explore to every single visitor of this ski resort. The current CEO and President of this ski resort is Andy Wirth who is a dedicated businessman as well as a nature-lover. Andy Wirth, within the six years that he has held this position, has been at the top of his game and has earned more business and revenue than eve for the business.

What makes this ski resort in the Tahoe Valley so special is the fact that it is meant to be a family resort that involves the locals in every single event that takes place. As a large business, Andy Wirth has not wanted to exclude the locals, but instead has wanted to encourage the locals to enjoy all of the activities at this resort. With this in mind, Andy Wirth has continuously hosted many festivals and other events that have brought together different people with different backgrounds. With stunning views and luxury, it is hard not to see why this resort has slowly become one of the most popular resorts to visit in the United States.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. In not only the summer, but also in the winter, there are endless possibilities to entertain oneself. In the summer, individuals can enjoy the beautiful lake and can explore the vast wilderness of the region. In the winter, individuals can enjoy the beautiful ski resorts and enjoy a wintry hike.

Visitors at this resort can enjoy a blissful experience at this resort. Visitors can wake up in the morning refreshed at the mountain air and can eat breakfast while slowly gaining energy for the day to come. While eating meals, individuals can have a picturesque view right in front of the window.

Mark Sparks Gives Back

Mark Sparks, successful venture capitalist, is on his way to new ways of fame with his latest project: Spark Tank. Spark Tank is an idea that came about from Mark’s deep desire to help out adventurous entrepreneurs.

His idea would give five thousand dollars to a company whose idea was intended to promote social change. He accepted applications and reviewed them all himself.

It is this type of philanthropic attitude that Marc Sparks says contributes to his success, because he finds it hard to rely upon just luck. It is important to him that he give back to people who are really trying to better their communities and social settings.

So, as Spark Tank comes to fruition, companies are getting the funding that they have been desperate for. The man himself is a self-made success story and it is important to keep this background in mind when you are considering how he got to be where he is today. Learn more about Marc Sparks: https://twitter.com/msparks5010 and https://about.me/marc_sparks

Being a venture capitalist takes a lot of risk and a lot of intuition, and obviously Sparks is one of the best out there. He is actively searching for needs within a community and trying to find innovative and productive ways to fill those needs.

He is rewarding people for having a passion for what they are doing and for having the know how to figure out a solution to the problems that they have at hand. This is a great way to build up a community and get people working together.

All over the internet, people are regaling Mark for his success and his ability to help out resourceful entrepreneurs. Not only does he lend and donate money as a profession, but he also volunteers a lot of his time giving back in his own community.

He can often be found spending time helping out Habitat for Humanity building houses for those people that need them. These are the types of actions that really make Mark Sparks stand out from the other people in his profession.

He is so passionate about what he does and he cares so much about the organizations that he gives money to. He is not just a faceless entity writing a check, he is out there sweating and helping in any way that he can.

His success is easily written off as luck, or being able to pick good entrepreneurs when he sees them, but if you dig a little deeper, it is clear that there is a lot more to Sparks than that.

The Search Fixers Help Maintain Positive Online Images

http://www.business2community.com/public-relations/every-business-needs-online-reputation-management-01519986

Online Reputation Management is the new specialty used by businesses to combat negative comments that customers are ready to post at the slightest inconvenience. It is becoming a common practice for consumers to report everything instantly on social media sites. The comment may not even be true, but if it hits the Internet, it can severely damage a companys reputation. Many people will not even shop at a business or use their services, before they do a search of reviews online to find out how they are rated.

Customer reviews and other online comments about your business, product or service need to be monitored. One or two bad comments can seriously damage a brand name that you may have worked a very long time to build. It is reported that 86 percent of buyers are influenced by negative comments. If you ignore this aspect of your business, it could cost you a lot in lost revenue and maybe even your business. By focusing on your online image to fix bad search results, you will be surprised how much your business will grow and how quickly it will happen.

Who are The Search Fixers?

The Search Fixers is a company that helps businesses build and maintain a positive image online. Most people will not even go to a local store without checking the online reviews first. If you dont have the time to manage your online image, they will do it for you, so that you will continue to have a steady stream of customers. Their service is affordable and effective.

The Search Fixers can repair damage that has already been done by negative comments and keep your business rating high. They will constantly monitor your site and take appropriate action to maintain a positive image for your company. They can also help you with positive Search Engine Optimization. No matter what type business you run, you need online reputation repair services. It will likely be the first place many of your future customers find out about you. It is critical for business growth to hire experts to help you with this process. Websites and online marketing has become a part of todays commerce. Without it, your business will not survive.

 
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As Noble As Sanjay Shah’s Autism Rocks

Entrepreneur Sanjay Shah started the Autism Rocks which funds research on causes of the Autism and creates Autism awareness in the community by throwing concerts. Sanjay says that like many business people with goo money. Speaking to Eric Dye for Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio, Sanjay says that he has sponsored children in India for over a decade but didn’t have an idea of what more he could do for charity. When his son was diagnosed with the neurodevelopment disorder in the year 2011 at age 4, Sanjay became more focused on how and where to spend his charitable contributions.
The idea of starting Autism Rocks and raise money through staging gigs was born as he had a cup of tea with snoop dog. He ended p holding the first of invite only Autism Rocks Concerts in 2014 with Prince. Since then, these concerts have featured Lenny Kravitz, Drake, Snoop Dog, Michael Buble and many well known DJs. This year’s concert was held in April and included performances from well-known artists like Tyga and Flo Rida.
Sanjay says that since starting Autism Rocks, he has combined his love for family, entrepreneurial skills and a passion for music has enabled to achieve his goal of research and awareness creation of the neurological disorder. To be able to spread even more awareness through Autism Rocks, Sanjay spent US$100, 000 in June 2015 in the creation of a domain name "Autism Rocks" and in setting up of a website for the organization. Sanjay is a trustee of Autism Research Trust that provides donations to the Autism Research Centre of Cambridge University. Together with his wife, Sanjay has as well made donations to the trust.
Sanjay Shah is a philanthropist and a businessman, especially in the financial and investment industry. He is well known and a successful businessman despite not starting out in the industry. Sanjay is the founder and CEO of Solo Capital Markets. Sanjay studied medicine but later decided that he did not want to become a doctor. He became an accountant like most medicine deserters do and worked for investment banks like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse.
During the 2009 financial crisis, Sanjay was rendered redundant and without any hopes of securing another job decided to start a brokerage firm. This is how he founded Solo Capital Markets. The international financial services firm is headquartered in London, England, and is regulated in the United Kingdom. Sanjay’s advice to business starters is not to underestimate the amount of money required to start and to seek help.

 

Learn more about Sanjay Shah:

https://solocapitalsanjayshah.wordpress.com/about-solo-capital-sanjay-shah/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Shah_%28businessman%29

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Finance/article849141.ece

 

To Incorporate Olympic Valley and The Career of Andy Wirth

The last few years have not been easy for the north shore communities of Lake Tahoe. A major drought had taken it’s toll for the small businesses and winter resorts that are dependent on it.

The community has also faced political challanges as well, which came from an incorporation battle that involved the picturesque Olympic Valley, which is the home of the Squaw Valley Resort, as well as some of the most well known winter sport’s terrain throughout North America.

Andy Wirth, who is the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, has brought some good news to the communities in the aftermath of these problems, saying that both fronts could see relief.

Mother Nature helped in taking care of the drought, with there being early season storms, that have have helped Squaw Valley, as well as other resorts in the Tahoe area to open much earlier then they have in a decade.

And backers in the incorporation effort, of which Wirth has considered to be a threat to the area, is helping to provide relief to the political issue, when they withdrew their effort of incorporating Olympic Valley.

Squaw Valley has spent hundreds of thousands in opposing incorporation efforts, since it could have caused higher taxes to businesses and residents in the area. However, the spending was not able to overcome California’s Local Agency Formation Commission.

With the incorporation efforts being effective stymied, Wirth want the community to work on other issues such as transportation, in efforts for the community to go beyond the Olympic Valley.

As the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO, Andy Wirth has worked hard in order to make the ski area a top tourist destination in the world. Wirth has been a major contributor for community and environmental service organizations within the Lake Tahoe area, where his focus is on making improvements to the area for visitors of all ages.

After he was involved in a ski diving accident that was nearly fatal in, 2013, which occurred when in a downwind landing, he ended up in a vineyard, with wires, sharp upright post and vines. Since then he has founded the ironman team that call themselves Wounded Warrior support.

The team helps in honoring the men that have served in the Navy SEALS, and have raised funds to give the Navy SEAL Foundation.

After,his accident, he said that through his own recovery, he has often thought about what it must be like navigating through the challenges that these men and their families have to go through upon their return home.

The Navy SEAL Foundation was set in place to help members of the special operations team and their families as they return home. In his early career, Wirth earned degrees form Edinburgh University and Colorado State University.

More information can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Much More than Activewear

If you are a fitness enthusiast who really appreciates comfortable workout wear, then you most likely have already heard about Kate Hudson’s new line of active wear in a heated rivalry with Lululemon.

With Fabletic’s bright hues, abstract patterns, and mix-n-match pieces, its the uniqueness that tends to be its strongest selling point. Fabletics is the panache’ of gym wear that women have been wanting for so long.

As Fabletics continues to revolutionize the market, more and more women are discovering that this particular line of clothing can serve a number of purposes that go beyond the basic garments you only put on when jogging, going to the gym, or exercising.

This is one of the main reasons why “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” actress, Kate Hudson has created a new athleisure line of Fabletics. This newest collection released in April is a “sister” line to Fabletics. It includes dresses, bathing suits, and more that offer active women more versatility in life. They can enjoy and appreciate this special clothing line, regardless of whether they are running errands, strolling the beach, or lounging around the house.

Recently Marie Claire featured an article about Fabletics at http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a19566/kate-hudson-fabletics-interview/, where Kate Hudson revealed that she would totally wear Athleisure to sleep in.

Additionally in this interview, Kate also provided some insightful answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about her athleisure line of Fabletics.

Kate Hudson explains that she wanted to tailor this collection of dresses to the active woman and to extend her designs so that women could wear them after having a very active day, could utilize some of them without even needing to wear a bra, and so women would have the support, comfort, and style that makes them feel more confident.

Fabletics is bringing an entirely new light to workout fashion and boasts different styles, designs, colors, and prints that you will not find anywhere else. It has rapidly grown to be one of the most popular brands in athletic apparel and contends with some of the best brands out there currently.

From bathing suits that cater to the avid swimmer, to black dresses that flatter and are sexy enough to be worn on date night- Kate Hudson has not spared a solitary thing to produce brand of clothing that promises to be of superior quality, comfort, and style.If you have fallen in love with former Fabletics collections, Kate Hudson’s new Athleisure line is sure to inspire you even further to just be you.
 Source: http://www.fabletics.com/how-it-works