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Qi Card's Personal Banking App Brings Convenience And Security To Personal Financial Management...
3 weeks ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Qi Card, the leading electronic banking solution and default national debit/credit card of Iraq, offers Iraqi customers the most user-friendly personal banking experience through the Qi Services from Al-Rafidain .........
METALLICA Used 'Virtual Crowd' Technology To Get Up Close And Personal With Fans During 'Helping Hands Concert & Auction'...
1 week ago
METALLICA, which is known for its energetic, all-encompassing live concerts, raised the bar for virtual performances during its "Live & Acoustic From HQ: Helping Hands Concert & Auction" charity event on November 14. The band used Virtual Crowd technology to get up close and personal with fans around the world. Virtual Crowd, a fully customizable and scalable multimedia technology, allows artists to interact with their fans in real-time while showcasing high-quality production value and design — something that METALLICA took to the next level with their show as they rocked out while surrounded by walls of video screens displaying faces of their fans, some of whom they engaged with during breaks in the music. Virtual Crowd technology, created by Fireplay in partnership with Production Resource Group (PRG) and Clair Global, has been a boon for behind-the-scenes live event masterminds like Dan Braun, METALLICA's creative director and scenic designer. He was absolutely dazzled by the stunning and seamless Virtual Crowd integration into the "Helping Hands" event. Braun had an idea of bringing live crowds into virtual event but wasn't sure it was possible to execute. After PRG showed him a demo of Virtual Crowd and introduced him to the Fireplay team, he was blown away. "The PRG folks are old hands in the world of METALLICA," he explained. "They integrate Fireplay into our family so quickly, it's like they been with us for years. Keeping up with changes challenges most folks that are new to our camp. The Fireplay people not only kept up — they contributed in ways that made the event better!" Concerns over scalability and the lack of a dress rehearsal due to a citywide power loss the day before loomed large as the start of the event approached. When it came to showtime, the onsite team and the solution delivered beyond Braun's wildest dreams. "Of course, none of the pre-show stuff means anything if it doesn't work when it's showtime," Braun reflected. "Working without a net, as usual with this band, we flip the switch and go live. It's perfect, flawless!" "Fireplay and PRG took an idea and created a very real way for the band to play live, in front of their fans, in real time. The band could not only see their audience — they could feel them in the clapping and screaming as they finished songs," said Braun. "But that's not the greatest part! The technology and teamwork allowed us to remove the physical barriers between the band and their fans, even during this crazy time of the COVID-19 virus. When the band interacted with audience members one-on-one, they were actually in the studio with the band. There was nothing virtual about it! Even more, the rest of the audience watching the interaction could feel the intimacy — they were also brought 'into the studio' with the guys. That was the vision I had, and that is what PRG and Fireplay delivered." METALLICA production manager John "Lug" Zajonc agreed. "We always try to push our productions to the edge in an effort to continue to wow the fans not only from a musical aspect but from an artistic one, too," Zajonc said. "Our partnership with PRG and Fireplay went smoothly, and we were only able to deliver a great experience for both the band and the fans due to the planning and level of excellence all of the crew brought to the table. The level of cooperation and technical expertise in all departments was amazing to be a part of. Dan Braun designs a great show, and we get the opportunity to bring it to life. I am proud to have been a part of this with such a fine organization."......
AP Explains: Transfer of power under 25th Amendment...
1 month ago
A week ago, President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus, spent several days at Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment and evaluation, and has since returned to the White House......
World shares hold close to record highs; US markets close for Thanksgiving...
4 days ago
Global stocks held near record highs on Thursday, while the rally in European stocks paused, as recent vaccine progress, Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential election win and hopes for further stimulus kept markets bullish. World equities are having their best month on record in November, boosted by a slew of positive vaccine announcements and hopes that […]......
Facing the Elements: The Chilling Horrors of Adam Green’s ‘Frozen’ Ten Years Later...
3 days ago
When I was in junior high and high school and involved in things like scouts and youth groups, we would play a slightly sadistic game. We would dare each other to watch the most inappropriate movies we could think of before heading out on big trips—just to psych each other out. Before a big camping […]......
Strategic Elements to declare results of novel battery and neuromorphic memory technology...
5 days ago
WA-based pooled development fund Strategic Elements (ASX: SOR) has published an update regarding its subsidiary Australian Advanced Materials’ ongoing development of its printable battery and neuromorphic memory technologies including meeting several milestones. In a statement, Strategic said that as part of its collaboration with the University of New Sales Wales (UNSW), it had begun finalising the […] The post Strategic Elements to declare results of novel battery and neuromorphic memory technology appeared first on Small Caps.......
TOBi connects with the elements in “Matter”...
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The song is the second single from his latest project, ELEMENTS Vol. 1.......
You can grab Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 for only $60 right now...
2 weeks ago
Photoshop Elements makes it easy to edit photos, and it doesn't require a subscription. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 is a powerful and simple to use photo editor. Unlike many Adobe products, Photoshop Elements 2021 doesn't require a subscription. Right now, it's even friendlier on your wallet, thanks to a 40 percent off sale on the Microsoft Store ahead of Black Friday. You can grab Photoshop Elements 2021 for $60 right now. Simple editing Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 $60 at Microsoft Create the perfect photos By following guided edits and using simplified tools you can easily enhance your most cherished photos to make them look even better. Brighten an image, tilt faces, or even add a little motion. Photoshop Elements 2021 only rolled out recently, so it's nice to see such a big discount. It has simplified tools that make editing photos easier. It has tools for removing haze, replacing the sky, and straightening things out. You can also remove unwanted objects with ju.........
10 key elements of a successful startup pitch deck, with real examples from founders and backed by investors...
2 weeks ago
Summary List Placement What do investors want to see in startup pitch decks? For founders seeking funding for their companies, that's the million-dollar (or multimillion-dollar) question. And it's one Allison Byers, CEO of Scroobious, a new video pitching-platform for entrepreneurs, has set out to answer — for herself and for her community of startup founders. After years of gathering personal pitching experience — first as the copresident and director of startup medical device company Digital Cognition Technologies (DCT), where she successfully helped raise $9.6 million for the company, and later by conducting market research on pitching and interviewing early-stage investors as groundwork for her current startup — Byers came up with 10 elements investors are looking to see covered in pitch decks. "This was the result of hundreds of pitch deck iterations and no less than 100 pitch presentations," Byers told Business Insider. She then put this list in front of dozens of investors, including angel, VC, private equity, and family office investors, asking if the slides covered what they wanted to see. "The diverse set of investors I spoke with overwhelmingly supported this structure, and while no deck will make everyone happy, I believe these are the core elements to satisfy most," she said. Here's a breakdown of the 10 key elements, with visual examples from real pitch decks. 1. A mission, vision, or origin story The best mission statements are straightforward and take the guesswork out of what it is exactly the startup does. These first few slides are also a great place to share the company's origin story — the reason for creating the company, a personal connection to a problem, and the founder's expertise. "How would you explain what your company does to a third grader?" Byers said. "Use that language on your slide and in your presentation." Testing out a potential mission statement on friends and family and asking them to describe what your company does can also help. Most likely, they'll restate your mission in even simpler terms. If they don't, they were likely so confused by what you said they tuned out when you were talking. A great example of a strong mission statement comes from participating Scroobious beta founder Demetri Harrison, founder and CEO of on-demand haircut and styling company Tunsure. "He had crafted a vision statement in a format he thought investors wanted to see, but it was generalized and didn't convey the root of his vision for his company," Byers said. "We got to the heart of his origin story and put his mission in language anyone can understand and relate to." 2. The problem Founders have the unenviable job of convincing investors the problem they're looking to solve is real and needs to be addressed ASAP. To do that, Byers suggested quantifying the problem in terms of dollars or other figures. As with the mission statement, these pain points need to be addressed in plain language that's accessible to the average individual. "It can also be good to phrase the problem in terms of the opportunity it presents," Byers said. Take the following example from another beta member, Malinda Coler, founder and CEO of online learning and coaching platform LessonsUp. "We modified the text to simple sentences that many people will personally relate to and added a statistic that calls out the problem in an acute way," Byers said. She cautioned that too much data can be overwhelming to potential investors, so striking a balance is key. "I struggled with this myself," Byers said. "There is a mountain of data highlighting both the funding gap for diverse founders and also the opportunity that exists for investors to fund an undervalued asset class." "I was presenting so much data that it dampened the impact," she added. "Pairing a powerful statement with a single supporting data point draws more attention," she said. 3. The solution you offer Once founders nail describing the problem, the solution they offer has to tie back to the pain points presented. This slide is a good place to include screenshots or illustrations that visually explain what your company offers. "Don't make the investor do the work of tying your narrative together," Byers said. "Most people, investors included, aren't familiar with your industry or terminology and often won't ask if it's assumed they should already know what something means," she added. "Write out acronyms and simplify your language, even if you're dealing with complicated science or technology." While the examples of the before and after Byers shared from beta member Joel Francois, cofounder and CEO of offline marketing engagement platform Helius Power, look similar, there's one key difference. "We added powerful header statements throughout his deck for a strong narrative that creates a continuous flow among his sections," she said. "This headline statement directly follows the previous slide that outlines the problem." 4. The business model and how you'll make money Here, founders have to explain who their customers are and how they plan to monetize their business. If there are multiple customer types, executives will need to plan what each group will be charged. "Investors want to know that you understand your primary revenue sources and the cash-flow implications of your business model," Byers said. She recommended that founders arrange their business model slides before their market size slides. "Investors need the context of how you make money and what your average revenue per customer is to understand where your market size numbers come from," she said. 5. The market size This is a slide many founders often overlook — and if they do put something together, it often misses the mark. Byers said that many take a "top-down approach," such as, "The cosmetics market is $X billions. If we capture just X%, it's a $X billion opportunity." "This isn't convincing to investors and it isn't particular to your business," she said. Instead, startups should focus on a "bottom-up" approach to market sizing. This means doing the following: Define what the total addressable market is in a way that's relevant and concludes there's a big enough audience for a return on investment. Provide an estimate of the sizes of the "serviceable" market — that is, people who can be reached — and "obtainable" market — that is, people who can be convinced to become customers — which should guide the company's focus for the next 12 to 18 months. 6. The competition How your company's offering stands out compared to options already available in the marketplace — that's what a competition slide should be able to convey, at a glance. Per Scroobious, a competitor "matrix" should: Include information about the founder's startup in the first column, followed by four to five of the most relevant competitors in the next columns List the tangible benefits of each company for the customer so they're clear to non-industry audiences Byers shared the following competitor slide from Anna Western, founder and CEO of the visual bookmarking tool Prism. "Her competitor choices communicate where she sees her product in the existing landscape and her customer benefits are distinct and easy to understand," Byers said. 7. An explanation of why your company is needed now Investors want to know how founders can directly address the needs and realities that exist due to COVID-19 and the related economic and social circumstances that have resulted, Byers said. "Emphasize how your solution is accelerated by the world today, but not defined or dependent on it," she said. "We are living through surreal times, but today's restrictions aren't permanent." Byers shared a slide from a Scroobious beta member, Quinn Wang, founder and CEO of Quadrant Eye, a company that offers remote eye exams, that communicates how her company is addressing a problem caused by the pandemic while also demonstrating how it can stay relevant in the long term. This portion of the deck is also a great place to share any proof of concept or momentum, Byers said. 8. The go-to-market and customer acquisition strategy Founders don't benefit from listing generic marketing tactics, such as social media ads, partnerships, or word-of-mouth marketing — but there's also no need to go too deep into the weeds and illustrate what your marketing spend will be per channel, Byers said. The goal instead should be to present the specific, relevant channels that are unique to your business. As an example of this, Byers pointed to financial modeling platform MRGN's go-to-market slides from their pitch deck. "Keep in mind that your selling strategy should align with the lifetime value of your customer," she said. "If your customers have a high average revenue potential, higher cost channels like strategic partnerships make sense. If your customers have a low average revenue, your acquisition costs also need to be low." 9. Team and founder fit The earlier stage the startup is in, the bigger the bet investors are taking on the founding leadership team to take the financial backing and deliver on the stated mission with a return on investment. "You need to convince an investor that they should trust you with their money," Byers said. "You may have described your origin story at the start of your presentation, but this is your chance to state why you and your team are the right people to be building your solution to the problem." The CEO recommended making use of bullets that get straight to the point and highlight key experience. She suggested addressing the following questions: What knowledge and skills have you developed that make you a fit for the task? How are you supplementing what you have to offer with other team members or advisors? "Be sure to communicate your knowledge or connection to the users of your solution as well as your skill set," Byers said. "This is particularly important for underrepresented founders, whose solutions might serve segments where investors don't have the first-hand experience." 10. A thank you with your contact information You've made it to the end of your pitch deck. Now what? Simple: Include a thank you note, contact information, and any appropriate social media handles. "When you are presenting, be sincere when you thank the investors," Byers said. "The importance of your passion and authenticity can't be overstated." Ultimately, founders are the experts of their own businesses, not investors. And a winning deck comes down to not just simply addressing what the investor wants to hear, but delivering a "key value proposition," she said. "Telling your story in a way that is authentic and meaningful to you will always win over trying to tell the story you think someone else wants to hear," Byers added.SEE ALSO: The pitch deck that Midwestern startup Bellwethr used to raise a $2.5 million seed round to make AI more accessible to companies Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why some Hong Kong skyscrapers have gaping holes......