The DraftCard App Launches: Share Your Student Athlete Experience | Peter Mehit

draftcard-articleOur client, DraftCard, Inc just launched their new iOS mobile application. DraftCard allows student athletes to create a FREE shareable card that highlights:

  • Sport and position
  • School, city, class and level of play
  • Statistics and performance milestones and achievement
  • Height, weight and GPA
  • Showcase cards as images or embed in a webpage

DraftCard is designed with the young athlete in mind, and helps student athletes show off their skills. The application will eventually have a search feature that will allow recruiters and college programs to search for prospects using the app.

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Smart Investment Strategies for Entrepreneurs | Getentrepreneurial.com

Entrepreneurs often have a lot of unique qualities. They tend to be willing to take risks when it comes to business and their careers, and they’re often creative and think outside the box. That’s a lot of what propels them toward being entrepreneurs and building their own companies.

When you do have your own company, there are some unique investment strategies and considerations to keep in mind, however. There are ways that investing as an entrepreneur may be different than someone who works for a company, for example, and invests a portion of their salary.

The following are some things to consider if you’re an entrepreneur and you want to build a smart, sustainable investment strategy.

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Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections | TechCrunch

If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments.

Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But instead of encountering Godwin’s Law in the comments, you might start encountering Google instead. Google’s internet safety incubator Jigsaw launched new technology today called Perspective, intended to clean up comment sections.

Perspective reviews comments and assigns them a toxicity rating that reflects the likelihood that the comment is intended to be harmful. Jigsaw’s goal is to keep people engaged in the conversation, so it assesses “harm” as something that would drive other commenters away.

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Ford skips over semi-autonomous cars for fully autonomous ones | Mashable

ford-carWill self-driving cars have steering wheels? Maybe not, if engineers keep falling asleep.

Ford’s self-driving cars will skip over Level 3 — where cars are automated, but human drivers are still expected to take over if need be — to Level 4, where cars are basically fully autonomous except for extreme conditions. (Self-driving cars that would meet the requirements for Level 5 are still theoretical at this point.) The levels are defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE.

Automotive News reported that Ford came to that decision after its engineers fell asleep, lulled into a false sense of security with nothing much to do while driving Level 3 cars.

“These are trained engineers who are there to observe what’s happening,” Ford Product Development Chief Raj Nair told the publication. “But it’s human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and that you feel you don’t need to be paying attention.”

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Unique Business Ideas that Helped with Overcoming the Urban Jungle | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

The big cities can be difficult to navigate, even for those that have been living in the area for quite some time. It’s often why these large cities are referred to as an “urban jungle” – it’s wild!

Could you imagine what it would be like if you were plunked into NYC before there were services like Uber, Airbnb, a good parking app, using hostels, GPS, and others?

It would have been a nightmare! And, in some ways, it still can be for those that aren’t aware of their options when it comes to the unique business ideas that have helped overcome the mayhem that is navigating your way around these urban jungles.

The following are some of the apps and services you may find helpful if you find yourself wandering the streets of metropolitan areas (and beyond):

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Microsoft Faces European Privacy Probes Over Windows 10 | Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. faces a coordinated investigation by European privacy regulators after it failed to do enough to address their concerns about the collection and processing of user data with a series of changes to Windows 10 last month.

European Union data-protection officials sent a letter to Microsoft saying they remain “concerned about the level of protection of users’ personal data,” according to a copy of the document posted by the Dutch watchdog Tuesday. Regulators from seven countries are concerned that even after the announced changes, “Microsoft does not comply with fundamental privacy rules.”

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Why Payment Companies Are Flocking To Messaging Apps | Fast Company

Money is surprisingly social. Venmo was one of the first U.S. startups to capitalize on that realization, designing its mobile app around an emoji-ridden social feed. Now messaging apps are seeing the light and welcoming financial services companies onto their platforms.

Today, TransferWise enters the fray with the launch of its Facebook Messenger bot. As with the TransferWise app, the bot provides a lower-cost means for executing cross-border payments. It will compete against a similar offering from Azimo Ltd., which announced its Messenger integration in August.

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On Promises | marketingforhippies.com

The purpose of marketing is to make promises.

The purpose of your business is to keep them.

Most traditional cultures in the world are overflowing with proverbs around the importance of keeping your word and doing what you say you will do.

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How to Reuse Content to Get More Traffic | Duct Tape Marketing

People don’t have enough time to continue to create the amount of content they need to attract visitors and convert them into leads. I get it. Creating content can be challenging and time-consuming, and coming up with new material regularly can seem impossible.

I’m here to tell you it’s doable, and you don’t even have to start from scratch. You can gain tremendous value just from reusing old content. Derek Halpern of Social Triggers said it well: “You don’t have to create content day in and day out. You just have to work on getting the content you already have in the hands of more people.” Here’s how.

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Chick-fil-A serving beef | Business Insider

Chick-fil-A is well known for its advertising touting chicken over beef.

But at a handful of restaurants, the chain has been quietly serving steak and hamburgers for decades.

The restaurants also serve a host of other exclusive dishes, such as fried okra and collard greens, that aren’t available at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.

We visited one of the locations in Hapeville, Georgia to get a taste of the menu.

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5 Lessons Learned the Hard Way for Building an Authority Website | Entrepreneur

Eight years ago Jason Wachob was physically crippled from a business venture that went bust.

“I flew 150,000 miles coach in a single year for my last start up company,” Jason said in a recent interview. “When you’re 6’7”, that’s torture.”

By the end of 2006, the former Columbia basketball standout’s business had tanked. He had nothing to show for it but two bulging disks in his lower back.

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