Warriors HQ Podcast: Center woes, arrested development, and Klay (maybe) finding his mojo

first_imgAfter the Christmas Day blowout loss to the Lakers, the Warriors played the Blazers twice.An overtime loss to Portland Thursday, followed by a win in Oregon on Saturday provided plenty for Dieter Kurtenbach and Logan Murdock to discuss on the latest episode of the Warriors’ HQ podcast.00:30 – Klay Thompson getting out of shooting funk05:35 – Draymond Green’s decisiveness when shooting from beyond the arc09:03 – The center position continues to be an issue17:39 – Warriors depth and …last_img

South Africa’s adventure diversity

first_img15 January 2009 Night-time miracle Still, the mountain vistas, the alpine meadows, the plethora of local flowers, plants and insects, a cascading waterfall, examples of Bushman rock art, and the curious mountain antelope and noisy baboons made for a memorable day. Just me and South Africa in the middle of the night. But it was our observation that there is a relative sense of peace and security here that is missing in many other parts of Africa. This article was first published in The Vancouver Sun. Republished here with kind permission of the author. Our tour guide took us on a 16-kilometre hike as part of our time spent in the Drakensberg Mountains. It was a challenging experience, to be sure, as my bad knee swelled up like a grapefruit during the course of this adventure, as a result of all the climbing and descending. Particularly beautiful and memorable was the Drakensberg Mountain Range, a world heritage site in the northeast corner of the country. Called “The Barrier of Spears,” this impenetrable-looking wall of mountains looks like a cross between the Grand Canyon and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Drakensberg is a favourite vacation spot for many South Africans and they take justifiable pride in it. It was a breathtaking, emotional moment and it ended up being one of the highlights of a fantastic 18-day tour of this beautiful country. Also, the cultural/historical/political dynamic that is prevalent in this land was fascinating to observe. The apartheid era ended only about 15 years ago and the Asian, black and white people are apparently still feeling each other out, so to speak. On our sojourn, we were delighted at how beautiful and varied the South African landscape is. From rolling green hills, fertile lands, soaring mountain ranges, plunging canyons, near jungle environments, Indian Ocean-side paradises, semi-desert regions, big city settings, and a non-stop montage of small African villages, it was one unexpected surprise after another. The Barrier of Spears I awoke and walked outside my mountain cabin to a night-time miracle of sight and sound so spectacular it took my breath away: a three-quarters full moon lighting up the alpine landscape, the nearby mountain range a mixture of moon-tinged clarity and shadowy quarters, moonlit clouds reaching over a part of the range like a ghostly waterfall, croaking frogs and chirping insects adding a background harmony of natural sound, the Southern Cross and Orion constellations standing out in the midst of a starry belt above, with the lights of a faraway African settlement providing an earthly contrast. However, it was a middle-of-the night event that caused my visit here to rise to the level of the sublime. We came back sunburnt, cut, scraped, sore – and thoroughly satisfied, as the end result of adventure tourism should be! Cultural/historical/political dynamic It was the big game parks and the country’s post-apartheid era of change that initially drew us to this land. As well, visiting the famous Paul Kruger National Park and the historic and political black township of Soweto were certainly everything advertised and expected. The big game animals that Africa is famous for were a thrill to see. Our family completed a wonderful tour of South Africa this past December. Our 18-day adventure tour took us from Johannesburg to Cape Town and interesting points in between, with a set of international travel companions from three continents. The lesson here is that there is more to South Africa than the great game parks. Pay a visit to the Drakensberg Mountain Range and other parts of this wonderful land and I guarantee that you won’t regret it. William Lindsay of Vancouver teaches at the University of British Columbia. The Lindsays’ tour was hosted by Drifters Adventure Tours.last_img read more

PPC, IDC enter Ethiopian cement market

first_img26 July 2012 South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have teamed up to acquire a 47% equity stake in Ethiopia’s Habesha Cement Share Company (HCSCo), and will help build a US$130-million cement plant in the east African country. PPC announced on Wednesday that it was investing $12-million in cash to secure 27% equity in HCSCo – the company’s first foray into the east African cement market. The IDC will invest $9-million for a 20% equity stake in HCSCo. “We are on record that our strategy is to grow our revenue earned outside of South Africa to 40-50% during the next few years and that we have been working on various opportunities on the African continent,” PPC CEO Paul Stuiver said in a statement. “This is one of those opportunities, and we look forward to a growing contribution and partnership with Habesha in the years ahead.” PPC said HCSCo was a “first of its kind cement share company in Ethiopia, with more than 16 000 local shareholders”.State-of-the-art cement plant The first phase of HCSCo’s plan is a $130-million, state-of-the-art cement plant with an annual capacity of 1.4-million tons to supply the growing Ethiopian cement market. The plant will be financed from the equity investments of local shareholders, PPC and the IDC, as well as $86-million in debt financing that HCSCo has secured from the Development Bank of Ethiopia. According to PPC, the HCSCo plant, which is currently in the early stages of construction, is located 35km north-west of Addis Ababa. Cement production is planned to commence during the first half of 2014, and future development plans includes an option to double the plant’s capacity to 2.8-million tons per annum. During the initial construction phases, PPC will assist HCSCo by providing operational and technical expertise and by training plant personnel at its operations and in the PPC Academy in South Africa.One of Africa’s fastest-growing economies With a population of about 85-million, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most populous countries, as well as one of its fastest-growing economies. Infrastructure development is high on the country’s agenda, and the government has embarked on a significant housing reform programme. “During my visits to Ethiopia I have been impressed with the professionalism of Habesha management and their advisers,” Stuiver said. “They have significant experience in the cement industry, and we have already built great relationships. “The country’s current investment plans, combined with one of the fastest growing cement demands in Africa, makes us extremely confident about the sustainability and growth of this investment.” PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, with eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with total capacity of eight million tons cement annually. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone, and exports cement and lime to various African countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s universities

first_imgSouth Africa’s universities and other academic and technical tertiary institutions are some of the best on the continent and in the world. South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter At the cutting edge of research in various academic, technology, medicine, law and business spheres, the country’s public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for local and international students.South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. Smaller universities and technikons (polytechnics) were incorporated into larger institutions to form comprehensive universities.South African universities offer a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, while the country’s universities of technology focus on vocationally oriented education. Some also offer theoretically-oriented university degrees.While subsidised by the state and governed in terms of the Higher Education Act, South African universities remain autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than to the government.Here’s a summary of each South African university and tertiary institution.Traditional universitiesRhodes University Situated in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is over a century old. The university has over 7000 students (more than half living in residence), of which 1450 are international students from 57 different countries.Rhodes offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of humanities, science, commerce, pharmacy, law, and education.It boasts the highest academic staff to student ratio of any university in South Africa (1:15) and is world-renowned for its journalism and media studies department that has graduated some of the best journalists currently working in South Africa and abroad, including Haru Mutasa from Al Jazeera and Anand Naidoo formerly of CNN, now at CCTV.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ru.ac.zaNorth-West UniversityNorth-West University was formed in 2004, with the merger of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West, formerly the University of Bophuthatswana. It is now one of South Africa’s biggest universities, with about 32 000 fulltime and distance students.It has three campuses in two provinces: the Mafikeng and Potchefstroom campuses are in the North West province, while the Vaal Triangle campus is in Gauteng. It upholds the promotion of multilingualism as a core practice, with key innovations in place to meet the needs of its diverse student body.For more information, see the university’s website: www.nwu.ac.zaUniversity of Cape Town South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829, UCT has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town.The university is regarded as the top research institution on the continent, with more “A” rated researchers than any other South African university. It is the highest ranked African university in both the QS World and the Times Higher Education world university rankings.The university is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967, and lists five Nobel Laureates among its alumni.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uct.ac.zaUniversity of Fort Hare The University of Fort Hare, dating back to 1916, is the oldest historically black university in the country. It was the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.Fort Hare has two Eastern Cape campuses, in Alice and East London. It offers a range of degrees and diplomas in faculties of science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, and at the Nelson R Mandela School of Law.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ufh.ac.zaUniversity of the Free State The University of the Free State, which was established in 1904, has its main campus as well as a second smaller campus in Bloemfontein. Its third campus is in Qwaqwa, in the Eastern Free State.With around 33 000 students, the university offers a full range of under- and post- graduate degrees and diplomas in the faculties of education, health sciences, including a medical school, the humanities, law, natural and agricultural sciences, theology, as well as economic and management sciences, which also houses the UFS business school. All classes are offered in Afrikaans and English.Under the leadership of its charismatic and erudite rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen, the university is committed to its vision of becoming an equitable multicultural and multilingual university.For more information, see the university’s website: https://www.ufs.ac.za//a>University of KwaZulu-Natal Incorporating the former Durban-Westville and Natal universities, the university covers four campuses in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg. With around 42 000 students, it comprises four colleges: agriculture, engineering and science; health sciences, including schools of clinical medicine and nursing; humanities; and the college of law and management studies.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ukzn.ac.zaUniversity of Limpopo The University of Limpopo has two main campuses: one at Turfloop, to the east of Polokwane in Limpopo province; the other at Ga-Rankuwa, just north of Pretoria. The university represents a merger between the University of the North and the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa), which was incorporated as a full medical faculty.Its other faculties are humanities; science and agriculture; and management and law. The university focus is on finding solutions to meet the needs of African rural communities.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ul.ac.zaUniversity of Pretoria Established in 1930, the university is one of South Africa’s largest, offering around 1 800 academic programmes in English and Afrikaans. It has the highest research output in South Africa, a position it has held proudly since 1997.The university has nine faculties spread over seven campuses – economic and business sciences; education; engineering; built environment and information technology; health sciences; humanities; law; natural and agricultural sciences; theology; and a faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort, which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.Its business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, was established in Johannesburg in 2000. GIBS was ranked as the top MBA in Africa by the Financial Times in 2011.For more information, see the university’s website: web.up.ac.zaUniversity of Stellenbosch Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, 60km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch University has four campuses: the main campus at Stellenbosch, which hosts the faculties of arts and social sciences, science, education, agrisciences, law, theology, economic and managements sciences, and engineering. The health sciences faculty is at Tygerberg Hospital, while the business school is in Bellville, and military sciences faculty in Saldanha.The university, home to around 26 000 students, is committed to using and sustaining Afrikaans as an academic language in a multilingual context. So while predominantly Afrikaans, many courses are lectured bilingually, and students are allowed to write their assignments and exams in English. At postgraduate level, the language of tuition is determined by the composition of the class.For more information, see the university’s website: www.sun.ac.zaUniversity of the Western Cape Originally established in 1959 as an ethnic college for coloured students, the university now provides facilities for more than 12 000 students across 68 departments and 16 institutes, schools and research centres.Based in Tygerberg, just north of Cape Town, the university has faculties of arts, community and health sciences, dentistry, economic and management sciences, education, law, and natural sciences. UWC is dedicated to the research and development of free and open-source software. It is the only African member of the Open Courseware Consortium.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uwc.ac.zaUniversity of the Witwatersrand Based in Johannesburg, Wits University is one of the country’s leading research institutions, attracting students from across Africa. Wits has produced more than 120 000 graduates across a range of disciplines since being granted full university status in 1922.The university, with about 28 000 students, offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment; science; the humanities; health sciences; as well as commerce, law and management. The highly regarded Wits Business School is one of the oldest in South Africa.Wits is also home to one of the largest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and its Institute for Human Evolution is dedicated to palaeoanthropological research.For more information, see the university’s website: www.wits.ac.zaComprehensive universitiesUniversity of Johannesburg Established in 2005, the University of Johannesburg incorporates the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand, and Vista University’s Johannesburg campuses. It offers both technical and academic programmes to around 50 000 students.There nine faculties spread over five different campuses: art, design and architecture; economic and financial sciences; education; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; humanities; law; management; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uj.ac.zaNelson Mandela Metropolitan University The university, with its 25 000 students, has five campuses in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and one in George in the Southern Cape. It incorporates the former PE Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth, and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth campus.As a comprehensive university, it offers vocational and professional training across the faculties of arts; business and economic sciences; education; engineering, the built environment and information technology; health sciences; law; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: www.nmmu.ac.zaUniversity of South Africa Unisa is one of the largest open distance-learning institutions in the world and has more than 300 000 students in 130 countries. Its roots stretching back more than 130 years, a “new Unisa’ was formed in 2004 when it merged with Technikon SA and Vista University’s distance education division. Based in Pretoria, but with regional offices in all nine provinces, it offers distance education programmes – both academic and technical.For more information, see the university’s website: www.unisa.ac.zaUniversity of Venda Established in 1982, the University of Venda for Science and Technology is in Thohoyandou in Limpopo. It offers academic, professional and career-focused programmes in the fields of education; environmental sciences; agriculture; health sciences; human and social sciences; law; management sciences; as well as mathematical and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.univen.ac.zaUniversity of ZululandThe University of Zululand is a rural-based comprehensive university, with its main campus in Kwadlangezwa, just south of Empangeni, a second campus in Richards Bay, as well as other off-campus centres. With just under 9 000 students, it offers career- focused programmes and courses that have been structured with potential employees and employers in mind. It has four faculties: arts; commerce, administration and law; education; and science and agriculture.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uzulu.ac.zaWalter Sisulu University Billing itself as a “developmental university’, Walter Sisulu University’s location in the Eastern Cape presents it with unique challenges and opportunities. Since its 2005 merger with the former Border and Eastern Cape technikons and the University of the Transkei, the university has around 20 000 students spread across its campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha.It offers a range of degrees, certificates and diplomas in four faculties (science, engineering and technology; health sciences; business, management sciences and law; education). It hosts an MBChB programme in Mthatha.For more information, see the university’s website: www.wsu.ac.zaUniversities of technologyCape Peninsula University of Technology Incorporating the former Cape and Peninsula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with more than 32 000 students on four campuses in and around Cape Town and a fifth in Wellington. CPUT emphasises in-service training, which often comes in the form of a six-month internship.For more information, see the university’s website: www.cput.ac.zaCentral University of Technology Incorporating the former Technikon Free State and Vista University’s Welkom campus, the university is based in Bloemfontein. It has a regional learning centres in Welkom and Kimberly in the Northern Cape. Almost 50 programmes are offered in three faculties: management sciences; engineering, information and communication technology; and health and environmental sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.cut.ac.zaDurban University of Technology Incorporating the former ML Sultan and Natal technikons, the university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi. As a university of technology, DUT focuses on applied research as well as on technological innovation.It operates on five different campuses in Durban, and two in Pietermaritzburg, offering tuition through its six faculties of accounting and informatics; applied sciences; arts and design; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; and management sciences. It also has a Business Studies Unit.For more information, see the university’s website: www.dut.ac.zaMangosuthu University of Technology Mangosuthu University of Technology was established as a technikon in 1979 by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, then the chief minister of KwaZulu, a “homeland’ created under apartheid. It is based in Umlazi, 25km from Durban. Now a university of technology, it has 10 000 students studying in three different faculties: management sciences, engineering, and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.mut.ac.zaTshwane University of Technology Incorporating the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons, Tshwane University of Technology offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas. It has campuses in four of South Africa’s northern provinces and annual student enrolment is around 60 000 students. There are seven faculties: engineering and the built environment; science; humanities; management sciences; information and communication technology; arts; as well as economics and finance.For more information, see the university’s website: www.tut.ac.zaVaal University of Technology The university has around 21 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses, which include the Sebokeng campus of the former Vista University. It has four faculties: engineering and technology; applied and computer science; human sciences; and management sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.vut.ac.zaOriginally published: January 2005Reviewed: October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Sibu Mpanza talks vlogging and the Bill of Rights

first_imgSibu Mpanza started his vlogging journey in 2014. Since then he has won many awards and has got several opportunities along the way, such as a trip to Mauritius. He talks about how he uses his voice on YouTube to unpack various social issues.Vlogger Sibu Mpanza voices his opinions on social issues and talks about his life as a student in Cape Town. (Image: SibuMpanza, YouTube)Melissa JavanThere are plenty of YouTubers in South Africa who have made a name for themselves; Sibu Mpanza is one of them. He is the winner of the first Samsung #Socialstar competition, for which he and two other contestants travelled to Mauritius from 12-16 November 2015.Born in Mpumalanga, the 21-year-old, who now lives in Cape Town, started vlogging in 2014. “I stumbled on vloggers while watching music videos on YouTube. After a few days’ binge-watching them I knew I had to star on my own channel.”He started filming himself with a friend’s camera, before getting his own camera for his 20th birthday.Vloggers, or video bloggers, are people who make personal videos and post them online to YouTube. Many people vlog – or document – their lives; others only concentrate on a certain theme for their channel. Mpanza has more than 2,000 subscribers and over 130,000 views on his channel.Brand South Africa launched the ‘Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution’ campaign.The three-month campaign, which commenced on 1 October 2016, aims to empower people with knowledge and information on their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. This awareness will be integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.The interview with Mpanza was done as part of the ‘Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution’ campaign.Mpanza speaks about how freedom of expression allows him to talk about social issues that are relevant to him and his peers. He also gives some insight to his life as a vlogger.MJ: You talk about serious issues such as race, class and perceptions. When and why did you decide to talk about social issues in your YouTube videos?SM: It honestly came out of nowhere. I study social development and gender studies so I was used to speaking about these issues. YouTube became a way to vent and bring awareness about these issues.Watch Mpanza talk about why the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh was not just about hair:MJ: Tell us how the Constitution is beneficial to you as a young person.SM: The Constitution, more specifically, the Bill of Rights, plays a role of paramount importance to me. My rights are what keep me safe, they’re what keep me alive, and they have allowed me to have a promising future. That that being said, many South Africans don’t have those rights given to them. It’s beneficial to me, but it should be more inclusive.Watch Mpanza talk about racial issues:MJ: Do vloggers have an impact on people? Why do you think so?SM: I think we do. I think vlogging is incredibly personal. We’re showing you our lives, our personality. Video content tends to be very personal. It makes the viewer feel closer to you.I think we make people laugh, we make people think. We have a way of taking people away from their reality for that brief five minutes while they’re watching our video.Watch Mpanza on his trip to Zambia, where he was a facilitator for a photography workshop:MJ: How often do you collaborate with other vloggers and why?SM: I try to collaborate as often as I can. I have done more collaborations in the last few months than ever before. Collabs bring the YouTube family together. It gives us a sense of community.Collaboration is also a great way of increasing your viewership by sharing subscribers with other YouTubers who make content like yours.Watch Mpanza teach vlogger Suzelle DIY some slang:MJ: Tell us about some of your collaborations.SM: I did one with Ich Bin Siv about being queer at university. The most recent one was with a huge local YouTuber, Suzelle DIY. I taught her some new slang words.Watch Mpanza talk to vlogger Ich Bin Siv about perceptions of being gay at school and university:MJ: You have spoken about dating white girls as a black man and also about how black mothers are different. What has collaborating with other vloggers taught you, especially with those with cultures different from your own?SM: Oh no, those are really old videos! I collaborate to learn about others. If I don’t know enough about a certain subject, I’ll either ask someone who does, or bring them in to do the video with me.Watch Mpanza and his friends talk about their mothers:MJ: Talk about your accolades, such as being the first Samsung #SocialStar.SM: I was also the runner up for the Top YouTube channel in Africa in the African Blogger Awards. I was recently nominated for the ‘Most Influential Vlogger’ award at the Student Village Youth Influencer Awards.I am currently on my way to winning the Cell C #BreakTheNet competition, which is looking for the next South African YouTube sensation.Watch Mpanza show Cape Town and small business owners where they can go if they do not have an office:MJ: Would you change if you got a lot of sponsorship or got paid to vlog?SM: I don’t think I would change. I am constantly evolving and moving forward. You can see that in my work. I have already been working with brands and sponsorships. My audience has reacted very well to it. I think they appreciate the fact that brands have seen my worth as a content creator.Watch Mpanza and other YouTubers battle it out in a fun competition:Sources: SocialStar Search and SibuMpanza, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2019 soybean harvest kicks off with a Cab Cam at the Clark Farm in Warren County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this Cab Cam, sponsored by Homan Inc., Dave Clark from Warren County joins Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson as they discuss some of the first soybeans being harvested in the state of Ohio. Dave shared about the challenging planting season and his hopes for higher yields as the harvest season progresses.last_img

Jack Dorsey Talks About Square at LeWeb: Wants Dongle to be Available for Free

first_imgAt the annual LeWeb conference in Paris today, Loic Le Meur interviewed Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey about Square, the mobile payment system he launched in limited beta in November. While the demo didn’t quite work as expected – the Square dongle wasn’t able to read Loic’s credit card at first – we did learn a few more details about Square. Among other thing, Dorsey plans to launch an API in the future that will allow Square to connect to other financial systems and bookkeeping software. In addition, Dorsey announced that he plans to make the payment dongle available for free.According to Dorsey, finance is one of two industries that is ready for a disruption. The other industry is healthcare, though Dorsey doesn’t expect that we will see any major technological disruptions in this business within the next two years. According to Dorsey, one of the original ideas for Square was to use the iPhone camera to take a picture of a credit card and then use OCR software to read the data. As Square wants to be able to offer its service on multiple platforms, however, the team decided to use a dongle that plugs into an audio jack.The team is currently working on the private beta and also working on building up its security team.As we noted last week, there are still some questions about the viability of this business, though Dorsey is obviously quite upbeat about the future of its new venture. Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img frederic lardinois Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts tim devaney and tom stein A lot of people in Silicon Valley are down on job-hoppers these days. They’re flaky, they’re bad employees, they steal all the Sharpies when they leave, blah, blah, blah. But it turns out that all that job-hopping is an important part of what makes the Valley so special. Everyone loves a good game of musical chairs. The tune kicks on, everyone jumps up and runs in a circle laughing and the party is good. That’s Silicon Valley over the past few years. A lot of people whirling around and having a grand old time. But what would happen if the music started and nobody got up to play? What if companies want to hire but all the workers stay firmly seated in their current positions?The truth is that Silicon Valley startups depend on job-hoppers to fill their open positions – and a lot of them would struggle if the job-hoppers stopped hopping.Job Hopping Makes Silicon Valley Hum“That’s why employers populate Silicon Valley, because they have access to great talent,” said Kathryn Shaw, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who researches ways that firms attract top talent in knowledge industries. “They want people to be relatively mobile, because when they have a need for a particular skill, they want people to be available.”Job-hopping means startups have an easier time finding a match for their needs. If job-hopping ceased, Silicon Valley would lose a lot of its appeal as a location, Shaw said. “You need job-hopping to continually update the matching process between employer and employee. That’s why we have Silicon Valley. Otherwise people would be more scattered.”So job-hoppers are a vital commodity for tech companies. But what about the other side of the chip? Conventional wisdom among startups workers is: move around as much as you can and you’ll benefit from ever-increasing compensation as firms seek to attract your talents.Surprise: Job Hoppers Make Less CashIn fact, that’s not true. In her research, Shaw has discovered that people who stay longer at one company get paid more. A few years ago she did a study of 50,000 Silicon Valley software employees and found that those with at least five years’ experience at the same employer typically earned annual raises of 8%, compared to 5% for those with a history of job-hopping. She also found that employees who stay in place longer are more productive and creative. (Perhaps because they don’t waste so much time in orientation sessions.)Shaw’s data included stock options vested as they were realized. She drew her data from the state of California, not survey forms.“To constantly hop between jobs to try to chase the greatest pay is not advisable,” she said. “If you take someone who has high income right now and look at the sources of that income, what they did to achieve that high income, how they did it was staying with one or two employers, not by hopping [among] employers.”The Future Of Job HoppingSo will startup workers keep on job-hopping? Culture is the key to the decision-making process. When workers see a culture in which every employee at Instagram gets filthy rich overnight, it’s only natural for them to decide to chase the next Instagram. When they look around and see their friends jumping from one startup to another for more stock options and cooler rooftop parties, it’s easy for them to do the same.But what happens if the bubble pops and everybody sobers up and admits the reality revealed in research by people like Shaw? it’s likely there will be less mobility in Silicon Valley. Exactly how much job-hopping continues could hold long-term implications for companies big and small – not to mention their employees.IBM, anyone?Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#start#Trends How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Source Interlinks Grind Media Forms Dirt Sports Group with Acquisition

first_imgSource Interlink Media’s enthusiast sports group, GrindMedia, bought Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines from Ryan Communications Group this week. The deal sets up a new Dirt Sports group within Grind for Source, which also includes existing titles Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, Endurocross and Motocross.com. Ryan Communications founder Jim Ryan will head up the new group.The deal is the second one for GrindMedia, which bought Baseball America last December. The GrindMedia group is Source’s gen-y, young male consumer group, which, says the company, reaches a monthly audience of 20,000,000 along with other brands such as Skateboarder, Bike, Powder and Slam. The latter recently extended its model into Football with the release of TD and TDdaily.com.last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday December 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, December 10, 2018:#1) WCTV Fundraiser at Red Heat TavernWant some good food while supporting a great cause? Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) is hosting a fundraiser at Red Heat Tavern (300 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 10pm. All you need to do is bring the flyer below (print it out or show it on your phone) and 10% of your check will go to WCTV. This is for dine-in or take-out. It’s an easy and delicious way to support the station.#2) Family Holiday SingalongThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a holiday sing-along on Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm! David Polansky, an award-winning singer, musician and composer, will present a repertoire of classic holiday songs and original compositions that will encompass Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! All ages. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.) The North Wilmington Train Station, Butters Row Bridge Replacement, the Woburn Street/Lowell Street Intersection, Russell Disposal, and more are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE. The meeting is open to the public.#4) Wilmington Housing Authority Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. The Capital Improvement Plan and Vacant Land With Development Potential are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Job Seekers Network MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its networking group at 10am. Find out what the new tax code is all about and how it may affect you. Beth Logan is an Enrolled Agent with a tax practice and business consulting in Chelmsford. She teaches classes on taxes to laypersons and other Enrolled Agents. She is a nationally published author including articles and two books on taxes.  She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and two engineering degrees. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more