what would you like to see brands do?

hi all. this week has been a tough one to say the least and we are sending you light and love. my team and i have been discussing ways brands can make a long term impact, and i wanted to ask you all your thoughts. curious to hear what you'd like to see all beauty/lifestyle brands change to continuously push racial equality. if you're open to sharing, we've created a survey below. thank you in advance <3 let's create change!


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How important is 3rd party authentication through OAuth providers like Google / Facebook?

I'm working on a PaaS for real estate brokers that will act as their website / mobile apps. Given that my platform is more than a CMS / CRM and may very easily end up warehousing sensitive data, like documents with social security numbers, I've spent a lot of time on authentication. I have a long way to go still, to ensure security, but I'm comfortable with where I am with my local auth workflow.

I currently have the bulk of 3rd party authentication written but managing "linking" accounts is still up in the air. I'm not 100% certain how I want to proceed with it.

I'm trying to determine if it is worth the timesink or if I should resolve to finishing the core product, commenting out the ability to login with Google / Facebook for now.

Is it something that your users rely upon? Do you think you'd lose customers if it weren't available? I can't help but wonder how much my clients, real estate brokers, will care at first.

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Feeling like I’m being cut out, please help!!

I’m a senior in college with one semester left in the Fall. I am working on a team consisting of me (handling business) and an experienced designer (who is back in school). For the past six months I have been working on a project developing a product partnered with a prominent, and massive business in my area.

Originally, my partner and I were brought on the project with hopes we would be able to further it enough to take it to a large pitch competition and with $ 100,000 for further development. At this point, the business we are partnered with said we would then own all IP, and we would license from them. However, due to the Coronavirus, this pitch competition was canceled, and we were cleared to compete in 2021.

We are now at the beginning of the prototyping stage. As of today, we were in a meeting and it seems as though our “partner” has been doing some work behind our backs. We were notified that there are two companies they have contacted:

– Company #1: Has not reached back to them. They seem uninterested and may not contact back about the project

– Company #2: Is interested in the project, and brought to light a new market for our product

The reason I bring this up is because my partner and I have no signed deal that we will receive IP and this meeting sounded like whoever gives the best deal for the IP (us against the companies) will get it. I’m struggling to come up with a plan to position myself in a way where we will either get the IP or be able to partner with the company who takes it. Problem being, is we are students and are probably being looked at with little value.

I’ve thought of the following situations:

1) If we wait, another company may snatch the IP

2) If we don’t think company #1 will be interested in the project, we can refuse to continue (if we believe company #2 won’t purchase the IP at a $ 5,000-$ 10,000 value and run with it themselves – this is probable they won’t as they want to tweak the project and we are still prototyping) unless and agreement is signed, then they could just bring on other students??

3) We could go directly to company #2 and make a deal with them … but again we are being looked at with little value as we have no IP and are students

I have poured six months of my life bringing this idea into validation and working with my design partner to create something truly amazing! Now that promise has been shown I feel like we are being cut out. Please help!!!!

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Why People Like To Work From Home

However, working with a work in your own home business you intend your own timings as well as leverage on other people’s time. In this particular way, it seems like have much more to commit to your as well as family loved methods.

A work at home business also gives you the chance to utilise something recent. Again, you don’t have to put a third mortgage within the house to pursue know why .. It can be something small, but additionally, it can be something to kick up the prolonged monotony of every day.

It entirely possible that there is obviously workplace drama, no matter where you can work. Aren’t you tired of those? Of course you are. It’s time for you to leave out and do at home – whenever it’s just you, you will not have to appear worried about that workplace drama.

What’s good about working freelance that the time is often rather much bendable. Stay at home moms can attest into the benefit of not having to work a nine-to-five shift as well as have more than enough generate ends hook up.

Have a low cost – Will be possible to limit the amount you can invest, a person will require some money. Plus, as the ease in starts making money, you will need to reinvest in on the web. So, you will both need money to live on as well as money to start your work from home business.

Keep tabs on the expenses and income that dwelling office earns. There are lots of small business accounting programs that may possibly help you manage your home business finances. Easy software prevented allow an individual run reports and graph your home business activity can help.

Maybe you are bored using current job, but due to the downturn for the overall design finding another job just isn’t as easy given that sounds, not really try start an online business.

I would like to have an app idea developed in Flutter or React Native. Does it make sense to buy a pre-made template online and then hire a developer to re-skin/tailor it to what I want in order to cut costs?

I understand a Flutter or React Native developer may cost a lot, but I currently only have a budget of $ 3 – 4k maximum. My app idea involves a firebase backend (which I already made on my own), a photo sharing feature, and basically can be described as similar in nature to instagram. Would it make sense to buy a template online and then hire a developer to change it up? My concern is that the template might be too far out from what I want, or the developer may take more time doing this because they need to understand the template coding first.

Is there any reason I might want to start from scratch vs. a template? Templates for RN or Flutter I did come across was on instamobile.io and codecanyon.net (not sure if either are legit), which looks to be around $ 500 or so. Any other suggestions for places I can find a template would be greatly appreciated!

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How I’d Like To Work From A Home Office And Make It?

Invest in some new product. You may skill to write a part or many of it off on your taxes. Comprises budget items that are large, such as fax machines, computers and other equipment are heavy. Keep tabs on business each large and small.

Consider Your Investment: Yes, you will want to invest within your home business, make no mistake about this. Most of your investment should contact your skill-set, such as learning the right way to operate your business, how you can market it properly today, and the way to create ROI (return on investment). Perform invest minimally given organization and its product/service recognize it is credible numerous experts get behind it. Placed the better a part of your purchase of your education. Learn some basic skills and then expound upon them given your money. Too many people put the cart before the horse and spend even more money on enrolling along with a company, getting back in product, purchasing business cards and leads BEFORE they even know who their potential are and how to market suitably.

Second thing to know is to commit to writing. Home business freelance writing can be very lucrative and treating. Like anything else, money won’t fall into your lap just because this could be the internet. The truth is that answer to your problem lot of competition cyberspace. What will make you better established than anyone else is your commitment and hard work. With that said however, you will be able understands goodbye for that daily commute and be successful in your pajamas from your easy chair.

If it is vital all new to you, top-tier programs are a business opportunity, not doable. Businesses require an buy. If you’re considering your need to work at home, planning to reason to accept this, because whatever you decide and find online that promises no investment is in order to be take plenty of time and pay out very, less. Often times you’ll be working for less as .50 to .75 per hours. You would never accept a position that paid that, so don’t work at home for that.

You could start the internet business blog and monetize it with Google AdSense ads. Precisely what people even start your own consulting business and teach people learn how to started making money from back.

Be sure you are open to other people’s opinion. Many online business owners will gladly share their opinions and experiences along with you. That is a fact; you have to accept them grace. Use what you learn boost your work from home business. Let people have their own ideas and hold fast to your reply. Know that you need to focus only on things that benefit you, so which you could keep growing your home based business.

We all have to work, even though working is part of our life (whether we want it or not), we get options on how, when, where and why we tasks. Of course the purpose any one works is ideal for the money, but that does not mean we can’t have fun and enjoy really should do, and sadly there are thousands people who check out work everyday and really don’t enjoy their job.

Social media content is like reruns of previous shows on a TV channel. You might not get engagement all the time but it shows your audience that you are active, available and there for them, always!

I believe that despite the lowering engagement rates on Facebook and other similar channels, still a startup should stay active.

It is good to discover new channels that bring business but it is equally important to stay approachable.

What's your take on this?

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What does the ‘Ideal’ founding team look like?

Hey y'all,

After several years of trial and tribulation I have finally started to get my startup project to a stage where there seems to be a compelling enough reason to join. (Yay)I've still not raised but have taken a few payments and gained a lot of interest over recent months.

I have recently partnered up with a technical co-founder, which I'm aware is absolutely essential for the progress of the project and I am content with.

However, in the process of advertising potential co-founder roles in the company everywhere from London to Kathmandu I have received responses from people with very interesting profiles.A lot of these individuals are competent, but I'm not sure are essential, and in some cases may even be detrimental to the progress me and my new tech buddy can make.

Putting aside the obvious things such as vision alignment, chemistry between co-founders etc;

What do you feel are the most important skill sets for the founding team to possess? Should I even take on a third person, if me and the current co-founder can get to the next stage without a third?How do you divvy up equity between a third co-founder that might be useful, but certainly isn't adding as much value as the original founder or the person building the product.

As always, thanks for your time!

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Jeremy Conrad left his own VC firm to start a company, and investors like what he’s building

When this editor first met Jeremy Conrad, it was in 2014, at the 8,000-square-foot former fish factory that was home to Lemnos, a hardware-focused venture firm that Conrad had cofounded three years earlier.

Conrad —  who as a mechanical engineering undergrad at MIT worked on self driving cars, drones and satellites — was still excited about investing in hardware startups, having just closed a small new fund even while hardware was very unfashionable and remains challenging. One investment his team had made around that time was in Airware, a company that made subscription-based software for drones and attracted meaningful buzz and $ 118 million in venture funding before shutting down in 2018.

By then, Conrad had already moved on — though not from his love of hardware. He instead decided in late 2017 that a nascent team that was camping out at Lemnos was onto a big idea relating the future of construction. Conrad didn’t have a background in real estate or, at the time, a burning passion for the industry. But the “more I learned about it — not dissimilar to when I started Lemnos — It felt like there was a gap in the market, an opportunity that people were missing,” says Conrad from his home in San Francisco, where he has hunkered down throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Enter Quartz, Conrad’s now 1.5-year-old, 14-person company, which quietly announced $ 7.75 million in Series A funding earlier this month, led by Baseline Ventures, with Felicis Ventures, Lemnos and Bloomberg Beta also participating.

What it’s selling to real estate developers, project managers and construction supervisors is really two things, which is safety and information.

Here’s how it works: using off-the-shelf hardware components that are reassembled in San Francisco and hardened (meaning secured to reduce vulnerabilities), the company incorporates its machine-learning software into this camera-based platform, then mounts the system onto cranes at construction sites. From there, the system streams 4K live feeds of what’s happening on the ground, while also making sense of the action.

Say dozens of concrete pouring trucks are expected on a construction site. The cameras, with their persistent view, can convey through a dashboard system whether and when the trucks have arrived and how many, says Conrad. It can determine how many people on are on a job site, and whether other deliveries have been made, even if not with a high degree of specificity.

“We can’t say [to project managers] that 1,000 screws were delivered, but we can let them know whether the boxes they were expecting were delivered and where they were left,” he explains.

It’s an especially appealing proposition in the age of coronavirus, as the technology can help convey information that’s happening at a site that’s been shut down, or even how closely employees are gathered.

Conrad says the technology also saves on time by providing information to those who might not otherwise be able to access it. Think of the developer on the 50th floor of the skyscraper that he or she is building, or even the crane operator who is perhaps moving a two-ton object and has to rely on someone on the ground to deliver directions but can enjoy far more visibility with the aid of a multi-camera set-up.

Quartz, which today operates in California but is embarking on a nationwide rollout, was largely inspired by what Conrad was seeing in the world of self-driving. From sensors to self-perception systems, he knew the technologies would be even easier to deploy at construction sites, and he believed it could make them safer, too. Indeed, like cars, construction sites are highly dangerous. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, of the worker fatalities in private industry in 2018, more than 20% were in construction.

Conrad also saw an opportunity to take on established companies like Trimble, a 42-year-old, publicly traded, Sunnyvale, Ca.-based company that sells a portfolio of tools to the construction industry and charges top dollar for them. Quartz is meanwhile charging just $ 2,000 per month per construction site for its series of cameras, their installation, a livestream and “lookback” data, though this may well rise at its adds additional features.

It’s a big enough opportunity that, perhaps unsurprisingly, Quartz is not alone in chasing it. Last summer, for example, Versatile, an Israeli-based startup with offices in San Francisco and New York City, raised $ 5.5 million in seed funding from Germany’s Robert Bosch Venture Capital and several other investors for a very similar platform,  though it uses sensors mounted under the hook of a crane to provide information about what’s happening below. Construction Dive, a media property that’s dedicated to the industry, highlights many other, similar and competitive startups in the space, too.

Still, Quartz has Conrad, who isn’t just any founding CEO. Not only does he have that background in engineering, but having launched a venture firm and spent years as an investor may also serve him well. He thinks a lot about the payback period on its hardware, for example.

Unlike a lot of founders, he even says he loves the fundraising process. “I get the highest quality feedback from some of the smartest people I know, which really helps focus your vision,” says Conrad, who says that Quartz, which operates in California today, is now embarking on a nationwide rollout.

“When you talk with great VCs, they ask great questions. For me, it’s best free consulting you can get.”

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