Steph Curry vs. Seth Curry as sibling rivalry invades NBA playoffs

first_imgThe most intriguing subplot of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals is the Tale of Two Currys — Stephen and his Warriors take on his little brother Seth and the Trail Blazers — that portends the best and the worst of times for their parents.Dell and Sonya Curry’s exhilaration of knowing their sons are the first brothers in NBA history to face each other in a Finals series gave way to the realization that they’ll need to play favorites. One parent will root for Steph, the other will root for …last_img read more

Leap Motion Raises Money, Strikes Deal, Gains Momentum

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Things keep getting better for Leap Motion, the little startup whose 3D motion controller gizmo could be one of the hottest products of 2013.The San Francisco-based company has struck a deal with Asus, which will bundle the Leap Motion controller with laptops and all-in-one PCs. Also, Leap Motion has raised a third round of venture capital, this one worth $30 million, from existing investors, including Founders Fund and Highland Capital.“Our investors really love the progress we’ve made over the last six to seven months,” says Andy Miller, president and chief operating officer at Leap Motion. “And the bundling of our controller with mainstream laptops and computers is really good validation that this is the year of the changing user interface, and Leap is right in the middle of that trend.”The Leap Motion controller lets you control a computer using hand gestures in the air. It’s a bit like the Microsoft Kinect controller but far more accurate. You’ll be able to check it out in person next week at CES, where Asus will be demonstrating the device.Or you can check it out in this video: Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dan lyonscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More Deals Are Coming SoonMiller, a former top executive at Apple, joined Leap Motion last year. He says more deals like the one with Asus will be announced later this year. Better yet, some PC makers are going a step further and will embed the Leap Motion controller right into their machines, so you won’t need an external controller. (For now you need to hook up the little 1-inch-by-3-inch controller via USB cable.)Leap Motion will start shipping the controller sometime early this year, priced at $69.99. The company has already received pre-orders worth tens of millions of dollars, Miller says.Leap Motion is encouraging developers to create special apps that take advantage of 3D motion gestures, and will sell those in a special app store. So far more than 40,000 developers have applied to get a software development kit for the Leap Motion controller.Possible uses go way beyond computers. Miller says Leap Motion has been contacted by thousands of businesses with all sorts of ideas for how to use this technology. “We’re going to have announcements about deals in medical and automotive pretty soon,” he says. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Allowing Issues to Find Their Way to the Highest Level of Competency

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If there is an issue plaguing sales organizations large and small universally, it may be role clarity. The issues may be accelerating due to the continued Taylorism we apply to roles, slicing them ever thinner, or maybe it’s been a problem all along, exacerbated now by today’s challenges. Whatever the cause, service issues seem to find their way to the highest level of competence inside the sales organization.The operations team makes a mistake that sneaks by whatever quality controls are in place, or the client struggles to produce some result. The issue comes to customer service, and they struggle to handle the issue effectively, especially when the problem is systemic, and the client is angry. The customer service person, struggling to please the client, escalates the problem to the Account Manager of the customer success team. When the Account Manager of Client Success person struggles, they hand the issue off to the salesperson or Account Executive or whatever title you prefer, the person who is accountable for the outcomes they sold—and who is now responsible for the task, whatever that may be.This broad generalization describes why all the people in the chain above have taken one step to the left, occupying the role of the person who appears before them in the chain. Naturally, when it comes to difficult customer conversations, the salesperson may be the person with the greatest competency to resolve the issue, as well as being the person who may indeed be necessary for the large, systemic challenges their business experiences, as well as the issues that occur when the client doesn’t do what is required to produce the result (for more on this conversation, see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales).Many of the issues, however, are not systemic challenges or the client’s failure to do what they promised. More often than not, the problems are the day-to-day routine challenges. Salespeople end up looking up an order because the client couldn’t get the answer they needed from the customer service person or Client Success Manager fast enough. Salespeople end up producing reports because someone in the chain of players above doesn’t know how to generate the reports.The challenge for the salesperson and the sales organization employing them is that their focus needs to go toward opportunity creation and opportunity capture. It’s not that they can’t play the critical role on the systemic and strategic challenges that come with execution, but that they should be reserved for a position in line with the function you want them to play for your clients. If you want them to be consultative, a peer, and a trusted advisor, you may not want to confuse your client by also having them be the person who chases down orders and prints reports, something that happens when you allow service issues to find their way up to the highest level of competence in handling client issues. Instead, reserve that for the biggest, nastiest, foulest, and most strategic challenges.last_img read more

Bad breaks doomed Bolts, says Newsome

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHolding to a precarious 89-88 lead with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, Meralco only needed to make an inbounds play to book its ticket to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Chris Newsome surveyed the floor and tried to get the leather to one of his teammates against the suffocating defense of TNT import Joshua Smith. Pressed for time, the sophomore swingman had to make a decision and threw the ball to the foot of the burly reinforcement.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games However, the ball didn’t bounce the way he envisioned as it simply rolled on the floor, prone for Jayson Castro to secure the steal and give the KaTropa one more chance. Jared Dillinger immediately fouled Castro on the break, which led to a split from the line to tie the game at 89 and force overtime.Though the game still went to extra five minutes, that sequence seemed to have taken the air out of the Bolts’ sail as they bowed to the KaTropa, 104-96, and out of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was a turnover. They got the ball, we fouled, they made a free throw and tied the ballgame. And in overtime, we relaxed, that’s how it affected us,” admitted Newsome.While it was easy to pin the blame on the reigning Rookie of the Year for his end-game miscues, he believes it was the accumulation of those bad decisions which let the Bolts down. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES “It’s just a bad decision, just one those bad breaks of the game. I tried to hit it on his foot and hope it goes out of bounds, but it rolled back in. Probably it’s just one of those breaks and you can’t control that,” he said. “I felt like everybody understands that it was breaks of the game. If anybody wants to blame me for it, then sure. Of course I know I’m responsible for what happened or at least for the things that I can control. Everything else I can’t control.”“Those are just a few possessions in the game that I can control. How many possessions happened in the game? All those mistakes add up. Perhaps you can blame it on the last possession, or you can look at the game as a whole and see a lot of the things that we did wrong,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Keys to Victory: San Miguel-Star semis series Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more