value delivered

Ok, so I’ve been watching Crash Course History, I love watching videos from The School of Life and Neil deGrasse Tyson is Cosmos is amazing.

But does anyone know any women on youtube who do these kinds of things? Short, informational videos with a fairly nice production value that deliver information in a way that is easy to understand?

No future for you: cultural institutions can't afford to play along with pointy-headed bosses #1yrago


My new Guardian column, Go digital by all means, but don’t bring the venture capitalists in to do it, is an open letter to the poor bastards who run public institutions, asking them to hold firm on delivering public value and not falling into the trap of running public services “like a business.”

When you let regulators and politicians bully you into excluding the public from their own institutions, alienating the public that you need on your side to stave off the next round of cuts – and the next.

In the story of market-driven public institutions, it’s we, the public, who are the angel investors. We paid to keep the archives growing, to put a roof over the museum, to amass and catalogue all of our nation’s cultural treasures (and the treasures of many other nations). The internet now makes it possible for those institutions to reach wider audiences than ever before, at lower costs than ever before – once their collections are digitised. When Siemens or another big company comes along to digitise our investments, they are the VCs putting in late-stage capital after we’ve borne all the risks, sometimes for centuries. If our management team – led by David Cameron, the self-styled MD of UK plc – offers these investor-come-latelies the lion’s share of the equity (that is, access to those treasures) for their paltry, late-stage capital, then he is in gross dereliction of his duty to us, the shareholders.

But of course, this is a stupid story. We don’t invest in public service institutions because we want them to be profitable. We invest in them because we want them to be good. Galleries, museums, archives and libraries tell us who we are. Schools and hospitals tend our minds and bodies. They are not businesses. We are not shareholders.

We have private archives, private schools, private healthcare, and private libraries. They cream off the easiest, most profitable, least onerous part of the public service remit. As austerity tightens and market logic crushes our institutions, many have become private/public hybrids, charging for some of their services, or selling off some of their treasures, or forcing the public to fit within the metrics demanded by the zealots of UK plc.

This is suicide. There is no amount of capitulation that will save your institution. If your archive charges the public to access its own memories, who will argue to keep it funded when the next round of cuts comes along? People who can’t afford to pay for your archive won’t stand up for it. People who can afford to pay for archival services already have private firms to serve them – why would they vote for their tax money to support another for-pay service?

http://boingboing.net/2015/02/06/no-future-for-you-cultural-in.html

Rise of VC Community

This is part one of the VC Community Series. 

Since 2010 year, there has been an increased focus on how VCs can deliver more value to portfolio companies. Whether a firm is interested in developing more value-add to compete for deals against other firms or if it’s to provide resources to help ensure better outcomes of the existing portfolio, it doesn’t matter. There is a growing focus on expanding value.

One of the fastest growing signs of this is the rise of the VC Community role.

Traditionally, VC firms were comprised of investment roles and administrative roles only. Their responsibility was to find great businesses, write checks and, depending on the firm, join the board to help those companies grow to a successful exit. Partners and investors were expected to provide their expertise and advice to portfolio companies, but those services were limited by Partner time. Entrepreneurs were encouraged to tap into external networks to find peers, seek professional expertise, and to hire talent. Venture Capital firms were experts in writing checks and were evaluated on their ability to get deals done and provide strategic advice.

In 2010, USV planned to expand their team to better connect their existing portfolio companies. They created the first General Manager role at USV,

“It will be the job of the GM of the USV Network to build on our early work to create a useful and sustainable connection between the portfolio companies. Think of it as a community manager for the USV portfolio. The community is small, and private, but populated by people and companies who are having a big impact on the web.“

In June 2010, they hired Gary Chou, the first General Manager of the Union Square Ventures Network. A mouthful of a title, but it was one of the first internal early-stage VC roles that was focused on building community among portfolio companies.

Five years later, there are now 30+ VCs with a dedicated team member focused on community. Out of the top 50 ranked early stage VC firms, the majority have one or more people focused on community efforts. A number of angel groups, accelerators and incubators are increasing their focus on connecting their portfolio companies to each other.

USV Network Evolution

Today, I run the USV Network at Union Square Ventures.  I’ve been growing our community for over three years and my predecessor, Gary Chou built the role from the ground-up for three years prior to that.

Since building a community in VC is an emerging field, there is a lot of conversation about why this is important, who should create one, and how to get started. I’m often asked for advice on how we’ve built the USV Network, our community of portfolio companies.

Questions aren’t limited to VCs, I’ve also been approached by accelerators, incubators, professional organizations, and non-profits, looking to build a community among their members or portfolios. The goal of the role is to support a group of individual companies at scale, through education, connections and resources.

So whether you’re trying to figure out if you should build this role in your organization, where to get started or if you want to take community organization to the next level, this blog series will walk through the process of building from scratch.

Creating a VC Community thoughtfully

There is a definite benefit for companies and VCs alike who create this type of service and that it is increasingly becoming a point of competitive differentiation. The risk is that if the community is not created with intent, it can be detrimental to the firm (too much overhead) and to the company (overwhelmed or too dependent).  

The rapid growth of the VC Community role across firms is a strong signal of the importance, but comes with a few warnings. Quality support is important but too many communities can be a risk to the portfolio companies, the VC’s reputation, and the perspective of LPs.

If you’re going to create a new community, here are some guidelines to make sure you’re setup for success:

Should you start a community for your portfolio?

If you’re thinking about expanding your community role or building one from scratch, consider what your VC firm offers, understand what the culture is, figure out how that applies to your role.

The best place to start is to look at the unique characteristics of your firm in order to figure how to leverage those to create unique value add.

What should you evaluate first? 

Before anything else, state the thesis of your organization. Your company culture matters. What is your investment thesis? What do you believe to be true? Use those to apply them to your own network.

At USV, we believe in networks. 

Thesis 6/8/11: 

Thesis 12/14/2015:

We’ve applied our thesis, the belief in networks to empower bottom-up, emergent behavior, to the way we serve our network, hence the name USV Network.

What is the goal of your organization?

Every VC, accelerator, and incubator is different. To best serve the community, it’s important to understand both the scope of your services and the characteristics of the companies you serve.

First, define the scope of your services. If you are an accelerator, you may only work with companies for a short time. If you’re a VC, you may remain with a company for several years. Defining the relationship expectations of your organization to the community is the first set of constraints.

For USV, we work with our companies when we make an investment all the way through to an exit. Whether that exit is an IPO, an acquisition or a shut-down, we continue to work with those companies. We anticipate we’ll work with a company around 10 years, in a few cases, even longer.

Looking at our portfolio, here are some things we kept in mind when we were getting started:

  • We can be long term with our thinking. We spend years with each company so we don’t have to deliver all of the value in a short period of time, we can deliver value through long term relationships.
  • If we include all employees, we have a large number of network members. We have a number of individuals we can tap into, it’s not just limited to a small number of small teams.
  • Experiments can be tested multiple times with the same groups of people, instead of starting with a fresh group each time. Iteration and feedback are easier when community members can see and weigh in on changes over time.
  • We can build lasting relationships between companies.
  • We have a range of companies which means there is a lot of ground to cover. We have investments from 2004 onward across various locations, industries and business models. There is not a one-size-fits-all model to support.
  • We wanted to keep the community manager role to a single person to ensure we were building something lightweight and sustainable. Networks benefit from low centralized overhead, unlike top-down advisory services.

Solve problems in your community

Take a look at your community. Do you have things in common with ours or do you have the opposite scenario? 

Take some time to spell out the unique components of your organization. Understanding what works for you will be the key to getting started successfully.

In the next post in this series, I’ll provide next steps and examples of how VCs, accelerators, incubators and beyond are serving their communities. 

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An attempt to increase Awesome

Ever since I saw Hank’s Video “The Cost of Fun” I had an idea.

“No one’s pretending that the amount of time you spend watching TV is comparable to the amount of time you spend enjoying Vidcon. Hopefully, 20 hours of Vidcon is 10 times more entertaining than 20 hours of television. And yeah, I think 20 hours of reading a book is probably more enriching than 20 hours of playing Grand Theft Auto.
It doesn’t seem like there’s a huge amount of correlation between the amount of dollars delivered and the amount of value delivered […]." 

-Hank

My question after watching this video was: "What if we had an actual value for our leisure activities? Like a real number, so we could compare them.” So I made an attempt and came up with an equation, that in my opinion has a potential to quantify the value of time we spend. Here is my “Paper” I wrote, if you’re curious. My goal is it, to develop a point system, with which we can categorize what “wasting time” really means and what a “fulfilling” life might contain.
(If you want to calculate your own values after reading the paper, I created an Excel file, with witch you can do so, but you need to put in the values of the parameters on your own, since the survey is still open.)

But in order to do that I need help. There is on one side the uncertainty of not knowing weather the math makes sense/is good, so it would be great to have a mathematician have a look at the paper (like maybe Daniel Biss?^^). Then on the other side I need as many people as possible participating in this Survey I created. This helps me getting a value for some parameters in the equation.

I really do think that this has a lot of potential (I’m planning on implementing this Idea into an Application with a friend of mine), because we might finally be able to recognize more easily what activities just seem to help us, due to our tendency to think short termed when it comes to planning leisure activities, and get motivated to do more things that doesn’t waste our potential. Or to just put it in a simplified and powerful phrase: increase the amount of Awesome.

If you really took your precious time to read all of this, thank you!
Best wishes from Switzerland and DFTBA

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All enterprises are looking for mobile application developers in India because they want to have their own android application to make it simple for them to reach to millions of target .  Mobile Applications development for various different functions trust upon this platform is beneficial in order that it is used for various functions. Indglobal have an expert team of Android developers for hire, who are high skilled an aware of the present market trend. Mobile App Development has become such a huge scale industry after tablets since app users want their apps to work properly on their bigger tab screens.


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What is Marketing Automation? Overview & Resources
Marketing automation is a category of technology that allows companies to improve engagement and increase efficiency in order to grow revenue faster.

What Marketing Automation is NOT:

a fancy name for email marketing

a way to send spam

a solution that only benefits marketing

a solution that delivers value without effort

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The Discipline of Market Leaders - New Media and Marketing
Today’s customers want more of whatever they value the most. Consequently, today’s market leaders excel by: Selecting one component of value they will excel at. Continually raising customer expectations and definitions of value for that specific component. Structuring their entire operations to deliver added value in that component again and again better than any of … Continue reading "The Discipline of Market Leaders"

Today’s customers want more of whatever they value the most. Consequently, today’s market leaders excel by: Selecting one component of value they will excel at. Continually raising customer expectations and definitions of value for that specific component. Structuring their entire operations to deliver added value in that component again and again better than any of their competitors can.

BlueData Offers New Turnkey Solution for Fast Data With Spark, Kafka, and Cassandra

SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2016) - BlueData, provider of the leading infrastructure software platform for Big Data, today announced a new solution for building real-time data pipelines with Spark Streaming, Kafka and Cassandra. This new turnkey offering is designed for organizations that want to develop and test applications for analyzing “Fast Data”: real-time or near real-time data that requires instant awareness, faster decision-making, and immediate action.

Fast Data use cases are emerging in almost every industry: ranging from fraud detection for financial transactions; to Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring with sensor-generated data; to campaign optimization and real-time bidding in advertising technology. Real-time analysis of these new high-velocity data streams (from financial markets, sensor data, machine logs, social media, mobile applications, and other sources) can bring tremendous value – whether in delivering competitive business advantage, averting potential crises, or creating new revenue opportunities. But this data is perishable, and may lose its operational value in a very short time frame. Speed is of the essence.

For data scientists and developers working with real-time pipelines, the stack of Spark-Kafka-Cassandra has quickly emerged as the best place to start. This new trinity of open source systems delivers on key requirements for Fast Data:

  • Spark: a fast in-memory data processing engine, and the fastest growing Apache open source technology. Spark Streaming is an extension of the core Spark API; it allows integration of real-time data from disparate event streams.

  • Kafka: a messaging system to capture and publish streams of data. With Spark you can ingest data from Kafka, filter that stream down to a smaller data set, augment the data, and then push that refined data set to a persistent data store.

  • Cassandra: this data needs to be written to a scalable and resilient operational database like Cassandra for persistence, easy application development, and real-time analytics.

However, the infrastructure for the Spark-Kafka-Cassandra stack is time-consuming to assemble and most organizations lack the skills to deploy and configure each of the necessary components. BlueData’s mission is to make this infrastructure deployment easy. The BlueData EPIC software platform is purpose-built to simplify and accelerate the infrastructure deployment for Hadoop, Spark, and related tools for Big Data (and Fast Data) analytics – leveraging patent-pending innovations and Docker container technology.

The new Spark-Kafka-Cassandra solution provides a full enterprise license of BlueData EPIC software along with the professional services needed to deploy an on-premises lab environment for building real-time data pipelines. With BlueData, customers will have a multi-tenant sandbox for prototyping, developing, and testing new Fast Data applications and use cases with this popular stack (either with or without Hadoop).

This new turnkey solution includes the following:

  • Accelerated deployment for real-time data pipelines, with BlueData EPIC software and Docker containers.

  • A ready-to-run Spark-Kafka-Cassandra lab for rapid prototyping, development, testing, and quality assurance.

  • Two sample end-to-end data pipelines integrated with Spark Streaming, Kafka, and Cassandra as a starting point.

  • Sample datasets and sample use cases for real-time streaming, with assistance from BlueData experts to help customers get started.

  • Rapid prototyping and agile application development with the ability to spin up new clusters in a matter of minutes via self-service, with just a few mouse clicks.

  • Improved developer productivity with web-based Zeppelin notebooks that can be shared with other users in a multi-tenant environment on shared infrastructure.

“Batch processing of large datasets was the start for many Big Data analytics initiatives. But now there’s growing demand from organizations analyzing real-time ‘data in motion’ in addition to the more traditional batch-oriented 'data at rest’ use cases,” said Kumar Sreekanti, CEO of BlueData. “For real-time data pipelines, we’ve seen Spark Streaming together with Kafka and Cassandra emerge as a popular stack. BlueData makes it easy for enterprises to get started quickly with these new tools and technologies in a turnkey on-premises lab environment.”

The Real-Time Pipeline Accelerator includes a one-year subscription for BlueData EPIC software along with professional services to assist in building real-time data pipelines. BlueData will be demonstrating this new solution at the Spark Summit East event in New York, February 16th to 18th, in booth K12.

About BlueData Software, Inc.
 
BlueData is transforming how enterprises deploy their Big Data applications and infrastructure. The BlueData EPIC™ software platform uses container technology to make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for enterprises of all sizes to leverage Big Data – enabling Big-Data-as-a-Service in an on-premises deployment model. With BlueData, they can spin up virtual Hadoop or Spark clusters within minutes, providing data scientists with on-demand access to the applications, data and infrastructure they need. Based in Santa Clara, California, BlueData was founded by VMware veterans and its investors including Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners, and Intel Capital. To learn more about BlueData, visit www.bluedata.com or follow @bluedatainc.

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We're Thrilled to Announce... Moz Local Insights Released from Beta!

Posted by dudleycarr

Today we’re excited to remove the Beta label on Moz Local Insights! This feature has been in beta since November when David first announced it. This release of Insights continues the push to provide our customers with a holistic understanding of local search presence.

First, a tremendous thank you to all of our customers who gave us feedback about what works and what doesn’t work.

In the two months that Insights has been active for all 60K+ listings in Moz Local, we’ve collected 2.5 billion individual metrics! Insights is tracking 220K search keywords, traffic for 13K locations in Google Analytics, and 1.1M reviews.

Now, with the addition of Google My Business data and Google/Facebook reviews, Moz Local Insights is ready to have organizations large and small depend on it to deliver value for customers investing in local search.

This release includes a large number of small improvements and tweaks. However, the following are the big changes since we first announced Insights:

First up: Google My Business data

The release of the Google My Business API has been a welcome change for everyone doing local listing management. We have big plans in the near future to make extensive use of the API to help with distribution by eliminating the need for downloading and uploading CSVs every time listing information changes.

Moz Local Insights helps clients with many US/UK locations see what their performance looks like in aggregate across all your Google My Business locations. We’re using the API to help collect Google My Business data currently locked away in the dashboard and accessible only a single location at a time.

Here’s how Google My Business data looks like within Moz Local for a medium-sized client:

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The screenshot shows 35 listings aggregated in a graph with the same data that’s available in GMB. Insights will also break out locations by best performing, worst performing, and top gains and losses. The same data is available for the click data.

Google My Business makes up to 90 days of data available. With Insights, we’ll track this data over time, starting with the initial 90 days of data available in GMB at the time we’re given authorization.

Second: PDF reports

From the beginning, Moz Local Insights has aimed to focus on the data and the visualizations that are the most meaningful to you and your client. The missing link has been making that data available via PDFs so that they can easily be shared with others.

We provide a single PDF, organized in sections containing the following Insights sections:

  • Distribution Insights (Accuracy, Listing Score, and Reach)
  • Performance (Google My Business and Google Analytics)
  • Visibility (Local pack and organic)
  • Reputation

Our focus for this feature was to make the PDFs easy to set up, compelling, and beautiful. Here’s a peek at what the PDF report looks like for Moz.com:

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You can check out the full sample PDF report here.

Starting today

With Moz Local Insights coming out of Beta, we’re starting our normal 2-week trial for listings. During the 2-week trial, you’re free to try out all of the functionality — including the newly announced features. You can purchase the listings at any point during the trial. Pricing is only $120 for self-serve locations and $99 for enterprise locations per year.

What’s next?

We’re happy to get all of the improvements out, but there’s more goodness along the way — and shortly! Here’s the list of things we’ll tackle next for Search Insights:

  • Exporting via CSV
  • Omniture support
  • Keyword suggestions
  • On-demand PDF exports
  • More review sites including Instagram

Even though the beta period is over, we’re just as eager to hear from you about what works or could be better with Moz Local Insights. Please feel free to reach out to me or send feedback here.


Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don’t have time to hunt down but want to read!

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We're Thrilled to Announce... Moz Local Insights Released from Beta!

Posted by dudleycarr

Today we’re excited to remove the Beta label on Moz Local Insights! This feature has been in beta since November when David first announced it. This release of Insights continues the push to provide our customers with a holistic understanding of local search presence.

First, a tremendous thank you to all of our customers who gave us feedback about what works and what doesn’t work.

In the two months that Insights has been active for all 60K+ listings in Moz Local, we’ve collected 2.5 billion individual metrics! Insights is tracking 220K search keywords, traffic for 13K locations in Google Analytics, and 1.1M reviews.

Now, with the addition of Google My Business data and Google/Facebook reviews, Moz Local Insights is ready to have organizations large and small depend on it to deliver value for customers investing in local search.

This release includes a large number of small improvements and tweaks. However, the following are the big changes since we first announced Insights:

First up: Google My Business data

The release of the Google My Business API has been a welcome change for everyone doing local listing management. We have big plans in the near future to make extensive use of the API to help with distribution by eliminating the need for downloading and uploading CSVs every time listing information changes.

Moz Local Insights helps clients with many US/UK locations see what their performance looks like in aggregate across all your Google My Business locations. We’re using the API to help collect Google My Business data currently locked away in the dashboard and accessible only a single location at a time.

Here’s how Google My Business data looks like within Moz Local for a medium-sized client:

External image

The screenshot shows 35 listings aggregated in a graph with the same data that’s available in GMB. Insights will also break out locations by best performing, worst performing, and top gains and losses. The same data is available for the click data.

Google My Business makes up to 90 days of data available. With Insights, we’ll track this data over time, starting with the initial 90 days of data available in GMB at the time we’re given authorization.

Second: PDF reports

From the beginning, Moz Local Insights has aimed to focus on the data and the visualizations that are the most meaningful to you and your client. The missing link has been making that data available via PDFs so that they can easily be shared with others.

We provide a single PDF, organized in sections containing the following Insights sections:

  • Distribution Insights (Accuracy, Listing Score, and Reach)
  • Performance (Google My Business and Google Analytics)
  • Visibility (Local pack and organic)
  • Reputation

Our focus for this feature was to make the PDFs easy to set up, compelling, and beautiful. Here’s a peek at what the PDF report looks like for Moz.com:

External image

You can check out the full sample PDF report here.

Starting today

With Moz Local Insights coming out of Beta, we’re starting our normal 2-week trial for listings. During the 2-week trial, you’re free to try out all of the functionality — including the newly announced features. You can purchase the listings at any point during the trial. Pricing is only $120 for self-serve locations and $99 for enterprise locations per year.

What’s next?

We’re happy to get all of the improvements out, but there’s more goodness along the way — and shortly! Here’s the list of things we’ll tackle next for Search Insights:

  • Exporting via CSV
  • Omniture support
  • Keyword suggestions
  • On-demand PDF exports
  • More review sites including Instagram

Even though the beta period is over, we’re just as eager to hear from you about what works or could be better with Moz Local Insights. Please feel free to reach out to me or send feedback here.


Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don’t have time to hunt down but want to read!

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Why This Unflinching Spurn Passed away Java?

Java comes in cooperation with technological jargons, and style-conscious benefits blazing. This one of the earliest software platforms to travail broken new grounds has been much-sought after and the popularity has hardly seen a decline despite an unrestrained rise in point of other platforms up-to-datish the carry. Java is basically an object-oriented programming language and added to annus magnus, it has evolved into several high-end platforms that have taken a route in contemplation of sky.

The enterprise music roll of Java 2 has benefitted business in different respects and at deviative levels. At the end of the day, when it comes to Java development service, you reach ahead pertinent to your peers by offering something in your domain that is unique, and value-driven. Java delivers this and and so, riding on the back of its considerable checkered and utilizable functionalities.

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Alesis, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island, is a company that designs and markets electronic musical instruments, digital audio processors, audio mixers, digital audio interfaces, recording equipment, drum machines, professional audio and electronic percussion products. Alesis products are designed in America and manufactured in Asia.

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Today, Alesis is the fastest-growing drum company in the world. Our DM10 and DM8 modules give you Dynamic Articulation™ multi-samples at unheard-of prices. And we’re delivering more value in every kit than any other brand on the planet. We are committed  to bringing drummers the most authentic drumming experience in electronic drums through drum modules that sound natural, drum and cymbal pads and triggers that feel acoustic, and drum sets that carry on the Alesis tradition of unmatched value.

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JH SCOUTS || Vera Iconica

When was VIA born?

Vera Iconica Architecture was founded in 2010 as a one person shop. Veronica Schreibeis Smith immediately set out to compliment her love for architecture and her international design experience with her entrepreneurial spirit. We are dedicated to providing clients architectural experiences and expressions rooted in nature, culture, and wellness. Having achieved national recognition within the AEC industry as a US company implementing the foremost cutting-edge, cloud-based technology and BIM software, our talented team works to provide our clients with comprehensive 3D models to visualize how the project will not only look, but also feel before it is built. Fall of 2015 marked our fifth year of growth and a company shift in focus from establishing a strong foundation to expanding our expertise in wellness environments. This is our passion.

How has working with an all female team strengthened your business?

It was by chance we ended up an all female business! The professionals in our office exemplify our values, and consistently deliver excellent service to our clients through innate empathy and an understanding of others’ needs and desires. At the same time, taking action, being assertive, focusing on efficiency, and instituting straight-forward, clear processes are requisite qualities for all our team members. 

How does working in JH inspire your designs?

We are inspired by a life in harmony with nature—one that is restorative and balanced. The dramatic landscapes and abundant wildlife that define Jackson Hole both inspire and humble those of us fortunate to share this valley.  Our work reconnects our clients to the natural environment through thoughtful selections of natural materials, and through the orchestration of space, proportion, light, sound, touch, and smells to enhance their daily rhythms and rituals.

 What are some of your favorite projects to date?

Coincidently, two of our recent residential remodel projects stick out.  Each home was to be a place of solace and grounding - adding graceful balance to their fast-paced lives.  Both our clients and our team shared the excitement of synergistically innovating how we approach a project in order to customize a spacial palette for them to live out their desired lifestyle. Likewise, both clients were not only adventurous, but they also deeply cared about creating holistic, healthy homes connected to the natural landscape. Together, we chose a rich palette of natural materials with simple, honest finishes. All parties, contractors included, understood that art and craftsmanship enrich life and contribute to the soul of the space, creating a lasting character of place that nourishes the clients’ wellbeing.

What makes Vera Iconica unique?

We specialize in Wellness Architecture, a term our office has coined to encapsulate what we do. Our deepest motivation is to focus on the sensory awakening that occurs when you experience a place that connects with your soul. Imagine the dampening of noise from rich textiles and wood walls, invoking the urge to whisper in a room, or the engulfing warmth of southern sun on a winter day as it filters through the trees and windows causing shadows to dance on the walls. We ground our intuitive and qualitative design approach with studies and research demonstrating how minute features in an environment impact wellbeing. Like many firms, a sense of place, environmentally responsible design, aesthetically pleasing forms, and a reliable, predictable process are critical and inherent in what we do.

VERONICA
Favorite Season in Jackson Hole:  Fall
Best Meal in Town:  Lotus, take your pick
Favorite Off Season Activity: Traveling
Best Happy Hour Spot: On the back deck of your house with friends
If I’m not working, you can find me:  working at home

BLAIR
Favorite Season in Jackson Hole:  Late summer, early fall
Best Meal in Town:  Tie between The Liparota handmade pasta dish from Nani’s OR lunch at Local - a single burger & fries.
Favorite Off Season Activity:  2 for 1 dinners!
Best Happy Hour Spot:  Bin 22 or Local
If I’m not working, you can find me:  Hiking the trails of Snow King with my dog Lucy

BONNIE
Favorite Season in Jackson Hole:  March through October
Best Meal in Town:  Kazumi’s house Sushi rolls, Gather’s Black Bean Burger
Favorite Off Season Activity:  What Off Season? There’s always something to do.
Best Happy Hour Spot:  Couloir at the Village
If I’m not working, you can find me:  You probably can’t find me anywhere in town!

KATIE
Favorite Season in Jackson Hole:  too hard to pick!
Best Meal in Town:  Green Bowl at Lotus Cafe
Favorite Off Season Activity:  I agree with Bonnie…what off-season?
Best Happy Hour Spot:  Local or The Rose
If I’m not working, you can find me:  Playing in the Mountains

KLUANE
Favorite Season in Jackson Hole:  Deep crisp Winter
Best Meal in Town:  Local: Lunch burger @ the bar with fries!
Favorite Off Season Activity:  Baking pies for friends
Best Happy Hour Spot:  Pinky G’s: Pizza plus beer in a cozy booth corner
If I’m not working, you can find me:  Biking / Hiking / Absorbing the hills and mountains


With our thoughtful, adventurous clients, we celebrate enhancing wellbeing in their homes and businesses.  

Come join us for our open house on February 10th, 2016! 

105 East Pearl Ave, 5-7pm.

photos by Carrie Patterson for TSG // headshots provided by VIA

Lessons From The Successful Investor
Robin R. Speziale
Genre: Investing
Price: $3.99
Publish Date: September 1, 2010

Lessons From The Successful Investor is the new investing classic of our time. With thousands of downloads, this new investing eBook has topped bestseller lists on major digital book stores and has received rave reviews from media and readers. “This eBook is an absolute must for all new and inexperienced investors” The new investing classic contains 85 timeless lessons to help you build a quality portfolio of value stocks that will make you wealthy. Lessons From The Successful Investor was written by Robin R. Speziale, a value investor and web entrepreneur. Speziale also delivers quality value investing speeches to his wide and devoted reader base. His mission is to spread the 85 value investing lessons to aspiring and skilled investors alike. “A fan of Warren Buffett, he’s a value investor who loves consumer companies with a strong brand and a “moat,” a competitive advantage that others cannot easily penetrate.” –Ellen Roseman, Moneyville “Mr. Speziale has plenty of advice to pass on in his new book.” –The Globe and Mail “Robin Speziale has a passion for investing in his own financial future, and that of others.” –The Mississauga News Lessons From The Successful Investor eBook will show you for the first time how to invest like the successful investor. And although his investing lessons are not revolutionary, they endure the test of time. There exist a few core lessons that underlie successful investing, and while these lessons do not change, the common investor does. For the successful investor, investing is like picking cherries in an orchard of corn. “This book has given me the confidence to be able to manage my own portfolio.” – Reader “I have been reading many books on investing in the last while and by far this has provided the most insight.” – Reader “I have the Ben Graham book but you have made it make sense.” – Reader With 85 value investing lessons, the new investing classic focuses on: - Market History - Business Valuation - Competitive Advantage - Stock Valuation - The Ideal Investment - Management - The Portfolio - Investor Giants - Investor Psychology - The Antiquity Theory - Successful Mentality - Compounding Wealth and Dividends - The Young Investor - The Investment Industry - Recessionary Investing - Fundamental Equations - Future of the Market Download the new investing classic today. Start your portfolio of value stocks and build wealth. “Investing returns are plentiful for those who understand the lessons from the successful investor”

Zagg Purchases mophie for $100 Million USD

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Two of the phone accessories realms biggest players are coming together. Zagg has announced that it has purchased mophie for $100 million USD. The move will allow the two to combine their products into a single, more cohesive portfolio – Zagg is known for the likes of keyboards and cases while mophie specializes in phone battery cases and its Powerstations.

“This strategic combination of two industry innovators with complementary product, brand and distribution platforms will enable us to deliver increased value for our customers and shareholders,” said Randy Hales, President and CEO of Zagg, of the move.

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Alternatives to Equity Shares in a Low Stock Price Environment
Posted by Steve Pakela, Pay Governance LLC, on Saturday, January 30, 2016 Editor’s Note:

Steve Pakela is a Managing Partner at Pay Governance LLC. This post is based on a Pay Governance publication by Mr. Pakela, Brian Scheiring, and Mike Grasso.

Compensation Committees face the challenge of balancing the tension in motivating their executives to create shareholder value in the current Say on Pay and economic environment. The current pullback in stock prices and the uncertain financial outlook for 2016 at many companies will make this year’s compensation decisions even more challenging. Stock prices at many companies and in many sectors are down 50% or more over the past year and, in particular, since equity awards were last granted to executives. The table below illustrates the effect of a significantly low stock price on the number of shares granted. For companies whose stock price is down 50%, the number of shares required to deliver equivalent value will be double that granted last year. For those companies whose share price is down 67% or 75%, share grants will need to be three or four times greater than the shares granted last year, respectively. This can pose a number of problems ranging from creating potential windfalls when share prices recover to previous levels to exceeding maximum share grant levels contained in a shareholder approved equity incentive plan.

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From riches to riches: the effect of affluent medical students on patients

“Doctors do not need to have the same backgrounds as their patients to deliver good care, but they should strive to understand and respect their patients’ needs, expectations and values when delivering health care. Doctors should be aware of the effects socioeconomic status has on the doctor-patient relationship and that patients’ intents and styles of communication may vary from their own.”

I can’t find myself agreeing more with this article.

What Lies Beneath? In This Case, Harley Earl's Cadillac

The “Raindrop” Cadillac, beneath the barn overhang. Photos courtesy Robin Barry.

In 1983, Medway, Ohio, residents Robin and Mike Barry purchased the property adjoining theirs for a single reason: Long abandoned and overgrown, it had become an eyesore, along with a potential public health and fire hazard. Clearing the lot and razing the structures would give them a better view, enhance their property value and deliver a premium residential building lot for resale. Even after cataloging the dozen or so classic cars on the lot, the Barrys had no way of knowing that automotive history, in the form of a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype once used by Harley Earl, lurked beneath the decades of overgrowth.

Related: The “Raindrop” prototype, in all its restored glory

As Robin Barry related to us, tracking down the lot’s owner proved to be a challenge. Part of a divorce settlement two decades before, the owner’s “crazy ex-husband” had continued to pile junk on the property, in the house and in the barn, long after the marriage was terminated. Content to be rid of the land and the problems associated with it, the woman was eager to strike a deal with the Barrys.

A shot of the property at the time of purchase in 1983.

After receiving the keys to the house, Robin and Mike became the first people in 13 years to set foot in the buildings. All twelve rooms of the circa-1873 farmhouse were stacked floor-to-ceiling with magazines and car parts, and the barn was also crammed full of scrap. Enlisting the help of an automotive enthusiast friend, the Barrys took inventory of the vehicles on their newly acquired land, which soon became known as the “Cadillac Ranch” for its trove of Cadillac models and parts.

Related: Cars of Futures Past – GM’s Le Sabre concept

One such model, stored under the barn’s overhang, seemed to defy description. Missing the front end body work, the convertible boasted a fiberglass rear, and tailfins that were neither from a ‘58 nor from a '59. It lacked the Cadillac Eldorado’s rear fender vents as well, and by all appearances, never carried such ornamentation from the factory. With little time to research individual vehicles, they dug out the mystery Cadillac and dragged it to the edge of the property, where it sat alongside a host of other classic cars.

The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype, then just a question mark.

Time has blurred the details, but Robin remembers that the backyard yielded five Cadillacs, all from the 1940s and 1950s, along with a 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible, a 1933 Hudson Terraplane, a Snap-On Tools panel van, and other assorted vehicles. Once cut free from trees and bushes, the cars were unceremoniously dragged curbside, where they attracted almost non-stop inquiries from passers-by.

Related: A deeper look at Harley Earl

One such visitor was Jim Walker, an owner of Walker Brothers Oldsmobile and Cadillac in Dayton, Ohio. Perhaps recognizing the mystery Cadillac as one of the five 1958 Eldorado Biarritz convertible prototypes built, each equipped with a moisture-activated power top, Walker began negotiations on the car, along with five others on display. As Robin puts it, he paid “a hefty price” for the collection, which helped to fund the ongoing work on the property.

Could that be the rain sensor mounted next to the left tail fin?

Eventually, all of the cars were sold off, and the contents of the house (“worthless and valuable,” in Robin’s words) was sorted. The 4,000 magazines, including a debut copy of Hot Rod, were sold at flea markets, raising enough cash to rewire the house and barn. The sale of other items funded further restoration, and three years after taking over the property, the Barrys sold the renovated house, barn and land for enough money to buy an old farmhouse of their own.

As for the mystery Cadillac, research by later owners showed that the car was almost certainly the one used by Harley Earl, and one of just two examples known to survive today. Partially restored during its time with Jim Walker, the prototype was sold to the Wiseman Collection, which finished the work sometime in 1998. In December of 2007, the Cadillac prototype sold at auction to Paul and Chris Andrews for $330,000, and in May of 2015, it traded hands again for a fee-inclusive price of $324,500.

The restored Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype, as sold by RM Sothebys in 2015. Photo by Darin Schnabel, courtesy RM Sotheby’s.

Robin, whose husband Mike passed away in 2005, remembers the reclamation project that ultimately saved the Cadillac, and other cars, with fondness. “The eyesore turned into a darn good investment,” she said, “We did all the work on the place, and I can’t remember ever being that dirty before or after.”

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