Monthly Archives: April 2016

Skout Joins the Social Networking Market

Skout has been around for a while but now it is embarking on a promotional campaign. Those who frequent the App Store may come across this new social networking app. What does it have that other social networking apps have? Some say nothing much, others disagree.

Skout is an app that allows users to connect in various ways to chat, exchange photos and make new friends an acquaintances. Sing up requires either Facebook or an email address and the basic user profile information includes sexual preference to help the app display other users who may be a good fit.

There are an number of ways to find new profiles of other users and communicate with them. This includes a grid displaying users who are online. By tapping on their profile users can see their basic information, last posts, send them a wink, begin a chat, favorite them, be notified when they come online, block them, report them and a more.

The drawer on the left side of the screen reveals more unique options of reconnecting with other users. Tapping “Buzz” reveals a feed of locals, friends or people the user has already favorited. “Shake to Chat” randomly matches a user with another user to chat with and after 40 seconds reveals each users profiles to each other.

Like many of these social networking apps, there is an “app currency” one must get ahold of to gain access to all of the options. These “points” may be purchased or earned by completing small tasks or engaging with advertisers. Users can also earn pints by selling access to their “backstage” photos for a certain number of points. It’s a mini digital economy.

The Skout app doesn’t seem to bring anything drastically different or attractive to the social networking market. It is competent, but focuses on monetization rather than socialization, which makes it less enjoyable. There are several other free networking apps available that offer similar experiences and greater freedom to connect with people.

Skout is currently ranked No. 31 in Top Free Social Networking Apps.

This story was originally released on Adweek. It an be found here: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/meet-new-friends-with-skout/537910

 

The FreedomPop Expansion

FreedomPop had its start in the United States, but according to an article released on Mobile World Live, the company is now expanding into the cellular phone markets in Spain. The company offers a limited amount of call minutes and data for free every month. There is the possibility of purchasing additional data and minutes each month, priced between five dollars and ten dollars.

With the expansion into Spain, a new offer has been added to the package. A popular texting app called WhatsApp will be included with the free voice and data. This app allows everyone to message each other and not have to pay for the use of their data. The addition to the free data pack will be available through FreedomPop in Spain and other countries to follow.

FreedomPop is able to do all it does by partnering up with other mobile carriers or by exploiting a new niche in the mobile market. They use unique ways of finding customers and by figuring out what they can do to add to that niche if it already exists in that country. For Spain’s market, adding WhatsApp to the free data and minutes packet will be a major hit. About 90% of the texting in the entire country is done through the app since it doesn’t incur data costs.

With this new expansion, FreedomPop continues to expand our current thoughts about data and smartphones. The revolution of the cell game has come a long way, but there is still a long way to go.

Venezuela Continues to See Turmoil

Venezuela Still Plagued by Serious Economic Issues
It can be safely said that Venezuela is not a nice place to be at this point in time.

That’s because the country is undergoing a series of strifes and struggles, ranging from rises in crime to turmoil in the government. Recently as predicted by David Osio, the Venezuelan economy has suffered a massive hit, as its oil industry saw a serious drop in the profit made over the last year, some $25 billion in revenue to be exact. Since the country’s economy depends a lot on the oil industry, the drop in prices has led to other companies cutting off services such as communications to save money.

But the hit to the economy has branched out in other ways now, leading to serious power and water shortages to many civilians, and even some health issues due to an increase in “calima,” which according to Osio is a rare naturally-occurring smog that mixes with ash and dust at this time of year. Since March, close to four thousand cases of respiratory illness have been reported to Caracas and directly or indirectly linked to the calima.

Even worse is that many of the water trucks being sent out to manage the problem never make it due to being rerouted anywhere else.

The Incredible Andy Wirth

Nowadays with social media being so fast you hear a lot of interesting and amazing stories about survival in the midst of danger. One such story that should be talked about is the awesome story of Andy Wirth on ironman. Wirth is an avid skydiver who had a near-death experience back in October of 2013. While going for a jump with two of his closet friends, Andy Wirth had to make a fast landing in a vineyard nearby which resulted in his arm being torn off right before his eyes. Luckily for him, he had previous experience dealing with dramatic moments on about.me as a back country ranger.

As he bled out from his arm, Andy Wirth made sure to remain calm until he was in the care of emergency response personal. Andy was found and quickly transported via helicopter to a nearby hospital where he spent 3 months recovering. The recovery process on http://www.kcrw.com/people/andy-wirth was not easy but Andy Wirth managed to get strong again and he was able to do the things he loved to do once more.

Andy Wirth on facebook is the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He has worked in the mountains resort industry for over 25 years. He started his career off with Steamboat Springs Resort back in 1986 and served several different marketing and leadership positions.  In January of this year, Wirth was named Chairmen and President of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation.

Madison Street Capital Recap

Anthony Marsala, Madison Street Capital’s Chief Operating Officer, received The Annual M& A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award

The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award began in 2010 as a way of honoring those individuals under the age of 40 who have been recognized as achieving high levels of success and making important contributions within their industry as well as for their contributions to their community. According to the President and Co-CEO of The M& A Advisor, David Fergusson, the award began including nominees in 2016 to include the best young leaders in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Marsala was chosen for the award by a group of independent judges comprised of business leaders who have made their own achievements in their industries. Marsala was recognized for his achievements and contributions that he has made within his industry. Not only was Marsala thrilled to receive such recognition among the competitive field, he gives credit to the professional team that surrounds him for all their dedication and hard work.

Marsala’s company, Madison Street Capital, is an international banking firm that has offices in North America, Asia, and Africa. Their goal is to provide the best financial options to help companies succeed in a global market. Though they provide these services to large, major businesses, they tend to focus more on firms in the middle range. They provide these firms with the expertise needed to navigate through financial decisions. They believe that taking the time to understand each firm’s individual needs and then take the appropriate action to insure a successful outcome is what has made them such an entrusted leader in the financial industry.

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The Truth About North Korean Defector, Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park is the author of the Amazon.com best-selling book In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom noted that she had no clue about the word freedom and its meaning. This information was published on Reason.com as highlighted in the link below https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story

Yeonmi Park‘s story starts with her initial steps out of North Korea. In order to reach China, Yeonmi crossed the frozen Yalu River alongside her mother in the middle of the night. At the time, she was thirteen years old. This marked the start of a traumatic and years-long journey that saw her move from China via the Gobi desert to the Mongolian border before arriving in South Korea by plane.

Her father who joined her after crossing the border died a few months later because of untreated cancer. He fell ill due to the torture he received in prison after he was sentenced to a seventeen-year jail term. According to Yeonmi, her father died without getting a chance to know the kind of democracy that exists in the world. Additionally, Yeonmi pointed out that if she could have had the sort of things Americans throw away, she would have had no reason to flee North Korea.

Yeonmi’s story about her survival has fascinated thousands of readers and made her famous. Despite the fame, Yeonmi says she does not feel safe. This is because of the constant attempts by Pyongyang to discredit her testimonies. Recently, the North Korean regime released a video thru the NK News accusing Yeonmi and her mother of being agents of the United States. As a result, doubters have emerged with some criticizing discrepancies in her story. However, Yeonmi puts this criticism to rest by noting that she knows the truth about North Korea. Some details in the story were changed to protect her family members who are still living in North Korea. Additionally, she attributes the discrepancies in her story to her poor command of the English language.

The story of Yeonmi is a tale of victory and the limitless strength of the human spirit. Currently, she resides in New York and gives speeches across the world. She has become a mouthpiece to the millions of people who has watched her Youtube videos and still under oppression in North Korea and across the world.

 

 

QNET: Indian Commerce Leader Provides Humanitarian Support

QNET is an Indian-based enterprise in the direct selling niche of Asia. This company provides various innovative solutions for entrepreneurs who would like to launch e-commerce operations and brick-and-mortar stores. In addition to having a solid portfolio in commerce, QNET is also well-known for its humanitarian efforts on a national scale. When it comes to helping out the local community, this company follows a We Care motto that has an altruistic approach without any commercial motives.

QNET has formed an alliance with the Lions Club of Hyderabad in order to help locals with essential hygiene and sanitation. The partnership has lead to a project that will establish adequate water storage infrastructure for over 800 students in the city’s Government Primary School. Such an ambitious plan is heavily influenced by existing measures that are taken by the government. The Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya is a municipal campaign that specifically addresses issues involving utilities, hygiene and sanitation in the public sphere. QNET hopes to continue its cooperation with the Lions Club in order to improve the infrastructure of public facilities in Hyderabad and beyond. 

At QNET, perhaps the most important slogan is Raise Yourself to Help Mankind (RYTHM.) Such a motto encourages the company’s workers to step up and support people who are truly in need. The high-level leadership at QNET firmly suggests that all of its employees participate in humanitarian efforts that are done to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout India. Additionally, this company also follows the InService philosophy that focuses on giving back to the community through active service rather than just monetary sponsorship.

Looking back at QNET India’s 20th century history, it’s easy to figure how why QNET is so generous and altruistic. QNET hopes that all of its workers be just as selfless as this great civic leader who changed Indian society for the better. 

In addition to working with the Lions Club on a local scale, QNET is actually part of a much larger global humanitarian initiative. This business is essentially a branch of the QI Group of Companies, which belongs to the Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Network. Therefore, QNET can also can get some credit when it comes to providing humanitarian aid on an international scale.

Find QNET on Twitter or follow them on Instagram to learn more about them.

 

Skout Surveys Their Community’s Sense Of Humor

A smile goes a long way to show others how much you enjoy them or enjoy what they are saying. Laughter is great, too. Laughing with other people automatically brings you closer together because it shows how much you are engaged in what the person is saying or doing. It is a great feeling to laugh with other people. It is especially nice to laugh with people that you may be new to because it disarms any stress that either person might have. When you meet someone new from Skout, you will likely find yourself having a great time, so show your appreciation of them by smiling or even laughing. Laughter is contagious, so your new friend will likely start joining in on the good times. It helps us let go, it helps us have fun, and it actually leads to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Skout is a social media application that conducted an interesting survey on humor and laughter. The results were published on PR Newswire’s website. The survey shows just how helpful letting loose with laughter can be in finding new online friendships. People use Skout for a variety of reasons. Most people use it to broaden their existing social network. This could mean making online friends, real life friends or new relationships of other kinds. Skout is easy to use, and users can share what they are looking for in their profile.

Skout’s Survey To Celebrate National Humor Month

Skout has been surveying their community on a variety of topics that always relate to interesting holidays that brighten peoples’ lives. They have researched International Random Acts Of Kindness Week, National Potato Chip Day and other holidays in the past. They often find a way to help their community and their users with these interesting holidays.

The month of April marks National Humor Month, so Skout decided to take a survey of what people felt on the topics of humor and friendship. The survey results indicate that people are more than comfortable with laughter. In fact, the results connote that Skout users consider themselves to be funny. Here’s the original article from PR Newswire’s site.

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Wen by Chaz

WEN has received so many positive reviews over the years that it has been on the market as a cleansing conditioner product, that it is almost hard to believe the hype. In a desperate measure to improve the health and appearance of her typically fine and thin hair, an editor for Bustle bit the bullet and decided to see if WEN by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner could give her the same incredible results that she had been oogling on the online advertisements on sephora and in the countless infomercials for Wen by Chaz. Lucky for us, she documented her hair care journey and shared before and after photos so that we can see for ourselves how much of a difference Wen by Chaz can make in average hair just after one week of regular use. In fact, there were even days that she didn’t have enough time to shower and wash her hair with the Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner product. She noted that on those days, her hair lacked the vibrancy and shine that she loved after using the Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner in the shower.

Wen by Chaz has been touted as one of the healthiest things women can do for their hair. This is partly because of the healthy formula used for Wen by Chaz products, which is free from sulfates and other harmful chemicals.

Another thing that makes Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner such a healthy and effective choice for women’s hair is that it combines multiple products. This saves the hair from excessive styling and prevents unnecessary breakage of the strands over time.