Late last month, Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, announced that it would be investing $1.2 billion in the United States to develop innovative technologies over the next few years.
Questions remain about the ethics of having foreign corporations pour cash into the United States in an effort to create and impact regulation and other policy, but the announcement that massive amounts of capital and high-level expertise would be directed toward the United States as fertile ground for new fields of tech aimed at generating more new revenue is exciting news for everyone in the finance and investment industries.
Details of how Samsung will spend that money specifically as well how its policy goals will mesh or clash with American interests remain unknown, but if this project can be successful, it might mean first and foremost that more high-paying jobs will be available for Americans. That would mean more tax revenue for local communities that could be used to fund schools and other public works.
For investors and those in finance, this development is a clear sign that investing in small startups and infantile technology is a potential avenue for rapid growth in the near future as low-performing companies are turned into operations that churn out technology that has the potential to connect users to each other and grow profits for shareholders. We may be in for another rosy partnership between the finance and investing industries and the tech world.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has again been forced to defend himself and the company. Fortune has accused Musk of withholding material information regarding a fatal car crash until after a billion dollar stock offering.
Journalist Carol Loomis claims that Musk knew that an Ohio man died from an accident while his Model S was in autopilot as early as May 7th. Musk did not disclose this information to the public until June 30th. Twelve days earlier, the company sold $2 billion in stock to investors.
Loomis claims the information regarding the accident was material to investors and should have been disclosed before the offering. Musk vehemently disagreed.
The CEO took to twitter to bash Loomis’ report, calling it “BS”. Tesla also posted a message on its website in which it claimed that Fortune rushed to print the story before it had all the facts.
In terms of the repercussions, the public appears to be in Musk’s corner. While Loomis feebly claimed that a small drop in Tesla’s stock price on the morning after the news went public mildly suggested materiality, the shares rallied higher that same day and gained nearly 2%.
Musk has defended the company’s timeline in disclosing the information, saying that Tesla was unable to complete its own investigation until the end of May.
In addition, Musk noted that the accident was not caused by the driver of the Tesla but rather a semi-tractor trailer that crossed lanes and into the path of another vehicle.
Email can be a powerful tool. But many businesses don’t use it. That means they are leaving a lot of money and potential customers on the table. According to recent studies, if you include a video in your emails, you can achieve 1.4 times as much revenue. You can also enjoy an increased open rate of up to 20% with a CTR (Click-through Rate) increase of up to 300%. That’s a major ROI for such an investment.
Aside from the sheer numbers, videos in email can also help you express your unique brand identity better than mere text or images. One of the innovative companies in this area is Talk Fusion
. This company is based out of Florida and ranks as the #8 biggest video content service provider anywhere online around the globe. The company has been offering video services since 2007.
Bob Reina founded Talk Fusion when he noticed the frustration of simply trying to add a small video to a quick email he was going to send his friend. AOL (America Online) was his email provider at the time and they told him that this was not possible. As a career problem solver, Reina would not accept failure and he sprung into action. He hired his friend, an IT specialist, to help him build technology that would allow him to send such a video in an email.
Now, Talk Fusion enjoys millions of users all around the world. With Talk Fusion, you can embed videos right into the emails. You simply log in to the online portal and upload the video of your choice. Then, from the same portal you can send your email and even customize it. There are templates available if you are in a rush.
Because it is so easy to use, the service has grown quickly. It also offers live video chats, video messaging, and video newsletters. The cost is also much more affordable than other alternatives. The company also believes in supporting good community causes and animal charities. They are a member of the respected DSA (Direct Selling Association) and follow the ethical guidelines very seriously.
House cleaning is a job that most people do not like, but they do it because they have to. There are some people, however, that are fond of cleaning. They may like to do it well enough to do it for a living. That is what makes a company like Handy work. There are people out there that are really putting forth the effort to clean homes diligently because they like to do it. This makes the customer happy, and it also makes Handy founder Oisin Hanrahan happy as well.
The foundation of Handy
is based firmly on two things: customer demand and employee job satisfaction. These are two factors that are directly related, and so far it has been a good relationship between customers and contracted workers. The homeowner that wants to get comfortable with a single company will see that Handy is the best solution. That is what is going to take this company to the next level.
The founder of the company realizes that there is power in customer loyalty so it has tried to build a business that caters to just about all customer needs. This is a hard thing to do if you do not have the money to do it, but Handy has made a lot of money. The company has the ability to pay people well, and there are no geographical limitations for scoping out contractors. This has made it easier for Handy to build a big presence in the metropolitan cities.
Many people in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Seattle have contractors that are capable of getting the job done. These contractors in the big cities can also pick up business on the outskirts of many of these major metro areas. This will give Handy a lot of growth opportunities worldwide.
The home services industry has witnessed a period of volatility leading to the collapse of many firms. Just like in the jungle, the strong survive while the weak succumb to their fate.
In the home cleaning service industry, possibilities for diversification are endless. The increasing investment in technology and innovation within the industry brings about a better customer experience. Though valuable, companies that create innovative solutions like Handy position themselves on the roadmap to success.
Handy cleaning services started around five years ago. Under the stewardship of Umang Dua and Oisin Hanrahan, the company continues to grow organically. It utilizes a mobile platform where clients log in and book for their services. This ideal platform has registered over a million bookings within three years of operation.
The recent market volatility surprisingly works to the benefit of Handy and its investors. The growing volume of business shows the strong bonds they have with clients. Investors have also shown confidence in the company throughout its existence. Handy recently raised a fresh $50 million through its investment partners such as Highland Capital, TPG Growth and General Catalyst. A new partner in Fidelity Management also contributed heavily to the new venture.
This Capital injection raises the additional capital afforded to Handy to over $110 million in the past three years. According to the management, the company aims at diversifying from its cleaning service that accounts for over two-thirds of its operations. With demand for moving services and other handy work, the company feels the need to improve before expanding.
Indeed, Handy has already established itself in almost thirty different markets both in the US and around the world and were even in talks to acquire their largest competitor earlier this year. In this setup, the firm serves hundreds of thousands of customers monthly with a global workforce ranging in the tens of thousands. These market locations will benefit from the fresh injection. Once market optimization has been achieved, Handy then intends to open up to other potentially profitable areas.
It is important to acknowledge the ever rising demand for domestic and commercial cleaning services and handy work. The rising urban population and independent home owners account for this trend. Furthermore, the traditional household maid is unable to do all the house chores efficiently.
Want To Share Easily With Others?
There’s something rewarding about sharing your interests with your friends. It brings a smile to their faces. They get to see what you’re interested in and the things you do with your time. Sharing content with other people brings a sense of ease to our days because we suddenly have something to talk about. Since you are reading the content I sent to you, you now have a similar understanding as I do. We have something in common. Even if we have never met before, when you read what I am looking at on my screen we suddenly fall into the same wave length of thought. It could even go as far as to effect our universal consciousness. Just as the media has done for years, the things we read and share truly effect other people. The only difference is that we can now choose what information appears on the screens of our friends and family members by sharing it with them.
How Do We Share Information?
The internet has been around for several decades, so sharing information is not a new thing at all. In fact, people have been sharing information even before the internet. When someone would have a good story or piece of important information they would share it with others. This was the case even before the newspaper or the printing press. It is overwhelmingly easy to share information now. The technology mankind has created is geared towards rapidly sharing new and exciting information. There are new websites and content created constantly to fuel our obsession with information. We have entered a true age of information being a super highway to the mind through the use of modern technology.
It is easy to use. In fact, sharing information today is as simple as the click of a few buttons. If you are on a smart phone, then you won’t even have to click. With apps for the iPhone, like Flipora, information passes easily from one mobile device to another without any time lost in the process. We used to have to generate long and tedious emails that looked bland and stiff. Now, Flipora is available to help users stay connected to eachother, share interesting websites and get involved in content that they may have missed otherwise. Thanks to Flipora, the world is a more connected place.