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Exclusive – Hart must decide if he’s happy with Man City rotation policy, says Robinson

first_imgPaul Robinson insists Joe Hart will have to decide if he is happy with the rotation policy at Manchester City.The Blackburn goalkeeper says there’s no reason for the England No.1 to leave the Etihad Stadium – but claims there will be no shortage of takers if he does decide to look elsewhere for guaranteed first-team football.Hart was left out of the side that beat Hull City at the weekend, and has yet to open talks over a new contract, despite his current deal expiring in the summer of 2016.And, although he insists he’s happy to fight for his place, that has led to speculation over his future, particularly with questions beginning to be asked about Simon Mignolet at Liverpool.“There’s no reason for him to move,” the Blackburn goalkeeper told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “He’s a fantastic goalkeeper and he’s going to do well for England for years to come.“He had a dip in form last year and was probably rightly taken out of the team because when you get like that as a goalkeeper you actually think, ‘do you know what, I could with a breather’. And the manager at that point was right to take him out due to a lack of form.“But when you are playing well – and look at how Joe played last week against Bayern Munich, he’s on top of his game – he doesn’t need a rest. It’s the start of the season and goalkeepers can play two or three games a week.“He didn’t need a rest so it was interesting that he left him out. But it’s up to him if he wants to buy into that way of thinking and ride it out at City.“I’m sure there would be plenty of takers for him if he was to come onto the market.”last_img read more

Facility to aid fast detection of diseases

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DOWNEY – Los Angeles County dedicated its new $15 million laboratory on Wednesday, touting the state-of-the-art technology that enables public health officials to more quickly detect disease and contamination. The 34,000-square-foot lab is nearly double the size of the previous facility, and allows the county to more efficiently test for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, as well as food-borne bacteria such as E. coli, botulism and salmonella. “Our technology allows the lab to identify water and food contamination and the source of disease outbreaks to quickly prevent and eliminate their spread,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, public health director. Officials said the new lab, which actually opened in March, can detect water and milk contamination within 18 to 24 hours – instead of two to three days it took at the old lab – allowing the county to respond more quickly. “This is a wonderful facility and it will allow our hospitals to get quicker test results from the county to provide quality service to patients,” said Dr. Bruce Chernof, director of public health services.last_img read more


first_imgClannad star Moya Brennan has admitted her faith helped her overcome her demons.The singer, 60, helped her band sell millions of records with the aid of 25 haunting albums.But Ms Brennan has told an interview with the RTE Guide that she owes everything to God for helping her overcome her addictions. “I was in a real mess. I probably did have a bit of a drink problem. I mean, I would have been waking up in the morning not knowing how I got home.“When you work in the music business, it’s easy to get into smoking dope and drinking too much,” she said.Moya, who now lives in Dublin with photographer husband Tim Jarvis, is back making great music again.“I am a very positive person now,” she said.  CLANNAD STAR SAYS FAITH GOT HER THROUGH BOOZE HELL was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClannaddrinkfaithMoya Brennanlast_img read more

DEADLINE DAY FIGHT! Chelsea join Spurs in battle to land Moussa Sissoko

first_imgChelsea have joined Tottenham in the race for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.The France international has been granted permission to leave St James’ Park in a deadline day move – if someone meets his £30m valuation.Spurs have so far baulked at that price tag and they are only willing to pay around £18m for the 27-year-old.That, according to L’Equipe, has allowed Chelsea to swoop in and they could now hijack Tottenham’s move for Sissoko.The Blues are currently in talks with the player’s agent and a formal offer is expected this afternoon.As well as Chelsea and Tottenham, West Brom have offered Sissoko the chance to return to the Premier League. Moussa Sissoko 1last_img read more

America bound for bankruptcy?

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – David M. Walker sure talks like he’s running for office. “This is about the future of our country, our kids and grandkids,” the comptroller general of the United States warns a packed hall at Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel. “We the people have to rise up to make sure things get changed.” But Walker doesn’t want, or need, your vote this November. He already has a job as head of the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress that audits and evaluates the performance of the federal government. Basically, that makes Walker the nation’s accountant-in-chief. And the accountant-in-chief’s professional opinion is that the American public needs to tell Washington it’s time to steer the nation off the path to financial ruin. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system From the hustings and the airwaves this campaign season, America’s political class can be heard debating Capitol Hill sex scandals, the wisdom of the war in Iraq and which party is tougher on terror. Democrats and Republicans talk of cutting taxes to make life easier for the American people. What they don’t talk about is a dirty little secret everyone in Washington knows, or at least should. The vast majority of economists and budget analysts agree: The ship of state is on a disastrous course, and will founder on the reefs of economic disaster if nothing is done to correct it. There’s a good reason politicians don’t like to talk about the nation’s long-term fiscal prospects. The subject is short on political theatrics and long on complicated economics, scary graphs and very big numbers. It reveals serious problems and offers no easy solutions. Anybody who wanted to deal with it seriously would have to talk about raising taxes and cutting benefits, nasty nostrums that might doom any candidate who prescribed them. “There’s no sexiness to it,” laments Leita Hart-Fanta, an accountant who has just heard Walker’s pitch. She suggests recruiting a trusted celebrity – maybe Oprah – to sell fiscal responsibility to the American people. Walker doesn’t want to make balancing the federal government’s books sexy – he just wants to make it politically palatable. He has committed to touring the nation through the 2008 elections, talking to anybody who will listen about the fiscal black hole Washington has dug itself, the “demographic tsunami” that will come when the baby boomer generation begins retiring and the recklessness of borrowing money from foreign lenders to pay for the operation of the U.S. government. He’s dubbed his campaign the fiscal wake-up tour. To show that the looming fiscal crisis is not a partisan issue, he brings along economists and budget analysts from across the political spectrum. In Austin, he’s accompanied by Diane Lim Rogers, a liberal economist from the Brookings Institution, and Alison Acosta Fraser, director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Their basic message is this: If the United States government conducts business as usual over the next few decades, a national debt that is already $8.5 trillion could reach $46 trillion or more, adjusted for inflation. A hole that big could paralyze the U.S. economy. According to some projections, just the interest payments on a debt that big would be as much as all the taxes the government collects today. And every year that nothing is done about it, Walker says, the problem grows by $2 trillion to $3 trillion. People who remember Ross Perot’s rants in the 1992 presidential election may think of the federal debt as a problem of the past. But it never really went away after Perot made it an issue. It only took a breather. The federal government actually produced a surplus for a few years during the 1990s, thanks to a booming economy and fiscal restraint imposed by laws that were passed early in the decade. And though the federal debt has grown in dollar terms since 2001, it hasn’t grown dramatically relative to the size of the economy. But that’s about to change, thanks to the country’s three big entitlement programs – Social Security, Medicaid and especially Medicare. Medicaid and Medicare have grown progressively more expensive as the cost of health care has dramatically outpaced inflation over the past 30 years, a trend that is expected to continue for at least another decade or two. And with the first baby boomers becoming eligible for Social Security in 2008 and for Medicare in 2011, the expenses of those two programs are about to increase dramatically due to demographic pressures. People are also living longer, which makes any program that provides benefits to retirees more expensive. Medicare already costs four times as much as it did in 1970, measured as a percentage of the nation’s gross domestic product. It currently comprises 13 percent of federal spending; by 2030, the Congressional Budget Office projects it will consume nearly a quarter of the budget. Economists Jagadeesh Gokhale of the American Enterprise Institute and Kent Smetters of the University of Pennsylvania estimate that by 2030, Medicare will be about $5 trillion in the hole, measured in 2004 dollars. By 2080, the fiscal imbalance will have risen to $25 trillion. And when you project the gap out to an infinite time horizon, it reaches $60 trillion. Medicare so dominates the nation’s fiscal future that some economists believe health care reform, rather than budget measures, is the best way to attack the problem. “Obviously health care is a mess,” says Dean Baker, a liberal economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington think tank. “No one’s been willing to touch it, but that’s what I see as front and center.” Social Security is a much less serious problem. The program currently pays for itself with a 12.4 percent payroll tax, and even produces a surplus that the government raids every year to pay other bills. But Social Security will begin to run deficits during the next century, and ultimately would need an infusion of $8 trillion if the government planned to keep its promises to every beneficiary. Why is America so fiscally unprepared for the next century? Like many of its citizens, the United States has spent the last few years racking up debt instead of saving for the future. Foreign lenders – primarily the central banks of China, Japan and other big U.S. trading partners – have been eager to lend the government money at low interest rates, making the current $8.5 trillion deficit about as painful as a big balance on a zero-percent credit card. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Update For October 2019

first_imgShare This!It is time for an update to the Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar.Crowds Since Galaxy’s Edge OpenedCrowd levels have been volatile since the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. We expected extreme crowds for the two weeks after opening but saw mostly ‘1’s and ‘2’s. We expected another influx of passholders in early September when the blockout schedule first allowed them access – they never came. September was fairly typical, but we saw some extreme crowds on weekends, especially Saturdays. Since Labor Day the average crowd level on Saturdays has been 6.5, and twice we saw the crowd level hit ‘9’ at Disneyland Park. Last week crowds at the resort seemed to surge out of nowhere, but then we saw crowd levels for Columbus Day weekend lower than usual (although still busy).The good news is that the calendar still correctly predicts the crowd level within one or two points most days, which means that if you are following a touring plan we can predict how long it will take you to optimally experience the park within +/- 30 minutes. The better news is that although there is an increased risk that crowd levels may be much higher than expected there is the same chance that crowd levels will be much lower. We are seeing plenty of crowd level ‘1’s and ‘2’s at the parks, sometimes on days when we predicted a crowd level ‘5’ or ‘6’.How To Plan When Crowds Are Less PredictableThe advice we give when crowds are volatile like this is simple.Go to the parksUse a touring planRe-optimize it regularlyWe say “Go to the Parks” because being at the parks when the crowd level is a ‘1’ or ‘2’ is a rare find. We set our 1-10 crowd levels in a way that attempts to label 5% of days as a level ‘1’. So far in 2019, we have seen 18% of days hit a crowd level ‘1’ at Disneyland Park. That is very high. Find a day with a manageable crowd level, say ‘6’ or lower’, and go to the parks. You may be treated to a quiet day at Disneyland Resort.We say “Use a Touring Plan” because doing so will mitigate the risk of encountering a larger than expected crowd. When we test our touring plans with first timers we are amazed at how much the plan itself can disguise the crowded feel of a Disney park. It gets you there early before the crowd builds and often puts you in shows or less popular rides during the middle of the day when the walking paths get busy. Using a touring plan is your safety net. Use one as your best bet to beat the crowds on any day, regardless of the crowd level.We say “Re-optimize it” because we know that our crowd level predictions can’t always be 100% accurate. Every few minutes we update the live wait times on the Lines App so that you can adjust your touring strategy to the current conditions. This works especially well if a ride is temporarily closed but also if crowds are larger than expected. Think of it like your favorite NFL team preparing for this week’s game. The touring plan is your Thursday practice regimen, the Lines App is your offensive coordinator up in the booth ready to make adjustments on Sunday. Now… GO! FIGHT! WIN!What’s On This UpdateThis update doesn’t include any major changes to the crowd levels predicted for future days. Most changes you will see are an increase or decrease of one index level. If the rest of October shows different crowd levels than in years past we may need to make some more radical adjustments. Until then, we will continue to monitor the daily wait times.last_img read more

A life remembered on the stage

first_imgNtsako Mkhabela is a dreamer, a feminist, a playwright and a creative spirit. Her play, By the Apricot Tree, based on her mother’s experiences in prison, is a story of courage and love and forgetting. (Image: Ntsako Mkhabela)• ntsako mkhabelantsakomkhabela@gmail.comMelissa Jane CookNtsako Mkhabela is a dreamer, a feminist, a playwright and a creative spirit. Her play, By the Apricot Tree, based on her mother’s experiences in prison, is a story of courage and love and forgetting.Describing her mother as “crazy, daring and incredibly courageous”, Mkhabela says the play describes the mechanisms her mother used to cope during nearly two years in solitary confinement. “She had to forget,” Mkhabela says simply.Sibongile Mkhabela’s journey has taken her from Soweto’s burning streets during the 1976 student uprisings to chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Growing up in Zola, one of the poorest areas in Soweto, Sibongile says she has always had a desire for change. A former student leader, executive member of the Soweto Students’ Representative Council and general secretary of the South African Students’ Movement, she was one of many responsible for driving the students’ march through Soweto on 16 June 1976. That uprising lead to a nationwide revolt.Watch these two inspirational womenInspiration for her playMkhabela is fascinated by the idea of memory. “We live in a country that both lives with and negates the notion that memory is a powerful part of who and what we are. What I like [is] that memory is the act and process of putting back the past in [our] mind as best as possible what we remember or recall. I am fascinated by the omissions, the lapses, the exaggerations, the blind spots that are a natural part of remembering.”Her mother has a notoriously bad memory when it comes to people and places, she says. “After making fun of her I began to realise that she has little memory of the people she grew up with, people she went to school with, and it struck me that there is some degree of will in the act of forgetting. She was intentionally forgetful of some parts of her life. I realise now that one of the things she had to do to survive her almost two years in an isolation cell was to forget – to force forgetfulness on her mind.”Blossoming of the playThe first impulse for By The Apricot Tree was the idea that “everything is, is in relation to everything it is not”. Mkhabela explains: we derive a sense of self from useful external points of reference; the people we love, where we live, how the world see us – everything in the world serves to place you in that world. “So when in isolation you lose sense of self – there is only a brick wall to relate to. Memory becomes the only concrete thing, memory which is both fluid and lives in the imaginary.”The inspiration was to imagine her mother relating only to a wall that gave her no sense of self; she could only be KC, her struggle identity. She could only be tough, rough, hard, and solid. “The play is a two-hander of the hard KC confronted by the soft parts of her self, derived from a self made at home. It is the struggle for survival where you want to keep the soft parts of your from the hard walls. The challenge, too, is for the soft parts of you to fight to live in you, despite the tough situations. How do you keep all the parts of you alive where all you have to hang on to is a fluid sense of self?”She knows how loving her mother is, how dearly she values her family: “I tried to imagine what could have happened that would make her force herself to forget her beloved while in isolation.”The layers of an individual“I think the most humbling thing was for my mother to let me know that I got it. I got what she went through and she appreciated being heard for what she went through,” Mkhabela explains. “I think [that] being a woman, I can tell a story from a perspective most men or historians may not. I did not want to write about the girl arrested for organising the student uprising. I wanted to tell the story of the child of Mozambican parents trying to make a home in a foreign country. I wanted to write about the girl who lost her mother. I wanted to write about a girl giving up on love because a peaceful march she and her mates organised turned unexpectedly violent and changed their lives. I think when you tell that story, you move people. I have been humbled to have moved my mother and fellow comrades.”People say they now want the post-apartheid narrative, adds the playwright. “I think they respond to this story because it is not a politics or history lesson; it is just a story about a girl loved away from herself.”By The Apricot Tree has had a run at the Windybrow Theatre in Hillbrow, at Wits Theatre and at the National Arts Festival. It also earned Mkhabela Wits University’s Percy Tucker Prize for best student director. At each venue, the audience responses were powerful and moving. “I think there is space in South Africa for this kind of story.”She believes stories like this bring true healing because at the end of the day, we all want to know we have been heard and our cries were not to the darkness.Telling her mother’s storyDescribing her mother as an archetypal rock and a very open person, Mkhabela says she is most grateful that her mother allowed her to undress her public image, to unhinge her and reveal her soft inner self. “I think the best thing would not be to tell this big story of a girl who jumps fences, gets beaten up by police and still rises strong.“I wanted to tell her story of being left alone at John Foster [Square] in a room about 20 metres long with a broken leg and a weak chest. I wanted to tell the story of the girl who gets sick whenever she gets cold; if I put that girl in a freezing cell for two years, how did she feel? I think most South Africans who claim to be over the story of apartheid miss the fact that apartheid is an institution that more or less is gone, but the story – that lives in people.“Maybe once we get over the over-inflated politics of hero stories, we can start to tell complex stories that can show how people lived with the beast and how they survived it.”The motherMkhabela says her mother is the magician, the rock, the very best friend, the mother-less girl trying to be as good a mother as she thinks a mother should be. “When I was little, my mother cut my apples so that the seeds in the middle looked like stars. So I thought she had a bit of magic about her. My mother allowed me to dream. Whenever I had a fight, my mother fought with me, sometimes for me, so she has been a hero for me too. When I was very young I realised what had happened to my parents and their sharing of their lives has also taught me the power of empathy.”Sibongile raised dreamers, and also taught her daughter the very important lesson of letting people do for themselves. “The work I do is because my mother taught me that institutions like apartheid are fluid, that the power of people can break them down to dust.“My mother raised a humanist feminist. I love the strength of woman that she demonstrates. I think many girls don’t always see strength in their mothers but mine taught me not to fear my strength, and to only love men who are not afraid of my strength.”Living in the nowMkhabela runs a non-profit organisation called Miyela that works to get youth to recognise the pools of power around them that make it possible for them to change themselves and their communities. It starts educational programmes that use local and basic resources to show how much can be done with very little. The Mzansi Spelling Bee came out of this, promoting the idea of youth who are thinkers and doers.She also writes plays and aims to return to directing at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Therein lies her true passion, in the idea of storytelling. “I am now working on republishing my mother’s book, Open Earth and Black Roses. I am also working on a living history project telling the stories of women who were part of the fight for liberation and imprisoned. It is really exciting stuff; we just have to make the public interested. People think you have an apartheid guilt trip when all you want is to make society more humane by allowing stories to be told so people can heal.”And if that is not enough, Mkhabela is also setting up Random Jam, a line of gourmet jam and biscuits. “There is a lot going on and I like that; that is the only way my mother taught me to live.”last_img read more

Singapore Airlines’ new attitude at altitude

first_imgSingapore Airlines new A380 First Class Through the latter end of the last century, Singapore Airlines was a byword in innovation with more than a touch of class.If it happened in the airline cabin it typically happened first on Singapore Airlines. The list of first was almost endless as it strove to propel the airline industry out of its complacency of the 1950s and 60s.However, for a while earlier this decade the airline lost its way – resting on its hard-won reputation.WATCH: Boeing’s video of cabin concepts of the futureBut over the past year or so all that has changed and the Singapore Airlines touch of class is back.New product in all classes, new aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, and a new attitude are now the face of Singapore Airlines.The flagship of the makeover is the new A380s delivered from Airbus with stunning new first suites, business class, and premium economy.Singapore Airlines expects to roll out new cabin products to its entire 20-strong – Airbus A380 fleet by 2020 as part of a $1.2 billion upgrade across its planes, aimed at reinforcing its industry leadership.The new cabins come 10 years after SIA operated the first A380 scheduled service and are in a four-class configuration with six suites and 78 business class seats on the upper deck as well as 343 economy seats and 44 premium economy seats on the lower deck.Singapore Airlines new A380 First Class The upgrade is the culmination of four years’ work involving extensive customer research, customer focus groups and a partnership with designers and manufacturers.Singapore Airlines (SIA) chief executive Goh Phoon Phong told editor Steve Creedy last year that the airline was committed to new products and a long-term approach to retaining its industry leadership position. He said this the big investment demonstrated the airline’s confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel.“We are confident that the result will genuinely wow our customers,’’ he said.And he is right – the impact is wow!Designed from the ground up, the new business seat is a step change from the new-generation seats in the airline’s Airbus A350s and Boeing 777-300ERs.At 63.5cm wide and with a seat pitch of 127cm, it is spacious and a center divider can be completely lowered to form a sort of “double bed.”However, while it is 12.7cm narrower than the airline’s previous business seat, that seat came in for criticism for being too wide with passengers “lost” in all the space.I believe the new business seat is just right and is 5cm wider than competing airlines.The business seat converts into a 198cm bed.In a bonus, the carbon fiber shell structure creates a thinner base giving passengers room to store a standard-size cabin bag underneath, rather than in the overhead bins.Singapore Airlines new A380 business class The cabin layout is a 1-2-1, which of course means everyone gets direct aisle access.The color palate is elegant with soft purple and copper hues.Space abounds giving you, for instance, flexibility to keep working on your laptop when the meal is served.The new A380 has “MyKrisWorld,” which provides recommendations based on customer experience and allows KrisFlyer members to create playlists as well as bookmark content and resume it on a subsequent flight.While very spacious, the business class seat wraps around you and gives you complete privacy to the point where you simply cannot see anyone else.There are also plenty of charger positions for “you can’t live without it electronic gear.”The airline will have all its A380s refitted to the new standard by later next year but have the first planes dedicated to the Sydney-Singapore-London route.Part of the new makeover is the airline’s new Boeing 787-10s which feature a new lie-flat regional business class.READ: Amanda Keenan’s Singapore Airlines 787 regional business class reviewThe first services are to Osaka and Perth, Australia.In the longer term, the Singapore Airlines long-haul routes will be operated by A380s, 777-300ERs and the new A350s with the recently delivered 787-10s looking shorter range flights.After 2020, the airline will take delivery of the 777X which will replace its 777-300ERs.Geoffrey Thomas was a guest of Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

B2B Opportunities for Web 2.0 Startups

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The first era of the Web moved from B2C to B2B. However the bubble burst just as the B2B phase was getting into full gear. As we enter the “digestion phase” of Web 2.0, many startups may want to re-focus their efforts on B2B markets. If Chasm models are still relevant (I think they are, but so accelerated that it looks quite different), then B2B niche markets enable the classic strategy of knocking down “bowling pins”.Note that I am not talking about Enterprise 2.0. That is behind the firewall stuff that is mostly catered to by classic enterprise players such as BEA, IBM, Oracle, HP, SAP; as well as open source. What is much more interesting is how porous enterprises have become. The corporate gatekeepers in purchasing and IT have lost power, as millions of cubicle dwellers vote with their mouse. This leaves a lot of room for startups to break in without investing in sales guys to knock on CIO doors. Increasingly IT will bless and reinforce services that already have traction within their firms, as opposed to bringing them in themselves. That is a dramatic shift.This can also be seen as the “consumerization of business”. People act online in similar ways, whether they are working or playing. Services such as Amazon, Google, eBay and others that we all use every day at home, make us question the clunky, behind the firewall systems that we use at work. This plays to the strengths of Web 2.0 startups.B2B Ripe for StartupsB2B strategies do not have to rely entirely on advertising revenue. Still, advertising to people at work is big business. Traditional B2B Media firms make over $4 billion a year from their online sites and that does not count the pure play online-only B2B sites. But you can also sell subscriptions or make money on transaction fees. In a world where everybody is trying to make money from advertising, a constrain play on other revenue sources could be a good idea. More importantly, there are more significant pain points to solve in B2B. Let‚Äôs face it, home shopping works pretty well, Google works just fine for most simple home-based searches; and the mix of email, IM and cheaper online telephony makes communication a breeze, even without social networking sites. Sure there is always room for great new entertainment – e.g. You Tube home videos have added a new dimension. But this is very, very different from the issues that people face at work. Ask anybody at work for 10 major IT related things that really bug them and you will get a good list. So the possibility for significant impact on peoples daily lives is simply greater in B2B.This intuitive observation is corroborated by a recent survey showing that 31% of B2B marketers allocate 20% or more of their total media budgets to new media platforms, compared with only 5% of B2C marketers. To put it another way, the Visionaries (Chasm speak for early adopters who spend real money to make a substantive difference to their business) are more often found in B2B than in B2C. B2B marketing is inherently more complex than B2C. Many people may be involved in a decision and the products and services have more variables. This all makes for opportunities for startups that can create simple, usable services to tame the complexity. Web 2.0 / B2B PartnershipsTraditional B2B Media firms also make natural partners for Web 2.0 startups. B2B Media in the USA alone is a $31.1 billion revenue business and the breakdown of that revenue may surprise those still muttering about “dead trees”:Trade Shows $11.3 billion (36%)Print Magazines $10.9 billion (35%)Online ‚ÄúeMedia‚Ä? $4.3 billion (14%)Other (mostly databases) $4.6 billion (15%).The growth (28%) and the margins (25%) are in online. If you ask a random sample of B2B Media CEOs about their priorities, it is very clearly ‚Äúonline, online and online‚Ä?. Many now describe their businesses as online with print extensions. In some cases this is delusional, in some cases aspirational, and in a very small number of cases it is already fact. Private Equity money is pouring into the industry and smart, aggressive new management teams are ensuring that the transition to online is real.This leads to a lot of partnership opportunities. Web 2.0 startups want access to this market and B2B Media want more online traction. However this is not the environment for bleeding edge technology. In Chasm terminology, you will find a few Visionaries and a lot of Early Majority, but not a lot of Early Adopters.This relative conservatism suits the B2B Media audience demographic, which tends towards the Baby Boomer ‚Äúdigital immigrant‚Ä? that still likes print but also uses new technologies that cross into the mainstream. RSS is an example. RSS is not a subject to quicken the pulse of a Read/WriteWeb reader, but the opportunities created for startups when something as fundamental as RSS becomes mainstream are significant. The future clearly belongs to the digital native generation that grew up with MySpace/Facebook, but in the B2B world the checks are still signed and deals decided by the Baby Boomers with bifocals scanning a print magazine.Conclusion: B2B could be the answer for Web 2.0 startupsB2B Media executives do not expect a silver bullet; no single feature will transform their business. They do need lots of new features that in aggregate make a difference to their mission of connecting buyers and sellers. This may suit the reality of many smaller, younger Web 2.0 startups that get referred to as a feature (not a product and certainly not a company). These may not be the transformational deals that startups dream about, but they may be the niche market ‚Ä?bowling pins‚Ä? through which a sustainable business can be created. Pic credit: Marshall Astor Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… bernard lunncenter_img Tags:#enterprise#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more