Inside the Connacht camp

first_imgGet to know those helping to take Connacht to new heights TAGS: Connacht Ready to launch: Tom McCartney prepares to throw into a lineout for Connacht. Photo: Inpho TOM McCARTNEY swapped New Zealand for Ireland last year when he joined Connacht, but before he left Auckland his team-mates put together a tribute video.The hooker’s nickname is ‘Freak’ for his ability in the gym – “Coming through the age grades, I looked like a little white boy but a lot of the time I was stronger than the big guys,” he says – so it’s fitting that the video features the song Super Freak. Words have been changed to describe McCartney’s rugby prowess and while the 29-year-old stars in a few ‘dance’ routines in the video, he insists the idea came from his team-mates at Auckland.“I didn’t do any song writing!” he insists. “After I scored a try, one of the guys in the team wrote the whole song. As my nickname is Freak, he called me Super Freak. I was worried because I knew I might come across as a bit of a d**k, but I don’t take myself too seriously.”Leading figureIt was clear on his arrival at Connacht that his new colleagues had watched the video, but who would McCartney like to produce a film of? “John Muldoon deserves a video. Everyone calls him ‘Mole’, like ’Mole-doon’. So maybe we need to get him a new nickname first!”Long server: John Muldoon has spent his entire pro career at Connacht. Photo: InphoMuldoon has been at Connacht for 14 years, joining the academy with his brother when he came to study in Galway. His brother left to join the police, but Muldoon has never looked back. “My brother and I were both brought into the academy but he hated it,” explains Muldoon. “He didn’t like the lifestyle, saying he played rugby for enjoyment and didn’t enjoy it as a professional. I loved it – getting paid to train and play.”Youth projectMuldoon, 32, is certainly in the senior player category at Connacht but it’s the province’s youth policy that seems to be reaping rewards. As well as reaching the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup, Connacht are sitting in sixth position in the Guinness Pro12 table and have already won more league games than ever before. “We’ve been more consistent,” says Lam. “The bottom line is these guys work hard. If we put a highlights package together we’d see the amount of teamwork that’s done as a team. The lowlights would show when we’re not playing as a team. We’re not good enough as individuals to play as individuals, so it’s important we work together.”Read more from these Connacht interviews in the April 2015 issue of Rugby World – on sale 10 March. Click here for the latest subscription offers and find out how to download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is the province’s star, but Muldoon points to the other young faces in the squad too. “The big thing for us is we’re a young team – and I put myself in there!” he jokes. “The young lads coming through get better and better.“We’ve played a couple of times with a back-line which has an average age of 22 or 23. There’s Kieran Marmion at 23, Robbie Henshaw’s 21, Darragh Leader’s 21. All three of them have been training with Ireland this year. So we’re a young, young team but there is experience in there with the likes of Mils Muliaina. He’s got huge knowledge of the game.”Pulling together: Connacht gather to listen to a team talk from Pat Lam. Photo: InphoMan at the topSince taking over the reins at Connacht in 2013, former Samoa No 8 Pat Lam has focused on three areas – the game, culture and leadership – and his approach is paying off. After finishing tenth in the Pro12 last year, he has been pleased with his team’s form this season.last_img read more

Mourinho brands Chelsea side ‘lazy’

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho felt his side had been “lazy” before recovering to beat Leicester 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues, who opened the Barclays Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Burnley, laboured through the first half against the promoted Foxes, back in the top flight after a decade. After David Nugent was put clean through only to be denied by a smart save from Thibaut Courtois, again picked ahead of Petr Cech, Chelsea eventually made the breakthrough with a well-taken goal from £32million striker Diego Costa. Mourinho continued: “I told them if you have the same feeling and vision I have, we are not in trouble, because we change, but if you do not agree, we are in trouble and do not win the game. “In the second half, it was better we were a positive and enthusiastic, so w e were too strong for them. “But let’s not forget that they had a one-on-one situation against Courtois.” Mourinho had made another big selection call in leaving striker Fernando Torres out of the match-day squad, which included Didier Drogba who received a warm welcome on his return to Stamford Bridge. Torres has been linked with a move to Italy, but Mourinho has no intention of off-loading the Spaniard. “The reason is I decided to keep the same team, to have a bench with a complete balance. Sometimes I can have two strikers on the bench, sometimes I can’t,” he said. “I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I play with two, one on the bench, sometimes someone will be injured or suspended. “I cannot do a season without three strikers. “I want him (to stay). “He will play and score goals, to be very useful for us, he is a fantastic guy, a fantastic professional, so there is no problem.” Costa, signed from Atletico Madrid, opened his account at Burnley, and Mourinho has been impressed by the speed of the Brazil-born forward’s transition. “I got the feeling in pre-season that his adaptation would not be a big deal, he is an easy guy,” said Mourinho. “His style of play has adapted to our needs, so it has not been a problem.” Leicester could count themselves somewhat unfortunate not to have pushed Chelsea harder given their efforts up to the hour mark. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson feels his side, who drew 2-2 against Everton on the opening weekend, should not be too downhearted. “The players are disappointed we were unable to convert an encouraging performance with the reward of points, but there are a lot of positives from today,” he said. “The good thing is we created chances throughout the game and we wanted to be positive. “For the most part, we played very well today, but as always it is going to be about how efficient you are in both penalty areas and we did not quite find the right way today.” Pearson, meanwhile, confirmed there was no further progress on a proposed transfer for Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, but wants to bring fresh faces in ahead of the September 1 deadline. The Leicester manager said: “It is not that we have not been trying. It is clear we do need one or two more players, and we will endeavour to add to the squad.” Press Association Eden Hazard stroked in a second on 77 minutes to maintain Chelsea’s 100% opening to the new domestic campaign. Mourinho, though, was not happy with the slow start. He said: “I prefer to train in the morning, but this week I trained in the afternoon because this is not the best weather to play football, you get lazy. “This weather pushes players to be a bit lazy, to lose a bit of tension, a bit of sharpness in your body, after that you pass slow, you do not react to the second balls, the time goes on and on, then when you wake up, it is half-time. “In the first half, the team was lazy, and I did not like that. “But they improved in the second half and they won, which is the most important thing. “At half-time, we had to be a bit emotional with them. I told them the way we were playing was not good enough to win the game and that we were at risk. “It is impossible to play football if you do not win one second ball, it was basic but important things.” last_img read more

Knicks laying ‘groundwork’ for firing of David Fizdale; could make run at Toronto’s Masai Ujiri, reports say

first_imgAfter missing out on both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this offseason after trading Kristaps Porzingis a few months prior, the Knicks’ roster is in a state of limbo, with limited cornerstone pieces. The Knicks confusingly signed several power forwards: Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Julius Randle, who don’t necessarily mesh well on the court.Rookie sensation RJ Barrett has been one of the lone bright spots on the roster this season, but there are concerns over the heavy workload he’s played early in the season.Still, Barrett’s success won’t mean much for the Knicks — specifically Fizdale, Mills and Perry — if the results on the court stay the same. David Fizdale could be a dead man walking, according to a report.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews report that even prior to the strange Scott Perry and Steve Mills press conference on Sunday night following a blowout loss at the hands of the Cavaliers, the Knicks organization was beginning to “lay the internal groundwork” to fire the second-year coach. According to the report, Mills was “selling” the idea that the current roster could be competitive in a weak Eastern Conference this season. So far, that hasn’t been the case: The Knicks are 2-8 on the season and have been outscored 1,092-993.MORE: The Knicks press conference that confused the hoops worldMills, a Knicks front-office mainstay who has survived various administrations and incarnations of the much beleaguered New York franchise, could be on the hot seat as well, per a seperate report from The Athletic’s Frank Isola.Isola says the Knicks could make a run at Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, which would be their second attempt to lure the exec in three years. Ujiri was the architect behind the Raptors’ first NBA championship in the 2018-19 season. Mills has a 48-126 record as Knicks preident following the ousting of Phil Jackson.They have not played up to standard or expectation this season, and the shortcomings fall on the roster and its construction.last_img read more

Pharrell curates soundtrack for ‘NBA 2K15’ game

first_imgIn this Friday, May 30, 2014, file photo, Pharrell Williams speaks on stage during the GRAMMY Event with Pharrell Williams and LL Cool J in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Pharrell is teaming up with the world’s best-selling basketball video game franchise as a music curator.2K Sports announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning performer chose 27 tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming “NBA 2K15.” He’s the second music performer to select songs for the popular video game, following Jay Z who served as executive producer in 2012.LeBron James picked out songs for last year’s installment that sold 7 million copies.Pharrell said in a statement to The Associated Press that he wanted to create an “eclectic mix” of songs. Three of his songs are featured on the soundtrack including “Hunter,” ”Can I Have It Like That” and “How Does It Feel?”Another song Pharrell will be featured on is Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can.” The soundtrack will also include songs from Lauryn Hill, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Junior, Basement Jaxx, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Clipse, Death from Above 1979, No Doubt, Public Enemy, Ratatat, Santigold, The Black Keys, The Rapture, The Strokes, Strafe, Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers.“It was fun to include songs that I have always loved, like Strafe’s “Set it Off” or Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” he said. ” The eclectic mix makes for a really cool vibe.”It’s not the first time Pharrell has shown his talents within the NBA realm. He performed at this year’s NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, bringing out Nelly, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.That performance was one of the reasons 2K selected Pharrell as curator.“Pharrell’s creative energy and background with the NBA — his performance at the All-Star game for example —  was part of our decision in partnering with him to shape a new entertainment experience in this year’s title,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for the video game.The game is expected to go on sale Oct. 7.___Online: Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter at read more

Local Primary Candidates Announced

first_imgBOROUGH OF ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSBorough CouncilRoy Dellosso (D) Charles Lero (D)Vote For TwoRichard Colangelo (R)Penelope Morris (R)James Murphy (R)Brian Boms (R) Highlands’ municipal government is nonpartisan. Petitions for elected office are not due until Sept. 4. Two borough council seats are up for election. BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVERBorough CouncilLaura Clark (D)Stephanie Keenan (D)Arthur “A.J.” McNally (R)Christian Smith (R)MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeFull TermTricia Maguire (D)Anthony Perry (R)One Year Unexpired TermDanielle Walsh (D)Rick Hibell (R) BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACHMonmouth Beach’s form of government, a Board of Commissioners, elects to four-year terms. The borough’s last election was held in May 2017. BOROUGH OF OCEANPORTBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)William Deerin (R)Michael O’Brien (R) HOLMDEL TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeBarbaraSinger(D)Thomas Critelli (R) RED BANK BOROUGHMayorPasquale “Pat” Menna (D)No nomination made (R)Borough CouncilHazim Yassin (D)Kate Triggiano (D)Michael Clancy (R)Allison Gregor y (R) BOROUGH OF FAIR HAVENMayorNo nomination made (D)Benjamin J. Lucarelli (R)Borough CouncilFull Term Carolyn J. Williams (D)Cameron Spector (D)Elizabeth M. Koch (R)James P. Banahan (R)One Year Unexpired Term Evan Hughes (D)Jacqueline Rice (R) By Jay Cook |Registered Republican voters in Atlantic Highlands will have a choice to make for the best candidates in the June 5 primary race for municipal office.But in other Two River towns, Democratic and Republican party candidates are running mostly unopposed. In some cases, no Democrats at all have stepped forward to run in the primaries.The winners of the local primary elections will run under their party’s banner in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, a midterm election which is generating national interest because all 435 seats in the Unites States House of Representatives and 34 seats of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be up for a vote.In the April 2 filings, it was revealed there will be a changing of the guard in Shrewsbury Borough. Longtime Republican councilman and mayor Donald Burden, whose mayoral term concludes at the end of this year, will not be seeking re-election. Burden, a Shrewsbury resident for 42 years, has been on the borough council since his first oath of office in 2003.It is one of the many ways Burden has contributed to his small town of approximately 4,100 people. Burden has been a steward of Shrewsbury’s rich Colonial American history and has led the Shrewsbury Historical Society since 2004. He has also served as a member of the Shrewsbury Schools Board of Education, the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and has been a library commissioner with the Monmouth County Library Commission since 2013.The primary election filings show that borough councilman Erik Anderson will be seeking the mayor’s seat as a GOP candidate, while the Shrewsbury Democrats will put David Dragonetti up for the position.Of the 11 Two River-area towns with primary elections in June, Atlantic Highlands will host the only contested race. While the two options for Democratic candidates have been chosen, the borough Republicans are fielding four candidates for the mid-summer race. The small, bayside community tucked up against the Sandy Hook Bay recently had its borough council turn into a Democratic majority after Thomas Hayden and John Crowley won elections in November.For the third consecutive mayoral election, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna will not only not face a primary challenge, but he’ll also have a clear path to another term unless an independent candidate arises in the coming months. Menna was last challenged in 2006 when he ran for mayor against John P. Curley, currently a Monmouth County Freeholder. The local Republicans haven’t put a challenger to Menna since then.Historically, Monmouth County has primarily been a Republican-leaning county, and that shows in the Two River area. Three of the 11 municipalities will not feature any Democratic candidates filing to compete in their municipal primaries – those include Colts Neck, Oceanport and Rumson. There are no Democrats on the governing bodies in Colts Neck or Rumson. The only Democrat on Oceanport’s governing body is Mayor Jay Coffey.Middletown Township boasts the only race where none of the primary candidates selected have actually been elected to office. Anthony Perry filled a vacancy left by Stephen Massell in November and Rick Hibell was sworn in earlier this year after Gerry Scharfenberger resigned from the township committee after being elected to fill a vacancy on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Middletown GOP candidates aren’t typical incumbents and will face challenges in November from Tricia Maguire, who unsuccessfully ran for township committee last year, and Danielle Walsh, currently on Middletown’s Board of Education.Candidates listed in boldface are incumbents. Every petition filed for the June primary was verified by the respective municipal clerk’s office in each municipality. BOROUGH OF HIGHLANDS COLTS NECK TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)J.P. Bartolomeo (R) Frank Rizzutto (R) BOROUGH OF RUMSONBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)Mark Rubin (R) John Conklin (R)SEA BRIGHT BOROUGHBorough CouncilMarc Leckstein (D)No nomination made (D)William J. Keeler (R) No nomination made (R) SHREWSBURY BOROUGHMayorDavid Dragonetti (D)Erik Anderson (R)Borough CouncilAmanda Ngo (D)Carol Loeffler (D)Donald Eddy (R) Jeffrey DeSalvo (R)last_img read more

Lions Club Raising Funds to Build Playground

first_imgThe American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant play system will be the first of its kind in central New Jersey and include fully accessible climbers, activity panels, xylophones, drums, water features, sounding poles, and much more. The all-inclusive playground will offer a unique sensory experience for blind, visually impaired and autistic children. For more information, visit COLTS NECK – Colts Neck Lions Club celebrated its largest fundraising achievement to date by providing a check to County Freeholder Lillian Burry from the Friends of Monmouth County Parks System. With the support of the local community, the Lions Club raised over $122,000 that will be used to build a state-of-the-art playground for the blind and visually impaired. The construction of the playground, which will be an addition to the current Challenger Place playground at Dorbrook Park, will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for the summer of 2019, with an expected completion date by the end of the year. last_img read more

No cool Million, but a nice cool ride instead

first_imgNo cool million, but Barry Epp and two friends will be able to drive home from Buffalo, NY, in the all-new Chevrolet Cruze as part of the fifth annual Chevrolet Cruze Million Dollar Shootout.The Cranbrook sales consultant had the opportunity to shoot for a Million dollars during the Canada/Sweden IIHF World Junior Hockey contest Friday.Epp and his two shooters – son Shane and friend Chris Kirwan – each had 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks into an open net from centre ice.  The two Epp’s combined 10 goals scored were enough for the three East Kootenay hockey fans to each claim an all-new Chevrolet Cruze sedan.Already a winner, the senior Epp had a chance to shoot for a cool $1 Million. Epp needed to score 15 or more goals into the net from the far blueline in 24 seconds or less.Epp fell six goals short of winning, scoring nine into the open net before time ran out.In 2008 Epp was in attendance at General Motors Place in Vancouver when Darwin Head of Prince Albert, SK, won it all during the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout in 2008, netting four Chevrolet Malibus and $1 million live on TSN.The day prior to Friday’s contest the Cranbrook trio received a special one-hour private practice session with Hall of Fame defenceman and Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador Bobby Orr at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.Epp was randomly chosen from nearly 7.2 million total online entries. With files from TSNlast_img read more

Managing a Split Team: An Interview with Blank Label’s Danny Wong

first_imgchris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I had the opportunity to talk Monday with Danny Wong, one of the co-founders of the startup Blank Label which allows customers to create custom men’s dress shirts. Users can pick fabrics, collar styles, cuff styles, size and fit options, as well as embroider custom monograms. The company is the brainchild of Wong’s partner, Fan Bi, who developed the idea during an exchange program between the Boston area’s Babson College (a school we’ve mentioned before for it’s entrepreneurship programs) and his school in his home of Australia.Bi and Wong initially hired locally, bringing a Boston-based graphic designer on board, but eventually they were forced to look beyond the east coast for a programmer. After hiring their lead developer in Orange County, California, Bi’s exchange program ended, forcing him back to Australia, and splitting the Blank Label team across three distant locations, but the fledgling company has still managed to grow. Bi now lives in Shanghai where he can run the company’s supply chain with their manufacturer, while the rest of the team works virtually in California and Massachusetts.Wong and Blank Label are an excellent example for startups in smaller communities that need to hire employees outside of their location. Here are some excerpts from my interview with Wong on the pros and cons of working with a split team in a startup as well as some insights into how they’ve managed to get off the ground and continue to grow.What lead Blank Label to become a split team?We couldn’t find someone local. We dug really deep, we tried to leverage our secondary network. All three of us were in the Boston, Massachusetts area at the time, and we were trying to find this fourth partner who could do programming and who could make something really amazing for us without us having to outsource. We’ve had a tremendous amount of terrible stories with outsourcing, we even had an article written about us on about how we decided to bring someone onboard as opposed to outsourcing because we had so many issues with outsourcing. But the fact of the matter was, on the east coast, we couldn’t find anyone that was good. Theres definitely an abundance of software talent on the west coast and getting an awesome, passionate technical co-founder even at a distance who believed in the vision, who had thought about the idea space a few years previous was a bigger advantage than the disadvantage of not having him local. So you were looking for someone who could program but also had the entrepreneurial mindset? Yes.And that was hard to find on the east coast? Because I’m sure there’s plenty of programmers coming out of the colleges out in Boston.Some of them have the entrepreneurial spirit as well, but part of the problem was that a lot of them didn’t believe in us because we were an unproven concept. We had an idea, and our team didn’t have the best credentials, but we had an idea and we were incredibly motivated. Naturally, people will be skeptical.That’s interesting because that’s kind of how ventural capital goes too, east coast to west coast. You won’t get as much funding on the east coast for something that’s not as proven a model as you would in Silicon Valley where they’re more likely to invest in something more risky.Yeah, well there’s also a cultural difference. We’re more conservative on the east coast, just as a culture. On the west coast they’re incredibly liberal, they’re not averse to risk taking. They’re not averse to change. That’s why you see all of these disruptive startups coming out of the west coast. There are some people pushing it on the east coast, but certainly not as many in proportion or in volume compared to the west coast. So you eventually found your fourth partner?So we found a co-founder, we found him through the web…We’ve just had an interesting relationship since. A few more details about the team dynamic: we’ve never met Zeeshan.And he’s the programmer from California?Yeah he’s out there. Alec, our graphic designer, and I are now in Boston… Towards the end of 2009 Fan was finishing his exchange program at Babson, I attend Bentley, Alec graduated in June from Roger Williams. Alec and I barely see each other, but we go out now and then on the weekends. Fan’s visa soon expired because he finished his exchange program at Babson in December… Immediately after new years he flew out to Australia, spent some time with his family, and now he’s moved to Shanghai for the business…We decided to move Fan out there because it was the best solution for the company. Now he’s working with our supplier directly, and we have a new supplier, we have better quality control, we can source more fabrics, we have transparency with the supplier, we know more about our raw costs, the time it takes to produce a product, and then we’ve figured out better shipping options to get the product to the consumer faster.So how do you collaborate over such long distances?We use web-based document sharing, we use Dropbox and Google Docs. We use video conferencing, we use ooVoo instead of Skype because ooVoo allows us to do multiple-person video conferencing. We also use a couple project management tools, Acunote specifically to set goals and sprints for our web-based projects. What’s it like to set up a manufacturing partnership with a company in China? That’s got to be a daunting thing to look at.Yeah. When Fan was living in Australia he used to go over to Shanghai every summer because that’s where his [extended] family was. He would get his products custom made and that’s how he came up with this idea…He decided to go snooping around and he found a manufacturer and they had direct contact at the beginning…He set up the supply chain. We were working through an agency which put us through to a manufacturer so that was a little sloppy. The manufacturer itself was talking directly with us so we couldn’t tell them exactly what we wanted. There were too many steps in the process because we would talk to the agency who would talk to the manufacturer, and the agency was pretty much a middle man, and the problem there was our costs were higher, and sometimes the message gets mixed up. It was complicated, it definitely was, and there was also a time delay because we have to talk to the middle-man and the middle-man has to find time to talk to the manufacturers.Not to mention the time-zone differences.Yeah… Our original manufacturer, their main business was suits, and they just happened to do shirts too, and we pushed them to do things a little different, and they said “Oh, what are you doing? No one ever does this?…You’re putting to much pressure on us, you’re asking for a quick turn-around, we don’t have time for this…For us to make one of your shirts, we could have made 4 other shirts that were mass produced.” So our interests weren’t really aligned, and they’re expertise weren’t there. Our tailors now work specifically with creating dress shirts every day, so we just told them to do things a little different and they’ve done very well.So being bootstrapped, was that one of the things that led you to create this split-team?Yeah, if we had investors I’m sure they would have pushed us to be near each other. And that’s the problem with seeking investment right now, there’s no way we could relocate Zee because he has a competitive salary at his day job right now.I would think that if you did relocate, I would think San Francisco would be a good place not only because its Silicon Valley and investors are there, but its also a bridge city from China and Japan where manufacturers are.Right, that’s a good point, and we certainly would not be averse to moving over to California. The only problem, for one, there’s Fan’s visa issue. Alec and I are free to move, I’d be happy to take some time off from school if that’s needed. There would be no problem for us to move, and we’d be more than happy to. One potential problem might be that we’re comfortable with our network here [in Boston]. Fan’s talked about how he’d be excited to move out to the west coast, it’s where startups thrive.It seems like you’ve got a pretty good setup going right now with the manufacturers in China.Yeah and we need him there for a couple more months at least. It’s undetermined how long he’s gonna be there, but fortunately the cost of living is low. It’s not ideal for him to move back here.Are you looking to get funding, or are you trying to bootstrap as long as you can?That’s a good question. I would say that we’re going to be bootstrapping it for a while. We’re not actively seeking funding, and we have no real intentions of seeking funding anytime soon. Perhaps a year from now, but I certainly would say any earlier than six months from now.Has anyone approached you about funding?We spoke to TechStars because Bill Warner even ordered one of our shirts. He was interested in us applying, it wasn’t an offer but he encouraged us to apply, but then the program would have been this year and we’re a split team so it just wouldn’t work out.I would think that you guys might be perfect for an incubator situation but you guys are so split up that it makes it a lot harder.Yeah we’re too far split apart [for an incubator]. We were looking at, “How are we going to deal with Zee, how can we negotiate to allow him to be there?” Now we’re going to be split between Boston, Orange County and Shanghai for quite a while.Do you think that not being able to work face-to-face has been a hurdle you’ve had to overcome, or is it not that big of a deal?I feel connected to the team because I get to see them twice a week because we’re video conferencing. It adds a little more reality to a situation. We used to do phone conferences, and for one I hate holding my phone to my face for that long and two, you’re looking at other things while you’re talking. With video conferencing you get to see your partners’ gesticulations, facial expressions, it seems more real…We use Google Chat or Skype for IM or small calls. Is there anything else you want to add about the split team experience?For some teams it will be important to have a split team for business and split operation puposes. Fan is in Shanghai managing our supply chain, I’m here building our Boston network, Zeeshan’s out in Orange County…with the world’s top developers, learning more, exchanging tips and notes. Networking and business purposes, it can be very beneficial for those reasons.If you can have it any way you wanted, which would you choose? Is the price of being split up worth the advantage of being able to network in these different cities, and tap these different talent pools?Yes! I full agree with that statement. Going back to your first question, I honestly wish I was in Europe right now.Because fashion is huge out there?Yes, they have so much purchasing power compared to us. If we were to charge our prices over there, people would swallow up our product. For a product with our value proposition, I certainly think that we could make a lot of money there. We are launching international shipping in a week or so, but I would love to be working over there. It would be great to just get on the map and be disruptive globally.Is there a situation for startups that you would recommend they split up their team? Especially since you guys are from Boston which is one of the bigger east coast startup cultures but it’s not the largest in the states, so you are forced to look around in other cities for talent. Would you suggest that startups in a similar situation try to do that too?Yeah I certainly would encourage startups to look for resources elsewhere. The status quo was that you had to find someone local that you can sit and have coffee with every day. If you were too poor to afford an office, which most people are, you can sit in Startbucks and get free refills everyday. But things are changing, and luckily with the evolution of technology you can interact virtually with a team and you can have a wonderful team dynamic this way. I would encourage people to look near and far to find the people that have the skills necessary for their business to explode…There’s someone out there who can add value to your team and that is more than happy to jump on. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 months agoCardiff boss Warnock explains his fury against Liverpool and Clyne

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock explains his fury against Liverpool and Clyneby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has explained his furious blast at Liverpool and Nathaniel Clyne after they sent him on-loan to Bournemouth.Warnock claimed he was “promised” the right-back on loan by the Reds, but his attitude over Clyne has softened in the week after the shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham.”I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth,” Warnock said.”If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I’d snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.”I don’t blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established.”You can’t blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient. If nothing happens, so what? I won’t be losing any sleep with the squad I’ve got.”We’ve done it before and we’ve had a great time. I’ve got to give them a team that’s got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more