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ABL: Hong Kong cools off Alab Pilipinas

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards ALAB PILIPINAS 80 – Parks 23, Hughes 19, Domingo 12, Celiz 8, Fortuna 3, Knuttel 2, Thiele 2, Hubalde 2, Cawaling 0, Gavieres 0, Acuna 0. Quarters: 24-16, 55-37, 76-53, 93-80 Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Phoenix earns quarterfinals berth, beats Ginebra MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageHONG KONG — Firing on all cylinders early, the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions pummeled Alab Pilipinas, 93-80, Sunday night to seize solo second in the Asean Basketball League at Southorn Stadium here. Marcus Elliot fired 27 points while Tyler Lamb tallied 23 points as the Long Lions used a big second quarter run to pull away on their way to their sixth win in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’center_img Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Ray Parks had 23 points to lead Alab while import James Hughes added 19 points. It was another subpar game from Alab’s other import, Sampson Carter, who was held to seven points.Alab tries to bounce back against Saigon Heat on Friday at Olivarez Gym in Paranaque.The Long Lions also snapped Alab’s three game winning streak that included road victories over Kaohsiung Truth and Westports Malaysia Dragons.The scores: HK EASTERN LONG LIONS 93 – Elliot 27, Lamb 23, Sullivan 14, Chan 11, Guinchard 10, Fong 6, Chung 2, Cheng 0, Lee 0, Lau 0, Tang 0, Poon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sloppy and indecisive with its execution, Alab fell to its third defeat in eight games for solo third spot. The Filipinos trailed by as many as 29 points in the third period, before mounting a late run when the Long Lions sent in their third stringers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPlaying its first game here, Alab scored eight of the game’s first 11 points, before Elliot buckled down to work, ending the first half with 21 points.Alab failed to stem the tide in the third as the Filipinos’ guns fell silent in the face of the Long Lions’ pressure defense. View commentslast_img read more

Vanity…Vanity…

first_img…is it all Town Clerk’s Vanity?Whatever else we may think of the poet Shelley (too much of a libertine?) he certainly gave rulers who act as if their reputations will live through eternity, something to think about with his poem “Ozymandias”. He tells of the vanity of the Pharoah we know as Ramses II – also called Ozymandias – who back in 1300BC ordered a gigantic Sphinx with his face sculpted on, to announce his glory.Shelly tells of a modern day traveller who reports of the irony of the ruins – into which this statue has been reduced in the sands of the desert – contraposed with the words still visible on its base: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Thousands must’ve died to build that statue – but to what end? Wouldn’t Ramses II have been better served if he’d allowed those who perished for his vanity, to live?Well…it does seem we have some modern day Ramseses alive and well in Guyana. Look at all the monuments being created at the cost of billions and billions of dollars – even as thousands are being thrown onto the breadlines with the economy heading southwards. There are the Independence Arches, D’Urban Park Stadium, Carifesta Ave (soon to be Ave of the Caribbean) and finally, Presidential Park – just to mention some that just came into your Eyewitness’s mind.Towards what end are these being built? With what we know to be the state of global warming – going up…up…and awayyyy!! – how many years do our leaders think our coastland, (already under six feet UNDER sea level), will be ABOVE water? Aren’t all the monuments being built in a worse situation than with Ramses’s statue in the sands? At least that was visible to a forlorn and probably lost traveller? Who’s going to see the busts of our Presidents at Merriman’s Mall under 50 feet of Amazonian-muddied Atlantic water?Your Eyewitness is sure there’s some rhyme to this apparent madness for building monuments. There were, after all, these visitors for Jubilee who had to be persuaded that things were better. But the Presidential Mall? Was this project commissioned from “on high” as were the others in and around Georgetown? Or is this just the work of the Svengali behind the Mayoral Chair – no other than our once and future Royston King?For him to be strutting around so cockily – what with dragging vendors out from Stabroek Market and dumping them into muddy waters over in Hadfield Street and then this latest parking meter escapades – he has to have friends in high places, nuh?Vanity of vanities…all is vanity!…and The Lady MayorYour humble Eyewitness isn’t being snide. You do know the official title of a “Lord” is prefixed with the article “the”, nuh? Like in “The Lord Harrington” or “The Lord Mayor”…with the female equivalent being, like, “The Lady Mayor Chase-Green”. Anyhow Lady Chase-Green (you drop the “The” when referring to them”) seems quite recalcitrant about how she went about procuring those parking meters for Georgetown.But you can’t blame her, can you? Did you REALLY think Lady Macbeth consulted her servants when she decided to do the dirty? (Murder most foul!!) But you gotta hand it to this young’un Sherod Duncan…he certainly rejected being treated like the hired help – just because of the title “Lady” being conferred on the good lady.Folks will just have to give their support to Duncan on these matters when he refuses to genuflect to Her Lady Mayor and calls a spade “as spade”.Or a rip off a “rip off”!…in riceOK…OK This fella Doerga knows hemp. But surely he’s trying to score (cheap) political points (or smoking something!) by claiming the PPP should’ve shipped a lower grade of rice to Venezuela. We were getting twice the world market price and we shoulda shortchanged them?Jeez! No wonder Venezuela cancelled the contract!last_img read more

The Hamilton Green unprecedented pension – it is more than obscene

first_imgThe Hamilton Green pension worth about million annually is unprecedented and obscene. Why pussyfoot around it – it is scandalous, corrupt, cronyism at its worst. Green is disdainfully laughing at us, while Granger, Nagamootoo, Williams, Greenidge, Ramjattan and their A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) colleagues mock us with their limitless arrogance. For the umpteenth time in less than two years, they have betrayed Guyana and made us again the laughing stock among the Caribbean Community (Caricom).Not just their arrogance, they are supercilious, carrying on as if they are superior to the citizens of Guyana. In every way, each passing day, they bow down in homage to the George Orwell’s Animal Farm notion of equality: we are all equal, just that some of us are more equal than others. Indeed, APNU/AFC has made this Orwellian principle the cornerstone of their rule, in everything they do, it must be about them. What is it that Sting sings – every move we make, every step we take? For sure, every move and every step, every breath they take is to rape Guyana’s Treasury.Green rightfully receives a pension as a former Prime Minister and MP. He also receives a pension as the former Mayor and City Councillor of the municipality of Georgetown. Green, now at 81, serves as the Chairman of the Central Planning and Housing Authority and receives benefits associated with this position. But APNU/AFC decides that like their Cabinet members, Green needs to live as a king, “Cadillac lifestyle in a fiefdom of peasants and a donkey cart economy.”In Jagdeo’s time, Granger, Nagamootoo and APNU/AFC had insisted Guyana could not afford to pay Jagdeo to live a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey cart economy.” They lied that Jagdeo’s salary, benefits and pension were the biggest in the world and unfair to the Guyanese taxpayers. They claimed that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Ministers were paid too much. Yet, as soon as they got control of the Government, they claimed that those same so-called high salaries and benefits were chicken feed. Hence the APNU/AFC Cabinet’s salary and benefits are almost double what PPP Cabinet members were paid. Granger’s and Nagamootoo’s salaries, pension and other benefits far exceed what Jagdeo and Ramotar are entitled to. They give sweetheart deals to their friends and donors. They raid the Treasury with impunity, as if it is robbing the bank in broad daylight.Guyana is presently worse off than when Jagdeo was President. In less than two years, Guyana’s economy has plunged downwards, crime is spiralling, the health sector is in crisis, sugar and rice find itself in desperate situations, mining is suffering from APNU/AFC highhandedness, but every day another raid is carried out on the Treasury. The raid on taxpayers’ money to sweeten Green’s greedy pockets is highway theft.Green is being decorated with taxpayers’ money for his role in the imposition of dictatorship, party paramountcy and thuggery between 1964 and 1992. As Health Minister (1985-1992), he led the collapse of the health sector and as Mayor of Georgetown, he spent more than 20 years travelling the world for free while his city became a haven for rats and pests. APNU/AFC rewards him for these “sterling” performances as if he was the sitting Prime Minister, with additional perks as if he was the immediate past President. His healthcare cost, electricity, telephone, Internet, maid, gardener and guard services are to be as if he was the former President. He is entitled to a fleet and driver staff. He is entitled to travel with his partner free on first class tickets. Should every past public servant, therefore, expect the pension of present occupants of similar position? Should all former Ministers be treated as if they are present Ministers?According to APNU/AFC, Green deserves this treatment as a king, because he is a patriot. Did I hear someone say “patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels?” I will just plagiarise the American author, Jarod Kintz: “Sure politicians rob us, the people – but only because it’s in our best interest. If they did not rob us, somebody else would, and this other scoundrel would not even bother to wrap the theft in the Golden Arrowhead. So really, we should rejoice in being swindled, and group together as patriots, singing national anthems, because we are being looted by men and women who believe they are the best thing for us – and they are the best among us. As such, they deserve special privileges that we, the huddling masses, have no right to question.” (Send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.com)last_img read more

IPC Tops 3-Day Agenda

first_imgThe three worst Ebola affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have ended a three-day inter-country meeting that discussed the current status of the Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities in each country.They also brainstormed about solutions to eradicate infections of the Ebola virus from the three countries.The meeting, held July 20-23, brought together representative from the World Health Organization (WHO) and health practitioners from the three countries.They also shared strategic plans for the IPC and WASH improvement in the context of health systems recovery, for both the current early phase and the medium term.It was sponsored by the WHO and the Ministry of Health.In his welcome remarks, UNICEF and WHO Country’ Manager Alex Gasasira said he was overwhelmed with the delegates’ presence at the consultation, which was the first of its kind since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.He stated that the consultation would provide a platform for experiences and interactions on the infections in the three countries.“We are grateful to the team for the preparation of this program and we look forward for the rich, successful deliberation it provides as a platform for sharing of experiences and interactions on infections, prevention and control,” Gasasira said.He added: “We are all aware that the gaps in infection prevention and control contributed immensely to the devastating outbreak that affected the three countries and we applaud governments in the three countries that have contributed to close the gap in the reduction of transmissions.”Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn told the participants, “It is commonly said that from every outbreak there is an improvement and now is the prevention, infection control system. She indicated that the Ministry of Health is putting into place measures to improve its IPC.”“It was during the outbreak that we learned a lot and we have been putting in systems to improve infection, prevention and control for our patients and health care workers. We believe that it will serve as the foundation for quality improvement in our healthcare facilities.”Participants included Alpha Ahmadou Bah, (Ministry of Health of Guinea), Sierra Leone’s Nanah Sesay Kamara and Catherine Cooper (Liberia), among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Santa Clarita looks back on first 20 years

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — Instead of the humble beginnings from which most new cities are born, the city of Santa Clarita was the largest city ever to incorporate, with a population around 130,000, when voters approved cityhood Nov. 3, 1987. This year the city celebrates its 20th anniversary by looking back at past accomplishments and forward to upcoming projects. Some highlights that came to mind for city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz were the improvements made to the community of a visual nature, namely the 17 new and upgraded parks; the more than 30 miles of off-road trails; the 3,300 acres of preserved open space; and the major road improvements. “I think people who have only been here five or six years have no idea what the city has done over the past 20 years,” said Ortiz, who has worked for the city for 17 years. Starting with quick fixes such as adding lanes and reconfiguring intersections, the city moved on to major road projects including the Cross Valley Connector, scheduled to be completed in two years. “That [road] will open all kinds of opportunities for people trying to cross the valley,” Ortiz said. The first order of business for the new City Council in 1987 was to protect oak trees in Santa Clarita. Over the past 20 years, the city has planted 30,000 trees earning the title of Tree City USA, Ortiz said. Other accomplishments include adding sports and transit facilities, increasing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department services, providing curbside recycling programs, working to stop a mega-mining plan in Soledad Canyon and preventing a dump in Elsmere Canyon. “Undoubtedly, without the city’s participation, that dump would be there today,” Ortiz said. “Instead we have a beautiful greenbelt there.” To celebrate the anniversary, the city is inviting residents to join Mayor Marsha McLean for a free 20th Anniversary Bus Tour of Santa Clarita. The excursion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. June 19 and 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 20. This insider’s trip through Santa Clarita will feature visits to the city’s award-winning “green” Transit Maintenance Facility, the 20-acre Santa Clarita Sports Complex and many other new parks. Light snacks and commemorative memorabilia will be provided to guests. Call (661) 255-4939 to reserve a space for either date available. “I’m very proud of the city and what we’ve accomplished in 20 short years,” Ortiz said. “It’s just two decades — that’s not that long.” — Sharon Cotal, (661) 257-5256sharon.cotal@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Swansea set to appoint former Udinese head coach Francesco Guidolin to work alongside Alan Curtis

first_imgFrancesco Guidolin is set to be named as the new Swansea head coach before Monday night’s Barclays Premier League clash with Watford, it is understood.The former Udinese boss will work alongside Alan Curtis, who had been named as the permanent successor to the sacked Garry Monk as recently as last week.Swansea’s slide into the bottom three has prompted a swift U-turn by club bosses, who will hand Guidolin a short-term contract with a view to an extension if the appointment is successful.Guidolin is expected to take a watching brief at the match on Monday before taking an official role for the first time in next Sunday’s Premier League trip to Everton. Francesco Guidolin 1last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Fulham sign midfielder Stefan Johansen from Celtic

first_img Stefan Johansen has signed a three-year deal with Fulham Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has completed a move to Fulham.Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers had earlier confirmed the 25-year-old Norwegian was on his way out of Parkhead after failing to agree a contract extension.The moves sees Johansen depart Parkhead after two-and-a-half years, having joined from Norwegian side Stromsgodset in January 2014.Celtic announced on their website that the deal was complete, stating: “Stefan Johansen has joined English Championship club Fulham on a three-year deal.”Rodgers said. “I have found him a really good guy. He has worked over pre-season and it’s been difficult because he’s been unable to reach an agreement with the club.“But I think he has always wanted to play in England, so the opportunity has come for him. He wasn’t going to sign a new deal, so it’s one that probably works well for both really.”Johansen scored 20 goals in 114 appearances for Celtic, with whom he won three Ladbrokes Premiership titles and was named Scottish PFA player of the season for 2014/15.The fee taking Johansen to west London has not been disclosed.The move frees up a space in Celtic’s squad, and Rodgers is gearing up for a busy few days before the transfer window closes with movement expected both ways.And he admits upcoming Champions League fixtures against Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach plus access to a potential £30million-plus prize pot have strengthened his hand.“It allows us to hopefully add to our squad before the window shuts,” he said. “That was always going to be the case but of course once qualification is done, it opens up some more funds in order to do that, which is great.“The club is going to try to continue to develop now and obviously this Champions League qualification helps us do that.“It was quoted as the richest game in the history of the club so it shows the impact it can have.“We want to bring in the right profile of players that can help us, not just now, but in the next few years.“Celtic as a football club is a huge attraction, the scale of the club, the expectancy will always attract players, but of course when we have the games we have to play, it’s always a huge attraction.“Being in the Champions League will certainly make some players sit up and take notice.“We’ve got a few ideas of players that we want, but nothing imminent.”The likes of Efe Ambrose, Kris Commons and Emilio Izaguirre could join Johansen in departing after finding their playing time limited under the new manager.“There’s been a number of enquiries about our players,” Rodgers said. “There’s a number of players that are fully aware of where they stand and they know they will struggle to get games.“So I think between them and their agents, they are obviously looking to get moves that will allow them the possibility to pay. But there is nothing imminent (about anyone leaving).” 1last_img read more

Sparta Prague 1-0 Southampton: Saints made to wait for Europa League progression

first_img1 Claude Puel’s side will confirm their place in the knockout stages with a goalless draw or a win Southampton’s hopes of reaching the Europa League’s knockout stages have been left in the balance after a 1-0 defeat at Sparta Prague.A familiarly ineffective performance against a team they had beaten earlier this season means they must at least draw at home to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in December if they are to qualify.Costa Nhamoinesu’s early goal proved enough to ensure Sparta will finish top after their fourth successive European victory, and that Southampton had lost their chance of being seeded.Despite rotating his team amid the potential opportunity to secure their place in the competition’s knockout stages, the only surprise in Claude Puel’s selection came in his decision to name Oriol Romeu a substitute. Like only Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster, the midfielder has started almost every match since Puel’s appointment, but it was again Charlie Austin’s presence on the bench that was most influential.Puel has spoken of Southampton’s need to ease the goalscoring burden on the striker who has provided five of their paltry 12 league goals. Without him, however, they rarely look likely to score.They threatened in only the third minute when Shane Long and Jordie Clasie combined with some one-touch football to put Jay Rodriguez into space in the penalty area.Yet when the forward should have followed their lead and shot first time, he took the heaviest of touches and as in last month’s 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan wasted a fine early chance.In a match that had yet to settle it was unclear how damaging that could prove to be, but eight minutes later an indication was given when the hosts took the lead.From what appeared a routine free-kick, Borek Dockal crossed towards Costa, who after a well-timed run sent a side-footed finish beyond Forster at the goalkeeper’s near post.Southampton’s dominance of possession consistently led to little, and in a short spell mid-way through the second half the game came close to going beyond their reach.The impressive Dockal’s 58th-minute inswinging free-kick from midfield eluded everyone before forcing Forster into a reaction save. Lukas Marecek also went close shortly afterwards, and then a mix up between the usually-reliable Van Dijk and Maya Yoshida presented Dockal with another shooting opportunity the diving Forster palmed away.Inevitably, Austin was brought on, but the suspicion was Puel’s decision to delay using the striker until the 72nd minute would come at a cost, and so it ultimately proved.Southampton came no closer to scoring, and perhaps worryingly for their hopes against Hapoel, the Israelis fought back from two goals down to defeat Inter 3-2.last_img read more

On this day 1980: Watch Justin Fashanu’s stunning strike against Liverpool

first_imgFebruary 9th 1980 will always be remembered for one of the great goals in English football in a 1st Division clash between Norwich and Liverpool. The game finished 5-3 to the visitors who went on to win the league title that season, but Justin Fashanu’s majestic strike stole the show. The striker had an awkward ball played into him before teeing himself up and smashing it in on the volley from just outside the box. Fashanu’s goal won the BBC Goal of the Season award. Watch his sweet strike above.last_img read more

10 Things to Be Clear About Before You Start a Company

first_imgbernard lunn 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.1. Is this your first venture?2. Are you really an entrepreneur?3. Does your venture involve something you understand really well?4. Can your mother understand the value proposition?5. Can you see the right wave?6. What does your startup want to be when it grows up?7. Starting a company is hard and uncertain.8. Get a partner or fly solo?9. Would you refuse a well-paying job to do this?10. Can you raise appropriate financing?1. Is This Your First Venture?If you have already created and sold a venture, and you and your investors made lots of money, and you now have another good idea, call one of the investors over for coffee. Tell him or her about the idea, and decide how much of the company you would give them for a couple of million dollars. And skip item #2 below. But you may still find the remaining checklist valuable. Lots of second ventures fail, hubris being the primary culprit.If your first venture was a failure, it might be worth evaluating honestly whether you want to do it again. Yes, you hear all the inspiring stories of folks who try and try again and fail many times before succeeding. You don’t tend to hear the stories of those who try and try again but never succeed.In other words, are you an entrepreneur? Really.2. Are You Really an Entrepreneur?A lot of checklists out there help you think about this. Our next chapter has a checklist about it. But ultimately, it is a gut check. There are two times when you need to be more than usually clear-eyed about this:During the late stage of a boom, when it all looks so simple. It is not. If you start at this stage, you may raise money, but the next down cycle will test you severely. Are you really ready for this? Or do you think the boom cycle will last forever? See item #7 on this checklist, “Starting a company is hard and uncertain.”In hard times when you don’t have a job. This forced entrepreneurship is happening right now. It sure beats pounding away at a fruitless job search. And even a failed venture looks better on your resume than a blank space. See item #9 on this checklist, “Would you refuse a well-paying job to do this?” If your honest answer is no, be clear-eyed about this. Treat this period as a learning experience and a resume-filler. You may get lucky and things take off and you get to reject the offer of that job you now want so badly. But don’t count on Lady Luck; she is a fickle dame!3. Does Your Venture Involve Something You Understand Really Well?Can you answer any question from anybody, without notes? Do other people ask for your opinion on this subject? People talk a lot about passion. Yes, you need to care, but understanding, knowledge, and expertise carry you through the days when your passion is flagging.4. Can Your Mother Understand the Value Proposition?No, really. She will certainly want you to succeed, but you don’t just want, “Yes, sweetheart, that sounds great. I have total confidence in you.” Can she really understand it? Can she explain your venture to her friends? This test will help you avoid the bubble thinking that happens when everybody in one’s network thinks that x, y, or z is the latest hot trend. Make sure you don’t miss the common-sense, mainstream point of view.5. Can You See the Right Wave?A venture needs a wave to succeed. The odds against a startup succeeding are enormous. You need to “find the trend that is your friend,” so that you can compete against entrenched incumbents. This may seem to conflict with item #3, which is all about timeless common sense. But the two can co-exist. One example of a trend is the movement from offline to online advertising. But you still have to explain to your mother how you will get attention from your audience at a low enough price and sell advertising inexpensively enough to make a profit.There are the big monster waves. And there are the smaller waves. The big monsters are obvious: there are very few of them, and everyone is already riding them. Find the smaller waves within the bigger waves.Can you, in 30 seconds, describe both the big and small wave you are riding?6. What Does Your Startup Want to Be When It Grows Up?Do you want a lifestyle business? Or a quick flip that you can sell in two years? Or do you want to build a massive public company and have your picture on the front cover of Fortune? Or perhaps something in between?Be honest with yourself and be honest with your investors and partners.Envision what success looks like to you. Are you working four-hour weeks, while your employees or website bring in enough to fund your fun-filled lifestyle? Have you just closed a deal to sell your venture to XYZ MegaCorp for a lot of cash and are thinking, “Thanks, suckers”? Are you the CEO addressing the board of a public company of which you are the largest shareholder, and you are facing existential threats that require tough decisions that, if executed wrong, could ruin everything you have spent a decade or more building… and loving every minute of it?7. Starting a Company Is Hard and UncertainThe failure rate for self-financed ventures is 90%. Do you like those odds? Venture-funded companies fail at a rate of 33%. So there is reason to celebrate VC financing. But the odds of getting VC financing are very low for first-time entrepreneurs. So, the odds starting off are really, really bad. Playing roulette in Vegas may be more lucrative.Of the companies that make it, most have gone through stomach-churning, crazy-stressful times for much, much longer than anybody would think reasonable. Don’t believe the cashed-out entrepreneur who makes it sound easy. He or she has simply forgotten!8. Get a Partner or Fly Solo?There is no right or wrong answer here. It depends on you and what type of entrepreneur you are. A partnership means 50/50, equal. Not 49/51. Not, “Here is 10% for making x, y, or z happen.” Or do you want two partners, splitting the equity three ways?Including a buy/sell clause in your partnership agreement is a wise precaution. People change. Their needs and motivations change. You might be the one who wants to get out of the partnership and move on. Or you might be the one who buys out your partner. Either should be possible, and the terms should be mutual.9. Would You Refuse a Well-Paying Job to Do This?Really? How high would the salary have to be before you say no?10. Can You Raise Enough Financing?The failure rate for self-financed ventures is 90% (remember item #7?). You may not need much money. “Enough” is based on what kind of startup you want to be (see item #6).One last point: do you know at least one investor fairly well who has that kind of money and who invests in your type of venture? Or do you know somebody really, really well who knows one of those investors really, really well? If not, the odds just got a lot worse.Determination, smarts, and hard work can beat lousy odds. But calculating your odds before you start is smart. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more