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How to reconcile hope with failure


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Living the life of an optimist, or one naturally filled with hope, how do you continually reconcile a seemingly never-ending barrage of disappointment? Certainly, merely choosing to live optimistically, or being hopeful, doesn’t make you immune to disappointment, nor does it mean that everything you hope for will come true.

But for an optimist, that doesn’t matter. Optimism and disappointment are not antithetical. They co-exist in perfect harmony. In truth, the relationship between hope and disappointment is symbiotic, not mutually exclusive.

Often people think that if you have “realistic” expectations, you’ll be better prepared for let downs. They think that if you are optimistic, and too hopeful, then you’ll have farther to fall. Because of this, many people don’t dare to hope, there’s too much risk.

So they hedge their dreams based on what they perceive to be the most likely outcome, and as such, they usually get what they aim for (since they don’t aim as high). The result is that when they do miss, it’s a bigger deal. They’re not as used to it.

But someone who lives in hope experiences disappointment all the time, for you very seldom get exactly what you hoped for. So “disappointment” simply becomes part of the process, and you start to view it differently. Much like a runner becomes accustomed to the pain of running. To them, running isn’t pain, running is an outlet, it’s freeing, and it’s emotional. But when you’re not a runner, running is painful.

So when the hopeful don’t realize the full extent of their desire, it’s very seldom disappointing at all. Instead, they’re usually fueled by their failure. It spurs them to try again, and again, and again.

You don’t lower your aim just because you missed. You just shoot again.

read more -> https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/2de08ffb5204

 

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SendHub, A Google Voice Alternative For Enterprise, Arrives On Android


SendHub, the Y Combinator-backed call and messaging solution targeting business users and other organizations, is today extending its platform to include support for Android. The company had previously rolled out support for iPhone almost a year ago, promising that an Android option was on the roadmap.

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The company says that demand for Android support was high – they were averaging around 30 requests per day from users who wanted an Android version of SendHub.

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Like the iOS version, the new app also includes support for calling and texting over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or cellular voice networks, support for group messages, the ability to add auto-responders and contacts, and more. In addition, it includes support for call transfers – a feature which is currently in the Apple App Store review process, expected to launch in a week or so.

The call transfer feature, like many the company has added in recent months, is designed with the needs of businesses in mind.

SendHub, for those unfamiliar, is something like a more feature-rich alternative to something like Google Voice. While previously targeting both individuals and businesses, it went after the business market more directly with the launch of its SendHub Manger at the beginning of the year. From an online platform, organizations using Manager can access a dashboard where they can create, move, or delete lines for their staff, as well as backup and export the company’s text-based communications.

Today, a third of SendHub’s 10,000 paid users are on the business plan, and its overall conversion rate is around 2 percent, the company claims. The startup has also grown to over 100,000 users total up from 60,000 in January. It saw over $35,000 in revenue in March.

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“The Manager launch has shown us that businesses – and only businesses – is really where the demand is, and where we’re going to spend our time focusing,” says SendHub co-founder Ash Rust. ”We’ve added call transfer, and other calling features like simul-ring, call forwarding, and we’re about to launch auto attendant as well, so we can really provide that full-featured PBX system in the cloud for our users.”

A conference calling feature is also in the works, and further down the road, the plan is to enable even more collaboration features, including support for files, photos, and videos, through integrations with cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and others.

“We’re squarely taking on the big telecom providers – AT&T, Verizon, etc. People are looking for flexible solutions that are optimized for their mobile devices, and frankly, don’t take forever to set up,” adds SendHub’s co-founder Garrett Johnson. “We see people coming to us looking to replace their PBX, looking to replace RingCentral, or the legacy telecom providers,” he says.

The SendHub solution is currently popular among a variety of businesses, including startups like iCracked, as well as mobile workforces – especially those in health care space, as well as some more traditional brick-and-mortars. Given its start as a solution for schools, SendHub is also used heavily in the education sector, where the company has promised a free solution for teachers will always be available.

(VIA. Tech Crunch)

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Here’s Russia’s Badass Next-Generation Stealth Strategic Bomber


This last week has been pretty hectic in terms of next generation concepts: Boeing unveiled the updated version of the F/A-XX sixth-generation fighter concept, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works released a new UCLASS Concept video and, after some years of evaluation and study, Russia’s PAK-DA conceptual design was given the official approval.

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In a meeting with Russian lawmakers, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said that all the relevant documents were signed allowing the industry to begin the development of systems for the plane.
With its flying wing shape and radar-evading capabilities, the subsonic PAK-DA is destined to replace Moscow’s aging fleet of 63 Tu-95 Bear and 13 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.

According to the RIA Novosti, Russian Air Force commanders insisted that the aircraft will be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems and armed with new nuclear-capable long-range cruise missiles, and will be able to carry a wide array of conventional precision guided weapons.
The new plane will enter production stage by 2020 with the first bomber in active service by 2025-2030 timeframe.

The PAK-DA will not be hypersonic (even if it will probably carry hypersonic missiles) as opposed to the American X-51, Falcon HTV-2 and other hypersonic development programs on which the U.S.’s perspective strike capability will be based.

A “sixth-generation” pilotless strategic bomber based on the PAK-DA could come around 2040-2050.

(VIA. Business Insider)

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Obama Goes Against the Grain of What America Represents


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I call Obama’s proposal to put a limit on the tax-free savings that can be put in a 401k an outrageous piece of statist interference in the free market. How dare you tell me I can’t put more than $3 million away in my 401k if I’m able? What right have you to dictate that I’ll be able to make do on $205,000 a year? It’s this kind of interference in a climate where savings aren’t growing except for 2% of America that’s going to fuel another bout of accusations that Obama is some kind of Socialist.

So only 100,000 people today would no longer be able to increase the assets in their 401k beyond $3 million, and they would only be allowed to take out $205,000 annually for living expenses. I’m sorry, but this sends a terrible message to ambitious Americans who need to cover living and health expenses in retirement, who are faced with $50,000 a year in college tuition for their children — and who know damn well that more cuts are coming to Social Security and Medicare. At the same time the yield on the safest securities are yielding less than 2% over the next decade.

What kind of a signal is this proposal to Americans who are only saving at a rate of 2.5%, rather than 6.5%, who have seen defined pension plans phased out, and who are frightened about how they are going to be able to afford the last 20 years of their life?

Why go after 100,000 401ks with more than $3 million when Uncle Sam has no plans to limit the extent of deferred compensation in the many millions for most leading corporate and bank executives. Not to speak of the trillion or so that corporations are holding abroad without paying Uncle Sam any tax at all? The whole thrust of this recommendation goes against the grain of becoming self-sufficient, taking care of your own finances rather than depending on handouts. Don’t harm anyone’s self-created safety net at this time.

Better to do something positive for the average 401k holder who has only about $75,000 in his 401k. The real crisis is how to keep safe and sound the average American saver with not much more than $25,000, according to Fidelity Investments. I don’t know how this huge cohort of the population is going to survive.

I’m perplexed, because this proposal will outrage a good many more people than myself. It is a terrible, ridiculous non-starter that makes Obama look like he is out of touch — that he’s dreaming of some utopia where he can retool the the system of tax benefits that were set up some time ago. We want Americans to be self-sufficient — and yet we are signaling that the rules of the game can be changed at any time. Like the 45% tax on estates over $3.5 million that will take away half the proceeds of a small business or professional man on his death that was meant to give his children a nest egg, and his grandchildren at least part of the wherewithal to be educated and acquire that starter home.

(VIA. Forbes)

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Microsoft makes Bing image search more social with one-click sharing to Pinterest


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Companies know how important it is to make their products as friendly as can be with third-party social websites, and Microsoft, for one, has done a pretty fantastic job at making sure the team behind Bing’s doing exactly that. To wit, the Surface maker is, as of today, also starting to cater to the Pinterest crowd, announcing that it’s now allowing users of the recently redesigned site to share Bing image search findings via a simple click — assuming you’re logged in, naturally. The new sharing feature might seem like a rather minor one on paper, but for avid Pinners, it’ll certainly come in handy as they can keep their precious boards stocked up with a little less effort. And, well, you know what that means: more cats.

(VIA. Engadget)

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Startups are from Mars, enterprises are from Venus


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Consumer startups like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and even DropBox are built by founders who wanted to “make something cool” for their own benefit. Their teams intuitively understand what works because they are their own target audience: young, tech-savvy people looking for better ways to connect, share, and arrange their digital stuff.

When it comes to buyer psychology, corporations are not people
By contrast, the challenge for enterprise startups, is that corporations are not really people (their legal personhood aside) — and certainly not our people.

When you’re hungry for lunch, you go and buy a sandwich for a few dollars. When an enterprise is hungry for lunch, it solicits bids from multiple catering companies, negotiates for weeks to months, and signs a contract for a few million dollars.

This gap between the psychology of enterprises and the startups that sell to them is a challenge that customer startups do not face. Worse, early team members in startups have limited enterprise experience; they are a poor fit to the process-orientation and risk-aversion (or to put it more kindly, risk-balancing) that is rewarded at the higher levels of corporate environments.

Less Goldilocks, More Dunder-Mifflin

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Lacking this enterprise DNA, younger startups often build their sales processes in the image of how startups buy rather than how enterprises buy. When startups seek to purchase a software solution, they favor simple, scalable pricing: click a box, swipe a credit card, and start running. Hence the canonical three-column SaaS pricing page (call it Goldilocks pricing) that you see at many SaaS companies—where the middle column invariably feels “just right.”

But large enterprise buyers are less adventure-embracing Goldilocks, and more The Office’s Dunder Mifflin. They require more than three sizes of self-serve, they don’t do click-through contracts, and they rarely pay with credit cards. The reasons are both economic and cultural.

Economically, as buying decisions grow larger, the cost of sales — product customization, negotiated contracts, and invoicing — become marginally small. Culturally, Fortune 500 companies expect to have a relationship.
As Box CEO Aaron Levie recently told me, “Look, when Coca Cola writes you a big check, they want to meet you in person.”

Silicon Valley IT is not enterprise IT

Startups also often underestimate the importance of professional services and training for enterprises. They accept every company has a cadre of engineers smart enough to set up and tailor an application accordingly, and business users who can quickly figure it out — whether it be Google Analytics, Hubspot, or Expensify — and get up and running.

But this is not the case in most enterprises. The success of firms like RedHat, MySQL AB, and more recently, Cloudera, testify to the enormous value lies in integration and agency, even when that software – whether Linux, MySQL, or Hadoop – is free and open-source.

Seasoned sales executives: The “growth hackers” of enterprise startups
As the venture investing pendulum swings back towards enterprise technology companies, founders and venture capitalists will need to augment their teams with sales executives who can nimbly step around the often woolly, sometimes mammoth claiming of contract negotiations, channel partnerships, and client services engagements. These experienced leaders will be the “growth hackers” of the enterprise realm.