17 Oct

BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test

first_img By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation January 26, 2016 BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Blizzard 2016,  Innovation,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Much of the state just experienced historic snowfall that brought, in some cases, a winter’s worth of snow over a couple of days. Thankfully, many Pennsylvanians heeded our warnings to not travel during this hazardous weather. But without being on the road, it can be hard to assess conditions, especially for those who don’t have the option to stay home.On Saturday afternoon, a PennDOT plow was the only vehicle on part of Interstate 81.This winter, we have made available on www.511PA.com the location of more than 700 PennDOT and contracted plow trucks across the state. These trucks cover mostly interstates and expressways, and are part of our Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system pilot. While these 700 trucks don’t represent all of PennDOT’s more than 2,200 trucks statewide, making this information available is a great resource for the public.Check out the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and how NBC 10 in Philadelphia showed their viewers how the plow tracker works.We were very pleased to see media, customers and officials alike sharing this resource online (just search “PennDOT track” on Twitter). And the numbers show that 511PA, which also offers travel alerts, traffic cameras, alerts on speed and vehicle restrictions and more, was used by hundreds of thousands of customers. The website saw 379,000 visits from Friday through Sunday – 173,000 of those came on Saturday, making it the highest number of visits since the site launched in 2009. From Friday through Monday, more than 121,000 of the visits used the “Plow Truck” option.And, as they say, there’s an app for that! While the 511PA app primarily gives hands-free, eyes-free travel updates while you’re traveling, you can also use it before you go to check our traffic map where you can see the plow truck information. We’re still getting numbers for the whole weekend, but on Friday when the storm started, nearly 10,000 people downloaded the iPhone or Android app, bringing the total number of app users to more than 112,000!Through a weekend that relied so heavily on our services, we were glad to have another example of PennDOT’s efforts to support a Government That Works for Pennsylvania drivers. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

20 Sep

Fixture against Jordan important for team, says coach Constantine

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday said that the fixture against Jordan would prove to be extremely beneficial for the national football team.In their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019 in UAE, India will clash swords with Jordan on November 17, in an attempt to experiment tactics and gain valuable experience going into the mega competition next year.The clash against Jordan comes on the back of a goalless draw against powerhouses China in October where India dished out a superb performance to catch Marcelo Lippi’s men in a stalemate.“We want to do well in our preparation for the AFC Asian Cup and the clash against Jordan will aid us in that as Jordan are a good side and they have a number of good players in their ranks”, Constantine said.“We need to play teams like Jordan leading up to the AFC Asian Cup where we would be under pressure. Even the game against China was the same where if you commit a mistake around the 18 yard box, you can easily concede. However, both sides are good technical sides and both will present different challenges.”“We have a plan that we would like to implement during the game and we have watched the teams a lot. We had watched China three to four times and we are prepared for the challenges that come our way,” he added. India departs for Jordan on Thursday after a three-day camp in the capital where 30 players were called by the coach including 18-year-old FIFA U-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal.However, the Indian ranks will be without the presence of talismanic Sunil Chhetri who has been ruled out of the tie due to an ankle injury.“Sunil missing for the clash against Jordan is a big blow for us. He is a great player and has been fantastic for us. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable but somebody has to take his place for the match against Jordan.“However it is a great opportunity for young players to step up and although you cannot find a player of his calibre and class we need to see if the young player step up and take this opportunity.“We need to find somebody who will be there when we don’t have Sunil Chhetri so that there is no void left in the team,” Stephen explained.India are in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 alongside hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and face Thailand in their opening match on January 06, 2019.Complementing the Indian backline, Stephen said: “We would be under pressure in the AFC Asian Cup and our backline has been pretty stable. We want to put out the best team in the AFC Asian Cup to win taking into consideration the factors of the other teams and their quality.” (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

27 Jul

6 Common Roadblocks to a Productive Introductory Conversation

first_imgAs I’ve previously written, I am very fortunate that my role as an Associate at OpenView allows me to speak with some incredible entrepreneurs and hear about some really amazing businesses.  Unfortunately, while I go into every introductory call with a positive attitude and a desire to learn, that doesn’t always happen. Below, I highlight some roadblocks that can prevent the conversation from being as mutually productive as possible. Not enough time for the call.  I am far too guilty of this myself. I often try to cram more meetings/calls into a fixed time period. Half an hour may not be enough time to discuss OpenView’s approach, how we look to add value to expansion-stage businesses, AND come away with a good understanding of what makes the potential company a compelling investment opportunity. My advice is to try and give yourself some time on the back-end of a call in case the conversation is going well and you need to spillover. Or, simply set up the call for 45 minutes to an hour. If it is clear early on in the conversation that there is not a mutual fit, you can always ended the call prematurely.Do your homework. Again, this goes both ways for the entrepreneur and the investor.  Spend some time on the company’s website to pick up an understanding of what they are doing so you can spend your time on the phone together more wisely, asking the right questions to each other.Don’t assume. We’ve all heard this one before. Don’t make the common mistake of assuming the person on the other end of the line knows what you are talking about. Per the previous point, hopefully everyone has done their homework, but by no means does that make the VC an expert on the potential portfolio company and visa-versa. Make the conversation comfortable and engaging by allowing each other to ask questions of clarification or request specific examples.Playing games and/or not being forthcoming. Trickery and games won’t move the conversation in the right direction. Each party should do their best to answer questions as honestly and openly as possible. That doesn’t mean that you have to tell a VC all of your trade secrets in conversation #1, but it is important to give clear answers to questions to help them assess whether or not there is a good fit. A common question is regarding revenue and growth – many CEOs just aren’t comfortable divulging that information and that is OK! A quick way around this is to talk in the form of ranges for the initial call – i.e., “we’ll just about double this year to $4 or $5 million in revenue.” This directional feedback should be enough for the VC to assess whether you fit their criteria while not holding you to specific numbers right out of the gate. If you want to keep the conversation going, however, I would be prepared to share more-detailed information soon after that first conversation.Give just enough information. I find that the most productive conversations are ones where CEOs spend less time on the history of the business, but rather focus on what is going on today. Similarly, while a technical overview is helpful, you may lose your audience by diving too deep in the weeds on the technology. I’d focus on how your technology is unique against your competitors’ and how your customers are using it. That helps answer a lot of the fundamental questions that a VC may have.Have a two-sided conversation. I like to hear myself talk – I know that. But I make it a point to try to limit my OpenView pitch to a few minutes so that I can spend more time answering questions about our firm and approach. The same should go for the CEO – far too many VC pitches are one-sided, dropping a lot of information, buzzwords, acronyms, etc. into a long-winded appeal for capital, only coming up for air once they’ve finished. Pause every now and then to engage your listener to make sure he or she is following the story and that you are driving home the points that you truly care about.Again, I’m sure I missed plenty of other items that could halt a highly-productive conversation, but these are a few of the more common ones that I run into (and that I’m guilty of myself). I think if we can make a concerted effort to focus on understanding the way we approach these introductory conversations, we can break through these roadblocks and have very valuable, productive, and fun discussions that move us all towards finding the right partners much more quickly.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more