YC Startup Custora Helps Businesses Battle Churn

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… audrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts center_img Tags:#biz#Reviews#tips While there are lots of tools that help businesses get customer’s attention and boost conversion rates, there’s little out there to help businesses with the challenge of retaining those customers once they’re in the door.That’s the aim of Custora, a Winter 2001 Y Combinator startup that launched this week. “Google brings them in,” states the company tag-line. “We keep them around.”Custora helps companies gain a better understanding of their customers, a key to being able to meet their needs and retain them. The startup says it provides the other half of funnel analysis. That is, it can help not only identify the steps that it takes in order to convert someone to a paying customer, but that it can break down that “someone” to identify the different types of users they might be, as revealed by statistical clusters, in order to better offer better targeting and messaging. “We don’t just detect churn,” Custora says, “we manage and optimize email campaigns to keep your customers engaged.” The startup has already had some solid successes with this during its beta, with Salesforce and Plaxo signing up as customers, and it boasts that it’s obtaining five times better conversion rates from targeted emails and nine times more accurate customer-level revenue projections. The first 50 ReadWriteWeb readers who mention “readwriteweb” in the comments section of the startup’s sign-up page will get automatic access to the startup’s private beta. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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A Pretty Good House in the Sierra Nevada

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Though he landed his first job in architecture while still in high school, architect Jeff Adams’s path to designing high-performance homes wasn’t a straight line.When his father encouraged him to get a summer job as a teenager, Jeff sent resumes to a dozen architecture firms. One of them, Line and Space, a modern architecture firm in Tucson, AZ, run by an acquaintance of his father, offered Jeff a job. At first the work was maintenance on rental properties, but eventually Jeff learned to trace sketches for presentations and to building architectural models.After high school, Jeff studied civil engineering at Princeton, though he did his thesis on architecture and earned an architecture certificate. He then went back to work for Line and Space. They we building a 25,000 square foot home. “It was sort of over-the-top,” said Jeff, “but it also was kind of fun. I worked on site, drawing a lot of details in the field. It was an immersion into modern detailing.”Soon, Jeff returned to school for a master’s degree in architecture, this time at UCLA. He stayed in southern California where he was a project architect at Johnston Marklee and worked on the acclaimed Hill House. But Jeff eventually had enough of the big city. When a friend recruited him to work on a communal property in northern California, he jumped on the opportunity. The move turned out to be the start of an eight-year sabbatical from conventional architecture.After falling in love, getting married, and having a child, Jeff realized that he had “unfinished business with architecture.” He dusted off his textbooks and studied for the state exams. He passed. He finally had a license to practice architecture. Through a mutual friend, Jeff was introduced to Mela Breen, the founder and principal… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Learning Ways to “Keep the Change”: An Invitation to the 2017 Virtual Conference

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson & Hannah HydePixabay[Coins by Olichel, CC0]Change is important to personal finance managers. I’m not just talking about the kind you find at the bottom of your purse or in your pockets; I’m referring to the inevitable kind that we all face as humans on a regular basis. At its root, personal finance work is about helping clients become aware of, understand, and prepare for the inevitable change that will come with life within the context of their financial planning.So why all of this talk about change?We have an opportunity for you that you won’t want to pass up next month! Starting on September 26th, we will be offering a four-day virtual conference that is all about change! Whether you come as a PFM who is interested in assisting your clients with the multitude of changes they may experience, or as a person who is interested in learning about managing change in your own personal life, this conference is for you!This will be unlike any conference you have attended before—there will be keynotes, opportunities for conversation and networking, and a wide variety of topics surrounding change! So, if you want to keep the change, join us for this conference! You won’t regret it! To find out more information on this virtual conference, click here. We hope to see you there as we all LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW our understanding of our capacity for change, and begin to THRIVE as we connect with colleagues facing similar challenges!This blog was written by Social Media Specialists Bari Sobelson of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Muslim man beaten up in Gurugram, told to remove skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram

first_imgCow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first  When Mr. Barkat tried to push the man and run away, the man allegedly tore his shirt. As Mr. Barkat started crying, the men left. Four of them drove away in a motorcycle and two just walked away into one of the alleys in the area.Mr. Barkat’s cousin Murtuja then took him to civil hospital. The hospital authorities made a call to the police.A case has been registered on charges of promoting religious hatred, causing hurt, criminal intimidation and unlawful assembly, among others, at City Police Station in this connection.Haryana BJP condemns incidentHaryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik strongly condemned the incident saying that his party was against any kind of appeasement but any illegal act would not be tolerated. He said that he had spoken to the police in this connection and directed them to identify the persons involved at the earliest and take action against him as per the law. A Muslim man was beaten by a group of men at Jacubpura in Gurugram on May 25 night after he was told to remove his skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram. No arrests have been made so far.Mohammad Barkat, 25, was returning to his shop around 10 p.m. on Saturday after offering prayers at Jama Masjid in Gurugram when a group of about half a dozen men allegedly accosted him outside a sweet shop and told him to remove his skull cap. “One of the men called me with an offensive word and told me that skullcap was not allowed in this area. When I told him that I was returning from a mosque, he slapped me. He also asked me to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shri Ram. When I refused, he threatened to feed me pork,” Mr. Barkat said. He had come to Gurugram earlier this month to learn tailoring.Mr. Barkat claimed that the man allegedly picked up a stick and hit him and also abused him.Also Readlast_img read more

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Croatia ends Spain’s 12-year unbeaten run at European finals

first_imgBORDEAUX, France (AP) — Spain’s 12-year unbeaten run at the European Championship ended Tuesday when Croatia came from behind to stun the two-time champion.The 2-1 defeat relegated La Roja into second place in Group D and set up a mouthwatering round of 16 game between Spain and Italy, a repeat of the final four years ago. Ivan Perisic’s 87th minute winner also ended Spain’s unbeaten run at the tournament that stretched all the way back to 2004.A draw would have been enough for Spain to secure first place in the group and a potentially easier second round game.Now it will have to face the Italians at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Monday — a repeat of the 2012 final that Spain won 4-0. Croatia will play one of the third-place teams in the northern French city of Lens on Saturday.“It’s not the best path for us, but you never know where the danger will be,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. “We wanted to advance in first place but we are prepared to overcome this.”It had all started so well for Spain, when striker Alvaro Morata put his side ahead in the seventh minute, redirecting the ball into the net after a shot by midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime when he steered a Perisic cross into the Spain net with a nice back-heel flick.Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.It proved to be a costly miss when Perisic finished off a fast counter attack with a low left-foot shot that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post.Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Both teams had entered the match at the Stade the Bordeaux guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. However, both teams wanted to win especially as the runner-up in the group will meet Italy. That was evident in the starting lineup that Del Bosque picked — the same 11 that won its first two games.“We have to get over this,” Del Bosque said. “Now we have to prepare well.”The result ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten streak at the European Championship over two tournaments. It also ended the team’s run of seven straight games without conceding a goal. The last time it had conceded was in a 1-1 draw against Italy in its first group match in the 2012 tournament — 734 minutes ago.“It’s better to lose now than on Monday (against Italy),” Spain striker Manuel “Nolito” Agudo said. “It will be harder now, but you have to beat everybody to be the champion. We still depend on ourselves. We will be ready to play Italy.”Croatia’s surprise victory came despite playing without star midfielder Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic, both out with muscle injuries.“The team spirit helped us and we were fighting until the last minute,” Perisic said through a translator. “I think we can go far now. If we play like this we can go to the very end.”Croatia hadn’t beaten Spain since a 2-0 result in friendly in Valencia in 1994. The teams had also met in the final group game at Euro 2012, when La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sunshine Coast Accommodation

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast plays host to the NYC from 2013 to 2015. Enquire now for group accommodation at groups@scdl.com.au and plan a fun and naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast getaway.For more information on the Sunshine Coast, check out the website – www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au Related Filessunshine_coast_flyer-pdfRelated LinksSunshine Coast Accommodationlast_img

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CBS Expert Picks Tennessee Over Florida State In National Title Game

first_imgCBS expert makes FSU Stanford prediction.Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]last_img read more

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Grand Final for Festival Song July 15

first_imgThe grand final of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition will be held on Sunday, July 15 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road in Kingston, beginning at 6:00 p.m.It will be the first event for the 56th anniversary of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations, being held under the theme ‘Jamaica 56 – One Love…One Family’.The event, which is free to the public, will be streamed live across three platforms – the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) website, Facebook and YouTube.Head of Marketing and Public Relations of the JCDC, Andrew Clunis, told JIS News that the Festival Song winner will be chosen by a panel of seven judges who are knowledgeable about the music industry and the festival product.“Those judges will deliberate about the criteria given to them to select a winner,” he said, adding that much emphasis will be placed on the quality of the song. Mr. Clunis pointed out that the writer of the song will receive a special prize.Persons who submitted entries to the competition were exposed to workshops to improve their stagecraft, writing of lyrics, composition of melodies as well as learning the basics in music theory.Meanwhile, Mr. Clunis is calling on Jamaicans to come out and support their favourite performer.“It is going to be a great evening of entertainment. We might think it is down to the contestants, but we have done a bit more and we are offering the pubic a bit more in terms of entertainment,” he said.Performers at the event will include guest artiste Leroy Sibbles, past Festival Song winners Roy Rayon and Tinga Stewart, and the ASHE ensemble.“We will be bringing to the audience all that is Festival and all that is celebratory about our Independence in their presentations,” he added.Explaining why the final will take place two weeks before the Independence celebrations, he said the idea is to allow the public to become familiar with the winning song.“In order for us to have that song that we are familiar with and to sing along, we need to give time, and so when we select the winning song on Sunday, it will be for us to say to Jamaica, here is your Festival song,” he said, adding that it will be on every radio station in Jamaica and overseas.“Come Independence, it will be on everybody’s lips and everybody will be dancing,” he said.The inaugural Festival Song Competition was held in 1966, with the group Toots and the Maytals copping the honours with their seminal composition titled – ‘Bam Bam’.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Launches 16th National Solidarity Campaign in Meknes

first_imgMeknes- King Mohammed VI launched Saturday in Meknes, the 16th National Solidarity Campaign, a royal initiative that illustrates the commitment of the Sovereign to the promotion of the noble humanitarian, civilizational and religious values of the Kingdom.Under the chairmanship of the King who established, since his accession to the throne, social work as a national priority, this campaign has become an annual event meant to strengthen the Moroccan social fabric. The campaign, held on November 9- 17 by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, under the motto “United to help the poor,” also stems from the will of HM the King to foster the culture of solidarity among all Moroccans, offering them the opportunity to renew their attachment to their civic values by contributing for the benefit of millions of poor people across the Kingdom. The solidarity campaign is designed to raise funds to finance social projects and implement action plans that have steadily evolved over the years to meet the needs of the target populations.On this occasion, the King inaugurated a building trades training center, a project that meets the qualification requirements of youth in the region of Meknes-Tafilalet, and which is in line with the Action Plan of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, which places a special interest in youth training as a the best tool for youth social and professional integration.The Training Centre of Meknes aims to promote youth employability through providing training in building trades and public works, and will be an engine for development and promotion of the construction sector in the region.The center provides training to 1,000 students in the field of electricity, construction, aluminum, plumbing, painting, glazing, facades coating. The center also includes a laboratory of civil engineering, and drawing, computer rooms, as well as workshops for practical masonry, a learning resources area, a trainers’ lounge, and a store.Worth around 19.5 million dirhams, the new facility is jointly funded by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity (5 MDH), the Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion (8 MDH), the Meknes City Council (2.5 MDH), the National Initiative for Human Development (2.5 MDH), and the Provincial Council (1.5 MDH).After visiting different areas in the new facility, the King handed over support checks of 3,240 million dirhams to 25 associations and co-ops, mainly in the region of Meknes –Tafilalet.last_img read more

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