No. 14 Florida rallies to beat Vanderbilt after near brawl

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In the end, the Gators’ big comeback overshadowed the near brawl in which both head coaches yelled at each other.Jordan Scarlett ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and No. 14 Florida rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt 37-27 on Saturday to match the largest road comeback in school history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Gators (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 26-game skid when trailing by 18 or more points. They scored 24 straight after Vanderbilt jumped out to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, their first comeback win since Sept. 27, 2003, at Kentucky.“Mistakes happen in football,” Scarlett said. “It’s how you fight through adversity and how you respond, and I think we responded really well.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The finish was nearly overshadowed by an incident in the second quarter on a Florida punt return with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on hand to watch.An official held back Mullen as he yelled at Mason, who was near the Gators’ sideline after checking on the Commodore defender whose helmet was knocked off by a hit by linebacker James Houston IV. Both teams spilled onto the field, drawing unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.“We’re not going to get into that publicly at all,” Mullen said. “Derek’s a really close friend of mine, and I think we both, our sideline, we got to make sure our sideline we’re cleaner in that situation, and I’m sure he probably thinks the same thing. But there’s nothing carrying over from my end.”The penalty cost the Gators their leading tackler; Vosean Joseph was ejected for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the first half. Two people escorted an emotional Joseph off the field.Mullen and Mason hugged each other at midfield after the game. Mason said they talked. The Vanderbilt coach heard a Florida player say something to him and said he responded, then Mullen got mad.ADVERTISEMENT Coric upsets Federer, faces Djokovic in Shanghai final “It’s the referee’s job to referee the game and not ours .,” Mason said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Dan. He respects the process otherwise, so we keep it moving.”Florida won its fifth straight this season. The Gators also beat Vanderbilt (3-4, 0-3) for the fifth straight year and 27th time in 28 games in this series.Vanderbilt turned three turnovers into 17 points, and the Commodores also sacked Feleipe Franks twice and stripped him of the ball once. They also intercepted Franks once. Kyle Shurmur threw two touchdowns with his father, New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur, in the stands. Jamauri Wakefield also ran for a TD.When Florida could hold onto the ball, the Gators simply dominated and outgained Vanderbilt 576-336 in total offense.Scarlett finished with 113 yards rushing, and Lamical Perine added a TD run and 121 yards rushing for the Gators’ first 100-yard rusher this season times two. Franks threw for a career-high 284 yards and two touchdowns. His second, an 11-yarder to Freddie Swain, padded the lead midway through the fourth quarter to seal the comeback.TAKEAWAYSFlorida: The Gators struggled yet again with too many penalties. The costliest came when they left the sideline while Vanderbilt trainers tended to lineman Dare Odeyingbo and coaches started yelling at each other. That unsportsmanlike conduct penalty wound up being the second for Joseph. The linebacker had been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on Vanderbilt’s third TD drive for slamming a running back to the ground after the whistle.Vanderbilt: The Commodores start 0-3 in league play for a sixth straight season. It didn’t help that they lost running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn early in the second quarter to an unspecified injury. Vaughn finished with one catch for 75 yards and a TD , and he ran seven times for 56 yards before being hurt.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Gators played sloppily enough with seven penalties for 89 yards along with the turnovers that holding their ranking will be good after their escape in Nashville. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Florida head coach Dan Mullen, center, is restrained during a verbal confrontation with Vanderbilt coaches and players in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dan Mullen prefers not to talk about what prompted his 14th-ranked Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores to spill off the sidelines.Derek Mason says a Florida player said something to the Vanderbilt coach.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UP NEXTFlorida: The Gators have an open date before their annual game with No. 2 Georgia on Oct. 27.Vanderbilt: The Commodores visit No. 18 Kentucky.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more


first_imgA TOP Co Donegal hotel has today launched its CHRISTMAS entertainment programme – after requests from the public!The Station House Hotel in Letterkenny however says no-one should be too surprised….they’ve had the entertainment booked since last January!The hotel’s sales and marketing manager Siobhan Barrett-Doherty said they already had dozens of bookings. She told today: “We’ve taken quite a few bookings already. There’s nothing like planning ahead…and that is what you have to do in a hotel to be super organized.“It is also a lot of fun and excitement planning the Christmas programme in June, in fact all the entertainment was booked in January!“Despite the awful weather last Christmas, we had hugely successful Christmas Party Night celebrations with the result we are already having enquiries from people who want to book for this year so they can have it all sorted and don’t want to be worrying about it nearer the time!”The hotel’s Christmas Programme for 2011 is all ready to roll out! And of course the marketing manager couldn’t miss the opportunity to boast!Said Siobhan: “For only €25 – you can enjoy a warm and cosy Mulled Wine Reception, delicious 4 course Christmas Banquet and entertainment by either the brilliant “Kopy Kats” and the equally brilliant “Paul Ward & the Humble Earth Worms” followed of course by more dancing with our resident DJ.“And of course we have amazing value offers on all Christmas Fayre throughout December and New Years Eve is all boxed off too!!“We are offering great incentives for anyone who wants to plan ahead and book early! For more details contact me on 074 9194844  or email”SHOCK AS TOP DONEGAL HOTEL LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME! (HONEST) was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:christmas brochure june launchstation house letterkennylast_img read more


first_imgThe body of a man was discovered in a drain at the side of a road at Ballinacarrigh, Ballintra at 10am this morning.The was discovered a couple of miles from an accident which claimed the life of a farmer also in Ballintra this morning.At first there was some confusion as to both incidents. A spokesman for the Garda Press Office told Donegal Daily that the two incidents are in now way connected.At this stage this appears the incident at Ballinacarrigh is an accidental death.BODY FOUND IN DRAIN IS BELIEVED TO BE ACCIDENTAL DEATH was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballintrabodydeathdrainlast_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher has lost his seatPAT The Cope Gallagher has conceded defeat in the European elections.Marian Harkin retains her seat as an MEP.She was declared the winner of the fourth seat after a recheck of ballot papers, which ended at 4am. The final declaration came almost five days after proceedings began in Castlebar.As a recheck of ballot papers continued through the night, no major discrepancies were identified in hundreds of bundles of votes.Afterwards The Cope called into question his party’s two-candidate strategy in the sprawling constituency.Had just one Fianna Fail candidate stood, he would have taken a seat.  PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER CONCEDES – MARIAN HARKIN TAKES LAST SEAT was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal County Childcare Team has revealed it has received requests from 530 families for presents for more than 1,300 children this Christmas.Percy with Donegal County Childcare Committee last year. Pic Clive WassonLast weekend the DCCC revealed it was saddened at not being in a position to meet all family’s requests such was the huge volume of requests.The team at Donegal County Childcare are delighted with the generous response to the Presents for Percy Appeal since the publication of the open letter by DCCC Manager Avril Mc Monagle on Sunday last on Donegal Daily. Avril said since Monday morning at 9am, members of the public have been dropping by the DCCC Office to lend a hand. We have had everything from small pocket money donations from children to larger donations from businesses.Transition year students from a secondary school in Falcarrgh are organasing a fundraiser as a school project, shop workers have set up collection boxes and local businesses have pledged donations.Anonymous individuals have made online donations, young people will be collecting outside a nightclub in Letterkenny at the weekend and Supervalue have put a number of collection points at different branches in place.Avril’s letter has been viewed almost 15,000 times on the DCCC Facebook page and has been shared widely. Unlike other appeals for general toys, the Presents for Percy Appeal is unique as it aims to respond to the actual preferred Santa choices of children themselves.DCCC and the 19 organisations operating as distributers for the appeal, actually purchase specific toys and gifts that children have requested. By taking this targeted approach, parents are prevented from getting into unnecessary debt.Avril said – currently we have requests on behalf of 530 families with 1,300 children.To date we have raised €18,000 but still have a shortfall of approximately €10,000. Although the appeal aims to provide a maximum allocation of €50 per child, some organisations have applied for as little as €12 per child. So every small amount makes a huge difference.A big thank you to everyone so far for supporting the appeal and to the Donegal media for helping us spread the word. If you would like to donate money to the appeal Cheques/Postal Orders can be made payable to the Presents for Percy Appeal, and sent to Donegal County Childcare, 10-11 St Columba’s Terrace, High Road, Letterkenny. Alternatively, if you would like to make an online banking donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal, the banking details are as follows: Bank: Bank of Ireland, BallybofeyA/c No: 9264 8110Sort Code: 90-47-12IBAN: IE07 BOFI 9047 1292 6481 10 BIC: BOFI IE2DOur sincere thanks … Avril McMonagle, Manager, Donegal County ChildcareHUGE RESPONSE TO DCCC PRESENT APPEAL BUT 1,300 CHILDREN STILL NEED GIFTS was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Childcare TeamDonegal DailyPresentslast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that Tánaiste Joan Burton’s refusal to meet with the family of Cllr Eddie Fullerton is a “disgrace”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said following new revelations on collusion, he had asked the Tánaiste during Leaders Questions to meet to listen to the Fullerton family’s concerns regarding the circumstances leading to his murder and the subsequent investigation by Gardaí.He revealed “I have since written to the Tánaiste to seek to arrange a convenient time. I have now received a reply from the Tánaiste’s office to inform me that the Tánaiste is too busy to meet with the family. I think her excuse is a disgrace. “In 1984, it was a Labour Minister, Liam Kavanagh, who refused to meet Cllr Eddie Fullerton in Leinster House. It appears that history is now repeating itself with the Labour Tánaiste not having the decency to afford the Fullerton family the time that they deserve.”He addd that despite the deep hurt caused to the family and the dismissive attitudes of state authorities, they have been relentless in their campaign for the truth.“They deserve truth and respect, not further provocation and dismissal. I don’t believe that Tánaiste Burton can’t find the time to help the family get to this truth.”TANAISTE’S REFUSAL TO MEET FULLERTON FAMILY A DISGRACE – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: July 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEddie Fullertonfamilymeetinglast_img read more

Corsairs close out with a split

first_imgCollege of the Redwoods softball concluded its 2018 season with a doubleheader split against visiting Lassen Saturday afternoon, taking game one 7-2 and losing the second game 3-1.“I’m very proud of how hard we worked all year,” Redwoods coach Maggie White said. Redwoods, which closed out the season 5-15 in the Golden Valley Conference and 10-25 overall, won the first game convincingly, with freshman pitcher Ashley Stockwell allowing six hits and striking out four. “Ashley has really become …last_img read more

Winterizing Tips That Work

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESStupid Energy-Saving TipsEnergy Upgrades for BeginnersAir Sealing an AtticWhat Should I Do With My Old Windows?Air-Sealing a Basement Of course, everyone knows that caulking your windows and weatherstripping your doors won’t help you much. Right?Well, all the cool kids do anyway, and that includes you because you’re here reading this article. A lot of the standard advice on getting your home ready for winter is filled with bunk. That includes the stuff that comes from many utility companies and famous people who try to help you save money, like Clark Howard. But what should you really do to prepare your home for an efficient and cozy winter?Today, I’ll give you some tips that will be much more effective than caulking the windows. Ready?1. Identify your painWhat’s your motivation for wanting to do something about your home? Are you dreading getting those utility bills? Do you have rooms that you just can’t use in winter? Does your house start smelling musty? Does that condensation on the windows bother you? The first step is to identify your pain because that’s where you’ll find the motivation to do anything about the problems. It’s also critical in identifying the sources of those problems.2. Assess your ability and bring in the prosFirst, a little Building Science 101: A house is a system. If you don’t understand how all the pieces work together, don’t try to do too much yourself. A lot of DIYers with great intentions end up costing themselves more money or even poisoning their families because they don’t understand the potential impacts of changes they make.For example, if you have a natural draft water heater in the laundry room, sealing up that room could cause backdrafting and put carbon monoxide into the air inside the home. Even worse, he most likely time for this to happen is when the family goes to bed at night and closes the bedroom doors.Hey, I hope to die in my sleep, but I want it to happen when I’m old and feeble. (I sometimes tell people I want to die peacefully in my sleep, just like my grandfather… not screaming in terror like the people who were in the car with him. That’s a terrible joke, though, and if you get in trouble for it, don’t tell them you got it from me.)Anyway, changing the filter in your heating system or making other minor changes is probably OK, but if you’re making significant changes, hire a pro. Certified BPI Building Analysts or RESNET Home Energy Raters can help.3. Fix the big leaks at the top and bottomThis was the focus of my article last week. That’s where the bigger holes are and that’s where the bigger pressure differences are. You’ll stop a lot more air leakage by fixing them first. The photo below shows how I sealed up the bathtub hole in a house.4. Install a Chimney Balloon (or similar product)One of the biggest holes in many older homes is the chimney. Some older fireplaces have no damper, and a lot of air can leak in or out of the house there. The Chimney Balloon is a great product for filling that hole and reducing air leakage and drafts.Jeffrey Sauls here at Energy Vanguard put one in his house and cut his measured air leakage by nearly 20% with just that one measure. (His blower door result went from 5,700 cfm50 to 4,700 cfm50.)5. Get fitted for Indow WindowsDoes condensation collect on your windows? If you have single pane windows, the glass will be very cold in winter. When the dew point of the air in your home is higher than the window temperature, your window becomes a dehumidifier.One way to solve that problem is to put another surface between the window and the home’s air. Plastic films have been around for decades to help with this. I’ve even seen some winterization articles suggest using bubble wrap.A much more elegant way to do it, though, would be to use Indow Windows. These are basically interior storm windows that make a nice snug seal in the window frame. They help prevent condensation as well as reduce heat loss through the windows.6. Fix any disconnected ductsThat photo of the disconnected duct at the top of the article is one of many in my collection. This is not an uncommon failure in homes. When all or most of the heated air that’s supposed to be going to a room is instead dumped into the attic, crawl space, or basement, you have a big opportunity to improve your comfort and cut your heating bills. If you’re in snow country, you also might solve or reduce your ice dam problem.7. Get rid of unvented space heatersI’ve been writing about this since the beginning of this blog. Unvented combustion space heaters put a lot of water vapor into your home’s air. They have the potential to put carbon monoxide into the air, too. They’re just not a good idea at all. If you really want to use a space heater, get an electric one. If you heat your entire home with unvented space heaters, it’s time to consider upgrading to a safer and more efficient system.8. Make your attic insulation flat, not lumpyThe same amount of insulation in your attic can either drain your wallet and keep your cold, or save you money and keep you warm. It depends on how it’s installed. Ideally, the insulation should provide a complete and uniform coverage. If it’s lumpy, you’ll have a lot more heat loss.See my Flat or Lumpy article for details.9. Insulate your attic hatch or pull-down stairsOne little, tiny bit of uninsulated area in your attic can result in a mind-blowing reduction in your average R-value. If you’ve got R-30 over 99% of your attic and have only 1%, which could be the attic hatch, at R-1, your average R-value drops to R-23. If you have R-38 over 99% of the attic and R-1 for that last 1%, your average R-value is a mere R-27. The same applies to other uninsulated parts of your home.If your mind blown?10. Fix the attic kneewallsAh, attic kneewalls. They’re often one of the weakest parts of a home’s building enclosure. The insulation is falling out. Holes go right through to the attic. The doors aren’t sealed. Even with a comfortable air temperature in the room with attic kneewalls, you may be uncomfortable because the walls themselves get so darned cold in winter.What you need to do is:Seal all the air leaksFill the cavities with insulation (ideally installed to Grade 1)Put a rigid sheathing material on the attic side of the wallThis isn’t a complete list of tips, of course, but it’s a good start. Again, though, let me encourage you to hire a pro. They can look at the house as a system and see things you might not have thought of. They also have equipment and tools that most homeowners don’t have and can help you put your money and your efforts where they’ll do the most good. (By the way, if you’re looking for a more complete list of general tips, check out Sean Lintow’s blog article: Top 5 of 5: Getting ready for ole man winter.)Here’s to a warm and cozy winter in your home! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

See Ya Later, Innovator: U.S. Turns Its Back On Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Government#international#start Immigration has always been the engine that drives the American economy. In Silicon Valley, foreign-born entrepreneurs have founded half the region’s startups in recent years – and kept the U.S. economy moving forward. So what happens if that innovation engine stalls? We’re about to find out.A new study shows the number of immigrant-founded startups in Silicon Valley has tumbled from 52.4% to 43.9% since 2005. The study was sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and conducted by Vivek Wadhwa, who’s the director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University.Wadhwa has authored numerous studies on the topic of entrepreneurship and immigration. He says the findings of his new study are discouraging – but not surprising:“I had a hunch this would happen. I predicted five years ago that if we didn’t fix our immigration policies we would have a reverse brain drain. Then the Kauffman Foundation came to me to update my research from 2006 because they were seeing entrepreneurship stagnate in the U.S. They were not seeing any significant increase and the economy badly needs it.” What did surprise Wadhwa is how drastically immigrant entrepreneurship has slowed.A Shocking Decline“I was shocked,” he says. “I thought maybe immigrant startups in Silicon Valley would drop to about 50% or 49%, because it’s only been six or seven years since I did my last research and numbers don’t shift that rapidly. But when I saw the early numbers come in at the low 40s I was shocked.”Wadhwa increased his sample size but the numbers didn’t budge. They show the immigrant innovation engine in Silicon Valley has sputtered to a halt. This is not good news for the national economy.Anti-immigrant groups have questioned Wadhwa’s research, claiming the number of immigrant-founded startups is down because the number of American-founded startups is up.Nice try. Not true.“That’s not the case at all,” Wadhwa says. “We’re not having more native-founded startups, we’re just having fewer startups.”But what about the tech bubble all these analysts are hyperventilating about? What about SocialCam and Airtime and Pinterest and Evernote? What about 99Dresses?Mostly hype, Wadhwa says. It may look like a big fireworks show in Silicon Valley but it’s a sparkler in the driveway compared against past eras. “This so-called boom in startups is pretty weak compared to other periods.”America’s Loss Is The Rest Of The World’s GainMeanwhile, the super-companies of the future are launching in other countries.“We will have thousands and thousands of entrepreneurs starting their companies in other countries when they could have been starting them here,” Wadhwa says. “And they will be competing with us. We will wake up five to seven years from now and see Google-like companies coming out of India and China, founded by people who came out of Silicon Valley but had to return home.”He points out that the impact of Google extends far and wide, because people leave Google and start new companies of their own. And when all that innovation is happening elsewhere, Wadhwa says, “then we’ll ask ourselves, ‘What were we doing? Why didn’t we have them here?’”So, why?Stupidity Is The Problem“Because of our stupidity and our immigration policies,” Wadhwa believes.Wadhwa says every Silicon Valley company and VC he’s asked – without exception – has told him that the difficulty in hiring immigrants is hurting them.He thinks three policy changes would quickly ease the problem.Make more green cards available.Untether H-1B visas from employers and allow immigrants to carry them from job to job.Create a “startup visa” and issue it to immigrants who want to start companies here.Wadhwa points out that other countries issue startup visas and estimates that if the U.S. did the same, there would be tens of thousands of new startups here in short order.Instead, Capitol Hill is busy stringing barbed wire. Recently Congress shot down the STEM Jobs Act, which would have increased the number of green cards available to foreign-born graduates with advanced science, tech, engineering and math degrees.“Our politicians are acting like juveniles and not fixing our problems,” Wadhwa complains. “And I’m pessimistic because the problem should have been corrected by now and it has not been corrected. This is a landslide of a drop. This will become a national problem.”It already is.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … tim devaney and tom stein How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

8 Real-World Stories Of Why Startups Fail

first_imgAI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Tags:#startups Failure: it’s a common theme among start-up founders. In the Silicon Valley, it’s almost a badge of honor. But for all the dire statistics out there, what are the real reasons some start ups don’t make it? And what lessons can we learn from them?We asked 8 (now) successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share why a prior start-up didn’t make it – and what they’re doing differently knowing what they know now. 1. We Did Not Have A Narrow FocusMy first start up team had a very big idea about encouraging sustainability. If we could get individuals to track how often they took small, sustainable actions—refilling water bottles, reusing paper bags, etc.—we could create a culture where reuse was prevalent. Not only were we trying to change behaviors—difficult!—but we assumed that gamification would be a critical element. And that education was a critical element. And that social sharing was critical. There was more, too.If I were to restart that business, I would focus on the root issue of encouraging sustainable actions and tackle only one aspect of it. We have seen many companies pop up in this space, but each only focuses on one of the many complex ideas. At the start, be great at something small. Then expand. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches 2. We Entered The Market Too EarlyMy first company failed because it was too nascent of an idea to introduce into the market. We wanted to help people understand the risks behind social media at the corporate level. What we didn’t take into account was that clients at the corporate level didn’t know what social media was at the time. We spent so much time explaining what social media was that we never got to the point where we could explain what we actually did.If we had to do it all over again, we would have actually done social media training for corporations first, then presented the risk mitigation aspects of it. This time around, we made sure that we were entering the market during a time where our products/services made sense, so people got excited about it without us having to explain our idea! —Benish Shah, Vicaire Ny 3. We Didn’t Manage Cash Flow CorrectlyNumbers are not only the oxygen of a business, they are the vital signs as well. As a teen, I was almost entirely focused on doing what I enjoyed in the business: Creating, sales and growth. I was burning through reserves until one day, I had none left — only a large box of IOU’s. If I had done a better job keeping track of my monetary flow and following up on accounts receivable, I probably could have avoided my company’s ultimate demise.In my next (successful) businesses, I learned much more about reading and interpreting financial reports and I also hired a competent bookkeeper and accountant. If your numbers aren’t in order, you won’t be in business very long. —Kent Healy, The Uncommon Life 4. We Had Bad TimingMy first start up enjoyed initial success and had gotten a seed investment, but ultimately, we couldn’t make it work. Our business model at the time was based on job advertising. Needless to say, it was much harder to sell job ads in the fall of 2008 then in the spring of 2008, when we launched a well-received beta. We had borrowed about $25,000 each to start the company, but our money was soon gone and we were about to run out of our seed money, too. We were faced with two options — borrow even more cash, or close our doors.The question I asked myself was this: “Is this idea important enough for you to invest more of your life in?” The answer was no. The best decision I made was to start my first company; the second best was to close it down. Always know when to quit. —Kasper Hulthin, Podio 5. We Didn’t Have An AudienceHaving multiple businesses fail was the only way I learned to succeed. Specifically, I learned that my products must always fit a proven need my audience has. It never matters if I think a product will sell; it only if my audience agrees it’s something worth making. —Brian Moran, Get 10,000 Fans 6. We Weren’t Careful About Who We HiredThe first company my brother and I started was hijacked by its employees. All I have to say is hire people who are sincere and trustworthy. Protect yourself legally. Be frugal. Run lean. —Ziver Birg, ZIVELO 7. We Had Different MotivationsI tried to start an apartment listings website on my college campus with two of my roommates. They were excited to start, but that excitement waned when they realized just how much work it was going to be, including walking around in winter in Madison, Wis. taking apartment photos and gathering landlord information. What started out as a promising project slowly failed because it was a difficult idea to execute well, and my partners lost interest while they balanced their studies, partying and girlfriends.Today, I would start the business myself and hire people to do the work that my two partners were helping me with at the beginning. —Nathan Lustig, Entrustet 8. We Didn’t Spend Enough Time On Worst-Case ScenariosI’ve started three companies with business partners. The first company we grew into a seven-figure company, and the partnership was great. The second company never reached its potential because I didn’t think ahead about what we’d do if ‘X’ happened with the equity partners. In this business’s case, I devalued my own contribution to the business when we started it, then later took on too much in exchange for too little.So, always think ahead and ask yourself, “What if ‘X’ happens?” Build those scenarios into your start up agreement so everyone is on the same page from day one. When I finally realized that I couldn’t justify the role I’d taken on after roles shifted in the company—and for the share of the company I’d agreed to—motivation was lost, morale went down and progress stalled. —Trevor Mauch, Automize, LLCThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. scott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio…center_img How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more