Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Why Filipinos are the Best Remote Workers

The Philippines has grown into one of the largest and most popular outsourcing destinations in the world since the industry exploded a few years ago. The country has embraced the work from home solution with a bill protecting remote workers close to being passed into law.
Well known for being dependable, optimistic hard workers, Filipinos demonstrate their dedication regardless of where they work or whoever they work for. Being exposed to the concept early on, Filipinos have mastered the art of working from home to the point that they have unlocked the winning formula on how to thrive in the work-from-home industry That being said, the best remote workers employers will find are those from the Philippines and here’s why:
Reliability. One of the biggest challenges in remote business is reliability. An employer is thousands of miles away from a staff member so a remote worker should be someone who can effectively do their job with minimal supervision.
Many Filipino workers are already familiar with the nitty-gritty of remote work. They understand the importance of deadlines. They have adapted to the challenges posed by working with someone in a different time zone, knowing full well that their working hours will run from midnight to early morning. This is something they are very well prepared for because in the Philippines, one of the top BPO capitals of the world, graveyard shift is very common.
Communication skills. Open communication is essential in any remote job. When staff members are from the opposite sides of the world, remote workers should be able to loop their
employer in at all times to provide updates and work progress.
Although having to deal with a string of typhoons a year, which could sometimes cause power
outages, Filipinos will go out of their way to make sure that they can come to work. They will exhaust all options before they throw in the towel and skip work. Even then, they make sure to keep in contact as long as they could.
Overachievers. Working long hours is dreaded in most workplaces, but in the Philippines, it’s as ordinary as showing up to work. Filipino workers are willing to go the extra mile just to make sure they provide the absolute best output.
They also recognize the importance of growth for the company and for themselves. Filipino workers make an effort to enrich their skill set and deepen their knowledge whenever they can.
Filipinos try to master as many skills as they can, not only because they want to make sure they put high quality of work, but because they know the importance of being versatile. And in the remote space, versatility is well-sought after.
English proficiency. In the Philippines, English is well entrenched in the people’s lives. School curriculums take into account overall English aptitude by encouraging students not just to learn how to use the language, but also the proper diction and intonation as that of the native speakers. Schools incorporate English speech and writing classes and many others to develop this, which even paved the way for the Philippines to become a destination for foreign students who wish to learn English.
English proficiency is of utmost importance in remote work due to its heavy dependability on oral and written communication. Thanks to this, Filipino remote workers absorb the tasks and instructions with ease and efficiency and be able to hold their own in client transactions and conversations.
Western Culture. Even beyond the classroom walls, Filipinos are exposed to the language by immersing themselves in the American culture–may it be in the movies, television, sports, lifestyle, and fashion.
Their appreciation and deep connection to the West, which stems from their colonial history, allow them to be more adaptable, which is partly why remote work was a transition that employees in the Philippines handled efficiently and gracefully.
Highly educated. As of June 2018, the Philippines boasts a high literacy rate of 98%. The country recognizes the value of learning and has put in place a higher education system that rivals that of the United States.
With the spirit of greatness and excellence instilled in them, Filipinos do not take education for granted and work hard to earn degrees. Because of this, the Philippines is home to professionals of unrivalled prowess and talent recognized in the whole world.
Ingenuity. Remote work often requires someone to be a good problem solver. Most telecommuting jobs involve providing solutions for clients. Filipinos are well-known for their positivity and ability to rise from the direst of circumstances with a smile on their face. So there really isn’t so much that phases a Filipino and client issues certainly won’t. They are also very empathetic so remote workers from the Philippines will stop at nothing to resolve a client’s problem.
Loyalty. To Filipinos, a job is never just a job, it is a commitment. So they tend to cultivate and nurture it with all they’ve got. This comes from their innate warmth and friendliness, which also help them easily foster a bond with their co-workers. From this develops camaraderie, which translates to a sense of collaboration that can sometimes be intangible in a remote setting.
Another testament to their loyalty is that they never let kindness go unreciprocated. If they are treated well, they make sure to give back by sticking by you and consistently delivering. They value a good working relationship so you’d find many of them staying in the same company for decades.
Infrastructures. In support of its growing workforce of educated and English-proficient professionals, the country has prioritized the development of modern infrastructure facilities and new technologies as it further solidifies its place in the ever-expanding outsourcing industry. Universities have also started incorporating BPO-related training programs.
In lieu of this, employers are assured that Filipino workers are well-equipped with everything they need to thrive in the remote workplace. VPN systems and software improvement also pave the way for telecommuting to grow in the country.
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Source: https://technology.mb.com.ph/2018/07/18/why-filipinos-are-the-best-remote-workers/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

AWOLNATION – Seven Sticks of Dynamite (Dota 2 Version) – By Red Bull Records



AWOLNATION’s new album “Here Come the Runts” is out everywhere now. Listen to it here: https://ffm.to/runts. You can also get the new AWOLNATION music pack in the Dota shop, which includes songs “Run” and “Sail.”

#AWOLNATION #SevenSticksOfDynamite #Dota2

Lyrics:
Who wants to dance who wants to slow dance
With that rabbit down the hole rabbit down the hole
I want a chance I want to slow dance
And trap that rabbit down the hole rabbit down the hole

Lipstick like dynamite, seven sticks of dynamite
Lipstick like dynamite
Lipstick like dynamite, seven sticks of dynamite
Lipstick like dynamite (dynamite)

Who wants to dance who wants to slow dance
To that racket down the hall that racket down the hall
Woo I want to dance I want the last dance
And trap that racket down the hall racket down the hall

Lipstick like dynamite, seven sticks of dynamite
Lipstick like dynamite (dynamite)
Lipstick like dynamite, seven sticks of dynamite
Lipstick like dynamite (dynamite)
COME ON!!!

Seven sticks of dynamite, Fuse the morning fuse the night (x6)
Fuse the morning, Fuse the night (x3)
Give me seven sticks of dynamite

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Asian Telcos Striving To Become The 5G Pioneers

The World is growing smarter and faster. With the increase in mobile users every year, today’s mobile user also wants to rely on faster and reliable mobile services. According to some stats, the number of connected devices in 2016 was around 6.4 billion, around the globe. And by 2020, this figure will grow up to 20.8 billionthat is a massive increase. With each additional user, the system capabilities need to get advanced. People need a quick solution for their communication needs. That’s where 5G jumps in to revolutionize the world of networking. 5G, with its exceptional features, will take the cellular networks to new heights. Several mobile giants are testing 5G services and trying to get the most out of it. Many dealers are striving hard to get the 5G deals to attract a huge number of customers. Here is a review of 5G technology, its features and the dealers who will be providing 5G services throughout Asia.

What Is 5G?

Nothing surprising! Just like the previous versions, 5G is the name given to the fifth generation of the mobile and wireless networks. It will precede the existing 4G network with its overwhelming features. With 5G technology, there will open another era of cellular networking that will make the current LTE networks as slow as 3G seems at present.
The history of networking generation started back in 1982 when the first generation, referred as 1G, hit the devices. It was completely analog system and was extremely slow. You had to wait for several minutes till it crawled to load even a few KBs image. In 1991, 2G took over and shifted the data to digital technology. 2G also coupled GPRS and EDGE technologies, used to handle cellular data. In 2000, 3G entered the race and took the mobile networking like a storm. It offered mind-blowing speed that was quite fascinating at that time. Around ten years later, 4G and 4G LTE came out and rocked the devices with incredible features. And now, it’s the turn for 5G to precede the existing networks and wrap up more startling features inside.

What Will 5G Pack Inside?

A speed of 150 Mbps with 4G surprises you? Or a speed of 300 Mbps with 4G LTE sounds great? Well, that’s nothing! Now you are going to experience the ultimate speed of 1Gbps to 10Gbps with 5G technology. So downloading a full HD movie will be a matter of a few seconds. For networks to tag themselves as 5G, a few standards have been declared by ITU. continue reading

Friday, March 30, 2018

TOP 15 WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2018 THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women's Day
To celebrate International Women's Day, we've scoured the web to find the most promising female entrepreneurs.  Here is the first list of women who are disrupting their industries and making changes to female entrepreneurship in a big way.  This list focuses on the up and coming female entrepreneurs rather than the usual suspects1.
Meet the women who are paving the way to make a change as well as the future for the younger generations. 
Clarissa Shetler, Co-founder, C2 California Clean, Doctor of Pharmacy
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Understanding that we may have to work twice as hard as a male but it's all worth it.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Connect with other business women. Don't be shy and reach out. Females want to help other females succeed. We always love helping others and sharing our advice.
Danni Lin, Founder and CEO, GREAT WINE, Inc.
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
We still see many women living with gender stereotyping and gender inequality. The biggest social assumption is that family should always be a woman’s top and only priority in life, not her career or passion.
As a female entrepreneur, I always think that confidence is the roots of beauty. Every woman is unique and uniquely beautiful because they all have a different life experience.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
There will be ups and downs in the progress of setting up a business. At the up times, you may want to ride on the tides and go faster. At down times, remain confident and work hard to achieve your goals. Successful entrepreneurs are people who do not give up.
Danielle Tate, Founder & CEO MissNowMrs.com
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Overcoming fear of failure is a huge challenge. Instead of the glass ceiling of Corporate America, we have the "sticky floor" of entrepreneurship. Amazing women can think of every reason why they are under-qualified to start a company, why it will fail, or why someone else would do a better job as the founder.

It's incredibly frustrating to have these conversations. Statistics have shown that women entrepreneurs return a significantly higher ROI than men, and I believe we have a moral obligation to solve the problems we encounter or no one else will.

Once we have our startups, finding funding as a woman is difficult. I'm excited to see more and more women-focused venture funds and hope to see more women have huge exits that give them the ability to become angel investors in women-led startups. It will take time, but positive change is coming.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Begin with the end in mind. Pinpointing exactly what you want out of your startup before you start will help you make strategic decisions that make your dream a reality. Knowing if you want to build a lifestyle company, versus a 3-year flip, or ten-year unicorn will make finding a co-founder or investors with a similar vision easier. It also helps you avoid waking up 5 years into a business and realizing you don't have the company or life that makes you happy.
Michelle Lewis, Visibility Expert and Founder of Visibility Vixen 
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
I believe this is the most opportunistic time in history for female entrepreneurs online.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Do your research, don’t just jump. Know your purpose, find your unique voice in your industry, outline your product path. I see the most frustration from people because they want an entrepreneur lifestyle, but they spend months struggling with no income because these steps aren’t in place.
Kristen Baird, CEO and CVO, Kristen Baird
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
The fine jewelry industry is male-dominated, generationally owned, and characterized by mass-manufacturing. I'm a female entrepreneur, a first generation business owner, and a proponent of handcrafted fine jewelry. Shaking up the "norm" and gaining respect from my peers (mostly male) has been the most challenging part of my business and I would say that is one of the greatest challenges most female founders face today.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Relationships are imperative. Align yourself with positive, driven individuals across all industries, in all age groups, and from all backgrounds. They will be your tribe and you will need them through thick and thin. Likewise, it's not just a "take" situation. Be a giver and share with your tribe and the generations coming behind you.
Amy Hutchins, Chief Product Officer, Unearth Technologies
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Fundraising is one of the hardest parts of any startup, something that’s especially true for female entrepreneurs. When looking at statistics, about 28% of proprietary software jobs are held by women, whereas only 7% of VC partners are women. Fundraising is largely driven by networks and its difficult to break into a male-dominated network.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Work on something you're passionate about and work with people you're passionate about. Every step of a startup journey can be exceedingly difficult, and the more successful you are, the harder it becomes. Working on a business idea that motivates you, and working with people that push you to be the best personally and professionally, are the two key ingredients to providing the momentum you need to get through the tough times.
Christine Hutchison, Co-Founder and CMO, Proxfinity
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Access to capital.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
You have to have gut and perseverance. Don't take failures to heart. Learn from them and make it better the next time. I am constantly asking for constructive feedback because I know we can always do things better.
Josephine Caminos Oria, Founder and President, La Dorita Cooks, LLC
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
I believe the greatest challenges women founders face today are not related to their gender but inherent to entrepreneurship itself. And that's access to funding. While it's been proven that women face greater obstacles than men when seeking traditional funding through financial institutions, I believe that this will change in 2018 as a result of the women's movement for equality.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
The #MeToo movement has cleared the path for female founders in 2018. So I offer, "Get out of your own way, and get to it."
Joanna Dai, Founder, Dai
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Compared to finance, my experience in fashion so far has been a far less male-dominated and a more level playing field. I've read the statistics on female founders receiving funding versus male founders, which has been quite discouraging. We have not gone for funding so I can't attest to that first-hand but it's great to see a wealth of support and networks for female entrepreneurs out there.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Take your time doing market research and product/brand development so you can really hone in on how and why you're unique.
Brianna Carney, Founder, Crew Bloom
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Work-life balance and an expectation for female founders to lead like male counterparts.
There’s a pressure for female founders to be stoic and suppress their emotions and passion. It’s unfair because our ability to feel and to vividly express ourselves is one of our biggest assets.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Find smart people because you are only one person, and treat them well.
Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Founder, SIA Scotch Whisky
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
Fundraising. Unfortunately, we're still very much at a time and in an environment where women face a challenge raising capital. I hope to turn the tables someday with a fund that helps fellow female spirits entrepreneurs.
In the meantime, every year for the past 4 years, SIA Scotch Whisky has contributed a percentage of our gross sales to a different organization that helps support women start and run their own businesses.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Ask for what you want. You will get rejected, absolutely ... and then one day, you won't.  I didn't know anyone in the spirits industry when I set out to create my brand. So I reached out to 80 people for help - every single distillery I'd ever visited, every name and resource I found in magazines, books, online. I got 80 "no's" (no we can't help you, no we are not interested, no you are crazy....) and came close to throwing in the towel a few times, but I persisted. And then finally on the 81st time, I found the person who was the one who changed everything for me. And this door to this "old boy's club" was opened to me by a woman!
Vikki Hankins-Jones, CEO and Founder, VMH Media/Publishing - VMH Magazine
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
I find the most challenging area for female founders is the male-dominated market in my field. Although a great deal of progress has taken place, women are not taken as seriously as their male continuer parts. Further women, in particular women of color, have to work ten times as hard to gain recognition for their brands.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
My best piece of advice for young entrepreneurs is to believe in their mission, product, services. When the going gets tough it is your 'belief' that will bring the tenacity needed to reach your goals.
Serena Holmes, President & CEO, Tigris Events
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
I don’t think female founders necessarily face bigger or different challenges than their male counterparts but I’m sure this could be dependent on the industry.
As a business owner starting out, I think some of the biggest challenges may include creating a point of difference in a competitive marketplace, learning to manage cash flow well and understanding how to work on your business while also working in it. That is a challenging balancing act until you are able to grow a team to support you.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Get help as soon as you can. Find a mentor or hire a coach. This will help you accelerate your learning and in turn, your growth. I didn’t get help until eight years in and it made the world of difference. I wish I had done it sooner.
Cynthia Jamin, Owner and Designer, TwirlyGirl
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
I do believe women buy into the stereotypes that are pervasive in our society. It takes a lot of self-determination and confidence to go against these social norms. A lot of them being centered around either women settling for less because they feel they wouldn't be able to compete in the business world (a "man's" world), or they feel obligated to be just a mother or just a wife.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Be willing to put in the work and be open to learning everything you can about every aspect of your business. Don't just hire people right from the beginning to do the jobs that you might not be interested in, or feel you don't have that skill set. There is nothing you can't learn. It's through actively being a part of "the every day" that you get to see what works and what doesn't.
You will have first-hand knowledge of how you want things done because you have done them. Growing a business is so much more than just getting sales, it's about creating a whole world, an environment that people interact with. It's a big responsibility that requires your full attention. Be prepared for long hours and no weekends off, but in the end, it's so worth it.
Steph Webster, Co-Founder, Miss Collective
She says the biggest challenge female founders face in business is:
A lot of the women that I've met through the industry and through our Miss Collective network tells me just how prevalent the confidence gap is. I meet incredible women who I'm inspired by, who really doubt their own contribution or level of accomplishment. I'd love to see us continue to work together as an industry to help break down the confidence gap and the barriers that it can create.
As a founder, you have to be a good leader, so you have to find ways to believe in yourself and project that confidence to teams and those around you to keep driving your business forward.
Best piece of advice she has for female entrepreneurs:
Follow something you're passionate about! Sounds so cliche and I know common, but for me, the things I've pursued in business have resonated strongly with me personally. I founded a mobile application called Barkparks, because I wanted a tool to find fenced dog parks for my foster dogs.
Miss Collective started because I found a lack of support for women in my industry and wanted to find a way to give back to the community and help other women. It shouldn't be a stretch to get excited about the business you want to create!
Stay tuned for our next installment coming on March 15th!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

How Telcos Can Monopolize The Ad Business From Facebook And Google

In the world of marketing, consumption habits of users are changing quickly and the dominance of mobile devices has transformed the digital ecosystem. All experts especially digital marketers are fast establishing the notion that mobile advertising is becoming the principle monetization engine for digital advertising. If we roam the current digital advertising sphere, there is no denying that Facebook and Google are the supreme titans as the two control 83% of all digital advertising growth. Mobile advertising alone continued to drive growth at Facebook. The tech giant reported $12.97 billion in revenue for its advertising revenue which mostly comes from mobile advertising in the fourth quarter last year.
In the face of that duopoly, there is a revolutionary potential coming from telcos. Telcos substantially own a wealth of accurate and complete first-party data about their subscribers such as basic demographics, mobile data-usage, internet scrolling, and location. With first-party data, the connection between data subject (customer) and the data processor (brand) is more direct which means greater trust. Not only that, telcos have also usually built a long-term relationship with their subscribers. Combining the values of first-party data, trust and loyalty of their customers will possibly make telcos the worthy contender against Facebook and Google.
As the mobile market grows and mobile advertising is used on a wider scale, there is a greater demand for more sophisticated technology. With the right ad-tech solutions, telcos can now have a pragmatic approach to capitalize on additional revenue and build a significant ad business by providing digital advertising services to consumers, advertisers, publishers, and platforms specifically on programmatic advertising.
Telcos can utilize subscribers and network information while protecting subscribers’ privacy and data protection with strict compliance to help advertisers target their audience as accurately as possible. They can also personalize advertising more effectively in the data-driven revolution that is shaping the force of programmatic advertising. Moreover, in return for subscribers’ data, telcos have the unique position to go further and offer a transparent exchange of value such as phone bill discounts, free value-added services or other rewards for customers who already know what they are opting-in.
With such tremendous capabilities, telcos should not miss the strategic opportunity to play a role in the growing $100 Billion mobile advertising ecosystem. All they need to do now besides to tread carefully on non-PII data solutions, is to decide whether they would want to take advantage of the strong demand to be a potential authorized data broker and open a new revenue stream by sharing customer data with third parties or remain to keep the big data on customers only for quality improvements of current core business.
At Forest Interactive, we provide M-Clicks, a mobile operator ads platform that can help telcos to improve their core offerings and enter the ad business. To learn more about how M-clicks can help you monetize a new revenue stream in the advertising landscape, please reach out to us at: productmarketing@forest-interactive.com
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