Friday, July 19, 2019

“LawAdvisor in start-up acquisition - The Global Legal Post” plus 3 more

“LawAdvisor in start-up acquisition - The Global Legal Post” plus 3 more


LawAdvisor in start-up acquisition - The Global Legal Post

Posted: 19 Jul 2019 12:24 AM PDT

Firm invests in legal automation with acquisition of early-stage consultation startup Kobi.ai from Mills Oakley.

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Melbourne-founded legal management software-as-a-service startup LawAdvisor has acquired legal automation startup Kobi.ai from Australian law firm Mills Oakley.

Initial consultation

Kobi.ai, founded by Raphael Cardona, automates the initial consultation stage of the client-lawyer relationship. It processes legal and historical data to flag pieces of legal information that will be of importance to legal professionals and their clients. In its current form, Kobi.ai draws upon case data and the migration act to offer advice on how to improve visa applications and can provide advice on alternative visa pathways. LawAdvisor founder Brennan Ong says the acquisition speaks to the LawAdvisor's continued focus on giving new and existing customers access to leading edge legal technology. "We want to, as much as possible, even before a client engages with a lawyer, provide them with as much reliable information as we can," Mr Ong said. LawAdvisor's public marketplace will undergo a redesign in the coming months, as the startup works to integrate Kobi.ai. The services it provides corporate clients will be unaffected.

Crossing boundaries

The terms of the acquisition are undisclosed, but will see Mr Cardona join LawAdvisor where he will manage LawAdvisor's product automation. "Legal services is a highly regulated industry, which makes it almost impossible to prescribe legal advice without crossing legal and ethical boundaries," Mr Cardona said.  He added, "I didn't want to cross those boundaries, but at the same time, I knew the core Kobi.ai platform could make obtaining legal advice less painful. The experience LawAdvisor has in the space, and its existing network of lawyers, mean it's the best platform to get this tech out there." Mr Ong and the LawAdvisor team say they are taking what they've learnt from working with corporate partners like Mills Oakley over the past few years and strengthening its public-facing platform. It is also a continuation of its founding mission "to improve access to justice in Australia."

Starting up with just Rs 2 lakh and a laptop, this woman entrepreneur now runs 3 successful companies - YourStory

Posted: 19 Jul 2019 03:32 AM PDT

Sujata Arora, 37, hails from Chandigarh and runs three companies - Hire Indians, BollywoodKart, and the Ek Koshish Foundation.

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Sujata Arora

Founded in 2009, Hire Indians is one of India's top providers of remote developers, designers, testers, and project managers to companies in various sectors around the world. The company is based in Noida. BollywoodKart, which she started in 2017 out of her passion for fashion, is one of the leading ethnic wear marketplaces in India. Launched in 2017, the Ek Koshish Foundation is a non-profit which works towards providing food and medicines to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The road to entrepreneurship

While working as the sales head in a software development company, Sujata often travelled abroad to interact with clients. During her stay in various countries, she discovered that there was a huge shortage of technical skills among employees, and that it was difficult to spontaneously hire and fire them because of strict government regulations. Determined to solve this issue, Sujata decided to look for solutions at home.

"In India, we have enough technical manpower, but we are short of good projects. I initially thought of supplying Indian manpower to these companies but later realised the challenges involved, like getting visas and frequent travel," she says.

After exploring other ways to tackle the problem, she zeroed in on the idea of providing remote developers to companies around the globe.

Sujata then launched Hire Indians, her first startup, in 2009. She began her entrepreneurship career at home with just her laptop and Rs 2 lakh from her savings. Today, she has successfully established five international offices in the US, UK, Australia, Switzerland, and the UAE.

The company has over 100 technical experts, and more than 200 employees. She says that one of the key companies that Hire Indians has served is 'DermPro,' a US-based company. It has developed thousands of ecommerce stores for the company. Under Sujata's guidance, Hire Indians has also seen its turnover increase four times in less than eight years.

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Sujata receiving an award at the International Quality Awards 2016

Every day is a challenge

Sujata shares that it was especially challenging for her to start up in the IT industry back in 2009, because there was a lack of infrastructure and manpower, and she didn't have a strong portfolio. A few key challenges she faced while starting up were marketing the business idea internationally, building a dedicated team, setting up an office and investing in infrastructure, and gaining the trust of clients.

Although it has been 10 years since Sujata started Hire Indians, the journey is still full of challenges.

"There is a challenge every day. It's not easy. You have to work hard to survive. We started out with website design and development, then we entered mobile app development, and lately we have been exploring blockchain and AI. Technology is changing all the time and we have to keep ourselves updated," she adds.

Sujata's biggest challenge so far, however, has been starting up with very little money and then figuring out how to make the right investments. It's been tough because she had to take slow, cautious steps in the right direction with minimal guidance.



New ventures

Once Sujata became confident that Hire Indians was in a good place, she decided to explore newer avenues. In 2017, she started BollywoodKart along with her husband, because she wanted to take her passion for fashion a step further, and make trendy ethnic wear affordable. In the same year, she also started the Ek Koshish Foundation to give back to society by providing food and medicines to children in need.

Through BollywoodKart, Sujata will be hosting the 'Miss India Pride' pageant, and by the end of 2019, will launch the 'BKmodels Portal' to give models more opportunities in the world of glamour.

Sujata runs weekly campaigns through the Ek Koshish Foundation, distributing necessities to children across Noida. She says her employees at Hire Indians volunteer and help extend the Foundation's reach. "Ultimately, we want to be able to build houses and give these kids better access to education," she adds.

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Sujata distributing necessities among children in Noida

Staying motivated

Sujata grew up in a family where she wasn't treated differently for being a girl. After she got married and decided to quit her well-paying job to become an entrepreneur, she says her in-laws did initially question her choice and didn't understand why she would take such a step. But at the end of the day, she has received support from everyone around her. She says she has been discouraged by a few people, but remains dedicated to fulfilling her goals.

"I always believe in myself. Even if someone very close to me says something negative, I don't get influenced. I have a dream, and I have goals to reach."

Sujata loves leading a challenging life, and wants to continue becoming a better person, and changing lives around her.

Encouraging women entrepreneurs

The past 10 years of Sujata's entrepreneurial life have not been easy, with several exhausting moments. She has some words of advice to women aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

"Just believe in yourself. Follow your dreams and don't give up before you reach them. There was a time where I wasn't getting projects to work on for months on end, and it made me frustrated, but I persisted. I knew I had to keep going, because one day it would all pay off. Don't let go of your dreams!"

What the future looks like

Sujata aims to become one of the giant players in the IT, fashion, and social work spaces someday. One of her goals is to expand in the UAE market and in Finland, although she is not targeting most of Europe as of now. She is also heavily motivated to continue social work and make a huge impact on thousands of children, with the Ek Koshish Foundation. She also says she is working on a new project in the space of employee verification.

(Edited by Rekha Balakrishnan)


Don't put up with a slow PC for another minute - CNET

Posted: 13 Jul 2019 04:00 AM PDT

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There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer. 

Working on a slow computer when you're trying to get things done is incredibly frustrating. Whether it takes forever to fully boot up, or intermittently freezes, a slow PC is enough to drive anyone crazy. 

Instead of running out and paying a technician, or bugging your tech support relative to help fix your computer (we all have one, right?), there are a few things you can try yourself. Who knows, you may end up fixing your computer and learning a thing or two along the way. Just don't tell everyone, or you'll become the tech support relative. 

Below, you'll learn how to troubleshoot your slow PC using Task Manager and how to limit the number of apps that open at startup, and we'll cover some of the tried-and-true fixes. 

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Task Manager is your best friend

Think of Task Manager as a window into your PC's health. The app gives you insight into what's taxing the processor, how much memory something is taking up and even how much network data a program has used. 

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Use Task Manager to monitor your system. 

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An easy way to open Task Manager is to right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the list of options. 

Task Manager's default view doesn't show a lot of information beyond which apps are currently running (handy if you already know you want to close one out), so after opening the app, click on More Details in the bottom left corner. 

By default, the list is broken down into Apps and Background Processes. It's refreshed constantly, with the various columns constantly updating. My advice is to let Task Manager run for a few minutes and just watch it. Watch for apps that shoot up to the top of the list, then disappear a few seconds later. Look for processes that stay at the top of the list with high memory or CPU use. You can Google names to find out more about a process. 

To close an app or process that you feel may be partly responsible for slow performance, click on it and then End Task

Common reasons for a slow PC

There are far too many apps and services to create a succinct list of what's likely slowing down a PC, but that doesn't mean there aren't likely culprits. 

Antivirus scans

After watching your system running slow with Task Manager open, you may have noticed that your antivirus software is routinely near the top of the list. Antivirus software can slow down your system while it's actively scanning your computer for malware and viruses. 

Instead of letting your antivirus program scan whenever it sees fit, schedule it to run at times when you're not likely to be using your PC, such as overnight or while you're at work. 

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Startup apps can slow everything down. 

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Too many startup apps

If your PC is taking forever to boot up, then you probably have far too many apps trying to run at startup. You can edit the list of apps and services that begin running when you log in to your computer by opening Task Manager and clicking on the Startup tab. 

Go through the list and remove anything that you don't need to have loaded and ready the moment your PC turns on by clicking the app name followed by Disable.

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That's a whole lot of Chrome in Task Manager. 

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Browser overload

Your web browser could be the culprit, especially if you've lost count of the number of windows and tabs you have open. Each window and tab takes up memory and processing power, and over time will begin to slow down your PC. 

You can view a breakdown of extensions and tabs that could be to blame in Task Manager by clicking on the arrow next to your browser's name. Alternatively, if you use Chrome, it has a built-in task manager of its own. Launch it by pressing Shift+Esc while using Chrome, or click on the menu button > More Tools > Task manager. 

If you find that your browser is often causing your PC to slow to a crawl, try a different browser or become more aware of how many tabs or windows you have open at a given time. 

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Pausing OneDrive sync can speed up your PC.  

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Battle-tested solutions

There's a wide range of methods available to troubleshoot and speed up your PC. Below are some steps to take to, at the very least, temporarily speed up your slow computer:

  • Close running apps when you're done, and make sure they're not running in the notification tray (next to the volume and Wi-Fi indicators). When you close some apps, such as Slack, they keep running in the background.
  • Pause OneDrive syncing. This is something even Microsoft admits can slow down your computer. Pause OneDrive by clicking on the OneDrive icon in the notification tray, select More and then Pause syncing.
  • Check available storage space and hard drive health. If your hard drive or SSD is running out of space or is getting old, it could be failing. If you aren't comfortable testing your hard drive, take your computer to a technician who can properly diagnose the issue, and if required, upgrade your storage.
  • Turn off your computer. Don't just restart it, but completely power it off and walk away for a few minutes. This gives your computer a chance to clear out memory and start fresh the next time it's turned on. 

If none of the above suggestions speeds up your computer to a level that you're happy with, you can try reducing animations, changing themes and toggling other Windows 10-specific settings.

And if you're more of an Apple household, you're in luck: We have recommendations for a slow Mac, too. 

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Top Wine Logos & Bottle Label Designs -- Plus, The Best Graphic & Print Design Agencies Of 2019, According To DesignRush - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 18 Jul 2019 05:30 PM PDT

82% of wine drinkers choose their libations based on the label. DesignRush rounded up the leading wine logo and bottle label designs -- and the top-rated graphic design companies who can execute strong branded visuals.

NEW YORK, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Studies show that 82 percent of wine drinks choose their beverages based on the wine label. This proves the businesses -- particularly in the food and beverage industry -- need to create thoughtful and engaging designs to compete in the market.

DesignRush.com, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, uncovered the most well-branded wine brands and top wine logo designs. These include:

1. 7 Deadly Zins
2. Miraval
3. Chateau Latour, Pauillac
4. Mommy's Time Out
5. Tais Macedonian Wine

DesignRush also researched the best local and global graphic design firms who can create captivating visuals for brands.

Some of the top graphic design agencies from around the world include:

1.    ADAO
ADAO is a full-service digital agency based in Rugby, Warwickshire. The midlands-based agency creates award-winning websites. They are also Google Premier Partners and fully certified to run Google Ads (PPC) campaigns, along with offering SEO and broader digital marketing provisions. ADAO works with a number of SMEs and enterprise businesses across Europe, from fast-growing, luxury baby ecommerce store Aden & Anais to European logistics powerhouse, Hermes.

2.    Aurora Digital
Aurora Digital exists to bring customer-centric solutions to accelerate customers' businesses. Aurora Digital's main goal is to make the customers feel that they are well taken care of. To accomplish that, their project/account managers take ownership of the project and will independently solve issues as they arise. Project managers are available and responsive all the time during the entire project and also responsible to keep customers up to date on the latest events in the project.

3.    Become Digital Today
Located in the Philippines, Become Digital Today is a growing digital marketing agency run by freelancers with a focus on web design, bot development, graphics design, video editing, marketing strategy, and 360 content.

4.    Bonfire Effect
Bonfire Effect is a Colorado-based agency dedicated to helping companies attract, engage, and maintain customers to fuel business growth. Services include brand strategy and messaging, visual identity and corporate image, campaign strategy and implementation, web development, marketing automation, content creation, email marketing, account-based marketing, event strategy and promotion, and consulting.

5.    Brandemix
Brandemix is a dynamic brand marketing agency in NYC which helps other brands to create a unique identity in the marketplace. It helps the companies to develop a brand which resonates with their business proposition. To start, the company formulates a clear branding strategy in which it creates a blueprint of how a brand should appear to the internal and external stakeholders. To set brands apart, Brandemix believes in rigorous advertising, marketing & PR, seamless corporate communication and engaging social media marketing.

6.    Custom Media K.K.
Custom Media is an award-winning bilingual, digital integrated marketing, content creation and strategic communications agency in Tokyo. They provide data-driven, targeted marketing solutions with a solid return-on-investment approach focusing on customer engagement. Their services comprise strategy, creation, and technology.

7.    Empower Marketing Ltd
Empower Marketing Ltd is an exciting marketing agency with a proven track record of developing and implementing sales and marketing strategy, projects and campaigns. Their management team each has over 18 years' experience of helping to grow business startups and large organizations across a range of sectors. Empower Marketing Ltd does not lock businesses into long contracts or tie them into unnecessary costs. They promise to provide honest advice, creative ideas, business acumen and strong value-for-money.

8.    Goldiata Creative
Goldiata Creative is a digital marketing agency in Baltimore, MD. They provide clients with a number of online marketing services from online advertising to search engine optimization and more. Goldiata Creative also has a creative director on their team with over 20 years of experience. This allows them to provide branding services like logo design and packaging.

9.    Highly Persuasive
Highly Persuasive is a strategic branding & marketing agency based in Bangkok. They help clients in Southeast Asia & around the world create intriguing, objective-driven brands that stand & get brands noticed. They believe that every great brand starts with a deep understanding of the customers and what they're looking to achieve. By discovering their needs, wants & desires, Highly Persuasive is able to design brand experiences that work to guide customers through the buyer's journey naturally and intuitively.

10.    Icetulip
Icetulip focuses on collaborative, client-driven web development and graphic design solutions. They create, manage, build and maintain high-quality solutions for a wide range of businesses and individuals. Their approach to all of their work is to concentrate on one key factor: Communication. At Icetulip, clients will find all the creative, commercial, technical and organization skills they require to have a good marketing strategy, an appropriate action plan as well as all the tools needed in one location.

11.    Launch Digital
Launch is a creative design and marketing agency working with clients of all sizes and in all sectors. They understand every brand and project has different values and audiences. Launch Digital has a very powerful in-house creative team with young, fresh designers led by strong marketing directors and management. Their talent and experience produce creativity that is capable of delivering impressive design work for all business types. They look at a client's entire marketing efforts, suggesting amendments and implement changes with the goal of growing the brand, products, services and market share, giving a great return on investment and ultimately increased profit.

12.    LogoBee
LogoBee has been specializing in custom logo design since the year 2000. Every project is assigned to at least two designers to provide the maximum variety of styles. The initial designs are tailored to specific client requests. The logo packages start from $209, with unlimited revisions and life-time storage included. LogoBee also provides stationery, flyers, brochure, and website design.

13.    Mystique Brand Communications
Mystique Brand Communications makes customers fall in love with brands. They are a team that not online helps clients find their voice but work with them to ensure that their voice is heard. Mystique Brand Communications has marketing pros to support businesses with scalable lead generation and retention solutions to accelerate sustainable growth results for their clients.

14.    O3 Design
With more than 19 years of experience, O3 Design provides professional design services, such as branding, strategy, diagnosis, identity, brand management, packaging, graphic and structural design of packaging, optimization of packaging lines, and more.

15.    Pearl White Media
Pearl White Media is a web and graphic design company specializing in WordPress, WooCommerce and Magento websites. With a deep background in graphic, web design & marketing, they have developed over 500 websites from various niches like fashion, real estate, hospitality and much more. They help businesses establish their presence on the web by creating their online personas. This includes designing a search engine optimized (SEO) website, designing a logo, branding, graphic design and internet marketing.

16.    PO'Sh Creative
PO'sh Creative treats their clients like they are part of the PO'Sh family. The relationships the agency forges are genuine, built on trust, excellence, and enjoyment. Together, they get the very best out of the creative process. Whether potential clients are after branding, animation, graphics or marketing, they can feel confident that PO'sh Creative will work harder than anyone to deliver design and campaigns that'll make them proud.

17.    Print City Design Studio
Print City Design Studio is a family-owned graphic design and print firm that specializes in creating distinctive designs for businesses. They're an award-winning firm that prides itself on providing high-quality products and services. Print City Design Studio was created as an alternative source for clients that wanted more than a templated process. They believe each brand's uniqueness should show through their mission, vision, and characteristics to create their multimedia products.

18.    Proportion Design
Proportion is a boutique design agency focused on bridging the gap between creative ideation and commercial realization to produce unique brand solutions that both differentiate and connect. Their principal-led project approach includes services across brand strategy, identity development, and campaign, environmental, and merchandising collateral design executions. They craft solutions that are both timely yet timeless for Hotels, Restaurants, Retail, Multifamily, Outdoor, Sport, Craft Food & Beverage.

19.    Thrive
Thrive is a digital growth agency ready to transform organizations with digital solutions that generate striking results for their SME. From their long-standing design, development, and content marketing studio, Thrive supports their clients to help them to achieve growth goals through branding, development and content marketing solutions. They're also a well-established HubSpot Silver Certified Partner, making Thrive the agency of choice to support SMEs as they undertake inbound marketing as part of a growth journey.

20.    Trait Media Ltd
Trait Media Ltd offers a wide range of Design, Digital Marketing, Production & Web Development Services covering many different verticals. As a full-service agency, they offer a unique partnership opportunity for businesses. If clients need a complete solution from a trusted service provider, they can turn to Trait Media Ltd, who designs, develops, produces and manages campaigns with their fantastic team of Google qualified experts.

21.    Van West Media
Van West Media is a digital marketing agency located in Manhattan. Their team of marketing professionals works with clients to build new websites, software applications, develop marketing campaigns, create reports and print collateral and a whole lot more. They pride themselves on working with clients to develop smart digital strategies that help grow business.

22.    Vantoro Marketing
Vantoro Marketing aligns technology with client-specific goals in a way that's data-driven, results-oriented, and fully customized. Any digital marketing or web design service they provide will be based on a full understanding of who the client is targeting and what their competitors are already doing – and not doing – to target that same audience.

23.    Web Sharx
Web Sharx specializes in website development, graphic design, and Internet marketing services. Their various services allow them to evolve and reach across unique creative disciplines and digital platforms, thus pulling together a marketing strategy to better portray business opportunities. They develop brands across all platforms, ensuring brand interactions are consistent at each touch-point, through the most creative methods. Through an integrated approach to digital marketing, they have earned a reputation as a leading web and graphic design agency.

24.    Webseco
Webseco's approach is personal & specialized for small business owners. They offer custom, creative design solutions to help entrepreneurs succeed. They give back with their Referral Program, where we give clients marketing credits for every new client referral. They also like helping non-profit organizations, as they offer a special discount on costs and service fees for non-profit organizations.

25.    Weight Creative
Weight Creative Communications Agency harnesses the power of design skills combined with academic expertise. Founded in 2014 in Vancouver B.C., Canada by Sarah Turton and Sheldon Stenning, Weight Creative is the product of two decades of collective experience and a proven track record of delivering serious results. Sarah and Sheldon believe that when companies refine and stay true to their mission, they will surpass their goals. Weight Creative builds thoughtful, holistic and insight-driven creative strategies to help them get there.

Read the full report here: https://www.designrush.com/trends/great-wine-bottle-logos-label-designs

About DesignRush: DesignRush.com is a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies.

DesignRush features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Branding, Digital Marketing, Website Design, eCommerce Web Design Companies, and more.

 

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