Skip to content


first_imgAn inquest into the death of Sinn Fein spy Denis Donaldson has been adjourned for the 14th time.The late Denis DonaldsonThe inquest in Letterkenny today was told by Gardai that the investigation has now extended to another police force’s jurisdiction.Donaldson was murdered at his cottage outside Glenties in 2006. The inquest was adjourned until February next year. DENIS DONALDSON INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR 14TH TIME was last modified: July 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:Denis DonaldsondonegalinquestSinn Feinlast_img read more

EU and Japan working on trade deal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Negotiators from the European Union (EU) and Japan are working to seal a trade deal that would lower tariffs on EU pork to levels discussed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to travel to Brussels in July to meet with EU negotiators, including European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The National Pork Producers Council continues to urge the Trump administration to initiate bilateral trade negotiations with Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy.last_img read more

SaaS Lessons Learned

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As we wrote last week, the most common mistakes that SaaS providers make often involve errors made while balancing the incoming subscription receipts with the need to go out and spend some money to acquire new subscribers.Dharmesh Shah, CTO and founder of HubSpot, recently blogged his thoughts on a similar topic: the insights he’s gleaned from the B2B SaaS startup. Describing these as “non-obvious SaaS startup lessons,” Shah’s blog post contains a list seven important observations.You are financing your customersMost SaaS businesses are subscription-based. If you include a “30-day free trial,” then it will be quite some time before revenue comes in. Cash flow issues arise as a result because while subscription dollars come in over time, sales and marketing costs are incurred at the start. “The higher your sales growth, the larger the gap in cash-flows,” Shah writes. “This is why SaaS companies often raise large amounts of capital.” Retaining customers is criticalUnlike the ol’ software licensing fee model, you aren’t getting cash up front from customers who download and install your product. Although this model did utilize renewal fees as a way to maintain revenue, under the SaaS model, all revenue is, in Shah’s words, “some sort of recurring revenue.” He suggests you determine your total costs for customer acquisition and your monthly subscription revenue. If the acquisition cost is $1000, for example, and the monthly subscription revenue is $100, then you need to retain a customer for at least 10 months to recover that initial acquisition cost.It’s software, but there are hard costsTrue, you aren’t shipping disks, CDs, and DVDs, but there are still substantial infrastructure costs. “By the time you get a couple of production instances, a QA instance, some S3 storage, perhaps some software load-balancing, and maybe 50% of someone’s time to manage it all (because any one of those things will degrade/fail), you’re talking about real money. Too many non-technical founders hand-wave the infrastructure costs because they think ‘hey we have cloud computing now, we can scale as we need it.’ That’s true, you can scale as you need it, but there are some real dollars just getting the basics up and running.” Shah recommends talking to other SaaS companies who are willing to share some of their data so you can gauge what your hosting costs might be. It pays to know your funnelAs early as possible, ascertain the shape of your marketing and sales funnel. What drives prospective customers? What is the conversion rate of visitors to your site? “The better you know your funnel the better decisions you will make as to where to invest your limited resources.”You need knobs and dials in the businessAlthough there are lots of things you can adjust in the SaaS business – pricing, packaging, features, trial duration for example – it is tempting to adjust too many things at once or adjust things too soon. Shah does caution that experimentations with pricing should always take care of early customers with some sort of grandfathering clause. Visibility and brakes let you go fasterBecause of the shorter operational cycle of SaaS businesses, Shah contends, you are able to identify when “bad things start to happen” more quickly. User interface and experience countsA good user interface is crucial to obtain and retain customers, and so design needs to be a key element of your SaaS. “Start recruiting great design and user experience talent now.”If you’re an SaaS company, what other “lessons learned” would you add to this great list? Tags:#Analysis#cloud center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Tesla’s Solar Roof Has a Competitor

first_imgNon-solar roofing — galvanized standing-seam panels — cost $8.50 per square foot. Solar portions of the roof produce 19 watts per square foot; at Forward’s list price of $3.25 per watt, that’s an installed cost of $61.75 per square foot for the solar collectors. By contrast, the estimated cost of Tesla’s active PV roofing is about $42 per square foot. (Tesla’s non-solar tiles are about $11 per square foot.) Tesla, however, has not disclosed the output of an individual tile. An analysis by PowerScout estimates that the price of energy generated by the Tesla roof is about $4.75 per watt.With an output of 19 watts per square foot, a 5-kW Solar Roofing system from Forward Labs would require 263 square feet of solar roofing.Forward Labs says the roofing includes a passive venting system to help cool solar cells during the summer, reducing a falloff in electrical output that comes with higher temperatures. The roofing can be installed two or three days on a roof with a minimum pitch of 1:12, according to the company.An article posted at GTM quoted Forward Labs CEO Zach Taylor as saying that Solar Roofing components are assembled in a metal frame off site and can be installed in about half the time as a conventional solar array.The collectors use silicon solar cells, which the company says are “in line with high-efficiency monocrystalline solar panels,” GTM said. RELATED ARTICLES Tesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order NowSolar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar PanelsGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Marketcenter_img A Palo Alto, California, company says that it has developed a building-integrated photovoltaic system with a top layer of tempered glass that looks like a standing-seam metal roof. The solar panels can be installed for $3.25 a watt — roughly the cost of a conventional racked solar array.Forward Labs is now taking $1,000 deposits and says that installations will start in the San Francisco Bay area early next year. The company is apparently planning much wider distribution in the future, but cautioned visitors to its website that it could not commit to fulfilling any orders beyond the immediate Bay Area in 2018.The Forward Labs product, called Solar Roofing, looks like a direct competitor to Tesla’s Solar Roof, in which solar cells are embedded in glass-topped shingles. Tesla started taking orders for its roofing several weeks ago.Forward Labs says that all wiring connections for the roof are made inside the attic. A roof can be composed of solar and non-solar panels, with the mix depending on the amount of electricity the homeowner wants to produce. Solar and non-solar panels look the same, with roofing available in eight colors.last_img read more