Man charged with horrific attack on young Donegal student

first_imgA man has appeared in court in connection with a vicious assault which left a young Letterkenny girl with horrific facial injuries.Shanan Reid McDaid was set upon at the Market Square in Letterkenny in October 2017 as she waited to get a taxi home. Shanan was just 18 and had started college in Galway when she was attacked and repeatedly punched in the face until she became unconscious.She was hospitalised as a result of the attack but thankfully recovered from her ordeal.A man had been arrested in connection with the case several months ago but had been released without charge for a file to go to the Director of Public Prosecutions.The DPP then decided that the man’s case could proceed on indictment.Garda Sgt Jim Collins asked the media not to name the man for fears over his safety.The man is to sign on at Letterkenny Garda station twice a week, surrender his passport and not to interfere with any witnesses.The man’s solicitor Mr Frank DorrianThe man was released on bail to appear again in court for the presentation of a book of evidence on November 4th next.Man charged with horrific attack on young Donegal student was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 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)last_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Non-dilutive Financing Through Revenue Sharing

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… During this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we started with a discussion of our hot-off-the-press news: 1M/1M Announces Partnership With Persistent Systems; CrowdEngineering First Beneficiary. This partnership speaks to a core philosophy of the program where we encourage entrepreneurs to get as much customer validation as possible before raising too much money, use other people’s channels if you can get to them, don’t burn too much cash, and all that good fiscal conservative stuff. And, oh by the way, we also really like the idea of the 1M/1M entrepreneurs building valuation and negotiating leverage through these business development efforts, instead of signing off large chunks of their company in form of equity early on.For a more elaborate explanation of the deal, please read my blog post 1M/1M: Alternative Financing For Startups Using A Sales Channel Partner. I have discussed at length why revenue sharing channel deals may serve as perfectly fine alternatives to raising equity (or even complements) because of their non-dilutive nature.Also, an Incubation Radar profile on CrowdEngineering explains more about this very, very cool company doing crowdsourced customer support. Social CRM is becoming quite a trend, and CrowdEngineering really pushes the envelope on the subject. And a few words about Persistent Systems, an outsourced software product development (OPD) company that is navigating its next phase of evolution are also warranted. Persistent is breaking out of the mold of labor arbitrage, and looking at new and exciting business models. My friend Tony Scott did an outstanding interview with Anand Deshpande, their CEO recently in which Anand discussed his vision for where he wants to take the OPD business. LetsGiftItAs for the entrepreneur pitches, first up today was Ryan O’Donnell with LetsGiftIt, a social software application with which multiple people who want to pool a gift for someone can orchestrate the entire process online. My read on the business is that it needs to go to market in a B-to-B mode, expanding the scope of gift registries on major sites like Macy’s and Crate & Barrel. I suspect Ryan is keener on building a consumer Internet play, but my business experience says this would do better as an add-on residing on the sites of other retailers. It certainly will be a better way to bootstrap the company.SOCO GamesThen Jeff Bogensberger pitched SOCO Games, the maker of a Facebook game called Earth 2.0. The game has started getting some traction already, and has a good virality index. Jeff also described a compelling in-game offer-based customer acquisition model that is proving quite effective for him. Jeff has managed to keep his burn rate very low thus far, and a slow and steady crafting of the business is working nicely. The majority of the discussion around this venture was around additional customer acquisition methods.BrainscapeNext Andrew Cohen presented Brainscape, an educational platform using a flash card type concept to learn vocabulary, language, etc. Andrew has about 40,000 users for a GRE test prep vocabulary product, acquired largely through iTunes. He asked questions about what investors are looking for: more free users or fewer paying users? The answer to the question is neither. They are looking for a validated model for each of the following issues: scalable customer acquisition, freemium conversion rate, and a pricing model for the premium product. Note, I said, validated. Not just assumptions. I also advised Andrew to greatly tighten his product and go-to-market strategy. As it stands, it is all over the place.SafarclickUp last was Hicham Jorio discussing Safarclick, an online hotel sourcing data service focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region, and catering to major OTAs like Expedia. Hicham has already brought about 3,000 hotels from the MENA region, but another 30,000 remain to be harnessed. In addition, there are another 30 to 50 OTAs beyond the 30 he already services to recruit. The business is already profitable with $2.9 million in revenue. Clearly, it can go much further, and Hicham is trying to decide whether he grows organically, or raises outside financing. He has attracted attention from a hedge fund interested in investing in the company, and asked what I thought about that option. Well, I didn’t think much of it. I would never take investment in a startup from a hedge fund.You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Photo by nosheep sramana mitra Related Posts center_img Tags:#How To#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

PM to watch CWG hockey final

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh will cheer the Indian hockey team which clashes with world champion Australia in the Commonwealth Games final at the Dhyan Chand Stadium here on October 14.Singh will watch the match in the company of former Olympians, PMO sources said.UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul had cheered the Indian hockey team at the same venue where it had thrashed Pakistan 7-3 and entered semifinals. In the semis, India defeated England in a tie-breaker yesterday.Singh was present at the dazzling opening ceremony of the Games along with President Pratibha Patil and Prince Charles.last_img