Tag: CEO

13
Oct
2020
Posted in website

CEO of Whitehorse Freight, Michael Bilokonsky Launches Professional Website

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BELLEVUE, KY / ACCESSWIRE / October 13, 2020 / Michael Bilokonsky, CEO and president of Whitehorse Freight, is excited to announce the launch of his new website, https://michaelbilokonsky.com/. As an enthusiast of motorcycles, his website features an in-depth look into his interests as well as some interesting entrepreneurial tips in the form of articles and interviews.

“Motorcycles are my passion. Balancing my personal interests and my entrepreneurial mindset is something I really wanted to highlight on my website,” Says Biolkonsky.

The balance is definitely struck as the website sports information on how to stay safe while enjoying the ride in the article Staying safe on the road: tips for the new motorcycle owner and also describing his work experience and how he got to where he is today in Michael Bilokonsky Speaks Out on Entrepreneurship.

The new website creates a hub of information for other motorcycle riders and individuals interested in creating their own company. The site not only provides an opportunity for readers to watch and read about his tips and tricks regarding bikes and owning your own business, but also gives an insight to the life of Bilokonsky in the about section of the website.

“It has always been a dream of mine to start my own company,” states Bilonsky in his exclusive interview featured on the website. After attending college, the original plan was to become a teacher. When no opportunities arose in that field, he began working for a logistics company for five years before beginning his own business which became the Whitehorse Freight company it is today.

Learn more about Whitehorse Freight: http://www.whfreight.com/

About Michael Bilokonsky

Michael Bilokonsky grew up and attended highschool in Cleveland,

13
Oct
2020
Posted in software

ProjX360 CEO Touts App Updates, Business Software Benefits

Some of the most innovative products for the custom industry come from the minds of custom integrators not coincidentally. They do, after all, have first-hand experience knowing their own and presumably others’ needs and pain points.

Also, unsurprisingly, many of these companies sprout up in the business operations/management sector, because there are always going to be opportunities to help owners run their businesses smarter and more efficiently.

Such is the case with Doug Greenwald, who created management software ProjX360 but also is CEO of Creative Sound & Integration in Scottsdale, Ariz. – a winner in this year’s CE Pro Home of the Year Awards program in the Best New Technologies project category.

Greenwald chatted with CE Pro about ProjX360’s CEDIA Expo Virtual booth (still accessible at projx360.cediaexpovirtual.com) in September and the importance of business management software in general.

What were some of your takeaways from the CEDIA Expo Virtual platform experience? 

It was nice to interact with new dealers [for the first time on a large scale] since the start of COVID. One thing I can say is that it doesn’t replace meeting in person and can’t wait until next year when CEDIA [Expo] returns.

How did ProjX360 conduct interactions with attendees? 

So we did two live demonstrations each day and my on-boarding and training director was meeting with existing customers to answer questions and go through best workflow practices of the software. We also had our live chat going and we allowed dealers to request personal one-on-one meetings with us

What was ProjX360 focused on sharing with attendees in terms of new features to the software platform? 

We spoke about our new updated App for iOS and Android that will be coming out in the next few weeks with offline time tracking, push notifications, and easy access to

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson Shares Why He’s Acquiring Segment For $3.2 Billion

Twilio is making its acquisition of fellow cloud computing company Segment official.

San Francisco-based Twilio announced early on Monday that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Segment for $3.2 billion in an all-stock deal. The deal is expected to close in Twilio’s fourth fiscal quarter, the company said.

Forbes first broke the news of the pending acquisition on Friday.

In a joint interview with Forbes on Sunday night, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson described the deal as the next step for a service that’s spent the last decade-plus “taking communications and breaking it down into building blocks” for developers to reach their own business’ customers.

“Communications was just the entry point for the real opportunity, which has been really providing a comprehensive platform for customer engagement,” Lawson said. “The one thing that’s always been missing from Twilio as we’ve been building up this customer engagement platform is understanding of the end users themselves. We power the communications, but we don’t actually know who the customers are.”

Founded in 2011, Segment was last valued by private investors at $1.5 billion and had emerged as a leading startup in a category of software known as a CDP, or “customer data platform.” Segment will serve as a business unit within Twilio, with cofounder and CEO Peter Reinhardt reporting to Lawson and some features integrating into Twilio over time. “It’s going to accelerate our vision by five to 10 years,” Reinhardt told Forbes in the interview.

Both companies declined to provide Segment’s revenue, noting instead Segment had reached 20,000 customers. But in a presentation prepared for Monday, Twilio noted

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

WFH tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Regular breaks, short meetings, and other advice

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Schedule super quick meetings just to check in with colleagues. Read more. And try to fit “moments of transition” into your daily schedule.

Those are some tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to help manage well-being with the new WFH lifestyle.

Nadella spoke this week at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He said he’s focused on three major considerations of how the nature is work is changing amid the pandemic: how collaboration happens, how learning happens inside companies, and how to ensure employees aren’t burning out.

The last point has become even more important over the past several months as workers conduct multiple meetings per day via video and don’t have the same interactions with colleagues at a physical office. Microsoft studies show that people are now working after hours and on weekends more frequently, and that remote work is leading to more stress and mental fatigue.

Nadella said people can get more tired because of the concentration required during video calls. That’s why Microsoft earlier this summer rolled out the new Microsoft Teams “Together” mode, a feature for video meetings that places participants against a shared virtual background, out of the traditional grid view, to help create the perception of sitting together.

Nadella also called out the new “virtual commute” feature for Teams, which uses automation tech to help users close out tasks and designate work for the following day, log their sentiment about the work day, and direct them into a guided meditation process. Microsoft said its research finds that the blurred lines between work and home are hurting remote workers’ feelings of well-being.

Whether it’s the bus ride to and from work, or even walking down a hallway for your next meeting, there are fewer “transition times”

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Why the CEO of a $1 billion startup chose debt capital over VC funding

  • In February, Quantum Metric CEO Mario Ciabarra was fielding calls from investors at a rapid clip and getting unsolicited term sheet offers that valued the company at $1 billion. 
  • The term sheets offers slowed once the coronavirus hit but his company kept booming, growing annual recurring revenue at 70%, he told Business Insider.
  • By June, VCs were calling again, but the valuations were lower, even though revenue-under-contract had grown, said Ciabarra. 
  • So he decided not to take on a new round of funding yet. Instead, he opted for a $25 million loan from Silicon Valley Bank until he could secure a venture funding round at the terms he wants.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In February, Quantum Metric CEO Mario Ciabarra was fielding calls left-and-right from venture capitalists eager to pour funding into the company.

“We weren’t actually trying to raise any specific amount of money,” he told Business Insider. “Of course, we entertain conversations cause it’s great to get to know folks. And we started getting term sheets that were unsolicited.”

Investors were also valuing the young startup at roughly $1 billion, he said. That’s an eye-popping valuation for a company that launched in 2011, especially considering that Quantum Metric’s last funding round was a $25 million Series A just two years ago that pegged the firm’s worth at $125 million, according to an estimate from Pitchbook. 

In March, once the pandemic brought much of the globe to a grinding halt, those offers began to stop trickling in at the same pace. But then in June, when Quantum Metrics got a new round of solicitations, Ciabarra said the valuations weren’t as high.

This was particularly baffling to Ciabarra because he says business is booming in 2020. Quantum Metric is experiencing 70% growth in annual recurring revenue, an