Two ways to motivate: Packers’ McCarthy used flea bag hotels; 49ers’ DeBartolo was partial to DC-10s

first_imgOn second thought, it is kind of a laughing matter. After Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, former Packers defensive back Will Blackmon took to Twitter to reminisce about the team’s four-game road losing streak in 2008 and … The Green Bay Packers play their home games in Titletown. As we speak, they play their road games in Loserville.Sunday night the Pack lost its eighth consecutive away game, imperiling its microscopic chances for a playoff berth. As you can imagine, it’s no laughing matter.last_img read more

The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… fruzsina eordogh YouTube, whose community is ironically stereotyped as oversharers, has business transparency issues. This transparency problem doesn’t come just from Google, it also manifests within the YouTube community’s top-earners and across the third-party businesses that have sprung up to leverage the giant video-sharing site. It’s hard to say who is worse, YouTube, or the video industry emerging on the site – known as “YouTube Networks.”  The YouTube industry, often compared to the Wild West due to its few rules and regulations and seemingly endless profits for the lucky few, has a controversial mantra: “Join a YouTube Network! That’s how you know you’ve made it!”YouTube Networks Will Change Your Life, For Better Or WorseTo non-insiders, YouTube networks can be one or all of the following: an ad sales team, a promotional marketing service, a production studio, a talent management agency, and/or a laison between YouTube partners and the notoriously hard-to-get-ahold-of YouTube reps. Think of a third-party YouTube network as a type of Web video business incubator with millions in funding (depending on the network) and all the right (presumably) connections to make you a big Web star. In return for all these wonderful things, the YouTube network takes a cut of your profits. Sometimes that cut can be more than half of what you earn.  There are roughly 200 networks operating on YouTube right now, Steve Raymond, the CEO of Big Frame, told me in an interview last month. Big Frame is one of the newest – and in my opinion one of the cleanest – YouTube networks now operating.If the existence of 200 networks on YouTube surprises you, think of it this way: YouTube has been pushing towards the network model for a while, given 72 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube’s small staff simply can’t handle every YouTuber’s needs the way they did in the good old days of 2006 – before the company was purchased by Google.    Alas, tales of young rising YouTubers being taken advantage of because they didn’t hire a lawyer when negotiating with a YouTube network has become all too common. Horror stories of people signing for life because they don’t read the fine print, or end up giving away complete ownership of their content, abound. Educate Yourself! YouTube Partnership vs. NetworkIn a prior interview about networks taking advantage of unsuspecting video stars, The Fine Brothers – the YouTube duo known for their hit show “Kids React” – told me they were dismayed by the number of YouTubers who don’t realize they are giving up their YouTube Partnership when they join a network. If anything, this should be the first thing made clear to Partners. (Some Partners like not having to worry about this financial aspect, but others, like the Fine Brothers, worry it leads to abuse.)Forfeiting control of your Partnership – the contract you sign with YouTube that allows you to collect ad revenue from the Google-owned company – is standard in the YouTube network world.Ray William Johnson, the top YouTuber and first video star to become a millionaire from his earnings (in April 2011), doesn’t think this should be the case, and said so in a recent interview with NewMediaRockStar founder Benny Luo. (ReadWrite readers and YouTube insiders might remember the last time I wrote about Johnson,  notoriously media-shy for a Web celebrity, when he left the YouTube network Maker Studios after contract disputes.) In the interview, Johnson admits he is no expert on YouTube networks, but believes “there’s no good reason to ever sign your YouTube Adsense account over to a third party. Ever.” Any service offered by a YouTube-based network, he said, “they can accomplish without seizing control of your Adsense account.”Where’s The Data?YouTube’s transparency problems are not just about the forfeiting of one’s YouTube Partnership, or the lack of education about networks – it’s also about YouTube’s preferential treatment of networks when it comes to analytics. Networks get access to YouTube data relevant to the creator’s account that YouTube doesn’t share with the creator. In other words, there are better numbers for analyzing viewership and performance, and only networks get to see them.Creators get only “estimated data,” said Benny Fine of The Fine Brothers. “The actual final numbers, only networks get that.” Many partners end up using other contractors and services to track their own data. It’s a level of secrecy that doesn’t make sense, Fine said, and certainly fosters at least the perception of abuse.The Fine Brothers don’t think all networks are bad – they signed with network Revision 3 after a year of researching their options. They recommend YouTubers demand their network contracts provide simultaneous access to YouTube performance data.Johnson, on the other hand, seems to have eschewed networks all together, and appears to be happy being the master of his own YouTube fate by opening up his own production studio called Runaway Planet.How Much Do YouTubers Make?YouTubers, by their Partner contracts, are forbidden from revealing their earnings. But in OpenSlate’s infographic published last month, the average monthly revenue for the top 1,000 channels comes out to $26,000. This amounts to an average annual payout of $276,000. That’s serious money – that no one is permitted to talk about.Philip DeFranco, a leading YouTuber known for his news and pop culture commentary on “The Philip DeFranco Show,” admitted in a Reddit AMA that he pays himself roughly $100,000 a year and invests the rest (a monthly six-figures) back into his companies. A top executive at the YouTube network Revision 3 (where DeFranco is signed) mostly confirmed the salary in a phone chat at the time, saying DeFranco gets a six-figure check each month from the company. Not a check for six figures a year from Revision3 – a six figure check each month. DeFranco, of course, is a YouTube anomaly – a geniune Web celebrity and Internet video entrepeneur.YouTube’s Trickle-Down Effect?It is actually not uncommon for leading YouTubers to invest in the Web-video industry that fostered them by opening studios, agencies, networks or high-production-value Web shows. The YouTube community generally cheers these investments.  The belief is that bonafide YouTubers know the space, will prevent it from being appropriated by corporate outsiders, stamp out industry abuses like predatory contracts, and make the industry more transparent.It is this sense of a “digital family” that made Johnson’s acrimonious split with Maker Studios so tragic to some in the YouTube community: after all, top YouTubers created Maker Studios. “How could they mistreat their own?” the community wondered. In fact, it seems Johnson’s experience with Maker Studios turned him off networks forever. When asked if he would start his own network, Johnson’s answer was an absolute, “No.”Image courtesy of @RayWJ. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#Google#Video Services#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

How Will Home-Based 3D Printers Impact the Economy?

first_imgRelated Posts Frank Landman Follow the Puck Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Thanks to advanced IoT technology, we may soon live in an era where home-based 3D printers are as common as refrigerators. As long as you have the raw materials necessary, and an internet connection to find the design templates you need, you could print practically anything, from a pocket comb to a new table for your living room.For creative minds and ambitious inventors, this is a thrilling prospect, but how would it affect our economy at large?The Potential Economic RamificationsWith any new technology, it’s important to recognize the potential economic consequences of a full-fledged takeover. Assuming most American households eventually have a 3D printer available, how could that impact the economy?Less consumer spending. If you had a choice between buying a new set of bookends for $50 and printing one yourself for a few cents, which would you choose? Unless those bookends have some special personal appeal, you’ll go with the latter. On an individual basis, this choice may not matter much, but once millions of people start opting to print their own items, rather than purchasing them, overall consumer spending could drop, which could be grounds for an economic recession.Rise in demand for plastics. The main types of materials used for 3D printing are ABS, PLA, and PVA plastics, though others are sure to emerge as they become more feasible and less costly. In the interim, if there’s a surge of consumers relying on these products for their own 3D printing needs, it could drive up demand for the raw materials. If the prices of raw materials are driven up, it could stifle the growth of 3D printing overall.Demand for designs and specs. There will almost certainly be increased demand for design specs; consumers will want to put their printers to good use, but may not have the time or the technical ability to create their own designs. Accordingly, sites and individuals who work to distribute more designs will see a surge in sales and/or traffic.Job loss. 3D printing has the power to make manufacturing far less expensive—and more automated. Accordingly, we may see the loss of some human jobs in the manufacturing industry. Granted, this is an industry-level effect, but it could restrict income and buying power for residential consumers if it unfolds on a large enough scale.Arguments for Little to No EffectOf course, it could be argued that the rise of home-based 3D printing may have little to no economic impact, whatsoever.For example:Home-based printers didn’t abolish the printing industry. Consider this: modern printing companies are as efficient and profitable as ever, offering printing for far less money than it would cost to print at home. Home-based traditional printers have barely affected the industry at all. We might see a similar effect with 3D printers, where industrial prototyping and manufacturing remain more cost-efficient than any home setup.3D printing tech is still expensive. Though prices have fallen sharply since the initial rise of the technology, it’s still going to cost you at least a few hundred dollars if you want a 3D printer at home. This is going to be a prohibitive obstacle for people wanting to start creating their own materials, but it may stoke the fires of innovation in companies capable of producing more cost-efficient printers.Not all consumers want a 3D printer. We also need to consider the realities of consumer demand. A few years ago, only one in three American consumers were interested in buying a 3D printer. If consumers aren’t generally interested in having a 3D printer at home, the reach of the technology will be stunted, and all these potential economic ramifications will be inherently limited—at least until demand increases in the future.So how, exactly, will 3D printers transform our economy? There are many variables at play here, so it’s difficult to say for sure. 3D printing has awesome production capabilities, both for manufacturers and individuals, but it’s so early in its development that it’s nearly impossible to tell how it will grow from here—or how it could affect our buying habits.center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

Jignesh Mevani stopped from addressing Rajasthan rally

first_imgDalit leader and Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was stopped at the Sanganer international airport here on Sunday and prevented from travelling to Nagaur district. Mr. Mevani was scheduled to address a Dalit rally as part of the B.R. Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations.While the Nagaur district administration restricted Mr. Mevani’s visit, the Jaipur police stopped him at the airport to inform him of the order, and asked him not to address any public meeting in the State capital as well till April 30, in view of the prohibitory orders in force here.Mr. Mevani termed his detention “absolutely unconstitutional” and violative of his fundamental rights. Questions Raje rule“If they can do this with an elected representative, what would be the condition of ordinary citizens and Dalits in the Vasundhara Raje rule?” he asked in a statement.The activist-turned-politician, who had flown in from Ahmedabad, went to the house of a local activist and member of his “Team Rajasthan” in the city, where the police force was deployed to keep a watch on his movements. However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur East) Kunwar Rashtradeep said Mr. Mevani had “neither been detained nor arrested”.The Dalit leader warned Chief Minister Ms. Raje of an electoral setback and tweeted: “Vasundhara Ji, hamara bhi vada raha. Chunav me maza ayega [I promise you, Ms. Raje, you will face the music in elections].”last_img read more