Former eMoov boss admits he failed and claims online agents have limited appeal

first_imgHome » News » Former eMoov boss admits he failed and claims online agents have limited appeal previous nextProptechFormer eMoov boss admits he failed and claims online agents have limited appealRussell Quirk says online sector will only ever reach 10% of property market and that there are too many operators in the sector, one of the key reasons he blames for eMoov’s failure.Nigel Lewis15th May 201901,513 Views Former Emoov CEO Russell Quirk has made an astonishing attack on the online agency sector criticising it for grabbing just 7% of the property market despite having spent £150 million on acquiring market share.Quirk made the comments based on Rightmove figures and his own marketing spend calculations and went on to predict that online agents would only take 10% of the market.He also pointed out that not a single founding CEO survives from among those who started up the UK’s original online estate agents following the departure of Michael Bruce from Purplebricks last week.During the short presentation at the Future Proptech show at the Business Design Centre in London yesterday, he also admitted that he had failed during his time as boss of eMoov, describing the speech as a ‘cathartic’ process following the multi-million pound collapse of his hybrid agency.Quirk said eMoov failed because too many online agents have entered the market and that the cost of acquiring instructions increased dramatically during the later years of its existence.Too cheapHe also claimed that – most seriously for the surviving online agencies – consumers just don’t trust a service that appears ‘too cheap’ compared to traditional agencies.“When eMoov started our only competitors were Hatched and HouseNetwork but there are now 55 online and hybrid agencies operating in the market,” he said.All of these companies have been fighting to dominate paid Google results from searches and have pushed up the cost of ‘clicks’ from £2 when eMoov was launched to £50 a click.“I don’t want to make light of eMoov’s failure, but we likened our weekly marketing meetings to burning bundles of £10 notes, such were the spiralling costs.”proptech Russell Quirk Future Proptech 2019 May 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Union reverses ruling after election error

first_imgHe discovered that Khan should have had a vote value of 86.298 by the final round. The other candidate, meanwhile, only had a vote value of 81.490. As such, the other candidate should have been eliminated in the final round, with Khan taking his place on Secretary’s Committee.Despite this error being clear and labelling it “an injustice”, Lalanne concluded he could not change the result. He referred to Union Rule 33(b)(vii)(1), which states that the Returning Officer may order a recount if an error is brought to his attention by a member within 48 hours of the close of the poll – meaning the deadline had long passed when the mistake was discovered.Lalanne, however, has now revised his judgement, concluding that Khan should be elected at the expense of Iman.Key to his change of position was his belief that he was the only person in a position to spot the mistake, and thus no member could reasonably have alerted him to the error within the 48-hour period.Khan told Cherwell: “I want to express how grateful I am for this opportunity. This ordeal has highlighted the importance of transparency, which I want to continue to fight for, and I hope my experience can encourage individuals to step forward and stake their claim, and not be intimidated by the Union’s reputation.Khan (front, centre) was running as part of Stephen Horvath’s ‘Ignite’ slate“The Union is one of the best things at offer in Oxford, and its novelty, significance, and success make it something which is worth fighting for.“I look forward to working with Gui [Cavalcanti, president of the Union for Trinity Term] and the team in making next term a rewarding experience for all.”In his ruling, Lalanne said: “As in the statement I made on Wednesday, as the Returning Officer of this Society I take full responsibility for the error having been made and apologise for it, in particular to Iman.“For the public record, I would like to state that when I informed Iman of the error and of my initial decision on Wednesday, I also informed him that there is no need to resign under the Rules. Iman has acted in a manner consistent with the original advice I gave him.”Iman declined to comment, citing his concern for the welfare of those involved. The Oxford Union has reversed its decision not to amend last week’s incorrect election results, after it was revealed earlier this week that there had been a counting error.The returning officer, Stanislas Lalanne, issued a revised statement last night stating that he had reconsidered his interpretation of the Union’s electoral rules, concluding that the results should be amended so as to reflect the correct vote counts.Previously, the Union had informed a ‘defeated’ candidate for the Secretary’s Committee, Rai Saad Khan, that he would not be elected, despite winning more votes than his nearest rival.Last week saw the first contested Union presidential election in five terms, with the race for Secretary’s Committee also being remarkably competitive.Only the first eleven of over twenty candidates would make it onto the committee, and the results announced on Saturday morning showed that Rai Saad Khan had been pipped to the final spot by Mo Iman.However, on Wednesday evening it was revealed that there was mistake with the vote count. In a document outlining what happened, Lalanne said he had “discovered an error in the Excel spreadsheet formula for vote change for Rai Saad Khan.“I subsequently went through the spreadsheet to investigate whether there were any further errors, and also produced a corrected version,” he said. “I asked an ex-Returning Officer trained in using STV [Single Transferrable Voting] to independently confirm this.”Rai Saad Khan’s election to the Secretary’s Committee has finally been confirmed.last_img read more

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TALK IS CHEAP And BETTER By Jim Redwine

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Gavel Gamut By Jim RedwineTALK IS CHEAP (& BETTER)Gentle Reader, you may recall last week’s column that set out the general philosophy of the Posey Circuit Court: “Talking is better than fighting”. Or, more generally, resolving conflicts instead of exacerbating them is what courts should do and the earlier the better.Over twenty years ago my staff and I were searching for ways to ease the pain of Posey County families involved in divorce cases. At that time, my court reporter Synda Waters had the main responsibility for domestic relations matters in the Posey Circuit Court. With Synda’s help and the input of the rest of the court staff we initiated the procedure we still use today to attempt to assuage the fear, anger and frustration of couples who managed to once fall in love but for myriad reasons must now apply to the Court to untangle themselves.The most salient feature we noted in many of these cases was people refused to talk to one another. Pride, disgust, jealousy, etc., etc., etc., prevented once loving couples from communicating with each other and, therefore, from any real chance of solving their problems.Other sticking points were often lack of money and almost every case took too long. We decided we needed a faster, cheaper, less traumatic system of getting divorcing couples to where they could get on with their new lives even though they might still be tethered to their old ones, say for example, because of children or ongoing businesses.We knew that statistically practically every court case resulted in some form of settlement. So we sought a procedure that would help couples settle their cases by themselves inexpensively and as close as possible to when the case was filed. Talking to one another at the beginning of the case as opposed to avoiding contact until later during an expensive and lengthy trial appeared to us to offer a better opportunity to set aside pride and discuss problems. The court-ordered Pre-pre-trial method was born.Couples who had ceased communicating during their marriage were encouraged and facilitated by the Court to meet and attempt to resolve their conflicts. What we found was that once couples discussed their problems, often with the help of a court-appointed mediator, they could usually settle their case on their own. This simple, inexpensive procedure usually results in cases being resolved, children being better cared for, money being saved and families being able to maintain civil relationships even after the divorce.A similar procedure is employed in most cases in the Posey Circuit Court although, of course, not every case is settled early and sometimes problems never get solved. However, I suggest Posey County is a more pleasant place for all of us to live when people with what they may have once thought were intractable problems sit down and work them out on their own.As I have occasionally explained to warring couples who find it difficult to talk to one another and instead decide to come into Court spoiling for a fight, they can either have some stranger, me for example, decide their futures or they can do it themselves quicker, cheaper and better.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comlast_img read more

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Ocean City Seeks New Volunteers for Emergency Response Team

first_imgOcean City and Upper Township will host free training classes for citizens to become certified members of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Classes run for 10 weeks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ocean City Community Center beginning March 17 and ending May 26.“The devastation that occurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy is a compelling reminder of the vital role our trained CERT members play in Ocean City,” Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Donato said. “The tremendous amount of resources necessary for our response and recovery efforts after this storm should indicate to all of our citizens why this type of training is so important in our community as well as our surrounding communities.”This is the 10th year that the Office of Emergency Management has offered CERT classes to citizens. The program training includes all aspects of disaster preparation, including Basic Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Animal Safety, Disaster Psychology and Natural Disaster Preparedness. Class instructors include Jim Eberwine, retired local meteorologist and representatives from Atlantic City Electric, who will train participants in electrical safety during storm events.Eligible participants must be 18 years or older and reside in Ocean City or Upper Township. Upon completion of the training, participants will have learned basic first aid, become CPR and AED certified and be prepared to assist with emergency response needs for their community, neighbors, family and themselves.Class size is limited, so citizens are encouraged to register early. To register, visit ocnj.us/oem and click on the Ocean City Citizen Corps Enrollment button. Residents can also contact Upper Township Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Morgan at [email protected] For more information on the CERT program, visit www.citizencorps.gov/cert.— News release from the City of Ocean CityDownload (PDF, 740KB)last_img read more

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The HERO Campaign Launches a New Initiative

first_imgThe John R. Elliott HERO Campaign is taking its efforts to prevent drunk driving to a new level with the launch of its HERO Bar and Tavern program this summer.The campaign, which promotes the use of safe and sober designated drivers to prevent drunk driving tragedies, is recruiting bars and taverns along the Jersey Shore and throughout the region to provide free soft drinks to designated drivers displaying a HERO Campaign membership card.The non-profit HERO Campaign is partnering with the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association and its hundreds of bar owners to promote the free HERO card, which can be downloaded to a smartphone from the HERO Campaign website at www.herocampaign.org.  The card is available to all who take the “HERO Pledge” to be safe non-drinking designated drivers for their friends and family.Bar, tavern and restaurant owners also can register on the HERO website, where they will be included on the list of HERO establishments offering free soft drinks to designated drivers.“The Bar and Tavern program is an important initiative of the HERO Campaign as we promote and recognize designated drivers for helping us save lives by preventing drunk driving,” noted HERO Campaign Chairman and CEO Bill Elliott, John Elliott’s father.It’s all part of the HERO Campaign’s efforts to register 100,000 HEROES to provide safe rides for those who have been drinking alcoholic beverages at bars and clubs, weddings, and sports stadiums throughout the Delaware Valley.The HERO Campaign is dedicated to the memory of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May, 2000 and was killed by a drunk driver two months later as the 22-year-old naval officer was travelling to his home at the Jersey Shore for his mother’s birthday celebration.  The campaign is headquartered at Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J.last_img read more

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Hozier Announces 10 New 2019 North American Tour Dates

first_imgOn Monday, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier announced the addition of ten new dates to his already extensive 2019 North American touring schedule. The new tour date announcement comes in the wake of his critically and commercially successful new album, Wasteland, Baby!, which premiered at #1 on the Billboard 200.The new stretch of October tour dates featuring special guest Freya will begin in Portland, OR on October 17th before heading to Vancouver, BC on the 18th and Seattle, WA on the 19th. From there, Hozier will head to Sacramento, CA (10/21); Santa Barbara, CA (10/24); Los Angeles, CA (10/25); San Diego, CA (10/26); Phoenix, AZ (10/29); Albuquerque, NM (10/30); and El Paso, TX (10/31).Related: Love Rocks NYC Brings Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Buddy Guy, Hozier, & Many More Together For A Cause [Videos]The newly added fall dates will come on the heels of a lengthy tour of North America throughout this spring and summer. See below for a list of the newly added dates. For a full list of Hozier’s upcoming tour dates, head over to his website here.Hozier 2019 Fall Tour DatesOctober 17 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden – Theater of the CloudsOctober 18 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports CentreOctober 19 – Seattle, WA – WAMU TheaterOctober 21 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial AuditoriumOctober 24 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara BowlOctober 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek TheatreOctober 26 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheatreOctober 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica TheareOctober 30 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva AuditoriumOctober 31 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez TheatreView New Tour Dateslast_img read more

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The Dell Tech Behind Kickass Storytelling

first_img“Our goal for 30 Ninjas is to build new media through kickass storytelling and creative technology,” says Julina Tatlock, chief executive officer of the digital entertainment company that creates 360° virtual reality (VR) content for film and television.If winning “Best 360 Series” at this week’s 2017 edition of The Lumiere Awards by Advanced Imaging Society and the VR Society is any indication, 30 Ninjas seems to be well on their way to reaching that goal.Their scripted series Invisible, which won the award, employed an episodic approach and leveraged a number of editing techniques to cut between different locations. Pulp Lab reported that the entire crew, spent 8-12 hours a day in and out of VR headsets to develop the mini-series, creating and editing entirely in context of the 360 VR experience.It’s great to see that our Dell Precision workstations played an important part in enabling them to do that.“We got the Dell Precision 7910 and all of a sudden I’m watching full-res and we’re seeing stuff where it’s like ‘oh dude there’s a guy in this shot’ and we restructured everything because there’s all this stuff you never see,” said Lewis Smithingham, president and head of VR at 30 Ninjas.In addition to film, 30 Ninjas is moving television into more immersive territory. In the video below, Tatlock tells the story of shooting four episodes of Conan O’Brien’s show live from Comic Con.She says it was a very stressful project because television shows are used to their own technology and are not forgiving about any technical glitches. But there were no problems with the Dell technology that 30 Ninjas leverages.“There were emotional breakdowns, but there were no machine breakdowns,” Tatlock noted.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

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Sarah Jones’ Sell/Buy/Date & Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone Set for Off-B’way

first_img View Comments Tony winner Sarah Jones’ new play Sell/Buy/Date, which explores the commercial sex industry, will bow in the Big Apple next fall. Also added to the slate for Manhattan Theatre Club’s off-Broadway spaces at New York City Center 2016-2017 season will be Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone.Penned and performed by Jones, Sell/Buy/Date will be helmed by Carolyn Cantor and is scheduled to start previews on September 27, 2016, with opening night set for October 18 at the Studio at Stage II. Jones will appear as a medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, which is inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry.Directed by May Adrales, Nguyen’s Vietgone will begin previews on October 4, 2016 and officially open at New York City Center—Stage 1. The New York premiere is the classic story of boy meets girl—except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Casting and creative team will be announced later.last_img read more

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CAES Recognition

first_imgThe National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named a University of Georgia faculty member who is a leading researcher in regenerative medicine to the 2017 class of NAI Fellows.Steven Stice, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center, joins an elite group of 912 innovators who represent more than 250 prestigious research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions.Election to NAI Fellow status is a professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Six UGA faculty members have been named NAI Fellows since the honor was established in 2013, and an additional Fellow joined the faculty last year.“The election of Steven Stice as an NAI Fellow highlights the innovative research conducted at UGA,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “We join NAI in celebrating his contributions to science and society.”Stice, the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has led industry and academic research teams in the area of pluripotent stem cells for over 25 years. At UGA he has conducted pioneering work in developmental biology and genetics to advance animal and human medicine. His group derived some of the original human pluripotent stem cell lines placed on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) human embryonic stem cell registry. Stice was a key member of the team that produced the first cloned rabbit in 1989 and the first cloned transgenic calves in 1998 (George and Charlie), for which he was granted the first U.S. patent in cloning animals. He has produced the first genetically modified pluripotent stem cells derived from pigs and cattle and, more recently, in avian species.His research has led to 16 U.S. patents in stem cells, cloning and regenerative medicine, including the first U.S. patent on animal cloning and therapeutic cloning from adult animal cells. Multiple startup companies have been based on his technologies. ArunA Biomedical, the first company to commercialize a product derived from human pluripotent stem cells, is now using this original stem cell technology as a basis for preclinical human therapeutics and drug delivery.Currently, the Stice lab is collaborating with ArunA Biomedical to develop proprietary exosomes for the treatment of central nervous system injury and neurodegenerative disorders, with an initial focus in stroke. Exosomes — tiny structures shed from cells — are cargo carriers that independently, or when packaged with therapeutics, change the behavior, improve the survival and repair of injured cells, reduce inflammation and attack tumor cells while remaining invisible to the body’s own defenses. Their proprietary manufacturing process will have the ability to noninvasively reach the site of injury without adverse responses while reducing inflammation of the brain and improving neural function.“Steve’s innovative research and entrepreneurial spirit exemplify UGA’s emphasis on translating research discoveries into products that benefit the public,” said Derek Eberhart, director of UGA’s Innovation Gateway. “He has been an integral contributor to the university’s innovation ecosystem, which has generated more than 675 products and 160 companies based on UGA research.”Stice’s longstanding commitment to growing the life science industry, as well as the advancement of regenerative medicine research and commercialization, was recognized in 2017 when he received the Industry Growth Award from Georgia Bio. He has founded five biotech companies, including four startups in Georgia that have generated more than 100 jobs.Stice has published more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been an invited speaker at over 200 research conferences, symposia and industry events. In 2016, Stice was invited to serve as a member of the Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research of the Food and Drug Administration. Recently, he led UGA’s participation in a successful bid for $20 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to establish an Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and other partner institutions.UGA’s other NAI Fellows are Michael Doyle, retired Regents Professor of Food Microbiology and former director of UGA’s Center for Food Safety; Michael A. Dirr, emeritus professor of horticulture; Robert Ivarie, emeritus professor of genetics; David Chu, Distinguished Research Professor emeritus of pharmacy; and Wayne Hanna, professor of crop and soil sciences. Karen Burg, who joined UGA in 2016 as the Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies, was named a Fellow in 2014.The university’s innovation programs rank highly, placing top five among all U.S. universities for new products reaching the marketplace for the fourth consecutive year. During the past two years, UGA’s efforts to facilitate industry engagement and catalyze economic development resulted in a 30 percent increase in the number of new inventions and licensing revenue, a 40 percent increase in the pipeline of startup projects, and more than 140 new products reaching the market. Innovation Gateway, formed in 2015 to streamline the path from laboratory or field to marketplace, also brought in $1 million in new grants. The UGA I-Corps Site, a STEM-focused accelerator program funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, launched this fall and helps teams from across the university transition their research discoveries to market-ready products and services.last_img read more

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A Pisgah Forest Entrance Shake-Up Excites the Outdoor Community

first_imgPromising to be the premier mountain biking outfitter in the Southeast, the Hub and Pisgah Tavern will open the doors to its newly constructed shop on Friday, February 12 in Brevard, North Carolina.The bike shop has big plans for its state-of-the-art, 9,000 square-foot building at the entrance of the Pisgah Ranger District.The Hub will offer clothing, multi-sport gear, guides, mechanics, a Carmichael Systems training center, and a bar, stocked with local brews like Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada is currently at work developing a speciality batch dubbed Pinch Flat IPA to commemorate the Hub’s first season in the new shop.Brevard food trucks, including Velvet Cup, Chameleon, and Blue Smoke, will frequent the parking lot, especially when Pisgah Productions begins staging all of their races out of the shop.“We just love people hanging out and having a good time” co-owner Sam Salman said.Salman, who has owned the Hub with his wife Jordan since they graduated from Brevard College in 2008, began looking to expand as he saw more and more customers packing into the shop to chat and sip post-ride beers. A 72-acre parcel was available across the street, and once dividing the land became an option Salman jumped at the opportunity and purchased eight acres.Salman said he has had some critics scrutinize the size of the store and its position at the forest entrance, but he believes his bike shop will have a positive impact on the community and is a good alternative to another dollar store.“Anyone could have bought it,” Salman said. “They could have built a strip mall. People should be thanking us. Not one tree was cut down.”Nearby fly fishing shop Davidson River Outfitters will move into the Hub‘s old store, while Pilot Cove is developing a glamping destination, including cabins, an amphitheater, and trails, directly behind the new Hub.Starting Friday, the Hub will be undergoing a soft-opening phase in preparation for their grand-opening in March.“It should be a pretty hopping place,” Salman said.[divider]about the author[/divider]Since boyhood Phil Morgan has loved maps, adventure, travel, culture, history, and good stories. He studied the liberal arts at Hillsdale College and has since worked as an ocean lifeguard, a staff writer for Eastern Surf Magazine, a newspaper editor, and a raft guide. He currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he teaches English, writes, and explores the surrounding wilderness. His favorite authors are Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Mark Twain, Paul Theroux, and William Shakespeare.last_img read more

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