DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning in the Drake neighborhood.
Officers were called to the University Terrace Apartments in the 3500 block of University Avenue around 12:30 a.m.
One victim was taken to the hospital. Their name and condition have not been released.
Crews were investigating the scene when our cameras got there.
There’s no word yet on any possible suspects.
STORY COUNTY, Iowa — A Collins woman is dead following a crash in Story County Monday.
The Iowa State Patrol says it happened just after 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 30 and 580th Avenue, that’s just east of Ames.
Sixty-three-year-old Gayle Lawton had stopped at a stop sign on 580th Ave. but then entered traffic on Highway 30. Her car was hit by a westbound Cadillac Escalade driven by 44-year-old Amanda Wierson of Collins.
Lawton was transported by air ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines where she later died.
Wierson was taken to Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames with unknown injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.
Sales teams have long turned to tech solutions to help improve how they source leads, develop relationships and close deals. Now, one of the startups that helps out at a key point in that trajectory is announcing a round of growth funding to help fuel its own rapid growth. Showpad, a sales enablement platform that lets salespeople source and organise relevant content and other collateral that they use in their deals, has raised a Series D of $70 million.
The funding, which brings the total raised by Showpad to $160 million, is coming in the form of debt and equity. The equity part is co-led by Dawn Capital and Insight Partners, with existing investors Hummingbird Ventures, and Korelya Capital also participating. Silicon Valley Bank is providing debt financing. This is one of the first big investments out of Dawn’s Opportunities Fund that we wrote about last week.
The company is not disclosing its valuation but Pieterjan Bouten, the CEO who co-founded the company with Louis Jonckheere (currently CPO), confirmed that it has doubled since the $50 million Series C that it raised in 2016, with the company growing 90% year-on-year at the moment in terms of revenues.
And as a point of reference, another sales enablement player, Seismic, last December raised a Series E of $100 million at a $1 billion valuation.
Founded in Ghent, Belgium, Showpad today operates across two main headquarters, its original European base and Chicago. The latter was the homebase of LearnCore, a company that Showpad acquired last year that focuses on sales coaching and training, which has been used as a strategic acquisition to expand Showpad’s primary product, a platform that acts as a kind of content management system for sales collateral. (Today, while Chicago is where Showpad builds its go-to market efforts and professional services, Ghent focuses on engineering and product, he said.) As it happens, Chicago is also the headquarters of Seismic.
As Bouten sees it, Showpad is part of what he considers to be the fourth pillar of the technology marketing stack: storage (the cloud services where you keep all your data), CRM, marketing automation and sales enablement, where Showpad sits.
While the first three are key to helping to manage a salesperson’s activities and work, the fourth is a crucial one for helping to make sure a salesperson can do his or her job more effectively. Traditionally a lot of the content that salespeople used — presentations, white papers, other materials — to help make their cases and close their deals would be managed offline and directly by individual salespeople. Showpad has taken some of that process and made it digital, which means that now teams of salespeople can more effectively share materials amongst each other; and interestingly the material and its link to successful sales becomes part of how Showpad “learns” what works and what doesn’t.
That, in turn, helps build its own artificial intelligence algorithms, to help suggest the best materials for a particular sales effort either to someone else in that team, or to other salespeople using the platform.
“To date there has been enormous innovation in automating the marketing and sales workflow. However, in the end, sales comes down to one person selling to another,” said Norman Fiore, General Partner at Dawn Capital and member of the Showpad Board, in a statement. “Historically, this has been an offline process that has been wildly inconsistent and opaque. Showpad’s suite of products succeeds in bringing this process online for the first time with data-rich feedback loops on the effectiveness of teams, managers, salespeople and even individual pieces of sales content.”
This is a crowded area of the market with a number of standalone companies building sales enablement solutions, but also other companies within the sales stack also adding on enablement as a value-added service. For now, though, Bouten notes that these are more strategic partners than competitors. Salesforce is a partner, he says, and “We integrate with Salesloft to make sure sure emails that are sent out are using the right content. We become the single source of truth but also are being used for outreach.”
Today, the company has around 1,200 enterprise customers, including Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare, Bridgestone, Honeywell, and Merck, and the plan going forward will be to continue building out the services that it offers around its sales enablement software.
“You can equip sales people with the best content, but if they are not trained and coached in the right way, it goes nowhere,” he said.
President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday to make medical billing more transparent.
The executive order requires hospitals to provide patients with the cost of healthcare before it is given.
President Trump said, “With this order hospitals will be required to publish prices that will reflect what people actually pay for services in a way that is clear, straightforward and accessible to all. You will be able to price it among many different potential providers.”
The order does not specify what level of detail hospitals have to go in to about prices.
“Here you can keep your doctor but you can also maybe find somebody other than your doctor at your choice and that would be based on talent and it would also be based on price. Because of this you’ll be able to search out for the right doctor and it really is in a true sense the opposite of Obamacare,” President Trump said.
This is the third executive order President Trump has signed relating to healthcare.
According to a nationwide survey by the AARP more than half of American over 50 worry about being able to afford prescription drugs.
The Iowa AARP hosts an event called “Stop RX Greed” to promote bringing down drug prices on Tuesday. People can learn more about the prescription drug campaign and ask questions.
It is located at Principal Park and begins at 9:00 a.m.
The economic umbrella organisation Economiesuisse wants to know: How business-friendly the National Council and Council of States candidates? And the voting public inside and voting citizens?
In an election year, everyone can test for themselves how business-friendly he is ticking. On the Online platform www.elections.ch this is about 43 questions in areas such as foreign economic policy, monetary policy, or migration policy, to find out. This is the most important economic and political business of the next legislature in 2019 to 2023. The small Caveat: What is business-friendly, defined Economiesuisse.
Red light for blockers
Who says ‘ Yes ‘ to a framework agreement with the EU, the electricity market is fully liberalised wants to or higher health insurance deductibles in favour of the bosses in the Economy points. Those who want to introduce state control of investments, an increase in the retirement age, refuses or digital special expensive great place to come for the economy, bad friends.
At the end of the survey, each participant receives a personal profile as an evaluation. With traffic lights that are Green (good), Orange (for improvement) or Red (Position, rethink), a rating of Economiesuisse, the respective points of view. In the summary it says something like: “Well, you keep the wealth in our country in various matters, but on the whole of Switzerland as a business location needs a stronger support from them.”
Dissatisfied with the last legislative
the survey, Economiesuisse wants to provide guidance for the election year and for the coming legislature. Because with the current legislature in the Federal government in Bern, the economy bosses are anything other than satisfied. About 100 political and economic decisions, the Association has examined its effects on the site quality.
from the case of The balance sheet, “overall, a sobering experience,” said Economiesuisse chief economist Rudolf Minsch today in front of the media. “Future projects, and urgent reforms have not been initiated either at all, or then they were sunk halfway again.” As a negative, the implementation of the mass immigration Initiative, which accounts for approximately. In the same way that it did not go forward with the AHV Reform properly. And: “In most of the factors are the location, quality of the Switzerland stagnated.”
Association Director Monika Rühl outlined what needed to be done in the next legislature. Among the most important objectives of economic policy a “comprehensive digitalized management”, the Development of the 5G mobile and wireless communications network or the relations with the EU accordingly.
“We appeal to Parliament and the Federal Council to strengthen the competitiveness of Switzerland as a location,” said Rühl. “In the international competition, Switzerland must ascend again to the top destinations in the world.”
Oneonta, New York – June 24, 2019 – Dr. Dohner and the staff at New York Skin & Vein Center chose to add Silhouette InstaLift™ to their already extensive list of aesthetic procedures. NYSVC uses the latest, most advanced technologies and treatments for patients based in upstate New York. “Silhouette InstaLift™ is a revolutionary procedure that’s ideal for patients seeking a significant lift and volumization to the mid-face without the unwanted challenges of traditional surgery,” says Dr. Eric Dohner.
Silhouette InstaLift™ is an FDA-approved suspension suture unlike any other. The unique procedure produces an instant lift while also triggering the body’s natural collagen-building processes. Men and women can lift sagging facial skin in the mid-face for 12-24 months with Silhouette InstaLift™.
InstaLift™ treatments are done in NYSVC’s state-of-the-art facility and typically take less than 1-hour to complete. Dr. Dohner notes most patients report only minor discomfort throughout the procedure thanks to the application of a topical numbing agent beforehand. Downtime is minimal compared to surgical alternatives with the majority of patients feeling comfortable returning to work and other day-to-day activities in just a couple of days.
Dr. Dohner has over 25-years of experience and expertise with over 15 lasers and devices. He’s hand-selected the best of the best for his team to ensure his patients receive the maximum benefits of their procedure with minimal complications or downtime. Aside from Dr. Dohner himself, New York Skin & Vein Center has 3 dermatology PA’s and NP’s as well as 5 laser nurses and technicians who are ready to assist patients.
New York Skin & Vein Center offers both medical and cosmetic dermatology services. With 5-locations throughout the state of New York, patients can enjoy a safe and comfortable treatment with the utmost privacy and convenience. NYSVC is committed to providing customized patient-centric care based on their clients’ individual needs and goals.
Patients that would like to learn more about the Silhouette InstaLift™ experience or schedule treatments with Dr. Dohner can do so by calling (607) 286-0674. InstaLift™ is available at all five New York Skin & Vein locations. Clients can also request a consultation via the NYSVC website.
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College may come with a side of regret. A new survey of nearly 250,000 Americans with at least a bachelor’s degree by career and salary website PayScale found that two-thirds said that they had a major regret about their educational experience. The No. 1 regret: student loans, which about one in four grads say they regretted, according to PayScale. (A separate survey this year of more than 2,700 adults up to age 34 by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave came to a similar conclusion: more than one in three said the student loans they took on weren’t worth it.) No
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Slashing prices on processors seen as a means to stunt rival AMD’s growth and could trickle down to channel partners
Intel has no shortages of challenges, and the latest is the expanding strength of longtime rival, AMD. The chipmaker, which is still weathering a disastrous 2018 processor production shortfall, is reportedly considering lowering prices on some of its desktop and notebook processor units in a bid to stem the market share expansion of AMD.
The Lowdown: As reported by Digitimes, Intel is considering dropping prices on some models by as much as 15%. The price reduction would come concurrent with the launch of AMD’s latest Ryzen processor, which is getting solid reviews from analysts and alliance partners. AMD’s Ryzen, a 7mn processor that boasts 12 cores, will hit the market July 7.
The Details: Analysts say Intel must make some radical moves to maintain its dominant market share. While it still commands more than 85% of the PC processor market, its numbers are moving in the wrong direction. According to IDC, AMD’s gain in market share – approximately 4.5% in the last quarter of 2018 at the time of Intel’s inventory debacle – is almost exactly the same amount Intel lost. Intel is also suffering from innovation fatigue. Once known for its technology superiority, Intel is struggling to keep up with the technical advancements of AMD’s products.
The Impact: Neither Intel nor AMD commented on the various reports of coming price cuts. A price cut, analysts say, would at least keep current Intel partners and customers from defecting to the rival brand. If Intel implements a price cut, and depending on how it positions the new prices, the reduction could trickle down to channel partners in the form of lower average sale prices on desktops and notebooks that could stimulate sales. Juicing the PC market could help resellers and solution providers, as the business market is refreshing many of their older PCs with the coming end of life for Microsoft’s Windows 7 in 2020.
Analysts add, however, that performance-sensitive users – data quants to gamers – will pay for better technical specifications regardless of the brand.
Background: Intel continues to wrestle with numerous challenges such as the poor production planning and inventory shortfalls in 2018 that rippled through the industry, the changing of its CEO, the rise of semiconductor rivals, and the impact of trade wars. For many, Intel looks less of an industry innovator and more of a laggard trying to find its way in a strange new world. Analysts are not saying Intel is down and out, but rather facing challenges it’s rarely had to deal with in the past.
“Targeted price cuts make sense. “I would expect that they are considering price cuts,” analyst Linley Gwennap of The Linley Group, a semiconductor market research and consulting firm.
“Intel is still struggling to get 10 nanometer up and running, and AMD is expected to release 7 nanometer parts in Q3,” analyst Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates.
“When late to the party, and trailing technologically, price is the tool,” said Martin Wolf, president of martinwolf.com.
Is Cycling dead? Anyone who has followed the Tour de Suisse, knows only one answer: no! It was also without a Swiss win is a good round trip – also for the spectators. Especially the Start in the Emmental was a full success. Thousands of the driver whipped the Chuderhüsi high. It is obvious that The Swiss love the sport of Cycling. Struggle, Sweat, use – celebrate road the heroes of the country. The issue of Doping, the way is quite far. The people are not stupid. You know that the Sport is much cleaner than in the past. Would controlled just so hard!
The Cycling lives. At the same time, the Tour de Suisse is struggling with finances – everything is more expensive. The Solution? From 2020, the new marketing group wants to make “the most innovative race in the world”. Will, illuminate soon in cities around the courses for the night race? I’m skeptical. Is “back to the roots”, the better Motto. At the Giro you ride over dirt roads, or welcomes the wheel-gladiators in a Coliseum.
The sport of Cycling is, and will remain archaic, no matter how professional he is. At the same time the Tour de Suisse and own Top drivers that compete in the overall standings at the front needs. Like Marc Hirschi (20). The little flame Cycling burns – for a real fire, it needs in the future, skill and luck.
the balance sheet of The Swiss professionals in the 83. Tour de Suisse is sobering. No Stage Win! None in the Top Ten in the overall standings.
But what you could expect from the 17 Radgenossen – so many Starters for a number of years? The only safe value before this tour Stefan Küng (25). However, he spanks the time trial in Langnau (9.) and in the Goms (7.). Then the stage driver, Mathias Frank (32) is still there. As of 2013, he loses the round trip in Flumserberg.
for Six days, the Lucerne has mentioned at the time of the race, stands in front of the overall victory. However, during the mountain time trial he breaks – is the Fifth. This time he loses to the last 1500 meters in about three minutes – from the dream. He showed that again yesterday – stages-the Fourth is the best result for a Swiss.
The seven professionals of the Swiss Cycling Teams go on the offensive. With no obligations and no requirements. Everyone is allowed to do what he wants. Fabian Lienhard (25) shines three times in the Top Ten. The Sprinter by winds without the locomotive in the final, may be expected in 2020 with a world tour contract. Rail rider Claudio Imhof wears the Jersey for the best mountain driver. For a single success, the class is missing. Conclusion: Wait for better times! (hph)