Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win

first_img“We got him because he’s a Mythical Five in the UAAP and it’s not easy to be a Mythical Five in the UAAP. He’s really a good player and he’s gonna make the PBA someday,” said Tiu.For Alejandro, meanwhile, it was just a matter of giving back to the team for all the confidence Tiu is giving him through this campaign.“I just want to give back to the trust that coach Charles and all the coaches have been giving me. It was a big win for us and we knew that if we want to make it to the playoffs, we have to win this game. I’m just glad that everyone of us answered to the call,” he said.With him and the team back on their winning ways, Alejandro is hopeful that this victory over the Altas would just be the spark the Scratchers need to move up the standings and make a run to the quarterfinals.“We already learned from our two losses,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be our stepping stone all throughout the tournament.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases PBA IMAGESToo turnover-prone, and too lax on defense.That’s how Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu described J-Jay Alejandro, who didn’t look like himself amid the team’s two-game skid in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Akari-Adamson whips Che’Lu-San Sebastian for third straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours But with the 6-foot guard struggling, Tiu knew he only needed to give the 22-year-old a few words to get the former National University star to get back on track.And on Tuesday, the shifty guard played his best game to date, pouring in 23 points to go along with five rebounds, and four assists in the Scratchers’ 81-69 win over Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is the first game that I’m actually happy with the way he played,” said Tiu. “We talked a bit and it came from him that he needs to do better and that’s what I appreciate.”Alejandro’s stupendous showing was a testament to why Go for Gold signed him to address its need for have a proven player. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Phil Younghusband just looking for crucial win, gets 50th goal in the process

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback It was a tough match for the Philippines knowing that even a draw would propel it to the next round.READ: Result of Azkals match vs Tajikistan won’t decide Dooley’s fateHowever, Nazarov Akhtam’s penalty conversion at the 62nd minute  lit a fire under the Azkals as they refused to let the golden chance slip away.“It’s a difficult game when you know you don’t need to win the game. We were very cautious, as cautious as possible. But when they scored their first goal, I think that spurred us to play our best football because we knew we needed to attack and we needed to score,” said Younghusband.Kevin Ingreso, who gave up that costly foul inside the box, redeemed himself with the game-tying header in the 73rd minute before Younghusband’s clincher in the 90th minute.“I think it showed the spirit of the Filipino people, the fighting spirit. Even when  we’re down, we knew we can bounce back and I think we showed and typified it today,”said Younghusband..@PhilYHusband hopes that this #AFCAsianCup2019 berth spurs a resurgence for Philippine football. pic.twitter.com/XaYlaOBvnE— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 27, 2018The historic triumph is like a culmination of all the hardwork of the past and present Azkals’ have put in to help the Philippines make a splash in international football. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Phil Younghusband. Phoot by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the match tied at 1-all, Phil Younghusband knew he was on the cusp of making history as he was about to take the penalty kick in the 90th minute.The Azkals were mere minutes away from booking their first ever slot to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and he was within reach of his 50th international goal which would further cement his legacy as the national team’s best scorer.ADVERTISEMENT Stephens, Venus advance to Miami Open quarterfinals MOST READ And Younghusband is just happy to be in the middle of it.“I’m just happy to be part of it. It cements everyone’s legacy, everyone who’s been a part of this,” he said. “I just feel very blessed that I get to play the sport I love and enjoy it in a country I love.”Younghusband is hopeful that this conquest could renew the interest of Filipinos in football, as the Azkals are set to test their mettle against the best of the best in Asia.“Hopefully, it’s the catalyst for more growth in Philippine football. In 2010, we got a lot of support from the private industry and hopefully, this moment can spur a resurgence in Philippine football, get people to talk about Philippine football again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But Younghusband only wanted one thing that night..@PhilYHusband: When they scored their first goal, I think it spurred us to play our best football. #AFCAsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/s7EQsj0Vm9FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 27, 2018 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The veteran striker sent the ball straight to the back of the net, past Tajik goalkeeper Mahkamov Abduaziz to lift the Azkals to a 2-1 clincher over Tajikistan Tuesday night and seal the trip to continental showpiece in January in UAE.READ: History made as PH Azkals advance to 2019 AFC Asian Cup after beating Tajiks“For me, the feeling of going to the Asian Cup, that’s what matters to me,” said Younghusband.Not that he has any problem hitting two birds with one goal.“Like I said, if (the 50th international goal) came from this game or 10 games’ time, that wasn’t on my mind. It was about getting the win. But to have the feeling at the same time makes it more special,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

The ‘massa’ mentality

first_imgDear Editor,No other Government has been more dependent on foreign advisors and consultants than this A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration. While importing expertise in various sectors was necessary to compensate for the lack of ministerial experience after the APNU/AFC took office in 2015, a troubling pattern has emerged. After three years, the Granger Administration still lacks ministerial experience, and finds it easier to rape the Treasury of billions of dollars to pay foreign consultants and advisors, putting the country deeper and deeper in debt.Government just borrowed US$20 million to hire more foreign consultants to advise them on the Sovereign Wealth Fund.With all the retired Police and Army personnel now employed in the upper echelon of this APNU/AFC Administration, a foreign security company was hired at great expense “to correct the errors of over two decades of mismanagement of the security sector,” according to President Granger.Sadly, the crime rate is now worse than ever, driving fear in our homes and the business community, causing the US State Department to issue a report days ago, and warning that Guyana’s crime threat is at a “critical level”.Finance Minister Winston Jordan also has a foreign appetite. His slavish adherence to the International Monetary Fund which concludes that the Guyana economy is growing, when in reality, over 25,000 persons have lost their jobs under this uncaring APNU/AFC Government and the ‘good life’ is way beyond the reach of ordinary Guyanese.One can understand our Attorney General needing help to fight Government’s cases at the Caribbean Court of Justice, but despite the best legal brains in this country, he too has preference for foreign.The Granger Administration seems to have inherited a ‘massa’ mentality with a growing fondness and dependency for consultants from western countries.While there is nothing wrong with seeking the professional services of foreign consultants/advisors, it is the slavish dependency on these foreigners that erodes our independence and gives me cause for concern… especially the one ‘calling the shots’ over at Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).In a letter written by Robin Singh in a section of the media, captioned, “The implications of the charges against Brassington and Ashni Singh”, he concludes, “Dr Sam Sittlington has no idea of what Guyana’s economic position was during the post PNC years having arrived post PPP. He must have assumed that Guyana was always economically stable and attractive to investors. Someone needs to educate the good doctor.”Dr Sam Sittlington is a financial crime expert and Director of ‘The Fraud Company’ which he owns. He is paid by the British Government as an Advisor to the Government of Guyana. His role is to speed-up processing of the more than 300 cases identified by the SOCU stemming from 26 Government-ordered forensic audits.According to British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, Sittlington will be providing advice on ongoing probes and will take no direct role in investigations. But is this really so?In March of last year, Sittlington was seen celebrating in a city night spot with the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, other Government officials, investigators, and staff of the British High Commission after the arrests of Opposition officials, including former President Bharrat Jagdeo.When questioned, Ramjattan admitted, “The fact (is) that I had some wine with Sam on Wednesday evening at Oasis because I wanted to thank him for the great work he did at SOCU” (anyone vaguely familiar with the drinking habits of Minister Ramjattan, knows that wine is not his liquor of choice, but that’s another story).Editor, most Guyanese will recall the infamous role that the British High Commissioner played during the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, announcing the election results in favour of APNU/AFC long before all the ballots were counted and any official announcement was made by the Guyana Elections Commission.One wonders what were in the reports that were dispatched to the UK Foreign Office in London, and whether the active participation of Sam Sittlington now is being encouraged to justify those reports that were sent by the High Commissioner prior to the 2015 elections.I am convinced that the UK Foreign Office may not be aware and will never condone the high level of political interference and intrusion in the affairs of a sovereign nation involving the British High Commissioner and his countryman.And I urge all Guyanese living in the UK to write their British MPs and the foreign office in London, asking the UK Government to stop their Envoys’ intrusion in our domestic affairs.So what is the role of Sam Sittlington? Most believe he has now exceeded his official remit and trespassed into operational matters at SOCU.According to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, “I have information that Mr Sittlington has been on raids with SOCU; he has gone into the premises of nationals of Guyana as part of these raids – being part of operations themselves. So if the British High Commissioner is saying that he has no operational mandate as part of his job, then he will be open (to an investigation)… We have a foreigner here who is trespassing on the rights of Guyanese citizens, tolerated by our Government.”Indeed, Dr Sam Sittlington was seen directing activities on at least three SOCU operations that I am aware of:* On February 3 of last year, he was photographed standing in the doorway as agents of SOCU executed a raid on the Guyana Rice Development Board (see photo attached)* Then on March 7, 2017, he was in the same vehicle with the Head of SOCU, former Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant Colonel Sydney James when SOCU arrived at the Office the Leader of the Opposition in Church Street to arrest Jagdeo.* Sittlington was also an unwanted guest in the home of a private businessman who is now afraid to give a statement.It would appear that Sittlington is a willing participant, dancing to the tune of the APNU/AFC coalition Government with the approval of the High Commissioner, to target former PPP/Civic Ministers and officials.He sees this as an opportunity to pad his résumé with the arrest and conviction of former Ministers of Government to increase traffic to his website, making his company more marketable.Despite the lack of evidence, he is willing to recommend frivolous and fabricated charges against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, compromising his own professional ethics, hoping somehow, with Government now interfering with the Judiciary, those charges will stick. That will not happen.There is evidence of wholesale corruption and financial fraud being committed by Government Ministers during the three years of this APNU/AFC Administration, yet he turns a blind eye to the rape of the Treasury and the unconscionable misuse of public funds. After 2020, Sam Sittlington may himself be the subject of a criminal investigation along with those he now protects in Government.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

8000 housing units to be made available through PPP initiative – CH&PA

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Thursday launched its Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative with the aim of delivering over 8000 units to low and moderate-income earners as part of its housing solutions in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) by 2021.Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul said the PPP model was aimed at addressing the shortfall in housing units on the supply side, particularly for low to moderate-income families.He noted that the current rate of delivery was woefully inadequate, adding that there was an urgent need to address the issue of affordability and access to mortgage financing.“Housing continues to be a mirage for large proportion of ordinary Guyanese despite ongoing initiatives. The current rate of delivery is woefully inadequate. Undoubtedly, there is an urgent need to address the issue of affordability and access to mortgage financing. Current data shows that there is a strong preference for built units and we recognise at the current rate of production we will not be able to address the demand in a timely manner, thus birthed the Public-Private Partnership model,” Saul said.Saul noted that home ownership would no longer be an elusive dream, highlighting that there were many low to medium-income individuals who were allocated house lots and were yet to commence building.“Several factors are contributing to this undesirable state. Apart from access to mortgage financing, slothful pace of infrastructural development and low confidence in building contractors are also contributing factors. The Public-Private Partnership model is not touted as the panacea, but in a great way, it will benefit our citizens. Our citizens will benefit from lower cost units, units that are durable, built to international standards, and are constructed in record time,” he noted.Meanwhile, Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Adams-Yearwood said the Government has embarked on an ambitious plan to provide housing for low-income earners, State employees and young people within the price range of $4 to $10 million.She further stated that the PPP initiative provided an avenue for the partners and others to become viable partners to contribute to the development of Guyana.“We carried out a survey and [in] that survey we learnt that more than 9000 have a preference for various types of housing units rather than the house lots and I envisage that the Public-Private Partnership will help us to respond to that demand,” Adams-Yearwood said.CH&PA Project Manager Omar Narine while providing an overview of the project said in 2016 they conducted market research for potential contractors, consortiums, and financiers to execute infrastructural developmental works, construction of social facilities, and construction of building units.He noted that following the publishing of an Expression of Interest, they received more than 20 proposals and they would have successfully evaluated seven of those. Narine explained the seven companies have already submitted their design layouts which are being evaluated.“They (design layouts) are with the Planning Department and they are being reviewed and in the next two to three weeks, we are expected to close that process and head to the next phase of this initiative. The critical information was provided to the private partners,” Narine said.“The next step is after the design layouts we would be reviewing financial proposals and the different housing options presented by you the partners…after that is the selection of the contract and the best suited one will be selected based on the negotiations at that stage,” he added.The shortlisted companies are Reno Vess, Namalco, Mohamed Ramit and Sons, Green Heart Tree Energy, Eco Energy, FTM, and China Dillian. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid want to sign £27m Chelsea ‘flop’ following impressive loan spell

first_imgAtletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the in-form Juan Cuadrado, who is on-loan at Juventus from Chelsea.The Stamford Bridge club splashed the cash to land Cuadrado from Fiorentina in February for a fee which could rise to as much as £26.8m.However, he started just four Premier League games in the second half of the season and was then shipped out on loan to Juventus earlier this term.But he has enjoyed a promising start to life back in Serie A, impressing during his six appearances for his new club.And now reports in Spain have claimed that Atletico Madrid are exploring the possibility of signing him permanently from Chelsea once his loan in Turin ends.Atletico have held a long-term interest in the Colombian winger but know the fee may be a stumbling block.However, it has been suggested that they may look into a part-exchange deal if Chelsea express an interest in any of their players – with the likes of Koke currently on Jose Mourinho’s wish list. Juan Cuadrado [left] 1last_img read more

KELLY’S AMERICAN DINER TEAM UP WITH FITNESS GURU NEIL BARRETT FOR HEALTHY MEAL OPTIONS

first_imgBUSINESS: Kelly’s American Roadside Diner have teamed up with fitness guru Neil Barrett due to on-going demand for their healthy meal options. Since Kelly’s Diner introduced healthy meal options on their daily lunch specials menu they’ve been an incredible success, but there has been a demand for additional options.Management at Kelly’s Diner have decided to collaborate with health and fitness guru Neil Barrett, who owns the hugely successful local gym Fit Hub. Barrett is a sports scientist and lecturers at LYIT, and he’s using his expertise to provide healthy meals for health conscious consumers.The new option will be called the ‘Heavenly Zone’ which is dedicated to health conscious slimmer’s and fitness guru’s.A spokesman for Kelly’s American Roadise Diner said,”Neil has individually went through every dish on the menu and not just calorie counted them but also provided all the nutritional information including carbs, protein and fats per 100g.The Heavenly Zone has something for every meal of the day and also includes a selection of nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothies. For more information on this exciting new development then check out the links outlined below:Link to Facebook is: www.facebook.com/ mountaintoprestaurantLink to webpage is: http://www. kellysrestaurantlk.ie/KELLY’S AMERICAN DINER TEAM UP WITH FITNESS GURU NEIL BARRETT FOR HEALTHY MEAL OPTIONS was last modified: June 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:FitHubHeavenly ZoneKelly’s American Roadside DinerNeil Barrettlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: APPRENTICE JOANNE SURVIVES, SHE WINS 3-DAY TRIP TO LANZAROTE!

first_imgUPDATED: DONEGAL businesswoman Joanne Sweeney-Burke tonight won the latest battle in The Apprentice….and won a three-day trip to the sun.So she did pack her bags…for a luxury holiday.Her Spirit team’s disastrous TV ad for an online food ordering website was blasted as awful by Bill Cullen and his team. Bill took on Downings woman Joanne over failure in the task despite not having filled in a story board – and having a qualification in directing TV ads!“Both ads were disappointing, you used domestic situation, anyone could do it,” blasted Bill.Team Zest lost because their advert was even worse!And when Bill gave Joanne and her team news of their prize, he said there was a feeling that they were so bad that he should have gone on the holiday. They stupidly used a telephone scene in the advert for ordering online!Tonight’s show featured Joanne and Conor fighting the bit out over who should direct and run their TV commercial.However Conor was told that the camera crew had said he had given the most relevant instructions.Over the weekend Sweeney-Burke, 36, had posted a message on Facebook saying she would be packing her bags on Monday.It turns out that it was for a free holiday in the sun. Restaurant owner Sandra was fired! She cried her eyes out as she was driven off.And when she failed to turn up at The Apprentice house afterwards, Joanne burst into tears crying “Oh my God.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: APPRENTICE JOANNE SURVIVES, SHE WINS 3-DAY TRIP TO LANZAROTE! was last modified: December 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe ApprenticeTV3last_img read more

Imitate Taiwan, Bush tells China

first_img Bush’s warm words about Taiwan could chill his reception later this week in Beijing, where the president, to make a point about religious freedom, also plans to worship at one of five officially recognized Protestant churches in the city. Bush said Chinese President Hu Jintao has asserted that his vision of “peaceful development” will make the Chinese people more prosperous. “I have pointed out that the people of China want more freedom to express themselves, … to worship without state control, … and to print Bibles and other sacred texts without state control,” Bush said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KYOTO, Japan – President George W. Bush prodded China today to grant more political freedom to its 1.3 billion people, and he held up archrival Taiwan as a society that successfully moved from repression to democracy as it opened its economy. In remarks sure to rile Beijing, Bush suggested that China should follow Taiwan’s path. “Modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society,” the president said. Bush made his remarks in the advance text of a speech that was to be the cornerstone address of his Asian trip. From Japan, he will continue to South Korea, China and Mongolia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At a state guest house, Bush met with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, an unflinching ally despite the president’s record-low popularity and mounting problems at home. The president called Koizumi his “buddy.” Bush wants Japan to play a stronger role in Asian security issues, perhaps as a counterbalance to China’s growing strength, vast army and designs on U.S. ally Taiwan. Koizumi supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and made an unpopular decision to send noncombat troops there in January 2004. That mission expires next month and Bush has indicated he wouldn’t press his friend for a decision on whether to extend it. In his prepared speech, Bush said China’s economic growth must be accompanied by more freedoms for its people. “As China reforms its economy,” the president said, “its leaders are finding that once the door to freedom is opened even a crack, it cannot be closed. As the people of China grow in prosperity, their demands for political freedom will grow as well.” Bush also lectured China about opening its economy to foreign competition to narrow the expected $200 billion trade surplus with the United States. “China needs to provide a level playing field for American businesses seeking access to China’s market,” Bush said. Further, he said, China must fulfill its promise to move toward a more market-based currency. last_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls advance to NCS Division V title game with 64-40 win over International

first_imgEureka >> For the past three seasons, the road to the Division VI title has gone through Crusader Gymnasium. Even with the Crusaders playing up a division this year, it’s no different come the first weekend of March.And, as head coach Matt Tomlin put it, his team played their best game of the season to get the chance to play for yet another section title.The St. Bernard’s girls basketball team booked its ticket into the North Coast Section Division V championship game in impressive fashion, …last_img

You Can’t Launch the Next Generation of Startups Without Women

first_imgA serious geek I know asked me how many people with gray hair were at Internet conference I had just attended. I answered that there were quite a few. He shook his head and said that when the suits take over, it’s the beginning of the end of innovation.There are two things happening here. First, the suits are taking over and, second, the pioneers are going gray. Together they make up the startup establishment. But things have changed since the early days, and this establishment hasn’t kept up with the times. The current startup system essentially excludes the untapped pool of innovators who aren’t developers – for example, women who want to launch Internet startups.Pamela Poole is a blogger, translator and tech writer, and founder of Francophilia.com, a social startup for francophiles. Originally from California, she now lives in Paris, where her involvement in the vibrant startup scene keeps her from spending too much time in the bakeries.A startup is traditionally the brainchild of one or several creative programmers – and less than 25% of programmers are women. This is not the only aspect of the current system that just isn’t consistent with women’s reality or, for that matter, with the reality of a society that has changed radically since the last bubble burst. And it’s not just women who are at a disadvantage, but all entrepreneurs who don’t have a technical background.Sugar and Spice and Everything NiceSocial scientist Jane Margolis conducted a four-year study on women in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, which explored why so few high school and university computer science students were women. The study is pretty old – it was conducted from 1995-1999 – but things don’t appear to have changed much since then, according to this 2009 study commissioned by Cisco. And though the Carnegie Mellon study addresses computer science education, for purposes of this article, I take the liberty of extrapolating and applying these findings to the startup environment in general. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts guest author 1 [W]omen come to the field of computing at a different pacing and have different forms of attachment. […]They attach their interest in computing to other arenas, to a social context that’s more people-oriented. We refer to this as computing with a purpose as opposed to programming for programming’s sake or a totally technology-centric focus.The Tortoise and the HareLet’s look first at the question of pacing. Women tend to take the entrepreneurial plunge later than men typically do, once they’ve had some professional and life experience (Why Women Mean Business). In fact, a study done in the U.K. in 2006 showed that women over 40 were more likely to start a new business than any other age group.For this reason, certain elements of the current startup support system, like accelerators, or events like Startup Weekend, are not necessarily realistic or appropriate options for women founders in need of mentoring and funding. How many grown-ups – women or men – can reasonably be expected to drop everything and move across country for three months? More appropriate structures for those entrepreneurs who are past the footloose and fancy-free stage would be an incubator or accelerator program that resembled night school, or a series of intensive Saturday workshops. An excellent example is Paris Pionnières, an incubator for women’s projects in France, which offers a very flexible program. First there is a pre-incubation phase that includes six free workshops and monthly meetings over a three- to six-month time period. Once that is completed, the project is submitted to the organization, which decides whether to accept it into the incubation program. This lasts six to 12 months and can be renewed once. It is also flexible in that founders have the option of working in the organization’s facilities or not.Snips and Snails and Puppy Dogs’ TailsNow let’s look at the social context part of the findings cited above. If women are more attracted to projects of a social nature, then there should be a lot more women founders in the social Web, right? But no. They are underrepresented because the emphasis in the current system is still on technology. Again, it’s the programmers who have the advantage. They can build the technology to bring their ideas to life, and they get the funding.Margolis also found in the Carnegie Mellon study that “the [computing] field – the expectations in the field, the culture of the field, the curriculum in the field – is very much oriented toward the appetites and the learning styles of a narrow slice of males.”So, because this field has traditionally been the domain of men, the Internet and the startup culture have been dominated and shaped by the vision and appetites of young men and old boys from the start. This is just the way it is, and there’s no need to get militant about it. But I have noticed a sharp rise in women-in-tech groups and activities lately, undoubtedly a response to this inequity.The best thing we can do is revisit the startup system and create structures that foster innovation coming from a more diverse group of people (age, origin, gender), as well as help all the players in the game, particularly investors, recognize the societal changes that should be having an impact on the way things are done.How Do You Catch an Engineer?If I had a nickel for every time I’ve read or heard someone say that investors won’t even look at your project if you don’t have an engineer on your team, I’d have financed my project by now. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s hit this wall. I’ve also heard that investors assume your project is somehow flawed if you haven’t managed to sell your concept to a team (one that includes a developer, of course).I know from experience that it’s hard to find a superior developer who’s not either trying to create the next Google/Twitter/Facebook himself (it is statistically more likely to be a him), or to get a job at Google/Twitter/Facebook. And it’s practically impossible to get developers to work for equity in a “maybe” when they have no shortage of well-paying options. Furthermore, entrepreneurs who don’t come from a tech background may not have access to a pool of development talent. Many probably wouldn’t know where to start, or wouldn’t have the cred they’d need among that community to get anyone to take their projects seriously.Then there is the question of selling. For reasons of nature and/or nurture, there may be a communication disconnect when it comes to the way women propose projects to the people they are trying to seduce (so to speak). Women tend to present their projects in terms of their value to users and society (Why Women Mean Business). However, developers are probably more likely to get excited about technological novelty than a business concept, and investors are more concerned about how a project will make them money than they are about how happy it will make customers. So perhaps women could benefit from mentoring that would teach them to conceptualize and present their concepts in technology terms and money terms. And perhaps developers and investors should make more of an effort to see the big picture.Just Plain EntrepreneursI met a cop once who, in the many car accidents he’d been called to in his career, often saw people with broken femurs – a very serious injury. He deplored the fact that it took so long to splint these bones at the scene of an accident, which had to be done before the injured could be transported. So one day he went home and started building a prototype for a new kind of splint using parts from his kid’s bicycle. His splint changed the method for emergency treatment of this injury all over the world, and he got rich.This is good old-fashioned entrepreneurship – the kind of bright idea you have when you’re so immersed in, so intimate with a phenomenon that you have all the information you need to come up with creative ways to improve it and build on it.What I want to emphasize here is that we’re reaching this point with the Internet. Since the last bubble burst, it’s become second nature to ordinary people, and many of us can’t imagine life without it. This means that, today, non-technical entrepreneurs are just as likely to come up with viable startup concepts as programmers are. Neither the startup system, nor the traditional support system for small, brick-and-mortar businesses reflect this societal change yet, so there is a void that needs to be filled or we’ll miss out on opportunities for innovation from unlikely sources.Time to Revisit the Paper ProjectI suspect that the obstacle course that is the startup system today exists because investors’ pride and wallets are still stinging from the very forceful pop of the first bubble bursting. In those days, if they liked a business plan, they’d drop serious cash on a paper project. Now they’re gun-shy. From what I’ve seen lately, nobody is getting money for a project unless they’ve already started making money – unless they already have traction. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the Carnegie Mellon study, she found that: Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… But, like I said, the world has changed. There are just as many women online as there are men (74% of each gender in the U.S.), and none of us Internet users are getting any younger. In order to address the needs and interests of millions of older and increasingly diverse Internet users who aren’t necessarily geeks, it would be wise to look at projects originating from the same source – from ordinary entrepreneurs who now have the Internet savvy to make a significant contribution.The system needs to change. Investors need to start looking at paper projects again, and not dismissing non-technical founders. There need to be mechanisms that facilitate team building, like matchmaking resources for projects and developers. The startup ideas are out there, but the entrepreneurs lack the support system they need.The suits and our graying pioneers seem to be getting a little set in their ways. When that happens, a phenomenon becomes an establishment, and establishments are rigid. So it’s up to the rest of us to acknowledge the societal changes that have taken place, and, like the cop with his splint, pick up the pieces of our bicycles and build a fresh, new startup system.last_img read more