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Before choosing online file storage you may want to know how it is advantageous over other types of physical storage. One of the reasons why online storage is better than physical storage is that it is unlimited. Since physical storage is limited, you may need to keep deleting old files to make room for new ones. This can be very difficult if the old files are important as well and you may need them later. However, with online file storage, you can keep all your files both old and new without the risk of running out of storage space for future items.

Cloud File Sharing

Cloud File Sharing

Another benefit of online file storage is that it is backed up on a remote device. When you store your files in a physical hard drive, if anything happens to it, then you lose all the documents. For example, if it is formatted by mistake or destroyed by fire, water or other physical factors, then you lose everything. However, with online storage, you have your files stored in back up devices. This means there is no risk of losing any of the important information you have stored. This makes online storage an excellent option for storing important files that you cannot afford to lose.

Cloud file service integrates easily with existing systems so that you can easily access your stored files. This means that you can access the files right from your computer whenever you need to use them. They have ease of access as well so you can access them from anywhere. So whether you are on your desktop computer, working on your laptop or on the move with your mobile phone, you can still access your important documents. Cloud file service providers ensure that you get free on boarding and technical support that you have access to for life.

The cloud file service also has an administrative console to ensure that only authorized persons have access to the files. This offers you an unparalleled level of privacy and security. In addition, you can always store your sensitive documents using cloud service since they are encrypted. The encryption used is high level to ensure that no one else can gain access to or read your private documents. Therefore, cloud file sharing is a useful tool for communication with your contacts without worrying about eavesdroppers. There is a clean dashboard interface which makes it easy to use even if you are not a computer expert.

Another advantage of cloud file sharing is that it is reliable. There is no downtime when you are unable to access your important files. This sharing options ensures that you have unmatched uptime so that you can access your files at any time of the day. There is also no need for onsite hardware when you are using cloud sharing. This is because everything is hosted in the cloud. For you to get the best cloud file sharing, you need to ensure that you get these services from professionals who have the best features on their systems.

It is always a good idea to look at a few service providers when looking for Orange County computer support services. Comparison shopping allows you to get as much information as you can about the companies you are considering so that you choose the best. This way, you are guaranteed of getting superior Orange County computer support services at reasonable prices. In other words, you are assured of getting the value for your money. IT is one of the most important departments of modern business so it is vital that they choose the most suitable provider; one that will give solutions for the business’s unique needs.

Computer Support

First, you need to inquire about the business hours of the IT support services that you are considering. It is imperative that you know what hours the IT support will be available to your business. While majority of computer support companies offer 24-hours a day services, their main offices may keep specific hours. This can be important information because you need to be confident that your business activities will not grind to a halt if a big problem occurs in your network. Some computer network support providers may troubleshoot your problems at any hour, but only provide maintenance and updates during given times. Obtain all this information upfront.

An important question that you should ask the computer technician representing the IT support service is, “How do we get support?” It is wise to ask the computer networking support provider about communication. Ask the computer technician how you will be getting in touch with the Managed Service Provider (MSP) he is representing. Do they have a single point of contact and will you be assigned a case manager? Also, inquire about the means of communication – Skype, email, phone, etc. Find out what hours your contact will be available. Having someone who works for the provider on your side can be a lifeline when things go awry.

Find out from what the Irvine computer support provider gives the highest priority to when hiring staff – customer service or technical knowledge. The response can tell you a lot about the potential vendor. However, you need to decide before hand what the acceptable answer may be i.e. which one of the two options is most important for your business. Note that there is no wrong answer. Excellent computer networking support includes technical support as well as soft skills.

During your initial meeting, find out from the business IT support provider which systems in your business will be automated. One of the main benefits of computer networking services is knowing that routine business processes are quickly handled, without wasting your employees’ time. The MSP typically automates a number of the basic business processes. It is important to establish from the MSP’s technical support team which of your business processes will be automated and which ones are going to be managed directly. It is also prudent to establish how these business processes will be monitored. This information will help you make the best decision for your business.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi

When it comes to launching a startup, where does the seed stage money go? It goes into funding resources: office space, programmers, developers, engineers, designers, and business plan writers. The trend that is emerging, which has worked for numerous successful startups, is for entrepreneurs to skip seed stage VCs and tap into collectives instead. A collective is a pool of resource providers that invests in startups – but instead of investing capital, they invest their services and the other resources they have access to.

seedhatcherySo instead of giving an entrepreneurial startup founder $100,000, the collective gives him office space. The programmer in the group writes code for him, and the designer helps with the layout. Another member works alongside the entrepreneur to write the business plan that will be presented to the multi-million dollar VCs in the growth (Series A) round. Everyone in the collective has something to contribute, somewhere.

Ultimately, the resources provided by the collective are used to create a minimum viable product (MVP) to present to the growth investors. In exchange, the collective owns a small percentage of the company; it collects that equity when the business turns a profit, or when the founder sells. For the collective, it’s a fairly low risk investment: If the company fails, each member only loses whatever time was devoted to providing resources. For the startup, it’s a win-win; there are fewer costly decisions to be made in the initial stages, because all the necessary services were provided at no cost.

There will always be a demand for cash, but let’s be honest: Cash is only a means to an end. What every startup really needs is resources. Collectives such as Cogent Collective can provide those resources that will impact a new business: services, space, software. If your startup is in need of resources, reach out to them.

Article originally written for BizHack.IT Investing More than Cash: The New Demand for Resources 

According to some experts, the traditional VC model is broken. In fact, it has gone the way of Palm Pilots and dial up. If that is true, then how are startups supposed to…well, start up? The answer is in the “sharing economy,” with models such as AirBnB, Lyft, Surf Air and BlackJet leading the way. These companies, which make money by helping consumers share their tangible assets with other consumers for profit, have the right idea. Thanks to the convenience of our digitized world, they create efficiencies from portable assets. How does that apply to raising capital? Because of another aspect of the sharing economy, crowdfunding.

CrowdfundingWhat is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, wherein individuals each contribute small amounts of funding to a project in return for a tangible or non-tangible benefit, is an aspect of the sharing economy that has the potential to significantly diminish the need for small business loans. For that matter, it stands to wipe out the demand for VCs. Crowdfunding has many permutations, as it can be used in nearly any project that requires vast resources: movie production, scientific research, invention development.

How Crowdfunding Applies to Startups

Tech startups can benefit from crowdfunding as well. There are plenty of ways a new mobile app, video game or web-based service can compensate its crowdfunders. If film producers can give a producer’s credit to all the crowdfunders that send them a few hundred dollars, why can’t a tech startup do the same?

Thanks to the effectiveness of crowdfunding, the traditional venture capital model may be on its way to being replaced. According to well-known VC expert Fred Wilson, more VCs are waking up to the fact that they will have few assets to work with in the future. At one forum recently, Wilson was asked a question commonly attributed to Paypal’s Peter Thiel: “What do you believe that very few people agree with you about?” His answer was this: “In the venture capital market, there ultimately won’t be a need for VCs to ever have funds.” Huh?

Here’s one explanation. Today, VCs raise money from Limited Partners (LPs), who trust the VCs to invest in companies that will grow over the next 3-10 years and deliver a good ROI. Because their money is not their own, VCs may eventually become obsolete as LPs begin to take a more active role in identifying opportunities.

The Shift is Beginning

Although Wilson admitted the transition will happen years down the road, he believes this is already starting to happen for early-stage investing. “Expect to see more and more ‘out-there’ experiments,” he said, when it comes to the seed round for new startups. Crowdfunding is one of the tamer models of experimentation, but as more startups see its value (providing user validation is just one example), more experimental funding methods are bound to start sprouting up.

Established VCs have little to worry about now, but as any former Palm Pilot user will tell you: Things can change very quickly. That’s why we believe those with smart money need to smarten up about the traditional VC model, and look to crowdfunding as a new way to make ideas happen.

Article originally written for BizHack.IT blog Is the VC Model Broken? Smart Money Needs to Smarten Up 

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Dale Carnegie

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
George S. Patton

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
W. C. Fields
Not the best motivational quote, but funny and there is some merit to not being a fool. -Matt

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Jim Rohn


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