Trump trashes the NFL's ratings but praises Dallas Cowboys' anthem display as 'big progress'

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President Donald Trump has again weighed in on the trend of NFL players protesting the US during the national anthem with an early morning tweet storm that heaped praise on the Dallas Cowboys, while trashing the league generally.

Trump tweeted that NFL ratings were “”way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!”

Ratings are down in the NFL this year, a continuing trend from last season.

Trump went on to address Monday night’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, where the entire Cowboys team knelt before the anthem, but stood during.

Trump tweeted that when the Cowboys knelt before the anthem, it resulted in the loudest booing he had ever heard — “great anger.” Trump did not personally attend the game and it should be noted that the Cowboys were the away team in that game.

The Cowboys decision to stand drew praise from the president, who characterized it as “big progress being made.”

“But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem,” Trump concluded. “Big progress being made-we all love our country!

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6 Types Of Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow

6 Types Of Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow

Are you tired of working your regular 9-to-5?

Does the thought of spending another day at a job you hate make you cringe? If this is the case, you have probably thought about stepping out on your own. You might be ready to consider starting your own business.

For some, the idea of building a company can be daunting — after all, people like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs make it look so easy, right? However, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are several different types of businesses you can start on your own.

What You Should Know Beforehand

Before starting a business, there are some important factors that you must consider. While every business is different, there are elements that apply to most types of companies.

Obtaining funding is one of the most important factors for many types of businesses. Funding can come in the form of investors or loans. Of course, sometimes it is possible to fund your own business. Either way, you must make sure you have enough capital to keep your business operations afloat.

You also must consider the legal aspect. There are many different factors that figure into the legalities of running your business. Here are some of which you should be aware:

  • What type of legal structure should you use (Corporation, LLC, or DBA)?
  • What types of contracts will you need to have?
  • What are some of the common legal pitfalls that are present?

The answers to each of these questions will vary depending on the type of business you start. It’s best to consult with a corporate attorney who can help you navigate the legal minefield that comes with building a company.

You also need to ensure you understand how taxes work with your type of business. The last thing you want is to get in trouble with the IRS. An accountant can give you the guidance you need to make sure you are managing your finances appropriately.

Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow

Web Design

Web design is a field that is steadily growing. Almost every type of company needs a web presence to attract customers. If you have experience designing websites, you can make good money helping businesses establish their online presence.

The great thing about web design is that you don’t have to offer a “one and done” solution. Building a website is just the first step. Companies need someone who can also maintain and update their site continually. Becoming a freelance web designer can become even more profitable if you grow your business to the point where you can start hiring other designers to do the work for you. This will allow you to take on more clients and earn more profit.

If you don’t have experience in web design, there are plenty of online courses that can teach you the techniques you need to know to build quality websites. Udemy is a great place to start if you want to develop the right skills.

Online Courses

Do you have knowledge that people need? If you’re a living, breathing human being, the answer is “yes.” Everyone is an expert in something. It’s just a matter of choosing to teach skills that are in demand.

Chances are, you have valuable knowledge that many would be willing to pay for. If you can package your expertise in a form that is easy to consume, you can make a lot of money. This is where online courses come in.

Yes, it does require a lot of work at the beginning. You need to build a website, develop content for your courses, and make sure your website ranks high in search engines. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can create an informational product that people will be glad to spend money on. The key is learning how to consolidate your knowledge in a way that helps people learn the skills they desire to learn.

Day Trading

If you’re into playing the stock market, you might benefit from starting a day trading business. For people who prefer to work mostly alone, this is the perfect type of enterprise to pursue.

Put simply, day trading is the practice of buying and selling the same securities on the same day. Successful day traders are not as concerned with investing as they are capitalizing on the various fluctuations in the stock market. If you’re willing to put in the time, you can learn how to use the stock market for your own benefit.

Day trading might be difficult to master at first, but there are plenty of courses you can take to learn the craft. Also, there are different types of software that can make it easier to manage your day trading business. If you’re the analytical type, day trading might be the business for you.

Freelance Content Writing

Freelance writing can be a lucrative field if you’re a proficient writer. As long as websites exist, companies will need content writers. There are several different types of content that companies need for their websites:

Freelance writing can be a difficult field to break into; it takes time to build a reputation and clientele. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can earn a lot of profit from writing. It is important to understand search engine optimization and how to write sales copy if you’re going to start a freelance writing business. Fortunately, as with other types of online businesses, there are plenty of courses that can help you learn the right skills.

Business Plan Writing

Similar to freelance writing, business plans are a must for many different types of companies. In many cases, entrepreneurs need a solid business plan if they want to gain funding for their enterprises.

If you have business acumen, you can make a decent living writing business plans for entrepreneurs. Since there are various aspects of writing a business plan, you can charge different fees for different types of plans.

Along with writing your customer’s business plan, you can also offer to provide a certain number of revisions as well. If you’re going to start this type of business, make sure that you have samples of the different types of business plans you can create.

Wedding Planner

Are you into love and romance? Do you cry at weddings? Well, if you’re the mushy type and you want to start a business, you might consider becoming a wedding planner.

Sure, it might be annoying to deal with guests and bridezillas, but in the end, you can make a lot of money. As a wedding planner, you will need to stay up-to-date on the latest wedding trends and fashions. You will also need to use your creativity to set your business apart from your competition.

Starting a wedding planning business will also mean that you will need to become an expert networker. Planning weddings requires you to know different types of professionals. These can include:

  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Owners of clothing shops
  • Caterers

The more people you know, the better you can position yourself as an authority in the field of wedding planning. This will make prospects more comfortable with working with you.

Conclusion

Starting a business isn’t easy, but it can be done. If you’re willing to work hard and learn the skills you need, you can create a stream of income that will keep you from having to depend on your day job to make a living.

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Delivery Hero revenue soared 66% to €246.5 million during the first half of 2017

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Delivery Hero, the Berlin-headquartered takeaway delivery startup, announced on Tuesday that its revenues rose to €246.5 million (£216 million) during the first half of 2017.

That’s a 66% increase on the same time last year. Margins on core earnings narrowed to a loss of 18% from a loss of 47% in the same period a year ago.

Delivery Hero CEO Niklas Östberg told journalists on a media call: “I think this was a very strong result that further strengthens our company.”

He added that he expects Delivery Hero’s full year revenues to come in at €530 million (£465 million) to €540 million (£474 million).

Delivery Hero operates in more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia. It went public in June and shares are 30% up on its IPO price.

Östberg told Business Insider that he expects Delivery Hero to break even in 2018 and be profitable by 2019.

“That’s what we feel committed to do. We’ve proven in the past we can make profit very easily but we’re continuing to invest. For us it’s more of an input variable than an output variable.”

Delivery Hero’s promising results come two days after rival Deliveroo announced that it has raised $385 million (£285 million) in funding, valuing it at over $2 billion (£1.4 billion). The two lead investors were US equity funds that invested in companies like Facebook and Snap before their IPOs.

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10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG, AMZN)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Apple ditched Microsoft for Google to power Siri. Search results on Siri, iOS, and Spotlight on Mac will now default to Google’s search engine, as opposed to Bing.

2. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologised in an open letter to Londoners following Transport for London (TfL)’s decision not to renew the company’s licence. He remarked that the company will fight TfL’s decision, but acknowledged Uber’s past mistakes.

3. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was against the company’s decision to buy Nokia. The acquisition, worth $7.6 billion (£5.6 billion), was later written off almost entirely, resulting in thousands of people being laid off.

4. Microsoft is planning to release a quantum computing programming language. It will feature full Visual Studio integration and come with a quantum computer simulator some time before the end of the year.

5. Microsoft unveiled a new package for teachers and students called Microsoft 365 Education. The bundle will offer Windows 365 for Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and “Minecraft: Education Edition.”

6. Microsoft is replacing Skype for Business with its new Microsoft Teams service. The move is an attempt to put bigger pressure on the platform’s main competitor, Slack.

7. Microsoft is starting to integrate LinkedIn inside Office 365. LinkedIn’s social graph will now appear inside the products of Office 365’s portfolio, like Word and PowerPoint, showing contact information from LinkedIn.

8. China has blocked messaging service WhatsApp almost entirely. Now Chinese users won’t be able to send WhatsApp messages, following this summer’s crackdown on multimedia messages and video chats.

9. Google has launched its $350 (£260) Project Jacquard jacket in collaboration with Levi’s. Its smart sleeves contain sensors woven inside the fabric that allow the user to perform certain actions — pre-set via an app — just by touching it.

10. Amazon is dropping the price of 4K movies and TV shows, now ranging from $5 to $19 (£3.5-14), down from a maximum of $30 (£22). The move comes as a response to Apple’s launch of its new Apple TV 4K.

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The 19 British universities that produce the highest paid graduates

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For many students attending university is a means to an end: securing a fulfilling and well-paid job once they graduate.

Money is often seen as the most important factor in choosing a job for graduates, so with that in mind, Business Insider decided to take a look at the British universities that produce the best-paid graduates.

The recently released Good University Guide, published by The Times and Sunday Times, shows that graduates of Britain’s elite institutions like Oxford and Cambridge are among the best paid, but that many lesser known universities in London make the list.

This reflects the fact that graduates attending university in the capital are more likely to stay in the city, where salaries are generally higher. While pay might be higher, cost of living is much higher in London compared to most other cities in the UK.

Check out the top universities for graduate pay below. We’ve also included in brackets the universities’ overall position in the Good University Guide:

T=18 (122). Birkbeck, University of London — Average graduate salary: £23,000

T=18 (59). Brunel University, London — Average graduate salary: £23,000

T=11 (=106). London South Bank University — Average graduate salary: £24,000

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The maker of Botox has turned to the oldest trick in the book to save its cratering stock

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To combat recent stock weakness, Botox-maker Allergan is resorting to the oldest trick in the book: share buybacks.

On Monday, it authorized a $2 billion repurchase of its common stock, employing a tactic frequently used by companies to boost shares during times devoid of other positive catalysts.

It’s an interestingly-timed development, considering the hit absorbed by Allergan’s drug pipeline on Friday, when the company received a “refusal to file” (RTF) letter from US Food and Drug Administration. It came with regard to Allergan’s application for Vraylar, a drug intended to treat the negative symptoms in adult schizophrenic patients.

And wouldn’t you know it, Allergan’s stock is up almost 4% on Monday, with the negative effect of the FDA news — released after the market close on Friday — more than offset by the buyback announcement.

The share increase is certainly welcome news for owners of Allergan’s stock, which had recently plummeted as much as 21% from a one-year high reached in July.

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In the press release announcing the buyback, Allergan didn’t exactly hide its rationale: The company thinks its shares are attractively-priced at current levels. They’re adopting a technique often used by companies to exhibit confidence in themselves, and so far it’s working.

“We continue to believe that Allergan stock is substantially undervalued, and the share price today presents a unique investment opportunity for the company,” Brett Saunders, chairman, CEO and president of Allergan, wrote in Monday’s release. “In its decision, the board is demonstrating its confidence in our future prospects.”

Still, Allergan’s success likely won’t be easily replicated by other US companies. Stock valuations are in the 89th percentile of their 40-year history, according to Goldman Sachs. That means many stocks in major indexes may be too expensive or fully-valued to be effectively boosted by repurchases.

Put differently, it might not make economical sense for a company to sink the required capital into a strategy that might not lift shares materially higher.

It’s a dynamic that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has recently highlighted. Long a reliable safety net for the 8 1/2-year bull market, buybacks are starting to dry up, a victim of their own success.

As such, it appears that Allergan’s success with its buyback authorization is purely situational. Given the right circumstances, the ever-reliable backbone of stock gains is still alive and well.

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John Kelly is reportedly displeased with Trump's war against the NFL

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White House chief of staff John Kelly was displeased with President Donald Trump’s antagonizing NFL players who kneel in protest of police violence and racism during the national anthem, two administration officials said in a CNN report on Monday.

Kelly was cognizant of racial issues and was concerned with the matter, one official said.

The chief of staff was also reportedly concerned with Trump’s initial response during the white-nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Despite his reservations with Trump’s NFL war, Kelly, a highly decorated former Marine Corps officer and the former Homeland Security Secretary,  publicly said he was “appalled” by the players who knelt during the national anthem.

“I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed,” Kelly said to CNN on Monday. “Every American should stand up and think for three lousy minutes.”

Trump rejected CNN’s assertion that he and Kelly were at odds on his NFL tirades, calling it a “total lie,” and insisting that Kelly “agrees [with] my stance on NFL players.”

Trump found himself mired in controversy after suggesting NFL team owners should fire players who knelt during the national anthem, during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday.

“For a week, they’ll be the most popular person in this country,” Trump griped about players kneeling during the national anthem. “Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.”

Trump carried on with the subject through the weekend and all day Monday, telling players who demonstrate to “find something else to do” and calling the NFL’s games “boring.”

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Flashstock Becomes Shutterstock Custom, Helps Small Businesses Create Branded Visual Content

Flashstock Becomes Shutterstock Custom -- Make Branded Visuals to Promote Your Small Business

Flashstock has been re-branded to Shutterstock Custom, which is fitting, because the new platform was designed to empower businesses to scale high-quality branded content. Using Flashstock’s propriety technology, it transforms the visual identity of a company into a creative brief for new campaigns.

Shutterstock (NYSE:SSTK) acquired Flashstock in July of this year for $50 million. In addition to its growing base of enterprise customers, Flashstock had an innovative technology to streamline the content creation process. It is this technology which was used to create Shutterstock Custom.

Shutterstock Custom

The benefit Shutterstock Custom provides small businesses is twofold. First, it supplies the growing visual demands of today’s digital ecosystem and its multiple marketing channels. According to the company, the tool helps businesses create a “brief” which helps represent a company’s visual identity.

The brief is used to create content, which is then used by the company and repurposed with added filters, text and logos using the Shutterstock Editor API for any size campaign. This addresses the challenges brands face when it comes to scaling.

This is how, Grant Munro, founder of Flashstock and General Manager of Shutterstock Custom, explained the problem the service is expected to solve in this release. “With 3 billion Snaps taken every day and more than 95 million photos shared on Instagram daily, scaling globally across multiple channels increasingly presents marketers with a challenge.”

Second, Shutterstock Custom benefits the small businesses and freelancers who create the content. This includes images, videos, GIFs, cinemagraphs, and 360 degree videos for traditional media as well as websites and social media outlets.

Small Business Opportunity

According to the analysis Shutterstock conducted, there is a $7 billion opportunity offering custom visual content to clients. As mentioned earlier, most of the content on Shutterstock is created by freelancers and even small businesses.

With $7 billion potentially available for creators, this is a great opportunity.

Image: Shutterstock

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After months of waiting, 'The Big Bang Theory' finally answered the one question on everyone's mind and fans are ecstatic

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the 11th season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory.”

After months of waiting, “The Big Bang Theory” premiered on a new night with the answer to the question that’s been on every fan’s mind since the season 10 finale: Does Amy Farrah Fowler accept Sheldon’s wedding proposal?

Viewers didn’t have to wait long to find out if Shamy would take their relationship to the next level. Instead of stretching the answer over the course of an episode, Amy quickly responded yes off screen after Sheldon received an ill-timed phone call from Leonard and Penny which was shown in teasers for the new season

Despite the somewhat clunky manner in which Amy said yes, fans were thrilled. 

Sheldon was inspired to propose to Amy after another woman, Dr. Ramona Nowitzki, resurfaced from years earlier and kissed Sheldon.

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If fans were wondering whether or not Amy would learn about Nowitzki’s attempt to sabotage Shamy’s relationship, Sheldon broke the news in the midst of his proposal in the most oblivious Sheldon Cooper way possible. 

After popping the question, Cooper received a call from Leonard and Penny asking where he wandered off to in a hurry. As Cooper explained his emergency trip to Princeton University to visit his girlfriend, he nonchalantly mentions that Dr. Nowitzki laid one on him. 

“I came to Princeton to see Amy,” Cooper tells Leonard and Penny over the phone as Amy looks on in the season premiere. “It’s a funny story, actually. I was having lunch with Dr. Nowitzki and she kissed me.”

While everyone’s jaw drops, Cooper continues his story.

“In that moment, I realized that Amy was the only woman I ever wanted to kiss for the rest of my life so I came to New Jersey to ask her to marry me,” says Cooper.

Instead of having a giant discussion about the real motive behind his proposal, everyone brushes it off, including Fowler, who’s too swept up in the moment and ecstatic at the thought of becoming Mrs. Cooper. 

But instead of celebrating an engagement that’s been in the works for several seasons, the episode quickly pivoted to an even bigger surprise about Bernadette and Howard expecting a second child. The surprise announcement pretty much overshadowed what could have been an episode centered around the newly engaged couple.

Even more shocking was that Fowler was okay with Nowitzki kissing her boyfriend. When Fowler has the opportunity to confront Nowitzki at the end of the season premiere she simply hugs and thanks the shocked doctor instead of giving her a stern talking to for making moves on her boyfriend. Even Nowitzki appeared shocked. 

While we’re happy that Shamy is heading for the aisle, the premiere could have spent a bit more time exploring the couple’s engagement, which has been a long time coming, and the events which led up to it.

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Influencer Marketing is Broken – Think Expert Marketing Instead

According to Kevin Knight of Experticity, influencer marketing is broken. Instead, brands should think about expert marketing.  

“Influencer marketing today is about reach. Expert marketing is about trust,” Knight says.  

Focusing mostly on reach, i.e., through celebrities and those with huge followings, is where influencer marketing goes wrong. Instead of focusing primarily on influencers who have a large reach, brands should look for those who move others through their expertise and who willingly share that expertise in what he calls thoughtful reviews.  

Experts are influencers whose passion, experience and knowledge make the trusted sources for advice. They are more influential than celebrities, he says.

Knight spoke at the Influencer Marketing Days conference going on today and tomorrow in New York. A veteran of working at Facebook, Google and Pinterest, Knight is now chief marketing officer of startup Experticity, a platform for connecting brands with expert influencers.

There are three types of influencers, he says, and it’s critical to understand the motivations of each type, how they earn, and how they influence.  

Experts – These are people you’ve probably never heard of. Experts may be someone with a day job.  Or they may be someone who does tutorials and dispenses advice on videos or a blog. Think of a great in-depth review, and this type of person may come to mind.  

The example Knight used is Kristin Genn with 32,000 YouTube followers. She has fewer followers than Kim Kardashian by far. But unlike KK, she gives advice.

Publishers – These are influencers who have started some kind of publication, such as a blog. Publishers make their money from building up an audience just like any media outlet. The example he gave is Design Mom. She started a blog years ago that she focuses on.   

Tastemakers –  These are celebrity types, with huge social followings. The example he gave is Amber Fillerup with 1.3 million followers on Instagram. She started as an expert, publishing tutorials on hair braiding on YouTube. From there she became a tastemaker. This year she is projected by some to make between $2 and $4 million.

Amber Fillerup doesn’t recommend products or speak about a particular product’s virtues over another product. She simply presents an item to her followers as something she likes, Knight points out.  She influences through inspiration, he says.

Knight says that when brands focus primarily on reach, they’re concentrating at the top of the sales funnel — i.e., on heightening awareness.

By focusing on experts you’re getting closer to consumers at the bottom of the funnel, i.e., those with buying intent. Experts create content which is more authentic, and moves people to buy. He points to a study which showed that 82 percent of people said they’d be likely to follow the recommendations of experts.

“Connecting with influencers is good. Connecting with experts is better,” said Knight.

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