Should there be a free ‘open’ platform for smaller agents to access proptech?

first_imgHome » News » Should there be a free ‘open’ platform for smaller agents to access proptech? previous nextProptechShould there be a free ‘open’ platform for smaller agents to access proptech?Charlie Wright yesterday convened major tech firms to discuss the idea, which would enable independent agents to use proptech without having to pay for the big property software suites, it is claimed.Nigel Lewis28th June 201801,467 Views Property software guru and small agent champion Charlie Wright’s latest venture BestAgent is making a bid to disrupt its big software rivals such as DezRez, EstatesIT and Jupix by creating a free-to-use ‘open’ tech platform for independent agents to access.Fresh from his ultimately failed attempt to set up a trade organisation for smaller agents in 2017, Charlie launched BestAgent in April this year and is now working with 13 industry suppliers.It is a free-to-use platform that enables agents to run their business including uploading properties to the main portals, GDPR compliance and creating and running their own website.Charlie’s venture also offers agents access to all the industry’s key tech and non-tech suppliers including boards, insurance products, marketing, legal compliance, online signatures, analytics, online chat and rental deposit protection.Open platformBestAgent gathered all the MDs of these suppliers yesterday at a hotel in Reading to discuss creating an ‘open platform’ to tackle the problem of tech integration within the industry.Most tech firms such as Gazeal, ViewMyChain and BriefYourMarket don’t share an ‘open’ way of plugging into a commonly used platform to enable agents to access them all at once.To do this, agents must sign up to one of the big paid-for software suites such as DezRez which, for example,  offers its client agents access to 10 plugged-in proptech services.“We have been surprised by the number of requests from proptech companies looking to integrate with a property marketing platform to make it easier for agents to buy their services,” says Charlie (pictured).“Once we grasped the full extent of demand for this need to integrate, from both agents and industry suppliers, we realised that the platform we are already constructing for our existing partners to integrate their products could be expanded into a fully open platform; legally compliant, technically robust and totally secure.“[This] would allow small agents easier access to trials of new products and allow all industry suppliers an easier route to market for their products.”joomla property software Bestagent charile wright dezrez estatesIT June 28, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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US creates European ballistic missile defense task force

first_img March 25, 2016 View post tag: US Navy Share this article View post tag: 6th Fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today US creates European ballistic missile defense task force View post tag: Ballistic The U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet operating in Europe and Africa has established a new task force that will be solely responsible for ballistic missile defense in Europe.On March 24, Commodore Jeffrey Wolstenholme assumed command of the newly established Commander, Task Force 64, as the unit was named.U.S. Vice Admiral James Foggo III said the move was made in order to “better address the changing threats in Europe”.The appointed Commander of Task Force 64, Commodore Jeffery Wolstenholme, said: “The United States made a commitment to our NATO partners called the European Phased Adaptive Approach, to help defend NATO Europe against Ballistic Missile threats from the Middle East.”“As part of this commitment to NATO, the Navy has established this new Task Force to be the operational commander for Aegis Ashore and the tactical commander directing our Ballistic Missile Defense forces in defense of NATO Europe.”The Navy said the establishment of CTF64 was in response to countering potential ballistic missile threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area and improving the defense capabilities of Europe.CTF 64 will be responsible for executing operational and tactical integrated air and missile defense for NAVEUR-NAVAF, while also providing direct support for Aegis BMD planning to Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Air Command.European Phased Adaptive Approach is the U.S. national contribution to the NATO BMD mission. Naval assets that fall under the EPAA umbrella are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, USS Carney, USS Donald Cook, USS Porter and USS Ross.An Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System is already in place in Deveselu, Romania. It reached technical capability declaration in December 2015, and is currently working toward operational certification. A second AAMDS is scheduled to be built in Redzikowo, Poland, with ground breaking sometime in 2016. Authorities US creates European ballistic missile defense task forcelast_img read more

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£15m art collection bequeathed to Oxford University

first_imgOver 400 works of modern Chinese art have been bequeathed to the Ashmolean museum by Michael Sullivan, a recently deceased Emeritus Fellow of St. Catz college. Professor Sullivan was an art historian and possibly the foremost counsel on Chinese art in the Western world. Upon his death, aged 96, in September, he bequeathed his extensive private collection to the Ashmolean museum.The collection contains over 400 works and has been described by the museum as, “The greatest private collection of modern Chinese art in the West”. Conservative estimates of the combined works’ value come to around £15m. During his long and distinguished career he was one of the first academics to bring the achievements of modern Chinese artists to light, publishing his first work on 20th century Chinese art as early as 1959.Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, said:“Michael Sullivan was a longstanding friend and supporter of the Ashmolean and it was through his forethought and generosity that we have received this outstanding collection.“His paintings will be displayed, on rotation, in the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery where they will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors; and scholars around the world will have the opportunity to use the works in their study, teaching, and research. We hope that it is a fitting testament to a great art historian and collector.”           A small set of paintings from the collection has been exhibited for some time already at the museum, as the ‘Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection of Modern Chinese Art’. Khoan Sullivan was Prof. Sullivan’s late wife and a Chinese national. The couple met on one of his first visits to the country; they were married in 1943 and remained so for sixty years, until her death in 2003.Wenyi Wang, a student at Teddy Hall and President of the Oxford University Chinese Society, was effusive about the donation:“I think this gorgeous gift from Prof. Michael Sullivan is very beneficial for our society and could give the public a brilliant chance to get in touch with Chinese culture and art. I believe Chinese art should be granted more attention and have the same status as its Western counterpart.”Walter Arader, a dealer of Asian art and DPhil candidate in Tibetan art at St. Cross college, said:“With the exuberant prices that similar works are fetching at auction these days, many selling for tens of millions USD, the gift [Professor Sullivan] has left to the Ashmolean is unprecedented for a university museum.  “The collection will surely draw visitors from around the world and in particular in November during Asian Art Week in London.  This gift will also hopefully spur the University to further the study of contemporary and classical Chinese art history.  “The collection is unique in that it was assembled at a time before the rampant forgeries that now plague the field were being produced. Professor Sullivan’s collection is a rare gem of the contemporary art market in that it was lovingly and carefully selected by a world authority in the field before the present time in which virtually every work’s authenticity must be called into question.”last_img read more

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Fleet Foxes “Cover” Phish The Day After Phish Covered Them At MSG [Watch]

first_imgOn Wednesday night–“Traditional Powdered Donut” night at Phish‘s “Baker’s Dozen” residency–the Vermont jam kings opened their show with a theme-appropriate a cappella rendition of Fleet Foxes‘ “White Winter Hymnal.” The out-of-left-field indie cover debut made a big splash with Phish fans, some of whom already had tickets to catch the band’s first tour in years at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn next week. You can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” below, via Phish’s YouTube page:Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold acknowledged the tribute in a series of Instagram comments, in which he proclaimed that the crossover was “so wild.” On Thursday night in Portland, ME, Fleet Foxes returned the favor, mustering a brief cover of Phish’s “Bouncin’ Around The Room.” From there, Pecknold joked from stage that, “oh on, um, we’re trying to learn–ok, this is a Phish song…what we’re about to play, this is a Phish song” before launching into “White Winter Hymnal”–which we know, of course, is actually one of his own originals. You can watch fan-shot video of Fleet Foxes’ amusing nod to Phish below, via Facebook user Rob Sheppard:For a full list of upcoming Fleet Foxes dates, head to the band’s website. Phish continues their Baker’s Dozen run with a “Double Chocolate” performance tonight.[h/t – Relix][Cover photo (Phish) – Rene Huemer/Phish_FTR]If you’re in town for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

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A challenge from the deans

first_imgHarvard’s deans and the University’s provost have announced a new competition, challenging students to propose sustainable ideas that would improve urban life by 2030.The Deans’ Design Challenge: Urban Life 2030, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) and chaired by Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Cherry Murray, calls on students to work collaboratively across disciplines.“Urban populations are expected to grow by more than 50 percent in the next two decades, creating significant challenges to existing urban systems, infrastructure, and quality of life,” said Mostafavi. “Harvard is the ideal place to develop creative solutions to these problems, solutions that can only come from imaginative and entrepreneurial thinking. Today, we are challenging all Harvard’s students to bring their considerable energy to bear on these problems and together to imagine the future.”The challenge includes four topic areas: responsive cities, urban metabolisms, aging in place, and the future of consumption.  Organizers hope that the topics inspire a variety of projects and approaches, from installations or landscape plans to new business models and social and organizational changes. Any idea that would create change in a topic area is suitable.The challenge mirrors other deans’ challenges in structure.  In fall and winter, the i-lab will support team-building and provide programming, including a kickoff event at the i-lab on Dec. 3.  After an initial submission deadline in February, a judging round will take place in early spring.  Six teams will be selected as finalists and will receive $5,000 in seed money, mentorship, and tailored programs to further develop their ideas in advance of a “demo day” in May. A grand prize purse of $50,000 will go to one winner and up to three runners-up.“The deans’ challenges are an important outlet for the creative energies of entrepreneurial students who want to undertake projects with real-world impact — and to do them while they’re still in school,” said Provost Alan M. Garber. “We’re seeing more proposals, and they’re becoming more ambitious and more impressive. There is every reason to believe that the Deans’ Design Challenge will continue that trend.”“We hope the challenge prompts students to change the way they think about the world around them and to imagine and develop systems and structures that have real impact,” said Murray. “Just like nearly every global challenge, the problems that plague the world’s cities today and in the future will require solutions that combine technological approaches and an understanding of societal and cultural conditions. Bringing these perspectives together to solve real-world problems is at the heart of a Harvard education.”This challenge resembles the President’s Challenge, now in its third year, and the Deans’ Challenges for Cultural Entrepreneurship and Health & Life Sciences, each in its second year. The new challenge fuels growing interest in entrepreneurial programs that cross disciplines and studies.“Most studies at Harvard — like design, engineering, medicine, and business — lend themselves to cross-disciplinary collaboration. Entrepreneurship is a tool that students can leverage as they look to apply their ideas and grow their ventures,” said Gordon Jones, the i-lab’s managing director. “We’re thrilled to be bringing i-lab resources to the Harvard student community via the design challenge.  I look forward to seeing the ideas and projects that result.”last_img read more

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Garden Notes.

first_imgNow that summer vegetable gardeningis over, you might do well to look back and assess what was goodand not so good this year.Was that first tomato really worthall of the sweat, toil, bug-picking, weed pulling, watering, caring?Or was it all you had anticipated: luscious color, fully ripe,slightly acidic taste with that never-to-be-forgotten aroma.If it was all you wanted it tobe, can you remember the name of the cultivar you planted? Ifyou can’t, it might just drive you crazy over the winter. If youcan, write it down and get it for next year.Make a ListDid you eat the tiny little “greengrape” tomatoes or others you wished you’d planted last year?Get it in the book to plant next season.What about the pepper? Did youget it hot enough, or do you need to kick that capsaicin levelup three or four notches for next season? Did they make you somebeautiful pepper sauce for those greens in the fall? So versatileand so flavorful, if you can stand the heat.Did the squash have any flavoror did you have to put in extra onions to eat it? Put in yourbook for next year that you will look at growing three or fourof the newer varieties — both yellows and zucchinis — and mixingthem when cooking.Pick Your PotatoesWere the potatoes just reds andwhites? Yukon Gold and German Fingerlings, along with the blueones, add zip to your potato salads and creamed or mashed potatoes.Never had purple mashed potatoes?Because Daddy’s and Mother’s alma mater has purple and gold colors,my children are accustomed to purple and gold food, includingpotato salad. It’s not as shocking as green grits on St. Patrick’sday.Improve your garden, enliven youeating habits, change those drab food colors. And who knows –maybe the kids will eat Brussels sprouts.last_img read more

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Millennial roundtable: Mobile technology

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details Millennials will soon make up the majority of the work force in the United States and are prime candidates for financial institutions looking to gain long-term members. Providing this generation with the resources, tools and technology it needs to prosper financially will prove to be an invaluable investment for credit unions.Credit unions that deploy a mobile-first strategy are ideally positioned to serve this generation. Mobile banking is already a staple technology in the banking realm, typically including features such as account balance transfers, remote deposit capture, and transaction reporting. According to a 2014 report by the Nielsen Company, 67% of Millennials are interested in their financial institution providing tools and services which help them create and monitor a budget. Taking the mobile channel a step further and providing an integrated tool to track spending habits and issue alerts for potential overspending or fraudulent activity would be valuable to Millennials, helping them stay on track with their financial goals.Bluepoint recently held a roundtable discussion with credit union partners to gather from-the-field perspectives. Learn about mobile- and technology-based strategies your peers have in place to meet the needs of younger members.Damaris Gonzalez, Marketing Manager of Central Credit Union of Florida, discusses the value of providing traditional banking services through the mobile channel:“If we want to attract the younger generations and build lifelong relationships with them, we need to have the solutions and features they’re looking for and be able to provide those features where they spend the majority of their time — their mobile phones. These members aren’t likely to need direct deposit for their income yet, and being able to offer them the ability to deposit their checks through their mobile phones adds a huge convenience factor.”Mary Isaacs, Executive VP, CFO of Altra Federal Credit Union, speaks about the importance of building long-term relationships with Millennials and how technology plays a role in these efforts:“We definitely have a focus on Millennials and have tailored our product offerings to better serve this group. Millennials are at the right age to borrow and they have a reputation for being on the leading edge of technology. Proving them with the ability to conduct all of their transactions via their smartphones or from their laptops will allow us to gain their loyalty and build long-term profitable relationships.”Mindy Peep, Marketing Communication Manager at Warren Federal Credit Union, highlights the importance of tailoring products and services to meet specific demographic needs:“Generation Y is our largest and fastest growing segment, and the transfer of wealth will dictate this generation as the future stakeholders at Warren. We can’t afford to be complacent and hope we gain the loyalty of this generation [later] when they are making more money. The time is now… it’s up to us to gain their trust now. We don’t dictate to them that they need technology or mobile apps. Instead, we analyze their needs and develop products and services based on that response.”Sam Whitehurst, CEO of Summit Credit Union, discusses the role technology plays in helping credit unions compete with big banks and outside-industry competitors:“Our goal is to create world-class technology where members can get that ‘big bank’ type of technology, but still enjoy that small credit union community service feel- that unprecedented standard of service and convenience. Combining high customer service with outstanding technology is the sweet spot that allows us to compete with the large national banks and bring products and services to increase member convenience and attractiveness for younger members.”Millennials are entering the workforce further behind financially and embarking on significant life events such as buying homes, leasing vehicles, and getting married later than previous generations. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 69% of Millennials delay marriage due to concerns about financial stability, deeming a solid economic foundation as a necessary prerequisite for marriage. Providing the tools and technology they need to become and remain financially secure and able will allow credit unions to gain their loyalty and long-term membership.For more insights into millennial preferences and the best ways to reach this generation, read “Millennial Roundtable: Financial Education” and “Capturing the Heart of Millennials: How Community-Focused is Your Institution?”last_img read more

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Compliance: Analysis of DOD’s latest MLA guidance

first_imgThe Department of Defense published CUNA-requested guidance pertaining to the Military Lending Act last week. This new interpretive rule amends the guidance in three of the 19 questions and answers presented by DOD in August, and it clarifies a fourth issue not addressed in the August guidance.CUNA’s CompBlog examines the changes in detail. Areas covered in the new guidanceinclude:Purchase-money vehicle loansThe new guidance clarifies that whether a purchase-money loan loses its exemption from the MLA depends on what is financed.Generally, financing costs that are related to the collateral’s purchase will not eliminate the loan’s exemption from the MLA rule, but a loan that finances a credit-related product or service is not eligible for the exemption. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Airtel Adds Over 10 Lakh More Subscribers Than Reliance Jio in August: TRAI

first_imgtrai august TRAI August DataVodafone Idea lost many subscribers in AugustPhoto Credit: TRAIWhen compared to its performance in July, Airtel also saw a decline in subscriber additions from 32.60 lakhs to 28.99 lakhs in the month of August. However, it is significantly more than Jio’s performance in August. To be precise, Airtel added 10.35 lakh more subscribers than Jio in this month.- Advertisement – Vi (Vodafone Idea) lost about 12.28 lakh subscribers, a lot less than the 37.26 lakh subscribers lost in the month of July. BSNL made a modest gain of 2.14 lakh subscribers in the month of August. Airtel saw a monthly growth rate of 0.91 percent in wireless subscribers, whereas Jio lagged behind with a growth rate of 0.47 percent. According to TRAI, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh regions showed maximum growth of 1.13 percent in its wireless subscriber base during the month of August.Coming to broadband, TRAI report reveals that BSNL stood at 78.5 lakh subscribers at the end of August. Bharti Airtel came in second with 25.3 lakh subscribers, Atria Convergence followed with 17 lakh subscribers, and Jio sat with 12.5 lakh subscribers. In the wireless broadband category, Jio was at the top with 40.267 crores subscribers, Airtel was at 15.465 crore subscribers, Vi (Vodafone Idea) was at 11.991 crore subscribers, and BSNL was at 159 lakh subscribers.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Airtel managed to add more subscribers than Jio in the month of August 2020, the latest report from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) suggests. Airtel added 28.99 lakh subscribers, whereas Jio remained significantly behind with 18.64 lakh subscriber additions. Vi (Vodafone Idea) continued to lose subscribers with a decline of 12.28 lakh in the month of August. Reliance Jio enjoyed the largest share in the wireless telecom market with 35.08 percent market share and Airtel came in second with 28.12 percent market share.TRAI’s latest report for the month ending August 31 revealed that total wireless subscribers increased from 114.418 crores at the end of July to 114.792 crores at the end of August, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.33 percent. Reliance Jio’s subscriber additions significantly reduced in August, when compared to July, and it went down from 35.54 lakhs to 18.64 lakhs, respectively.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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DILG introduces new app to Guimaras students, faculty

first_imgAn orientation and workshop about themobile app ‘Development LIVE’ or DevLIVE was provided to over 200 students andfaculty of the Guimaras State College (GSC) here during the 2020 TransparencyCaravan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office. DevLIVE permits its users to observegovernment projects nearby using a built-in map and an interface project list,view other users’ overall sentiments, take photographs and send feedback togovernment projects. “DevLIVE app will allow the public toprovide feedback in terms of progress, timeliness, and effectiveness of localinfrastructure projects,” she said. “It can also be used offline,” sheadded. Once the application is installed on the mobile phone, users can stillutilize the app even if there is no available internet connection. It alsomaintains the anonymity of the identities of the users. BUENAVISTA, Guimaras – The Department ofInterior and Local Government has introduced a mobile application that can beutilized to report government programs and projects, DILG Project DevelopmentOfficer Junette Dawn Baculfo said. According to her, the application willhelp maximize the participation of citizens by providing a platform thatcontributes to the monitoring process of government projects through feedbackand accurate status information.  The mobile app displays Assistance toDisadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) projects and Assistance to Municipalities(AM) local infrastructure projects with details of the project titles, projectlocations, fund allocations, fiscal years and the GPS (Global PositioningSystem) coordinates.(With a report fromPIA/PN)last_img read more

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