HTC CoFounder Cher Wang to Take Some Duties From CEO

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read A workload shift at HTC will increase the duties of co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang as the company focuses on regaining market share.Wang will take on operational duties for the Taiwanese smartphone maker, and CEO Peter Chou will lessen his load at the company to focus on innovation, according to the Financial Times.In what is being touted as a temporary move, Wang will expand her day-to-day presence from two to six days a week to work on sales, marketing and supplier relationships, according to the FT. Chou, who has served as the company’s CEO for nearly a decade, will concentrate on product development.“I have become very focused in the past couple of months. Before that I was too busy,” Chou told the FT. “I took on too many things. I need to be more focused on innovation and [the] product portfolio.”Related: HTC’s Cher Wang on Innovation and the ‘It’ Product It’s been a rocky period for the company. In October, the smartphone and tablet maker reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss. It was the first quarterly loss for the company since going public. Some wondered if Chou would stick around but, in June, he reportedly said he had no plans to leave HTC.Earlier this year, the company introduced the HTC One, a smartphone expected to be a competitor to Apple and Samsung mobile devices, but failed to make a huge dent in the market.Last year, Wang spoke to Entrepreneur.com about staying ahead of trends. “We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience,” she said. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 21, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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A Device to Help You Sleep Better Raises Almost 500K in Two

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A kid who didn’t go to college wants to change the way we all sleep. And, judging by the explosive success of his Kickstarter campaign, a lot of people want to sleep better.Former Thiel Fellow James Proud announced his latest innovation on Kickstarter yesterday. It’s a system that tracks your sleep and the conditions of your bedroom to help you sleep more soundly. Since hitting uber popular crowdfunding site yesterday, the sleep device, called Sense, has raised approximately $470,000, already more than four times the $100,000 goal.A pledge of $99 gets a campaign backer the Sense sleep system, a $30 savings off the pre-order price. Image credit: HelloRelated: 3 Alarm Clock AlternativesDevelopments in wearable tech have made it de rigueur to track every every part of your physical day. Sleep is a particularly hot segment of the trend. Several sleep-tracking systems appeared at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this year, including Aura and Basis Band.This is not Proud’s first company since graduating from the esteemed Thiel Fellows program. He sold his live music sharing platform GigLocator and his San Francisco-based company that has developed and prototyped the Sense is called Hello.   Proud’s use of Kickstarter to launch and promote his newest product is also a definitive comment on the evolving purpose of crowdfunding. Kickstarter is as much about raising cash as it is about prototyping these days. In January, Hello raised $10.5 million from the undisclosed investors, according to Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure documents.Related: 12 Things Successful People Do Before BreakfastWhile the $470,000 (and counting) that Proud has raised on Kickstarter is impressive, it’s also small change compared to $10.5 million. What’s invaluable, though, is the market feedback: the Kickstarter campaign tells Proud that his product is going to hit a hot market when it launches. That’s priceless information. Image credit: HelloRelated: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?“Let’s talk about something that every single one of us does, but most of us don’t do as well as we should: sleep,” says Proud in a video on his Kickstarter page. “We spend a third of our lives doing it, our days depend on it, but we still neglect it.”The Sense system has three components: A globe-shaped structure that sits on your bed side table, a small pin that clips to your pillow, and, of course, an app that runs on your smartphone. The system monitors temperature in your bedroom, sound, your movement and when you are in your deepest sleep rhythms. The “smart alarm” will only wake you up when you are in an ideal place in your sleep rhythms to be woken up. (Check out the video embedded below to see the device in action.)“While you sleep at night, you have no idea what is happening. Nobody is even thinking about the most important room of our lives and how it impacts us: the bedroom,” says Proud. July 24, 2014 Enroll Now for Free 3 min readlast_img read more

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Next step in Goways succession plan with appointment of new COO

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel Monday, February 5, 2018 John FeenaghtyTORONTO — John Feenaghty has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of Goway Travel as the company focuses on long-term plans including the gradual retirement of Goway’s founder and President, Bruce Hodge.Feenaghty’s mandate includes growth in all areas of the company, spearheaded by an anticipated surge in UK/Europe volume.As reported in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of Travelweek, Hodge says his goal is to grow Goway’s UK and Europe business to be as big as the company’s Downunder business – that includes Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands – in 3 years.Goway Travel’s UK/Europe division is now headed up by industry veteran Craig Canvin.Goway is also looking at the ultimate development of a North American program. The latter will mean Goway offers ‘the world’, and includes plans to open wholesale offices in Australia and the UK.Feenaghty has 25 years of experience across a variety of travel industry fields. His most recent tenure was with Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia where he held a number of senior roles over his 14 years. His broad experience covers retail, wholesale, product, e-commerce, operations and marketing.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaStarting out in the RAAF as a flight steward nearly 30 years ago, John moved from hospitality to travel, with a career at the Queensland Government Travel Centre in Brisbane. A few years followed with Thomas Cook retail, Sunlover Holidays, and a short stint in the U.S. with an Australian travel specialist.In 2003, he took over the Marketing division of Flight Centre’s emerging wholesale brand Infinity Holidays for several years. This evolved into key roles across the company, including GM of Quickbeds.com, SVP Product & Marketing at Liberty Travel (USA based) and GM of Product & Marketing with the Infinity Group.“During my time in the USA, I was well aware of Goway, and am looking forward to moving back to North America to assume this role for such a well-respected company,” said Feenaghty.Feenaghty will also oversee the rise of Adam and Bronwyn Hodge, as they assume senior leadership roles in the business. Bruce’s wife Claire, from South Africa, was a passenger on his last European tour, joined him a year after starting Goway. All four members of the Hodge family contribute to the success of Goway.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHodge launched Goway in 1970 in Toronto. A former research economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia and European camping tour leader, he initially operated his fledgling business out of a two-bedroom apartment, and worked in a peanut butter factory at night to maintain cash flow.These days Goway has offices in Toronto, L.A., Vancouver, Sydney and Manila, a staff of over 300 people and a reputation for providing customized experiential travel arrangements to long-haul globetrotters.With the appointment of Feenaghty and other recent high-level executives, Hodge said he is not slowing anything down at Goway. “We are improving a well-oiled machine that is not only picking up speed but knows where it is going,” he said.In 2020 the company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.“All I see are opportunities,” said Hodge. “I only wish I was 10 years younger.” Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by Next step in Goway’s succession plan with appointment of new COOlast_img read more

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How perceptive is Canada compared to other countries Take the quiz here

first_img Posted by Thursday, September 13, 2018 Share Travelweek Group How perceptive is Canada compared to other countries? Take the quiz herecenter_img TORONTO — Way to go, Canada! We’re not as ignorant as other countries of the world.According to a new survey from Ipsos MORI, Canada ranks 32nd in The Perils of Perception 2017 survey. The good news? The United States fared even worse in 23rd place.The study, says Ipsos, highlights how wrong the online public across 38 countries are about key global issues and features of the population in their home country. A total of 29,133 interviews were conducted between Sept. 28-Oct. 19, 2017 via the Ipsos Online Panel system.“Across all 38 countries in the study, each population gets a lot wrong,” said Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, London. “We are often most incorrect on factors that are widely discussed in the media, such as deaths from terrorism, murder rates, immigration and teenage pregnancy.”Duffy added that there are multiple reasons for these errors, “from our struggle with maths and proportions, to media and political coverage of issues, to social psychology explanations of our mental shortcuts or biases.” But based on previous studies, he added, “this is partly because we overestimate what we worry about: the more we see coverage of an issue, the more prevalent we thing it is, especially if that coverage is frightening or threatening.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?South Africa received the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions, with Brazil and the Philippines rounding out the top three.Here is the complete list:South AfricaBrazilThe PhilippinesPeruIndiaIndonesiaColombiaMexicoTurkeySaudi ArabiaArgentinaItalyChileJapanMalaysiaFranceSouth KoreaHungaryNew ZealandNetherlandsHong KongPolandUnited States of AmericaRussiaGermanyAustraliaChinaSingaporeIsraelGreat BritainBelgiumCanadaSerbiaMontenegroSpainDenmarkNorwaySwedenHow well do you think you know your stuff about Canada’s top issues? Take the Ipsos quiz here: http://perils.ipsos.com/quiz/index.html Tags: IPSOS, Statistics << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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