Is the Real Revenue in Printing Money and Trading Sheep?

first_imgdana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market While many large communities continue to chase ad revenue and subscription models, I can’t help thinking the real money is in virtual currency and goods. Yesterday we featured an article about Beijing and the fact that TenCent (one of the country’s most successful social networks) makes 90% of its revenue from virtual goods. With China alone representing a $4 billion dollar market, many are looking to gaming and virtual goods as the next emerging space. Few investors know the gaming space as well as Benchmark Capital’s general partner Mitch Lasky. In addition to sitting on the board of Riot Games, Lasky’s firm invested in both Gaia and Linden Lab. Linden in particular has built an incredibly lucrative economy. The company’s in-world currency trades at about $250 Lindens to the US dollar with 2009’s revenue estimated to be $100 million dollars. With last Spring’s rumors that Facebook was considering a virtual currency, we asked Lasky to imagine what a Facebook dollar would do to casual gaming. He explains, “I actually think Facebook could be good for Zynga and other casual gaming groups. Having the Facebook brand behind this type of monetization could help dispel any Scamville-related issues and create some certification of quality. There would likely be some attacks, but rallying behind a central currency could definitely be beneficial.” While a Facebook dollar feels like a far off dream, how can startups profit from the emergence of new virtual economies? Let us know your ideas in the comments below. Related Posts last_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jesse Lawrence of TicketIQ, a reseller and market analysis site, said promoters misjudged their market when they priced the arena from $2,500 in the upper sections to $10,000 at ringside. He said roughly 10 percent of the 20,000-seat arena remained for sale.There were also plenty of closed circuit seats available at hotels owned by MGM Resorts at $150 each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile ticket sales have been spotty, the fight is still expected to do huge numbers on pay-per-view. Up to 50 million people are expected to watch the bout in the United States alone. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Lyceum sweeps first round SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Ticket prices for Saturday’s 154-pound fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are trending down, with many below the original list price.Some tickets at the T-Mobile arena could be had for as little as $1,100, while seats closer to the action were being listed on secondary markets for less than they originally cost. A day before the fight, there were also hundreds of tickets left at the box office.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

$50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO champion, chose Germany’s Marco Huck in an eye-catching matchup between two of the division’s top talents. Usyk said he selected the vaunted Huck to entertain his fans.“This is my wish opponent,” Huck said. “People say he is really good, an Olympic and world champion, but we will see when he gets in the ring with me.”IBF champ and unbeaten Russian Murat Gassiev faces mandatory challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, while Latvia’s WBC belt-holder, Mairis Briedis, takes on Cuban ex-heavyweight Mike Perez. Unbeaten WBA champion Yunier Dorticos gets Dmitry Kudrayshov.The semifinals are scheduled to be held early next year, with the finals in May. The exact dates and venues for the quarterfinal bouts will be selected shortly.“I really believe this has an opportunity to become the brand in the sport of boxing, the kind of tournament fighters really want to participate in because it will elevate their exposure and it will elevate their careers,” Schaefer said.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lebedev beats Flanagan to defend cruiserweight title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the 168-pound super middleweight tournament, WBA champion George Groves of Britain picked countryman Jamie Cox, and Callum Smith chose Sweden’s Erik Skoglund. Germany’s Juergen Braehmer will fight unbeaten Rob Brant, and Avni Yildrim will face the winner of Arthur Abraham’s bout with Chris Eubank on July 15.The cruiserweight division is more popular in Europe than in North America, and the tournament features the champions in each of the four major sanctioning bodies. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The World Boxing Super Series has announced the quarterfinal matchups for its upcoming tournaments in the super middleweight and cruiserweight divisions.The organization held a draw for the 16 participating fighters at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The $50 million tournament is backed by an international array of promoters including veterans Kalle Sauerland and Richard Schaefer. The field features five current world champions and nine unbeaten boxers.The top four seeds in each division were allowed to pick their opponents for the quarterfinal bouts, which will begin in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

BJPs young leaders take charge against Congress’ young MPs

first_imgKiren RijijuKiren Rijiju 35″I want to dispel the image of the ugly politician by proving MPs can deliver.” Education: BA LLB, Delhi UniversityConstituency: Arunachal (West), Arunachal PradeshHouse Attendance: 150/190 (79%)Scorecard: Initiated his party’s debate on the universities bill. Argued in favour of the tribals in the wildlife bill. Has spoken,Kiren RijijuKiren Rijiju 35″I want to dispel the image of the ugly politician by proving MPs can deliver.”Education: BA LLB, Delhi UniversityConstituency: Arunachal (West), Arunachal PradeshHouse Attendance: 150/190 (79%)Scorecard: Initiated his party’s debate on the universities bill. Argued in favour of the tribals in the wildlife bill. Has spoken 20 times, including on 11 bills and put in 88 questions (10 verbal), mostly related to his state.Personal File: His father was an MLA. Led the Tribal Students’ Federation before joining BJP. The only MP from the North-east who took his oath in Sanskrit. Carries a video clip of an A.B. Vajpayee interview praising him on his laptop.Field Work: Built a boys hostel at Basar for Rs 10 lakh; hospital at Tawang for Rs 20 lakh. Organised four health camps in areas like Lumla and Koloriang bordering China.Dushyant SinghDushyant Singh 33″I’m working towards development of my constituency with all communities.”Education: MBA (Hotel Administration), PG Diploma in Hotel Operations, SwitzerlandConstituency: Jhalawar, RajasthanHouse Attendance: 130/190 (68%)Scorecard: Championed the cause of tigers versus tribals in the wildlife bill. Debated three government bills, general and rail budgets and three special mentions. Raised 27 other issues, objected to the mention of Jats in NCERT books as marauders. Has tabled 410 questions.Personal File: Son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, worked in Sheraton Hotel, USA; Beau Rivage, Geneva. Avoids TV studios and the seminar circuit.Field Work: Spent Rs 65 lakh on a sports complex, Rs 10 lakh on a herbal garden and Rs 18 lakh on cowsheds. Got 68 handpumps, 98 classrooms and 28 public halls to his constituency.Dharmendra PradhanDharmendra Pradhan 37″I have tried to represent rural India. As a youth, raised youth issues.”Education: MA Anthropology, Utkal UniversityConstituency: Deogarh, OrissaHouse Attendance: 129/190 (68%)Scorecard: Spoke against religion-based quota and found flaws in the job guarantee bill. Spoke 18 times and raised the plight of miners in Orissa. Posed 75 questions (10 verbal), including one on whether programmes on nationalism were being shown regularly on TV.Personal File: An ABVP activist and former BJP youth wing chief, organised a ‘Sansad Gherao’ rally against price hike. Has won the Best Legislator Award in Orissa Assembly. Currently, a BJP secretary. His father Debendra Pradhan was a Union minister in the NDA Government.Field Work: Used his funds for electrification of 3,000 villages and construction of panchayat bhawans. Spent Rs 2 crore on high schools and secondary schools. To tackle water scarcity, got borewells and tubewells dug.Guharam AjgalleyGuharam Ajgalley 39″The biggest challenge before us is illiteracy. I do whatever I can.”Education: LLB, S.B.K.University, RaigarhConstituency: Sarangarh (SC), ChhattisgarhHouse Attendance: 117/190 (62%)Scorecard: Spoken four times. Wants compulsory singing of Vande Mataram in schools. Asked a question about rail projects in far-away Karnataka.Personal File: An RSS workerField Work: Spent Rs 1 crore on education, mostly on RSSrun Saraswati Shishu Mandir.Dhan Singh RawatDhan Singh Rawat 40″National issues should be raised by national leaders. I raise local issues.”Education: LLB, Udaipur UniversityConstituency: Banswara (ST), RajasthanHouse Attendance: 95/190 (50%)Scorecard: Yet to debate a bill. Spoke on the budget. Asked nine written and one oral question. Focused on the importance of herbs.Personal File: ABVP and RSS activist. Stopped practising law after he got elected.Field Work: Built 15 community centres, an indoor stadium, 21 cement and 34 gravel roads, 194 handpumps and 36 wells. Provided Rs 2 lakh for pipeline in Parlikalan.advertisementlast_img read more

QLD – Brisbane City Cobras U/18s Trials, Kedron

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10 months agoLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar: I had Liverpool offer at 16

first_imgLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar: I had Liverpool offer at 16by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has revealed he could’ve joined Liverpool before turning pro.Aouar is a target for Manchester City after impressing in the Champions League this season.He said, “Before signing my first professional contract with Lyon in July 2016, Liverpool was interested in me. “I was really thinking about the decision I needed to consider things carefully, what was best for my development.”And I chose Lyon because it is the club in my heart and my goal was to succeed here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

21 days agoMason ​Mount: Chelsea youngsters helping each other

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mason ​Mount: Chelsea youngsters helping each otherby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount believes there is a positive mentality within the Blues squad that is helping young players come through at the club.Boss Frank Lampard has made it his mission to integrate as many of the club’s youth products into the first team this season.The likes of Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enjoying extended game time.And Mount believes that all the youngsters help each other settle and adapt to the demands of being a first team player.”I tried to help Reece in his first start as much as I could but, me being only 20 as well, it’s only my second start,” Mount told reporters. “It’s weird. When you look around, there are so many inexperienced players in the Champions League, young players who just broke through this season.”It’s nice to have that around you where you can all help each other.” last_img read more

La Liga planning to name an award in Messis name

first_imgLa Liga president Javier Tebas has opened up on his desire to name an award after FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, considering his contribution to the league.“It would depend on Leo Messi but I’d love to have a La Liga award in his name… If he finishes his career in Spain, or most of it, I don’t believe anyone has contributed more to the competition.”Tebas, a Real Madrid fan, nonetheless believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has only strengthened the importance of Messi to La Liga. “Yes, the fact Cristiano Ronaldo has gone to Serie A means he’s even more important,” he said, as cited by Barcablaugranes.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Tebas also once again argued in favor of a Barcelona-Girona match taking place in Miami. “Our objective, of course, is that the match is played outside of Spain. Our objective is that it’ll be played on the 26th of January. I believe we have the right to do that and we’ll fight for it until the end.”The league president also spoke about rumors of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returning to La Liga. “I would like to see Neymar in Spain again, I don’t care which team,” he stated. The Brazilian has been linked with a return to FC Barcelona as well as a switch to Real Madrid.last_img read more

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