Paradise softball loses lead late, falls to Red Bluff, 6-5

first_imgParadise >> For about six innings the Paradise High softball team appeared headed back to the Northern Section Division III final against top-seeded Foothill. But the anticipated rematch was not to be after No. 3 Red Bluff rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning off Savannah Berkowitz to upend the second-seed and end the Bobcats’ season, 6-5 Wednesday night in the section semifinals. “They just outplayed us, we were a little flat maybe we looked past this game a little bit,” …last_img read more

Netflix API Requests Grew 4X in 4 Months

first_imgTags:#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Jacobson writes that the API grew by “about 37x in 13 months”. Even more noticeably, API requests more than quadrupled over the last four months, with 4 billion requests in October turning into 20 billion requests in January. What do these numbers reflect? According to the blog, part of the growth seen in API requests comes from at least one terribly inefficient device. “One of our device implementations accounts for about 50% of the total API calls,” writes Jacobson. “That same device, however, is responsible for significantly less streaming traffic.”Is that what happened in October? Or is Netflix’s increasing emphasis on streaming showing up in the API numbers as well? We do know that Netflix started its streaming program in Canada around this time, as well as its program in the U.S. – is that enough to cause API requests to quadruple in such a short period?The company did say that it added 3.1 million subscribers in Q4 of 2010 alone. If the switchover to streaming-only subscribers is showing up in the API request numbers, then an API redesign is certainly the next step before making the plunge overseas. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the big stories for DVD and streaming-movie subscription service Netflix has been its tremendous growth over the last year. According to its recent earnings report, the company added 7.7 million subscribers in 2010, more than doubling the 2.9 million it added in 2009. Today, the company announced on its technical blog that it would begin redesigning its API – the software interface that allows your XBox, Google TV or Roku to stream content and apps like Instant Watcher to pull content from Netflix’s catalog – and shared some interesting stats regarding its use over the past year.According to Netflix director of engineering Daniel Jacobson, “the transformational moment for the API was when we started to use it to deliver the streaming functionality to Netflix ready devices.” mike melansonlast_img read more

When Your Prospect Steals Your Idea

first_imgYou worry about your dream client taking your big idea and executing it themselves—or worse, giving the idea to your competition. As unfortunate as this is, it is a necessary risk and part of being consultative. One way to make this point is to recognize how absurd it would be to try withholding your insights and ideas.Client: “Do you have any ideas about what wevmight do to improve?”You: “Yes, I do.”Client: “What should we be considering? What should we do?”You: “I know the answer.”Client: “What is it?”You: “I can’t tell you.”Client: “You can’t tell me?”You: “No. I can’t.Client: “What? Why not?”You: “You are just going to have to trust me and sign the contract.”Client: “Sign a contract to do what?”You: “Help you get the result you need.”Client: “But, shouldn’t I be able to understand how you are going to help before I decide? What if it isn’t something we can do?”You: “I’ll tell you what the solution looks like after you sign the contract, then you will know how we produce those results.”Client: “What, is it a secret?”You: “Yes. No one knows how we get these results. We hold this secret sacred. We can never allow our competitors to discover it.”Client: “Thank you so much for your time, Johnny Illuminati.”Being a Consultative SellerYou cannot be consultative without sharing your ideas and insights.Mostly, what you do isn’t so different that your competitors couldn’t do the same thing if they wanted to. The reason they don’t is that they don’t want to, or they are executing a different strategy or business model. Nothing stays a secret forever, and in many industries, people find very similar ways to get to the same result—or something close. Over time, things tend towards commoditization.If you are ahead of your competition in some area, giving them the idea doesn’t mean they could execute if they tried, which is why real differentiation tends to last awhile. People and companies don’t change easily or quickly.When a prospective client runs off with your idea or passes it off to your competitor, they often continue to have the same problems, including a lack of new and relevant ideas and a partner who can’t fill that gap.When this happens, you need to address it. You cannot avoid difficult conversations.You: “I would love to keep sharing ideas with you, but to do that, you’re going to have to commit to letting us help you execute them. While we would love to serve you, we aren’t interested in helping teach our competitors how to think about the problems we solve. Is that fair?”last_img read more