Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:35:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Nanotechnology May Be Worth the Wait http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/17/nanotechnology-may-worth-wait/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/17/nanotechnology-may-worth-wait/#respond Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:30:25 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20115 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers have developed a formula for creating a nearly perfect compound semiconductor that could lead to more efficient photovoltaics, safe and high-resolution biological imaging... Read More

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dna_2University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers have developed a formula for creating a nearly perfect compound semiconductor that could lead to more efficient photovoltaics, safe and high-resolution biological imaging and the ability to transmit massive amounts of data at higher speeds. According to Discovery News, there is even a chance that nanostructures will allow for internal imaging without the need of X-rays, which carry a risk.

Zintro expert Anco Blazev is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of hands-on experience in the solar industry. He has written about and consulted on the issues posed by the UCSB researchers in this study. Blazev says, “Nanotechnology is an exciting new way to do things, with many possible applications. While it shows promise in the R&D labs, mass scale production and deployment of functional devices and systems is a complex and expensive proposition that still needs a lot of work.”

Blazev shares an example. “Graphene- and other nanotechnology-based materials are presently used for making solar cells, but their efficiency and reliability are well below acceptable, while the initial and maintenance costs per unit power generated are far above those of the conventional solar technologies. But most importantly, nano-based solar cells cannot survive the high voltages and sun intensity of large scale power fields, which limits their application to some narrowly specialized markets.”

In terms of the medical field, Blazev says, “Nanotechnology is widely used as a delivery system, including some diagnostics procedures. Using nanotechnology instead of X-ray is a bit of a stretch of the imagination, but theoretically possible IF and WHEN the technology is fully developed, officially approved, and cost effective. This entire process might take decades.”

Blazev has come to his own conclusions. “Investing in nanotechnology is NOT for people who are looking for short term gains. Instead, it is for people who can wait a long time for repayment. Once the nanotechnology overcomes the problems in the different fields, however, the investors could see ROI never seen before.”

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Quora Raises $80 Million in Venture Capital http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/15/quora-raises-80-million-venture-capital/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/15/quora-raises-80-million-venture-capital/#respond Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:50:49 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20097 The question-and-answer website Quora has raised $80 million in a new venture capital round as it looks to increase growth and protect its independence. Tiger Global Management and four current... Read More

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Quora_logo.svgThe question-and-answer website Quora has raised $80 million in a new venture capital round as it looks to increase growth and protect its independence. Tiger Global Management and four current Quora investors –Benchmark. Matrix Partners North Bridge Venture Partners and Peter Thiel– are participating in the Series C round.

Although Quora won’t reveal the valuation the new round paced on the company, there has been speculation that it was higher than the $400 million Quora was valued at after a $60 million Series B round in 2012. When Tiger Global approached the company about investing, Quora was not actively seeking another round of venture capital. According to Marc Bodnick, leader of Quora’s business and community teams, accepting the additional funding was a type of insurance policy for the company.

Zintro expert and global sourcing specialist James Filbird helps companies and entrepreneurs find sourcing solutions for products they wish to sell in major brand-name retail stores in North America, Europe, Asia and other international markets. “While the news of Quora’s new round of funding (that gives them a stronger position in the online social media world) is important news, I don’t think that valuation is the most important aspect of their funding acquisition,” Filbird says. “I believe the most important benefit of having access to money and independence is the ability to create a stronger community that is more informed and educated. Quora should focus on developing a more refined Value Proposition so that they will continue growing a loyal tribal following that will ensure their stable growth and brand recognition. It’s a very competitive market in the global arena, so doing everything with the money and human capital a company has access to is vital for a company’s role and existence in the business world.”

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Part 2 of Marketing Tips for Consultants Webinar Series — “B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies” http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/13/part-2-marketing-tips-consultants-webinar-series-b2m-growth-visibility-niche-consultancies/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/13/part-2-marketing-tips-consultants-webinar-series-b2m-growth-visibility-niche-consultancies/#respond Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:59:23 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20083 Please join us for the second webinar in this series, presented by Kahshanna Evans, Director of Public Relations for Kissing Lions Public Relations.  “B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies”.... Read More

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Please join us for the second webinar in this series, presented by Kahshanna Evans, Director of Public Relations for Kissing Lions Public Relations.  “B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies”.  Thursday, April 17th @11:00am (EDT)Register Here (free)

 

Presenter’s Note: 

B2M, Growth and Visibility for Niche Consultancies will explore media strategy as it relates to visibility for owner operated small businesses and independent, highly specialized consultants. B2M will be introduced; a concept that will support small consultancies in better understanding essential steps for visibility as it relates to media and growth will be introduced. Topics will include content, social media, small business resources and media habits that support visibility. Estimated 40 minute presentation followed by a Zintro moderated Q&A.    Thursday, April 17th @11:00am (EDT) – Register Here (free)

About Kahshanna Evans: 

Founder of Kissing Lions Public Relations, Kahshanna Evans, brings the skills she developed working for over a decade in communication, wellness, fashion and both sides of the camera to her approach to publicity and professionalism. Two decades of working closely with top names in film and television, advertising and fashion influence her sense of brand-telling for niche and emerging brands in business, design, wellness and philanthropy. Ms. Evans has recently launched PR in the Happiness Economy, an educational workshop with ongoing enrollment to help clients review media strategy.  Thursday, April 17th @11:00am (EDT) – Register Here (free)

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What it means to be an Expert – Infographic http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/12/means-expert-infographic/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/12/means-expert-infographic/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:54:15 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20079 The post What it means to be an Expert – Infographic appeared first on Zintro Blog.

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Inquiry Roundup- Navigation and GPS http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/11/inquiry-roundup-navigation-gps/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/11/inquiry-roundup-navigation-gps/#respond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:54:04 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20071 Navigation System Import of GPS tracker into India .so licence requirement form WPC...more GPS Systems I need to speak with someone who has extensive experience in micro/nano GPS technology, and... Read More

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I need to speak with someone who has extensive experience in micro/nano GPS technology, and who can consult me on a design/business idea regarding the implementation of small, cost-effective GPS devices (and batteries) into an already existing, non-mechanical object, as well as the creation of software to accommodate the devices….more

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I have a legal case in Sonoma County, CA, wherein my client, while carrying his cell phone, fell on a sidewalk. The medical records show a history that indicates that he might not have been on that sidewalk. He says that his cell phone GPS puts him at the sidewalk at the time of the fall, but he is not an expert. Do you have anyone local, reasonably priced, who might be able to render an expert opinion after examining the device?….more

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Chevron Phillips Breaks Ground on New Project http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/10/chevron-phillips-breaks-ground-new-project/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/10/chevron-phillips-breaks-ground-new-project/#respond Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:39:55 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20061 Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has broken ground on a US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project at the company’s existing Cedar Bayou plant in Bayton, TX. A groundbreaking ceremony held on April... Read More

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256px-A_Chevron_in_ChilliwackChevron Phillips Chemical Co. has broken ground on a US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project at the company’s existing Cedar Bayou plant in Bayton, TX. A groundbreaking ceremony held on April 2 marked the start of construction for the project, which according to the company, was sparked by increased shale resource development. The project was first announced in March 2011, and will include a 1.5 million tonne/year ethane cracker to be built at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, and two 500,000-tpy polyethylene plants to be constructed in Old Ocean, Texas.

Paul Cherry is a Zintro expert of Officium Projects and has broad strategic and operational experience in the petrochemical industry in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. “The Chevron Phillips Chemical ethane cracker is the first new investment project beginning construction to take advantage of the abundance of low cost ethane in North America which has resulted from the shale gas revolution,” Cherry says. “The profitability of North American ethane cracking is demonstrated by the fantastic margins and profitability currently enjoyed by companies such as Lyondell Basell, Dow Chemical and Exxon Chemical.

“Chevron Phillips’ project is just the first of many ethane cracker projects currently under development with other projects planned by Exxon, Dow, Shell and Formosa as well as foreign petrochemical companies including Mexichem, Braskem, Indorama, Sabic and PTT, which demonstrates that the US has become the ‘El Dorado’ of the global petrochemical industry with companies coming from all over the world to make their fortunes, something which would have been unheard only a few years ago.

“The big challenge for these projects will be managing the exports of the ethylene derivatives to be produced. Traditionally, US petrochemical companies have not seen export markets as core, but rather as an outlet for excess product. However, these new projects will need to sell the majority of their derivative output in offshore markets such as Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. These markets are often more complex to serve than North American markets due to the challenges of financial risk, cultural differences, etc. North American petrochemical companies will need to come to terms with these challenges or risk passing on much of the margin from their projects to traders and distributors who have the skills and experience to serve these complex markets.”

John Menchaca is an independent consultant who specializes in chemicals and oil & gas services and equipment.  He says, “The planned Chevron Phillips ethane derivative plant in Baytown,Texas is an example of the US expanding industrial global competitiveness in the chemical sector. We will see other plant announcements like this one as our natural gas led competitiveness is being fueled by the global export market for US made products. Polymers. such as polyethylene for many diverse applications. are just one beneficiary of the natural gas industrial boom that is expected in steel, chemicals, and many energy intensive sectors of the US economy. This secular change will lead to many similar investments in the US for years, and will build a stable base in manufacturing to export markets, create jobs and a gradual momentum that will last for years in the US.”

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We added a new feature to increase your response limit for free! – April Newsletter http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/10/added-new-feature-increase-response-limit-free-april-newsletter/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/10/added-new-feature-increase-response-limit-free-april-newsletter/#respond Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:25:33 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20034 We received several requests by basic users asking for ways to increase the daily response limit. As you probably know by now, Basic users are able to respond to up... Read More

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We received several requests by basic users asking for ways to increase the daily response limit.

As you probably know by now, Basic users are able to respond to up to one Inquiry per day completely for free, and if you are in the first two basic responses you will also clear the response queue.

Don’t miss the opportunity, come in every day!
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If you don’t want to upgrade yet but want to raise your response limit for free, you can do so by sharing your Zintro link to your personal network.

For every user that signs-up through your link you will get +1 free response per day for life.

To get your share link:

  1. Respond to an Inquiry to reach the response limit. You will get a red notification bar on top indicating that you have reached the daily limit.
  2. Click on the button to raise your limit.
  3. Copy your link and paste it in linkedin, facebook, twitter and any other personal or professional network you belong to.

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‘Switching on the Growth Engine’ a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in “Switching on the Growth Engine in Your Small Consulting Practice” – the first webinar in our Marketing Tips for Consultants series. Over 700 members registered for the event, presented by Brian Gladstein – CEO and Founder of Explorics – making it a huge SUCCESS!
Watch for details about the second webinar in the series – coming soon. We look foward to seeing you there!

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From the Blog

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First Solar Seeks New Opportunities: Another Look http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/09/first-solar-seeks-new-opportunities-another-look/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/09/first-solar-seeks-new-opportunities-another-look/#respond Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:57:38 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20026 A recent Zintro post discussed solar-panel maker First Solar’s plan to seek deals with industrial sites and warehouses to increase sales. First Solar has been looking for new opportunities as... Read More

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Zintro Gerard NJA recent Zintro post discussed solar-panel maker First Solar’s plan to seek deals with industrial sites and warehouses to increase sales. First Solar has been looking for new opportunities as U.S. power companies have begun to meet state requirements and no longer need to buy more solar energy.

Electrical engineering expert Gerry O’Halloran, P.E. adds his thoughts to the Zintro conversation. “The skill set for net-metered rooftop commercial is different than grid-tie utility scale farms. The ability to quickly and correctly navigate the potential structural & racking issues combined with the ability to tailor inverter selection and specify a cost-effective tie-in is crucial in making the project profitable.  FS has low wattage Cd-Te modules. Their ability to select projects where their engineering talents can be utilized in revenue-enhancing niche markets, such as storage and ancillary services, will be crucial to their success.”

O’Halloran has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree  in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a New Jersey P. E. license in Electrical Power. His experience includes designing and commissioning 20MW of solar photovoltaics.

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Accel Partners Raises Over $1 Billion http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/07/accel-partners-raises-1-billion/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/07/accel-partners-raises-1-billion/#respond Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:17:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20019 Palo Alto venture capital firm Accel Partners made headlines from earning $6 billion from its early investment in Facebook. The company is back in the news− this time for raising... Read More

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Zintro_Accel PartnersPalo Alto venture capital firm Accel Partners made headlines from earning $6 billion from its early investment in Facebook. The company is back in the news− this time for raising over $1 billion:  $474 million for a new early stage investment fund and $1 billion for a growth fund. Accel Partners closed the new funds on March 17.

Accel is seeking to invest in software infrastructure, cloud-based services, security, data storage, mobile applications, consumer applications, e-commerce, digital media and social media, partner Sameer Gandhi said in a recent interview. “This is a good fundraising environment because there are good opportunities across multiple areas of technology that are evolving simultaneously. It’s an exciting time to back tech startups,” said Gandhi.

Zintro expert Jack Worthington is Managing Partner of Arundel & Co., a private equity investment banking boutique firm focused on facilitating equity investment on a global basis. He is a consultant to private equity investors, hedge funds, and corporate acquirers globally.  “Clearly Mr. Ghandi is bullish on the tech IPO market within the next 3-5 years,” explains Worthington. “Or his firm needs to increase management fees and now is an optimal time to do it from their perspective.”

Forbes reported, “Famed Accel leader Jim Breyer will spend less time at the Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm, instead focusing his energy on personal investments through his own Breyer Capital.”

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Featured Expert: Sanchit Kumar http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/02/featured-expert-sanchit-kumar/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/02/featured-expert-sanchit-kumar/#respond Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:22:48 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=20007 Sanchit Kumar is a technical consultant and software licensing specialist. His experiences as a Microsoft Certified Licensing Sales Specialist and Adobe Certified Volume Licensing Specialist have proven valuable while consulting... Read More

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SanchitSanchit Kumar is a technical consultant and software licensing specialist. His experiences as a Microsoft Certified Licensing Sales Specialist and Adobe Certified Volume Licensing Specialist have proven valuable while consulting through the Zintro platform.

“My experience with Zintro has been very pleasant,” says Kumar. “It’s helped me reach out to new businesses as a consultant. I have also been able to network professionally because of its great platform.”

Kumar worked on a project with a leading market research firm that specializes in customized supply chain management reports. He explains, “I helped the client by providing consulting services on key market trends in the software and hardware industries− the best methodologies in procurement, how organizations are moving towards green procurement. I also provided them with insight on software licensing and its trends, and answered questions such as:

  • How can companies can optimize the software inventory and save money?
  • Is it better to depend on a single vendor for all of IT needs vs. multi-vendor?
  • Should companies manage the procurement decisions at home office globally, or should they do it at regional subsidiary levels?
  • Is it better to go with bundled procurement (hardware and software together from an OEM) or an A la carte model?
  • What are the pros and cons of different approaches in procurement

In addition, I worked with them to help them classify different software resellers around the globe i.e. Tier 1, Tier 2, etc.”

Kumar’s project wrapped up successfully. “The client was very happy with my work. They sent me an email to show their appreciation.”

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IRS Rules on Bitcoin http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/01/irs-rules-bitcoin/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/04/01/irs-rules-bitcoin/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:01:58 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19995 According to the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) first ruling on the issue, the U.S. government will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes. The decision will provide certainty for investors,... Read More

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bitcoinAccording to the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) first ruling on the issue, the U.S. government will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes. The decision will provide certainty for investors, along with potential income-tax liability. Under the ruling, purchasing a $2 cup of coffee with Bitcoins bought for $1 would trigger $1 in capital gains for the coffee drinker and $2 of income for the coffee shop.

Zintro expert Amit Vujic is a CTO and Systems Architect at ePlus Systems Ltd. He shares his thoughts about the announcement. “First of all, we can consider the IRS move as a signal that a democratization process related to currencies has been started,” says Vujic.  “Time will confirm whether it is successful or not, but it looks to me as if it is an irreversible process. The IRS’ decision to consider a $2 coffee transaction as $1.00 in customer capital gain is problematic, because of the anonymous nature of Bitcoin. It’s not like payment card, so you can’t have access to owner info nor trace down every single Bitcoin.

“Perhaps it can work if the merchant has the opportunity to identify the customer, but it appears that it would only work for big transactions like buying a car or house, where the customer must be identified. But the magic of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is in the anonymous usage in a free ‘Internet Wild West’ world.”

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Oxfam Sees Threats to Food Security http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/31/oxfam-sees-threats-food-security/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/31/oxfam-sees-threats-food-security/#respond Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:15:24 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19981 Development charity Oxfam recently stated that the world is “woefully unprepared” for threats to food security, which are a result of drought and floods. Oxfam reported that extreme weather patterns,... Read More

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Oxfam_shop_on_Drury_LaneDevelopment charity Oxfam recently stated that the world is “woefully unprepared” for threats to food security, which are a result of drought and floods. Oxfam reported that extreme weather patterns, small increases in temperature and changes in rainfall patterns related to climate change are already harming food production.

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger,” Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima stated. “It could have grave consequences for what we all eat but the world is woefully under prepared for it.”

Zintro expert Mark Bishop is a veteran investment banker with primary expertise in large-scale upstream agribusiness producers. “The impact of climate change on agribusiness cannot be assessed on a global basis, and instead needs to be analyzed on a regional and specific crop type level. Specifically, climate change will have a variable impact on temperatures, rainfall patterns and severe weather events that will specifically have an effect on distinct climate drivers such as the ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) that impacts Australian drought cycles, rainfall patterns in the Americas, etc.

“In general, tropical/subtropical belt crop types such as cocoa, oil palm, sugar will generally benefit from increased temperatures allowing them to be produced in an increased range of latitudes over time. However, dry-land models dependent on rainfall may suffer in cases where rainfall distribution or levels becomes more variable.

“Non-Tropical belt row crops such as soybeans, corn, wheat etc. will likely be negatively impacted because of increased weather volatility, and as specific regions such as Queensland in Australia, the Brazilian Cerrado regions etc. appear to be at risk for becoming dryer overall− which will curtail yields unless irrigation is more widely employed relative to the dominant dry land cropping models.”
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Inquiry Roundup- Image Processing http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/28/inquiry-roundup-image-processing/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/28/inquiry-roundup-image-processing/#respond Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:40:49 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19975 Image Processing  I am interested in some help with ortho rectification of images acquired from airborne gimbal. I have the pointing meta data associated with the imagery. I want an... Read More

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I am interested in some help with ortho rectification of images acquired from airborne gimbal. I have the pointing meta data associated with the imagery. I want an efficient implementation using Intel Perfromance Primitives (IPP). Also interested in stablization of the these images…..more

Image Processing In MATLAB

Project needed to be done where i need to enhance the image and then apply mean shift segmentation and on segmented image apply normalized cut segmentation so that we can get an segmented image for further analysis……more

Image Processing 

I am an engineer in telecommunications engineer with an new idea for new software product.I’m looking to create a company that develop application for psychological analyses like (body language) and be able to give an appropriate results for users ( HR and pay experts and even for marketers) so I’m looking for experts in image processing for partnership in my business in order to start developing the idea…..more

Image Processing In MATLAB

The aim is to use matlab to develop an automated image analysis system with the use of light Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with camera and sensors, for monitoring oil pipeline Right of Way (buried pipeline). This system should be able to identify potential hazard and vandals along the pipeline ROW automatically and enable the pipeline operator to verify the hazards by a Graphical user Interface (GUI), which allows the operator to easily accept or decline automatically detected changes. The image processing part is as follows: For the automatic analysis of this work, algorithms will be developed for the change detection, object identification and reporting modules…..more

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Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna Show Effects of 2010 Gulf Oil Spill http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/27/bluefin-yellowfin-tuna-show-effects-2010-gulf-oil-spill/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/27/bluefin-yellowfin-tuna-show-effects-2010-gulf-oil-spill/#respond Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:50:07 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19968 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration backs researcher reports that crude oil from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Spill by BP may be responsible for heart defects and premature death... Read More

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Bluefin_trevally_trioThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration backs researcher reports that crude oil from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Spill by BP may be responsible for heart defects and premature death in tuna. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, crude oil exposure may slow heart rhythm, or cause uncoordinated heart rhythm, in bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and an amberjack species. Heart damage can be responsible for reduced swimming performance, jeopardizing a fish’s survival.

Zintro expert John Menchaca is a petrochemicals consultant who specializes in chemicals, oil/gas services and equipment, global sourcing and procurement. He discusses the effect of the study on BP’s reputation. “The biggest effect however might be as a reminder to global oil companies and their service providers of the never ending public relations associated with poor safety and operating practices. The result is that the oil and gas industry will operate at very safe levels despite the current future drilling in ultra-deep water, occurring in deeper and more difficult conditions.”

On April 20, 2010, crude oil began gushing into the Gulf. During the next 87 days, it discharged nearly 5 million barrels. The question of how the spill would affect fish and marine species has been a matter of discussion among federal agencies and scientists during the four years since the event.

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First Solar Seeks New Opportunities http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/26/first-solar-seeks-new-opportunities/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/26/first-solar-seeks-new-opportunities/#respond Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:17:43 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19960 First Solar, the largest solar-panel maker in the U.S., has announced plans to seek deals with industrial sites and warehouses to increase sales. CEO Jim Hughes spoke at an analyst... Read More

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SolarFirst Solar, the largest solar-panel maker in the U.S., has announced plans to seek deals with industrial sites and warehouses to increase sales. CEO Jim Hughes spoke at an analyst event in New York this week about pursuing smaller projects to increase sales by as much as 36 percent over the next three years.

Last year, the majority of First Solar’s sales came from selling large solar farms to utilities. However, as U.S. power companies have begun to meet state requirements, and no longer need to buy more solar energy, First Solar is looking for other opportunities. Hughes says he is seeking deals with U.S. commercial and industrial rooftops. In addition, he is working on deals in places such as India, Saudi Arabia, and South America.

Zintro expert Suresh Warrier, a CEO in the renewable energy sector, speaks about the solar industry in India. “The Solar scenario in India is surging forward and the installation is set to reach 5000 MW in a

nother 2 years,” says Warrier. “This is including roof top for residential and commercial (utility) scale installations. The reach out of First Solar to the Asian countries is commendable. The Indian Solar Policy has given a major boost in investment in India with almost all the Sate Governments following suit.”

Warrier has noticed consumers in India expressing more interest in solar energy in general. “With ROI also being good, the number of players is increasing,” Warrier says. “Consumers who were skeptical about installation are showing more interest off-grid, on-grid (roof-tops) and utility scale in various parts of India, particularly Rajastan, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Madya Pradesh. With Kerala coming with a draft policy which is going to be a trend setter in India, in net metering the overall feel-good approach to solar is on the increase.”

Zintro expert Mike Nemeth is a licensed professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience. He is currently President of Nemeth Energy Solutions, Inc., which provides solar and wind energy system design and installation management solutions. He says, “There is a huge potential market out there for just this kind of installation, as I continue to find with my own company. If they are looking for adding solar PV to existing warehouses, forget it. Most of them are not built to handle the extra rooftop weight – they can hardly handle snow load, let alone a few tons of solar PV modules. It really depends on how the building is built; some buildings can handle it and some would collapse under the weight. But with that, I wholeheartedly applaud First Solar’s focus! What a great way to bring distributed generation to industrial parks where their roofs are just going to waste!”

Anco Blazev is a Zintro expert with over 30 years of hands-on experience in the solar industry. He is currently CTO and acting president of a CPV and CPV-T equipment design and manufacturing firm in Arizona. “First Solar has two problems,” cautions Blazev. “First, their CdTe PV modules contain significant amounts of toxic, carcinogenic, heavy metal cadmium. Since the CdTe technology has not been proven safe for large scale (utility type) installations in the deserts, there is a serious danger of the modules contaminating the environment with time.

“Secondly, CdTe PV modules are less efficient than their mono- and poly-silicon competitors, thus require 1/4 – 1/3 more space for the same power output. Since rooftop space is limited, silicon PV modules are preferred in most cases. An exception here is geographic areas with limited solar insolation, since CdTe modules are somewhat more efficient at diffused light.”

According to the Bloomberg website, Arizona-based First Solar forecasts an increase in earnings in 2014 from $2.20 to $2.60.

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Zintro Webinar Series – Marketing Tips for Consultants Session 1 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/25/zintro-webinar-series-marketing-tips-consultants-session-1/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/25/zintro-webinar-series-marketing-tips-consultants-session-1/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:32:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19945 “Switching on the Growth Engine in Your Small Consulting Practice”. Presented by Brian Gladstein.   Do you have a suggestion for a webinar topic or presenter? Let us know Would... Read More

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A Glimpse of the Past with ‘Resurrection Ecology’ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/25/look-resurrection-ecology/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/25/look-resurrection-ecology/#respond Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:33:16 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19931 Lately, there have been a number of experiments in which scientists have revived various dormant organisms, some of which were discovered to be thousands of years old.  These experiments have... Read More

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MAMMOTHLately, there have been a number of experiments in which scientists have revived various dormant organisms, some of which were discovered to be thousands of years old.  These experiments have allowed researchers to use bacteria, viruses, plants, and animals to see the past in a unique way. This type of research has been labeled ‘resurrection ecology.’

Not long ago, the idea of bringing back a species via cloning was the subject of sci-fi blockbusters like Jurassic Park. However, in a recent NY Times article, a Russian professor discussed a mammoth dissection, saying there is hope that DNA will be found- making the idea of cloning the animal possible.

For now, exploring the process of reviving dormant organisms is a popular area of research. A recent study by Dr. Peter Convey and his colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey on Signy Island involved reviving moss samples that later turned out to be 1500 years old.

Zintro expert Dr. Mohammad Alavi is a microbiologist and research scientist, skilled in molecular and cellular biology techniques. He shares his thoughts about resurrection ecology. “It is well known that some unicellular microorganisms have dormant physiological states, in the form of spore or cyst, that can withstand harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time. But this is the first report of long-term dormancy in a multicellular organism. The importance of this [moss] study lies in its potential to help understanding mechanisms of long-term dormancy in multicellular organisms via cryopreservation .”

As far as what these studies could mean down the line, Dr. Alavi says,“The future implication of such studies may include survival during long term space travels, and cryopreservation of multicellular organisms, including humans, for future resuscitation. However, calling such research resurrection ecology may not be accurate. Natural selection and evolution work on a much longer time span than 1500 years and resurrection of one isolated species in the laboratory environment is not an ecological experiment.”
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Featured Expert: Ken Wade http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/24/featured-expert-ken-wade/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/24/featured-expert-ken-wade/#respond Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:54:55 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19915 Zintro expert Ken Wade founded and operated two independent vehicle leasing and rental companies with annual revenues of $13 million. That experience, as well as his time serving as staff member... Read More

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fleet-toyota-prius-wZintro expert Ken Wade founded and operated two independent vehicle leasing and rental companies with annual revenues of $13 million. That experience, as well as his time serving as staff member in sales and operations for two Fortune 1000 companies, prepared him for success as a consultant on the Zintro platform.

“I recently received an inquiry regarding current trends in the auto rental industry,” shares Wade about a recent project. “Through research with my contacts and within the industry, I was able to provide the requested information. One inquiry led to another follow-up with the same client.”

In addition to his years in fleet management, vehicle leasing, and operations, Wade has worked with start-ups, site selection, and commercial property management. His early training was as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Wade considers Zintro to be an important marketing tool, explaining, “The process is smooth and has certainly helped my visibility.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Apparels & Garments http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/21/inquiry-roundup-apparels-garments/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/21/inquiry-roundup-apparels-garments/#respond Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:46:06 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19911    Apparel Private Label I am an entrepreneur seeking to develop and manufacture a private label children’s sock line. View Inquiry   Apparel Manufacturing Manufacturers to make clothing of all... Read More

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I am an entrepreneur seeking to develop and manufacture a private label children’s sock line.

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Manufacturers to make clothing of all types and sizes and have many pictures and fonts to design and quality clothing. i am a first time person using this and would like to start my clothing business.

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Hi i am new in the fashion trade. i would like to start my own small fashion line with the smallest minimum order of quantity but yet with a reasonable pricing and quality! i am from singapore! I hope you can help me!

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Look for companies that can manufacture bulk clothing items eg t shirts my designs in an emerging online clothing business off shore and local

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Featured Expert: Scott Sachs http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/20/featured-expert-scott-sachs/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/03/20/featured-expert-scott-sachs/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:43:42 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=19900 Scott Sachs is the president of a customer service consulting company.  He utilizes his experience as a well-respected senior level executive to consult with clients about customer service and contact/call... Read More

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Zintro_Scott SachsScott Sachs is the president of a customer service consulting company.  He utilizes his experience as a well-respected senior level executive to consult with clients about customer service and contact/call center operations on the Zintro platform.

“Zintro provided the opportunity for me to assist an organization with an analysis for determining if they should outsource part of their customer service function. I was able to provide guidance on how to select a partner, various pricing methodologies, and assuring the appropriate KPI‘s are in place to assure an effective operation. “

Sachs thrives on working with companies that are at an inflection point in their customer service lifecycle. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany and has an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Sachs recently consulted on a project as a Zintro expert.  “Working with Zintro was very easy,” he explains. “Zintro helped connect me with the client and then stepped back and let the process proceed. Billing went very smoothly, and I even received my payment quicker than expected. I look forward to additional opportunities working with Zintro.”

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