Chances are that if someone breaks into your business, they’ll have enough of an IQ to know that your computer may be storing surveillance data. Think like a burglar: If you really wanted to cover you tracks, you would do everything possible to destroy any computers in the premises. Surveillance data is stored in computers, VCRs, and other data-gathering equipment.
Casing the place isn’t difficult, especially if it’s small. Chances are you don’t hide your surveillance equipment effectively. And even if you did, there’s a chance that the burglar will take the time to try and find what is controlling the cameras. Wireless surveillance helps, since people doing B&Es (short for “breaking and entering”) usually follow cables to track the surveillance source. However, the best place to keep your data is far, far away from you.
But you’re not going to run cables through hundreds, or even thousands, of miles from your location, are you? We have this wonderful thing called the cloud that can help solve this problem for you. You’ve worked hard to get your business afoot! The best thing you can do to protect your baby is to implement cloud-based surveillance (known as VSaaS, or “Video Surveillance as a Service”). Take a gander at a couple of solutions I’ve found for you:
- ControlByNet i-flashback Cloud - CCTV is out of style, and CloudByNet doesn’t hesitate to make that point. Their i-flashback Cloud solution caters to small- and medium-sized businesses that are looking for an affordable and manageable solution that can scale according to their needs. Their software claims to minimize the cost of running hardware and keep your data on a secure server. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any pricing data. It probably depends on the quantity of cameras you want installed in your location.
- Smartvue Cloud Video – Here’s a really interesting offer! Smartvue tailors its product according to your needs. You don’t necessarily need to have your video data on the cloud. You can buy one of their surveillance servers for as little as just under $300. You can also include a data plan that allows up to 100 GB of storage on the cloud for $25 a month.
- ivideon – If the other two solutions gave you butterflies in your stomach, I can’t wait until you hear about this one. Ivideon, a Russia-based company, offers secure cloud video surveillance for up to 2 cameras for free. Their pricing on other plans varies depending on how long you want information archived and how many cameras you install. The home plan, for example, gives you a live video feed and archive for $0.10/day/camera, giving you the option of archiving for up to 30 days ($0.5/day/camera), for up to 16 cameras. Their “business” plan raises the live video price to $0.2/day/camera but raises the 16-camera limit to a whopping 5,000 cameras. Added to this, you get to export videos as AVI files (to be played with VLC or Windows Media Player) and you also receive email notifications.
Of course, there are many things you may want to record that don’t have anything to do with burglary. But when it comes to running a tight ship, you have to make sure that a B&E can’t happen without eyes prying all over it.
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You know who you are. You check into CrunchBase every day, maybe a few times, just to make sure your competition has not closed that new round. If you are that guy, CrunchBase is about to make your life a little easier. Today we are launching the CrunchBase Daily, an email roundup of the latest funding data from CrunchBase. You can sign up for the CrunchBase Daily by joining our mailing list or following us on Twitter where we’ll tweet each day’s recap.
The first version of the CrunchBase Daily will focus on new funding rounds, which we are capturing at a rate more than double earlier this year. That surge is partly due to our CrunchBase Venture Program, which we announced six weeks ago at Disrupt NY and has grown to more than 200 investment firms. This month alone, CrunchBase has already recorded 417 rounds from 30 countries, totaling $3.4 billion.
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GitHub is rolling out a major redesign over the next few days with the intent of putting more emphasis on content, speed and interactivity.
A year in the making, the new redesign is meant to be optimized for how people interact with GitHub on a daily basis. It will roll out over the next few days. Within a few weeks, every GitHub user will see this as its interface:
A user clicking on notification emails will get an interface that is less cluttered than what GitHub had before with a focus on icon-based navigation.
The goal, in every respect, is to make the code more accessible. The company has optimized the design for scanning and reading code. Icons are replacing text for developers to get thumbnail views of their repositories.
In terms of speed, GitHub says for most projects on typical connections it has reduced the navigation speed from one second to 300 milliseconds. The blog states it has done this by focusing on pjax and bettering its caching to reduce page load times.
GitHub gets pegged for latency issues, so the update is a welcome one. The design is what makes GitHub different. The company puts an emphasis on interaction design. It was the first to abstract Git, making it accessible for use on the web. This redesign follows those original roots.
If you are frustrated by a long selling cycle, anxious about not closing, upset by not having a compelling story or just winging your meetings then you definitely want to attend our upcoming NYC event, ‘Selling To Why: Brain Based Selling’!
Ramon Ray Jeremy Rawitz
Date: June 26th, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Regus Office Suites, 112 W 34th St, New York, NY 10120
The Science of Motivation and Decision making will be discussed as it relates to developing and utilizing a selling system. We will examine how the Brain makes decisions to buy and how to exploit that to control the sales process.
We will also look at how beliefs impact buying and how to blow up the prospects beliefs that are roadblocks to sales. After a theoretical overview on why and how people buy, we will discuss real world tactics and questions you can start using right away to qualify prospects, take control of the sales interview and to move the meeting or selling process to a faster close.
We’ve got a few complimentary tickets available to the first 5 people who register using the code RRVIP!
Ramon Ray, Regional Director of Development, Infusionsoft
and Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com
Jeremy Rawitz, President of Sales Strategy Corp.
and a Sandler Trainer
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Some people are afraid that online shopping will lead to the death of brick and mortar retail (and a spate of empty storefronts on our streets.) But Storenvy, the online marketplace that lets independent merchants sell their wares in their own digital storefronts, is one of a number of web companies that’s making a reverse commute of sorts — bringing their web businesses into meatspace.
Storenvy opened its pop-up shop in San Francisco with the intention that it would be a temporary 30-day thing. Four months later, it’s become a pretty popular destination, and the company’s CEO Jon Crawford now says that he is looking at opening more brick and mortar locations elsewhere in the U.S. in the months ahead. In a way, the pop-up store is an extension of the online experience — transactions are still done through the web, not with a traditional register, and each vendor is completely in control of his or her own spot.
It’s a cool thing to see in person, so we brought along the TechCrunch TV cameras to get a look at how Storenvy has translated its online vibe into the real world and talk to Crawford a bit about the company’s strategy. Check it all out in the video above.