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Business school construction causing confusion for some students

first_imgColleen Powell Facebook Twitter Linkedin Never too young to make an impact Twitter Fort Worth Music Festival Eco-Friendly hair salons look to encourage others to help the environment + posts Linkedin Colleen Powell Colleen Powell Facebook ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt printForget searching for a parking spot, the expansion of the Neeley School of Business has left some students looking for their professors.Many of the faculty, along with some administrative staff, moved to the temporary offices on Merida Avenue. Dean Homer Erekson said others are working from an office in GrandMarc.  “I have had trouble meeting with a lot of my professors in the business school during office hours because they don’t have a permanent office,” sophomore pre-business major Katie Collins said.Teachers’ times often vary from week-to-week and Collins said it can be hard to find the temporary placements.For some professors, the temporary placements are rows of trailers. It is a sea of beige for students to search through in order to find their desired destination.An example of one of the trailers during the construction process.“The trailer park city, which is where relocations are, is terrible, and I feel bad for the teachers,” said sophomore pre-business major Hunter Hodges. This is an adjustment both faculty and students have had to make.“These changes have taken a little getting used to at first, but we are excited about what is to come,” Erekson said.The construction process is moving ahead on schedule. Erekson said the plan is to have all faculty and staff moved into the new facilities and for classes to start by January 2020. The new building complex will include new east and south wings, housing high-tech classrooms and a large auditorium.However, some students just get to live through the headache without any of the future benefits.“The new plans for the school will be awesome, but I will not be here in time to experience it because the plans will be complete after everyone my age graduates,” Hodges said. Classrooms will be designed to encourage interaction, and there will be numerous spaces for faculty, staff and students to meet outside of class. “None of this would have been possible without the help of donors,” Erekson said. Previous articleNelson Mandela’s former prison guard visits campus to reflect on their unlikely friendshipNext articleWATCH: Two Peace Corps members talk their experience, application tips Colleen Powell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colleen Powell Study abroad adds Stellenbosch, South Africa to its list of destinations Colleen Powell Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Global Smart Wearable Market – Market to Grow by 19.48% from 2021 – 2026…

first_img Global Smart Wearable Market – Market to Grow by 19.48% from 2021 – 2026 – Twitter TAGS  Pinterest Previous articleGlobal Microfluidic Devices Market Forecast to 2026 – Impact of COVID-19, Company Profiles and Recent Developments – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS: Feb. 8 Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusinesscenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– The “Smart Wearable Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 – 2026)” report has been added to’s offering. The shipment volume of smart wearables globally stood at 266.3 million units in 2020 and is projected to reach 776.23 million units by 2026, registering a CAGR of 19.48% during the period of 2021-2026. Wearable technology, an emerging trend, integrates electronics to daily activities and addresses the changing lifestyles with the ability to be worn on any part of the body. Factors, such as the ability to connect to the internet and provide data exchange options between a network and a device, are leading to the trend of wearable technology. Wearables have gained significant traction, owing to the boom in the fitness trend across consumers. According to Cisco Systems, the number of connected wearable devices is expected to increase from 593 million in 2018 to 1,105 million in 2022. The smartwatch category is experiencing a rise, owing to additional features, like the brand that suits the everyday lifestyle. Strong brands, such as Apple and Fossil, are keeping the pricing consistent with the price bands of traditional watches, to maintain their revenues. With Google’s WearOS, many other premium watchmakers, such as TAG and Armani, have entered the segment. The COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown restrictions across the globe have affected industrial activities across the world. The electronics industry is hit severely with a significant influence on its supply chain and production facilities. The production came to stand still in China and Taiwan during February and March, which influenced various OEMs across the globe. Key Market Trends Incremental Technological Advancements Aiding the Market GrowthOwing to the increasing penetration rates of urbanization, the demand for aesthetically appealing advanced featured products with the ability to better serve the consumers’ daily requirements, such as time schedules, has driven the market for smartwatches, globally.Moreover, the huge millennial population has been adopting smartwatches, owing to the increased spending for their regular work hours tracking as well as luxury standards. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), millennial expenditure is expected to increase across various major economies.In addition, the use of fiber optic sensors (FOSs) has been widely accepted as a substitute for traditional sensors in smart fabrics/clothing. The reason being their small size and better metrological properties. Although the same may not be the case, in head-mounted displays, companies, such as Lucyd, are focusing on the ergonomics aspect. By reducing the size and weight, companies expect to increase the applications of the head-mounted displays across industries. Asia-Pacific to Witness the Fastest Growth RateAsia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the smart wearable market during the forecast period. The growing electronics industry coupled with a rapid rise in the disposable income in the region is driving the smart wearable market.In China, the wearables market has taken on a different shape fuelled partly by the purchases of growing affluent consumers. For instance, according to the recent report by a government think tank in China stated that approximately 80% of the smart wearable devices in the world are manufactured in the southeastern Chinese port city and manufacturing hub. According to the report published by the China Center for Information Industry Development, Shenzhen, the base camp of many Chinese tech giants, is the biggest R&D (research and development) and production center for smart wearables.Moreover, increasing awareness regarding fitness, technological advancements, and the availability of high-speed Internet connectivity are the major factors propelling smart wearable market growth in the country. Competitive Landscape The smart wearable market is highly competitive. The market has gained a competitive edge in recent years. Additionally, several efforts are being taken by the players to gain a competitive edge in this fast-growing market, mainly catering to the demand from the millennial generation population.September 2020 – Apple Inc. launched seven next-gen touchscreen smartwatches under its six brands for the tech-savvy millennials in India. The seven smartwatches are Fossil Gen 4 Smartwatch Venture HR and Explorist HR for Fossil, Skagen Falster 2 for Skagen, Michael Kors Access Runway for Michael Kors, Emporio Armani Connected for Emporio Armani, A – X Armani Exchange Connected for Armani Exchange and Diesel Full Guard for Diesel.August 2020 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd launched the Galaxy Watch 3, among its new product lineup. The Galaxy Watch3 is available in 41mm and 45mm models, both in LTE and Bluetooth variants. The stainless-steel version comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic Silver, while the titanium model is available in Mystic Black. Galaxy Watch3 uses red LED and infrared rays to estimate SpO2 levels. Galaxy Watch3 automatically detects hard falls, with its enhanced accelerometer. Galaxy Watch3 records REM cycles, deep sleep, and total sleep time to score and help improve the quality of sleep. Key Topics Covered: 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition 1.2 Scope of the Study 2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 4 MARKET DYNAMICS 4.1 Market Overview 4.2 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry 4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Smart Lighting Market 4.5 Market Drivers 4.5.1 Incremental Technological Advancements Aiding the Market Growth 4.6 Market Challenges 4.6.1 High Cost and Data Security Concerns 5 MARKET SEGMENTATION 5.1 Product 5.1.1 Smartwatches 5.1.2 Head-mounted Displays? 5.1.3 Smart Clothing 5.1.4 Ear Worn 5.1.5 Fitness Trackers? 5.1.6 Body-worn Camera? 5.1.7 Exoskeleton? 5.1.8 Medical Devices 5.2 Geography 5.2.1 North America United States Canada 5.2.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific 5.2.4 Latin America 5.2.5 Middle East and Africa 6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 6.1 Company Profiles 6.1.1 Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc. 6.1.2 Cyberdyne Inc. 6.1.3 Transcend Information Inc. 6.1.4 GoPro Inc. 6.1.5 Sensoria Inc. 6.1.6 AIQ Smart Clothing Inc. 6.1.7 Medtronic PLC 6.1.8 Withings 6.1.9 Huami Corporation 6.1.10 Omron Healthcare Inc. 6.1.11 Nuheara Limited 6.1.12 Bragi GmbH 6.1.13 Microsoft Corporation 6.1.14 Sony Corporation 6.1.15 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd 6.1.16 Fitbit Inc. 6.1.17 Fossil Group Inc. 6.1.18 Garmin Ltd 6.1.19 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 6.1.20 Apple Inc. 7 INVESTMENT ANALYSIS 8 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 05:29 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 05:29 AM read more

Non-Profit Sues HUD Over Stalled Information Request on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures

first_img Related Articles California Reinvestment Coalition HUD Non-Borrowing Spouses Reverse Mortgages Widow Foreclosures 2015-10-06 Brian Honea October 6, 2015 1,190 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 10/6/2015 Next: Brock & Scott Expands Operations and Presence in Florida Non-Profit Sues HUD Over Stalled Information Request on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Subscribe Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: California Reinvestment Coalition HUD Non-Borrowing Spouses Reverse Mortgages Widow Foreclosures San Francisco-based non-profit California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) filed a lawsuit in federal court against HUD, claiming that the Department improperly denied a fee waiver for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, according to an announcement from CRC.CRC submitted the FOIA request in November 2014 in order to obtain more information on HUD’s overseeing of the reverse mortgage industry, the national impact of foreclosures on widowed non-borrowing spouses on reverse mortgages (many of whom are seniors), how HUD responds to these foreclosures, and the track record of OneWest Bank and its reverse mortgage subsidiary, Financial Freedom, according to CRC.”We filed our FOIA request in 2014 after being contacted by affected widows and advocates in the context of our protest against the merger of OneWest Bank with CIT Group,” said Kevin Stein, associate director at CRC. “We heard a number of troubling stories about widowed homeowners being foreclosed on by Financial Freedom. Given the national implications of this problem, we requested data from HUD on the number of people impacted and HUD’s process for designing a new policy. We also asked HUD for data on Financial Freedom foreclosures and complaints so that the public and bank regulators could better evaluate OneWest’s track record as part its merger application.”A spokesman from HUD said the Department’s policy was not to comment on ongoing litigation.”We heard a number of troubling stories about widowed homeowners being foreclosed on by Financial Freedom.”CRC requested the waiver for the FOIA fee based on the non-profit’s belief that the request met the “public interest” requirement, given the number of seniors who could be affected by the problem. HUD denied the fee waiver request in December 2014 and also denied a subsequent appeal in March 2015, claiming that the request did not meet the Department’s public interest requirements, according to CRC.Many so-called “widow foreclosures” happened because some reverse mortgage originators named only the borrower on the reverse mortgage, which later allowed the servicers to foreclose on the non-borrowing spouse. Many of the non-borrowing spouses were unaware that servicers could legally foreclose on them and were not anticipating this. HUD, while overseeing the reverse mortgage industry, allowed these foreclosures until the department was sued and required by law to amend its reverse mortgage policies for non-borrowing spouses, according to CRC.The FOIA request made by CRC is asking HUD for:The number of foreclosures on reverse mortgages nationally since 2009 (including “widow foreclosures,” or foreclosures on non-borrowing, surviving spouses)The number of foreclosures on reverse mortgages by OneWest/Financial Freedom on both borrowers and non-borrowing, surviving spousesThe number of complaints to HUD against OneWest/Financial Freedom since 2009, as well as the types of complaints and resolutionsInformation on HUD’s process for creating new policies to address the issue of widow foreclosuresThe number of current non-borrowing spouses who could potentially face foreclosure because they are not named on the mortgage”We are hopeful this lawsuit will be resolved quickly so the fee waiver is granted, the data we seek in our FOIA request is produced by HUD and the public is granted access to this important information,” Stein said. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Non-Profit Sues HUD Over Stalled Information Request on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosureslast_img read more

Malin Head had wettest May in 120 years

first_img By admin – June 3, 2015 Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitter Facebook Malin Head had wettest May in 120 yearscenter_img Twitter Previous articleCampaign launched to save the Cleary Centre in Donegal TownNext articleDerry and Strabane bidding to be European Youth Capital 2019 admin Facebook Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Met Eireann has confirmed that the weather in May was rotten.Malin Head had its wettest May in 120 years, with Atlantic coastal areas and some Midlands stations reporting double or more their average rainfall.The whole country reported below average temperatures – with many reporting the coolest conditions in almost 20 years.In its Spring summary, Met Eireann says March, April and May were cool, wet and sunny. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Body ID’d as missing man

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Davenport said several personal items were found in McCray’s pants’ pockets including a set of keys that could be to the truck that was found in a wooded area near the pond where McCray’s body was found, but his wallet was at home.“We never found any fishing gear at the pond so we might go back and check the area again, if the family would want that done,” Davenport said.  “But, the report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has positively identified the body and determined Mr. McCray’s death was from natural causes. With that report, we can now officially close the case.” Body ID’d as missing man You Might Like ‘Shower’ benefits Pike Animal Shelter ‘babies’ The Humane Society of Pike County is hosing an event for the Pike Animal Shelter titled “It’s Raining Cats &… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skipcenter_img The decomposing body of an unidentified male discovered in a private pond off County Road 3310 on Saturday has been positively identified as that of Fred McCray, 62.Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said Pike County Coroner Jerry Williams notified him shortly after noon on Tuesday that the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences had identified the body as that of McCray.“According to the forensic report, Mr. McCray died of a massive stroke,” Davenport said. “The Brundidge Police Department has been treating the case as a possible homicide until the forensic investigation was complete.  But there was no evidence of foul play. Mr. McCray’s death was not a homicide in any sense of the word.” Davenport said, according to the forensic report, McCray had been dead for seven to 10 days before a man, who was fishing the pond in rural Pike County with his son, discovered the body.“In talking with Mr. McCray’s wife, I was told that it was not unusual for him to be gone for several days at a time,” Davenport said. “He often went fishing in the pond where his body was found and also in Eufaula. He sometimes checked himself into rehab, I was told. “When the unidentified body was found in the pond, the family began to check the places where Mr. McCray might have gone but he was not at any of those places. So, we suspected that the body might be his.” By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Print Article Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

COA rejects self-defense claim against battery charge

first_imgIL for www.theindianalawyer.comA man who punched a racer at a southern Indiana racing track cannot claim self-defense to rebut his battery charge because the facts show that the man was the initial aggressor against the racer, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday.In May 2013, Melvin Wolf was at the Charlestown Speedway to watch his adult son, Patrick, compete in a midget car race. During the race, another driver, Kevin Blue, collided with Patrick, and Blue ultimately won the race.After the race, Wolf went to the racing pits to see his son, but first encountered Blue and began calling him profane names. Wolf then punched Blue, and a scuffle ensued. Racing officials told Wolf he was suspended for three races, and another racer, Logan Arnold, followed Wolf to his vehicle, wrote down his license plate number and called the police.A responding officer arrived at the track and saw injuries to Blue’s nose and back. Blue told the office that Wolf “got on top of him and continued to punch him until the other people standing around pulled the suspect off.” Wolf was subsequently charged with Class A misdemeanor battery.During the ensuing bench trial, Blue again testified that Wolf had punched him in the nose, but contradicted his earlier account to police in which he said he had fallen flat on his back. For his part, Wolf asserted self-defense, claiming that he only hit Blue after he grabbed his shirt.The Clark Circuit Court rejected Wolf’s self-defense claim and found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to six months suspended to unsupervised probation. On appeal in Melvin Wolf v. State of Indiana, 10A01-1607-CR-1560, Wolf argued that the trial court had erred in finding that his act of calling Blue names constituted provocation and that Blue’s testimony was incredibly dubious.But the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Wolf’s conviction in a Friday opinion, with Judge Melissa May writing for the unanimous panel that Blue’s testimony was not incredibly dubious because it was not inherently contradictory. Specifically, May said while Blue’s trial testimony varied slightly from his original statements to police, it did not change materially because Blue always maintained that Wolf approached him from behind, yelled at him, then punched him. Additionally, the judge said there was circumstantial evidence to back up Blue’s testimony.Further, the appellate court found that because Blue’s testimony is not incredibly dubious, then Wolf’s self-defense claim cannot stand because the facts most favorable to the court’s judgment show that Blue did not touch Wolf until Wolf punched him. Thus, “Wolf’s argument that his name-calling did not constitute provocation for Blue to grab Wolf becomes moot because, seeing the facts as we must, Blue did not grab Wolf.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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Ted takes up leading role at Rich UK

first_imgThe former head of Rich’s North American Foodservice Division, Ted Rich, has been named as the new MD of Rich UK, and will be relocating from the US to England with his family later this month. Rich UK’s former MD George Thomopoulos has moved across to take up a new role as chairman of the UK company.Thomopoulos made the decision to shift away from managing the day-to-day aspects of the business, but sales and marketing director Simon Richardson said the firm “will continue to take advantage of his tremendous knowledge and experience”.Ted Rich will work closely with Rich’s leadership team to work on a long-term strategy, as well as with its sales and marketing team to develop innovative new products, explained the firm. Rich has also previously served as vice-president, marketing and business development, for the company’s international business group.last_img read more

Rush Will Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of “2112” With A Massive Deluxe Edition Release

first_imgIn 1976, progressive rock titans Rush released one of the best albums of their career: 2112. The futuristic rock concept album not only included some of their most well-known singles, like “A Passage To Bangkok” and “Twilight Zone,” but also the seven-part suite “2112.” It’s truly a testament to the musicianship of Rush, so having them honor the album is a real treat for the fans.Due out on December 19th, the deluxe 2112 will feature a Q&A with Alex Lifeson, rare tracks, live footage, a full DVD of a 1976 concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, and covers of the tracks from the album by modern artists like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Alice In Chains and more. The full listing for the modern covers includes Grohl, Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz (“Overture”), Alice in Chains (“Tears”), Billy Talent (“A Passage to Bangkok”), Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson (“The Twilight Zone”), and Jacob Moon (“Something for Nothing”).There’s also a Super Deluxe option that includes a 3-LP version of the re-release, packaged in a box with velvet flocking and stuffed with goodies like band member buttons and a reprint of a handbill from 1976. You can find out more info here, and see the full tracklisting below.Rush 2112 Tracklisting:Disc 1: Original Album Newly Remastered by Abbey Road Studios01.”2112″I. OvertureII. The Temples of SyrinxIII. DiscoveryIV. PresentationV. Oracle: The DreamVI. SoliloquyVII. Grand Finale02. A Passage to Bangkok03. The Twilight Zone04. Lessons05. Tears06. Something for NothingDisc 201. Solar Federation02. Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz – Overture03. Billy Talent – A Passage to Bangkok04. Steven Wilson – The Twilight Zone05. Alice In Chains – Tears06. Jacob Moon – Something for Nothing07. 2112 – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake08. “Something for Nothing” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake09. The Twilight Zone – Live 1977 Contraband10. 2112 1976 Radio AdDVD: Live at Capitol Theatre 197601. Bastille Day02. Anthem03. Lakeside Park04. 211205. Fly by Night06. In the MoodBonus VideosOverture: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick RaskulineczA Passage to Bangkok: Behind the Scenes with Billy Talent2112 – 40 Years Closer: A Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brownlast_img read more

Why Legally Representing Start-Ups Should Be Like Being In A Jam Band

first_imgMy name is Abe Lichy, and I’ve been practicing law since 2010. I started out at a top NYC firm, after which I left to start a fashion company with my wife. After building a start-up and getting to know many other start-up founders, I decided to make the move back to private practice as a lawyer—I knew I wanted to continue being entrepreneurial and also that I wanted to provide legal services for start-ups. At my firm, Lichy Law, we advise start-up and emerging growth companies through the ups and downs of starting and growing their brands.I’ve also been in the jam band scene for the past fifteen years. To say it’s shaped who I am as a lawyer would be an understatement—jamming is in my blood and something I actively practice as a musician with my brothers in a band called The Lichy Nuts. A few weeks ago, I was at the Saturday night Joe Russo’s Almost Dead show at Brooklyn Bowl. In the middle of that unreal “Terrapin” jam, I was ironically thinking about how the characteristics of a good lawyer closely align with the characteristics of a good jam band. So, with that said, I’d like to explain why I firmly believe that lawyering for start-ups should be like playing in a jam band.Jam Bands Have To Be Skilled ListenersI put this as the first reason because I think it’s the most important skill both musicians in a jam band and attorneys should have and continuously develop. To be an effective advisor and advocate, you must listen to your clients. Successful jam band musicians also know this. Trey Anastasio recently talked about this after Phish’s recent Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden:“This kind of thing happens: Page is playing the piano and he’ll move to the Rhodes, and I’m just playing and all I’m doing is listening. Like, Mike, Page, Fish. What’s Page doing? What’s Mike doing? In a circle. Page moves to the Rhodes and he plays a riff on the Rhodes, and I might give him just two notes of a little copy or a harmony. And basically what I’m saying is ‘hear you that you’re on the Rhodes, I’m with you.’ That’s it! It’s just the littlest hint, and I know he heard me, and I know he knows I’m listening. There’s a combination of that and all of that music that we’ve learned together. It’s like ‘I get it, I’m not fighting you, I’m with you.’ And then the floodgates just open.” Like the individual members of a jam band, lawyers representing start-ups (and lawyers in general) need to first and foremost listen to their clients. What are their needs? Goals? Obstacles? Business concerns? What are their dreams? With start-ups especially, what’s their budgetary constraint? What’s most important to them right now, and what can wait another six months  If you don’t have a basic understanding of your client, how will you be able to tailor your services to meet their needs?Another reason listening is so key is because start-ups move at a million miles an hour. They’re constantly evolving, pivoting, adapting, publishing, and interacting. It’s the nature of the beast and part of what makes starting a business so damn fun. If you’re not paying attention and listening to the subtle shifts in energy and direction, the jam fizzles out, and the magic is gone. By continually prioritizing listening, your technical skills, knowledge, and wisdom naturally flow into appropriate solutions. A little cowbell here, switch to a synthesizer, put some overdrive on your guitar, and set the gear ship for the high gear of your soul (start-up soul that is).Jamming And Starting A Business Are DynamicThe idea that jamming and starting a business are both dynamic is kind of an obvious point but important nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong—there is something to be said for formal structure. Most jam songs still have verses, choruses, and the occasional bridge, but within that framework, there’s an exploration of the unknown, a give-and-take dynamic that flows from harmony to dissonance and resolves back to harmony. It’s the roller coaster ride of the start-up experience. When you, as a lawyer, represent a start-up, they’ll inevitably need the verses and choruses—the corporate formation documents and starter documents. Sometimes you get a bridge—IP filings and protection. And beyond that, sure, you may have a general idea of the types of legal solutions and services your client will need down the road. However, in 2017, there is no getting around the fact that the rapidly progressing pace of technology and the millennially-driven explosion of new businesses and business types forces us to be dynamic as lawyers.One size absolutely does not fit all. That’s one of the problems I see companies getting into when they use online legal services like LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer, etc. (I’m not knocking those sites—they can have value when used appropriately). Being a dynamic lawyer means actively listening and reacting to new needs as they arise—for example, scoping out the consequences of a new brand activation or what to do if a supplier doesn’t send goods on time. Does that affect your client’s relationship with its retail vendors? Who’s liable for losses? If I was being a dynamic lawyer, wouldn’t I have foreseen this?The Magic In-BetweenIt’s the energy flow between the verse and chorus sections and the outros, the exploration that goes on within the framework, where the magic in-between is created. The magic in-between is why jam bands have cultivated such cultish followings. It’s why fans will see the same group over 100 times and are left wanting for more. It’s what gives us goosebumps when a band resolves a ten-minute dark, dissonant jam with a euphoric, blissful peak, only to drop back to the main theme with confidence. I hate to sound like “that guy,” but it’s hard to even put into words if you haven’t experienced it. It’s magic. Start-ups also experience this magic with their victories, small and large. Founders can be having the worst week ever, then find out that they just secured a brand activation with a top influencer, which will get their brand tons of needed exposure. I’ve been there, literally. That shift from dissonance to harmonious peak is real. And it’s not an experience if you can’t bring someone along.When you’re lawyering for humans going through this experience, you have an opportunity to be an active participant in the journey. If I had to assign an instrument to the lawyer in this situation, it would probably be the bass—the glue that holds it together. While the rhythm and melodies shift keys and flutter between registers of notes, the bass is there keeping everything held down tight—and that’s really how I look at it when I’m advising my start-up clients. I get excited when exciting things happen to them, but I also keep my head grounded and make sure they know the consequences of getting carried away with in-the-moment successes. You just sold $50,000 worth of units? Awesome. You want to spend it all on a blogger post? Calm down, let’s talk this out. It’s the magic in-between where those important conversations and where dissonance and harmony happen. In other words, to quote a wise man, once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.Putting It All TogetherIn the end, what we all want as lawyers is for our clients to succeed. In order to give our start-up clients the best chance at success, we need to provide the best legal framework tailored to their business and needs. To do that, we need to listen, be dynamic, and navigate the magic in-between. Do that, and amazing things can happen.Adapted with permission from a post originally on read more