Following our first post last week on a Bay Area charity doing great work for the community, our San Francisco Bay Area charity this week is AIDS Walk San Francisco. This local organisation holds an annual walk which raises millions of dollars, every year, to help those fighting against HIV and AIDS. In San Francisco alone, there are more than 16,000 people living with the disease.
Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised more than $80 million in funds fighting HIV prevention and for care programs. It is the single largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California.
“Close to 15,000 clients will walk through the doors of the foundation to access our many services for prevention and care. Because of the dedicated participants of AIDS Walk we can continue to offer all of these services for free. As long as there is need in our community, the foundation will be here to provide support”.
– CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation – Neil Giuliano
In 2013 alone, the AIDS Walk event raised more than $2.5 million for people living with AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can read about the press release of the event here. Greater than 20,000 people gathered in Golden Gate Park to participate.
We wish AIDS Walk SF continued success for their annual walk, which is changing the lives of the Bay Area community and it’s residents every step of the way.
Fastmetrics will be highlighting the work of a different San Francisco Bay Area charity every week. We feel charities such as Futures Without Violence can never receive too much coverage in the media or online. The hard work, good causes, dedication and generosity of these organisations should be showcased more often and more frequently.
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Bay Area charity with national and global reach
As the San Francisco Bay Area is close to our heart, we’re pleased to be posting about Futures Without Violence first up. Their head office and Center for Leadership is located at 100 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129. The organisation also has office locations in Washington D.C and Boston.
This charity’s mission is very clear; “everyone has the right to live free of violence”. Under the direction of Esta Soler, this organisation provides education, training, policy and public action development to end violence against women, children and families. They have been doing so for 30 years.
Great achievements to end violence
In 1994, Futures Without Violence played an integral role in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress. To this day, the organisation encourages and promotes public action and support for policies which encourage action against violence. Not just in the United States, but also worldwide.
How you can help today
You can do something right now by urging President Obama to fund programs which prevent and respond to violence against women and children globally. Here’s how you can take action and make a difference.
Training programs and information
Ongoing leadership and training programs are provided from the offices of Futures Without Violence to doctors, nurses, coaches and judges to improve responses to violence and abuse. These programs are also used to foster ongoing dialogue about preventing gender-based violence and child abuse.
To find out how you can support this charity with a donation online or by mail, please click here.
Fastmetrics is pleased to announce the signing of Groupon as a fiber optic Internet customer. The original global daily deals business has been connected with a symmetric 100mbps fiber service, to their Palo Alto office. Groupon joins an expanding list of global businesses supported by Fastmetrics, looking for networking power, reliability and speed through their Internet service.
Groupon News – CEO Announced
Groupon has been receiving a wealth of positive news lately. The company has announced co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as the new CEO. Mr Lefkofsky takes the reins from Groupon Founder, Andrew Mason. JP Morgan Analysts have publicly stated “improving trends under Lefkofsky’s leadership over the last two quarters.”
Last Thursday, CNN Money reported; “Billionaire entrepreneur Lefkofsky clearly possesses a wealth of business experience when compared with Mason, and analysts seem relieved that a grown-up is finally in charge.”
In other positives for the business, it announced strong sales data for the last quarter. Groupon customers have bought 30% more deals when compared to the same time last year. In North America, 50% of these sales occurred on mobile devices, which is encouraging with the growing trend of mobile set for continued expansion.
Due to these strong results, the Groupon share price increased 22% last week alone. The announcement of a $300 million of stock buy back by Groupon over the next 2 years, looks to improve share prices even further into the future.
New Ventures – Groupon Payments
In an effort to reinvent the business ‘beyond the deals’, Groupon has expanded into online retail and also credit card payments – ‘Groupon Payments‘. This new service looks to provide a more efficient and low cost payment system for Groupon merchants to accept credit card payments online.
Groupon Payments is available through this app after a successful pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area last year. One of the great benefits of the Groupon Payments service is the fast payment system. Traditionally, merchants have to wait 2 – 3 business days for a payment to hit an account. Groupon Payments users will get paid overnight.
Fastmetrics looks forward to the continued success of Groupon as the premier daily deals provider worldwide, and as it carves out these exciting new service offerings.
Emails. We all get them, some more than others. What do you do with the endless barrage that greets your inbox 24 x 7? Too many emails can lead to the reduced performance of Outlook. If you’re one of many businesses or users still using Outlook 2010, one way of ensuring your account is not lagging, is to archive email. At Fastmetrics, we love improving productivity and efficiency. 2 ways to do this from your inbox are by speeding up Microsoft Outlook email and by managing your email time well.
Why Archive Outlook Email?
To maintain optimal performance in Microsoft Outlook 2010, (many businesses have not upgraded to Outlook 2013), it’s important to not let your account grow and keep growing beyond control. Some old emails that are months or even years old need to be kept. Basically, the more emails you get, the larger your Outlook account gets. That means it also gets slower.
– Archiving allows you to store a compressed file of emails locally on your computer’s hard drive. (Back up recommended).
– It removes emails from your email server which improves Outlook speed and performance.
Click on the link underlined for step by step instructions on how to archive Outlook 2010 email from the Fastmetrics Knowledge Base.
Email Efficiency Improves Workforce Productivity
Spending too much time checking and / or replying to emails is certainly counter productive to your workforce and employees. It’s often an unwelcome distraction from other priority jobs, daily tasks or projects.
If you’re struggling to pull yourself away from your inbox and the email reply trap, add up how much time you spend checking or replying to your emails throughout the day. Far more than you expected? There are a few ways to increase your workplace productivity, right now;
1. TURN OFF DESKTOP MAIL ALERTS.
Do those email pop-ups instantly grab your attention from the task at hand? TURN THEM OFF for an instant productivity boost! This way you won’t be encouraged to click on the pop-up and go to your inbox and get distracted.
2. SET ASIDE THREE 20 MINUTE BLOCKS FOR DEDICATED ‘EMAIL TIME’.
One in the morning, one before lunch, one block in the afternoon. Allocating dedicated time to check and answer emails ensures you are managing your time well, and not getting behind schedule from your other pressing deadlines. Unless it’s a ‘high priority’ or an emergency email, most of the time, it can wait.
3. REDUCE SPAM.
With emails, comes spam. Spam is another fact of life unfortunately. Everybody gets it, but there is something you can do about it to ensure it’s not a) wasting your time and b) clogging up your inbox and reducing performance.
If you truly aren’t interested in that viagra or that ‘make money online fast’ website, you can block these types of emails easily with most email spam and virus filtering software. Most spam filters are automatically set up, but if you are after some custom ‘protection’ there are many which you can manually tweak. Spam filters can be set from lenient to aggressive if you find you are still getting emails you don’t want.
Fastmetrics has recently completed fiber Internet upgrades for the Roku headquarters in Saratoga and for the International Technology University (ITU) campus in San Jose. Both Roku and the ITU were looking to increase their networking speed to support growth of their businesses, to meet demand. Roku has upgraded from a 100 x 100mbps connection and the ITU has stepped up from 50 x 50mbps fiber optic Internet service.
Roku, established in 2002, has just released their Roku 3 video streaming player and has experienced phenomenal growth of it’s products to worldwide markets over the last few years.
The recent release of the Roku 3 streaming device has allowed the company to modify and improve it’s on demand video player. The Roku 3 includes a remote control and private listening audio and supports more than seven hundred channels and applications. These channels include Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO and Pandora to name only a few.
The latest offering from Roku has been labelled “easy to use” and “straight forward”. Roku can now also be controlled via your smartphone through the Roku application.
As for the San Jose based ITU, there have been some fantastic curriculum developments at the International Technology University. Coinciding with fall registrations for 2013, there has been a new Embedded Systems Design course introduced. This design course is offered using the Raspberry Pi and and Arduino development boards, programming in Python and C. Students will have the opportunity to design their own systems under the tutelage of Doctor Karl Wang, who has over 30 years of experience.
This new course compliments the thorough technology curriculum already on offer at ITU. Courses already available include Masters degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and various Master’s of Business Administration. You can see a complete list of degrees and courses offered here.
Fastmetrics is proud to support these two established and successful Silicon Valley customers with our 250 x 250mbps fiber Internet service and we look forward to the future success of both Roku and ITU.
Speed of light Internet for businesses – San Francisco and Bay Area.
Fastmetrics has been providing Fiber Optic Internet service to businesses of the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. As business Internet connections have slowly started to move away from copper based services, we are proud to call ourselves fiber experts. Testament to our success are our strong customer relationships and positive reviews.
Who Uses Fiber?
We deliver and manage fiber Internet connections for many successful businesses such as Groupon, Wikimedia, Havas Worldwide, PsPrint, Roku, Conviva, Cloudmark, Eveo, CyberAgent, 2d3 Sensing, UnitedLayer and many others.
Fiber from Fastmetrics delivers a highly reliable Internet service which suits enterprises looking to speed up their uploads & downloads, increase up time and improve productivity.
The Benefits of Fiber Optic Internet
Increased productivity: Have a think about how much time your workforce and employees spend uploading & downloading files, or waiting for file transfers. All that waiting adds up and you know the age old saying; “time equals money”.
Eliminate downtime: Fiber Optic Internet service is highly reliable and provides much better up time than copper based services. (The Fastmetrics Service Level Agreement actually states 99.99% up time). If up time is critical to your business, let’s be honest – what business doesn’t rely heavily on the Internet these days, then fiber certainly delivers.
Symmetric speed: Our fiber starts at 5mbps upload and 5mbps download, scalable all the way up to 250mbps upload and 250mbps download. For one client in San Francisco we provide 300mbps upload and 300mbps download.
Free installation: If your business is in a qualified area, we can provide a full, free installation. That includes overseeing the fiber pull from the street, right through to lighting up your office or building with fiber Internet. All hardware is included, as are IPs.
If you’re located in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can call us at any time on 1-800-724-7100 for a free quote on a fast Fiber Optic Internet service to your business. We can also send an Engineer for a free site inspection to discuss the possibilities of fiber at your location.