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ND alum launches social media app

first_imgA Notre Dame alumnus is trying to transform social media by introducing forward-oriented timelines that enable users to connect with other users based on their future locations and travel plans.Andrew McGill, a 2007 graduate, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Flypside. The smartphone application allows users to create a new form of a post, called a Flyp, which communicates where a user will be in the future, how long his or her trip will be and what he or she is interested in doing while there. After creating a Flyp, McGill said, users can view and connect with friends, friends of friends and others with similar interests who will be at the same location at the same time. They can also find events, promotions and activities that will be occurring while they are at a specified destination.Susan Zhu “We wanted to create a platform for people in motion to connect with each other ahead of time and find cool events that match the user’s interests,” McGill said. “Flypside is the ultimate social planning tool, as it relates specifically to your future.”McGill said the application also transforms the nature of a tag and hashtag in social media by enabling users to now communicate future identity, interests or intent. “You can assign a #hostelname to a Flyp, then select it to see who is staying at your hostel. If you plan to go surfing while on spring break, add #surfing to your Flyp to view other people interested in surfing who are also there,” he said. “You can even enter and then select ‘University of Notre Dame’ from your profile to see if there are other Notre Dame students crossing your path on spring break or during your summer travels. The [uses] are endless.”McGill said he was inspired to create Flypside through his international travels. After seven years as a gasoline trader at BP, McGill completed an around-the-world tour that included South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.“This made me notice two main points related to being in motion: the ‘who’ and the ‘what,’” he said.The ‘who’ can range from meeting up with close friends or acquaintances, to strangers who share similar interests, McGill said, while the ‘what’ is the events, promotions and activities taking place at a certain location.“Like Yelp filters restaurants based on a user’s interests, we want to sort and publicize people, events and promotions related to each of our user’s future location based calendars,” he said.While Flypside’s versatility and practicality make it useful for a very broad audience, McGill said the initial target demographic is the Millennial generation, particularly college students and frequent travelers.“When I was at Notre Dame, I studied abroad in London and thus know how beneficial Flypside will be for college students who are traveling,” he said.McGill said privacy, a concern for most big social media and tech company’s today, is one of the company’s key priorities.“Flypside is making sure to create privacy barriers that users can easily control,” he said. “In order to prevent harassment, users cannot send more than one introductory message to other users, which is similar to a Facebook friend request accompanied by an introductory text.”McGill said Flypside is still in its early launch stages, but has already released an application for iPhone and Android platforms. In order to make Flypside a successful company, McGill said he has worked carefully to create a great team around him, including both employees and advisors.“Good team members must, one, believe in the idea, two, believe in you and three, have the skills and resources to help,” McGill said. Aiming to boost growth, McGill said, the Flypside team is now putting their collective efforts into user acquisition and the creation of strategic partnerships.“Friends and mentors can sometimes get you in the door, but after that you really have to sell and prove yourself,” he said.Additionally, McGill said the Notre Dame community has been supportive and helpful, especially as the University looks to bolster its presence in Silicon Valley through the California Initiative.Mike Ferrigno, president of Notre Dame’s MBA Entrepreneurship Club, said Flypside is an excellent example of how Notre Dame is fostering entrepreneurship.“I am excited to see more Notre Dame startups developing as Notre Dame increases their presence in Silicon Valley,” Ferringno said. “Andrew’s passion for getting the Notre Dame community involved with Flypside is very encouraging for the program.”Flypside represents an exciting opportunity for college students to connect with a new form of social media, McGill said, and he hopes the Notre Dame community will take advantage of it. Tags: Andrew McGill, app, California initiative, Flypside, social medialast_img read more

MLB needs more whistleblowers like Mike Fiers if it wants to clean up sign-stealing mess

first_imgAnd this antiquated notion that Fiers is the one who is wrong has to end. We’ve heard that idea from many in baseball, first back in November when The Athletic’s article with Fiers’ comments was originally published, and then Jessica Mendoza last week and Pedro Martinez this week. It’s Martinez’s comments that I’d like to look at today. Not because he said anything different or worse than any others attacking Fiers, but because he’s the most recent example and he clearly laid out a common line of thinking with which I disagree.MORE: Ex-pitcher Jack McDowell says White Sox, Tony La Russa cheated in ’80sI’ll admit, it’s not often that I find myself disagreeing with Martinez. He’s a brilliant baseball mind, and his open and honest opinions about the game are always welcome. When he’s speaking on MLB Network or TBS during the postseason, I always make sure to listen to what he’s saying, because I always learn something new. But it’s hard to understand his small-view approach to this topic in his recent interview with WEEI.Let’s start with this: “Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse and Fiers broke the rules,” Martinez said. “I agree with cleaning up the game. I agree that the fact that the Commissioner is taking a hard hand on this, but at the same time players should not be the one dropping the whistle-blower.”See the problem here? If the goal is to clean up the game, to rid the sport of this type of cheating scandal, that HAS to start with the players. Who else really knows what’s going on? Are we supposed to rely on the people working the video room in Houston to be the whistleblowers? The janitors who have to replace beat-up trash cans? That seems silly. It’s a small-view approach because it implies that what happens to an individual team is more important than what happens for the sport as a whole. If you really think it’s better for the sport to be clean, your concern for the team can’t be the top priority. Next: “If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts. But to go and do it after you leave the Houston Astros because they don’t have you anymore, that doesn’t show me anything,” Martinez said on WEEI. “You’re just a bad teammate.”I do agree that the best time for Fiers to have said something was when he was with the Astros, when he was part of the team that was cheating. Fiers didn’t do that, as pretty much every single Astros fan has pointed out on social media, as if that invalidates what he saw. But the next best time? ANY other time. Literally ANY other opportunity to expose cheating is a good time to expose cheating.More: ”If you have integrity you find ways to tell everybody in the clubhouse, ‘Hey, we might get in trouble for this. I don’t want to be part of this.’ You call your GM. You tell him. Or you call anybody you can or MLB or someone and say, ‘I don’t want to be part of this.’ Or you tell the team, ‘Get me out of here, I don’t want to be part of this.’ Then you show me something.”I’m sorry, but “integrity” is not seeing cheating happen and never, ever saying anything. That’s being an accomplice. That’s taking the easy way out. And I guess I don’t see why it would be better to remain anonymous, to go through back channels. You want to show me you’re trying to clean up your sport? Take a public stand, like Fiers did. Put your name behind your words. That’s a big reason The Athletic article was so influential, why MLB was so quick to investigate and punish. Anonymous sources are important, but they just don’t have the same impact. And that’s why Fiers should be applauded, not attacked. We’ve seen some of that, too, thankfully. I’m 5 years removed from baseball but I’m still in the clubhouse quite a bit. Id be shocked if an overwhelming majority of players aren’t appreciative of Fiers did. To think he will be ostracized is crazy, it’s old school thinking or an opinion of someone who’s never played— dan haren (@ithrow88) January 21, 2020We’ve seen players turn the tide before. Baseball is, for the most part, past the PED era — as much as it ever will be — largely because players led the charge. They were tired of competing on an uneven playing field, and when influential players started speaking out, that’s when things shifted. Remember when Justin Verlander said “Test me every day” in an interview?  If baseball is ever going to be a clean sport, one free of the type of cheating scandals that have tainted the sport over the past few decades — PEDs, sign-stealing and whatever’s next — change has to start with the players.Players who aren’t afraid to not only call out the cheaters, but players who are not afraid to stand behind their words. Baseball needs players like Mike Fiers. Cheaters don’t deserve protection. They don’t deserve complicit silence.  We’re seeing that type of reaction from players in this scandal, too. For the sake of the game I Hope this isn’t true.. if true, there needs to be major consequences to the players. That Completely ruins the integrity of the game!!!— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) January 16, 2020The problem isn’t the players who report cheating, it’s the players who cheat and the organizations that support/encourage the cheating.That’s the thing to always remember.last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, November 8.John O’DONNELLThe death has occurred in his 100th year at Letterkenny University Hospital of John O’Donnell (Mickey Owen), Carnmore Road, Dungloe. His remains were reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral Home yesterday evening, with removal afterwards to his late residence. Rosary at 9pm. Removal from his late residence today (Wednesday) for St Crona’s Church, Dungloe for 7pm where he will repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11an with interment afterwards in the local cemetery. House private please from 10pm to 10am. Family flowers only, Donations in lieu, if desired, to Dungloe Patient Comfort Fund care of any family member or Shaun McGlynn Funeral Director.Ellen MCDERMOTT (née McFadden)The death has occurred of Ellen McDermott (née McFadden), Tullybeg, Churchill, Donegal, and formerly Glassagh, Gweedore. Peacefully, at Donegal Hospice, surrounded by her family.Reposing at her family home. Removal on Thursday at 1.30pm for 2:00pm Funeral Mass in St. Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan. Burial afterwards in Gartan Cemetery. Family time after rosary until 11:00am. Family and close friends only on the morning of the funeral. Sadly missed by her loving husband Raymond, daughters Jane, Orla, Tara, and son Joseph, sister Sarah and family, twin brother Liam, Fionnuala & family and brother Donal. Patricia MCCREAThe death has occurred of Patricia McCrea, known as Patty, Abbeylands, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Peacefully at her residence.Reposing at the family home on Wednesday from 3 o’clock to 5 o’clock with house private at all other times, please. Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday at 11 o’clock in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon with interment in the Abbey Assaroe Cemetery. Donations in leiu if so desired to the Northwest Hospice, The Mall, Sligo c/o Patrick McKenna Funeral Directors, Ballyshannon or any family member.Una GALLAGHER (née Mc Brearty)The death has occurred of Una Gallagher, Drumcliffe, Donegal Town, peacefully at Donegal Community Hospital.Remains reposing at her late residence from 11am until 10pm today Wednesday. Remains will leave her residence on Thursday morning @ 10:30 for 11am Mass in St Mary’s Church Killymard with burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery. House Private on Thursday morning please. Family Flowers only donations if so desired to the Patient Comfort Fund Donegal Community Hospital c/o any family member.Philip MCCOOLThe death has occurred of Philip McCool, Magheramore, Carndonagh, Donegal.Reposing at his residence. Removal from his late residence tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please form 10pm to 11am.Pat HEANEYThe death has taken place at his residence of Pat Heaney, ‘Derrygrath’, Gollan Hill, Fahan, Co Donegal. Beloved husband of Kate nee Barr; dear father of Susan, Paula, Maeve and Fifi and dear grandfather of Jordon. His remains are reposing at his residence. Funeral on Friday morning leaving his home at 10.30am going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Family flowers only please donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member or Murphy Funeral Directors. Family time please between 11.00pm – 10.00am and on the morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:obituarieslast_img read more