3 medical colleges get MCI nod for 350 UG seats

first_imgKolkata: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted 350 seats at the undergraduate level at three medical colleges in the state, including a government-run institution.The newly constructed Diamond Harbour Govt Medical College and Hospital has obtained 100 seats for the academic year 2019-20 while two private medical colleges — ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, and Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur, have received 100 and 150 MBBS seats each, respectively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, have been granted the seats for five years. After five years, the institute may have to seek an approval to function with the increased number of seat. The other two medical colleges will have to seek permission from the MCI every year before admitting candidates in the added number of seats. The Mamata Banerjee government has set up five new medical colleges in the state to mitigate the crisis of doctors in the state and create new opportunities for medical aspirants. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital, four other state-run medical colleges are waiting for the MCI’s nod to get undergraduate seats for the current academic year. A senior official of the state Health department said a total of 400 undergraduate medical seats will be created in the four newly constructed medical colleges at Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. In 2016, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the project to set up five new medical colleges in the state. The Medical Council of India will approve the seats in these in colleges once it gets convinced about the availability of adequate infrastructure. The MCI has increased medical seats in all the other government-run medical colleges in the state having less than 250 sanctioned seats by 10 per cent on the overall number of seats in MBBS except the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical Colleges and Hospital. No seats were increased in these two medical colleges in the city as they already have around 250 seats. After coming to power, Banerjee felt the need to create more opportunities for aspiring medical students. To address the crises in this sector, she announced to come up with more medical colleges in various districts. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats has increased from 2,205 to 3,750 while the number of post-graduate medical seats has increased from 880 to 1,297. The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased from 107 to 147.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim inaugurates Snehodiya

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated Snehodiya, the first state of the art space for senior citizens in New Town on Tuesday evening.Addressing the gathering, he said the residents will get all the modern facilities including hydrotherapy which will keep them fit at Snehodiya. He thanked Debashis Sen, chairman, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for conceiving such an idea and then implementing it. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSnehodiya, a Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation project is a first-of-its-kind venture by the state government. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor — the senior citizen’s park. In fact, the idea of the senior citizens’ living space was conceived from the success and popularity of Swapno Bhor. It has already had its first occupant with the Ghosh couple checking in a few days ago. Snehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern high-rise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, furnished and cable TV connection. Attendants on each floor, nurses attached to ground floor medical unit are available. Professional housekeeping including laundry machine services at available on ground floor. A guest house with six rooms is ready. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSnehodiya has 57 double bedrooms and 90 single bedrooms. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case of vacancy. Most remarkably, there is an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching classes by residents who opt to do so for children from the EWS families. A stationery general purpose shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday. An SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. It may be mentioned that Swapna Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents are given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.last_img read more

The NFLs Twitter account was hacked and tweeted that Commissioner Goodell died

first_imgThe sports world was briefly thrown into collective shock this afternoon. The NFL’s league Twitter account was hacked and tweeted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.NFL claims Twitter hack after tweets falsely report Roger Goodell is dead. https://t.co/ULST4Law7K pic.twitter.com/19wFUxPVKe— Todd Clausen (@ToddJClausen) June 7, 2016Two subsequent tweets were launched by the hacker before the league regained control of the account.The NFL Twitter hack continues… pic.twitter.com/SpgCmnv7VE— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 7, 2016 The tweets were deleted, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed Roger Goodell is alive and probably reading a Tom Brady appeal brief.NFL’s Twitter account was hacked. Roger Goodell is working away.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2016last_img read more

Colins Blazin 5 Prediction Podcast NFL Week 14

first_imgIt’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from Pregame.com to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Week 14 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin had a small hiccup in last week’s Blazin’ 5, going 2-3 after three winning weeks in a row. He’s still 10 games clear of .500 (37-27-1) on the year, and loves the Week 14 slate of games.In Week 14, Colin likes Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense getting points in Tampa; the Packers as home dogs facing the Seahawks; the Denver D, getting a point at Tennessee; Miami over Arizona at Joe Robbie, and the Ravens getting a touchdown, on the road, against the Pats on Monday night is his game of the week.Here are Colin’s Week 14 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Saints (+2.5) at BucsBroncos (+1) at TitansCardinals at Dolphins (-1)Seahawks at Packers (+2.5)Ravens (+7) at PatriotsThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season.  Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more

Russell Wilson always makes the play Cousins never does

first_imgGuests:Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Pro Bowl Wide Receiver; Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer; Trent Dilfer – NFL Analyst and Super Bowl winning QB; Derwin James – Chargers rookie Safety Also:– Fair to ask about Mike Tomlin’s Steelers future– LeBron’s L.A. decision looks better and better– Colin’s Herd Hierarchy after Week 14 Russell Wilson always makes “the play,” Cousins never doesRussell Wilson and the Seahawks easily disposed of Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, and Colin thought the game summed up what both quarterbacks are and aren’t.Wilson had an awful game by any standard, but still manged to make the clutch plays to win it when it mattered. Cousins, on the other hand, ended up padding his stats in garbage time, but looked incapable of making winning plays when it matters. Now the Vikings are stuck with Cousins, and the Seahawks are headed to the playoffs.last_img read more

Whats Your Business Telling You

first_imgMarch 4, 2010 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Brought to you by Business on Main Know what you’re looking for. It’s difficult to collect and analyze all the data your business produces unless you know what you’re looking for. You need to identify certain metrics that, given the nature of your business, will provide insight into how you can run the shop better (aside from the obvious, such as revenues and profit figures). Big businesses call these “key performance indicators,” or KPIs. I call them common sense. For example, if you publish a magazine, you need to know how well each of your sales associates is performing, the renewal rate for advertisers in various industries, and the demographic information of your readers. Garbage in, garbage out. Not all facts are created equal. That’s to say that though you may be collecting and storing information, if it’s not accurate, relevant or current, it’s likely to hurt more than help. Data management specialists call this “garbage in, garbage out.” If your data is not clean, it will yield dirty and misleading analyses. So if you’re going to use data to support business decision making, be sure it’s scrubbed. Trust the data. Once you’ve collected the right information, and you’re certain it’s accurate, put it to use. I’ve spoken with many business owners who collect data and view the analyses, but don’t act on it. The data is there to tell you something. It’s the most objective source of advice you’re going to get. It holds no bias. It’s the story of your business laid bare. And if it’s telling you to change something, change it. The software and various other tools you can use to collect and analyze your business data are too numerous to list here. There are thousands of custom software packages built for every industry under the sun. There are so-called “business intelligence” software suites that can be applied to nearly any company. And there are good old-fashioned spreadsheets, which are far more powerful and useful than most people realize (I highly recommend taking a course to familiarize yourself on the features of these applications).Which software you use is less important than your approach to data gathering and analysis. So set your goals, collect good, clean data, and take action on that information. 4 min read To many small-business owners, the facts and figures their daily work casts off are more incidental than instrumental. Reluctantly storing it all on disks, in file cabinets and on scraps of paper strewn about the back room, business owners often think this constant stream of information is useless (except maybe to the IRS). They see it as a burden, another onerous management task in a work day that is already too short.What they don’t realize is that they’re sitting on a gold mine. Almost every piece of information that a business produces is important, and can be used to boost sales, fatten margins or increase customer loyalty. From transactions to inventory to shipping costs to customer data, small businesses are starting to learn that mining business data for insight is not just for major corporations anymore.Data can tell you whether your store hours are ideal. It can tell you if you’re charging too much for some products and undercharging for others. And it can tell you who your best customers are and why. Taken together, all this business information tells an important story, one that can and should make a major impact on how you run your company.But there are some rules for collecting and utilizing business data effectively. Because it can be a time-consuming task, business owners need to make sure they are going about both gathering and analyzing information the right way and achieving the right results. Here are some basic guidelines: Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Internet FastLanes Would Be Banned Under Planned FCC Proposal

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 3, 2015 A new Federal Communications Commission proposal expected this week has the potential to be a game-changer in the debate over net neutrality.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to propose that high-speed Internet service be reclassified as a telecommunications service, rather than an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to The New York Times, which cites various anonymous sources from the telecommunications industry.The step would allow the FCC to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) like public utilities, including ensuring that ISPs cannot block any Internet content. They would also be prohibited from creating so-called Internet fast-lanes for companies and websites willing to pay for faster delivery of their content.These issues have been at the heart of an intense debate over so-called net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic be treated equally. The outcome could have profound implications for consumers and telecommunications companies.In November, President Barack Obama publicly urged the FCC to adopt the “strongest possible rules” to enforce net neutrality by regulating broadband providers more like public utilities. He argued that “the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life” and therefore requires strict regulation. Opponents of net neutrality have claimed that stricter regulation of ISPs could impair growth and innovation.The Times does note that the proposal from Wheeler — a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist appointed as FCC chairman by Obama in 2013 — is likely to stop short of some of the strictest forms of regulation reserved for public utilities, including oversight of pricing.Last year, Wheeler offered a proposal that would have avoided reclassifying ISPs while allowing cable companies and telecoms to negotiate contracts that would let content providers like Netflix  pay for faster streaming speeds, as long as the deals are “commercially reasonable.” Wheeler’s initial proposal sparked intense criticism from opponents who said it would give a huge advantage to wealthy companies that could afford to pay for faster Internet service while leaving everyone else in the slow lane.Wheeler’s latest proposal, which should have the support of Obama and other proponents of an open Internet, is expected to be submitted to FCC commissioners on Thursday. A vote would likely come later this month, the Times reported. Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on Bitcoin

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Reid Hoffman has an expert eye for promising tech startups. The LinkedIn chairman and co-founder’s early stakes in Facebook, Airbnb and Dropbox prove he’s able to see the next big thing before most of us even know what it is — and it’s paid off for him time and again.These days, the so-called “startup whisperer” is placing his bets on Bitcoin. As a full-time partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, he claims his primary focus is to invest in “world-class entrepreneurs with new categories of ideas with the possibility of massive scale.” One of those entrepreneurs is Wences Casares, co-founder of Xapo, an ambitious, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bitcoin wallet and storage startup. With Hoffman leading the charge, Greylock invested $20 million in Xapo last year.  “Bitcoin has the potential to be a massively disruptive technology,” Hoffman wrote in a post announcing the investment last July. “It is the leading digital currency and it’s growing fast.”Related: LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman: Success Tips From Silicon ValleyThen, in November — a month before Bloomberg declared Bitcoin the worst-performing currency of 2014 — he announced a hefty personal stake in Bitcoin that he brokered, a $21 million investment into Blockstream. The Montreal-based startup aims to improve upon Bitcoin’s blockchain backbone, the shared public ledger upon which the virtual currency’s entire network relies.We caught up with the father of online professional networking recently to find out why he’s betting big on Bitcoin and why he thinks the controversial cryptocurrency is here to stay. What follows are portions of that interview, edited for clarity and brevity.Related: Why This Internet Pioneer Thinks Bitcoin Has the Power to Break the Cycle of PovertyWhen did Bitcoin first pique your curiosity and when did you become a believer? I first got into it after speaking with Wences Casares, who I refer to as Patient Zero for Bitcoin in Silicon Valley. Patient Zero is the first infection of a viral contagion.I’d been paying attention to Bitcoin because a couple of other people that Wences had talked with, like Katana Capital founder Charlie Songhurst, had also talked to me about it and said that it was very important. No one had made the argument in a way that stuck yet, but it made me curious. I started to really think about it, so I sought out Wences in the summer of 2013. We had a fairly thorough conversation. He articulated very strong positive theories about Bitcoin and I began to feel empowered.Related: IBM Looking at Adopting Bitcoin Technology for Major CurrenciesWhat is most interesting about Bitcoin to you? What attracts you to it? Once I started really digging into it, I came to realize that there are three aspects to Bitcoin that are interwoven and Bitcoin is most interesting because of them. They are: One, it’s an asset, like digital gold 2.0. Two, it’s a currency in as much as currency is like the digital app that allows you to begin to transact and trade. And, three, it’s also a platform where you can build financial and other products on top of it. These attributes all bound together are what convinced me that there’s a certainty that there will be at least one global cryptocurrency and that there’s a good argument that it’s Bitcoin, or that Bitcoin is one of them, if not THE one. And, if Bitcoin isn’t that global cryptocurrency, then something else will be.I think that a global cryptocurrency that is an asset, a currency and a platform, is pretty essential for good progress in what we can do when it comes to building products and services, banking the unbanked in the third world and creating effective commerce across borders, among other things.Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a WeekYou’ve said that you’re not concerned with the day-to-day price of Bitcoin, that you’re more focused on the long-game outlook of your Bitcoin investments. Why? My investment philosophy is very much long-term. I don’t do any small trades, like, “Oh, I’ll own this for a year and then I’ll sell it.” I invest only in long-term trends. That’s part of the reason I’m a venture investor. When I invested in Airbnb, when it was totally a new and random thing, most people said, “No way, no one’s gonna’ have strangers over at their house to rent a room, etc.” I saw it differently.When I invest, I think, “What is the way the world should be and is this investment part of that end? Is this plan the best plan for that to happen?” So that’s minimum five years. When it comes to Bitcoin, that’s the framework that I think about it in.Why do you think the price of Bitcoin has diminished so much since late 2013, when it soared above $1,000?I think that the price drop has gotten lost in asset speculation. A lot of people were like, “Oh, my God, I gotta’ get in now!” They thought it was a get rich quick scheme. Obviously the run up was driven by speculation. Speculation tends to be very volatile to, “Oh, my God, it’s headed down now. Oh, get out quick.” Speculators are not long-term buyers. Speculators are cash in on the upswing and know when to get off the boat.Honestly, I don’t even check the price. I don’t even know what it is right now. I would guess it’s around $200-ish. Once it went down to $200, it’s actually not been that volatile since. The volatility decreased after that big drop and it’s now coming to a point where it’s at the current clearing price.Related: How a Teenage Entrepreneur Built a Startup on Bitcoin RichesWhat are the biggest challenges holding Bitcoin back from mass adoption? There aren’t enough use cases that make it easy enough to transact in Bitcoin yet. It has to be easy to use and reliably fulfill people’s needs. Most of the places a digital asset is needed very badly are not places like the U.S., where I can sit with my dollars in the bank. It’s more like Argentina or Ukraine or Russia. Those areas still have to get to the point where it’s useful.Once you get the asset store working in those locations, you have to figure out where people want to transact in Bitcoin. Is it cross-border transactions? Is it other types of transactions that are unique and difficult to do?While it’s cool that Overstock will accept Bitcoin, a lot of people in the U.S. have credit cards and can buy from Overstock with them, so they don’t need to get Bitcoin in order to buy from Overstock. Most mass adoption of technology doesn’t just go do something just because it’s cool. When you get mass adoption, it’s because it’s serving a need.Related: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Is Like a ‘Child Taking Its First Steps’ But Will One Day Win the Finance MarathonWhat is your advice to those considering investing in the Bitcoin space? Roughly speaking, it’s very much like a venture investment. What I tell people who are angel investors investing in it, even though I think that the likelihood that Bitcoin will go to zero is very low, I say don’t invest in something you’re not willing to lose, or lose a good portion of. Now, for portfolio management, like if you have $10,000 and you invest $500, that’s usually kind of an unsafe side bet.If you’re interested in Bitcoin, if you believe it’s part of how you think the world should be, the way the world will eventually end up going towards and you want to participate in that, then it might be for you. Or, if you’re in some place where you have no real, good asset value store and you’re uncertain about the banks, you’re uncertain about the government currency, then Bitcoin can provide a useful asset store for you.Related: 16 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge in 2015 Register Now » April 10, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 8 min readlast_img read more

Apps as Fortune Tellers 5 Ways Predictive Apps Will Change Your World

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read I’ve been lucky: From marketing Shazam to being part of the team that launched iTunes and Google Play in Europe, I’ve worked with some of the world’s most influential brands on some of the most exciting innovations in recent history.Related: Apple Watch Apps Are a DisasterAs a result, people often ask me: What do you think is the next technological revolution? While I’m sure there are many yet to come, there’s one in particular that stands out: predictive technology. The fact is, technology has evolved to the point where we want, even expect it to read our minds — anticipating what we need often before we even know we need it.And the new crop of predictive apps on the horizon is designed to do just that.What’s critical to the success of predictive apps is their ability to be context-aware, blending technology with contextual intelligence, to stay a step ahead of what we need to work, live and play better. To make these apps truly useful, their creators need to take a sophisticated, cutting-edge back end and offer the app via simple front-end design. Done right, these apps will give us back time that otherwise would have been spent searching for and retrieving data, documents, services and information. And oh, what we could do with that extra hour or day or week each year!Here are five ways that I believe we’ll see predictive technology change our lives for the better.1. Predicting what we need wherever we areWhere can I find a nice bottle of wine before meeting my friends nearby? What’s the traffic like on the way to the restaurant? Wouldn’t it be great to have an Uber waiting for me after my event, so I don’t have to try to hail a cab? Once an app knows where you are or even where you’re going, it should be able to predict a host of related activities from nearby places.That way, you can purchase the products you need, or find alternate routes to avoid traffic or set up that car you’d like to have waiting for you — before you’ve even requested it. Apps like Google Now and Snips are already starting to make this a reality.2. Predicting how we can save more moneyWho doesn’t love to save money? Picture an app that monitors a light bulb — and that light bulb stops working. Had the app anticipated the light bulb’s burnout, it could instantly look at replacement options available, search for the best value and order it — in time to replace the faulty bulb without any downtime. Or, consider an app like Nest or Hive, which learns your energy needs and adapts to your lifestyle, adjusting your home energy usage — and therefore, your monthly bill — automatically.Now, take that idea, and picture it on a much larger scale. Corporate real estate currently under construction is already starting to integrate this kind of “smart” technology — and predicting cost savings at a much higher level. Soon, consumers will have these tools, too.Related: Foursquare Integrates Uber Ride-Hailing Service Directly In Its Mobile App3. Predicting how — and when — we need our dataWhen it comes to data, we’re drowning. Information is being created and growing in size exponentially every day — whether that means email, texts, tasks, calendar invites, social media or multimedia. New tools add functionality and productivity, but also more data — from Hipchat, to Slack, to Dropbox and more. With all this digital noise, it’s amazing that anyone has time to think anymore.According to McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends 28 percent of the work week managing emails and related software alone. This is where predictive apps could have a major impact — putting all that data into context, then filtering and prioritizing it and delivering it only according to your preferences as to when and where.Contextual filters like this were a key driver in the creation of the cleverly streamlined Apple Watch interface. And other companies are also making this a reality. They include Google Inbox, which adds context to sort and prioritize your emails; and my own current project Gluru, which functions as a predictive file explorer to search and retrieve relevant data across multiple sources — anticipating and learning what you need each day.4. Predicting our entertainment needsMusic discovery has always been a personal thing. Recommendations for new music usually come from a combination of friends, family, personal experiences media and more. Recently, services such as Spotify and iTunes have tried to predict what you like, recommending music playlists based on a combination of history, interests and similar artists/music.The only problem is that one’s music taste shifts and changes constantly. Now, imagine waking up in the morning and having your ideal playlist set up based, yes, on your music preferences — but also on your mood, or the weather. This is the direction in which these services are headed.5. Predicting our health needsTaking care of ourselves, unfortunately, is not always our top priority. As if that nagging voice inside our heads were not enough, technology that can predict–– and act on — our health care needs may very well be the answer. Consider this: You’re walking down the road and receive a notification alerting you that something is up with your body. The alert not only tells you what may happen and what to do, but where to go to treat the issue, if further action is needed.Smart wearables like Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band are starting to drive this trend, enabling the monitoring of activity and athletic performance, with built-in sensors and alerts. This could be a real lifesaver — whether to stay ahead of potential illnesses, or help with something as simple as detecting the possibility of a pulled muscle before it happens.Predictive context is more than just a concept. We’re already starting to see the first of these apps hit the market, and it’s only a matter of time before they become more sophisticated and prevalent. The potential applications of this technological underpinning are limitless. I’m sure there are many more ways predictive context will shape our lives moving forward. What’s your prediction?Related: 15 Time-Tested Apps Your Business Can’t Live Without Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 9, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

The Best Minds in DroneMaking Meet in This North Dakota Town

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens July 28, 2016 2 min read This story appears in the August 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Once a month, the best minds in drone making gather in Fargo to talk all things airborne. Drones, you say? Yep. Drone Focus is a meeting for everyone interested in the space — from developers to clients — to powwow about the fast-growing industry. And Fargo is just the spot to do it. There are currently 18 drone-related companies in North Dakota, and the state has invested $34 million in growing unmanned aircraft operations, research and businesses. “What makes Fargo unique is that the end user sits next to the entrepreneur and they solve the problem together,” says Greg Tehven, cofounder of local networking hub Emerging Prairie, which hosts the get-together.Joey Schmit, for example, is the founder of the year-old drone services provider Flight Pros, and he meets directly with Nolan Berg and Adam Spelhaug of Peterson Farm Seeds to hash out how the technology can better aid Peterson’s operation. “It’s pretty much the perfect match to work directly with a customer,” Schmit says. “They’re informing you of exactly what they want in their deliverables.”Fargo has another thing going for itself: “Unencumbered airspace five minutes outside of town,” says Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Fargo-based drone company Botlink. In other words, it’s real quiet out there, which makes the local skies perfect for testing, refining and actual work. “Our users, primarily in agriculture and construction, can collect data on their businesses in real time,” says Zimmerman, whose cloud-based platform allows clients to watch over extensive acreages, such as oil fields or farms. Now she’s looking to build clients beyond state lines, including Europe, Australia and the Middle East.Sure, Fargo does have some downsides — like its guaranteed annual snowstorms. But after a blizzard hits, city officials might now send a drone out, not humans, to check on downed power lines and unsafe roads. Related:Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Best Cities for EntrepreneursLive In This House Rent-Free — and Launch Your Startup Listen Nowlast_img read more

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