Cycling, boxing and running studios, as well as some full-service gyms, are using sophisticated lighting systems to heighten the exercise experience.
NYS Entity Status
NYS Filing Date
NOVEMBER 01, 2013
NYS DOS ID#
ALLSTATE CORPORATE SERVICES CORP.
99 WASHINGTON AVENUE STE 1008
ALBANY, NEW YORK, 12260
NYS Entity Type
FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
2013 - CPS 400 LLC
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- Report Reveals In-App Purchase Scams in the App Store
By Tim Hardwick - Monday Jun 12, 2017
An investigation into App Store developer pay-outs has uncovered a scamming trend in which apps advertising fake services are making thousands of dollars a month from in-app purchases.
In a Medium article titled How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store, Johnny Lin describes how he discovered the trend, which works by manipulating search ads to promote dubious apps in the App Store and then preys on unsuspecting users via the in-app purchase mechanism.
I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft. That was to be expected. But what's this? The #10 Top Grossing Productivity app (as of June 7th, 2017) was an app called "Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN".To learn how this could be, Lin installed and ran the app, and was soon prompted to start a "free trial" for an "anti-virus scanner" (iOS does not need anti-virus software thanks to Apple's sandboxing rules for individual apps). Tapping on the trial offer then threw up a Touch ID authentication prompt containing the text "You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription starting Jun 9, 2017".
Given the terrible title of this app (inconsistent capitalization, misplaced colon, and grammatically nonsensical "Clean & Security VPN?"), I was sure this was a bug in the rankings algorithm. So I check Sensor Tower for an estimate of the app's revenue, which showed… $80,000 per month?? That couldn't possibly be right. Now I was really curious.
Lin was one touch away from paying $400 a month for a non-existent service offered by a scammer.
It suddenly made a lot of sense how this app generates $80,000 a month. At $400/month per subscriber, it only needs to scam 200 people to make $80,000/month, or $960,000 a year. Of that amount, Apple takes 30%, or $288,000?—?from just this one app.Lin went on to explain how dishonorable developers are able to take advantage of Apple's App Store search ads product because there's no filtering or approval process involved. Not only that, ads look almost indistinguishable from real results in the store, while some ads take up the entire search result's first page.
Lin dug deeper and found several other similar apps making money off the same scam, suggesting a wider disturbing trend, with scam apps regularly showing up in the App Store's top grossing lists.
It's unclear at this point how these apps managed to make it onto the App Store in the first place given Apple's usually stringent approval process, or whether changes to the search ads system in iOS 11 will prevent this immoral practice from occurring in future. We'll be sure to update this article if we hear more from Apple.
In the meantime, users should report scam apps when they see them and inform less savvy friends of this scamming trend until something is done to eradicate it.
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- Is Your Organization Aiming for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye?
By Gail Perry - Friday May 26, 2017
Where are you with your fundraising plans?
Are you playing the fundraising "dart game" by any chance?
There's a game that many nonprofits play called “Aim for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye.”
It’s the game of searching, searching for the fundraising strategy that will finally pay off.
The problem is - that it’s a guessing game.
When you have to guess your way to increased fundraising contributions and gifts - it’s doubtful that you’ll actually hit the bulls eye.
Let’s have a bit of fun and see where your organization stacks up in the “Aim for The Fundraising Bull’s Eye” game. :)
Let’s see how efficient and effective your own fundraising plans, strategies and tactics are.
Outer Ring Fundraising
When your darts keep hitting the outer ring, alas, you're clearly in a “Hit or Miss” situation.
Your “strategy” — if you can call it that — is all over the place. Just like these old darts.
And your fundraising is floundering as a result. Here's what's probably happening:
- Your organization sets fundraising goals in a vacuum, based on various people’s personal opinions and preferences. (“I can’t stand direct mail!”)
- Your board is detached and disengaged. They are uncomfortable with the idea of fundraising - which they equate with “asking for money.”
- Your organization’s leadership is also nervous about fundraising - so there’s a distant relationship with fundraising staff.
- Your organization’s donors think they are personally treated like ATMs. Not a great recipe for long-term relationships!
Inner Ring Fundraising
You are moving toward the bull's eye on the dart board. Your fundraising plans are a work in progress.
- You’re getting more internal people involved in the discussion, so there is broader support for fundraising among your colleagues.
- Your board is more engaged. They are all donating, and they understand the importance of opening doors and making connections with their active and affluent friends.
- Leadership gives fundraising staff a voice at the table. They listen and try to understand you. No one is coming at you at the 11th hour to fund a program you weren’t a part of from the start.
- You’re thanking your donors. Quickly and with feeling. That’s good. They are beginning to feel like they are not exactly one-night stands as far as your organization is concerned.
Bull's Eye Fundraising
There’s a strong culture of philanthropy within your organization.
- In the fundraising department, there's a plan everybody is following.
- Messaging is consistent and donor-centered.
- Direct mail folks aren’t afraid to turn “their” names over to major gifts, and major gifts regularly funnels names to planned giving.
- Programs, marketing and communications, fundraising are all working collaboratively.
- The lines of communication with leadership are open and flowing; your CEO is engaged with donors and supporting your team’s goals at all times.
Your board is totally on board.
- They’re engaged and excited about your mission - ready to take action and go to work.
- They GIVE! Big and regularly.
- They make introductions and use their connections to open doors.
- They understand fundraising and are willing to be part of it (in ways that include asking but other ways as well).
Your donors are happy.
- Some have deep relationships with your organization.
- You speak a donor-centered language.
- You bless them with the opportunity to give, rather than trying to hit them with a hello and run away with their money.
And a bonus sign that you’re in the bull’s-eye?
- You’re raising money.
- Awesome amounts of money. Mega-amounts. More money than you ever thought possible.
- All because you are working from well-structured fundraising plans.
If you hit the bull’s-eye — GREAT! And congratulations!
But even if your dart ricocheted off the target, took off someone’s ear and flattened a tire in the parking lot, you can turn things around.
Fundraising Plans Save The Day
It all starts with a plan that everyone agrees on. Then you can sleep at night.
If you need help creating a sane fundraising plan that will:
- Help you focus your time and energy.
- Control the flow of work in your office.
- Protect you from your leadership’s fundraising “idea of the month.”
- Allow you to be proactive rather than reactive.
- Allow you to build confidence in your fundraising program.
Then check out my brand new Highly Profitable Fundraising Toolkit.
You'll get the templates, worksheets and 4 hours of video training with me to help you and your team MAX OUT your fundraising potential.
Let's have some fun, lay down some terrific plans and change the world together!
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- Houzz raises $400 million, doubling valuation to $4.3 billion
By Bérénice Magistretti - Friday Jun 23, 2017
Houzz, which provides a home remodeling and design service, just closed a $400 million round led by Iconiq Capital, according to a report published today by the Wall Street Journal. Previous investors Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital also participated. Equidate, a stock market for private companies, estimates the company to be valued at $4.3 billion. The Palo […]