Question by Eric: What kind of permission do I need to make a sports website for professional teams?
A friend and I want to make a blog-type website about professional and college level sports in our area. Would we be able to use logos? Or pictures of players?

Thanks so much!

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Answer by BORN2B1
you and your friend would have to contact the team your doing it about and talk with them because you dont wanna get sued over something silly. Most sports teams have their names and logos copyrighted and will sue you. It also depends if you are gonna be making money off of this website or not because then you’re talking royalties and that can get expensive. So i reccomend not doing until you find out more about it not worth getting sued over!

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Question by bmadison5: What kind of job can I get or business I can start,that will provide me with a good amount of residual income?

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Answer by betyanne2002
Suggestions For Building Your Subscription Business

It is FREE

As an Independent agent of , your opportunities are unlimited to build your subscription business. As an agent, you are authorized to use magazine covers in any of your own promotional material. You are allowed to market your business any way that you want. Here are a few suggestions to help build your business.

(1) Think large for the long term, but think small in the beginning. Start your business by contacting people that you know ( friends, family, neighbors etc. ). Let these people know that you are in business, and explain to them what a convenient service you provide. Sample promotional letters are available upon request. For example: Since the average household takes approximately six magazine subscriptions, by ordering and renewing through you, they would only have to write one check, one time, to you, for all of their subscription needs. The customer also does not have to deal with any customer service issues, so if there is a problem, you can handle it for them (by contacting our office ).

(2) Network your subscription business as a fund-raiser. Contact local schools, churches, civic groups etc. who want to raise money for their organization and keep a percentage of sales as your profit.

(3) Take advantage of any gift giving occasion ( holidays, birthdays, engagements, graduations, etc.) Keep a log of all special occasions for your customers. For example:
When it is the birthday of the mother of your customer, contact the customer and suggest a subscription as a gift. Not only will your customer had not thought of previously. Again, you are providing a service and your customer will probably be glad that you called and made the suggestion.

(4) Contact local business who having waiting areas (family doctor, pediatrician, dentist, beautician, mechanics etc.) More than likely, these offices have someone who is designated to handle magazine renewals in addition to their other job responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity for you to offer your service at little or no additional cost to the customer.

(5) Ask existing customers for referrals. Most businesses get their start this way. For example: Your beautician built his or her client base from referrals of existing customers. Word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertisement.

(6) Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to get a listing of businesses ( and their address / Phone Number) in your area. Write a letter of introduction, or use our suggested letter of introduction, to contact them. There may be a small fee to get this list.

(7) Contact large businesses in your area. These employees not only have reception areas, but the management staff usually receive a variety of subscriptions.
(8) Keep updates on new residents in your area. Write a letter to welcome them to the community and tell them about your service. Form a business relationship with a local company that deals with major purchases ( real estate brokers, car salesman ). Suggest that they give a gift subscription to any new customer who makes a purchase. If you deal with a real estate broker, you will know who the new residents in the community are, and you can contact them for other subscription business.

(9) Build relationships with your customers. Follow up with existing customers on a regular basis ( every 3 mos. ) to make sure that they are happy with their subscriptions. And there are NO problems. Hint: Customers follow up is crucial to your business. If you do not follow up, your credibility can be destroyed. If you only call your customers once a year (when it is time to renew ), they will be less likely to renew through you if there have been problems and you were not available to handle them throughout the year.

Here is a suggested contact schedule:

1st Contact – Make the subscription sale. Let the customer know that you will be contacting them in approximately 3 months to verify arrival of their 1st. Issue.

2nd. Contact or 3 months later – Follow up with customer. Make sure that the first issue has arrived.

( Please make sure that it is time for the subscription to start. If it is a monthly magazine, allow 8 -12 weeks from start date. If it is more or less frequent than monthly, it may take more or less time to start. If you are unsure please contact our office and we will verify for you. )

3rd . Contact – Follow up with customer and notify them that they will begin to receive renewals from the publishers, but to disregard them. Let them know that you will contact them in 3 months to renew their subscriptions.

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Question by evan c: When we file our income tax what kind of refund do we get?
I know we get get some government refund back,
and what else.
Do we get state refund…

Ok, Why when my family pay a tax in New York, but we did not get state refund. all they said because i am not going to other state for college. that why my family did not get state refund?

So, do we need pay tax like where i went to school. Like i am in florida, shall my family income tax report at Florida.

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Answer by Judy1
I’m not sure you understand just what a refund is. Through the year you might have money withheld from your paycheck for federal income tax. At the end of the year, you prepare a form called a tax return to calculate how much tax you owe total for the year, and compare that to what was withheld. If you had more withheld than your total tax, you get the extra back as a refund. If you didn’t have enough withheld, you have to pay the rest rather than getting a refund.

A refund isn’t some sort of bonus the government gives you for working. It’s like if you went to WalMart and bought $ 16 worth of items, but gave the cashier a $ 20 bill. You’d get a “refund” of $ 4, but it’s not them giving you something, it’s just getting your own money back.

FL doesn’t have a state income tax. And your being in college in FL has nothing to do with your NY tax, someone has misunderstood something.

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Question by blondguy04: Does anybody make money off affiliate programs if so what kind?
I have done several different affiliate programs trying to make money not to get rich be nice but something yet never seem to make any money I put the links everywhere even submit to all major search engines yet not much success what am I doing wrong or is affiliate programs just a waste of time? Also if there are anybody making money off a affiliate program what is it and how are you doing it.

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Answer by ryan
I am involved with the company “Team Beach Body” as a coach, and through working a system that one of the leaders showed me a way to generate decent money just through our affiliate program by selling products such as P 90x, supplements, and meal replacements.

It is a very easy yet ingenious system to make money through affiliate links, however you need to be involved with the company as a coach in order to do so. He lays out the system in a 20 min video and explains it in a way a H.S. student could do it. If you are interested in an extra source of income I would defiantly recommend getting involved.

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It’s only Spring Break for most college students, but summer vacation will be here before you know it. Instead of getting stuck babysitting your little sister or mowing your neighbor’s lawn, apply for Google Summer of Code and spend the summer of 2012 earning money writing code for open source projects.

Google Summer of Code is a global program that gives university students a stipend to write code for open source projects over a three month period. Accepted students are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, gaining exposure to real-world software development and the opportunity for future employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

For the past ten days, interested students have had the opportunity to review the ideas pages for this year’s 180 accepted projects and research which projects they would like to contribute to this year. We hope all interested students will apply! Submit your proposal to the mentoring organizations via the Google Summer of Code program website from today through Friday, April 6 at 19:00 UTC.

Google Summer of Code is a highly competitive program with a limited number of spots. Students should consult the Google Summer of Code student manual for suggestions on how to write a quality proposal that will grab the attention of the mentoring organizations. Multiple proposals are allowed but we highly recommend focusing on quality over quantity. The mentoring organizations have many proposals to review, so it is important to follow each organization’s specific guidelines or templates and we advise you to submit your proposal early so you can receive timely feedback.

For more tips, see a list of some helpful dos and don’ts for successful student participation written by a group of experienced Google Summer of Code administrators, our user’s guide for the program site, Frequently Asked Questions and timeline. You can also stay up-to-date on all things Google Summer of Code on our Google Open Source blog, mailing lists or on Internet relay chat at #gsoc on Freenode.

To learn more about Google Summer of Code, tune in to the Google Students page on Google+ next Monday, April 2 at 3:30pm PT for a Hangout on Air with open source programs manager Chris DiBona. He’ll be talking about Google Summer of Code with other members of the open source team at Google. Submit your questions about the program between now and next Monday using the hashtag #gsochangout, and Chris and the open source team will answer them live during the Hangout On Air.

Good luck to all the open source coders out there, and remember to submit your proposals early—you only have until April 6!

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Today, growing a company is much like raising a family. Your first-born, your first angel round; your first failure, your second child; your first pivot, your first move to a new home; who to play the disciplinarian? Who to be soothing calm when the weather gets rough? Building something meaningful from the ground up is a great balancing act, and just like there’s no one right way to raise a family, there are an innumerable amount of ways to raise a company.

In the past few years, startling, industry-shifting success has come out of Paul Graham’s Y-Combinator in Silicon Valley. Since then, we’ve witnessed a number of innovative incubators such as Tech Stars, which was founded in Boulder by David Cohen and now has programs in Seattle, Boston and New York. David McClure’s 500 Start-Ups takes a similar YC approach to incubation, focusing on mentorship and early seed funding in exchange for a small equity stake. Prehype, an incubator that helps corporations create like startups, launched late last year with perhaps the most innovative approach yet: take Google’s 20% time and apply it to big companies. And this spring The Entrepreneur’s Round Table launched its own accelerator program, and it’s just announced its first 10 startups for its inaugural class in NYC.

In a time when New York City’s tech scene is thriving, enter Gramercy Labs, which launched officially in May 2011. One might call them an incubator, but that wouldn’t be providing due justice to the high level of involvement each of the founders takes in the startups. It’s best to call Gramercy Labs, founded by serial entrepreneurs Kevin Fortuna and Philip James, a startup collective. At its roots, Gramercy Labs aims to build disruptive media and e-commerce businesses around exceptional founding teams with a particular winning advantage in a proven market.

At the helm of GCL is Kevin Fortuna, who was formerly the CEO of Quigo, an advertising technology company that was sold to AOL Time Warner for $ 360 million in November 2007 and Philip James (pictured below), who prior to founding Snooth Media “the IMBD for wine” in 2007, had sailed across the Atlantic, climbed Mt. Everest and graduated from Columbia’s Business School. James and Fortuna first crossed paths halfway through 2008. Fortuna was an early investor in Snooth and now sits on its Board of Directors. In late 2009, both men found themselves handing out the many different business cards for companies they sat on the boards of, founded or were advisors for. They realized they needed a unifying platform to bring together these companies and future companies. At this time, Fortuna wanted to begin a portfolio and James wanted to start a new wine related company, so soon enough, the idea behind The Gramercy Labs Collective was born.

They began working on the new wine related company, which became Lot 18, in February 2010 with 4 people and half a million in seed funding. Lot18 (which made our list of NYC’s Top 20 Start-Ups You Need to Know About) is a “membership by invitation only website” that sells fine wines and specialty foods at discounted prices. The “Gilt Groupe of wine” officially launched in November 2010 with a $ 2.8 million Series A round led by NYC-based VC firm FirstMark Capital. Recently, the company raised an additional $ 10 Million in Series B Funding, and in just six months since launch, Lot18 has grown from six to more than 70 employees with well over 200,000 subscribers. In the coming months, the team plans to expand into other epicurean pursuits such as food, wine accessories and vineyard destinations.

In early 2011, Fortuna and James launched their most recent company with serial entrepreneur David Wade and Editor Craig Marks of Billboard, Spin and Blender fame. Popdust is a site dedicated to becoming the premiere pop music online destination, much like Pitchfork and Stereogum are for the indie music scene. [See our full story on Popdust here.] Each Gramercy Labs startup is built on Popdust’s formula for success: essentially take a viable, profitable concept + hire a general manager with incredible business savvy (Wade) + pair with a creative, celebrity force (Marks) to establish a brand + build scalability through software.

GCL portfolio companies currently include: Snooth MediaLot18Popdust, and Fameball, a social gaming site dedicated to celebrity news and gossip that uses enviable proprietary technology to rank celebrity status. Each of the four current portfolio companies, deeply rooted in New York’s tech community, received early stage financing before being injected with Gramercy’s hypergrowth startup culture. Together, Fortuna and James leverage their expertise in creating scalable, data-driven organizations by integrating elements of distributed content, game theory, e-commerce, media and advertising. Fortuna leads the collective from the strategy, business development and fundraising side, while James, who has a masters from Oxford in Computational Chemistry leads the product and engineering side.

“What makes Gramercy different is that we try really hard to make sure every single person at our company feels more like an owner than an employee. Everyone at Gramercy has tons of autonomy, no set office hours, unlimited vacation and lots of resources. We believe that working for a Gramercy company should feel more like a mission or creating a work of art than a clock-punching job. If we do this right, excellence, efficiency and innovation will follow.”

-Kevin Fortuna

“People often talk about building nice places to work, here it’s part of our mission. We’re building companies of lasting value, and to do that we need to be able to hire and retain the smartest, most passionate people around,” says James. “If that takes SF2 arcade consoles and day trips to Long Island wineries, then all the better.” The Gramercy Labs Collective isn’t something you apply to. (After all, you don’t apply to be a part of a family.) But if you think you’re a great fit for their family, and have a deep appreciation for wine, then both Fortuna and James want to hear from you.

Fortuna says the company must be a consumer-facing web technology that hits a “passion point” in a rich market and has the potential to be #1 or #2 in that market. It’s also advantageous that the company be based in New York City.

“Most importantly,” says James, “We want to be sure that we [himself and Fortuna] can give the company a unique advantage leveraging our skills and experience.”

While Fortuna and James sit on numerous boards and act as advisors to all their GLC companies, they only maintain “day jobs” at Lot18 at the moment; Fortuna as CEO and James as its President. The two are investors and equity holders in all of the GLC companies. When asked where they see GCL in 5 years time, Fortuna responded:

“I hope Gramercy Labs will be known as a great place to start and develop a career as an entrepreneur. As much as anything, I hope we are known for measuring success the right way — not just in terms of dollars and cents, but also by the personal connections we make and keep, by our reputation as a workplace, by building cool and useful products and services, and by doing the right thing by our investors and co-workers.”

-Kevin Fortuna

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