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Ceridian up 42% following payroll software IPO

Stock market investors greeted payroll software company Ceridian with enthusiasm on its debut Thursday. After pricing above its expected range at $22 per share, the stock shot up 42%, closing above $31 by day’s end.

Ceridian helps clients ranging from BlackRock to Trader Joe’s keep tabs on personnel including payroll, benefits and onboarding. Its clients pay it a fee per employee per month.

“The platform is designed to ease administrative work for both employees and managers, creating opportunities for companies to increase employee engagement,” reads the prospectus.  ADP and Workday are amongst its competitors.

It was a large tech offering, raising $462 million in its IPO . But the Minneapolis-based business is lower-profile in Silicon Valley, partly because it didn’t raise venture capital.

Instead, Ceridian had financial backing from Fidelity and private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee, which owns 62% of the business. Formed in 1992, the company has gone through a few iterations. It was acquired by financial sponsors in 2007, but the acquisition of Dayforce Corporation in 2012 became the backbone of its software business.

David Ossip became CEO after that acquisition. He told TechCrunch that he was optimistic about its “single code-based platform” and that the money raised in the IPO will be used toward “paying off a bunch of debt.”

The company brought in $750.7 million in revenue for 2017, up from $704.2 million in 2016 and $693.9 million in 2015. Losses shrunk from $104.7 million to $10.5 million in that same timeframe.

“We have a history of losses and negative cash flows from operating activities, and we may not be able to attain or to maintain profitability or positive cash flows from operating activities in the future.

 

Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan served as lead bankers on the offering. Weil Gotshal and Latham & Watkins served as counsel.

The company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “CDAY.”


Source: TechCrunch

The alternative to the four-hour workweek mindset

Often when I attend a conference or a networking event I am surprised by how many people operate at the periphery of the tech industry. Social media gurus, SEO “ninjas,” bloggers, etc. It’s a coterie of tech “club promoters.” The hype men of the industry.

“Hack your way to success.” “Meet the right people.” “Become a business superstar.” They’ve found their silver bullet. They boast of building a passive income from a web business, all while traveling the world as the rest of us mortals are slaving away at our 9-5 jobs.

In a world where we are searching for silver bullets, these people seem to have amassed an arsenal of them. Moreover, they’ve found audiences to sell their silver bullets to, en masse.

The most blatant example of this are some of the disciples of the 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss. The book itself is not really the issue. Ferriss indeed outlines some interesting tips on managing resources to get the highest ROI on your work. What is objectionable, however, is the hack-your-way-to-success mentality it has spawned in entrepreneurial circles.

It’s a mindset that is antithetical to everything I know about entrepreneurship; a mindset that I see when I hear people talk about having an amazing idea that they want to farm out to a young college student who can code, or outsourcing development of a product to a cheap dev house. It’s a mindset that assumes entrepreneurship is a series of networking events and fundraising meetings, or even some silver-bullet business connection they have, in lieu of a real distribution strategy. It’s taking a passive approach to a very difficult undertaking.

What is missed in all of this is the mindset of craftsmanship; that one’s expertise and deliberate focus on one’s craft is actually the primary driver for success — and not some crapshoot of a series of hacks.

What happens on the periphery  —  whether it be the towel slapping we see on Twitter from tech celebrities or headline gossip out of TechCrunch  —  is not actually meaningful as a foundation of a business or a profession. Neither are the number of coffee meetings you have scheduled or the amount of networking meetings you attend. These things are tertiary at best, and, at worst, just plain-old distractions.

Startup graveyards are full of visionaries without expertise or the proper skills to execute.

To be successful over the course of a career requires the application and accumulation of expertise. This assumes that for any given undertaking you either provide expertise or you are just a bystander. It’s the experts that are the drivers — an expertise that is gained from a curiosity, and a mindset of treating one’s craft very seriously.

A startup is by nature a crash-course in developing expertise. What makes startups unique is the sheer dearth of resources. This dearth of resources forces founders to rapidly adapt their skills to meet the demands of the project.

“I didn’t know how to do x, so I just had to figure it out.” This is what I regularly hear from successful founders, whereas “I couldn’t find someone to do x, so I had to reconsider whether to pursue it at all” is a common refrain from unsuccessful founders.

If you step up to the challenge, you’ll realize that the startup is nothing more than a teacher. It, in fact, is a great teacher for no other reason than it demands the accumulation of knowledge quickly for the startup to survive.

A technical founder, whose experience may relegate her or him to a specialist role in a large company, for example, has to adapt and take on more expertise in adjacent technical areas. There simply aren’t the human resources to delegate these tasks to another specialist.

This is true for taking on tasks in other domains, whether that be sales, finance, marketing, management or design. You have to take an interest in these domains because there is no one else to fill these roles in your early-stage company.

It’s in exploring these unknown territories and facing the headwind of startup challenges that it becomes clear that the startup is merely a force of catalytic professional and character growth. With actual success of any given venture subject to the whim of outside forces, this growth is the non-monetary dividend that makes the experience priceless.

That is why the passive, 4-Hour Mindset is so self-defeating. To lounge on a beach or travel the world and not actively engage in building your arsenal of expertise is professional malpractice.

It’s also not practical. No serious company has been created passively — the passive mindset that leads people to say “I’ve got a great idea, I’ll hire a team to build it out” or “I have this great connection who will drive sales” while I play armchair visionary simply doesn’t work. Startup graveyards are full of visionaries without expertise or the proper skills to execute, for no other reason than ideas are not self-executing, but are rather made into being by intense engagement by skilled operators.

Most importantly, to think of a business as a series of hacks and transactional relationships, you’ll never amass the expertise that your future self and future businesses need to succeed. Startups fail withstanding founder expertise, of course. It is certainly not sufficient to be an expert. However, expertise does make it possible to traverse the struggles of creating businesses over the course of a career. You’re not simply working on the idea in front of you, you’re building the knowledge to succeed at your next projects, as well.

It is the expertise and the mindset of craftsmanship that allows someone like Elon Musk to jump from project to project and sector to sector with the knowledge of how to execute on the highest-level problems. It’s not simply his ability to find interesting ideas — it’s his command of the domains of the business that allow him to execute the way he does. He is the epitome of an interdisciplinary student of his businesses.

If you are to optimize for anything, optimize for the long-term. Use the challenges of your business today to build mastery in your craft. There is no guarantee that any one venture will succeed, but that mastery will bend luck in your favor over the long course of your career.


Source: TechCrunch

DeepCode cleans your code with the power of AI

Zurich-based DeepCode claims that their system – essentially a tool for analyzing and improving code – is like Grammarly for programmers. The system, which uses a corpus of 250,000 rules, reads your public and private Github repositories and tells you how to fix problems, remain compatible, and generally improve your programs.

Founded by Veselin Raychev, advisor Martin Vechev, and Boris Paskalev, the team has extensive experience in machine learning and AI research. This project is a spinoff from ETH in Switzerland and is a standalone research project turned programming utility.

How does it work? Pretty well. I ran one of my public repositories through the system and received 49 suggestions in 449 files. The fixes range from literal code changes – changing name: String, to name: {type: String}, – to suggestions for code that might be actually missing in function calls. It’s an interesting tool, especially if you need help finding hidden bugs in your code. The advice this tool gives is also surprisingly precise. Because it can build its own recommendations based on large amounts of code it finds things humans might miss.

“We built a platform that understands the intent of the code,” said Paskalev. “We autonomously understand millions of repositories and note the changes developers are making. Then we train our AI engine with those changes and can provide unique suggestions to every single line of code analyzed by our platform.”

“Today we have more than 250K rules and growing daily,” said Paskalev. “Our competition has to manually create rules and the biggest competitor has 3-4,000 rules and they’ve been working for years.

The company is self-funded and recently raised $1.1 million from btov. The founders are serial entrepreneurs. Paskalev worked at Vistaprint and PPAG and Raychev worked for Google and is a researcher in the field of machine learning in programming language semantics.

More than a simple debugger, DeepCode “reads” and tries to compare code to other implementations, giving you best-of-class performance from every line. Now the team just has to get programmers to use it.

“We have a unique platform that understands software code the same way Grammarly understands written language,” Paskalev said. “This unique proposition is positioned us save billions of dollars within the software development community with our first service and then to be on the front end of transforming the industry towards fully autonomous code synthesis.”


Source: TechCrunch

TCL 6-Series (2018 Roku TV) Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Starting at a hyper-aggressive $600 for the 55-inch size, it checks all the picture quality and Smart TV boxes. Watch out, Vizio.
Source: CNET

Qualcomm cuts licensing fees, hopes to settle with Apple this year – CNET

In an effort to resolve its licensing disputes, the chipmaker lowers by $100 the cap on the value of handsets, which is what its royalties are based on.
Source: CNET

Microsoft is replacing its gun emoji too, following Apple and Google – CNET

Apple changed its gun emoji in 2016, and Google just made the move this week. Now Microsoft’s gun emoji is morphing into a water pistol as well.
Source: CNET

Outrageous custom Lamborghinis – Roadshow

These extra-special supercars are blinged out with lights, gold and, in one case, Donald Trump.
Source: CNET

25 household uses for baking soda – CNET

Got a household problem? Baking soda may be the solution. You can use it as an easy fix for a wide range of household problems.
Source: CNET

'Avengers: Infinity War': From Scope to Story, an Unreplicable Success

The culmination of 10 years and 18 movies is something that’s virtually impossible to repeat.
Source: Wired

Nature’s Mechanical Secrets Could Help Build Faster Robots

Some small animals can produce bullet-like accelerations—could robots do it, too?
Source: Wired

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