NY Waterway seeks state permission to move ferry equipment to Hoboken…

first_img× HOBOKEN — NY Waterway, the local private company that runs commuter ferries between Hudson County and Manhattan, has applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to move a travel lift and two barges to its newly-acquired land at the former Union Dry Dock site in Hoboken.Waterway wants to use the land, which they bought in November, to repair its ferries, but the city of Hoboken has made it clear it would like to acquire the land for open space.Hoboken has already attended public hearings in order to fight for that right, and the city has said it may use eminent domain to acquire the property if it’s able to.According to a press release from NY Waterway, “approval of the permit is critical to NY Waterway’s ability to maintain its fleet of 34 ferries, which carry more than 30,000 passengers each day, including 2,000 Hoboken residents.”According to the release, two barges moving to the site have a total area of 21,456 square feet, compared to Dry Dock’s barges with a total area of 36,414 square feet which were removed when Union Dry Dock sold the boat yard to NY Waterway last November.“NY Waterway’s environmental impact on this site will be substantially less than the previous use, which was in full compliance with all zoning and environmental regulations and which existed on this site for 130 years,” said Arthur Imperatore, the president of NY Waterway. “It is imperative that NY Waterway have an adequate facility in which we can maintain our fleet, assuring our +99 percent reliability for our daily commuter operations and to be available in an emergency, when other transit systems are disrupted.”In April, NY Waterway plans to vacate its current maintenance facility in Weehawken, which will be developed as residential property.“The Union Dry Dock facility is the only location available on a move-in, ready-to-operate basis on the river from Nyack to Staten Island, NY,” states the press release.However, officials have suggested that Waterway use other areas, perhaps building a repair facility in Bayonne.last_img read more

LeBron James joining the Lakers leads to instant reaction

first_imgLakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on social media.“I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio,” Abdul-Jabbar tweeted.What Abdul-Jabbar is likely referring to is a possible trade that would bring L.A. area native Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Lakers.Leonard has expressed interest in joining the Lakers but remains under contract for another year with the Spurs before he can become a free agent.The ball is in the Lakers court to make a move and avoid having a situation similar to Paul George, who made it clear in the past that he wanted to play for the Lakers but ultimately decided to stay with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn purple and gold, James will be expected to carry that same mindset to an organization that has a young core to make up its roster and a rich history of winning championships.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Reaction quickly started to take over social media with comments, predictions and expectations for James and the Lakers.Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to respond to the news: “Welcome to the family @KingJames” and a job “well done” to Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.Point guard Lonzo Ball tweeted: “Y’all really thought he was gonna pass up the greatest city in the world… #TheKingIsHere.” Forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted his excited: “LAKESHOWWWW. @KingJames let’s go my brotha let’s rock.”A third member of the Lakers’ young core, Josh Hart tweeted “The SHOW is back.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Western Conference became a whole lot tougher Sunday when it was announced that LeBron James will leave the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career and join the Lakers.“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons,” James posted on his Instagram story with a photo. “This will always be home.”The Cleveland native spent 11 of his 15 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers and led the organization to its first championship in 2016 during his second stint with the team.He spent four years with the Miami Heat, winning two championships with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years They weren’t the only L.A.-based athletes sharing thoughts on James.Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig tweeted “I am very excited to have @kingjames here with the @lakers We are looking forward to great things. I’ll see you soon Congratulations.”The Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović tweeted: “Now LA has a God and a King! Zlatan welcomes @KingJames…”Days prior to James’ decision, former NBA players shared reactions to James as a free agent at the 2018 NBA Awards Show.Former NBA center Ben Wallace wasn’t willing to make a bold prediction about his former teammate’s next move after guessing wrong in the past.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”James is expected to help the Lakers dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the top team in the league.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former member of the Warriors. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”James did have his options throughout the free agency process, including a chance to return to Cleveland, play in Houston for the Rockets or in Philadelphia for the 76ers. In the hours leading up to the announcement, James’ representatives reportedly met with members of the 76ers’ front office.Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, held his stance that the four-time MVP was leaving Cleveland.“My assumption is why not (leave),” Hollins said on the NBA Awards red carpet. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believed LeBron would remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).”In the hours following the move, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee agreed to join the Lakers on one-year deals also the team also re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a 1-year, $12 million deal.So what’s next for the Lakers?Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

All in with Shannon Spake: Fox Sports’ broadcasting polymath is always on the move — literally

first_imgIn high school and college, Spake said, she had to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to swim practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On top of that, she had practice every day after school, not to mention meets on Saturdays.Spake said her life began to move “in a positive direction” once she moved to New York after college in 1999. But she credits swimming as the element that gave her the foundation for that push. Swimming, she said, kept her on the rails as much as it could.While Spake was in New York, those rails took her through positions at Nickelodeon, CBS News and HBO. A reporter/producer position WCCB-TV brought her to Charlotte in 2003, and in 2005, she began the NASCAR reporting/hosting portion of her career at Fox Sports’ Speed. In 2006, she left Speed for ESPN.Then, while Spake was working for ESPN in 2014, the rails brought her back to swimming … and biking … and running.Another chapter in Spake’s life, another reason to go all-in.* * *These days, Spake’s workout routine borders on excessive. In 2014, when she started training for her first triathlon, the bar was lower.Spake’s passion for endurance training is the result of the kind of break that no longer exists in her calendar. The 2013-14 college basketball season had ended, and she had four months before college football season would bring her back to work.Most would have selected Spake’s other option — sitting around and drinking wine for a few months. But she likes to stay motivated. “Not busy; motivated.” She instead followed the lead of some NASCAR drivers who had been competing in triathlons.”I was like, ‘All right, I was a swimmer in high school,’ I had already run a couple of marathons in ’05 and ’06, so I knew that I could do the distance thing.” Spake said. “I knew that I had the discipline to train, and I was like, ‘Might as well just try it.'”That year, she trained for and competed in a sprint triathlon (0.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile ride, 3.1-mile run). She loved it. The next year, she trained for and competed in an Olympic triathlon, double the distance of the sprint. She loved it.In 2016, Spake signed up for her first 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman. For this level, she needed a trainer, and he installed the training regimen Spake continues today. View this post on Instagram (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/dd/shannon-spake-family-082019-foxjpg_mrpa3h5edwz61kf8gb867fmkd.jpg?t=-1256736868&w=500&quality=80 (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b4/fc/shannon-spake-082019-foxjpg_10teslq0ij077116a9e5jeygxk.jpg?t=-1256930204&w=500&quality=80 (FOX Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f/d8/shannon-spake-082019-fox-ftrjpg_1mbh1wj7g26dv18lkua6oy6wb8.jpg?t=-1331445884&w=500&quality=80 Spake describes her routine as “pretty manageable.” You be the judge. The following is her weekly schedule in the fall.Monday is swim day: “I’ll wake up, get my kids up, my husband will drive them to school, and I’ll go to the pool. I’ll swim for an hour, hour and a half, go home, take a shower, come here (Fox Sports).”Tuesday is bike day: “I do the same thing; get my kids up in the morning. If it’s a long bike, I’ll get on the bike before they get up. If I have a five-hour bike ride, I’ll get up and get on the bike by 4 a.m. so I can get two or 2 1/2 hours done before they wake up. And plus, if I have to be (at work) at noon, and I have a six-hour bike ride, I have to get on the bike by 5 or 6 a.m.”Wednesday is for running. During NFL season, Thursdays are her off-days: “I’ll wake up and kind of get some stuff done. I’ll do some prep work (for the game she’s covering that weekend).”On Friday, she flies to the location of the game, but not before she gets in her long run for the week. When it’s not football season, Spake on Friday bikes and runs (typically a half-hour bike ride followed by a three-mile run). On Saturday, she’ll run 12 or so miles — sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the stage of her training.Spake insists endurance training is a bigger challenge mentally than it is physically. When she runs, she listens to podcasts to avoid letting her mind wander. “Because if you do, it’s going to tell you to stop.” During long bike rides on her Peloton, she watches NFL games. For somebody so busy, multitasking is key.”I love the discipline, and I love the structure,” Spake said. “I love the fact that I knew today I had to wake up and do an hour bike ride, and then tomorrow I have to run nine miles.”It makes me a better person doing something for myself because — I think it was Kelley Earnhardt who told me (this), and I picked up on the analogy — a lot of moms are always filling other people’s cups: the work cup, or the kid cup, or the husband cup, or the family cup. And then you go, well, where’s the time and the energy to fill my cup?”I need to fill my cup. This does that.”* * *In 2016, Stanford’s football home opener against Kansas State received a jolt of electricity. Christian McCaffrey, then a junior for the Cardinal, returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown. The play didn’t count; it was called back due to a penalty. But it still sticks with Spake, who was reporting for Fox on the sidelines that night.”I had never seen a human being move as fast as he did,” Spake said of McCaffrey, who now plays in the NFL for the Panthers. “And he’s 10 times the athlete now than he was when he was at Stanford.”Witnessing the athleticism of professional athletes is “100 percent” what Spake enjoys most about covering the NFL, which she has been doing for Fox Sports since 2017. Part of the reason: Despite her unusually strong endurance, she does not consider herself athletically inclined.”I’m not a very balanced person,” Spake stated frankly. “If I were to try to run a route, I’d fall all over myself. I can’t shoot a basket. If I try to dirt bike or mountain bike with my husband, I fall all over myself. But I can go and do some of these endurance things.” See you tomorrow! @atlantafalconsA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 25, 2017 at 7:45am PST* * *Spake isn’t sure if she experiences pain because she’s a 43-year-old who runs 70.3s, or if she experiences pain because she has two rods in her back.Regardless, the pain does come; it’s the downside of Spake’s hyperactive lifestyle.But the payoff is worth it. Sure, the pride associated with endurance racing is great, but Spake insists the best parts about Ironman events are the people and the relationships.Spake, who is an Ironman Foundation Ambassador, said the foundation is hosting a massive service project at Ironman Florida this year to rebuild structures that were destroyed by the hurricane last year. Such service projects are commonplace around Ironman events.”When people ask me how a race goes, the race part of it is, to me, it’s what allows me to experience everything around it,” Spake said. “The physical part, it allows me to kind of experience all these beautiful things around it.” Spake was training for her next athletic achievement, and she needed a twist to her Saturday morning run, a new source of focus. Nothing motivates the 43-year-old more than her husband, Jerry, and identical twin boys, so her house, as part of a newly configured running loop, would serve as her water station. She would be able to use her own family as a checkpoint, of sorts.This particular Saturday was Jerry’s birthday, and the air conditioning in Spake’s house was broken. That wasn’t expected to be a problem. Spake’s husband would welcome the repair man at 7:30 a.m. while she was on her run. Sure enough, when Spake reached her house for her final water checkpoint of the morning, Jerry was dealing with the A/C repair man.Spake’s husband, though, gave her a look of frustration upon her arrival; the dog had given Jerry the last thing he wanted on this already chaotic birthday — a nice dropping inside the house. She felt obligated to delay the rest of her run and clean up the poop herself, so she did. Her two boys, fixated on their iPads, didn’t even notice their mom’s brief visit.”I am never going back to the house again,” Spake told Sporting News with a laugh as she recalled her reaction. “Like, once I’m on my run, I am not going back!”Now Spake’s Saturday morning runs — you know, just your typical, 19-mile jogs — go relatively uninterrupted. “I’m just there to have a good time and to use it as training for Chicago in October,” Spake said.That training seemingly never stops. Spake the human — both as an athlete and as a broadcaster — never stops, either, save for the couple hours before she goes to bed each night. That time is reserved for wine.So, make that two things that can stop Shannon Spake: dog poop and wine. The only thing that can stop Shannon Spake is dog poop.The veteran sports broadcaster found out the hard away about a year ago. Many recognize Spake for her work with Fox Sports, where she handles all anchor duties for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races and pre-race shows, co-hosts “NASCAR Race Hub” on FS1 and reports from sidelines at NFL and college basketball games.Few know she is a badass athlete herself.When Spake encountered the dog poop last year, she had already run 14 of her 19 miles that day. She was training for Ironman Florida, a full Ironman triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile run. The event was postponed when Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City, Fla., in October. Spake, who had been granted a week off from her NFL reporting duties to race in the triathlon, instead entered the New York City Marathon, which was scheduled for the same weekend.Having trained for a 140.3-mile triathlon, Spake was “more than ready” for NYC.Imagine running a marathon — especially that marathon — and thinking, eh, piece of cake.This weekend, Spake will compete in an Ironman 70.3 (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 13.1-mile run) in Michigan, her second 70.3 in the span of one month. When she runs in the Chicago Marathon in October, it will mark her fourth completed marathon.This is the result of Spake’s persistence. She somehow manages all of her duties at Fox Sports while improving upon her already-ridiculous physical endurance. She does all of this while raising her two 9-year-old boys.”I’m an all-in person,” Spake explained.She has always been an all-in person. That wasn’t always a good thing.* * *While on a recent cruise, Spake and her husband were getting massages at the ship’s spa. Spake’s massage therapist encountered a surprise.”You forgot?” Jerry asked. Yep. Spake failed to warn the massage therapist of the two rods in her back.Spake was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 9. A few years’ worth of chiropractor visits later, she was told she needed surgery to address the curvature of her spine. The rods were inserted on each side of her spine, and they immediately became a massive part of her life.”I had to quit dancing; I had to quit all kinds of sports,” Spake said. “I had to take some time off of school. I had to be aware for about a year until the fusion settled.”There were kids that didn’t understand and heckled me a little bit. I always had the scar, which goes all the way down my back.”At the time, Spake didn’t know her scoliosis diagnosis and subsequent surgery would indirectly lead to the discipline and structure that continues to define her life, both professionally and athletically.Spake grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under a single mother who worked three jobs. She said she did not have much guidance early in her life, and she often got derailed.”I didn’t have the best academic situation,” Spake admitted. “Again, I’m all-in, so if I was going to clubs at 17, I was going to clubs at 17. It wasn’t about school. If I was going out with my friends on a Friday or Saturday night, I was going out!”Beneath the surface, though, the seeds that would facilitate Spake’s rise had already been planted. With other sports out of the question in the wake of her surgery, she took up swimming, a non-impact, straight-line sport that would allow her to remain active. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Work. @nflonfoxA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:37pm PSTSpake understands her variation of athleticism is different than the kind possessed by the athletes she covers. But her life away from work gives her a greater appreciation of what they do, and from a mental standpoint, she can relate.For example, Spake understands how athletes enter a zone in which they can’t hear the crowd screaming. She knows all about the anxiety athletes feel before a game or a race. When she interviews an athlete, she asks the same questions she would appreciate being asked of herself before or after an event.Of course, many of the athletes Spake interviews don’t know that, distance-wise, she can easily outrun, say, Julio Jones. Yet she has never felt disrespected by a subject.”I don’t think I’ve ever given off the impression that I can relate to them physically, because I can’t,” Spake said. “I don’t know what it’s like to get in that huddle. But I do feel like I’ve spent a lot of time at practices and a lot of time watching film.”That’s a huge thing for me, and it always has been in my career, going to all those practices and allowing those players or drivers to see me giving their team and what they do as much respect as they feel like it deserves.”After all, Spake is a sports fan who grew up yearning for the NFL sideline gig she now has. And her job allows her a unique ability to blend her interests.In 2013, she began a tradition of running stadium stairs while on site at college football games. She’s proud to say she has run the steps at Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, to name a few. Her favorite experience was reaching the highest point of Penn State’s Beaver Stadium on a Friday morning with the massive venue all to herself.Spake has run the stairs at basketball arenas and NFL stadiums, too. This football season, she plans to add to her list that already includes 35 sports venues. Done! Thank you all for the support!!! Number 4 in the books!!! 06:35:21 @im_foundation @ironmantri #santarosa703A post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:16pm PDTSpake again has her eyes on a full Ironman Triathlon. After missing out on Ironman Florida last year, next year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, is on her radar, though she has not yet committed.As a college football fan would, Spake described the Kona event as “the granddaddy of them all,” a daunting event due to the island’s volatile climate. The 2020 edition of Kona is tempting, she said, because she is “not getting any younger.”For now, though, Spake will continue with her current routine. This weekend’s event in Michigan will be her fifth 70.3. She is not shooting for a personal-best time, which is just under six hours. Simply being able to complete two half Ironman triathlons in one month is the goal.last_img read more

Dual citizenship issues clarified

first_img15 November 2004The government has appealed to South Africans with dual citizenship to use their South African passports when leaving or returning to the country.According to the South African Citizenship Amendment Act of 2004, that came into effect on 15 September, it is now an offence for locals with dual citizenship to use their foreign passports to leave or gain entry to the country.It is also an offence for a citizen, while in South Africa, to use his or her foreign citizenship to gain advantage or avoid a responsibility or duty, says the Department of Home Affairs.However, the new Act allows South Africans with dual nationality to freely use their foreign passports outside South Africa.A provision of the South African Citizenship Act of 1995, allowing the minister of home affairs to deprive a citizen of his or her citizenship for having used the citizenship of a foreign country, has been repealed.As a result, the need for exemptions or letters of permission from the minister to make use of a foreign passport has now been terminated.“The issue of deprivation of citizenship was inconsistent with the Constitutional right to citizenship”, said Home Affairs spokesperson Nkosana Sibuyi.“Accordingly, we would like to advise all South Africans who have dual citizenship and do not have South African passports to apply for their South African passports at the earliest opportunity.”The department said it was mindful that many affected South Africans might not yet be aware of the amendments and their implications.“We have therefore decided that affected South Africans departing or arriving through our ports of entry, attempting to use a foreign passport, will be issued with a warning giving them three months to obtain a South African passport”, Sibuyi said.He added that authorities would not, in the meantime, prevent anyone from leaving or entering the country, provided they had applied for the relevant document.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Free schooling for five million

first_imgThe department of education announced that the amount of no-fee schools and learners will more than double in 2007.Currently there are 7 800 no-fee schools in the country, but in 2007 the total of schools will be more than 13 000. This means more than 5 million learners from poor households will not have to pay school fees. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterOver five million children across South Africa will benefit from the country’s no-fee schools policy in 2007, the Department of Education said on Wednesday.In total, 5 001 874 learners from 13 856 schools across the country have been listed by the provincial departments as beneficiaries of the policy for the 2007 academic year.This follows Education Minister Naledi Pandor’s recent announcement in Parliament that 40% of the country’s learners would benefit from the policy next year.There are currently 7 800 no-fee schools in the country, benefiting approximately 2.5-million students.The government introduced the no-fee school policy to end the marginalisation of poor learners. This is in line with the country’s Constitution, which stipulates that citizens have the right to basic education regardless of the availability of resources.The policy was introduced early this year as part of the Education Amendment Act, signed into law by President Thabo Mbeki in January.The no-fee policy empowers the minister of education to exempt certain schools from charging fees, based on poverty levels of the area they serve. The government determines which schools qualify to be no-fee schools using data from the Poverty Index supplied by Statistics South Africa.Up to R530 per learner is allocated for each designated school.In addition to this, the department is developing a framework which will allow schools in more affluent areas to receive subsidies if they enrol non-fee learners.Schools are compelled to inform parents of the school fee exemption for poor learners.The province with the highest number of learners not paying fees next year is KwaZulu-Natal, which will have 1 173 503 beneficiaries enrolled at its 3 341 no-fee schools.The Northern Cape – the country’s least densely populated province – will have the lowest number of non-paying learners, with 102 244 children at its 335 no-fee schools.Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

6 Ways To Win Every Startup Competition You Enter

first_imgTags:#start#startups Related Posts tim devaney and tom stein How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img OK. That’s an exaggeration. Odds are you can’t win every startup competition you enter. But you could win 92.59%. Candace Klein did. Klein is the founder and CEO of a new peer-to-peer lending platform called SoMoLend and she’s won 25 of the 27 startup competitions she’s (That’s a winning percentage of 92.59% – do the math). We asked her how she did it.Get A MentorMost startup competitions offer entrants the chance to connect with a mentor. Take it, says Klein, who has signed up for a mentor at every competition she’s won.“We’ve had media mentors who have gotten us press. I had one mentor who helped us negotiate a term sheet. Anyone entering a business plan competition should sign up for the mentorship. It’s a huge mistake not to.”Best of all, mentors are often on the competition’s panel of judges. So even if you don’t take home prize money, you will benefit from the free advice.Keep It SimpleIt’s easy to be complicated – to show up at your presentation and regurgitate the technical details at the heart of your innovation. That will not sway judges and investors.“Even if you have a complicated concept, you should make it understandable,” Klein says. “You get engineers and mathematicians who are starting companies and they get so bogged down in details they don’t do a good job of explaining what the business does. Make it simple, make it so a third-grader can understand.”Pack Your BagsKlein has entered and won competitions from Xavier University to the University of Dayton, where she took five of the five awards on offer. On May 10 she won best of show at FinovateSpring and the week before finished first at Business Insider’s Startup 2012.“The downside of participating in all these competitions is that it’s a tax on your time,” she says. “You have to be there in person. We drove to St. Louis six times for the Olin Cup competition at Washington University. We did win it but we had to be there on six different occasions.”Be YourselfYou’re not Mark Cuban. Don’t try to be. When you present at a startup competition, just be yourself, Klein says.“If you’re a funny person, be funny on stage. If you’re a storyteller, tell stories. If you’re a sweet person, be sweet. The judges want to believe in the jockey. The horse itself may be a concept they like or don’t like. They want the jockey. I know I raised money from people who liked me and not just my idea. They want to see you’re poised and confident and quick on your feet.”Klein is certainly confident. At 31, she’s won $500,000 dollars in prizes and raised over $1 million in angel and seed funding. She was born to a teenage mother, the oldest of five kids, and her father left when she was 5. She has four college degrees and has had ovarian cancer twice. (It’s now in remission.)Enter Plenty Of CompetitionsShe recommends that every startup enter at least five competitions. Even if you don’t win, you’ll learn how to pitch. “The reason I do all this is it gives me great practice for when I go in front of investors. It is intimidating and stressful but that’s a good thing. The second benefit is most of the judges at these competitions are also investors, people who are looking for deal flow.”But Avoid Those Without Prize MoneyObviously, Klein has entered far more than five competitions. But there are those she avoids: the ones that don’t offer prize money. She won’t sign up for any competitions that doesn’t promise at least $10,000 in prizes. And while she’s pocketed her share of cash, she’s won a lot of services as well, including six months’ free office space in New York and legal help from three different firms.“I don’t know if winning all these competitions will translate into a successful business. We’re still a startup. But what I will say is that I can articulate what my business does to anyone. I can sell the vision.”Klein recently launched her own startup competition, SoMoLaunch. First prize is $5,000 and consulting from Klein. She’s taking applications at SoMoLend.com until Sept. 30.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more