India reaches Red Planet, but at home red tape binds space firms

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/us-india-mars-idUSKCN0HL0XF20140926

India’s fledgling space program has done amazing things in an incredibly short time.  This is what happens in developing nations.  Unfortunately, the governments systems are rarely as eager to learn and progress as fast as business or technology.  This can cause a strangle hold on economies, progress, health, and happiness.

The first step in change is always awareness.  What’s great about Proper Channel’s community is that it empowers citizens to document the as-is state.  Doing so not only does the leg work for the policy owners, effectively giving them a map of where to improve their systems, but it also allows people to get through the current system significantly faster in the meantime.

Things can’t change overnight, but we can at least help each other out along the way.

The Power of Sharing – Mentors

I’m often overwhelmed by the support I receive from Domi Station.  Much more than “just a place to work,” each day Domi improves my chances of success.

 

One of the most impressive resources at Domi is the number of mentors that walk through the door.  Every day a local “master of the universe” walks in and offers their time, experience, and knowledge for free.  I simply have to show up.

 

What’s in it for them?

 

It is an opportunity for mentors to share passion, discovery, and progress, and to support a new idea. into a field you are invested in.  Additionally, there is the value in giving back to the community.  By investing a few hours a week, these mentors are ensuring our fledgling startup community will flourish.  This leads to more jobs, more resources circulating through our economy, and more successful entrepreneurs to keep the cycle going.

Proper Channel also believes in investing in our community.  In fact, our entire business depends on it.  We are providing a place for experts in all fields to share their secrets to help others navigate process.  If you have ever had to struggle through a process, once can now document the experience on our site, making it easier for the person behind you.  We know first-hand how hard it is to figure things out on our own, and we’re grateful for our community, our members, and our mentors who have decided to give back.

 

I want to share my gratitude to the many mentors who have helped me throughout my life, and encourage anyone and everyone to take full advantage of the opportunities around you.  Once you’ve made it, make sure you return the favor.  No one does it alone.

 

Visualizing Grammar

Flowcharts are well known for their efficiency at capturing process knowledge.  What most people don’t realize is that just about everything can be seen as a process: even grammar.

We all make mistakes.  And when we’re bombarded with those mistakes in our daily conversations, it’s easy to confuse correct and incorrect.  Proper Channel has come to the rescue.  Here are four charts to help you navigate the correct use of common grammar mistakes:

Ours:

Theirs:

The nice things about flowcharts, is they allow you to quickly navigate to the right answer fast.  Compare our guides with the thousand+ word guides in text form.  We want to make finding life’s answers easier.  To us, faster is easier.

Know other common grammar mistakes?  Create your own flowchart.

Tallahassee Democrat Announces Dandi Award Winners!

Dave Hodges, the business writer for the Tallahassee Democrat wrote a story on the Dandi Awards, and included a bio and quote from the Renegade winner, our very own founder and CEO, William McCluskey!  We’re excited to see our founder in the news, but we’re proud it’s for his continuous work giving back to the community.

Thank you Tallahassee Democrat, Dave Hodges, and the Dandi Awards team!

 

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Whether you call it a statistical anomaly or the Universe telling Will it’s time he gets a dog, something is going on.  Over the last 4 months, our CEO has rescued 4 separate lost dogs!

Now officially a pro at what to do with lost dogs, he has captured his knowledge for the rest of us.  Flowcharts are great for storing that information you use infrequently.  With the visual layout, you can quickly navigate to the step you’ve forgotten.  And with Proper Channel’s detail popup feature, a wealth of information is just a click away.  Now I have the correct numbers, addresses, and office hours all at my fingertips; even a handy graphic to help me understand dog body language.

Having an easily navigable, curated, single source of information saves time, energy, and frustration.  Plus, by making things easy, and telling people the best way to handle unfamiliar situations, more people will do what they’re supposed to.  Help save a lost dog’s life.  Get it to a safe place, and get it to where the owner will find it.

Do you wish people knew how to do something better?  Do you find yourself answering the same question over and over?  Do yourself and the community a favor, and document it.  Making visual instructionals is easy with Proper Channel.  Go ahead and give it a try.

http://www.properchannel.co/chart/found-a-stray-dog 

Things are getting Phishy

Nigerian Princes, iTunes orders for She’s All That, and dead relatives you’ve never heard of who left you millions…  Yeah, right!

If you get an email that doesn’t seem right, chances are it’s what we like to call a “Phishing Scam.”  Using deception, a criminal is trying to get access to your electronic information.  And with the inter-connectivity of today’s technology, getting one password can often lead to wide-spread vulnerability.

Here at Proper Channel, our members believe in empowerment.  Don’t be a victim, fight back!  If you receive one of these scammy emails, don’t just delete it.  Report it to the proper authorities.  Like most processes, if you don’t know what to do, figuring it out can be more trouble than it’s worth.  In an effort to attack phishing head on, we’ve put together a how-to for reporting these crooks.

Give it a look.  If you know of a better way, go ahead and edit it.

http://www.properchannel.co/chart/report-a-scam-email

Fight Comcast Like a Pro

Almost everyone has a terrible customer service story, and for the majority of us, Comcast is the person who put us through it.  With some of the worst customer service ratings possible, it’s easy to find stories of recorded lies, fabricated bills, customer service hangups, and over 4 hour call times.

Unfortunately, a single consumer just doesn’t carry much weight.  No matter how hard you hit, Comcast knows your account isn’t going to single-handily hurt their balance sheet.  They also know that with limited competition, you’re likely not going to cancel your account in the first place.

Well folks, Proper Channel has crowdsourced some of the best information available.  Cue the montage, because we’re going to teach you how to hit like a heavyweight.

Link to Chart: http://www.properchannel.co/chart/fight-comcast

 

Our CEO was Nominated!

The Dandi Awards recognize entrepreneurs who are trying to make a difference.  With 6 categories, Dandi recognizes the spectrum of talents and personalities entrepreneurs have and use to give back to their communities.  The name Dandi comes from the theme of the dandelion.  Chosen for it’s ability to take root in uncommon environments, and it’s ability to find that small opening then spread… like wildflowers.

Let’s hope Will can make Proper Channel bloom.

Dandi Awards

Descriptions of Categories (Will is nominated for the Renegade category)