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Internet Explorer 8 users missing out on better web experience

Internet Explorer 8 is commonly required by specific business software, but limits the rest of your web experience, so we at AG are bringing you up to date.



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Many ending support for Internet Explorer 8

Sure, it’s probably your company’s fault that you’re cruising the web in an old beater of a web browser. For me personally, I’m not a Microsoft hater, in fact, the majority of our personal and office equipment is Windows based, but we’re not dragging our feet in keeping up with the modern web – no, not at all.

As recently as September 2012, Google and others ended support for apps for IE8 (internet explorer 8), but Microsoft continues to support the browser for Windows XP dependent users – most likely due to expensive in-house programs designed specifically for a company or industry, and sometimes it takes real money to upgrade those systems. But the rest of the world must move on. Windows Internet Explorer 9 is currently where our support of Explorer begins and that’s pretty much standard for the rest of the world.

There are so many alternatives to experience the web today in terms of browsers compatible with the mobile web that enabling you to continue your antiquated view of the web is sad, and really rather boring.

As of this week, AG will cease support for Internet Explorer 8 and below. In fact, you’ll receive information upon your visit about current browser alternatives, and links to update your browser of choice. We’re not just picking on Windows, but also Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and other popular browsers. Information on updating your browser will also be given to you when joining AG with an out of date browser.

What this means for you

If you’re in a modern browser, you’re already set. Enjoy your visit.

If you’re in an outdated browser, you’ll still be able to read and interact with AG, but you might notice a thing or two misaligned. The site will know when you’re coming from an older browser and will ask if you want to update your browser. Note: if you choose to update Internet Explorer, it will automatically advise you as to your most compatible browser based on your operating system.

Some industries rely on IE8 or even IE7 browsers, so what many people do is use older IE browsers for that tool only, and download a more modern browser for the rest of their web browsing.

We’re happy to answer any questions or address any problems at anytime!

Here’s to better browsing,

Benn Rosales
Founder & CEO, AGBeat

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. James Boelter

    February 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Internet Explorer – The browser used to download Firefox, Chrome, Safari or any other browser that follows W3C standards instead of it’s own proprietary set.

    • rolandestrada

      February 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm


  2. rolandestrada

    February 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Frankly I shouldn’t have to worry that any site I visit requires a specific browser in this day and age. I’ve complained to our MLS for ten years about being required to use IE, and sometimes with brutal honesty. I shouldn’t have to put up with that crap. Why, because I’m paying for it. If a real estate industry vendor requires IE to use their site I’ll find someone else. Additionally, those vendors deserve to go broke and go away. Out Orange County MLS finally switched to Matrix on January 30th. Tempo is dead and good riddance.

    I find it absurd to use the excuse of “it costs to much to convert”. That’s BS. They are just lazy and feel they can put out a crappy product because their customers will just put up with it.

    • agbenn

      February 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      There are tens of thousands of different software specifically designed to operate in-house on various OS utilizing any number of browsers in businesses across the world, real estate, although a great example is a drop in the pond.

  3. agbenn

    February 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Yeah, quite frankly it’s just a true statement, and it amazes me that it’s 2013 and the same issues continue for MLSs abroad.

  4. James Boelter

    February 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Enter – Microsoft Silverlight.

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How to apply to be on a Board of Directors

(BUSINESS) What do you need to think about and explore if you want to apply for a Board of Directors? Here’s a quick rundown of what, why, and when.



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What does a Board of Directors do? Investopedia explains “A board of directors (B of D) is an elected group of individuals that represent shareholders. The board is a governing body that typically meets at regular intervals to set policies for corporate management and oversight. Every public company must have a board of directors. Some private and nonprofit organizations also have a board of directors.”

It is time to have a diverse representation of thoughts, values and insights from intelligently minded people that can give you the intel you need to move forward – as they don’t have quite the same vested interests as you.

We have become the nation that works like a machine. Day in and day out we are consumed by our work (and have easy access to it with our smartphones). We do volunteer and participate in extra-curricular activities, but it’s possible that many of us have never understood or considered joining a Board of Directors. There’s a new wave of Gen Xers and Millennials that have plenty of years of life and work experience + insights that this might be the time to resurrect (or invigorate) interest.

Harvard Business Review shared a great article about identifying the FIVE key areas you would want to consider growing your knowledge if you want to join a board:

1. Financial – You need to be able to speak in numbers.
2. Strategic – You want to be able to speak to how to be strategic even if you know the numbers.
3. Relational – This is where communication is key – understanding what you want to share with others and what they are sharing with you. This is very different than being on the Operational side of things.
4. Role – You must be able to be clear and add value in your time allotted – and know where you especially add value from your skills, experiences and strengths.
5. Cultural – You must contribute the feeling that Executives can come forward to seek advice even if things aren’t going well and create that culture of collaboration.

As Charlotte Valeur, a Danish-born former investment banker who has chaired three international companies and now leads the UK’s Institute of Directors, says, “We need to help new participants from under-represented groups to develop the confidence of working on boards and to come to know that” – while boardroom capital does take effort to build – “this is not rocket science.

NOW! The time is now for all of us to get involved in helping to create a brighter future for organizations and businesses that we care about (including if they are our own business – you may want to create a Board of Directors).

The Harvard Business Review gave great explanations of the need to diversify those that have been on the Boards to continue to strive to better represent our population as a whole. Are you ready to take on this challenge? We need you.

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Average age of successful startup founders is 45, but stop stereotyping

(BUSINESS) Our culture glorifies (yet condemns?) startup founders as rich 20-somethings in hoodies, but some are a totally different type.



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There’s a common misconception that startups are riddled with semi-nerdy, 20-something white dudes who do nothing but sip Nitro Brews and walk around the open office showing off the hoodie they wore yesterday. It turns out that it’s extremely rare that startup offices resemble The Social Network.

However, the academic backdrop for the real social network story (AKA Harvard), produced statistics that will serve to put the aforementioned misconception to rest. According to the Harvard Business Review, the average age of people who founded the highest-growth startups is 45. Say what?! A full-fledged adult?!

In fact, aside from the age category of 60 and over, ages 29 and younger were the smallest group of founders that are responsible for heading the highest-growth startups. I guess you can accomplish a lot when you’re not riding around the office on a scooter all day.

The study also found that older entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed. The probability of extreme startup success rises with age, at least until the late 50s. It was found that work experience plays an important role.

Many will argue, “Well, what about someone like Steve Jobs?” You could easily argue right back that it took Jobs until the age of 52 to create Apple’s most profitable product – the iPhone.

The study continues to answer questions like, why do Venture Capitalist investors bet on young founders? This goes back to the misconception at the start, and there’s a notion that youth is the key for successful entrepreneurship. Wrong.

There is also the idea that younger entrepreneurs are likely working with less financial options, so it may be common for them to take something from a VC at a lower price. As a result, they could be viewed as more of a bargain than older founders.

“The next step for researchers is to explore what exactly explains the advantage of middle-aged founders,” writes Pierre Azoulay, et al. “For example, is it due to greater access to financial resources, deeper social networks, or certain forms of experience? In the meantime, it appears that advancing age is a powerful feature, not a bug, for starting the most successful firms.”

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Today’s sexual harassment issues require more modern training

(BUSINESS NEWS) It’s unfortunate that sexual harassment still exists in the modern-day, but we have easier access to resources to curb this behavior.



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What do you think about the #MeToo movement? Some people erroneously believe that #MeToo is about getting men fired or bringing down powerful men. #MeToo is more about raising awareness of the long-standing problem of sexual violence and harassment, not only in the workplace but in everyday situations.

Thanks to #MeToo, state and federal laws are changing to address the systemic problems. Keeping up with regulations around sexual harassment in the workplace doesn’t have to be an issue. EasyLLama makes it easy for your business to stay compliant with modern training for your team.

What is EasyLlama?

EasyLlama is a company based in San Francisco. It has a goal “to give companies the tools to reinforce their values, and to empower them to create a safe and comfortable work environment for everyone.” The company bills itself as the “smart way to train your team on sexual harassment.”

The training was created by HR experts that go beyond state and federal requirements to make your workplace safe from sexual misconduct and harassment. It’s been designed to speak to every generation on your team, from Baby Boomers to millennials.

It features 5 to 10-minute micro-sessions with real-life relatable videos that can be watched individually or in a team session. Tracking individual progress is easy through the platform. Employees get email/text reminders to take the next steps in their training. Training is available in both English and Spanish. It’s designed for the modern and mobile workforce. The system can also integrate with HR tools that reduces time spent on data entry and follow up.

Empower your team with resources to prevent sexual harassment

#MeToo isn’t going to go away. The movement is reframing the discussion about sexual misconduct, gender and power. EasyLlama is one tool that can help your team be more aware of behavior that puts your business at risk.

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