Architectural and Engineering Experts for Environmentally Sound Church Renovations

Purchasing an older church and renovating is one way that an organization can save a lot of money, but the project needs to be planned well for the best results. Hiring architectural and engineering experts is one way to guarantee that the building will be sound and provide for every need. Renovating an older church building is a more environmentally sound way to provide your congregation with a one-of-a-kind worship center.

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When Retaining History Is Important

Older churches in most areas are some of the oldest structures that survive through the years. Being able to renovate them is an important part of retaining a bit of local history. Most church building have been known landmarks for decades, or even centuries. Careful architectural and engineering plans can be made to take the roughest buildings and make them look new again. They will once again have the ability to be a beacon in the community for the foreseeable future.

The Perfect Blend of Style and Usable Design

Expert architects and engineers will take the time to gather all of the information needed to determine what the needs will be for the structure. All plans will be made to accommodate the needs, while maintaining as much original character as possible. The results will be a perfect blend of usable qualities with stunning good looks.

Environmentally Conscious Design and Methods

Engineering and building methods are much different today than they were a hundred, or more years ago. Materials and methods of construction are more environmentally friendly. The end product will be more energy-efficient and ecologically neutral than ever before. The goal is to offer a beautiful, functional church that causes no harm to the surrounding environment.

Aesthetically Pleasing Results

Experienced architects and engineers will work with you during the entire process of planning to ensure you are getting the design you want. Along with renovating the main structure, there can be plans made to incorporate additions and storage areas to suit the needs of your organization. Every part of the design will be fluid and never look out of place.

Contact architectural and engineering experts like O’Brien and Keane for your church renovation Virginia today!

Make Clenbuterol work amazingly in your body by following these simple tricks!

You often hear the name of Clenbuterol while going through online websites, or reading somewhere in reputed nutritional journals. Have you ever wondered why this product is so famous among fitness enthusiast involving professional athletes, body builders, wrestlers, actors or weight lifters? Many prominent names including Hugh Jackman, Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson and so many more have been caught using steroidal medications for the purpose of gaining muscles and immense body strength. Such an illegal practise of taking hormonal regulatory products before any competition or tournament for enhancing athletic performance is known as doping. But do you know that clenbuterol is not a steroid? Yes it is true that there have been many controversies raised on the issue of putting clenbuterol in the category of controlled substances because of its behaviour as a steroid. But to be honest, it is a non steroidal dietary medication that is used for causing effective weight loss in obese people.

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How are the Clen cycles?

There are a lot of Clenbuterol cycles that work for men and women, but it is up to you to choose the most appropriate cycle according to your body type. A typical Clen cycle often starts off with lower dose strength and is then gradually increased till the maximum safe limit for quick results. Such a cycle is recommended by physicians that last for 4 to 8 weeks (around 2 months). Many people have the misconception that the half life of any form of Clenbuterol is 48 hours, but actually it is not so. After conducting several experimental studies it was observed that the actual half life of clenbuterol is 35 hours, after which it gets disintegrated.

Clenbuterol has been released into the market in various forms of pills and tablets, which are standardised with particular dose strengths. You will available tablets in the strengths of 20 mcg, 40 mcg, 50 mcg, 60 mcg, 100 mcg and 200 mcg. There are even injectable forms of clenbuterol, Clen pumps called Ventipulmin, liquids or syrup forms, bulk powder as well as spray pens of different concentrations. The adequate dosage suggested for a proper clenbuterol cycle is taking around 4 to 8 capsules per day in the case of male consumers. For female users, you should less than males (around 2 to 4 capsules per day).

Do the effects wear off easily?

Since the half life of the product is low, the effects are there for a long time, till the administration of the drug not more than 12 weeks. The anti catabolic effects and the anabolic properties of the product do not stay over 18 days. As clenbuterol works inside the body by raising the body temperature, the increase thermogenic capacity of cells is again brought back to normal within a few days.

Always remember to not stop the clenbuterol cycle abruptly after some days of administration without any PCT or post therapy cycle. There are many options in the post therapy cycles that work for men and women in the case of Clen cycle as given on the official website.

LeEco will not acquire TV maker Vizio as planned

Chinese electronics giant LeEco will not acquire U.S.-based TV maker Vizio as announced, the two companies said today. The deal has been hitting roadblocks according to recent reports, and now it’s officially ended as a result of “regulatory headwinds,” according to LeEco.

The companies are quick to note that this isn’t the end of the relationship between the two. There’s a new agreement in place that will see the two “explore” continued partnership around content, leveraging LeEco’s network of available content via Vizio’s connected app ecosystem and distribution platform.

LeEco had originally planned to acquire Vizio for around $2 billion, first announced last summer. Even after a report revealed privacy issues around Vizio’s data collection practices, and a resulting FTC charge, the deal was said to be still in progress as of February. The deal had “stalled” as of late March, however, “pending regulatory approval.”

 The continued relationship between LeEco and Vizio will include bringing Vizio hardware to the Chinese market, LeEco says, but it’s not yet talking about specifics regarding its path to making that happen.

How California is trying to keep autonomous vehicle development on track

After California’s Department of Motor Vehicles recently proposed new regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, many were left to wonder: Will this help retain the state’s status as a testing and deployment ground for the technology, and will it make California safer?

The answer is… yes and … maybe?

The new regulations would keep California in the game, principally by removing earlier roadblocks to deploying fully driverless vehicles — those that can operate without human-driver intervention.

They also keep the requirements that remain workable, such as requiring manufacturers to obtain testing permits and demonstrate financial responsibility. Twenty-seven companies** are testing autonomous vehicles in the state. These developers didn’t flock to California because of its great regulatory environment — they are here largely because Silicon Valley is home to much of the talent, entrepreneurial ethos and investment startup expertise needed to develop the cars of the future.

The proposed regulations are now undergoing a 45-day comment period before a public hearing scheduled for April 25 in Sacramento.

California has faced criticism for bringing perhaps too much zeal to regulating the development of autonomous vehicles. Of the few states that have autonomous-vehicle laws, California is the only one that requires companies to publicly report crashes and “disengagements,” the moments when a human intervenes out of a concern for safety.

Developers have criticized the requirement as both burdensome and relatively meaningless because it is not necessarily a good measure of safety — but could be misconstrued as such.

Yet the rule about reporting disengagements remains. The DMV releases an annual report of these and maintains that they offer safety insights.

 Also remaining is the rule initially proposed in September requiring developers to wait six months before their application to deploy driverless cars be approved. It is still not clear what will happen during that six-month wait, and six months is a very long time in a technology-based industry. If that proposed rule becomes a bona fide regulation, developers might be tempted to game the system and submit applications six months before they are ready to deploy so they can have the green light when they are ready.

As for assuring safety, the regulations place much of the responsibility on the manufacturers and the federal government. On the one hand, this is a useful step away from the innovation-stifling patchwork of state-by-state safety and technology regulations that industry and policymakers fear. But it still does not address the question of how safe autonomous vehicles are, or how safe they should be before you or I could hop in.

The proposed regulations back away from an earlier proposal of requiring qualified third parties to certify the safety of developers’ autonomous vehicles, perhaps in large part because the state recognizes that there’s still no feasible and proven way to demonstrate that the technology is safe.

Instead, California requires autonomous vehicle developers to submit to the state the same “safety assessment” letter they are required to provide to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In practice, this means the technology is judged safe enough essentially if the developer feels it is safe enough.

Other states have thrown up hurdles. Many autonomous vehicle developers have criticized Michigan, for example, for including language in its regulations that seems to limit participation in driverless taxi services to eligible automakers while excluding Uber, Lyft, Google and other nontraditional original equipment manufacturers

California doesn’t need the most permissive regulations to remain competitive — the state just needs to create a sensible regulatory road map that keeps the engine of autonomous vehicle innovation humming. These proposed rules seem to do that.

**Nidhi Kalra’s husband, David Ferguson, is co-founder and president of Nuro, a machine learning and robotics startup engaged in autonomous vehicle development. He previously served as a principal engineer for Google’s driverless car project.

HGH and Its Effects

Human Growth hormone is the principle hormone synthesized in our body, in the anterior pituitary gland, as signaled by Hypothalamus. This hormone is involved in cellular regeneration, growth, and development of the body. It is just not only important for achieving physical height, but also influence mental growth as well as monitor emotional behavior.  Its sole function is to maintain optimal health and well-being of a person.

But in certain cases, when there is a damage or destruction of normal pituitary gland functions (or even hypothalamus tissue damage) by injury or tumor, there arise the situations of hormonal glitches called Acquired Growth hormone deficiency. This is associated with substantial changes in Body opus, bone density, Lipid ADME, cardiovascular functions, and physical routine of the body. In such case, people adopt the method of Recombinant Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy. It has been quite established in children but research is going on to comprehend its application in adults. Approx., 1 in 70,000 children suffer from Growth Hormone, due to many genetic diseases like Down syndrome, Prader-Willie Syndrome, etc.

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Signs and symptoms of Growth hormone Deficiency

GH is involved in facilitating bone growth in children and as one matures, it diverts its function to develop muscle strength, maintain blood sugar levels in the body, and influence the basic metabolism of the body. Upon receiving information from the hypothalamus, it even coordinates all other hormones in the body. HGH levels remain high and stable from puberty until the age of 25 after which it declines. Some of the signs and symptoms evident in people with GH deficiency are reduced muscle power and development, below average body height and weight (especially in the case of children), Rounded face (e.g. Down syndrome patient), deferred sexual development, decreased bone strength, lethargy, and weakness. Well! GH deficiency can even target the emotional balance of a being and can cause anxiety, depression, profound mood swings, lack of concentration, memory retention problems.

Replacement Therapy Benefits

The growth hormone therapy has been able to treat HIV-wasting syndrome, in which the patients were reported to lose their muscle mass frequently, as a result of the deadly disease. It has been able to improve bone strength in older people, but not their overall functional capability. It has been able to treat children with stunted growth. This drug is also applied by Bodybuilding aficionados in their regular diet plan as a helping hand to support their overall muscle growth and development and help them achieve slender a fit body when stacked with heavy steroids. The effect Growth hormone has, only depends upon its dose and frequency of intake, considering the medical background and regular diet of a person.

Some Side-effects of HGH in children

The side-effects are trivial but shall not be ignored. The most common side-effects start with a headache and nausea. There is even inflammation at the site of injection, sometimes. There are few severe side-effects also when the dose is alarmingly high like a pain in the hip region and potential damage to the spine.

So one must keep in mind that Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy is essential, however, a lot of things are important to consider before opting for it. Read all the reviews carefully and take your doctor’s suggestions positively.

Roblox nabs $92 million to power its massive social gaming platform for kids

Roblox has spent the greater part of the millennium creating a cool place for kids to play a diverse collection of games inside a single cross-platform world for its huge audience of tens of millions of monthly active youngsters.

The company announced Tuesday that it has closed a massive $92 million funding round led by Meritech Capital Partners and Index Ventures. The company has now raised just over $102 million in total funding to date.

Things have been moving rather quickly as of late for the social gaming startup founded in 2005. The company recently announced it has more than 48 million monthly active users on the site, with about half of that traffic coming from U.S. users. The company announced in December that user growth was at 30 million MAUs, so growth has been fervent in 2017 so far.

“Roblox’s growth over the past two years has been one of the best-kept secrets in the industry,” Meritech managing director Craig Sherman said in a statement. “They’re experiencing engagement and audience numbers that rival some of the world’s biggest gaming and entertainment companies and we see the trajectory continuing to accelerate. This is an exciting time to come on board.”

 Roblox is pretty unique in just how young its large user base is, with children between the ages of 6-16 composing the largest chunk of the site’s users. Roblox is available across a wide swath of platforms, including desktops, smartphones, consoles and a variety of virtual reality platforms.

If you’re first thought from this headline is that this is a hell of a lot of money, you’re not wrong. Roblox may have visual fidelity that’s about as basic as Minecraft, but it’s the game platform’s customizability through creative tools that is allowing developers to go wild in building cool content for users.

Roblox Studio is a bit like a more simplistic version of Unity, though the more than 22 million games that have been created using the service have to be accessed directly through the Roblox portal. This isn’t just some toy though; developers are making serious money capitalizing on the young and dedicated user base. Roblox just had to rework its pay structure to allow some of its most popular developers to earn up to $140,000 per month from the company.

As the company looks to become more of a household name, they’re expanding into a line of retail toys featuring their LEGO-like characters, which you can buy right now at places like Toys “R” Us.

Evrythng, the Internet of Things platform for ‘smart products,’ scores $24.8M Series B

Evrythng, the Internet of Things (IoT) smart products platform that gives any physical object a so-called “digital identity,” has closed a $24.8 million Series B funding.

The round was led by San Francisco-based Sway Ventures, and also included Toronto-based Generation Ventures and London-based Bloc Ventures. They join existing backers such as Cisco Investments, Samsung, BHLP, Atomico, Dawn Capital and Advance Vixeid Partners.

Founded all the way back in 2011, Evrythng offers an enterprise-focused IoT platform for managing what it calls “intelligent software identities” for products that have been made smart via anything from smart tags like QR codes, to NFC, BLE, RFID, or which are directly connected to the internet. In other words, it’s the data layer needed by companies that want to go all in on the IoT trend as part of their digital transformation strategy.

In a call, Evrythng co-founder and CEO Niall Murphy told me that the company’s customers and use case broadly falls into three camps: tracking products through the supply chain, direct-to-consumer applications through smart packaging that can be the trigger for new types of experiences, and directly connected smart home products (i.e. what consumers might traditionally think of as IoT).

In a sign of how far the company has come since its upstart beginnings, over the past 12 months, Evrythng has announced partnerships with leading global packaging companies Avery Dennison Retail Branding, Information Solutions (RBIS), Crown Holdings and WestRock.

 Avery Dennison, for example, is a major player in apparel labeling, branding and packaging solutions, and counts leading retailers, apparel and footwear brands as customers. Likewise, Crown Holdings and WestRock are described as market leaders in the consumer packaged goods market, packaging tens of billions of food, beverage and home goods products for global brands.

But why, you may ask, does a product’s packaging need to be smart or tentatively connected to the internet? The upside is that, since it has a digital identity via the Evrythng platform, it can be properly tracked throughout the supply chain, including its whereabouts, authenticity and product recalls, for example.

On the consumer side, these digital identities can also be connected to an app to enable things like further product information and various digital experiences, or something as simple as re-ordering a very specific product SKU.

Meanwhile, I’m told the new Series B funding will support Evrythng’s growth through additional partnerships, the expansion of its team and further development of its platform.

The News Lens raises Series B to challenge Asia’s traditional media companies

The News Lens, an online journalism startup that aims to be the voice of reason in Asia’s raucous media landscape, will focus on creating more original video content after landing a Series B round. The startup hasn’t disclosed the exact amount, but says it is in the range of $2 million to $3 million.

Founded in 2013 as an antidote to the country’s scandal-obsessed tabloids, The News Lens has since grown to include separate editions for Hong Kong and international readers.

Its Series B was led by Wiskey Capital and includes returning investor North Base Media, a fund created by former Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli and Media Development Loan Fund founder Sasa Vucinic to support independent media startups.

Other investment firms and angel investors that took part were Walden International, Trinity Investment, Angelvest, Dorcas Investments, Vic Chen,  Ogilvy PR Taiwan managing director Wei Shang, Irene Chen, board director of the Foundation for Excellent Journalism, Camp Mobile Taiwan general manager Edgar Chiu and Alice Sun, co-founder and COO of Knock Know.

Chung says that when The News Lens announced its Series A in May 2015, it had about 3 million to 4 million monthly unique visitors. That metric has now increased to 5 million to 6 million, and the company’s goal is to add another million monthly unique visitors to its sites by the end of this year.

The News Lens currently has a staff of about 70 and offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its Series B will be used to create more video content and live streams with The News Lens’ new global news anchor, Jennifer Shen, one of Taiwan’s most prolific and recognizable TV journalists.

The addition of Shen is a big step because it shows that the site—which started as a Facebook page—now has the power to compete with established media organizations not only for eyeballs, but also for talent.

 “It’s the first time in Taiwan history where someone of her caliber from traditional TV has come over to join new media, so it’s like a milestone, where a new media startup in Taiwan has finally grown up and we finally meet in the middle,” says Chung. “It really symbolizes that it’s a major player and can attract high-caliber talent—the number one anchor from the number one TV channel—to our company.”

The News Lens is one of the most prominent digital media startups based in Asia or created for Asian readers that have gained traction through social media, such as YouTube channel 88Rising, lifestyle magazine Juksy, and travel site Black Buddha. Like The News Lens, these companies are targeted to younger, educated audiences who are disillusioned by traditional media outlets.

Another signal that The News Lens is becoming a bona fide competitor to mainstream publications (in Taiwan, these include the Apple Daily, the Liberty Times and the United Daily) is its new content partnership with Time Inc., which allows it to translate and publish articles from Time and Fortune. Content licensing to textbook publishers and other sites is also a growing revenue stream.

Chung says that over the next couple of years, The News Lens plans to create three or four new sites that will focus on business, women’s issues, lifestyle and travel. Its first lifestyle site, called Every Little D (which stands for “details”), launched in January and Chung hopes it will create new opportunities for targeted advertising by attracting readers who usually skip headline news. Politically neutral soft news may also help The News Lens break through mainland China’s Great Firewall.

“There’s no reason why a piece on bespoke custom suit can’t be taken across platforms in Greater China and in English editions. We want to experiment with this for the Chinese market,” says Chung. “Lifestyle might be the one that’s not blocked in China.”

Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it

It’s World Water Day. Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems. According to End Water Poverty, some 663 million people around the world have absolutely no reliable access to clean, safe water year-round. And two-thirds of the world population faces water scarcity for at least one month every year.

In the wealthy US, we’re facing a different kind of water crisis largely of our own making. In 2016 only 9 states reported safe lead levels in their schools’ water supply. Lead and copper contamination can come from irresponsible industry, aging pipes, ineffectual water treatment plants and too little investment in our public water infrastructure.

Droughts and natural disasters can cut off access to potable and sanitary water anywhere in the world, too. Haiti is known as a “pipeless nation,” still recovering from 2010’s catastrophic earthquake and consequent natural disasters. In Haiti, only one-quarter of residents have access to toilets, according to the World Bank. And it’s hard to believe it, but giant freshwater sources in North America like Lake Mead in Arizona or the Colorado River may not be able to keep pumping to residents’ homes and businesses much longer thanks to drought and pollution.

Our daily consumption of water affects future supply, of course. Right now, according to research by WWF, wasteful irrigation systems on farms consume about 70% of the world’s freshwater, over double that of any other industry. By contrast, municipal water represents a mere 8% of global use. Bad irrigation practices in farming can hurt our water in other ways, washing pollutants into rivers, streams or other freshwater ecosystems.

At TechCrunch, we’re lucky to see the hopeful ways that startups, investors and other organizations are working to solve huge problems plaguing humanity with tech, including the global water crisis. Here are 12 to watch:

1. Water Is Life

The nonprofit Water is Life makes and distributes portable water filters that look like big straws. The components inside the straws are “membranes, iodized crystals and active carbon,” which eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses including typhoid, cholera, E. coli, and reduce other harmful particles so people can drink safely wherever they go. Water is Life also creates educational campaigns, and even a VR game, to teach kids why and how they should clean or filter water before they drink from a potentially unsafe source.

2. charity: water

Charity: water is focused on helping people get access to clean water. Founder Scott Harrison has gotten support from the tech community throughout the years, with entrepreneurs like Sean Parker and Michael Birch involved with the organization.

3. The Human Utility: Detroit Water Project 

Backed by Y Combinator, TeeSpring and the Shuttleworth Foundation, The Human Utility is helping low-income families get help paying for their water bills so their taps won’t be turned off by utilities leaving them thirsty in their own homes.

4. WaterSmart

WaterSmart’s software helps the water industry understand what’s happening to every last drop of H2O. It aggregates and analyzes information from millions of water meters, predicts demand, and helps utilities communicate with customers about everything from leaks at home to service or rate changes. WaterSmart is making moves with a recent $7 million raise at a $21 million pre-money valuation.

5. Valor Water

Backed by Y Combinator, Valor Water helps utilities understand who is wasting and who is conserving water among their customers. With that data, they can target rate hikes at water pigs, and cut conservationists a good deal to incentivize responsible water use. The company previously competed in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield in San Francisco.

6. TOTO

TOTO manufactures high-efficiency toilets and has been named a Water Efficiency Leader by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which lauded its sustainable manufacturing and advocacy efforts. The company’s toilets clean themselves with electrolyzed water after every use. TOTO invited TechCrunch to test-drive their latest bidet-and-toilet model at CES this year, but our reporter declined since he was doing the story on camera.

7. Pluto AI

This company, which was one of our favorites from 500 Startups’ 19th class, is developing an application of deep learning for water management. Pluto.ai uses data and machine learning to predict infrastructure failures and to monitor water usage. The company is striving to reduce operating costs at two of the 10 largest water companies in the world who it counts among its partners today.

8. ImagineH20

Imagine H2O is a water-focused accelerator and fund providing water entrepreneurs with “the resources, insight and visibility to launch and scale successful businesses.” The company’s annual water innovation prize rallies entrepreneurs to focus on solving different water-related problems with their technology. This year’s winner, Utilis, uses satellite imagery and big data analytics to find leaks in underground water supplies to large, urban markets so that cities can stop them and save that water for residential use.

9. XPV Water Partners

A Toronto-based venture firm called XPV Water Partners has developed a specialization around startups in the water industry, one of the most regulated sectors in every nation. Its portfolio includes microbial monitoring tech startup LuminUltra, water reclamation and reuse venture Natural Systems Utilities, and Shenandoah Growers, a grower of organic herbs that uses 90% less water than required with traditional farming methods, but no photo-sharing or dating apps.

10. Planet Water Foundation

This nonprofit installs water filtration systems in rural communities and at schools around the world so they can have clean, safe drinking water. The systems, called Aqua Towers, trap harmful particles, and kill bacteria and viruses, providing 1,000 people with 10,000 liters of clean water per unit daily.

11. RWL Water 

New York-based RWL Water builds desalination plants and wastewater treatment systems around the world.  The company works to provide a power supply to customers who are in geographically remote areas but need water to power their communities and businesses. Most recently, RWL acquired a water plant in São Paulo, Brazil, a market that has been struggling to keep its residents and businesses in clean water after a two year, El Niño drought.

12. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a tour de force supporting tech to solve problems that plague humanity. The foundation’s Water & Sanitation Hygiene Challenge, and Reinvent the Toilet fair award grants to organizations that improve sanitation in the developing world. According to the foundation’s own research, “Better sanitation contributes to economic development, delivering up to $5 in social and economic benefits for every $1 invested through increased productivity, reduced healthcare costs, and prevention of illness, disability, and early death.”

Singapore’s Homage, a service for in-home care for the elderly, raises $1.2M

Homage, a Singapore-based startup that connects caregivers with elderly people seeking assistance, has closed a $1.2 million seed round. The money comes from 500 Startups’ Southeast Asia fund, Golden Gate Ventures, and SeedPlus, a fund affiliated with Jungle Ventures.

Launched in May 2016, Homage was founded by Gillian Tee, a Singaporean who has spent time working in the U.S. where, among other things, she started Rocketrip, a startup backed by Y Combinator that has raised nearly $20 million. Tee said she decided to return home to Southeast Asia after 15 years overseas because she wanted to be closer to family and saw the potential for startups.

“More information [about the tech scene] was flowing into the U.S.. I was very curious and spent a year deciding whether I would come back,” she told TechCrunch in an interview. “It really is the right time because there is almost that tipping point about what it means to start tech companies. It’s a smaller ecosystem for sure, but the potential is enormous.”

Tee initially looked into opportunities in healthcare tech and job portals but, after finding both verticals fairly saturated in terms of options, she decided to combine the two and create Homage, which uses the asset light platform model to match supply with demand for care for seniors. Teaming up with healthcare industry exec Lily Phang and former banker Tong Duong, the service went live in Singapore last year.

The primary goal, Tee said, is to widen the pool of healthcare workers to match increasing demand. Homage actively recruits and vets caregivers, who must hold relevant qualifications to even be considered for the platform. Users can book different kinds of services, whether it be on-demand for an hour, or regular scheduled sessions through the Homage service. Homage itself assigns the right kind of caregiver based on the demand of seniors themselves, or their families.

 While the concept of the gig economy is seen as borderline exploitive to many due to slim margins and low pay, Homage aims to improve the conditions that many caregivers face when working with employment agencies to get jobs.

“Many healthcare workers are employed on fixed and rigid schedules first of all, then they get paid terribly,” Tee explained. “In the same way that Uber empowers and widens the number of drivers, we’re thinking we can do similar.’

Homage is initially sticking to Singapore, but the startup is keeping an eye on opportunities to venture overseas to different parts of Southeast Asia. That makes a lot of sense because Singapore, while westernized in many ways, has a limited pool of just over five million residents, while Southeast Asia as a whole houses more than 600 million consumers.

“We’re not in a rush,” Tee said. “We want to make sure the need is really met in Singapore. We’re thinking to expand to one country in the next two years.”