Low Tech, Big Check

Low tech big check

It’s easy to over-rely on technology to solve genuine problems… One such problem is the pain associated with prospecting (i.e. cold calling). Cold calling works. The fact is that people have their phones with them everywhere now… You can reach them via phone, or via texting or email for the portion of their communication that they used to do with voice. But when you call someone they may answer the phone, just because it’s with them. If you call a receptionist, or personal assistant, if you are nice to them…

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Passive Aggressive House

Passive Aggressive House

Passive house is a green building design and construction approach that results in highly efficient residential and commercial buildings. Although commonly referred to under the term “passive house”, buildings constructed to this standard can be built to commercial scale as well as single family residential. The passive house standard is somewhat complex because there are two separate organizations that promote this type of construction… PassivHaus in Germany was the originator of the standard… and PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) in the United States was subsequently formed to promote the standard…

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Google Duplex Just Leapfrogged Siri

Google's Duplex just leapfrogged Siri

Earlier this week Google unveiled “Duplex” an intelligent calling feature for its updated Google Assistant AI software. In contrast to simply responding to queries from users, with Google Duplex, Google Assistant can act on “offense”. In other words, it can make calls for you to perform certain tasks, such as setting up meetings and making appointments. Duplex does this with the most human-sounding voice ever… Complete with “…ums” and “…ahs” to make the artificial intelligence (AI) driven helper seem more realistic in phone conversations. Indeed, Google Assistant seems so real…

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Jupiter’s Moons… And Long Tail SEO

Jupiter's moons and long tail SEO

Jupiter has 69 moons… 69! What!?! I had no idea. Jupiter has the most moons of any planet in the solar system. The largest of the moons of Jupiter are called the Galilean moons because they were discovered by the father of modern physics, Galileo Galilei. This made me think about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and the importance of long tail content when starting a blog or an online business. What is Long Tail Content? Everyone knows the largest planet in our solar system… You could probably name all the planets, including…

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Trusted Third Parties Will Rule… Until They Don’t

Trust is earned

I saw this poster Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices on the Metro North line this evening… Sappy but true. Trust is, more or less, earned. Blockchain technology makes promises all the time… And Bitcoin was built on the premise of eliminating the trusted third party altogether. But until blockchain is just invisible to us, a part of our lives… Until it is proven to be trusted. Trusted third parties have nothing to worry about. Somewhere beneath the message about the benefits of blockchain are that any transaction that involves a third party is…

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Buffett Wants All of Apple

When I read that Warren Buffett had acquired 5% of Apple, I was a little uneasy. This is almost unheard of… Apple is now Berkshire Hathaway’s largest investment in dollar terms, according to this chart by CNBC. In percentage terms, Berkshire owns 5% of Apple now. Apple is almost a trillion dollar company. How much is a trillion? It’s one thousand billion. Wow. That’s like Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank saying he wants 5% of a startup because it’s just enough to get him excited… Only it’s Apple. So that…

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What is a Solopreneur?

What is a solopreneur?

While every solopreneur and entrepreneur is unique, solopreneurs differ from entrepreneurs because they bear the pressures and challenges of building a business alone. What is a Solopreneur? The definition of a solopreneur is generally someone who: Works completely alone. Is the sole manager (is in charge of himself or herself on a daily basis). Is working on a solopreneur business to support themselves and maybe their family. Solopreneurs are often people who start a blog or start an online business to sell products or services online. Solopreneurs usually work from home, in…

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Freedom and Debt

Some people just have a lot of interests. And it can be hard to whittle them down. Such a big world. So much to know and do… Why not be a philistine? Accept, though, that if you’re unfocused you will have a hard time generating income. So stay away from debt. Because debt can make the process of finding, and doing, what you love much harder. I saw the quote below, attributed to Tom Rothman, former President of Fox Filmed Entertainment, which sums it up: “The trick is from the…

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Aspirational Apple

Surprise… The iPhone X is a hit. It’s the best selling smartphone on the market. The analysts calling for Apple’s demise, because of a >$1,000 smartphone, were wrong. Again. I don’t know why people think that a $1,000 iPhone is expensive, considering what it can do… You can run a business off of it, it’s probably more secure than an Android phone, it has cutting edge facial recognition, incredible camera, lightning fast, and more power than a MacBook (and the first space shuttle), is going to be a turnoff for…

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Goldman Sachs Will Start Trading Bitcoin

goldman sachs start trading bitcoin

Goldman Sachs has announced that it will start a Bitcoin trading operation using its own funds. The firm will start with trading derivatives, and may extend its operation to trade client accounts holding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. According to a NYTimes article, Goldman is seeking regulatory approval to trade actual Bitcoins while simultaneously exploring risk management strategies to minimize downside risk due to the severe volatility of cryptocurrencies. Goldman’s efforts to set up a trading shop will most assuredly lend credibility to Bitcoin, and perhaps have a halo effect on…

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