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Sao Paulo - South America's Tech Hub

I keep an eye on web traffic coming into all of my sites and my clients' sites. Since the World Cup in Rio last summer, I have notice a sharp increase in the volume of traffic from South America. I didn't think much of it at first thinking it might have been stemming from the few posts I made rooting for the Netherlands team, but the numbers from Brazil remained high. Last week I had to take closer notice the volume coming in from Sao Paulo exceeded the what I was receiving from the United States.

In the domain industry there's a lot of discussion about Chinese domain names and the size and potential of China's market. I don't qualify as a player in the industry. There are fish, big fish and whales. On the scale of things, I'd be less than one plankton, just a single celled amoeba eeking out a living. As large as China is, I don't see a lot of traffic emanating from them. Very well could be I don't have the domain names that would attract their attention, but even on client domains that might, I don't see anything that significant from them at all.

Traffic from Sao Paulo was closer to 5 percent above the US traffic volume. Drilling through the analytics, best I could determine is strong interest in technology. Did you know Sao Paulo is the world's 4th largest city? I have heard of Sao Paulo, but had no idea they'd have so much going on and new tech growth. Take a fresh look at Sao Paulo, they're already the next big thing.


No Privacy with Technology

Several articles came out about US Marshall's using small aircraft to gather data on all US citizens and that's it.  There's no follow up, no more that will come of it and the data mining will continue unabated.  Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple said years ago that privacy is dead.  And, to my surprise it went with out a fight or even the smallest hint of a protest.  

The right to privacy is one of the fundamental rights in the Bill of Rights, actually it's number 6 on the list of 10 rights that were so important they were added to the Constitution.  Except for a few articles, from the Wall Street Journal to Fox News, it doesn't even make the nightly news.  Is it that people just don't care, is it a trade off for keeping law and order among the masses? Or is this incident just one of the many ways that our freedoms are rapidly eroding?  What happens when you act outside of your profile?  How many alarm bells ring then?

Read the full article on TechNewsWorld.com.


XMod Pro - The Power Tool for DNN Development

There are a lot of developers out there that are looking for a language and trusted technology that they can build a career with, and whether you're new to web development or out to create your own Amazon site, you can't go wrong with DNNSoftware's CMS, formerly know as DotNetNuke, and DNN Dev's life saving power tool XMod Pro.

With just these two elements, one can build a digital empire.


Don't take my word for it, go search their sites out and take a look at the client list that builds with both of these components. It's more than impressive, and a lot of these sites are built by a single developer or just a small team. And, even more impressive are the people who started it all, built these platforms and the community they've fostered.

I've been developing with DNN for 8 years and I'm still grateful to Shawn Walker of DNN Software and Kelly and Malinda Ford at DNN Dev. I honestly can't say enough good things about either of them or the products that they've built.


Technology of the Future

I've been digging into futuristic technology and uncovered an article by Mike Edelhart on Yahoo/Tech news entitled, 9 Technologies That Will Soon Be Inside You. It's interesting news and there just might be some up and coming products to invest in.

I have to admit some of these tech products freak me out. These aren't ideas, they're working prototypes and the concepts, along with the business models, makes sense for each. It's easy to be comfortable with these, we already have several medical implants.

Here's the list: implantable smartphones, healing chips, cyber pills, implantable birth control, smart tattoos, brain-computer interface, meltable bio-batteries, smart dust and the verified self. Is this the biblical mark of the beast? Read the full article with the slide show here.


Domain Pricing - The Value of Effective Media

There's a revolution in technology going on and for as many businesses that get it, many intelligent organizations still just do not. I get a few offers, most of them low, on different domain names every month and one of the questions I was asked by a potential purchaser was, how do I arrive at a price?

It's a fair question and to put an answer to it, here's the rationale behind the numbers. First, like real estate domain names are virtual property, but with several valuable added dimensions. Domains are the way customers find your business, remember your location and spread the news about your products. It's your business address for all practical purposes. Ninety percent of the people you do business with will never visit your business at it's physical location, but they'll all check your website, which is by way of your domain name.

Names that have more traffic or are capable of generating more traffic with short memorable names are worth more and their market demand is more. Like having a shop on main street vs. opening up a business on a rural road. A good memorable name that suits your business or product lines brings customers and helps them find their way back to you. Most company names are picked without the customer in mind or without any marketing considerations, just a name that means something to the organization on a somewhat emotional level. You can spend millions branding a odd name or bring the brand to your door with a descriptive name. And with domain names, you can have several or hundreds of names to drive traffic to your business.

The method, internet media. Consider the pro's and cons of different advertising media. There's print, TV, radio and internet. Print, I throw it out. It's garbage that comes with my printed mail. I haven't bought a newspaper in over 10 years at least and the last time I think I looked at a magazine, I was either in a doctors office or on a plane. Forget print, it's over. The postal service is nostalgic and I'd be willing to bet 100 percent privatized within 10 years. TV, I watch movies for the most part or change the channel during the commercials. Watching the Atlanta Falcons beat the Aint's in the season opener, I saw a couple of ads, but couldn't tell you what they were today. I'm moving in the direction of subscription TV like Netflix and Hulu. I'm not alone. Radio, okay you get ads in front of me while driving more often then I care to say. Occasionally, I am too lazy to load a playlist from my phone or all the stations that I have programmed in are in sync with their commercial's timed together. Traffic reports get me to tune in, but the rest of the noise I could do without. I get about half of percent of anything useful from radio news. The tone and rate of speech only ramps up tension. I'm working on weaseling out listening to main stream radio all together. Half the time I enjoy just listening to silence.

The internet has main access to get in-front of my eyes. I am on the net at home, at work, even while visiting a store in the mall I might be checking prices of a competitor on my phone. I have discretionary income and I move quickly. Like a lot of your customers, I have much to manage and like in the real world, I have to be street smart online and as nimble as a forest creature to find the best deals. I validate a business I am going to use based on the domain they have, how their website looks, works and if they have a phone number on their contact page. Usually I like a second opinion, options or it's just the way to complete due diligence by checking a few other sites. How I find that second, third or fourth site through search or by their domain name directly is potentially a company I'll be working with. CEO's of those companies are the CEO's that are likely to make their 17 percent growth targets and are the ones that get their bonuses. They're the one that get it. I price domain names comparable to other media even when that media is less effective.

30 seconds on Atlanta TV during prime time will cost you 30k and your money is gone just that fast. Most industry magazine ads will cost you upwards of 1200 per month for a four color, 1/2 to full page ad and you don't even know if anyone is reading it. Your domain name is yours perpetually. The internet is even more revolutionary as the phone system was when it came into being some 120 years ago and as fast as technology grows, the internet is not going to be replaced anytime soon. With a great domain name you look like the authority in your industry. Most clients will never see your office, I can't stress enough how important your online presence is. Technology is the only industry that has had double digit growth since the 70's and looks to be booming for the rest of man's existence. The slope of the curve is about to go vertical.

The short, memorable, brand-able, desirable names, and what other similar domains have sold for, makes for the price range listed. We encourage you to make offers on our domains and other available names. The cost, effectiveness and value is continually rising.


Domain Name Journal - The Domain News Blog


Short of fielding email inquiries about domain investing, I decided to create a series of posts featuring some of the domain sites read on a regular basis.

The undisputed authority for domain name news has to be Domain Name Journal. Ron Jackson, journalist and former news anchor built one of the most trusted blogs for reporting events and sales within the domain industry.

DNJournal.com is a weekly periodical and a must read for anyone in domain investing. Ron has a warm and intelligent style that emanates through the headlines to each in-depth cover story.


Deloitte 2014 Tech Trends

The previous posts on business trends have gathered a little more interest, so in doing more research I found the following treasure trove on tech trends at Deloitte University Press. Deloitte's articles through and complete with graphs to supplement the projections.  The growth forecasts coincide with other news on technology predictions and when you read over the article you'll see how well laid out this presentation is.  My hat is off to Deloitte, Bill Briggs, Mariahna Moore and the cast of thousands that compiled this report.

The base concept is Globalization and thinking in terms of a global resources, supply chain management and emerging markets that are evolving with the technology.  Right now we are at a tipping point with the growth of Asian and India's markets set to explode.  Delivering services to these economies and the challenges that will ensue, can't even fathom the numbers the rewards will bring into the fold.  We are just beyond the base of the curve where it's slope is about to go vertical.  Artificial intelligence, robotics, wearables, battery tech, culture and class separation.  This is by far the best report for all entrepreneurs to read or make a study of.  A great series from Deloitte.


Trends in Technology

Tech TrendsI left high school a full year early, and as a condition of early graduation my parents had to sign off on it being under 18 years old. They had another condition too, that I attend the local junior college and take at least two classes. As a master of the minimum, that's just what I did, took only two. I took Intro to Business for exactly what it was and Criminal Justice out of curiosity.

I got lucky with my Intro to Business class, the professor was a self made millionaire teaching for only a dollar in salary per year. He had quite an opinion and one of the best pieces of investment advice that I picked up came from him. Simply put, to make money in business you need to look for trends.

Here's 15 trends in technology from the Business Insider that are shaping the future.


StartupNation.com Sporting a New Look

StartUpNationStartupNation.com is one of my favorite reads and one of the regular sites that I frequent for news and ideas when it comes to helping small and emerging businesses, like my own.  They are sporting a new look that makes it easier to read and keep up with the latest topics on my iPad.

Sections I enjoy are Getting More Sales, Leverage Business Technology and the general spirit of entrepreneurship that StartupNation.com promotes.   You'll never get rich working for someone else, so start and build your business around something you love to do and take the advice of other business owners that have traveled the same roads.

A little insight might just make the difference between being successful or making a costly mistake.


DHTMLX's Java Script Library

dhtmlxGreat java script library at DHTMLX.com - editable grid for web applications, impressive charts. Build anything with it, even time-lines like an MS Project sheet in a web browser.

I'll be setting up a sample version here soon and how to install it with DotNetNuke for anyone interested.


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