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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. Tech News Plus

Discovered while looking for a new blog to add to my morning read.  Found a great source of tech news and information that's segmented into categories for easy of perusing.

Well organized into channels areas which works for me.  I like to freshen up on an industry before talking with a client.  Worth checking out and keeping up with.

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.

No Beer in the World Cup

World Cup SoccerOddly enough there is no beer sold a any World Cup Soccer match. Even with Budweiser as a sponsor, no beer is sold in the stadium due to how unruly a 'futbol' crowd can become under the influence of alcohol. At other sporting events a cold beer isn't a problem. When I think fighting and sports, other than Boxing or MMA, hockey is the one sport where you'd think you have a problem. According to the organizer and promoter of the World Cup, not even on their website shows or links, mentions anything about Budweiser as a supporter. Why then would AB want to spend what I am sure would be hefty price tag for the relationship?

Everything on's website promotes a healthy happy world. Apparently, what happens when people drink at a soccer match contradicts the image they want to promote, but happy to take the cash.

Go Netherlands! And, I'd prefer an Amstel Light.

I stand corrected, the Budweiser Bill reported by John Oliver explains the lift on the alcohol ban.

The Deep Web

DarksideAn anonymous cookie that is. With all the news about BitCoin and anonymous transactions making their way into mainstream news, started to investigate the Deep Web, or the dark side of the internet.   Only about 4% of the web is visible to the average user.   Sites like Facebook, Reddit, YouTube and other commercial business sites make up this 4% while the other 96% are sites that are not indexed by Google and Bing.   Wow right.

To surf the dark side requires anonymity and caution, (consider yourself fore-warned) You can look on Hidden-Wiki and search .onion, TOR and that will get you started.   A lot of the sites have been taken down and, count on being tracked by NSA, FBI and a few other 3 character government agencies.

It's a sick, sick world under the surface, I'll stay on the topside with the other 4%. Sporting a New Look 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 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.

Where White Man Went Wrong

Two EaglesIndian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white US government official, "You have observed the white man for 90 years. You have seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done." The Chief nodded in agreement. The official continued, "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

The Chief stared at the government official the replied. "When white man find land, Indians running it, not taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing, all night having sex."

Then the Chief leaned back and smiled, "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."

~ unknown author

You are Not Forgotten - Happy Memorial Day

Take a minute to consider all those who have sacrificed for your freedom and have a great weekend. Freedom isn't free.

This image just brings it home, the vast many that have paid the ultimate price.

Essentially the Wrong Host

Stay away from shared web hosting.  Twice in the last month my site was down due to other technical errors on a shared hosting server, so I changed hosts.  Essentially up-time isn't guaranteed, nor is the money back or satisfaction guarantees.   I hosted with them for awhile, but the show stopper was how long, and how much of a battle it was to get tech support to look into the problems by email. (no phone support)

I expected to get my money back, not that it was a lot, just on principle.  But, past 45 days, they'll keep your remaining balance, read the fine print.  Since they wouldn't refund, I asked them to re-instate my account, but that's not their policy either.

No reliability, support or money back - three essentials you should be aware of.

Elfin Bad Taste Keebler

Keebler Truck Ad
This strikes me as really poor judgment on the behalf of whomever approved this ad to represent Keebler's cookies.

I didn't catch it at first then, sounding it out.  Hey, that ain't right.  If your can't read it, the caption reads "A little Elfin magic goes a long way".

It's an obvious play on the F-word to anyone older than 10.  Can you just picture some little girl stamping her feet and saying, "Mom, give me another 'Elfin' cookie".

Let us handle your ad campaign, we can do a Elfin better job.  Or, is that the buzz they really wanted to create?

Go give them H E double hockey sticks at


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