An 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%.
Or The Spiritual Laws of the Universe
I just had to make one more post to pass along. I would like to share this book with everyone. In the book Deepak Chopra expresses with the simplicity of nature our connection and mechanisms for a closer relationship with divinity. It truly is a life altering book that will change more than your perspective. Thank you Deepak!
"You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny."
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5
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While searching for tech trends and investments opportunities I discovered an article from Deloitte Insights about the technology growth in unstructured data. Unstructured data is essentially chaos, but if you're able to show relations between data elements, it's no longer unstructured and helps build a better picture of what's occurring. Commodities make a good example. Analyzing wheat yields without rain fall or soil erosion factored in, leaves a lot of questions when interpreting results. By adding more variables to the equation, the results are calculated with greater accuracy. Tapping into this vast amount of information that is becoming available from everywhere on the web, dark and deep web included, (data that is not currently included or information sitting idly), analytics experts can gain much greater insight into customer behavior and market movement.
The explosive growth of IoT (Internet of Things) is expected to surpass 44 Zettabytes in 2020. That's 44 trillion gb of information, which is 10 times more than today, and hopefully will be used to make better decisions (before the AI bots make them for us). Read the full article at Deloitte Insights for more information.
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Time to get back to business. Hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to work. The two times a year that I take a deeper look at business trends and economic forecasts are at the end of the year and at the end of 2nd quarter. End of the year is more a reflective time for some reason, like after the game. End of 2nd quarter is like taking inventory during half time while there's still time to change the results before year end, mid game.
No one that runs their own business, or is directly responsible for one, can ever really take their mid off the game. Sure you might go on vacation and spend time with your family, but you just can't help thinking about what you have going on. Sometimes it helps to get disconnected, a fresh perspective, see from a different angle and get some rest, but successful people rarely take their eye off the ball if ever. You love what you do and you know your competition is constantly grinding. So while relaxing, I try to take a closer look at what my competition is doing right and measure what's working for me.
One of the things I do at these two points is look at the big picture. Reading through economic forecasts for different industries and countries can give you great insight to why your efforts aren't measuring up to predictions or worse, the numbers are climbing up and you have no idea why. According to The World Economic Forum, Forbes and The Balance to name a few, the economic outlook for the US is strong and set for steady growth.
No matter what business you're in, investing in yourself is never a bad choice. Educate yourself, educate your people and increase the advertising budget. Hope you are off to a great year, game on.
There's a insightful article on The Wall Street Journal about the continued closings of retail stores. The Business Insider had an article earlier about the same topic. It's all the more reason to get your business online or tune it up and expand your marketplaces, no matter what type of products you sell.
The article focuses on retail outlets declining and how more people are finding the convenience of online shopping. What the article doesn't say is that the shopping habits of retail are being carried over into all business classes. B2B (business to business) decisions are being made the same manor. If your business isn't found or engaging enough, customers are going elsewhere at light speed. To further that statement, the experience they find while using your site, is exactly how they perceive working with your organization to be. It's your corporate image. It's your credibility and it tells how well run your organization is, be it corporate, a government agency or a charitable organization.
Not many people will ever see your place of work, but chances are they will visit your website at all hours of the day. Just ask your analytics guy. People follow up in the evening, weekends and at all hours of the day outside of normal business hours. It's how research is done. The more advanced will employ secondary research groups to dig deeper, but generally what they see in the search results or after trying a few URL's (domain names) is it.
Two key points for making more money. Get a great domain name for your business and keeping acquiring them while they are inexpensive. Some businesses own hundreds of thousands of names. Disney has about 20k names, some pharmaceutical companies own even more. The internet isn't going anywhere and isn't going to be replaced anytime in the next 30 years. Names you could have bought 10 years ago for a few thousand will never be available for sale again for less. Buy words in English and .com extensions. These will always be the best most memorable search friendly names that bring affluent customers to your door.
Build a scalable and dynamic website. Keep adding relevant content and you'll keep driving targeted traffic. If you sell widgets, you want to attract people buying widgets. Your website needs to the best you can present for your market and dynamic. Dynamic is fresh, evolving content and interactive. Interactivity is how you listen to your customer's needs. This is how to communicate, make it easy and make it fun, gamify it.
Read more on web development and building your user engagement here.
I took a walk on the beach at Sullivan's Island early this morning and I was just overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. Nothing significant had happened or triggered the feeling I am still reeling from just an awareness and deep appreciation for all the people that have made a contribution for what I enjoy every day.
When I started out I was actually trying to shake off the pain I live with. In the past I've broken my neck, back and right leg. I've grown to accept that each morning, I roll the dice with what condition I'll be in when I wake up. Sometimes it's crippling, and I have to use a cane to get from the bed to the bathroom. Old injuries aren't getting any better with time. My neck seems to be affected the worst by spasms and sometimes pulls to the side. I fear someday I'll be confined to a wheelchair looking like Steven Hawking, only in my case without the mental horse power. Today wasn't that extreme, but still an effort to get going.
So I thought I'd take a little of my own advice and suck it up and walk it off. I managed to get up and about and drove out parking on an access roadway. I plugged in the headphones on my iPhone and launched a playlist and began to walk. Maybe the wind or the sea sparks an inspiration to push through the first 1/4 mile and the tempo from music in my ear helped establish a comfortable pace. The sound of the waves braking between songs is such a soothing pause. Before long I had walked all the way around to where I could view the City of Charleston across the harbor.
The wind was at my back and I ducked behind a sand dune to sit and watch the sun wake the city. I could help being thankful for all that I had in my life. The music sounded so great and clear. A high digital sampling rate accented every breath of the artist, every instrument in the song. I thought for a minute, thank you Steve Jobs you absolutely nailed this phone. And then I thought of all the people who had made a contribution, the designers, engineers and all the other unsung heroes that made a contribution in their lifetime to making the world a better place for everyone.
My mind raced to the soldiers that defended this port, the people that cleared the land, those that built the city I now call home, and everyone that made a contributing effort to allowing me to enjoy this moment and all the great people I have in my life. There's so many I could even list them or even begin to, the rush of all theses ideas and pieces of technology building upon each other was overwhelming. Hopefully each of us add a little something along the path of our lives to make it a little easier for the next guy. Walking back it occurred to me that in the end, that's all you can really hope to do. I don't know if the guy that invented the tennis ball realized how much joy he brought into a dog's life, but he nailed that too.