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Escrow for Domain Names

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Escrow for Domain Names and a lot more.

I recently sold a domain name to a foreign buyer that wasn't familiar with the escrow process.   It's really just as simple as depicted in the image below, but with their unfamiliarity, I can see how they could be skeptical, so I walked them through the whole process.

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A couple of items not represented in the images are number one, make sure your buyer chooses the right email address for your transaction.   Most people have at least a work and personal email address.  It's always good to ask before you start your transaction.  The second concern is for the seller.  Sometimes when a buyer receives their goods they don't always follow up to verify that they have possession.  You can rest assured that Escrow.com can verify the domain name transfer without any action by the buyer, it just takes a few day longer.

Escrow.com has been in the business for over 25 years and they began with handling domain name transactions.  They truly are the industry leader.

They provide services for just about every other transaction as well payment plans.


Happy 4th of July

4th of JulyHappy 4th of July everyone. (This is a scheduled post) I'm taking a few days off and I hope you are as well.

Remember the real reason we celebrate the 4th of July and work on you're own independence, financial independence. Always a good time to start your own business or improve upon one. Pay your debts off and start building wealth. Here's to wishing you a great year ahead.


Flying Vehicles - First US Sky Port in Miami

miamiherald.com I have been talking about flying cars being the wave of the future. What will follow is highrises with parking for personal drones. Looks like Miami will be the first US city with a highrise built for parking personal aircraft at the Paramount World Center. As our population increases along with technology, so will new emerging opportunities for all aspects of this new mode of transportation. The future certainly involves every aspect of flying vehicles, from battery technology, to new condos, supermarket parking and heavy on the construction industry to retool it all. This shift in transportation could be the global industry that boosts the the whole world's economy as every country accommodates it's growing population and employment issues.

Theses are exciting times we are living in. Take a look at the video and article Bob Wiley wrote on the MiamiHerald.com.


Video Games - It's No Game Anymore

BBC.com It's getting harder to tell your kids to put away the video games and get a real job when stories like this are popping up in the news. How video games turn teenagers into millionaires. The point of interest in the article that caught my eye is the statement that these careers weren't available 5 to 10 years ago and that even in this flux that we are now seeing where AI (artificial intelligence) is taking jobs away from people, other career paths are emerging. Let's hope new careers can keep up with the ones being lost to AI. Realistically, it's a lopsided equation in favor of automation. But, learning to be an entrepreneur and riding the trends of a market in flux, you just may be able to make enough to last a lifetime.

Take a look through the BBC's Bright Sparks section and see what what the smart kids are doing.


TED - Insight From Experts

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If you haven't already discovered TED.com it's a must read website and I would put it at the top of the rotation of the sites you frequent.  TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.  TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics from science to business to global issues, and in more than 110 languages.

The foundation was established by publishing entrepreneur Chris Anderson and provides a platform for thinkers, visionaries and teachers, so that people around the globe can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world creating a better future.  TED's core goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea.  Be a part of that mission or just learn from the world's best.

I was introduced to TED by a business partner years ago and have benefited from the talks and key insights contributed from many of the unique presenters.  Sites like TED.com are what make the internet great (cat videos aside) TED is the one site where your post graduate education is nourished and you gain from the experience of many great minds.  Without further adieu, check out TED.com.


Drones - The Evolution of Transportation

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If you read my blog you know I'm into flying cars and with traffic being what it is, they can't come about soon enough.  Doesn't matter what city you live in, it's not any better anywhere else. Either too many vehicles on the road or a failing infrastructure.  In this article on DailyMail.co.uk mega drones are being tested with multiple passengers, pilot-less control and with the ability to take the helm in an emergency.  The aircraft technology is producing a much needed benefit for air traffic control a well as other industries.

This is an epic shift in society, like going from horse and carriage to automobiles and entrepreneurs need to plan on this trend.  In less than 5 years it will be at consumer price levels and in 10 years, common place.  High rises and condos need to start being built with landing pads as the new garage.  With growing populations, pollution, the need for the use of alternative energies, infrastructure issues, drones and personal aircraft are a great solution to easy all of these problems.  And, aside from natural disasters and terrorism, one of the biggest problems our children will face in their life time that you can be certain of is population growth.

Handling and managing all the demands on resources that population growth will bring are where the opportunities lie.  If you think traffic sucks now, don't do anything about it.  Everyone knows it's gotten worse in the last few years, and that's everywhere.  So, forget the race to Mars, let's race to be the first country ready for the 22nd century.  Embrace it.  This is what will make America great!


Dark Analytics - Mining Data From All Sources

Analytics Domain NamesWhile 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.

Four great domain names currently for sale related to analytics:
DarkEdge.com
DatabaseTools.com
KeyInsight.com
XLMetrics.com
To make an offer on all four premium domain names as a package - contact.


TechCrunch - More than Tech News

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If you're read tech news whether it is to keep up or researching new companies, Tech Crunch is a valuable resource. On TC each article about a company has in-depth information on the right side column. It links over to Crunch Base just click on the company title and you'll open up a whole chronological history of the founders, funding they may have received, investors, acquisitions and changes within the organization.

For the full info and additional research you should get the pro subscription that allows drilling down into companies, key players, websites, domain names and more. It has a nice java interface, looks like it was built with DHTMLX, but more than likely a custom cut. Well worth the subscript for professionals.


Writing is the Core of Web Development

Charleston ConsultingWriting is a huge part of building a great website and also the point where most sites fall short. Writing content isn't easy for most developers, they are good with the technical end and years ago with Visual Basic, I remember contests where it would challenge developers to write a function with less words last guy. Kind of like the show Name That Tune, where contestants had to identify a song within a few beats. Writers do a similar thing with landing the hook in the first sentence of a book. The challenge is can you grab the reader's attention and hold it with the first sentence. I've come up with a great one for a book I'll finish someday so I'm not going to reveal it here. One of my favorite comes from British historian and author Stewart Colette in his book Mumba. Here it is, "When you fall in love after the age of thirty, it's usually with someone else's wife." And, the Snoopy classic, "It was a dark and stormy night".

I enjoy writing without all the syntax and code sometimes, simply just to paint the picture with words is a true art, almost a lost art. Programming is art form, too. It's satisfying building a site and seeing it all come together, both form and function. The only drawback to coding is that the language changes often and web programming is an incorporation of many languages. For people outside the industry this would be like having to do your job in Russian and Italian starting next month. It has stabilized in the last 7 years and that's made development very productive.

There's a lot to learn in web development, you have to be a designer, graphic artist, software developer, marketing professional and author to make something worth going to.  I am a one man band that enjoys getting it all done. If you're looking to have some work done, I'm looking for a good client.  Feel free to call or send a message and let's see what you have in mind.


Secure Domain Name Holding

Domain Name Payment PlansWith Escrow.com and others following suit, you can purchase a domain name in monthly allotments.

It's called Secure Domain Name Holding and what it means is the buyer gets control of the domain at the time of the first payment, while Escrow.com holds the domain until the final payment is made.  The buyer and seller define the terms and the number of payments.  Many purchasers probably are not aware they could buy a domain this way and this makes it easier.  Divide it into two or twenty payments, whichever works best for you.

Click here to see the list of domains for sale.  All domain names are available for domain name holding payment plans and can be reserved immediately.  Transactions are conducted through Escrow.com for everyone's safety.


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