Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Business Opportunity For Mechanics

How to create a business? Find a problem and solve it.

As I watch TV court shows like People's Court, there is one type of case that comes up repeatedly. It is the used car purchase and the inevitable "as is" sale. A problem occurs EVERY TIME, and a simple solution offers a great business opportunity

So many people shop on Craig's List for used cars to find a great deal. The Internet and Craig's list offers a terrific form of dynamic classified advertising. These people (litigants) usually go to the owner's home and buy the car without ever getting it checked out by a mechanic.

There are few reasons why.

1. Owner doesn't want a stranger to drive their car without collateral.
2. Used car buyer can't arrange a time for a mechanic to check out the vehicle.
3. Owner sometimes doesn't have insurance and car can't be driven
4. Auto shops are closed in the evening.

OK so here's the business opportunity for ANY MECHANIC.

Create a business/service where you meet the used car buyer at the owner's residence to inspect the vehicle. Charge by the hour, or by the appointment. You are a qualified mechanic that is willing to go to any location to inspect any used car.

This could be a full time job/service or something to do in the evenings/weekends.

If you decide to pursue this, all I ask is that you give me a shout out.

This is just one example of businesses formed by great ideas.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Wind Could Power 20 Percent Of Eastern Grid

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From Reuters U.S. says wind could power 20 percent of Eastern grid

Wind energy could generate 20 percent of the electricity needed by households and businesses in the eastern half of the United States by 2024, but it would require up to $90 billion in investment.

How much did we spend to save the auto, banks and insurance industries?

$90 billion doesn't seem like that much after all.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Smart Grid Companies To Watch In 2010

From Smart Grid News Readers Pick Smart Grid Companies To Watch

the list of Smart Grid Companies To Watch in 2010

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Parking Lots Capture Solar Energy

By adding a "second story" (solar panel overhang), parking lots are being turned into energy producers (more like capturers).

From WPIX Parking Lots Into Solar Ports

Suffolk would build solar panel carports at seven of its largest parking areas, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy said. "It's a win-win for everybody, as not only do solar carports generate clean energy, but they provide a convenient shelter from hot sun or inclement weather for drivers," said Levy.

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China Bans Indoor Smoking

Puff puff goes poof poof.

The nation which is the "future" of the smoking business, just dampened the growth prospects of Philip Morris.

On the bright side, maybe this disruption will alleviate the impending tsunami of health costs.

From 24/7 Wall St China Restricts Smoking Indoors

Sixty-percent of adult men in the People’s Republic are smokers.

The AP reports that China will ban smoking indoors in seven of the nation’s big provincial capitals.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Procter Gamble...The First Of Many To Make The Shift Online?

From Yahoo News P&G Floats Selling Own Products Online

The biggest impact I see is retail pricing.

Is P&G "outAmazoning" Amazon?

Procter & Gamble Co plans to introduce its own website this month to sell goods directly to consumers and to work on improving its relationships with established online retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

P&G's "eStore" will be owned and operated by e-commerce service provider PFSweb Inc, which will control prices, promotion, and distribution. Only U.S. shoppers will be able to buy the products.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

America Hits Its Obesity Tipping Point

(my apologies for making you look at that)

Under the category of "hey great news ,we can't get any fatter!".

The N.Y. Times reports that Americans, at least as a group, may have reached their peak of obesity, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday.

68 percent of adults and nearly one-third of children are considered at least overweight, with a body mass index of 25 or higher

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12 Trends To Watch In 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the "defenders of freedom in the digital world" have their list of 12 Trends To Watch In 2010

I found 3 to be very "brain drainable". I see lots of services and applications that will come from them.

2. Books and Newspapers: .TXT is the new .MP3

4. Hardware Hacking: Opening Closed Platforms and Devices

5. Location Privacy: Tracking Beacons in Your Pocket
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Alt Energy Rates Power Efficiency Their Top Energy Efficiency Stock Of The Year

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Over 2 years ago we discovered a tiny nanocap stock and their revolutionary eSave Technology, that was set to revolutionize the electric motor industry.

ESave’s digital technology is able to determine and deliver the proper amount of power necessary, making electric motors smart and efficient.This can eliminate billions of dollars of wasted electricity, excessive CO2 emissions, and brings the electric motor into the digital age.

We published a report titled Electric Motors Go Green. We were early, but I think we will be rewarded for our due diligence.

Today Alt Energy Stocks picked Power Efficiency (PEFF.OB) as their top energy efficiency stock.

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WalMart Uses Land Presence To Become A Cellular Provider?

In the category of "who'd a thunk it"?

Did you ever think WalMart could be a service provider?

This kind of reminds me Joe Nacchio's ingenuity to lay fiber along the railroads and what turned out to be known as Qwest Communications.

What a great idea. Sprint may be using the massive presence of WalMart stores to set up a cellular network. By merely adding a tower to a WalMart store, they are in a sense creating a cell network.

From AndroidGuys Sprint Working With WalMart For WiMax Rollout?

Our source tells us that the effort to grow the nationwide WiMax network includes placing place WiMax towers on the top of all Walmart locations. According to them, they were advised to consider how many stores overlap each other in a 30-50 mile radius. Essentially, this would be enough to cover a good chunk of the United States. Plus, this would not cost nearly as much as erecting towers and dealing with hassles like zoning permissions.

Can you think of other retailers/building owners that have a large enough presence to create a cellular network? What about highway signs, billboards?

What others can you think of?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Could Bikinis And Barcodes Save The Print Industry?

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Could bikinis and the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue be the catalyst for Physical World Connection?

Could mobile barcodes save the magazine and/or print industry?

JAGTAG the only 2D barcode system that does not require the consumer to download an application into their handset prior to requesting the brand's offering, will be placing 2d barcodes into the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Print ads containing mobile barcodes will appear in SI and other print titles such as Time, People, and Fortune two weeks before the magazine hits newsstands, according to Mediaweek. The barcodes will also appear on Las Vegas hotel room keys, and in New York City subway cars.

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How To Create Jobs, Increase Taxes And Reduce Correctional Facility Spending

Get set for a huge transformation if this happens.

Planting The Seed For Legal Pot

Could this bail out California financially?

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Google Set To Change History And Add Another Dimension To Advertising

Did you ever think about all of the free advertising that occurs with Google's Street View?

Did the advertisers get "lucky" the day Google captured images on Street View?

I proposed how to get free advertising on Google a while back.

This announcement/patent, will either be a huge way to leverage online advertising, or it could cause a backlash amongst property owners. Google will essentially turn physical property (billboards, buildings, open land etc) into dynamic ads.

Would you rent your physical real estate to Google for online ads?

Does placing an online ad over or on top of a physical location captured digitally infringe on that owner?

Will land owners now be able to earn money using Google's Ad Sense?

This isn't much different than changing the ad behind the catcher in baseball (or outfield walls) to match with the viewer's interest.

From ReadWriteWeb Google Plans To Upgrade old BillBoards

This patent, which was originally filed on July 7, 2008, describes a new system for promoting ads in online mapping applications. In this patent, Google describes how it plans to identify buildings, posters, signs and billboards in these images and give advertisers the ability to replace these images with more up-to-date ads. In addition, Google also seems to plan an advertising auction for unclaimed properties.

What land or building owners would allow Google to place ads on top of their physical site online?

What is the highest searched/viewed "street view", will it command higher ad rate?

This will be an interesting legal issue. While you may own your physical property, do you own it digitally?

There are many business ideas from this, do you see them?

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Monday, January 11, 2010

3D TV...Hope Or Hype?

How many dimensions do we really need?

Isn't high definition TV good enough?

I guess I've never been a big fan of those glasses and the limited increase in viewing pleasure of 3D.

James McQuivey, from Forrester Research has some sobering input on 3DTV and says 3DTV Adoption Will Take Years

just because millions of people watched Avatar in 3D that they will all run right out and buy a $2000 3D TV set

people who really love sport, movies, and gaming, already have a massive flat screen in their living rooms

The picture is distorted unless you are looking directly at the set. That's fine for gamers or sports devotees, but not someone casually watching the evening news

How long for adoption?

If it took 10 years for HD to go from 1 home to reach more than half the US population, it will take 3D just as long

Personally I think that because most of the population just spent a pretty penny on a new LCD or plasma TV,and that 3D isn't for everyday TV viewing, the gaming industry will be the pioneer for this technology.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Who Said The Internet Has No Boundaries?

This comes under the category, "if you can't create a better product, find a way to tax your competitor".

From FT.com France Proposes Ad Tax On Google

The French government is considering levying a tax on the advertising revenues of Google and other internet portals, in the latest sign of a European backlash against the activities of the US internet search group.

complaints from the French media that Google and other sites are generating advertising income using their news and other content.

On the flipside, I wonder how much income French websites, and French residents, generate FROM Google ads.

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Netflix Realizes A Nickel Is Cheaper Than 44 Cents

From NewTeeVee Netflix Everywhere

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at NewTeeVee Live, the company spends about $600 million a year on postage for its mail-order business, but the cost of streaming a video title is much cheaper than delivering a DVD by mail — about 5 cents a gig for bandwidth — or about a nickel per movie.

The U.S.Postal Service should realize they will be losing a $600m client soon. I am curious as to how much the Kindle has reduced Amazon's(and others) mailing costs.

Other than the movie rental, music and book industry, what other industries will make the shift to electronic delivery versus physical delivery?

What other products can be digitized and delivered electronically?

Will there ever be a "Fedex of the Net"?

Would you pay for extra speed to have something delivered, and if so, what?

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Google To Buy And Sell Electricity

From C/Net Google Energy subsidiary considers clean power

Google took a step toward entering the energy business with the creation of a subsidiary called Google Energy and a request with a federal agency to buy and sell electricity on the wholesale market.cleantech

Google's Eric Schmidt once said "The opportunity to remake the (power) grid is not unlike the opportunities of the Internet and the PC".

The HAN, "Home Area Network" is the next industry set to explode, and this is the computing device for it

With Google joining the Smart Grid Coalition, and now they are expected to become an electricity broker, you can bet they will play a big role in the HAN Home Area Network.

Energy is the new data and the smart meter is the next PC.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

When Does Mobile Go To The Cloud?

Haven't we seen this before?

The shift went from the device to the Internet.

The PC used to be the device that did the work and used the Net to deliver it. Now, the PC is merely a connection device and the Net does the work. This transformation is called "cloud computing" and disrupted the personal computing industry.

We face that same transformation again, only this time it is with the mobile phone.

The mobile phone's initial function was to process voice communications. Text messages, email, web surfing came along and the mobile phone became more of a data processor.

As the mobile phone gets even "smart"(er) and there are more applications to load on it, at what point do all of these applications overload the mobile phone's processing power?

At what point will the applications be on the Net, instead of on the phone? Will it occur when mobile phones have true broadband capability and connection issues are no longer a factor?

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