Monthly Archives: September 2009

“Off the Deep End: A Look at the Decline of Dubai” Slideshow | Fast Company

We have several friends who have traveled extensively to Dubai over the last decade. They would come back with stories about luxury taken to the extreme. I have followed the construction of the Burg Dubai, the largest structure on earth at over 2,000 feet in height, with interest.

All of us had the same question: This can’t go on forever, can it?

This looks like part of the answer.

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Microsoft’s Courier And Norhtec’s Tablet: The Impossible And The Possible? | Technomix | Fast Company


I really hope this is coming to market soon.

29 Ways to Collect Email Addresses for Your Business | Vertical Response

Need more people? Here’s a great practical article on finding new people for your e-mail database.

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Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine | Wired

Please read this. This article is a prime example of why no government is to be trusted.

And you thought Dr. Strangelove was a satire.

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine.

Thiel’s Deals – Now a Blog! | Paul Thiel, Area 9 Magazine

Our friend Paul Thiel, publisher of Area 9 magazine, publishes a deal compilation on his blog.
Click Here to check out the deal flow.

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Marty Metro has been a friend of ours for a while and we were thrilled when he was nominated for 2009 Green Business of The Year. You can make Marty’s day by voting for him. It’s quick and easy.

a) Visit Green America by clicking here.

b) Choose #10 (Alphabetically “U” comes last!)

c) Fill in your information. Remember to uncheck the newsletter box if you don’t want Green America’s newsletter.

d) Hit the “Send In Your Vote” button

Marty is a great guy with a great company. Help him out!

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month

Thanks to Norm MacKenzie for this.

All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. You will be charged for these calls.

To prevent this, call the the National Do Not Call List from your cell phone at 888-382-1222. Registering will block calls to your number for five years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes only takes about a minute to register.

Detroit’s jobless economy: Start-ups take root | CNNMoney

Detroit, long depressed by the collapse of the auto industry, is beginning to reinvent itself.

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Governor’s Office of the Small Business Advocate Releases Study Of Costs of State Regulation To Small Businesses In California

Study Provides Policy Makers With Tools to Encourage Small Business Growth In California

The Governor’s Office of the Small Business Advocate today released a study of the aggregate cost of state regulation to small businesses in California. The study was commissioned by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 when he signed Assembly Bill 2330 by Assemblyman Juan Arambula (I-Fresno) and was completed by Sanjay Varshney Ph.D., the Dean of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento, and Dennis Tootelian Ph.D., Director of the Center for Small Business at the same school.
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Report: Nine Scientifically Proven Ways to Get Retweeted on Twitter | Popwise – Fast Company

An interesting report with some good tips on how to make your tweets go viral.

…the avid Twitter-er and author of the upcoming The Social Media Marketing Book spent nine months analyzing roughly 5 million tweets and 40 million retweets (which are usually symbolized with an “RT” on Twitter).

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