“OneGo,” coming this Fall, is for frequent flyers who just can’t stop. For $1500 a month, you get unlimited flights on major airlines such as American, Delta, United and Virgin America. But as they say in late night TV, that’s not all you get. You’re also enrolled in faster security screenings and free Internet on the plane. The flights must be booked seven days in advance, and you’re limited to four open reservations at once. Initially, OneGo will only be available for West Coast flights. The service FlyRise has a similar deal for flights in Texas.
If you’re in a big company, how do you communicate with thousands of employees? Some, such as the ride-sharing service Flywheel, an Uber competitor, are using “TeamChat.” In Mumbai, the police force uses it to communicate with officers. It’s a messaging service for an unlimited number of participants. The party of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, used it to rally the vote and he won in a landslide. TeamChat is from the same people who made Elance, a website for freelance workers. It’s a chat service for an unlimited number of people and works by organizing and summarizing messages to make them easier to read. The service is free, but premium extras have fees. More info at TeamChat.com.
There are books and articles that offer advice on how to become a millionaire, but this one could be called How to Become A Billionaire. Instead, it’s called “Alibaba’s World,” written by Porter Erisman, a man who was there at the beginning of a company that went public in America last year at a valuation that exceeded Amazon and eBay combined. It was the largest initial stock offering ever.
Whenever a retail clerk hands Bob a pen to sign with, he says, “Do you know where that pen has been?” and whips out his own pen. He’s only partially kidding. If cell phones are as dirty as public restrooms, according to a recent study, we wonder about the pens stores hand you to sign credit card receipts?
FormSwift.com has A 30-day free trail allowing you to download legal forms in all categories, including sub-lease agreements, invoices, vehicle bills of sale, rental applications, and so on. This is reminiscent of the old Nolo Press, which was useful and popular 30 years ago. See also: formswift.com/free-legal-forms formswift.com/rental-application formswift.com/sublease-agreement
Email marketing service companies provide templates for emailed newsletters, ads and fundraising materials. They also help target your audience, time your campaign, and analyze the results. Finally, they’ll send you a warning if you’re in danger of getting blocked for sending too much email. Here’s an example of costs from one of the leading companies, “MailChimp.” They let you send up to 2,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free; beyond that, it’s about $10 a month. There’s a comparison of major services at email-marketing-options.com.
Google is working on a way to let you read a bill in your email and pay it right there without leaving your inbox. Facebook is rolling out something similar, letting you transfer money to friends and family right there in the Facebook Messenger app (Android) (iPhone) which split off from Facebook last Spring. You can also send money to anyone through the “Google Wallet” app. None of this can be good news for Western Union.