Posted on August 31st, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Raising money from strangers is all the rage these days. It happens online.
Kickstarter is the most well known “crowd-funder” and Indiegogo (pronounced Indi-go-go) isn’t far behind. Do the strangers get their money back if the product doesn’t succeed? Good question, for which the answer is: sometimes and mostly no. The answer is blowing in the crowd. Here’s our experience.
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Posted on July 24th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“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.
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Posted on July 9th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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.
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Posted on July 6th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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.
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Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Economicprinciples.org has a 30-minute video explaining economics. It’s recommended by Bill Gates and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
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Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
If you’ve ever gone round and round trying to schedule a meeting, you know what a hassle it is. We suggest using Doodle.com, a free tool. Email the group once and it will come about.
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Posted on May 25th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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?
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Posted on May 16th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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
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Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
We recently found out we had been paying a monthly bill for more than a year for something we didn’t even want. If we hadn’t canceled a credit card, we wouldn’t have noticed.
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Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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.
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