Entrepreneur Stories

The $30,000 Domain Name

This is a story about the value of patience and following through on your ideas… A childhood friend, who I still hang and work with on various projects, is a very successful internet marketer. Like me, he’s been an entrepreneur since adolescence. Birds of a …

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Why SPIE Photonics is Better for Investors than CES

Meeting the management of startups is THE way to gauge the worthiness of a possible investment, particularly with technology-related companies… Last week, along with my company which is working on a lens technology that has real game-changing potential in the imaging space, I headed to …

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The Saudis’ Oil Secret

If you were sitting on a cash cow which gave you a license to print money (generated nearly $400 billion in revenue in 2014), enabled you to influence global leaders, keep your fellow citizens employed, and allowed you to build palaces all over the world, …

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The Best Performing Currency in 2015

The big story in the Forex world last year, at least according to the mainstream media, was the continued strength in the USD, particularly the US Dollar Index. The index measures the strength of the greenback against the Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swiss …

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5 Common Ways to Lose Money Investing in Stocks

The stock market is the greatest wealth creator on the planet. And for that reason, it draws in people from all walks of life, many with little understanding as to how it functions. I’ve worked in the stock market for a decade. My niche is …

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How to Avoid Buying a Money Pit Investment Property

Before you purchase an investment property, there are two little-known, yet critical, steps to take, and they aren’t covered in the home inspection… so listen up – they can end up saving you a ton of cash. As you know from reading previous blogs of …

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Why the Rich Buy SWAG

Swag is an overused word these days intended to define someone’s style. It’s weak stuff. However, the origin of the word, nay, the acronym, provides hints to a strategy for investing in uncertain times… That’s right, the acronym ‘S.W.A.G.’ is a code of sorts for …

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Best Time of Year to List Your Rental Property

It was nearing the end of my tenant’s lease, and she was planning on buying a house after renting for three years. I was sad to see her go because she was one of the best tenants a landlord could have, but thrilled that she …

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Why Your Startup Needs Investors

Far too often, after they have struck it big, entrepreneurs complain about the burden of investors and the stressful phone calls with key funders during the ‘early days’. It’s funny how quickly the tide turns. In 2008/2009 every founder in Silicon Valley was desperate for …

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Is Trust Enough in a Business Deal?

“Aaron, if it isn’t in writing, it ain’t worth anything” my corporate lawyer told me as we were going through the final details of a twenty-page option agreement. “That’s cynical,” I remembering thinking. I had done several business deals on little more than a handshake …

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