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The True Internet April Fool(s)

Happy Belated April Fools! (I hope no one was too distraught over the spike in laundry prices.)

The maximization of the internet as an every-day commodity has caused major sites to wrack their brains to maximize their ability to attract audiences. April Fools is a prime time to do this.

Typically for the historic holiday, sites will try to do something funny or quirky that (hopefully) audiences can enjoy with a chuckle. 2013 was dominated in the geek-dom by Netflix’s announcement of Firefly season 2 (some are still bitter) and Google’s fantastic 2014 Pokemon hunt on Google Maps. Notable pranks of 2016 include…

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Learning from All Sides of the Interent

From MarketTran.com

From MarketTran.com

I love learning about internet-based companies, but while researching I realized how many people have internet-based careers without actually having a traditional business. For example, Ben Shapiro, one of my favorite political commentators, uses the internet as a platform for his podcast, show, and columns even though he doesn’t have a full-on company. It got me thinking about how multi-faceted the internet is. There are so many opportunities, you don’t even have to have a traditional company to get into the internet space. You can have a YouTube-based show, a blog, a podcast on iTunes, a website, and a social media presence, all completely dedicated to your personal brand. A lot of people make millions of dollars a year just off of one of these internet-based opportunities. For example, in 2015, over 40 YouTubers made over a million dollars for the year.

I think the opportunities outside of traditional internet-based businesses can teach us two important things about traditional internet companies: 1) The internet is truly a flourishing and growing content driver.  2) While it’s important to have discretion with how you expand your business on the internet, you don’t have to choose just one platform. You can expand to any and all platforms that effectively help your company’s growth.

It’s important to keep in mind everyone who’s succeeding in the internet space, and look at what they’re doing right, not just traditional companies.

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Why Pack When you can DUFL?

Air travel. One of the most hectic things one will ever experience. From baggage check-in to claim, boarding to landing, TSA guidelines to overhead baggage compartments, there has got to be some way to make this commonly used commuting carrier (say that 5 times fast) easier, right?

Enter DUFL

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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

6a0147e102ac3c970b019aff0dc0d4970b-800wiI keep having these moments where I discover a new internet businesses and I have to say to my self, “why didn’t I think of that.”  I think this is an all too common occurrence, even with non-internet based businesses.  I was just reading about several internet businesses and my reaction for these was pretty much what I just described above.  A lot of business models are very simple and have a pretty focused effort that when repeated over and over again creates value and generates revenue.  Sometimes I think I need to be spending less time focusing on the day to day things and spend more time just sitting and brainstorming about potential business Ideas.  I feel like the thing that stops me the most from attempting to implement any of the ideas I have had, is that I find one road block or hole in the idea and then I say to myself, “Oh, that won’t work.”   I need to adopt a different mind-set, the mind-set of an entrepreneur.  If all the people that have created great businesses, that are thriving today, stopped the moment they reached their first roadblock or inconsistency, we wouldn’t have any great businesses.

A couple of these internet businesses that gave me the “Oh, why didn’t I think of that,” moment, are as follows.  SantaMail is a business that was started in 2003 and it is exactly what it sounds like.  People pay around $10 so that a letter from “Santa” will be sent to their children.  The letter actually comes from North Pole, Alaska.  Another business is called The Something Store.  It’s really an interesting idea, where a company houses a ton of different items in a warehouse, you spend $10 and they will send you “Something” from their warehouse.  You have no idea what you are going to get, but it will be worth at least $10, and sometimes quite a bit more.  It could be a necklace, an electronic gadget, it could even be a windows tablet or something much more expensive.  More than anything it seems like a unique way to have some fun with $10 and then wait expectantly for your “something” new.  In fact I actually just ordered “Something.” I’ll have to comment and let you all know what it is when I get it, haha.  I hope it’s a rolex.

The point I guess i’m trying to make with this post, is that there are endless possibilities for new and innovative internet business Ideas.  I need to start thinking more about those possibilities and actually take steps toward actually creating the next internet phenomenon.  You too, should be encouraged to do the same.  Thanks for reading. Also, the article I read which touches on some of these unique businesses can be found here.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Content

digital-downloadIn our world today the sale and purchase of digital content has become increasingly popular.  It’s pretty easy to see why this might be.  First of all when you buy something digital, such as a game or a program or online tool, you have access to that program from pretty much anywhere because that purchase is usually associated with your account.   So if, for example, you purchase an expensive program and download it to your computer and your computer contracts a virus that basically ruins it, you can still have access to that program with a new computer.  In the past when programs were issued as physical data on CD’s or DVD’s, if for some reason you lose the CD-ROM or it is damaged beyond use, you are out of luck and you have to re-purchase the program.  So the benefits of digital downloads for books, programs, games, and the like are quite clear.

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A Glimpse of the Future

Amsterdam Fashion Week

Amsterdam Fashion Week

At fashion shows across the world, high fashion couture has proved itself an innovator and early adapter, with the introduction of clothing printed via 3D printer.  Featured at the right is an exquisite dress by Iris van Herpen.  While a recent trend, each year articles pose many questions about whether 3D printing will produce sustainable textiles to make current materials obsolete.  Is it time to throw out the sewing machine, and depend on the computer?  Will today’s programmers be tomorrow’s fashion designers? To the latter, I certainly hope not.

3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of making three dimensional objects from a digital model.  The object, even if complex, is created through successive layering of material, and is easily replicable once it has been successfully printed.  In the future, as the technology steadily progresses and prices fall, clothes, shoes, and jewelry may be downloaded and printed.  Clothing could custom fit, printed in stores which only require a 3D body scan.

Makerbot recently announced it’s new Digitilizer Desktop 3D Scanner, which allows objects to be copied and printed; 3D printers will make their way into the homes of people everywhere.  Perhaps it will be a while before the average American dons clothes that have been printed, but it wasn’t that long ago Americans were consuming paper clothing (I believe mid-1900s).  Is this all that different?   No matter what, the advent of 3D printers signals many changes for fashion, as well as for multiple other industries.  Fashion is but one area that would be affected by 3D printing.

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