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Powpedia, a promising entity of the 21st century present: Do Not Underestimate The Value of $10 (N5000)!

Hello world, It has been suggested and rightfully so, "never to judge a book by its cover." How many times have we heard and repeated those words, and yet, we keep falling back into the old habit of making erroneous assumptions based solely on outward appearances? We have been promoting a lot of programs online for quite a long time now. Although I have come across quite a few excellent programs, quite frankly, I have never seen anything like PowPedia (My 10 Dollar Business). I must admit that the first time I saw it advertised on a Traffic Exchange that I am part of, I laughed at the whole idea. My reasoning was: how in the world that a single $10 "investment" (not to be taken in the legal sense of the word) could possibly produce an income from $1,000 to $10, 000 monthly? The funny thing is that I was pretty much convinced that PowPedia was another one of these programs that get a lot of fools excited for a few months, and suddenly disappear overnight under the…

The iPhone only exists because Steve Jobs 'hated this guy at Microsoft'

Former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, opens up about how Apple’s iconic device came from late CEO’s dislike for the husband of one of his wife’s friends

If it wasn’t for one particular executive at Microsoft, whom Steve Jobs seemingly hated with a passion, Apple may never have created the iPhone or iPad. Recounting the story of the birth of the iPhone at a talk at the Computer History Museum in California, former Apple iOS chief Scott Forstall said: “The iPhone had a very circuitous route. We’d been working on a tablet project. “It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. Any time Steve had any interaction with the guy, he’d come back pissed off.” The unnamed Microsoft executive, who was apparently the husband of a friend of Jobs’s wife Laurene Powell Jobs, continuously talked and bragged about Redmond-based company’s plans for tablets and styluses, so much so that Jobs decided to try and beat him. After being badgered by the Microsoft executive over dinner for the 10th time, be…

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

They'll read your business plan but it's you they invest in. People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I've always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses.  To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds who have backed some of the biggest names in technology startups including Pinterest, Uber, Boxed and SeatGeek. In general, several recurring attributes emerge, supporting the fact that investors believe there is a certain personality profile that is predictive of success. Furthermore, many of these traits are areas that entrepreneurs can diligently work on and improve, and not necessarily things that are innate -- meaning people aren't just born with it. Five traits that tend to be associated with the most successful entrepreneurs include: …

6 Logical Tips to Finding a Job

People feel good when asked to come in and interview, because they think the interview is about them. In fact, it is not. It would be interesting to review a few perceptions that job seekers have on issues stemming from feelings rather than from logic. Such perceptions are based more on gut feelings rather than thinking. Examples follow. 1. The interview is about me. People feel good when asked to come in and interview, because they think the interview is about them. In fact, it is not. The interview is about the interviewer’s needs and the interviewer’s competitive evaluation process that considers the candidate’s ability to provide what the interviewer needs. 2. Accept LinkedIn invitations only from people you know. When in transition, it’s not about whom you know so much as it is who knows you. After all, it’s you who is looking for a job. And the more connections you have, the more opportunities you’ll have. If you’re hiding in a box, no one will find you.  Surprisingly enough, most…

The Simple 4-Step Process for Getting Yourself on TV

Successfully pitching a producer is not nearly as hard as successfully pitching an investor. Finding an appropriate PR contact for television (such as a producer or assignment reporter) can be confusing. Each television show has numerous producers and reporters (i.e., executive producers, segment producers, booking producers), so it's important you contact the right one. Look on, and even to find which producer covers particular segments on a given news or TV program. You can also DVR a program's credits, and scrutinize them afterward. If you can't find the right producer or assignment reporter, you can also call the news desk and ask for the producer or reporter who covers the beat that matches your expertise or brand. You can also check out HARO or for television opportunities. 1. Writing your pitch. Your pitch must contain a specific idea for a story or segment. Remember, this is not a pitch for you personally. (O…

4 Practices of Entrepreneurs Who Win

The difference between winning and losing lies in what you choose to do with what's left after you lose. At some point this year you probably experienced a setback of some kind -- missing a financial target, suffering an injury, rear-ending that driver who stopped “suddenly”. We all experience unwanted events from time to time. What’s matters isn’t how many setbacks you encounter but how you apply what you learn to mitigate the damage and avoid repeating the occurrence. There are certain habits of "winning” that reduce the odds of losing next time, whether “losing” is falling short of your financial forecast, becoming complacent or letting yourself be defined by failure. CEO and author Sarah Robb O’Hagan and I discussed what separates winners from losers. We concluded this: winners are constantly re-assessing their failures; they’re always on the lookout for learning opportunities. They don’t let setbacks define them. Instead, they define the setback as an opportunity to impr…

The $10 Billion Club: Meet the 7 Most Valuable Startups in the U.S.

These are the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world, the startups that steadfastly remain private companies as they seek more millions in funding at higher and higher valuations. Over the past several years, we've seen a rise in private companies valued at more than a billion dollars -- the so-called "unicorns." But when too many startups became unicorns, a new class of startups emerged: "decacorns," companies valued at more than $10 billion. These are the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world, the startups that steadfastly remain private companies as they seek more millions in funding at higher and higher valuations. Following are the U.S. startups valued at more than $10 billion. 1. Uber Valuation: $68 billion CEO: Travis Kalanick Uber is the most valuable startup in the U.S. and across the globe, outpacing the valuation of its arch-rival, Didi Chuxing, by nearly $20 billion.  The ride-hailing startup raised several billion dollars in recent years, including $3.5 billion fr…

Making Money Is About You, Not Your Business.

Plans are important but the foundation of business success is your confidence in yourself. I seem to attract every man and his dog who wants to start a business. I don’t know why I’m seen as the guru and I definitely don’t want to be. Yes, I had a successful business, and yes I know a lot about the online world of making money. Doesn’t mean that’s the secret. Someone even asked me the other day on Facebook if entrepreneurship will make him die.  Before starting a business, you need to understand that making money has nothing to do with business itself. The foundation of a business is you, to begin with. The trajectory of the business will be entirely determined by the trajectory of your life. There are certain aspects of you that must work like a well-oiled machine before we can even begin on the business. I know you don’t want some cliché life coaching and that’s not what I’m going to give you. You will need some practical guidance though.  Here are the five points to consider before…