BEFORE GETTING INTO MY BIO, LET ME PREFACE IT WITH THE FOLLOWING 3 FACTS:
1)I believe that I may have a '6th sense' type of attribute that allows me upon being made aware of certain people, places, things processes, concepts and any number of other particular 'sets of circumstances', to see them, not necessarily as they are in their present state, but rather how they might become in an 'expanded' way that would give them more value/worth than they are now--and then in an 'consultant' type of position, with the co-operation and utilization of other people's wisdom/knowledge/talent/traits/expertise, I am able to suggest the necessary 'changes' to make these things reach a higher state of being/existence.
2)Secondly, because I both COMPLETELY understand the message imparted by the following TIMELESS & ETERNAL principle, and am fully qualified with the ability to benefit from it, therefore allowing me to 'tap into' all of the experience, knowledge and expertise of everybody with whom I may end up 'partnering' with on any given subject/project!!:
"If someone is fully aware of all of their 'limitations' in every aspect of their lives, and realizes the limitless value of the proper 'relegation' of certain jobs/tasks, it isn't necessary for the skill, ability, expertise or knowledge that is needed for them to accomplish something to be in their actual 'possession', just as long as they are both aware of which of these attributes will be necessary to successfully get the job done, and know how they can best be used to do so, and then have at their disposal those people who do actually possess those various skills/attributes".
3)I have an unrelenting desire/passion to be the best that I have the potential to be with regard to utilizing my 3 limited' abilities' to their maximum--and considering my advancing age, EVEN UNDER THE BEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, I don't have an over abundance of time left in my sojourn in this life to accomplish what I honestly feel/believe is the destiny that I was born to fulfill.
At a somewhat early age, after several comprehensive medical exams,I was diagnosed with a
genetic/hormonal 'imbalance' of some sort that results in something like a
'spontaneous mental retention' type of disorder. It was diagnosed as a minor
malady that wouldn't produce any significantly observable deficiencies in my
life,but would both cause my organizational skills/ability to be slightly below
normal, as well as limiting my verbal communication skills/abilities to a
mediocre proficiency level at best.
As far back as I can remember I have always been a 'loner' of sorts, quiet, shy
and unassuming with a timid, ho-hum type of personality that society might
consider not completely normal but nothing to the extreme, at least 'uncle sam' didn't think so as I was drafted into the army at the age of nineteen for a two year stint. When I was in my
early twenties I read the following quote by the 19th century educator Horace
Mann, which changed my entire life as these words summed up to me the only true
meaning to what life and it's purpose really are:BE ASHAMED TO DIE UNTIL YOU
HAVE WON SOME VICTORY FOR HUMANITY.
As I contemplated over the wisdom of these word, a year or so went by and I realized
that there were a lot of 'victories' to be won for humanity, but if one was
going to dedicate their life to winning some of them then they should try and
find one that appealed to them in some way or another. After a few more months
of intense thought and reflection the 'victory' that I was destined to win came
I remember that even as a teenager I had a lot of faith, both individually and
collectivel, in the 'wisom of the crowds'(long before it became a
'fashionable'/politically correct term)on which I wrote a 'dissertation' over a
half century ago and which is still just as relevant/appropriate today(maybe
even a little more so)as it was way back then(you can read it at www.discounstores.weebly.com).
Either by Fate &/or Devine Intervention it just popped into my head one day
about the 'victory' that I both had a feeling for and was also one that I was
qualified to win. It was a 'victory' that hadn't been adequately addressed and
one that also might well be the primary 'venue' to open the door for other
'victories' to also be won, because if successful, it could potentially provide
the tentative solutions to bringing our country/society back from the brink of
the disaster that is awaiting us at the end of the dangerous road that we are
presently speeding headlong and wrecklessly down.
The first step to win this 'victory' IS TO MAKE SOCIETY COMPLETELY AWARE OF THE VIRTUALLY UNLLIMITED VALUE OF THE FOLLOWING TIMELESS & ETERNAL TRUTH: BECAUSE THE HUMAN MIND IS THE MOST VALUABLE HUMAN RESOURCE THAT HAS OR EVER WILL
EXIST, IF IT IS PROPERLY UTILIZED TO IT'S MAXIMUM CAPACITY IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES, THANKS PRIMARILY TO THE LIMITLESS
SUPPLY OF GOOD IDEAS IN EVERY REALM IMAGINABLE(AND THIS INCLUDES THE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO MOST OF THE PROBLEMS FACING OUR SOCIETY TODAY) THAT EXISTS IN THE HEARTS,MINDS & IMAGINATIONS OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF IT'S INHABITANTS.
In order for this 'victory' to be completely successful it will require the
implementation into society of the proper 'venues' to serve as the 'vehicle' for
opening up and benefiting to the maximum from a populace who has been empowered
by the opportunity to EASILY BECOME THE ABSOLUTE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE, IN EVERY WAY THAT THEY CAN BE, and who will both individually and collectively enjoy forever the multitude
of benefits that will be derived from a society that has taken full advantage of these 'venues' that have been made available to them.
Dispite the fact that Horace Mann's quote gave me a purpose for my existence, it didn't take me very
long to learn a very valuable lesson in life:unfortunately, even something so
'noble' as trying to win a significant 'structured' 'victory' for humanity
requires a certain amount of money if it is going to have a reasonable chance to
become successful--especially at the beginning when you are trying to get the
groundwork/foundation/'infrastructure' in place.
I spent the better part of my life trying to find a job that would allow me to save up the money that I
needed to get the start that I needed to fulfill my destiny. On several
occasions during those years I got together with individuals and even an
organization or two whose 'commitment' to my ideals/ideas were not as solid as
mine were &/or who didn't have my best interests in mind. After a few bad
'associations' of this kind I made it a rule to look only for ways to make money
where I didn't have to depend on anybody except myself.
Interdispersed in that timeframe, I also spent much time, effort and money trying to perfect
and 'sell' some of my many inventions and other business ideas that I had in
mind, but once again, for the previously alluded to reasons that I contend are
LEGITIMATE, I wasn't able to become successful in any of those endeavors either.
I realize that there are those out there who have the exceptional verbal
communication skills/abilities to be able to make a business or other type
endeavor successful without having any initial funds to start with--but, in the
end, these attributes are simply 'tools' that allow them to raise that exact
same amount of 'seed' money to try and make that exact same endeavor
I am also aware of 'success stories'of those who started out under the most
adverse of conditions and were still able to overcome all obstacles and still
achieve great success. I commend these people for doing something that I could
never do in a million years--however, having said that and not to minimize their
achievements(as if I,above all others, could do that), but, as their are in
every aspect/sector of human achievement/endeavor, these 'success stories' are
THE EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE.
The sad part about it is that I really don't need either one of these
skills/abilities to be able to either become the best that I can be or to win
those 'victories' for humanity(or to be successful at any other endeavor that I
might choose to get involved with)because whether or not I possess them has
absolutely nothing at all to do with whether or not these endeavors have merit
or not. Because like many other personality type flaws these two don't
disqualify me from being able to think just as good as those who don't have
them, it simply makes it more difficult for me to verbally get across to others
my ideas, thoughts and feelings on a particular topic.
In my case however, it's even worse than that, because dispite repeated attempts over the years to
correct this speech impairment it hasn't done any good. During 'small talk' type
of conversations(even with strangers)you might not even know that I had any
problem at all. However, whenever I am required to speak outside of my circle of
acquaintences-and sometimes even then-on a subject that I may even be
knowledgeable on, I can't think of what to say quick enough so that it will come
out right &/or in the proper order/sequence, I usually end upspeaking too
fast &/or eratic with incomplete statements. I am completely aware of how my
conversation sounds to those to whom I am speaking, and human nature being what
it is(and if I weren't aware of the entire specrum of the problem,I wouldn't be
any different)they make the same mistake that people have been making down thru
the ages and in every facet of human existence/endeavor, which is to equate the
MESSAGE WITH THE MESSENGER--in my case equating the quality of what I am saying
with the quality of the way that I am saying it.
It never seizes to amaze me(and has for half a century)how con-men, simply because they have a charismatic
personality &/or polished verbal communication skills/abilities, can beat,
not just ordinary people but sophisticated businessmen as well, out of tens of
millions of dollars on bogus schemes and investment deals--some of which don't
even exist!!! I, on the other hand, because I don't have a good personality or
good verbal communication skills, I can't even get anyone to even listen to idea
of mine that might possibly help out many future generations of humanity to
It seemed like ages then,but I reallize now that the months and years of my life(which when I was young, I
thought would go on forever and never end)went by all too fast as the decades
melted away and I now stand on the brink of my 71st year of life. As the few
remaining grains of sand continue to fall relentlessly thru the hour-glass of my
life, causing thoughts of my mortality too ,once more, be pushed to the
forefront of my consciousness, leaving me with ominous thoughts to constantly
remind me of the brief amount of time that man has been alotted for his sojourn
here on earth-a brief 'blip' on each side of eternity-not a whole lot of time to
do all of the good that there is to do in the few short years that a man has to
try and do it(as a matter of fact it's gotten to the point that I actually get
up 2 hours earlier than the usual 6a.m. time that I usually get up, just so that
I can 'add' 2 more/extra hours to my 'conscious' life each day).
Even under the best of circumstances, I don't have an over abundance of time left in my life, and
unless something positive happens soon to change things, I know that when the
time comes that I am laying on my death bed, a few moments away from eternity,
my last conscious thoughts will be both of joy and sorrow. Joy that I was
lucky enough to have been born in the greatest country on the face of the
planet, and at a perfect time in it's history that I could have made a real
difference. Sorrow, that I spent an entire lifetime of wasted years, trying in
vain to fulfill a destiny which I may well have accomplished if I had just been
able to acquire or found someone to lisen/understand/comprehend my 'dilema'
enough to have helped me acquire the start that would have changed the entire
course of not just my life but that of all those I would have helped along the
way, but who now too, must continue to 'suffer'(as must,as well,all those that
they too may have also been able to help)simply because I WASN'T THERE TO HELP
THEM BECAUSE THERE WAS NOBODY THERE TO HELP ME!!!
What a different kind of a 'song' my life might have been if I had just been lucky enough to have caught a
couple of key breaks along the way, but the days of my youth have now long since
passed away and the shadows are beginning to lengthen for me as I enter into the
twilight of my life, haunted constantly by the ominous words of the mournful
refrain from an old country song, which keeps echoing and re-echoing in my ears
as it sadly laments something to the effect that "when my life here on earth has
run it's time, I would like to leave this old world with a satisfied mind".
There are no words that can adequately express the quilt, shame, resentment and disappointment that I feel
toward myself for my lack of success(even though I don't believe that it was all
my fault), as well as the feelings of 'quiet despiration', sadness and sorrow
that I also feel as the tears, once more well up in my eyes during the still of
the night as I lay there alone in bed waiting to fall asleep, thinking about
another day having gone by without accomplishing anything, and finding it more
difficult with each passing day to fight off the absolute terror that threatens
to overwhelm me as I visualize the remaining days of my life slipping so quickly
away while I just stand by helplessly and do nothing because I feel, for all
practical purposes, completely powerless to do anything to help myself anymore.
SEVEN YEARS AGO,I came across a business venture/opportunity that I was absolutely sure would
provide me with the money that I needed to finally get my start on fulfilling my
destiny. This was something that wasn't just an 'idea' of mine that I couldn't
get someone to to even look at,but it was something that actually existed for
anyone to come and see for themselves--something significant enough to even
overcome my lack of organizational skills/vocal communication skills/abilities.
It wasn't long however, before my enthusiasm was quelled when after a few
months(which eventually turned into years) I wasn't even able to convince any
potential investors to even consider LOOKING AT this business venture,much less
investing in it!!!
All of this just reinforced my contention concerning the
power of verbal communication skills/abilities at being an easy(but
distant)second to MONEY as being 'tools' in trying to get a new venture/endeavor
sucessfully off the ground ground. Consequently,these past 7 years have been the worst of my life(even
though,physically, I was only diagnosed with diabetes)as they have taken a lot of
the 'fight' out of me. Just thinking how fast those years have gone
by, while, dispite my best 24/7 efforts, I have accomplished nothing, brings tears
to my eyes as the realization comes to my mind that I may pass away before being
able to fulffill my destiny, and, if so, those 'victories' that I feel that I was
destined to win may not be properly addressed for some time to come, if ever
Also,I am starting to believe something that I have never even considered to be
a possibility until recently. I have always known that my verbal communication
skills/abilities were well below average,but until recently,I always
thought/believed that my writing skills were at least average,if not a little
higher. However,after receiving no replies(other than a handful of 'form letter'
type acknowledgements that my correspsondence was received)to the last 3,000
letters/emails that I sent out to 'entities' who are accustomed to
getting/receiving this type of correspondence on a regular basis,I am beginning
to wonder if perhaps my writing skills/abilities might be as bad as my verbal
Looking back over the years,I can't think of any logical reasons why I didn't
get many responses to any of my correspondence(and this is even after factoring
in two of the other key reasons that have stiffled,not not just me but millions
of others over the decades:"we don't accept unsolicited material" &/or the
'not invented here' policies that most big companies enforce/adhere too),which
also includes those several occasions when I actually sent money to get the
answer to &/or get someone to listen too an 'idea' of mine,OTHER THAN,that
they may think I am 'crazy' &/or my 'ideas' are too far fetched/implausible/unrealistic to believe.
At the cost of being too redundant, let me close my 'bio' with the following: The
part of my current situation that brings me the most grief and sorrow is the
realization that I have lived my entire adult life up until now-the only life
that I will ever have-for nothing, all because I wasn't able to get that initial
little bit of help that I needed to get the start in life, which if I had been
able to get and I am right about all the things that I contend about myself and
my situation, ONLY DEATH OR INCAPACITATION'would have been able to stop me from
winning those 'victories' that have, for so many years, lay dormant in my heart,
just waiting for their chance to be set free and unleash all of their pent-up
goodness upon humanity.
IF INDEED i HAVE ANY PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS TO MAKE ME ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE AVERAGE PERSON, IT WOULD BE THE FOLLOWING:
I believe that I may have a '6th sense' type of attribute that allows me upon being made aware of certain people, places, things processes, concepts and any number of other particular 'sets of circumstances', to see them, not necessarily as they are, but how they might be in a way that would give them more value/worth than they are in their present state!
"There is absolutely no acceptable reason or excuse, given Both the quality & quantity of the knowledge & technology that exists in the world today, AS WELL AS the astoundingly immense quality & quantity of human intelligence in EVERY REALM IMAGINABLE, that exists out there in the hearts, minds and imaginations of multiplied millions of NOT JUST EDUCATED people, but in those of just 'average' people around the world as well, that our country, our society, and indeed the entire world, shouldn't be several generations ahead of where it's at today!!!!
.My name is Frederick Scanlin and I am a 74 years old man who has tried my entire adult life to become a successful entrepreneur, but I haven't as yet achieved that goal due to a childhood/lifelong 'deficit disorder' type of 'malady that severely affects BOTH my organizational abilities and short term concentration, as well as, most importantly, MY VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS---PERSONAL 'attributes' which are mandatory if someone is to have any realistic chance to become a successful entrepreneur.
These physical/psychological 'deficiencies' have, among a host of other things, resulted in me being more or less snubbed/ostracized my entire life by 'mainstream' society, thereby causing me to be continuously plagued by a couple of 'social type phobias', which have in turn, made it extremely difficult to relate to other people.
Consequently, in addition to the above, my somewhat 'geeky'/'nerdy' looks, and the lack of a suave/polished/refined/sophisticated 'makeup', and other scholarly type educational qualifications, make it difficult for people to believe that I could have come up with the kinds of ideas, contentions and other things that could have as much value/worth as I contend that they do. My 'deficiencies' have also been indirectly responsible for the loss of a lot of lives(mostly children), as they were responsible for me being unable to acquire in time the advice/help/funding that I needed to 'perfect and get to market' several 'app' type devices for saving lives(from overheated cars, drowning in public & private swimming pools, and from accidents and violence in the streets)that are only recently being made available to the public--and which, if they aren't 'marketed' in accordance with the TRUTHS alluded to below, they may still not be saving near as many lives as they could/should be.
Both 'The Age Of Disruption' & 'The Sharing Economy' have simultaneously descended upon us in virtually every sector of our society, and nowhere can you see this 'phenomenon' beginning to take hold any more than it is in the business sector of our economy in general, and in the 'start up' sector of it in particular. I would like to know whether or not the IDEAS, BELIEFS, CONTENTIONS, 'INVENTIONS' and basic premises for many other proposed 'start ups' and 'socially beneficial venues' that I have sacrificed a lifetime of denying myself everything for, are as good as I believe them to be, especially now that 'The Age Of Disruption'/'The Sharing Economy' is finally starting to vindicate some of them by proving their potential validity/viability!!
I have been waiting for over half a century for someone/some entity to finally see the wisdom in the basic premise/concept upon which the 'business model' of two very successful companies in Great Britain are based(named ENTREPRENEUR FIRST & PIONEER FIRST LABS), which is the same simple concept/premise that I have been trying UNSUCCESSFULLY for over half a century to convince the 'start up' community of their potential benefits(the basic concept of this business premise will be is discussed in more detail as this email unfolds).
BECAUSE IT IS MY CONTENTION THAT THE POTENTIAL WORTH, VALIDITY & INFALLIBILITY OF EVERY IDEA THAT I HAVE EVER HAD as well as that of every 'contention' that I have ever made in my entire life about ANYTHING, ARE ALL BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT THE BASIC/COMMON SENSE/LOW-TECH, 'TRUTHS & PRINCIPLES' ALLUDED TO BELOW, ARE AS 'ETERNALLY INFALLIBLE' as I contend them to be, IT IS THEREFORE ONLY NECESSARY TO DETERMINE THE VALUE/VALIDITY OF ONE OF MY IDEAS/CONTENTIONS in order to determine the potential value/validity of them all!!!
Consequently, I AM GOING TO STAKE THE potential worth/validity/infallibility OF ALL OF THESE TRUTHS & PRINCIPLES (WHICH AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDES THAT OF EVERY IDEA AND CONTENTION THAT I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE ABOUT ANYTHING)ON THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE IN THE 'MARKETPLACE' OF A SINGLE 'brick & mortar' RETAIL START UP 'IDEA' (DESCRIBED BELOW) THAT ALL OF THE 'EXPERTS' SAY WILL ABSOLUTELY FAIL--IN OTHER WORDS, TO USE IT'S success or failure in the marketplace as the DEFINITIVE 'indicator'/'barometer' as to whether or not the Timeless & Infallible Truths & Principles upon which the success or failure of EVERY THING THAT I CONTEND depends, are as infallible as I contend them to be!!!!
IF YOU CAN'T FIND ANY SIGNIFICANT DEFINITIVE 'FALLACIES' in either the various NUMBERED contentions put forth in the following email, or in the retail 'start up' alluded to above(and described below), then I believe that society might well benefit from many of them. IF, AT YOUR CONVENIENCE, you could read the following email(or perhaps forward it to someone who might), and CAN'T FIND ANY OF THESE 'FALLACIES', I WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO YOU if you might give me some advice as to what would be the best way to make these 'contentions' known to those people who would be able to help me to see to it that the MAXIMUM amount of benefit is derived from them. I thank you in advance for your help.
I remember that even as a teenager I had a lot of faith, both individually and collectively, in the 'wisdom of the crowds'(long before it became a 'fashionable' &/or politically correct term)on which I wrote a 'dissertation' over a half century ago and which is still just as relevant/appropriate today(maybe even a little more so)as it was way back then, as can be seen by the two recent 'best practices' type principles/ methods that are only now emerging, possibly as a result of the coming of 'The Age Of Disruption' & 'The Sharing Economy'. If you look close at the basic premise/concept of both of the recent process/practice of 'acqui-hiring', AS WELL AS two recent studies done by Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Shai Bernstein(BOTH of which are posted at the end of this email), you will easily discern the similarity between them and the subject of a 'dissertation that I proposed decades ago:
CONTENTION # 1:
# 1)Because our's is not a perfect world, there are hundreds of millions of people in this world that for any number of LEGITIMATE REASONS--none of which are any fault of their own--although they can come up with many potentially valuable 'ideas' for countless different things in all areas of human endeavor, THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS/ABILITIES/EXPERTISE to do anything of a positive nature with them. These 'reasons' also keep them from ever even getting the chance to become 'the best that they can/might be', much less have the opportunity to bring their various talents/attributes to any kind of successful fruition. These LEGITIMATE REASONS run the entire gamut of the 'human condition', ranging from physical, mental, psychological &/or physiological concerns, to a vast array of of possible social, family/hereditary, religious, educational, racial, governmental &/or environmental beliefs/restrictions/regulations. Other of these people, aside from possibly not having the time, money or education, may lack other skills, abilities, traits, talents, attributes or other characteristics that it would take to be successful in their lives. Lastly, some of them may have been born with &/or are being forced to face, encounter, endure or live with any number of other possible negative situations, circumstances or obstacles that may inhibit them in some way or another.
Due to the negative effects, in their many and varied forms and guises, resulting from any of these various 'deficiencies', any of which, either directly or indirectly, depending on how &/or to what degree these people might be affected by them, can DEFINITELY be partially or completely responsible for denying them the success that, without those 'IMBALANCES' in their lives, they may well have achieved
Unfortunately, due to the circumstances alluded to above, because the 'mainstream establishment' doesn't understand this 'phenomenon', they more or less shun these people in a variety of different ways, and then, not only do they never get the chance to 'be the best they can/might be', WE, AS THE FAMILY OF MAN, are denied the many benefits that they may have offered is in every realm of society imaginable.
Tragically, these people have no recourse but to simply continue to live out their daily lives while the relentless march of time slowly but surely erases their potentially good ideas, talents and other attributes, from their memories, until eventually all of the hopes, dreams and aspirations that they may have had in their regard finally wither away and die, possibly lost for all time, along with all of the money that they could have made for investors and all of the good that they may have done for mankind.
# 2)Once again, because this is not a fair/perfect life/world, there are also many millions of people out there who may not be able to come up with a good'idea' for anything if their life depended on it, but do have, collectively among them, every trait/ability/talent/characteristic/expertise/etc. that it takes to bring to fruition any kind of an 'idea' for ANYTHING in ANY REALM OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR WHATSOEVER!!!
# 3)IT IS AN ACCEPTED FACT among the various 'entities' that invest in new business ventures, that it is the 'implementation' of an idea, rather than the idea itself, that is the most important thing in it's potential success. THEREFORE, if the above described contention is true, THE VALUE/WORTH OF AN IDEA ISN'T ENHANCED OR DIMINISHED SIMPLY BECAUSE THE ONE WHO THOUGHT OF IT--for any number of LEGITIMATE REASONS--CAN'T/WON'T OR IS INCAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING OF A POSITIVE NATURE WITH IT, THEREBY MAKING ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO DISREGARD ONE SIMPLY FOR THIS REASON ALONE.
# 4)In light of the above, rather than missing out on either countless, potentially successful 'start ups' simply because their 'founders, for whatever reason, can't, won't or are incapable/unqualified of making them a success, OR letting the 'talent' of that large pool of entrepreneurs go to waste, you can do the much more sensible thing of assembling from this vast pool of talented entrepreneurs(who are just waiting to become associated with a 'start up' that they can become passionate about), a hand-picked, 'tailor-made 'team' for that venture who have all of the EXACT qualifications that you need (and in the exact degree of expertise required) in order to give that venture THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHANCE IN THE WORLD TO HAVE EVERY POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL??
# 5)By utilizing the basic premise of the above 'venue' of combining/merging the two above alluded too groups of people, a whole new world of investment possibilities would now be open to 'start up' investors, in that they will no longer have to limit their search for promising new 'start up' business ventures to only those whose founders must BOTH come up with the 'idea' for it, and also must PERSONALLY have the necessary expertise to make it a success as well---THEY CAN NOW, IN MANY CASES, DO THE MUCH EASIER/WISER THING AND SIMPLY LOOK FOR PROMISING 'START UP IDEAS' THAT ARE ONLY LACKING A QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT TEAM IN ORDER TO BECOME A SUCCESS, AND 'ASSEMBLE' ONE FROM THAT VAST POOL OF QUALIFIED ENTREPRENEURS ALLUDED TOO ABOVE!!!
# 6)In the 'dissertation' which I wrote over half a century ago detailing the above concepts, I also tried to give DEFINITIVE reasons why a long/'polished' BUSINESS PLAN--which back then was the 'holy grail' of mandatory requirements that a proposed 'start up' venture must have if it was to have any realistic chance of being funded--wasn't all that valuable to the potential success of a 'start up', a fact that several recent 'peer reviewed' studies have shown to be true.
# 7)I also proposed the wisdom in hiring 'freelancers' as all or part of a team to 'manage' promising LOW TECH 'start ups' ventures that for any number of legitimate reasons, were short one or all of the number of team members that possessed a particular 'skill set' that was needed to insure that particular venture the optimum chance to become a successful enterprise.
# 8)TIMELESS & INFALLIBLE TRUTHS & PRINCIPLES:
During that same time period, over a half century ago, I gleaned and culled several dozen parables, precepts, platitudes, axioms, insights, adages, truisms, sayings, quotations and other general observations from the thousands that I had encountered over time(some of which are posted below, and the rest can be seen on my website), all of whose basic premise's are based on the ideals/values/truths/principles alluded to above(some of which, when I felt it appropriate, I took the liberty to update &/or paraphrase to make them adaptable to modern times).
THERE ARE CERTAIN UNIVERSALLY INFALLIBLE IDEALS, VALUES, TRUTHS & PRINCIPLES THAT ARE TIMELESS & ETERNAL IN THE LOGIC, INSIGHT & KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR PROFOUND WORDS OF WISDOM IMPART TO THE HUMAN RACE. They are unique in the universe in that they transgress time, space, race, creed, color, religions, cultures, gender, sexual preference and all other areas of human endeavor.
Although many of these adages/axioms/quotations, etc. may seem blatantly obvious and others laughingly simple on the surface, the proper 'discernment' will show that they contain within the much deeper meaning that they are meant to impart, certain profound 'words of wisdom', that are ETERNALLY TIMELESS, & VIRTUALLY INFALLIBLE in all areas of human endeavor, and thus IF HEEDED TO THE MAXIMUM & STEADFASTLY ADHERED TOO, THEY WILL VIRTUALLY GUARANTEE THE SUCCESS OF ANYTHING THAT IS BASED ON THEM!!!!!!
# 9)IN LIGHT OF THE ABOVE, AND KEEPING IN MIND THEN, THAT, in basically the same way that ALL of the words & phrases of our ENTIRE English language are formed simply by 're-arranging' in an infinite number of different ways, the FINITE 26 letters of our alphabet............................:
IN A SIMILAR FASHION, ALL 'NEW' BUSINESS 'START UP' VENTURES that don't need any new or unproven technology to make them fully 'functional' business enterprises, ARE ONLY 'NEW' in the sense that the various presently existing technologies that make them up, simply have never before been arranged/'put together' in exactly the particular way/shape/manner or form that is now necessary for them to be, in order that they are able to take on the look, feel and other features/'characteristics' of THE 'NEW' START UP VENTURE that they are to become!!!
# 10)THEREFORE, because creating a new 'start up' venture of this kind is basically just an exercise in simply re-arranging whatever presently existing technology is necessary in order to make it the required functioning business enterprise envisioned by the founders and described by it's business model, it's 'management team' will require only a finite number of existing 'skill sets'(whose number and type can be determined by simply checking those utilized in comparable successful start up' ventures)in order to successfully implement it into the 'marketplace'.
# 11)Therefore, even though these 'start ups' may not have a 'team' or a comprehensive 'business plan' ready to go at the time of their 'discovery', THEY HAVE JUST AS GOOD OF A CHANCE OF BECOMING A SUCCESS IF..............................................................:
INSTEAD OF BEING LED/MANAGED BY A 'TEAM' COMPRISED OF ITS 'FOUNDERS(WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE FULLY QUALIFIED, but are accepted anyway simply because they are it's 'founders').............................................:
IT IS LED/MANAGED INSTEAD BY A 'HAND PICKED' MANAGEMENT TEAM COMPRISED OF INDIVIDUALS SELECTED FROM THAT VAST POOL OF EAGER ENTREPRENEURS ALLUDED TOO ABOVE, WHO CAN 'THINK OUT OF THE BOX', AND ARE BOTH EXCITED & PASSIONATE ABOUT THE 'START UPS' POTENTIAL POSSIBILITIES IN THE 'MARKETPLACE', AND, WHO COLLECTIVELY AMONG THEM, HAVE WHATEVER DEGREE OF EXPERTISE THAT IS REQUIRED IN ALL OF THE VARIOUS 'SKILL SETS' THAT ARE NECESSARY TO MAKE THAT TYPE OF A VENTURE A FULLY 'FUNCTIONAL' & SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE.
BELOW ARE A FEW MORE OF THESE 'PRINCIPLES', and the rest can be found on the 'homepage' of my website:
IN ORDER TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASES A 'START UPS' CHANCES OF SUCCESS:
12)AVOID 'start ups' that may require the IMMEDIATE establishment of any expensive local/regional/national 'infrastructure' type facilities that is mandatory to making it a 'successfully functioning entity'!!!
13)AVOID 'start ups' that can't pass all 'elementary' requirements of any 'respectable' SWOT analysis type evaluation'.
14)AVOID 'start ups' that might have any significant legal type issues/matters that could indefinitely hold it's progress up, and which can't be successfully 'adjudicated' in advance of any major investment.
15)Even though there are now, and always will be, new or improved products &/or services that are novel, unique, sensational, spectacular &/OR unbelievable, THE SIMPLE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT, in most of these cases, there isn't either a big enough market out there who would want your product/service at any price, OR they can't be offered at a price that enough people could afford to purchase them---OR THERE is SIMPLY too much competition!!!
THEREFORE, THE FIRST & MOST IMPORTANT thing that must be considered if a proposed 'start up' is to have any reasonable chance for success, is to simply determine if there is a big enough POTENTIAL market of buyers out there, who would even want your PRODUCT OR SERVICE if it were available at a fair/reasonable price?
16)THE MANAGEMENT TEAM that is in charge of making a success of any given venture is the singularly most important 'element' in determining its success or failure--and I would add that just how successful it becomes is, in turn, directly proportional to both the amount and degree of original, 'out-of-the-box' type of entrepreneurial expertise that is possessed/exhibited by that team, AS WELL AS, their ability to properly discern which parts/aspects of the prevailing status-quo that affects their particular venture in any way, that they will no longer accept/hold up as being the unquestioned way that the who, what, where, when and why of how they will do things to insure the success of their venture!!
17)Problems can be solved much quicker/easier/cheaper/better, if, rather than looking for its solution (and not the solution to any of its many possible negative results) by advancing forward from its present one, instead 'retreat' backward from the absolutely best possible solution to it (if anything were possible, no matter how ridiculous it may sound/be), until they come together in the best of all possible/economically feasible solutions to it, that can be implemented within the limits of existing knowledge & technology.
18)If a company is going to survive, remain competitive and continue to proliferate in the harsh and uncertain environment of today’s ever-changing global economy, they must at all times be consciously aware of APATHY, COMPLACENCY AND UNAWARENESS, which must, in their many direct, indirect and ripple-down forms and guises, be avoided like the plague--not to do so can & will have devastating effects. Also they must have it be an integral part of their 'business model' to, AT ALL TIMES, be consciously aware of the importance of being constantly vigilant to the subtle and ever changing social/political/economic 'landscape' and be able, at a moment’s notice', to adjust/change/PIVOT their company's direction to adapt to & accommodate these changes.
19)Lastly, it must always be properly, carefully and thoroughly searching out/being on the lookout from across the entire spectrum of all business ‘disciplines’ for:1) ANYTHING from which the premise, concept or principle upon they are based, can be successfully ‘adjusted’, adapted and then ‘transferred’ for successful utilization in other areas that may possibly be of interest/benefit to them;2)ALL INNOVATIVE COST & LABOR SAVING MEASURES, as well as any other SALES PRODUCING &/OR ENHANCING METHODS which might be successfully utilized in some way or another.
A NATIONAL CHAIN OF DISCOUNT CONVENIENCE STORES:
Before I describe this 'start up' venture, let me begin by first offering the following few observations:
# 20)Unfortunately, there is a foolish and irresponsible race that is being running rampant out there in the form of investors of every size & shape trying to find & fund 'start ups' that are based on creating & marketing BOTH more & more 'gadgets' and other 'creature comfort' type things, AS WELL AS some 'futuristic' type projects(drones to deliver consumer products to households, a nationwide compressed air tube to take people from coast to coast, consumer space flights, outposts on both the moon and mars, driverless cars, etc, etc.), all of which/whose success require our country to have an absolutely mandatory strong & stable economic infrastructure, so that if these ventures eventually proved to be fiscally/technically feasible, there will be ample people left in the country with enough money/resources to be able to use/purchase them.
It would therefore, UNQUESTIONABLY, be best to temporarily put some of these things 'on hold', and spend some of the above alluded too time, effort & money doing something to 'shore up' our nations rapidly deteriorating economic infrastructure before it has permanently weakened the very foundation upon which, not only the very success of these projects themselves depends, but also the foundation upon which our country & the rest of the worlds entire economic future depends on as well!!!
# 21)Because 'THE POWERS THAT BE' in the business sector of society, HAVE NEVER SOLICITED to any significant degree, anything FROM IT'S 'RANK & FILE' MEMBERS, in regard to the WHO/WHAT/WHERE/WHEN/WHY & HOW of what they think & feel should be done in order to make theirs a BETTER INDUSTRY, this is one of, if not the biggest reason, why the 'START UP' area of the business sector is so far behind where it should now be given our present state of knowledge & technology.
# 22)Many good ideas &/or the solutions to problems in ALL sectors of society, as well as the fate of many new products/services, have/will never see the light of day or become successful, simply because their promoters weren't able to adequately relate their potential value/worth to those who would most benefit from them.
The above scenario is one of, if not the biggest reason, why certain 'start ups' are able to secure funding for their ventures so easily and others are not-- it doesn't necessarily have that much to do with the actual potential of the venture itself, but rather comes down to the 'quality' of the 'pitch' that potential investors are presented with when listening to their founders expounding the many 'virtues' of their new 'startups', which, according to them, have everything needed to become 'THE NEXT BIG THING'!!!!
I would therefore ask any of you out there to please KEEP AN OPEN MIND and put aside for the few minutes that it takes you to read this email, any long held beliefs/notions that you may have as they pertain to the entrepreneurial qualifications that a 'management team' should possess in order to have the optimum chances of making a success out of any kind/type of 'low-tech' type 'start up' business venture(i.e., any type of venture that doesn't require any new/unproven technology in order to make it a fully functional business enterprise).
I hope that, unless you can find some SIGNIFICANT 'fallacies' of a DEFINITIVE nature in any of the 'principles' & statements that are posted below, that you will be able to live with/forgive yourselves if you let your ego/pride/stubbornness be responsible for you not at least reading about the retail 'start up' described below, SIMPLY because it is a lowly/'non-sexy'/'brick-and-mortar' type one, as opposed to one of your more 'sexy'/'proper'/dignified type ones!!!
The above is ESPECIALLY true given the several positive facts regarding this particular 'start up', not the least of which is that it has the very realistic chance of becoming JUST AS BIG & PROFITABLE as do any of those more 'glamorous type start ups' which need TWENTY TIMES the 2 million dollar investment that mine would require(in order to open up a half dozen 'model stores to show potential investors of it's potential), as well as it's ability to become profitable in a 'time frame' TWENTY TIMES SHORTER than any of those alluded to above will require!!!
Please keep in mind also while contemplating the various contentions that I put forth in this email, that despite all of the time, effort and money that even TOP NOTCH/'EXPERT' investors expend in searching for and 'vetting' ONLY THOSE potentially successful 'start up' ventures whose 'founders' have been determined to possess all of the necessary qualities/expertise to make that 'startup' a complete success, DECADES LONG STATISTICS have shown THAT, EVEN UNDER THESE IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES, ONLY AROUND 10% OF THEM ARE GOING TO MAKE THE GRADE!!!!.
A NATIONAL CHAIN OF DISCOUNT CONVENIENCE STORES:
# 23)Having said the above, if, once again, you can't find any DEFINITIVE 'fallacies' of a significant nature in the following 'contentions' of mine as they relate to NEW 'START UP' BUSINESS VENTURES, then WHAT FORM OF LOGIC, RATIONALE OR COMMON SENSE would possibly keep an investor from at least wanting to check into a promising 'start up' with the many positive factors that mine claims to have as described below, that I contend has the realistic potential to be THE FIRST "NEXT BIG THING" in 'brick and mortar' retail UNICORNS???
# 24)A NATIONAL CHAIN OF DISCOUNT CONVENIENCE STORES:
The convenience sector has grown massively over the last three years, with approximately 24pc of consumers visiting their local shop every day. Independent convenience stores have really upped their game,” according to Nick Shanagher, managing director at Newtrade, which runs the Independent Achievers Academy programme to help small retailers boost profits and footfall. Recent figures show that there are now 50,747 smaller independent community stores, which represent a fifth of the UK’s grocery market and employ nearly 400,000 people. The sector generates £37.46bn for the UK economy.
With over 151,000 convenience stores in the United States in 2014, and over $700 billion in annual sales, these small stores result in big business in America. In comparison, there are about 33,000 supermarkets and 40,700 drug stores across the nation (NACS). With this new convenience format Wal-Mart hopes to capture some of the $700 billion quick trip market share it is losing to Dollar General and other convenience stores. Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon said earlier this month that the retailer has just 10% of that market share and is vying for more with the hybrid stores that can serve consumer fill-in trips, which Walmart estimates to be 40% of their groceries spent.
As can be seen above, THERE IS A POTENTIALLY ENORMOUS WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR 'CONVENIENCE STORE' TYPE operations out there, and considering the success that selling 'discount' has had in just about every sector of the retail industry, THERE IS NO LOGICAL REASON to believe that it wouldn't be just as successful in the 'convenience store' sector as well!!!
AND AS FAR AS THE POSSIBILITY OF 'COMPETITION' being a problem, simply keep in mind that the smartest and most innovative 'players' will be the ones who will proliferate, AND THAT IS DEFINITELY WHAT THIS 'START UP' IS ALL ABOUT, BECAUSE IT IS NOT MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE AS ARE ALL OF THE OTHERS AND BELIEVING THE LIE THAT 'CONVENIENCE' AND 'LOW PRICES' CAN'T GO TOGETHER!!!
After working for 7 years in a store like the one described below(which was very successful until it was forced to close up to a bitter divorce between the husband and wife owners)AND CONSIDERING THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IT IS MY CONTENTION that there exists in this country, and possibly even worldwide, a vast potential market in the retail sector of our economy for a chain of NEIGHBORHOOD DISCOUNT CONVENIENCE/MINI-GROCERY STORES that sell convenience store products & services, as well as a few dozen other key food/grocery items, at prices REASONABLY CHEAPER than they can be purchased anywhere else.
POSITIVE ASPECTS RELATED TO THIS VENTURE:
1) The operation from which I originally got the idea of opening a chain of full service convenience stores- which would sell all of its products/services at discounted prices- operated profitably for 7 years until it was forced to close down due to a bitter divorce between the husband and wife owners.
2) It is extremely 'low-tech'.
3) It is based strictly on proven concepts/premises.
4) It can become profitable in as little as 3 or 4 months.
5) It has universal need/appeal.
6) It is highly scalable.
7) It is relatively inexpensive to finance.
8) With the dismal present economic situation (and no relief in sight) never has the time and opportunity ever been more conducive for a chain of stores like these.
9) Because of its universal appeal, it will only be necessary to open a handful of these stores in order to get a solid indication of how successful they would be if expanded on a national/global basis.
10) It fills a potential multi-billion dollar a year ignored/unmet 'niche' it's sector of the marketplace whose basic concept/premise has eluded the best entrepreneurial minds in that sector, as a thorough search of the internet confirms that THERE AREN'T ANY OTHER STORES LIKE IT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!!!!!
11) Lastly, these stores are tailor made to utilize the territorial method of franchising, which the early pioneers of franchising utilized so effectively in the early 1950's, that they were able to manage 1500 units with only a handful of executives in the home office!!! The beauty of this method is that the franchisee not only pays a big upfront 'fee' for his exclusive territory (city, county, state or multi-state territories), but he also pays for all the costs to open and operate all of the units in his territory!!!
A very wise proverb from antiquity succinctly says: "NO POWER ON EARTH CAN STOP AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME". Without exception, all of the current relevant economic indicators point to the fact that our society is on the verge of ushering in the birth of a new GLOBAL ECONOMIC MODEL, whose direct, indirect and 'ripple-down' effects, ramification, repercussions, consequences and implications, will, by necessity, mandate that the American people will have to make certain changes in their current lifestyles, as well as make other concessions in areas of their lives that, up till now, they have simply taken for granted. Having said the above, I believe in my heart, mind, body and soul, that, with the PROPER LEADERSHIP, this chain of stores-which in the light of this new GLOBAL ECONOMY- will be ones that the public WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD NOT TO SHOP AT!!!!
Having said the above, never in modern history have the TIME, OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS ever concurrently come together in such perfect alignment as to virtually guarantee the success of starting up a nationwide chain of retail stores based on the concept/premise of the ones that I am describing here (and described in greater detail on the website alluded to below). The complete absence of a retail chain of stores like this one leaves big empty void in this segment of the retail market that can be successfully exploited by someone with the wisdom and foresight to see it for the virtually unlimited ground floor opportunity that it is.
Conservatively, there is a potential market worldwide to support 50-70 thousand stores of this kind, with each doing in the vicinity of 2-3 million dollars a year in gross sales, thereby making this a potentially 50-100 billion dollar a year business!!! Therefore, based on the 7 year success of my friend’s store as well as my own observations of the industry for those years, it is my contention that there exists in this country, and possibly even worldwide, a vast potential market in the retail sector of our economy for a chain of NEIGHBORHOOD DISCOUNT CONVENIENCE / MINI-GROCERY STORES that sell convenience store products & services, as well as a few dozen other key food/grocery items, at prices REASONABLY CHEAPER than they can be purchased anywhere else.
The only segment of the economy that has shown double digit growth for the last several years has been in the DISCOUNT sector of retail, and yet the convenience store sector is the only retail sector of the economy that hasn't as yet gone DISCOUNT in some form or another--because, for whatever reason ‘convenience store’ & ‘discount’ are just two things that have never been associated with each other. The main reason for this is that anyone who may have thought about it never looked past the several daunting surface problems standing in the way of how one might profit from selling convenience store products/services at discounted prices. After working for the guy who owned the ‘prototype’ store from which I got this idea for opening up a national/ global chain of them, I was able to successfully discern the reasons why conventional convenience stores couldn’t sell for discounted prices and how these reasons might be overcome.
Despite what you believe &/or what the government is telling you, the economy of this country is NEVER AGAIN going to be able to sustain any kind of long term growth, UNTIL THOSE that we have elected to represent us in Washington begin to use logic/facts/truth/common sense when devising and implementing the laws that affect all of us in every segment of our society!! Although the following business venture will be just as successful in a good economy, it sure doesn't hurt to have its beginning in an economy that will virtually guarantee its success.
It is also my firm belief that if we seize this moment in time, where EVERY RELEVANT factor affecting it, both economic and otherwise, are in such perfectly synchronized alignment, it is easily within the realm of realistic possibility that this retail concept will appeal to a large enough segment of the cost conscious consumer to generate the kind of volume that will be necessary to successfully overcome its slim profit margin and allow it to sustain the projected rate and extent of growth in order for it to achieve, in less than a decade, the same kind of phenomenal success in its sector of the retail marketplace that has taken WAL-MART 60 years to do in theirs!!!
It is extremely rare that a definitive determination of the chances for SUCCESS of a business opportunity of this magnitude can be decided for the relatively small amount of money that it will cost to determine this one. Because the basic premise for this venture is one of universal want/need/appeal it will only be necessary to open up half dozen or so units/stores to get a definitive idea on how others that might be opened will fare.
I read routinely about promising new business ventures(although, admittedly, they were mostly 'cyber' type ones) without half the potential of this one on which millions of dollars have been spent, that were either ’flops’ or on which more money is still needed to determine if it will even work much less whether or not it will eventually be profitable!!!
For a couple of million dollars, by using the less expensive of the two ’business model’ methods associated with this venture (as opposed to the more expensive one of remodeling acceptable new storefront locations) of ’partnering’ with a half dozen business owners of already open/operating stores who are willing (for a mutually agreed upon percentage of the new 'business' ) to remodel and operate their business's to our specifications, you can get a reliable idea in a few short months whether or not the concept/premise of this promising new business venture has the kind of potential that I claim it does.
Once again, because this promising new business venture is offering a product/service that has universal want/need/appeal you can be pretty certain that whatever happens during the 6-8 month trial’ run with that store will be the same result that you will get wherever you open one up. Because there is room for at least 20,000 stores nationally and another 30-50 thousands globally you can multiply your profit/expenses for that 6-8 month trial period by this total number to get a ’ball park’ figure of the yearly revenue potential of this promising new business venture to help you decide if it is worth investing in (see a longer description of this venture at the link below).
YOU CAN SEE A LONGER DESCRIPTION OF THIS PROPOSED 'START UP' BUSINESS VENTURE AT THE LINK BELOW:
Discount Convenience Stores
# 25)THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED 'START UP' VENTURES ARE MEANT FOR ALL 'START UP' VENTURES ARE MEANT FOR ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE that anything that makes common sense isn't impossible to do:
I would appreciate it very much if you would point out any DEFINITIVE 'fallacies' in the following proposed 'start ups'.
If any of these proposed 'start ups' already exist, I am not aware of them, and if they do already exist, why can't their whereabouts be easily found. ALWAYS REMEMBER: "The most valuable knowledge in any sector of society is basically worthless(as far as realizing it's full potential is concerned)if its existence isn't known by those who would most benefit from it".
1)A 'CROWD FUNDING MANAGER' STARTUP:
Most of the influx of the new entrepreneurs who will be seeking funding for their own particular product/service/technology businesses are going to be rather naive/inexperienced individuals with no intention of making entrepreneurship their life's work by becoming 'serial' entrepreneurs, and are going be content to be 'one hit wonders' by making a big success out of their own particular venture, and so really don't need to take the extra time and effort away from concentrating solely on their core venture by learning things that they may never even need to use more than once.
Most people don't have the 'upfront' money to both pay for all of the upfront expenses to start/run a 'CF' campaign, AS WELL AS to pay for a 'CF manager' to create and run it for them too--and there are many people out there who don't think it is even a good idea for anyone but the 'owner' of the campaign to do it(which I put in the same category of "if your sick, you see a doctor, if you have legal problems, you see an attorney, if you have a toothache, you see a dentist, etc, etc."). I believe that most people would be more than willing to pay a 'CF manager' much more money than is presently charged as their normal 'fee' for creating and running/'managing' 'CF' campaigns, if they would simply agree to PAYING ALL OF THE UPFRONT EXPENSES, as well as getting paid their 'fee' at the end of the campaign--WHICH WILL BE BASED ON A PERCENTAGE OF HOW MUCH MONEY THE 'CF' CAMPAIGN TURNS OUT RAISING. In return for making this concession, they will then charge the customer 2 or 3 times more money than the other 'normal' 'CF' managers/websites do!!
2)DROWNING PREVENTION DETECTOR:
Using the latest in 'board technology/accelerometers/gyroscope technology, create a device that will float on a swimming pool, which when it detects any unusual/out of the ordinary 'movement' as far as any 'splash' movement (someone falling into the pool) will sound any number of possible 'alarms'--how many 'alarms' can be determined by the owner of the pool, and can include video of the pool/pool area. This 'product' can be simple or more complex, BUT IT ALL DOES THE SAME JOB, WHICH IS PERFECTLY UNDERSTANDABLE WITH JUST THIS SIMPLE DESCRIPTION!!
4) PERSONAL SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM:
Every day of the year you read/hear literally dozens of stories in the news about robberies, rapes, kidnappings, personal attacks and shootings of all kinds, making SECURITY something that I believe most people would consider a very important area of not only their lives, but that of their loved ones as well, and, consequently, will to do everything possible to make them as safe as possible.
When you couple the dismal economic conditions that are plaguing not only the citizens of this country, but those of the rest of the world as well (with no relief in sight in the foreseeable future) with government's global 'push' to make it unlawful for anyone to carry a personal firearm of any kind, NEVER HAS THE GLOBAL WANT/NEED FOR A DEPENDABLE, HI-TECH PERSONAL SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM EVER BEEN MORE NECESSARY THAN IT IS TODAY!! .
For a 'system' like this to work properly, SPEED AND RELIABILITY are key components that it must possess, and having to get to either your cell phone in the event of an 'attack', or to the 'pendant' around your neck, a person might not be able to get to them in time even as accessible as they obviously are.
5)THE 'HI-TECH' WAY TO KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER FOREVER:
Imagine an elderly father and mother living in Arizona who are too sick to travel to, see their son and daughter-in-law and their 3 children who live in New York, who can't afford to travel to Arizona to see their elderly parents. With the properly set up 'Skype' webcams and audio speakers in both the dining room and the living room of both residences, the elderly parents can ALMOST actually be at the table eating dinner with their family who are in New York!!! They can talk, listen and interact with each other about the days activities or anything else, just as if they were right there in the same room, with the only difference being that they will be 'live' on TV type monitors rather than in person.
6) FAMILY AMUSEMENT CENTERS:
SMALLER SIZED CITIES NEED 'AMUSEMENT PARK' TYPE CENTERS THAT CAN BE SET UP IN HUNDREDS OF THEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BE VERY SUCCESSFUL--THE KEY THING IS TO BRING THE COST OF A 'OUTING' DOWN TO WHERE THE AVERAGE PERSON/FAMILY CAN EASILY AFFORD TO GO SEVERAL TIMES A MONTH BY USING THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY AND USING INNOVATIVE 'OUT-OF-THE-BOX' TYPE THINKING TO BRING FOOD/BEVERAGE PRICES DOWN, AND THEN BY TIMING/AUTOMATING BOTH THE ARCADE GAMES AND THE RIDES TO THE MAX SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN GET LONGER PLAY AND RIDE TIMES(WHICH SHOULD BE DESIGNED SO THAT ONE PERSON CAN OPERATE 2 OR 3 GAMES/RIDES AT A TIME).
BY 'COMBINING/INTEGRATING' TOGETHER THE 'THRILL' OF SEVERAL KEY RIDES INTO JUST A HANDFUL OF THEM, YOU CAN SAVE A LOT OF SPACE WITHOUT SACRIFICING ANY OF THE 'THRILLS' OF ANY OF THEM.
THESE 'AMUSEMENT ENTERS' CAN BE BUILT TO FIT INTO ANY NEIGHBORHOOD "DECOR", IN A RELATIVELY SMALL AREA (about the size of your average Wal-Mart), and AND COVERED SO THAT THEY CAN BE USED IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER.
7) EMPLOYEE 'SUGGESTION BOX':
I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT WITH THE PROPER "INCENTIVE" THE AMERICAN WORKER COULD, IN LESS THAN A GENERATION, REVOLUTIONIZE THE EFFICIENCY/PROFICIENCY IN ALL SECTORS OF EVERY INDUSTRY IN THE COUNTRY. I PROPOSE A COMPANY THAT DESIGNS/FORMULATES A COMPREHENSIVE 'EMPLOYEE SUGGESTION BOX' TYPE OF PROGRAM BASED ON THE BASIC CONCEPT/PREMISE OF REWARDING EMPLOYEES WHOSE 'IDEAS' ARE EVENTUALLY ACCEPTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION WITHIN THEIR COMPANY, with a reasonable/respectable amount of the money that it saves/makes their company over a reasonable amount of time(possibly a year or a decade).
8) THE POSSIBLE 'NEXT BIG THING' IN THE RETAIL SECTOR OF THE WORLD ECONOMY!!!!
I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED that the basic premise upon which most 'chain letters', 'pyramid schemes' and 'multi-level marketing' type ventures are based on is an EXTREMELY POWERFUL concept--but they are all connected to unsustainable ventures in that their entire success is based on the illegal/immoral process of enrolling for a 'fee', more and more people into a 'scheme' that has nothing of real value to offer.
I have also always believed that if someone had something of a 'real/moral/'legal' and honest value' to base a business on that would be conducive to utilizing and capitalizing on all of the 'positive attributes' of the above 'pyramid' principle, that they would really be onto something with a lot of potential.
As I thought more and more about the 'anemic' global economy and unemployment being in the sad shape that it's in, it came to me that not only would most people like to save money on all of their purchases, and also have access to some kind of an extra 'revenue stream' to make some extra money, but there were also a lot of people out there with pent up entrepreneurial 'talent' who just needed the proper 'venue' to be able to 'showcase those talents' in order to be able to use them to make a decent living.
After over half a century it hit me as to the perfect 'product'/venue that would be perfectly conducive to the 'pyramid' principle alluded to above--one which I don't think that ANYONE could find anything of anymore of a 'legal/moral and honest value' to base a business on THAN VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE RETAIL SECTOR OF OUR COUNTRY’S (and possibly even the worlds!!!) ECONOMY!!!
9)I propose to use GAMIFICATION to the max by utilizing the basic premise/concept upon which this burgeoning industry is based on, via the novel and innovative use of new methods, strategies, programs, and techniques that will add a new dimension of fun, excitement, challenge and interest to some or all of the existing programming of TV and radio--ranging all the way from a single program, all the way through to the whole 24/7 of the entire channel/network!!!
10)ADVERTISING, in it's many direct, indirect and 'ripple-down' forms & guises, is one of the biggest segments of our financial economy, AND IN THE END, it is basically nothing more than just letting the public know of a companies existence/'greatness', AND HOPING THAT THEY WILL BUY FROM THEM. If the above is true, then WHAT IF the public were allowed to VIEW various printed &/or video advertisements from countless companies/'venues'(and answer a few questions to insure that they really watched them), AND THEN, FOR EVERY GIVEN SEGMENT OF VIEWING TIME, they were awarded a 'unit' of time, which could then be used as a form of 'currency' to be 'traded' for money, &/or to pay certain kinds of bills--they might also be awarded a certain number of these viewing 'units' for forwarding a certain number of these video advertisements to 'friends' & family'??
11)THE INTERNET IS GROWING MUCH FASTER THAN IT'S PROPER ORGANIZATION IS, AND THERE IS REALLY NO EXCUSE FOR IT AS THERE ARE SO MANY EASILY DEVISED WAYS AND MEANS TO MAKE IT SO MUCH EASIER/FASTER/BETTER!!!! The listing/organizing of ALL BLOGS/WEBSITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB according to their particular 'genre' is a classic example. I don't know why it hasn't already been done(especially given how easily it would be to do so), but there is a big void existing on the WORLD WIDE WEB in the form of there not being a way to be able to easily/quickly find every blog/website that exists on the WORLD WIDE WEB, according to their particular category/classification/genre/'subject'/etc., etc.!!!!
12)There are a couple of relatively new 'start ups' based on the premise/concept of being able to 'transfer' smaller amounts of money(even a few cents, I believe)via the internet at virtually NO COST to the sender.!!!! If these 'startups' are successful in the major goal of what their 'business model' calls for, IT WILL OPEN UP THE DOORS TO A LOT OF POTENTIALLY PROFITABLE 'START UP' VENTURES!!!!
13)AFTER A HALF CENTURY OF OBSERVATION COMBINED WITH WHAT I SEE HAPPENING WITH THE CURRENT ECONOMIC/EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE MANY PROFITABLE OPPORTUNITIES STARTING UP NEW 'BUSINESS MODELS' WITHIN THE FOLLOWING LONG ESTABLISHED BUSINESS SECTORS, BASED ON THE THE CONCEPT/PREMISE OF UTILIZING PART TIME/FULL TIME/'ON-CALL'/NO BENEFITS TYPE WORKERS---THE NEW "SHARING ECONOMY" if you will:
1)Using the basic premise/concept of the 'UBER' business model, I believe that the financial burden of several departments within the 'public sector'(such as the PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & HEALTHCARE)can be lessened to enough of a significant degree to peek even the interest of those at the top who are in charge of these departments!!!
2)WITH THE PROPERLY DESIGNED 'DEVICE' ANY PERSONAL VEHICLE CAN BE MADE INTO A 'TOW TRUCK', WHICH WITH THE PROPER UTILIZATION/CO-ORDINATION OF 'ON-CALL' EMPLOYEES CAN FORM THE FOUNDATION OF A 'DISCOUNT' TOW SERVICE.
4)WITH THE PROPERLY DESIGNED TRAILER A PERSONS PERSONAL VEHICLE CAN BE MADE INTO A '16 WHEELER' FOR THE LOCAL/LONG HAUL DELIVERY OF RELATIVELY LIGHT WEIGHT MERCHANDISE, THEREBY PROVIDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, both jobs for those who like the 'driving' lifestyle, as well as substantial savings for those moving their qualified 'goods' via the trucking route.
5)THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED SINGLE UNIT BUSINESS'S IN THE FOLLOWING FEW CONSUMER RELATED INDUSTRIES THAT ARE BASICALLY 'FRAGMENTED' AND HAVE CHANGED THE WAY THEY DO BUSINESS VERY LITTLE IN THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES. THESE SECTORS ARE :BARBER SHOPS--RE-SALE SHOPS--PAWN SHOPS--'JUNK YARDS'--HOTELS/MOTELS--AUTO REPAIR PLACES.
26)CURE FOR USA:
BEFORE I END THIS STORY, I would be extremely remiss if I didn't mention the easily recognizable deteriorating conditions that are taking place in virtually every sector of this great country of ours--conditions that MUST be greatly improved SOON if the USA is going to remain the greatest country in the history of the world. My 'solution' for what I honestly believe is the only one that will be able to save our nation from all of the negativity that is awaiting it(and us)at the end of the road that we are presently speeding headlong & recklessly down. You can see my 'solution' at the link below--I would appreciate your opinion on what you think of, at least, the basic concept/premise upon which it is based.
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27)THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE:
Because of all that there is to know in this life, in the relatively short amount of time that a person has to try and learn it all, no individual person, no matter how much fame, fortune, power, wisdom, talent, courage or other attributes that they might have, can do more than make a small dent in all that needs to be done to make this a better world.
However, collectively, as THE FAMILY OF MAN, our accumulative knowledge, talents and countless other positive attributes will allow us to be able to advance society forward in 2 or 3 generations, to within an 'arms length' of reaching the absolute pinnacle of human evolution/development, by fulfilling our ultimate destiny of being able to create a relatively/realistically 'Utopian' society as alluded too above.
The birth/dawning of the 'computer age' opened up unprecedented and virtually unlimited possibilities for the human race with the 'spawning' of the internet and all of the other marvels that 'cyberspace' makes possible(and considering all of the obvious 'negativity' that is taking root in so many areas/sectors of our society today, it couldn't have come in a better time in our history).
The potential of the awesome and virtually unlimited capabilities of the proper combining and utilization of both crowd sourcing and the internet provides society with something brand new in the human experience by allowing 'THE FAMILY OF MAN', for the first time in the history of the world, to be able to have COMPLETE access to the unlimited benefits of the 'Wisdom Of The Crowds', via the GREATEST HUMAN RESOURCE IN THE HISTORY THE WORLD, which is of course, THE VAST POTENTIAL OF THE HUMAN MIND--which manifests itself in a myriad of different ways, not the least of which is THE LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF GOOD IDEAS, IN EVERY REALM IMAGINABLE, THAT EXISTS IN THE HEARTS, MINDS AND IMAGINATIONS OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF 'COMMON ' PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER.
By simply 'surfing' the internet and checking out things like 'think tanks', innovation, technology and ANY OTHER subjects that are in any way related to advancing society forward &/or making ours a better world, ANYONE of average intelligence can easily see the ASTOUNDINGLY immense quality and quantity of human intelligence in EVERY REALM of existence IMAGINABLE, that exists out there in the hearts and minds and imaginations of multiplied millions of NOT JUST EDUCATED PEOPLE, but in those of just 'average' people around the world as well!!
THE ABSOLUTELY OVERWHELMING feeling that one gets when being made aware for the very first time, of the existence of all of this 'intelligence' POSSESSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, is hard to explain, but it is indeed a very exciting/humbling/hopeful and enlightening thing to experience, especially when viewed by those people who are able to properly discern just what the potential ultimate implications of all this 'intelligence'/knowledge/technology could possibly mean if it were ALL properly categorized/organized/merged/linked and integrated together to form a SINGLE GLOBAL 'entity', that would be easily capable of SUCCESSFULLY advancing the human race forward in all sectors of its existence!!!
Imagine if you will, all that could now be possible in the world with the added help/benefit of the computer, the internet and 'social media'(and all of the many other benefits that the world of 'cyberspace' entails)--THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE GOOD THAT COULD BE DONE IF WE COULD JUST ELIMINATE THE ONLY THING THAT could HOLD US UP FROM CREATING THE 'UTOPIAN' SOCIETY ALLUDED TOO ABOVE, WHICH IS THE UNLIMITED LUST FOR FAME, FORTUNE &/OR POWER ON THE PART OF A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, NOT THE LEAST OF WHO ARE 'THE POWERS THAT BE' IN BOTH THE PUBLIC & PRIVATE SECTORS OF OUR SOCIETY(a possible 'solution' to 'neutralize' this 'roadblock' is outlined on my website at http://cureforusa.weebly.com):
WE, collectively, as THE FAMILY OF MAN, via the AWESOME power of 'the wisdom of the crowds', and through the proper combining, integration and utilization of all relevant, accumulative knowledge, technology, wisdom, talent, etc.(some of which has possibly lain 'dormant' for decades), are now capable of achieving, in less than two generations, a realistically 'Utopian' society in which we can all live peacefully together in, as the amount and degree of 'validated' knowledge and technology that mankind presently possesses, is more than adequate enough to successfully address most of the obstacles that will need to be overcome in order for us to do so, as most of them PALE IN COMPARISON when considered in light of the almost insurmountable ones(ones that, EVEN WITH THE INHIBITING NEGATIVE EFFECTS of 'the powers that be', and WITHOUT THE BENEFIT of the computer, internet and social media)were successfully overcome in the past in order to provide society with all of the technological wonders that it enjoys today!!!
lN CLOSING, let me just put forth my ABSOLUTE belief that unless the following 'principle'(one of the several dozen TIMELESS & ETERNAL ones alluded too above)is understood, utilized and adhered too to it's fullest extent in ALL SECTORS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR, the kind of 'utopian' society alluded to several times in this correspondence, can/will NEVER materialize--most of the problems facing every sector of society today are a direct or indirect result of the basic premise of this 'principle' NEVER HAVING BEEN UTILIZED TO ANY SIGNIFICANT DEGREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!!!:
In order for mankind to ever have a chance to create a RELATIVELY 'utopian' society in which all human beings can forever live together in peace, EVERY SINGLE point on EVERY side of ANY disputed issue, subject, problem, solution OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT HAVE ANY KIND OF A SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECT ON ANY SECTOR OF SOCIETY, must be DEBATED and then continuously examined and cross-examined by ALL sides of the 'controversy' until THERE ARE NO MORE QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED with regard to EVERY SINGLE POINT on all sides of it--AND EVERY FACT, FIGURE, STATISTIC, 'STUDY' OR CONTENTION OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER that is used to substantiate any of the 'arguments' made by ANYONE/EVERYONE on all sides of any topic/subject in question in these 'debates', must be accompanied by DEFINITIVE collaborating proof or evidence as to their 'authenticity', which has been officially 'sanctioned' by UNIVERSALLY recognized/accepted AUTHORITATIVE sources only!!!
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The following are the 'studies' alluded to at the beginning of this email that contain the basic premise of the 'business model' that I wrote about in my 'dissertation' of a half century ago:
1)Acqui-hiring, the practice of acquiring a company mainly for its talent rather than its product, is all the rage in Silicon Valley thanks to intense competition for top engineers. Acqui-hiring or Acq-hiring (a portmanteau of "acquisition" and "hiring") or a talent acquisition is the process of acquiring a company to recruit its employees, without necessarily showing an interest in its products and services—or their continued operation. The companies doing the buying say it is a talent acquisition.
2)Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Shai Bernstein, along with Arthur Korteweg and Kevin Laws, conducted a study with the aim of finding out which of three main categories of information about a startup that investors actually value the most.
The study finds that human capital is most crucial for a startup’s chance of landing an investment, with especially more experienced and successful investors basing their choices on these aspects.
Investors are looking for an impressive and reliable founding team above all else in an early-stage startup, a new study has found.
These early startups are notoriously risky investments, and with a lack of history, sales or a track record, investors have to rely on other aspects of the business to make a decision.
“The operational or technical capabilities of the founding team raise the chance of success, especially in the earlier stages of a firm’s lifecycle, when experimentation is important. “An alternative explanation is that high quality teams have attractive outside options, and can therefore credibly signal the quality of the idea.”
3)According to the Growing Your Small Business report, which was jointly commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Chartered Association of Business Schools:
44pc of the companies founded in the UK in 2011 had failed by 2014, and incompetence or poor business management was to blame in 56pc of cases. Bad management and incompetence are to blame for the majority of new business failures, a new report has found, not a lack of bank funding or perennial challenges such as a lack of skilled employees. UK start-ups have had their knuckles rapped by the study, which has warned that first-time entrepreneurs must improve their management skills or assume the blame for going bust.
Just two-in-five new entrepreneurs had any kind of management training, compared with 89pc of business leaders at large, established firms.
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Pioneer Square Labs:Pioneer Square Labs is a Startup Studio:
I’m happy to tell that I’ve joined a band of exceptional players to build what’s going to be one of the biggest bets from Seattle,creating a new way to build startups.
Pioneer Square Labs (a.k.a. PSL) is a few weeks old and in a short few weeks, we closed a $12.5M round,built a tremendous team and are already executing on the vision.
I’ll be building a new startup every 3–4 months at PSL. The overall goal is for us to build, validate and spin off three to four startups a year over a four or five year period. We’ll build many startups. Spin off the few that work, or shut them down as they fail or we can’t prove the necessary traction for the next stage of our strategy. We’ll have a team of a dozen or so people, mostly makers & builders, who will be pursuing several parallel opportunities (see below how to join our team).
Pioneer Square Labs is a Startup Studio — we create and launch technology startups. What we do is generate internal ideas — we do the necessary customer research, and, if all goes well (which most ideas won’t), we go a build something to test in the market. And once we find traction, we’ll do the hard work of finding investors and a team to take it from an Alpha version into a possible billion-dollar success.
You can divide what we do into two parts: we build & recruit (teams and investors) and we are betting in a few beliefs: Ideas are cheap and this team can generate enough of them to keep us busy building and trying new things. There are exceptional leaders (future CEOs) out there who haven’t found the right idea to execute on, and they could get excited and behind one of ours.
It can take 12–18 months for a founding team to go from napkin to product-market fit (and many times it doesn’t happen), and enormous amount of energy is spent in fund-raising and team building to get to a point they can raise a decent seed round. We can completely eliminate this step by giving a founding team a validated idea and the introduction to our 13 VCs & 50 angel backers.
By now, you might be skeptical and thinking: You won’t have enough runway to validate ideas in just a few months. You won’t be able to recruit top talent to run these startups. You won’t be able to fund-raise deals without a team in place. You won’t be able to come up with many big ideas. You can’t build something meaningful in just a few months. Quality early-stage CEOs & CTOs won’t feel it’s their idea. We have 13 VCs and 50+ Angel Investors who funded us, which definitely makes the path easier to fund the startups.