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Power Your Home with The Bloom Box

February 22, 2010 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

Last night 60 Minutes had a very interesting news segment about potentially powering your home with The Bloom Box (from Bloom Energy), eliminating the need to purchase electricity from your local power company.  

The Bloom Box creates electricity by feeding oxygen into one side of a fuel cell while fuel is fed into the other side to provide a chemical reaction.  The fuel source can be solar, natural gas, bio gas from landfill waste, etc.

The Bloom Box is currently being used by companies like Google, FedEx, Wal-Mart and eBay saving them money.  The corporate sized units cost $700K to $800K, however, according to K.R. Sridhar, founder of Bloom Energy, 5 to 10 years from now home units could cost about $3,000.  

Bloom Energy is to release more details this Wednesday. See the 60 Minutes Below.  Very interesting stuff!

Update on February 24, 2010: See Bloom Energy Press Releases:

The SBA Offers Many Free Services for Businesses

January 31, 2010 | Education | Videos | No Comments
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If you are starting a business the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you get a mentor, write a business plan, finance start-up, buy a business or franchise, lease equipment, protect your ideas, and a whole host of other services.

If you own a business the SBA can help you to make decisions, manage employees, market and sell, pay taxes, get insurance, forecast, finance growth, etc.  The SBA can even help you to eventually sell your business, transfer ownership, liquidate assets, and file bankruptcy.

Some of the most requested items from the SBA are getting a business loan, business grant, business license, tax identification number, business certified as woman or minority owned, etc.

Many existing large companies started out with help from the SBA which include Stapes, Sun Microsystems, Apple, Jenny Craig, outback Steakhouse, Cray Research, Calloway Golf, Intel, Costco, Ben and Jerry’s, Nike, America Online and FedEx. (See video of the SBA Introduction above).

The SBA started in 1953 by the federal government as an independent agency help, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses via an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

For more information visit SBA.gov.

14 Year Old Damon Williams Worth $50,000 in Stocks

December 23, 2009 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

I wish when I was 14 years old I knew as much as 14 year old Damon Williams.  At 14 years old he’s a stock investor and has already gained a net worth of $50,000.  He’s very knowledge about investing as evident in the video below.  

At only 14 years old, Daman has amassed more wealth than many adults who have worked many years.  He’s has a very early start and is well on his way to becoming a millionaire if he keeps it up.  Way to go Damon! See video below.

Are You Considered Unemployed?

December 9, 2009 | Videos | No Comments

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 31 million people are unemployed, however, not all unemployed people are considered unemployed as evident in humorous but true video above.

Checkout the interactive map at AmericanObserver.net of the unemployment rates by county starting January 2007 to October 2009.  The interactive map shows a vivid representation of the deterioration of the U.S. economy, approximately one year before the start of the recession to the most recent unemployment data available today.

The Basics of Life Insurance Video

December 1, 2009 | Insurance | Videos | 1 Comment

Above is a video about the basics about life insurance.   Most people don’t think about getting life insurance until its too late.  The video does a good job of explaining the basics.  Get Life Insurance quotes HERE.

The Story of Stuff

November 5, 2009 | Videos | No Comments

Below is an interesting 20-minute video about the consumerist American society by Activist Annie Leonard. The video’s intent is to expose “the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.”  The video has 7 chapters: Introduction, Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, Disposal, and Another Way.

Video: The Story of Stuff

Video: Did You Know?

October 11, 2009 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

Very interesting video below of how quickly the world is changing especially because of technology.  Enjoy!