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Money & Buzz – July 2014

It is undeniable that the world has become less stable over the last four years. As the United States has […]

Your Financial Advisor Is Ignoring a Major Issue and it May Bankrupt You

There is a commonly accepted view that retirees need to invest in the market in order to replenish the […]

Confessions of a Forgettable Man

I am a forgettable man.  Not so much because I have an ordinary look, or lack of personality, but […]

Jefferson Knew Nothing of the Internet

We’ve lost our way.  In the rush to help our children land lucrative careers in science, technology, engineering and […]

Future 2.0: The New Way to Learn

The link between wealth and entrepreneurship is clear. While it is possible to become wealthy working up a corporate […]

Technical Analysis 101: Simple Moving Average

A simple, or arithmetic, moving average that is calculated by adding the closing price of the security for a […]

Is Your Advisor a Scared Greedy Little Pansy?

Most people know they must assume risk when investing in stocks, bonds, or alternatives.  In order to allay these […]

Three Economic Indicators That Are Probably Cooked

News outlets love statistics, particularly when it comes to financial news.  Prognosticators and pundits alike throw out measurements like […]

Technical Tip of the Day – Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands – Developed by John Bollinger, Bollinger Bands® are volatility bands placed above and below a moving average. […]

The Art of Financial Power

With the partial closing of federal agencies, global terrorism, and continued economic distress at home, many people are afraid […]

What Really Happened at the Barricades

The images of blocked memorials are infuriating. The closure of national parks and other venues due to the partial […]

Seven Markets That Are Poised to Be Taken Over By the Military… Sort Of

Many people like to characterize the DoD as Dr. Evil’s secret lair where gunrunners, generals, and corrupt politicians scheme to keep Eisenhower’s fabled “military industrial complex” running at full steam. But the truth of the matter is that the stereotypes propagated by pop culture don’t hold water, and ignore the fact that the defense budget supports tens of thousands of high-tech jobs around the nation.

Another Rural Technology Company’s Success Story

Scott Risdal is the Vice President for Business Development at Saturn Systems, Incorporated. Based in Duluth, Minnesota, this company specializes in developing custom software solutions with an emphasis on device control and data acquisition solutions. One of Saturn System’s selling points is that it offers clients a better value by leveraging the lower labor rates found in small towns and rural areas. This often provides its clients solutions at a lower cost when compared to firms operating in larger metropolitan areas and overseas.

Hey Mom, I Want to Design Video Games for a Living!

For all of you parents out there who feel like vomiting when your adolescent child tells you that he wants to design video games as a career, you should reconsider. The video game industry is big business.

Random Thoughts on Why One Programmer Chooses a Rural Life

It is fall here. Good weather days are filled with the smell of burning rice fields (it helps the carbon content of the soil, I think). Why stay here, I think as I run my loop in the sub-division, what makes this place great?

Broadband, Birds Nests, and Conspiracies That Aren’t

So, what does it take to build a broadband network in a rural state? About $310 million, multiple administrative hearings with government agencies, a multi-billion dollar acquisition, union troubles, legislative briefings, and at least one company insisting that it unfairly lost out on a federal broadband grant.

RSI’s CEO Betting on Small Town Tech

Monty Hamilton is the CEO of Rural Sourcing, Incorporated. RSI is an information technology and software development firm that is turning the IT outsourcing business model on its head.

A Flying Machine That Would Make Obi Wan Proud

This is one of those productivity killing videos that people love to pass around. But in this case, it really does show an amazing technology. A flying sphere that appears to have no wings (at least externally).

Has Rural Sourcing, Inc. Cracked the Code?

Rural Sourcing, Inc. is bucking the IT outsourcing trend by leveraging small town America's desire for tech jobs. It's called "onshoring". Watch this CNBC interview with RSI's CEO, Monty Hamilton.

Does Facebook Want to Conquer Rural America

Back during the dark days of the Cold War, government spymasters would spend weeks combing through super-secret spy stuff trying to get a read on the internal workings of the Soviet Union. Today, we no longer need to concern ourselves with Soviet world domination. But perhaps we should recruit a former spymaster to figure out why Mark Zuckerberg is interested in influencing state and local public policy. Seriously.

Four Really Bad Ideas for a Tech Start-Up

Do you have an idea for a new technology start-up? Avoid these businesses and you might succeed. As the cost-of-entry has dropped, and inexpensive supporting services such as online merchant accounts and cloud applications have emerged, the cost of opening a web-based business has plummeted and is now within the reach of nearly everyone with a computer and broadband access. But having hardware is one thing. Having a great idea is something else entirely.

Anti-Social Media and Protecting Your Kids

Everyone knows there is a very dangerous side to the Internet. Stalkers, bullies, child molesters, murders, and all sorts of nefarious people lurk in the shadows of the online world, and few of us ever take the time to glimpse into the forbidden places these predators visit. While dangerous for everyone, this is a particular problem for parents. The fact is that an incredibly evil and disgusting world is a couple mouse clicks away from your children. But how do you protect your kids from these dangers without cutting them off from all the benefits made available by an interconnected world? One option is to scare them straight.

In the News: Future 2.0 Gets a Shout Out

Last month, the Beckley Register-Herald published a great piece on Future 2.0, and the importance of promoting high-tech jobs in rural areas. It was followed a couple days later with an editorial on the same subject. Here's the lead in and link to the full stories.

Management Lessons From Steve Jobs

One of the countless people influenced by Steve Jobs was former Apple engineer and Posterous founder Sachin Agarwal. Agarwal talked to us last year about how Steve Jobs fostered a startup culture at a multibillion dollar corporation. It was an environment where the engineers made decisions, not managers.