Why Brazil is a Potential Investment Hotspot in 2015

As the first half of the year 2015 has already passed, investors are now clear about some better international investment opportunities. Some big investors, including Igor Cornelsen are looking forward to the new and improved investment opportunities in Brazil. Potential property buyers are also checking the Brazilian real-estate market closely to buy assets on the cheap. The reason is because of the low stock levels and weak Brazilian currency this year. Also, the country is all set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. After the soccer World Cup in 2014, Brazil is again in the hot zone. Such internationally acclaimed events will not only attract millions of spectators from different parts of the world, but it will also improve the local economy.

In 2014, many small cities in Brazil saw a drastic increase in their economy due to the high earnings through the soccer World Cup. Although the local government spent a lot in building stadiums and making arrangements for the event, the outcome was positive. The county earned a lot exclusively from the hospitality industry. No wonder, the economic climate of the country is getting so much attention these days.

The newly re-elected president Dilma Roussef has also new plans for the county. She has some wonderful policies in place to improve the economy in Brazil. Considering that, it is true that Brazil is a budding hotspot for potential investors. Although the stock levels are at their lowest and the GDP growth is slow here, investors can look forward to a massive overturn in the upcoming years. With its rich natural resources, active communities, flourishing tourism industry and world-popular soccer scene, Brazil is always one among the top favorites for investment. In spite of the current economic conditions, Brazil is still in the list of top eight largest economies in the world. With the new and upcoming economic policies, the country will surely see an economic boost in the next few years.

Even the popular investor Igor Cornelsen supports this theory. He says that the plunging asset prices are not the only good news for the investors. According to him, the new policies in Brazil will combat with the corruption successfully. Even, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has plans to introduce some meaningful and business-friendly plans to welcome new investors to this country. With a diversified economy, investors are more likely to find some assorted choices for their investments in Brazil. Unlike other countries, the companies here closely track and see the shares trading on the Bovespa. The performance of Brazil’s stock market is highly dependent on the commodity businesses. With the new rules in place, the stock market will positively grow with the 17% market cap from the commodity business only. Furthermore, Igor Cornelsen also says that the U.S.-listed Brazilian stocks are perfect options for those looking for making some low cost investments in Brazil. For more on Cornelsen’s economic thoughts, check him out on Twitter.

FreedomPop Remains Independent with New Funding Influx

The low cost cellular service provider FreedomPop is continuing to fund its own growth. The company recently acquired a new round of funding to the tune of $30 million. This news helps them shake off recent rumors of a potential merger or sale of the company.

FreedomPop’s co-founder and CEO, Stephen Stokols, openly states that there were a number of bids from cellular carriers and other tech companies that were interested in acquiring the carrier. The fledgling company, now just 18 months old, is looking to continue its growth and anticipates additional funding for the next year. If the company remains on track, there will be 1 million U.S. customers by the end of 2015.

Reaching into the European market, FreedomPop is now offering service within the U.K. A portion of the $30 million in funding will go to expanding their business in the European market while the rest will focus on customer service improvements within the U.S. At this time, FreedomPop’s customers rely on web-based or phone support as the company does not have any physical stores within the U.S.

FreedomPop has distinguished themselves in the cellular market by establishing a unique way of doing business in the competitive arena. The carrier focuses on basic free cellular packages that include a limited amount of voice minutes, texts, and data. The company then aims to make revenue through upselling additional minutes, texts, and data to its customers.

The Biography of Eric Pulier

Eric Pulier is one of the influential and prolific American businessman who first brought light to the interactive agency digital evolution. He was brought up in Teaneck, New Jersey and later joined Harvard University to pursue English and American Literature. However, his interest in computers started way back in fourth grade when he began to learn a few tricks in programming and even started his own company in high school. Nonetheless, it was not until he became an editor with “The Harvard Crimson” that he started taking evening classes in programming from MIT. Later on in 1991, he started the company People Doing Things commonly known as PDT but later merged with U.S. Interactive LLC. This was the beginning of his career in the ICT industry, and ever since, he has founded several companies including SOA Software, Interactive Video Technology and Desktone.

He once doubled as the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer at Santa Monica Media Corporation, he is famous for authoring the IT-as-a-Service portfolio that was developed at Computer Sciences Corporation. This platform was able to bring cloud services to companies hence enabling them to operate both internally and externally using server platforms. This resulted in increased productivity and lowered the costs of operations in most multinational companies. Eric Pulier has also served as the chairperson of the Board of Governors at ServiceMesh Inc. and doubled as vice president and general manager at Computer Sciences Corporation.

Eric Pulier has been privileged to lead the Presidential Inaugural Committee on implementing the Presidential Technology Exhibition, which
opened doors for him to become the then vice president’s advisor on a program that dealt with family reunions by the name National Health Care. He also sits as a board member of the Progressive Policy Institute Economy Task Force as well as the Clinton Global Initiative. Some of the companies he has served as director include the MediaPlatfrom Inc., the Exist Corporation, Gluecode Inc., ARTISTdirect Inc., AppSense Inc., Center for Telecom Management and MPOD Inc. VAR Business also recognizes him as one of the top e-Visionaries, and he has since become a popular public speaker in many technological consortia. On the other hand, Eric Puller is a philanthropist and mostly works with the X-Prize Foundation and The Painted Turtle on his donations. He also sits on both Boards of Governors.

Investing For Beginners

Have you ever sat back and thought about the rich? How do they have so much money and their wealth just seem to multiply? Everyone dreams of retiring early and investing is the path that leads to comfortable golden years. Most people know that they should invest, but they just don’t know where to begin.

The world of finance is a large and scary place. It’s intimidating to some, but once a few concepts are established, it’s not so complicated. Some people think that investing is a get-rich-quick scheme, but it’s not. It is, however, taking control of your finances and learning how to make wise choices. The rewards will be better than the effort it takes to establish a firm investment plan. You don’t have to be involved with an investment group or put your money into accounts you don’t understand. You know what’s best for your money, so you get to make the decisions.

Investing is simply putting your money to work for you. Some think of it as gambling but it’s not. Most people were taught that if they work hard they will have money. But working hard means putting in more hours and the problem is how can you enjoy the money if all you do is work? Think of investing as creating a way to duplicate yourself and increase work-time without actually putting in the hours. I looked on Igor Cornelsen’s Yolasite which outlines the primary ways to start investing, they are:

• Stocks
• Bonds
• Mutual Funds
• Real Estate
• Commodities

These methods are called your investment vehicles. They will get you from point A to point B. Or they will get you to the financial freedom you long for. Are there risks involved? Yes, with some investments there are risks. Just like buying a house is a risk. The house could lose value due to poor market values, or it could gain due to an upsurge in the housing market. There is no real way to tell. It’s kind of taking a leap in blind faith. There are some investments that are a little more secure, like bonds.

Before you start investing, you need to find out what your comfort level is. You need to decide which area you want to invest in. The stock market is a great way to start investing because you can start as small or as large as you want. You are in control of your investments and you can do it online these days. Familiarize yourself with stocks, bonds and the various other methods of trading and decide what is best for you. Some start off taking a gamble on the sure thing, but then again that doesn’t always pay off either. The most important things is to start investing. Even if it’s just 10% of your paycheck, begin squirreling away money for a rainy day. One day, you will be glad you did.

Free Internet and Cellular Serivice

Are you having trouble with having so many bills to pay, and that cellular phone bill and internet bill just keeps getting more and more expensive? Well have no fear. There is a new company that is allowing their customers absolutely free internet and cellular phone service. FreedomPop is gaining in popularity quickly because of their fair prices for equipment and their free service for their customers. This article is meant to inform the public of this new and exciting phenomenon of a company.

FreedomPop launched their company in 2012, and since then, they have contracted with the Sprint network to use their data, voice, and text message capacity. FreedomPop pays the price for these free services, and they make their money in up sells. These up sells include international services, insurance plans, extra minutes, and extra data allowance per month. These are not required, which means that you can get all of your services for free. Customers can even use their old Sprint equipment if they would like to get it switched over to FreedomPop making the starting bill that much cheaper.

These days FreedomPop is no longer just an US company, but they have expanded to include plans in the UK. The company has finally gone international even though they have always included international minutes to use in the US. They have been able to include international minutes to call 50 countries around the world, and now they plan on expanding to include the UK to be able to use their free services across the pond.

In the past three years, this company has quickly grown to the worth of over 40 million dollars. They make their money the same way most companies make their money, through up sells for the products that their customers need. They are expecting to expand their customer base to over a million customers soon, and it will most likely happen because who can beat free service.

You really should take a look at this company and see if their service is available in your area. They are based out of Los Angeles, California, but they have spread out throughout the states. You can find out if their service is available to you by going to www.FreedomPop.com. Ebates will even give you 5 dollars back for joining FreedomPop’s service. Save a bill or two, and get your free service, and on the Sprint network, you won’t be disappointed.

Young people reaching high

Young people are looking to work for a few good companies Although it’s said that the economy is improving, college students aren’t venturing out into the deep waters of choices. There are a few companies that have been looking good to them like, Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Google has been put at the top of the list for the students especially the business students. It seems as though young people are setting their sights on greater things knowing that what you are able to add to your resume is key in this economy, no longer is the McDonalds’, Burger Kings and other fast food restaurants the big thing. What is impressive overall is the fact that these students aren’t afraid to reach and aim high, they don’t hold on to the stereotype that fast-food is all there is for them. These companies that are being sought out offer more than just a pay check, they have training programs, benefits and for the most part longevity; as we know technology and business aren’t going anywhere.


Also, surprisingly enough young people are making their choices based on the quality of the products produced as well as the integrity of the company producing them. That’s what Madison Street Capital workers are doing. Our young people are growing up and making choices now that are more mature than in past generation where money was the only concern. These young people want to make a difference in the market, go for it young people!

Reducing the Costs of Solar Energy

You’ve heard about all the ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Heck, you’ve even considered switching to solar power, but if you’re like one of many, you’ve seen the high cost of solar energy in the United States. In many other countries, the difference between our situation is like night and day. Dubai’s current solar project will give them rates of less than half of what US residents pay for electricity. So what does the government plan to do?

Just last year, the Energy Department of the Climate Action Plan received 25 million dollars to advance solar power system tech in order to provide more efficient and better performing units. This is all to achieve the 2010 goal that the US Department of Energy made to reduce the cost of solar energy to 1 dollar per watt. This would make the renewable source competitive to fossil-fueled energy.

In a recent progress report, the energy initiative is due to reach this $1 mark in 2017, 3 years ahead of their predetermined schedule. Cost reductions have largely been accounted for by increased interest in solar energy on a global scale. If we are able to reach this goal early there will be a boom in new tech for energy storage as well.

All in all, solar energy is proving to be a widespread phenomenon that is taking storm. Hopefully with enough cost reductions, we can all play our part in making our world a better safer place. Crystal Hunt would certainly like to see that.

Can Social Media Affect Your Happiness?

Most people enjoy going on social media and seeing any kinds of updates that are there. According to Beneful, most people enjoy keeping up with their friends through the help that social media offers them. The whole idea of a website or app that allows friends to connect and family members to stay in touch seems like a good idea. Social media seems like something that would keep individuals happy. Is that the case, though? Does social media do what it is meant to do, does it make its users happy?

It seems that one’s friends on social media may actually affect one’s happiness – for good or for bad. The friends that one has on social media and the updates that those friends make affects the way that an individual feels. Social media doesn’t always make a person happy, there are times when it negatively affects the way that someone is feeling. Social media affects one’s emotions, and it can do that in a good way or in a bad way.

The New Origami Battery

Every day, new innovations in portable electronics are being made – whether it be a new function, a new design, or a new material, countless inventions are constantly being released and advertised for various attributes of cell phones and televisions alike.

It is not a frequent occurrence, however, that large strides are made with the technology associated with their batteries stated Paul Mathieson. A new invention created by Seokheun “Sean” Choi is what he calls the “origami battery.” Not only is this battery fold-able, compact, and made of paper, but it is powered by microbial respiration. This means that the carbon dioxide created by breathing bacteria is actually the source of power for this product, leaving a huge amount of possibilities to the imagination as far as where to obtain a power source.
A picture of the device and a brief description of it’s inventor can be found here, where the origami element of the battery is displayed. Numerous possibilities open up with the invention of such a compact and sustainable battery. The ability to easily create and transport the battery have made it a highly valuable piece of technology on its own, and the cost of the materials to create it – a resounding 5 cents – have made this invention invaluable in powering tools and larger energy sources for those in developing countries. Hopefully this is an invention that we’ll be seeing in many different facets of life, as it’s power to improve the world is as large as the battery itself is small.

Virginia Allows Self-Driving Car Tests On 70 Miles Of Highway

70 miles of freeway in northern Virginia will be opened up for the testing of self-driving vehicles. Known as the “Virginia Automated Corridors”, these stretches of highway will be supervised by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Self-driving cars will be required to have a human on board, ready to take over in an emergency. They must first pass testing on the VTTI’s smart roads before being allowed to operate in public.

The state of Virginia hopes to take the lead in the safe testing of self-driving cars. Currently only the states of California, Nevada, Michigan, and Florida and the District of Columbia permit the public testing of automated vehicles.

Myra Blanco, director of VTTI’s Center for Automated Vehicle Systems, spoke of plans to make Virginia the leading state to test self-driving vehicles. “Other states are saying you need to prove that independently you can do all this testing. What we are trying to do is show them how to do the testing and how to facilitate the process as well.”

Some of the test roads in Virginia now have the ability to direct automated cars through traffic lights. Future innovations may include cars that can take control from a distracted driver in a crisis, hopefully having become more reliable than human judgement. The automated car of the future may even be able to train new drivers on its own, taking over as necessary when a teen’s judgement falters. All I know is that my friend Mikal Watts is wanting one desperately and follows all of the news.