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      Marketing Judo: Building Your Business Using Brains Not Budget
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      The Money Bubble
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      Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government
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    Have you read a mission statement, full of gobbledegook and mumbo-jumbo?

    "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mission Statement

    More material on “Weird Al” Yankovic:



    As a "biz philo-so-pher" and social media evangelist, I recommend you to check out the following intellectual ammo:





    What kind of productivity tools do you use in your worklife? I am still developing my own personal kanban workflow system based on both low-tech tools, e.g., bulletin boards, sticky notes, notebooks, together with information technology tools, e.g., Evernote, Eisenhower Matrix, Workflowy. I think I have found the missing piece of the time management puzzle... 

    I have had a hard time to find an easy way to write down my to-do stuff. Most of the applications have had a pretty hard learning curve (at least for me), and I haven't been able to make a habit of updating my to-do list on a regular basis. I have been playing around with TeuxDeux for about a month now and I will evaluate it a bit more, before I sign up for the monthly plan ($2 per month). 

    I like the design of the layout, it is like having an open paper calendar in front of you. The text content is pleasant to your eyes. Please listen to my podcast for my take on the TeuxDeux app and the development of F.I.X IT!

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    To-Do List - KiRKWOOD by John Cox.



    After the potluck (un)conference, WebCoast, I signed up for a blog ( / Auttomatic was one of the sponsors of the conference and they had some informative and inspiring sessions. See my comment and the photo (I am wearing an orange t-shirt and my Lyceum cap, sitting on the right side of Kalle Blomqvist of NetZpider).

    I was first thinking of using the domain name,, for my blog on WordPress later on, but after I checked the cost of the premium plan of $99, I put it on hold for the time being.

    Recently a friend of mine, mentioned that you could get an alternative international domain (.ws) from Global Domains International (GDI) and conducting a global online business at the same time. I had been introduced to GDI already in 2006, so I knew about the business opportunity and the story about how Western Samoa became the symbol of WebSite / WorldSite.

    I recommend you to watch Doug Llewelyn's interview with GDI's CEO Michael Starr & President Alan Ezier on Moving America Forward with an introduction by William Shatner.

    I will build a website / blog on sometime in the future, but for now it is information about If you are interested in the business opportunity, as a GDI affiliate, I recommend you to check out GDI Team Elite by clicking this link.

    Have you come up with some funny and catchy domain "hacks"? Personally, I am fond of my personal lifestream powered by RebelMouse at and (now in Swedish / nude in French).

    It is a sign that internationalized domain names are big business, when GoDaddy is doing a world wide marketing effort. From Anita Campbell's post, GoDaddy’s International Push: A Goal to Serve Very Small Businesses Everywhere:

    While the internationalization of GoDaddy offerings may be of some help to U.S. based businesses that want to expand into other countries, that’s not the main driver of GoDaddy’s international expansion. Geographic expansion is really about GoDaddy meeting the needs of small businesses located outside of the United States.

    There are over 200 million small businesses worldwide, including the United States. In the United States 50% have a website, but outside the U.S. the percentage without a website is much larger and the opportunity is very large, Irving says.

    (, May 15, 2014.)



    It is refreshing to see that you could turn an attack against your establishment, into a viral video ad, positive buzz and a new product (Bumbling Burglar's "So Good" Pastrami Sandwich). That is the real "taste of sweet revenge"! Could you have (freedom) fries with that, or should it be a pickle?



    Please share your examples on how to turn a bad experience into a positive thing for your business!

    Maybe I should try test crowdfunding for my next visit to the United States of America, on my quest for the perfect pastrami sandwich, testing chile pepper products, and exploring places serving great tea...


    Awarding Small Business Books

    What Business Books Have Inspired You?

    As small business owners, we often turn to experts to teach us how to start our businesses, market them, and grow them. Likely you’ve read a few business books to expand your knowledge.

    I invite you to nominate the best business books you read last year in the 2014 Small Business Book Awards. It’s a great way to show your appreciation to the authors that have helped you shape your successful business.

    As one of the Judges for this year’s Book Awards, I love seeing such amazing books nominated. It’s a true testament to the authors who do such a wonderful job of sharpening our business skills.

    This is the sixth year for the Book Awards, put on by Small Business Trends. Right now, you can nominate as many books as you like (as long as they were published in 2013). Nominations close April 30, and then you can vote for your favorites in May.

    So what are you waiting for? Go nominate those business books that make you a smarter business owner.

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