75% DEL MUNDO TIENE ACCESO A CELULARES


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Aproximadamente 3/4 de los habitantes del mundo tiene acceso a teléfonos móviles según un nuevo estudio del Banco Mundial.

El número de subscripciones a celulares se han multiplicado varias veces en los últimos 12 años.Menos de 1 billón de subscriptores estaban activos en el año 2000 y ahora hay 6 billones de subscripciones activas. Únicamente el año pasado, los usuarios de celulares descargaron 30 mil millones de aplicaciones.

Adicionalmente, la mayoría de los subscriptores de hoy (5 billones) están en países en vías de desarrollo, un signo de la importancia de la tecnología móvil en países que tienen dificultades en crear una infraestructura robusta de comunicaciones terrestres.

“Las comunicaciones móviles ofrecen mayores oportunidades al avance del desarrollo humano y desarrollo económico – desde proveer acceso a información médica hasta hacer pagos, crear empleos y estimular la participación ciudadana en procesos democráticos” dice Rache Kyte, vicepresidente de desarrollo del Banco Mundial.

“El desafío de ahora es hacer que las personas, negocios y gobiernos de países en vías de desarrollo desarrollen sus propias aplicaciones locales y relevantes para que puedan tomar ventaja a esas oportunidades”. Leer más “75% DEL MUNDO TIENE ACCESO A CELULARES”

Twitter Knows How Hot The Facebook IPO Is [Infographic]


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So the Facebook stock has now been traded for a whole week. The price has dropped like a rock almost the whole week, and the stock has lost 1/4 of it’s introduction price. It seems to be the reaction to the IPO being valued to high. People are saying it is also a reaction to Facebook not having a clear view of their revenue stream in the near future, or at least how to increase it, which makes it hard to know where the stock is heading. I am no stock market pro, nor am I a day trader, so my 2 cents probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously. However, this is what has been said so far throughout the week. I guess we’ll have to see how the stock does next week.

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But just how hot is the Facebook stock in terms of interest? Well, that question could actually be interpreted several different ways. I could be about how much the stock is traded (the volume) and whether it is sold or bought. Another angle would simply be how many people are talking about the stock in general. The latter is quite hard to research without the use of some global database of individual opinions and comments. And where do you find that in the world of the stock market? Well, there is none.

However, there is one thing better, and that is our social networking sites. There can be quite a lot of data derived from just a little group of people. It can actually be as much as you want it to be. To find out about this, IDV Solutionspulled the data from Twitter, a formidable source of opinions. They searched for the words “facebook” and “fb” on the day the IPO launched, and the result is quite clear. Leer más “Twitter Knows How Hot The Facebook IPO Is [Infographic]”

America’s Highest-Paid CEOs

The extraordinary pay of American CEOs may be old news, but the latest numbers show that the discrepancy between company performance, the U.S. economy, and the paychecks of corporate chieftains continues to expand.

Median CEO pay in 2010 increased 27 percent in Russell 3000 companies, while the index itself rose only 17 percent, according to the GMI 2011 CEO Pay Survey, a poll of chief-executive compensation across more than 2,600 companies. The median compensation for CEOs of S&P 500 companies was $8.9 million—a 45 percent increase from the median compensation in 2009.


 

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With income inequality on the rise and an uncertain economic forecast, CEO compensation continues to outpace the stock market. The Daily Beast lists the year’s top earners.


The extraordinary pay of American CEOs may be old news, but the latest numbers show that the discrepancy between company performance, the U.S. economy, and the paychecks of corporate chieftains continues to expand.

Median CEO pay in 2010 increased 27 percent in Russell 3000 companies, while the index itself rose only 17 percent, according to the GMI 2011 CEO Pay Survey, a poll of chief-executive compensation across more than 2,600 companies. The median compensation for CEOs of S&P 500 companies was $8.9 million—a 45 percent increase from the median compensation in 2009.

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John H. Hammergren of McKesson Corp., the highest-earning CEO in 2010, pulled in more than $145 million in total compensation. He’s one of three health-care CEOs who ranked among the 10 highest-earning executives, despite the lackluster state of the health-care industry. Leer más “America’s Highest-Paid CEOs”

Prepare for the unexpected

Imagine that you are a pilot and you have to fly through a 5 mile canyon upside down. It’s actually kind of hard to imagine because it’s not something you’re trained to do but it’s something that could happen in a real life situation. It’s a scenario that’s outside your direct experience, you find it hard to accept it as possible and even worse adapting to it.

Now think about it this way:

What if businesses were judged on their ability to create ‘happiness for customers’? What if all those like buttons had less to do with becoming a fan and more to do with specific actions an organization took to actually make a customer happy? What if you hired people based on how happy they’ll make your customers? What if there were a ‘customer happiness index’ dashboard (Tweetdeck) and we’d all have access to it just like the stock market? What if businesses were penalized for wasting people’s time?


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Imagine that you are a pilot and you have to fly through a 5 mile canyon upside down. It’s actually kind of hard to imagine because it’s not something you’re trained to do but it’s something that could happen in a real life situation. It’s a scenario that’s outside your direct experience, you find it hard to accept it as possible and even worse adapting to it.

Now think about it this way:

What if businesses were judged on their ability to create ‘happiness for customers’? What if all those like buttons had less to do with becoming a fan and more to do with specific actions an organization took to actually make a customer happy? What if you hired people based on how happy they’ll make your customers? What  if there were a ‘customer happiness index’ dashboard (Tweetdeck) and we’d all have access to it just like the stock market? What if businesses were penalized for wasting people’s time?

Imagine how every business would behave. Leer más “Prepare for the unexpected”

SEC Investigates Massive Computer Driven Orders As Possible Market Manipulation

On May 6th at the peak of the “flash crash”– when market averages plunged suddenly over 700 points– some 3.1 million buy and sell messages were entered into the market by high frequency traders. These messages— many of which were pulled almost immediately– overwhelmed confused market makers, and triggered some computer driven systems to shut down– reducing liquidity in the marketplace.

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC was investigating whether the practice of entering a multiple of orders the actual trades needing to be executed amounts to a form of price manipulation in the marketplace. In other words, if the high frequency traders, who handle 56% of all transactions in the stock market, are influencing price levels so as to make short term profits at the expense of others, some new regulations may be required. These HFTS, are not regulated by any agency unless hey are registered as broker-dealers.


Robert Lenzner

Robert Lenzner

On May 6th at the peak of the “flash crash”– when market averages plunged suddenly over 700 points– some 3.1 million buy and sell messages  were entered into the market by high frequency traders. These messages— many of which were pulled almost immediately– overwhelmed  confused market makers,  and triggered some computer driven systems to shut down– reducing liquidity in the marketplace.

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC was investigating whether the practice of entering a multiple of orders the actual trades needing to be executed amounts to a form of price manipulation in the marketplace. In other words,  if the high frequency traders, who handle 56% of all transactions in the stock market, are influencing price levels so as to make short term profits at the expense of others, some new regulations may be required. These HFTS,  are not regulated by any agency unless hey are registered as broker-dealers. Leer más “SEC Investigates Massive Computer Driven Orders As Possible Market Manipulation”

Which Is More Secure – The 9-5 Job Or Self-Employment?


In my wife’s interview of me, and in her blog post about what it’s like it being an entrepreneur’s wife, she asked me about how I plan for my “golden years”. In other words, am I planning for my retirement? Do I worry about not having a pension plan or a 401(k)? Do I worry about not having a steady paycheck? In her blog post, she says:

So I guess part of me does feel somewhat insecure about having a blogger for a husband.  I do think about what it will be like when we get old and have no 401k or any other income to fall on, I think about the $2500 we have to shell out of our pocket before the health insurance kicks in if any of us gets sick.  I think about the economy and how it is going to affect our small business.

She also mentions my small ordeal in getting approved to buy my first house. This is true. In retrospect, I may have stressed about it more than I needed to, but I did have to jump through a few more hoops to get approved for that mortgage because I did not have traditional pay stubs. Plus, they saw my income (from my tax returns) go from a small amount (due to a college job) to a full-time income even though I was technically unemployed. It didn’t make any sense to them because I didn’t fit the normal template. Who knows, maybe they thought I was a drug dealer or something. :) Leer más “Which Is More Secure – The 9-5 Job Or Self-Employment?”