My Nonsense Solution Approach for Your Business, Government and Organization

I provide free Meetups on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership development, as well as effective workshops and seminars on how to realize your dream and become your best.

However, if you need a solid and winning business plan or paper work done professionally; I can help you but I no longer do this for free as my time is now crunched.

I’m a neuroeconomist and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of real-life practical skills gained from my business activities in the USA. I also offer consulting services for companies and governments to improve efficiency and productivity in order to realize and attain their short and long-term goals.

I’m part of the leading company and team that’s implementing a powerful rapid economic ecosystem development for Namibia.

Same as in Swaziland, I’m part of the world’s best team that’s crafting an effective plan and solution to help improve the working relationship between the Office of the King and the Parliament of Swaziland in order to implement the development of a powerful industrial ecosystem in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

My practical experience ranges in start-ups, business and product development, predictive (political, financial and business) analytics, mentorship, branding, and web app development.

Thus if your government ministry or agency, organization or business is in need of improving its operations for a greater efficiency and productivity, then contact me today.

Take a look at our solution offerings at http://www.duartesantiago.com/ecosystem

I’m basically part of the group that you’d need and invite in to improve your bottom-line.

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Consider Including Southern Africa in Your Investment Portfolio, It’s the Next Best Emerging Market

Africa’s combined population is more than one billion; with a combined GDP (real) of $2.2 trillion and GDP (PPP) per capita is $2,200.

However, Africa’s combined potential wealth value, based on its endowed natural resources, is more than $100 trillion, which is bigger than the aggregate wealth value of South and North America and Europe, but 65% of the African population still lives on less than $2.00 a day, while only about 15% of the population earns decent salaries of more than $100,000 a year.

We are developing Groot Town Center (GTC) in the Tsumeb, Namibia area, which is being developed as an upscale multifarious community with a development budget of $800 million. GTC is being developed to be the next best place to shop, work, live and play in the Tsumeb area.

While we estimate to have a great number of overseas tourists as the prospective patrons for GTC, the majority of GTC customers are expected to come from the SADC region, whose combined population is 257.7 million (2010) with more than $471.1 billion of aggregate GDP and a potential wealth value of more than $65 trillion. While still 45% or 116.0 million of the SADC population lives on less than $2.00 a day, 15% or 21.3 million of them earns annual salaries of more than US$100,000 with a gross buying power of about $2.1 trillion.

According to Namibia Tourism Board, Namibia’s tourist industry is growing at an average rate of 13% annually. In 2008, 981,111 tourists visited Namibia, while in 2009, the number decreased to 980,173, with 73% of them coming from Africa, namely from Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. German tourists also ranked high in number.

Angolan tourists alone spent an average of $417 million in retail outlets in Namibia. Based on the historical inflow of tourists, within three years of the GTC opening, we project more than 55,000 visitors each day at Groot Town Center.

Since GTC will be composed of only retail store outlets and facilities that offer superior quality and luxurious products and services, our targeted customers are generally 15% or 21.3 million of the SADC population plus overseas tourists, which would make up about 55,000 daily visitors to GTC.

The individual annual incomes of the stated number are in the income bracket of $100,000, and their combined annual income is about $2.1 trillion.

Out of that number of visitors, we estimate each visitor to GTC to spend an average of $250 per visit, which comes to about $13.8 million a day or $5.0 billion a year, that’s the estimated total revenue for the GTC tenants.

Some of the wealthiest and highest paid individuals with a combined annual average income of about $2.1 trillion generally travel to foreign countries outside Africa where they own properties.

They generally do not spend their time and money in Africa with the exception of South Africa, where they also own properties. Therefore, the need for the development of GTC as an alternative to the foreign investment destination is paramount. With our global connections, anchor partners, and investors, we plan to develop GTC in order to exceed their selective expectations.

For Africa to realize a robust and sustained economic growth equivalent to that of the US and Europe, it needs to grow at least by 600% annually within the next 10 years.

We are at the forefront of leading to a robust economic revolution with a rapid industrial ecosystem model that will create powerful economic ripple effects to spread throughout Namibia’s and each of the target economies.

Consider setting up your retail shop and or invest at GTC in Namibia. Visit our company at grootgroup.com for more information.

Real or Fake; How Reliable Are LinkedIn Professional Recommendations?

Are there certain people selling or trading LinkedIn’s professional recommendations or endorsements for their own self promotion on LinkedIn? If yes, then how can you actually determine whether a professional recommendation posted on someone’s profile on LinkedIn is actually genuine? Are there any issues which may be deemed questionable or unethical when coming to some recommendations posted on LinkedIn users’ profiles?

As it’s generally known, most employers and business partners around the world are making use of checking LinkedIn and most other social network sites for professional references and employment history and information for anyone they may consider hiring or appointing to a new project or employment position within their companies.

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As such, LinkedIn (linkedin.com) and other professional networking sites such as Xing (xing.com) have become the point of employment information and it’s predicated that within the next 5 to 10 years, paper resumes and CV may become a thing of the past. As more and more employers use such as these professional networking sites for prior employment information.

Some of the useful tools on these professional networking sites are the ability for anyone to create and post a recommendation summary on anybody’s profile for any prior type of professional relationship, such as someone who has directly or indirectly worked with anyone on any project and that someone may find it beneficial to write a recommendation summary, describing the qualifications, experience, skills, strength, and or the abilities of that individual.

These tools, compared to the traditional references usually attached to employment resumes and CV may be considered more effective due to the fact that one can have as many recommendations on a profile as possible, without wasting papers with names and addresses.

Whereas, for the paper resume and CV references, one usually list only 3 or 4 persons as deemed appropriate to provide professional recommendation for that individual. And, these usually include former supervisors, business acquaintances, or academia references. The good thing with paper resume and CV references is that you can actually call them directly at the provided phone numbers and speak directly to them in regard to the referenced individual.

For online personal or professional recommendations posted by whomever on most people’s profiles on these sites such as LinkedIn, are simply summaries written by people, almost anyone, and then are posted on LinkedIn profiles. Providing a recommendation on LinkedIn doesn’t generally require any type of implicit verification criteria, because you simply follow easy steps and then post your recommendation summary on anyone’s profile.

And once the other party has received and accepted your recommendation, then that’s it, your recommendation is instantly visibly displayed for anyone to see. But, the tools allow you to control who views any recommendation summary posted on your profile.

Generally, the more recommendation one’s profile has the more trustworthy and reliable that individual may appear. As it is rather appealing for someone with gazillions of personal or professional recommendations to be more trustworthy and reliable when you consider doing business with him or her; after all, he or she has a LinkedIn profile with lots of personal and or professional recommendations from and posted by many different individuals as displayed on his or her LinkedIn profile.

In the last few months, I have been flooded by some users on LinkedIn, asking me to write-up recommendation summaries for them in exchange that they do the same for me. These are people I have never dealt with, people I have never talked to or exchanged email messages with, people I have never done business with, and just people who simply are out there harvesting recommendations.

Here is an example of an inbox request that I received today on LinkedIn from someone in Jordan;

RE: Exchange recommendation:

Dear Simon,

Modar Suleiman has referred me to you. He is one of the employees working at my company and he said that you accepted to exchange recommendation with him.

My name is Hesham Zreik and I’m CEO of ZGroup Mobile where Modar works. You can see that Modar Suleiman recommends me highly. I hope we can exchange recommendation together.

I hope you stress on my leadership/management skills as well as my technical ability to lead a big team in a startup and bring it up to the high level.

Thanks a lot in advance. I will recommend you back if you want. If you are perplexed on what you can write, then I can write it out for you.

Regards,
Hesham

I have no idea who this person is; I checked out his LinkedIn profile, I mean we are connected on LinkedIn, and I have checked out his company’s web site, but I’ve never worked with him on any project or assignment. And for him to ask me to amplify his leadership and management skills, what should I say? I have never worked with him, he’s based in Jordan and I am in the U.S., so how can I recommend his leadership and management skills?

Okay, I have to admit, that Modar and 3 other employes of ZGroup Mobile have inboxed me on LinkedIn, asking me to write them recommendations, and I thought it was just an innocent thing to do, and so I did it for Modar and another guy and then in return, Modar posted a recommendation on my profile, but after I looked at the recommendations he has posted on other people’s profiles on LinkedIn, they were the exact same recommendations as the one he posted on my profile.

And that just didn’t make me feel good. A recommendation posted on my profile by someone I have never done business with just didn’t feel right. As the time went by, I continue to receive more requests of the same type, from different people on LinkedIn, people asking me to exchange recommendations. So, I went back and retracted my recommendation for him, because it was not real. I just don’t feel right and comfortable to recommend anyone that I have never dealt, worked or done business with.

So, if this is what is going on at LinkedIn, or on any other professional networking sites, people asking to exchange professional recommendations, then how effective are these professional networking sites and how reliable are their professional recommendation tools?

If you are the type of individual who depends on doing business with some people you meet on LinkedIn, and you base your business dealing and relationship with them based on those recommendations, then how do you actually know that the recommendations listed on that individual profile is genuine?

These issues raise some ethical and trustworthiness questions about LinkedIn professional recommendations, and this calls for LinkedIn to instantly look into this. Good business should be based on an actual event that has actually transpired, not on infrared and made up, fake activities.

Oh yeah, rumor has it that someone is actually developing an online marketplace for buying and selling professional recommendations for LinkedIn and Xing. Now, how cool is that?

Be sure to check out a blog article on Entrepreneur.com titled “Can LinkedIn’s Connection Limit Hurt Entrepreneurs?” That blog article further illustrates more cool stuff how some people on LinkedIn are harvesting recommendations and connections for their own selfish needs.

The site Craigslist.org was once one of the finest places on the Internet where you could find all kind of useful stuff, but recently, it has become a slum place for all weird sorts of things; prostitution, and the heavily reported, the Craigslist Murder case.

Could a similar thing happen to the professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, with people harvesting and collecting personal connections; trade and or exchange personal endorsements and recommendations for their personal gain? If so, then what does it mean for the future of online personal recommendations, and let alone; the professional networking sites?

Updates:

A LinkedIn inbox message from Modal Suliman

On November 19, 2009, Modal Suliman posted a comment below stating that I am the one who initiated, asking him to recommend me and in return he  recommends me?

That’s not true, on the left side is the copy of the screen image of the LinkedIn inbox message that Modal Suliman had initially sent me on LinkedIn, asking me to recommend him.

A Dream in the Making for Twitter’s Revenue Stream?

Today TechCrunch published an article about the dilemma Twitter may be facing in deciding its functional and accepted revenue stream model.

But if I recall correctly, didn’t Twitter hire a business manager a few months ago, whose aim might have been to develop their revenue stream model? What has he been working on thus far? I don’t foresee any other revenue models for Twitter other than placing paid ads within the tweets.

I don’t think there is a single user who would want to pay a subscription fee to follow some celebrities, no matter who may that be, unless a few fanatical users. Also, charging a fee for business accounts, as was reported on several blogs, may not even work since differentiating between a business and a non business account may be a daunting task.

Thus, the only option I see for Twitter’s revenue stream model is to place paid ads within the tweets or on the right side bar within the trend topics. Anything different may be detrimental to the explosive growth of Twitter.

LinkedIn, the Perfect Acquisition for Yahoo!, AOL, Facebook, or Microsoft?

Why hasn’t Microsoft or Yahoo, not Google, acquired LinkedIn yet? The struggling AOL could benefit from buying LinkedIn too. LinkedIn is a good target right now. Facebook could be a perfect fit for LinkedIn too, just not Google. Google and LinkedIn would be like butter and water, just won’t make a good mix, but its 40+ million professional users could add more value to AOL (as long as AOL changes its name and rebrands) or Facebook (especially if Facebook does an IPO this year), than is for Yahoo! or Microsoft. Facebook will benefit more from LinkedIn, due to LinkedIn’s solid business model of paid fees for value-added membership services for professionals.

Does It Matter that Former Yahoo Exec Brad Garlinghouse Has Joined AOL?

TechCrunch reports that former Yahoo Executive Brad Garlinghouse has joined AOL. But does that cause to help AOL?

Nope, not even a little. It won’t help make a difference with AOL. Brad would have been better off if he had joined either LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter (or even my next project Welated.com or Laatie.com).

AOL as a brand has lost its mojo. The only difference would be if AOL changes its name and brand to something else other than AOL, and completely revamp its business model and focus.

Even for someone to still has an email address @aol.com seems so a hundred years ago, and if you still have an @aol.com email address, that may even likely cause you not having anyone taking you seriously, because that’s so a century ago, it’s like carrying around and listening to a walk-man while everyone else is listening to an iPod, plus nothing new or really good has been coming out of AOL as a company lately.

The solution for AOl is; change the name from AOL to something else, bring in new management as it’s doing now and get rid of all the old ones, and then rebrand and refocus the business model, but keep the AIM solutions, that’s the only way out for AOL.

An IPO for AOL without doing any of the above will likely to be a disaster in terms of stock and company value both in the short and long run.

Welated, a Social App for Social Networks

Welated for iPhonesIn July, I launched Wrisen, a social app for social networks on Facebook, which has so far received great, rave review, and it’s growing faster than I’ve expected.

We’re currently working to launch a full version of the Welated site at the end of August, but the exciting news is about our new social app version of Welated for social networks and iPhone which we are also launching towards the end of August.

We will first launch the Welated app for social networks, specifically for Facebook, and then follow up with the iPhone version.

Welated is a service that alerts users instantly any time their mates cheat on them with anyone, anyplace, anywhere.

Check out Wrisen at http://www.wrisen.com and Welated at http://www.welated.com.