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Futureproof ideas for starting a business | Part 1 of 3

17/06/2018, 19:13

By Oleg K Temple, June 2018

PART 1 of 3: An overview of risks and best practices when starting a company

Starting a business has never been more of an intense commitment than it is today. Will new business ideas conceived today still be viable in 2019, 2020 and beyond?

With the accelerating onslaught of globalisation, automation, artificial intelligence and ever increasing competition, entrepreneurs and investors need to think long and hard before shelling out actual resources for a hypothetically profitable start-up company. The outlook may be rosy, but optimism a business strategy does not make. “A bird in the hand…” as the saying goes. The most pertinent questions are these: is the proposed business model relevant to the market and sustainable? And are the people at the helm of the project credible, reliable and passionate about the venture?

20 Best Gift Ideas For Busy Ladies

04/02/2018, 17:17

Best Birthday Present, Anniversary Or Valentine Gift Ideas For Women

Have you heard that women are indecisive? Hogwash.

Some say that we girls are hard to please and never know what we want. But that’s just an excuse not to make an effort—perhaps some should listen more and try harder. What we crave is attention and a thoughtful gift speaks volumes about how much you care for your special lady. We have scoured through hundreds and hundreds of items within the Amazon store and distilled the best gift ideas to the selection below. Whether you need a present for Valentine’s, International Women’s Day (8th of March), Mother’s Day, birthday or anniversary, you will find something delightful for any budget here.

20 Best Gift Ideas In 2018 For Busy Gentlemen

04/02/2018, 13:45

Best Birthday Present, Anniversary Or Valentine Gift Ideas For Men

Thinking of what to give an enterprising friend or co-worker?

You could, of course, just give an Amazon gift card or... colder still, plain cash. That way the person can get what they want for themselves. However, money in an envelope or a bank transfer are such impersonal gifts, don’t you find? Almost inevitably, your congratulatory tokens will get mixed up with rent or grocery payments and your best wishes will get lost in the humdrum of everyday life. Yes, it is a pragmatic and time-efficient solution, but practicality and convenience are not the qualities that build lasting friendships. Attention, empathy and trust are.

The best storage devices smart money should buy

04/02/2018, 11:56

The vast bulk of the world’s computer data was created over the past couple of years. In 2013 this figure stood reportedly at 90% and today pundits estimate that the 3.7 billion folks online in 2017, create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily. All this information must be catalogued and stored for posterity, right? But a server is only as good as its storage drive. This article is all about helping you choose the right storage device for your specific needs.

Samsung T5 Portable SSD Review

28/01/2018, 12:28

Portable storage units are invaluable assets in today’s busy world, where we demand ever more time-saving and performance from our machines. With the advent of the USB flash sticks, the public developed a taste for convenience. Portable drives no longer belong, primarily, in the sanctified domain of architects, game developers, RAW photographers, video editors, graphic designers and other high-end professionals. Today, everyone with a smartphone fancies themselves as a proficient photographer and most people spread their work online through social media. Computers have limited storage and are vulnerable to attacks (such as the ransomware debacle of 2017), thus, many among us prefer to keep the built-in drive for programmes and store work files elsewhere.

Head-to-head DSLR Comparison: EOS 60D vs EOS 80D

28/01/2018, 08:59

Photographic history at a glance:

Photography is a huge industry, Although the first partially successful photograph dates back to 1816, only a few million pictures were taken during the 19th century. It was only in February 1900, when the first commercial camera was introduced, the $1 Kodak Brownie, did mass photo-mania truly take flight. In 1930, a billion photos were taken and the annual average continued to climb. It was 3 billion by 1960 and 86 billion pictures by 2000. By 2012, with the advent of the smartphone, the figures exploded. We were taking 380 billion photos per year. Already back then, on average 300 million photos were being posted to just Facebook every day. Today, just some two odd hundred years after the dawn of photography, experts estimate that every 75 seconds, humanity takes more photographs than it did throughout the entire 1800s. Amazing.

Is Bitcoin a worthy investment or a reckless risk? (part 2)

27/01/2018, 16:00 By Oleg K. Temple

PART 2 — How cryptocurrencies are made

Read part 1 of the article HERE

In order as to evaluate the investment appetite, it is important to comprehend how new coins enter the system. Bitcoins are automatically generated as a reward for record keeping through a process known as mining. Every transaction conducted using Bitcoins needs to be verified multiple times before it can be added to the eternal blockchain. Bitcoin has no central governing body, such as a central bank, it is strictly peer-to-peer technology. As such, miners volunteer their computing power, by configuring their machines to observe transactions and act as arbiters to confirm the same result.

Is Bitcoin a worthy investment or a reckless risk?

15/01/2018, 20:16 By Oleg K. Temple

PART 1 — What are cryptocurrencies?

2017 saw a gold rush that left pundits reeling in amazement. Initially, Bitcoin (BTC) scaled the value of gold, then became worth nine times as much as an ounce of gold, crushing the US$10,000 benchmark many swore it would never reach. And within a couple of months of that, it was knocking on the US$20,000/Bitcoin price tag. Some people seem certain that the cryptocurrency is destined to crack at least US$40,000 per BTC before the bubble bursts, but some say nothing stops the speculation frenzy from reaching seven figures per coin. Wait... What?! The red flag words above are bubble and speculation. Let’s rewind and look at how this madness was sparked, in order as to plot its potential trajectory.

Starting a small business in Britain

13/09/2015, 11:37

By Oleg Temple, September 2015

Assuming that the basic funding is accounted for, the rules for starting a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) are the same in virtually every European or North American country:

Media: The Common Sense Guide to Modern Advertising - Part I

21/06/2014, 19:17

By Oleg K. Temple, April 2014.

When planning to invest in an advertising campaign for our business, some of the considerations are: who constitutes our target audience, how should we reach out to them and when or how often. In a perfect business world, the short answers to these questions would be: everyone, effectively and constantly.

Five Precious (strata)Gems of Business in a ‘Still-water’ Economy (continued)

10/11/2013, 18:01

By Oleg K. Temple, June 18, 2013.

With the global economy down for the count, many entrepreneurs have faced the tough realities of how to stay afloat and is mere survival worth the increased wear and tear on their nerves and accounts? With belts tightened so far that the corset has become the new waistcoat, businesses are finding it hard to breathe, let alone find the vigour and flexibility to expand. While for others, the necktie has become a noose.

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