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Monday, November 05, 2018

Doubling Down on “Millionaire-Maker” Stock: Innovative Payment Solutions For Fast-Growing Cannabis Industry

Today: Millionaire, Wine, Millennials, Cannabis, Bitcoin, Payment Systems For Pot, Early Retirement, Marc Benioff,, V2MOM

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Neustar: Here We Grow Again

Neustar will acquire Verisign’s Security Services customer contracts consisting of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection, Managed DNS, DNS Firewall and fee-based Recursive DNS services. Said Neuster, "This acquisition is a testament to steadfast commitment our customers and also differentiates our registry business as we’re dedicating investments to our world-class global cloud infrastructure and our broad security services portfolio."

With web-based attacks continuing to disrupt a growing number of businesses online - with a recent report from Neustar revealing just yesterday that 46% of enterprises have been on receiving end of an attack (an uptick from previous reporting periods) - this will strategically grow Neustar’s Digital Defense and Performance solutions by enabling the company to protect an expanded enterprise customer base in several high-growth industries, such as technology, e-Commerce and financial services, and further cementing its foothold as a leader in the Internet security market.   

Neustar SiteProtect NG™ provides a cloud-based always-on approach to quickly stop the largest DDoS and highly sophisticated web application threats without reducing network performance or adding additional levels of complexity to customers’ existing security strategies. Neustar’s DNS solutions include Neustar UltraDNS, an enterprise grade, cloud-based authoritative service that securely delivers fast and accurate query responses to websites, and Neustar UltraRecursive, a cloud-based service that delivers reliable built-in security and threat intelligence. Neustar’s unique DNS Shield™ network secures private domain name system connections between Neustar and its partners, and strengthens defenses against attacks by removing traffic entirely from the public internet. These products are part of the broad Neustar security portfolio that leverages the unique OneIDTM system of trusted identity, which enhances the efficacy of detecting incoming threats and attacks.

“With this acquisition, Neustar will be able to accelerate its growth in the internet security market, supported by significant investments made to our DDoS and DNS infrastructure, and capacity over the last 12 months,” said Shailesh Shukla, General Manager, Digital Defense and Performance Solutions, Neustar. “We’re excited to introduce new customers to our broad portfolio of solutions and are dedicated to a seamless transition, working closely with the Verisign team. We are wholeheartedly committed to delivering innovative solutions that reduce the disruptions caused by malicious actors and providing world-class customer support.”

“We’ve grown the Neustar SiteProtect NG solution to be one of the world’s largest dedicated networks with more than 10 Tbps mitigation capacity and the Neustar NetProtect™ solution directly connects to a vast network of globally distributed data centers. This is a testament to our steadfast commitment to our customers and consumers. Our number one priority will remain providing all of our customers with a secure infrastructure built on a foundation of unmatched stability, resiliency and performance,” said Charles Gottdiener, President and Chief Executive Officer, Neustar.

“Verisign is committed to focusing on its core mission of providing critical Internet infrastructure, including Root Zone management, operation of 2 of the 13 global Internet root servers, operation of .gov and .edu, and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. For this reason, Verisign is transitioning its Security Services customers to Neustar. Neustar has been focused on providing specialized web security and digital performance solutions for many years. Given this experience, we believe Neustar is well-suited to continue to deliver the innovative solutions and world-class performance to which Verisign’s Security Services customers are accustomed,” said Jim Bidzos, Verisign Founder, Chairman and CEO.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Are pot stocks more volatile than bitcoin? You may be surprised

Bitcoin's 20-day historical volatility is nearly as low as Apple 

Day traders looking to make a quick buck buying and selling bitcoin might be better off switching lanes as volatility in the world's largest digital currency continues to decline. 

In fact, volatility in the No.1 virtual currency is now below some of the biggest and most popular stocks on Wall Street. 

According to data from Cboe Global Markets, the 20-day historical volatility, or HV, of bitcoin has fallen to 31.5%, below that of online retail giant (35%),(AMZN) tech-darling Netflix (52%)(NFLX) and Nvidia Corp, (40%)(NVDA) the chip producer that sells GPU cards to bitcoin miners. Furthermore, it's creeping towards that of tech-behemoth Apple Inc. (29.3%)(AAPL)--one of the most popular stocks on Wall Street. 

When the price of bitcoin was tumbling from its record-high near $20,000 earlier in the year, its 20-day HV, reached 140%. But that pales in comparison to that of cannabis producer Tilray Inc.. The Vancouver-based company became the bellwether for volatility when it went public in July at $17 a share before trading to $300. Tilray's 20-day HV is currently 219%, according to data from Cboe. 

"Perhaps we are witnessing the maturation of a market. It's far too early to declare this the "new normal" but the persistent range over the last few weeks may be hinting at a structural shift. Time will

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7 Ways to Create an Effective Fundraising Strategy

Ways to Create an Effective Fundraising Strategy

Asking for donations isn’t easy. In order to appeal to potential donors the most effectively, you need to convince them that your cause aligns with their values. If you want people to part with their money, you’re going to need to give them a good reason.

That’s why you can’t go about this blindly. For the best results, it’s important to conduct your due diligence ahead of time. The following tips will help:

Research Potential Donors

Research the kinds of people who tend to give to your organization, as well as individuals who you believe may consider becoming donors. Find out what issues matter to them, look into their history as donors, and research the kinds of promotional and marketing campaigns that tend to impact them.

You should also be aware of any factors that might keep them from donating. The key to successfully earning donations is understanding your audience in terms of their psychology and behaviors so that you can best appeal to them.

Rehearse Your Strategy

Don’t ask your staff to blindly solicit donations from a list of individuals. Craft a strategy that determines exactly how you plan on asking for funds, and rehearse it again and again. Whether that’s through phone, email, or other platform make sure your staff are as prepared as possible to earn donations.

Many people simply lack the confidence to ask someone to part ways with their money. Practice will ease those concerns.

Be Upfront

Some people think it’s a good idea to establish a relationship with a potential donor first, only to ask them for money later.

This is a common misstep – you don’t want to surprise anyone. When you first make contact, be clear that you intend on asking for a donation. This doesn’ mean you have to approach it like a sales pitch, but it is important to let people know your intentions before proceeding. They’ll appreciate your honesty and will be more enthusiastic to align themselves with your cause.

Be Unique

Another common misstep: boring potential donors in an attempt to come across as professional.

You want donors to take you seriously, but you also want to make sure that they feel entertained and engaged. Spend some time making sure your presentation strikes the right emotional chords, conveys the right information, but also captures the attention of your audience.

Make Them Feel Useful

There’s an old story about Benjamin Franklin and a rival of his. In order to get the rival on his side, Franklin contacted the man, who was known for his extensive book collection, and asked if he could borrow one of his rare books. This made the rival feel useful. He ended up becoming friends with Benjamin Franklin.

The same principle applies when asking for donations. If someone you’re contacting has the kind of experience or expertise you could learn from, ask them to share it. They’ll become much more enthusiastic about your cause, and they’ll be more likely to donate now that they have a positive impression of you.

Value Silence

Don’t bombard donors with information about your cause. For instance, you might ask them what issues matter to them most. When they answer, don’t immediately try to connect those issues to your work. Instead, simply note how interesting they are.

Leave some silence, and your donor will be more likely to fill it with their own thoughts. This makes them discover on their own why they actually do want to help you. The same rule applies if asking for donation over email. Though a follow-up email is wise, don’t send multiple one after another and clog up their inboxes.

Ask for Specific Amounts

You don’t want to put donors on the spot by making them come up with their own answer to the question “How much money should I give?” Ask for specific amounts, and they’ll be more inclined to make a donation.

Keep these points in mind as you craft your fundraising strategy. By taking time to plan and execute in the right way, you’re much more likely to successfully earn donations.

About the Author: NeverBounce is a company dedicated to helping businesses reach their customers. With their proprietary email verification software, they clean email lists and remove bounce emails so brands skip the spam folder and land in the inbox.


Friday, October 19, 2018

He too started with a small million loan from family...but his next IPO is the mother of all IPOs

Meet Trump supporter Peter Thiel... 

A gay immigrant who has probably done more to move the world forward then more iconic tech geniuses we hear about. 

Thiel has started, invested in and advised some of the most important technology companies in the past 20 years, earning himself a fortune in the process. 

Limited thinking is not Thiel's style. Thiel's background is as diverse as you'd expect, given his non-linear style.

He excelled in math, was a master chess champion at 12, was valedictorian at Stamford, first editor in chief of Stamford Law Review, clerked for appeals court judge, securities lawyer at major firm, derivatives trader on wall street, and WH speech writer, leaving it all behind to do something more meaningful with his life.

Upon returning to the Bay Area, Thiel noticed that the development of the internet and personal computer had already altered the economic landscape and the dot-com boom was well underway. 

With financial support from friends and family, he was able to raise $1 million toward the establishment of Thiel Capital Management and embark on his venture capital career. Max Levchin, a friend of a friend, introduced him to his cryptography-related company idea, which later became their first venture called Confinity in 1998.

With Confinity, Thiel realized they could develop software to solve a gap in making online payments. Although the use of credit cards and expanding automated teller machine networks provided consumers with more available payment options, not all merchants could gain the necessary hardware to accept credit cards. Thus, consumers were often left with little choice and instead had to pay with exact cash or personal checks. 

Thiel wanted to create a type of digital wallet in the hopes of ensuring more consumer convenience and security by encrypting data on digital devices, and in 1999 Confinity launched PayPal.

His small $1 million family loan was cashed out for $55 million when eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion.

In August 2004, Thiel made a $500,000 angel investment in Facebook for a 10.2% stake in the company and joined Facebook's board. This was the first outside investment in Facebook, and put the valuation of the company at $4.9 million. 

He has since turned his $500K investment into a cashout of over a billion dollars. However he sold when stock was $19-38. 

At today’s value, even after recent dip, had he held it it would be worth $58 billion. 

However, using that billion to launch something else, he made much more. He invested in SpaceX, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, Slide, LinkedIn, Friendster, Votizen, Quora, Rypple, TransferWise, Stripe, Airbnb, and emerging Canadian Cannabis behemoth Tilray.

In mid-2017 Thiel’s Founders Fund bought $15–20 million worth of bitcoin. In January 2018 the venture capital firm told investors that due to the cryptocurrency's surge the holdings were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Thiel now sees“It’s like bars of gold in a vault that never move, and it’s a sort of hedge of sorts against the whole world going falling apart.”

While Peter Thiel remains in the long game of Bitcoin, he’s not a total idiot, he knows the odds and pegs them at around 80 percent, that the world’s first cryptocurrency would ultimately become worthless. People have been claiming the end of money for decades now, and if fiat converted into blockchain digital money is one interpretation — that reality could be upon us as central banks pivot to the blockchain. In the act of doing this however, cryptocurrencies take on a new light and tangibility.

Just press releases announcing Thiels involvement with Bitcoin and Tilray drew investors in drove and artificially inflated values for a short time.

Thiel Is About To Get Richer


Going public could more than double Thiel’s net worth—and prove that, even in Palo Alto, a close relationship with the Trump administration can pay off.

Palantir, the hyper-secretive data-mining company founded by Trump homie Peter Thiel and C.E.O. Alex Karp, is almost as mysterious as the clients it works for. 

Started in 2003 and with seed money from the C.I.A., Palantir has developed a suite of surveillance technologies that have reportedly been used by the military to hunt down Osama bin Laden, to avoid roadside bombs, and by police departments to predict crimes before they happen. 

On the civilian side, Palantir has a team of some 2,000 engineers, half of whom are deployed to client sites to embed with Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street firms with a singular goal: to run every kilobyte of available data through an algorithm that makes traditional consultancies look like dinosaurs. 

If that all sounds somewhat sinister, Thiel doesn’t seem concerned. A longtime Tolkien fan, Thiel named Palantir after the all-seeing crystal ball that the evil wizard Saruman uses to spy on his enemies. In 2014, living up to its name, Palantir began designing a new intelligence platform for ICE.

Peter Thiel has made his biggest political contribution since his divisive bet on Donald Trump in 2016, investing $1 million into a conservative advocacy group that is backing key Republican candidates before November.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

After Brett Kavanaugh failed to secure his domain name .... it was scooped up by ...

Brett Kavanaugh Didn’t Buy His URL. It’s Now A Resource For Sexual Assault Survivors.

The site also links to the websites of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the End Rape on Campus organization and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

Fix the Court Director Gabe Roth said the URL was one of “a handful” he bought back in 2015 that he “thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles.” He also purchased the and .net domain names. 

Writer and comedian Dave Weasel also redirected the domain to the RAINN website.
I scooped the domain and redirected it to RAINN - a leading anti-sexual violence organization.
— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) October 7, 2018


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