NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
How do you come up with a new business, new product or new service? Sometimes I come up with them while I am sleeping, driving, eating, talking, even using the bathroom…. They usually sound like great ideas when I thought about them. Then I look them up later and say to myself “What was I thinking.” But once in a while you still think an idea is great. I write them up in an email and send it to myself. The current list contains 80 lines and about half of them are crossed out as impossible.
They key is to make something quick and cheap so other people will get the basic idea. We call this quick prototyping. If the idea is so big you need funding, you may have to scale down the project or find Powerpoint investors. I am sure there are people who invest in a product based on Powerpoint but I have never tried to raise money using Powerpoint. I am not discouraging you to do this, but I just want to control things by myself.
You've heard of the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side”, haven’t you? When you read this newsletter you might think 'Ken must have an easy job and not worry about anything'. The company is making money and he is playing golf all the time. That is far from my real life. First of all, I have played golf only once this year. Okay, this may be due to the fact the golf course is closed due to the snow. Not having any problems is something I wish for every day. As a matter of fact, it is super rare that I don’t have something that needs my attention.
So, I have plenty of things that I need to do. But those things do not stop me from thinking about new business opportunities and products. If I don’t think about something new, I go crazy. That is the reason why I would really like to meet you and hear what you think. You are in a different business so chances are you have thought of something different. I would really like to know. Can we explore some new business opportunities together? That is the base of my message.
I met Kim-Fu from my last newsletter. He is with a company called SPF.IO. The company has a very interesting technology and business model. I do not know what I or PSPinc can do. But we will find out. I really love meeting people.
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"Arriving fall 2019 to join its GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is designed to be the ultimate driver’s car, ready to attack on all fronts – on the drag strip*, producing more than 700 horsepower** via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission with launch control, and on the track, with its race-bred chassis, Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot tires, massive Brembo brakes and performance aerodynamics, and on the street…"
I am sure I used to be very excited to watch and hear about the car like this. I do still think it looks cool but I am now more interested in quiet comfort and safe ride with as close to autonomous driving capability as possible.
I am very happy with my Subaru Outback. I have avoided at least three accidents because the car stopped by itself. Also I love the fact my car seems to invisible to place. This morning I was doing 10 miles over the limit to move to left lane to let the speeding car pass me. Well, the speeding car was Bellevue Police Car.
However my Apple Watch is now just a watch. I think I have to retire it. The question is, should I buy another one or not.
I have manage to rest the watch and reset the code not to use 2-5-8-0 ... So I was able to unlock the watch but non of the application can work properly since it can not sense the touch in the middle of the screen. I think I will retire this watch and put it on the display at PSPinc.
I am very happy to know the people at Ezell's and I hope they well. Yesterday, PSPinc. we had monthly staff lunch. We ordered Ezell's.
This is our first prototype.
Two designers are hard at work at PSPinc.
(2) Instead of 3.6L Boxter Engine, Subaru offers 2.5L Turbo.
(1) Plug-in Hybrid
(2) Outback instead of Legacy
I have been driving 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring. I will be looking at another Subaru in 2020.
It’s almost impossible to change someone’s mind using facts. This happens due to ‘motivated reasoning,’ a psychology term that refers to the way people usually believe whatever they want to believe and use the flimsiest piece of evidence to justify that belief, even when there is plenty of verified evidence to disprove it.
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I used to go to Fry's in San Jose long time ago.
I used to love the store.
I saw an online advertisement and found that they have $2.00 sandwich.
I think that was a good enough reason to go there.
I ended up buying nice headset.
Store looks very empty and not well stocked.
I hope they are doing okay.
Yes, we have been hosting and developing website for 23 years.
Some of the people developing websites nowadays were not even born.
We have build the website from the HTML 1.0 to current.
We have upgraded our system every year since we have started.
I think it is safe to say we know what we are doing.
Nobody doesn't want to be complimented. “Good Job”, “Nice Work”, “Great Idea” even just a “Thank you” would make their day. But in addition to those regular compliments, people enjoy being called “Crazy”, “Weird”, “Miss Fits”, “Different” and other usually uncomplimentary words. That is because everyone, somewhere deep down, wants to stand out from the rest.
It's funny most people want to get along with others but at the same time, people want to be different from others. Old Apple commercial emphasized that people who use Apple is different from others. That was brilliant. I wanted to be different and I started to use Apple. Now I am not sure Apple represents what I am anymore. But that is another story.
To accomplish higher customer satisfaction, many companies try to create a "cut cake" (by the book) approach to customer service. Treating every customer like a king. But the service level usually goes down the drain. Nobody is treated like somebody anymore. I understand this for large companies. They can not really keep track of each customer. But for small companies, that is where you shine.
If you know the history of your companies relationship with the clients, you can treat each customer like they are someone important. When I had cable (I do not have cable TV anymore), when I called for support, after a long wait, the first thing the support person asked me was “is your cable box turned on?”
If your company can provide better individual support, customers will like you more. But some small companies think they can charge more for better service. I say that is wrong. You provide better service to retain your customer, not make more money. If you charge your customer more, they will go find another company.
Treating your customer better at the same price is the key to small business success.
People are having no trouble this morning.
I was able to go to Y and swam this morning.
I am getting tired for this snow.
I am sick of entertainers taking on issues.
Please entertain us.
Internet Explorer is a 'compatibility solution' and should only be used selectively, warns Microsoft exec.
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
I hear this way too often. Don't go war if you know you cannot win. You go with the fight where you will win. If you win enough fight, you may already have won the war. So, stop telling me, our company is too small, too unknown. I retire and start new small company when I get there.
Happy Lunar New Year
It is very unusual for places like Settle to get this cold.
We are expecting another cold weather and snow tomorrow.
大塚商会 実践ソリューションフェア2019 東京（2019年2月6日(水)～8日(金)）で、アルファメール２として PSPinc のホスティングならびにウェブ開発ツールを紹介しています。ぜひ東京におられる方は起こしください。入場は無料です。
Most snow on the roads are melting.
Finally the temperature is above freezing.
There are still a lot of ice everywhere.
Temperature is still below freezing.
This is a lunar new year day.
Listen to how you say "Happy New Year" in Chinese.
When the product is shipped t the store, there is no shipping charge ... It also bring people into their stores.
Besides, this tournament has many reasons why people want to attend
(1) It is held at Aldarra Golf Course
(2) You can play in the scramble or individual
(3) Great lunch and dinner with drinks
(4) Meet other business people from all over the State.
(5) ... Silent Auction ... (New This Year!!!)
We have a date picked for our 2019 Golf Tournament, August 19th, 2019.
Communication is the key. This video shows how bad or lack of communication can cause serious problem.