Mark Ahn Discusses His Views of Technological Trends in the World

Newswire recently spoke to biotech entrepreneur Mark Ahn. The general conversation centered around trends in the tech industry. However, Ahn was careful to stress the reasons he saw for these trends. In particular, he often returned to a central point. 

Ahn stressed that technological trends come about through an interplay of need and compassion from people who see that need. In particular, he made an apt comparison between a typical MBA classroom and The Aeneid. The two might not seem to have much in common. But Ahn pointed out that both the classroom, and the epic are there to provide lessons for people striving to achieve a goal. 

He made it very clear that, in his opinion, true progress can only take place through a leader with real integrity. Given his role in biotech research, this is a particularly noteworthy statement. He framed the concept, again, within the context of history. Ahn mentioned that throughout every generation, it’s integrity which is the deciding factor to make or break a company. 

Ahn also stressed the role of care within a global context. He points out that it’s not enough to care about the people and things around oneself. Instead, one needs to care about the whole world. The larger view became clear as he spoke about what he sees coming in 2015. 

Mark Ahn believes that 2015 will see many advances to help growing economies and third world countries. He pointed out that drought can have devastating effects on people within these areas. However, Ahn is optimistic about how emerging technologies can help fight against drought. He pointed out that new drought resistant crops are in development. Ahn also stated that he believes a host of new technologies will emerge in 2015 to help these regions survive in times of drought.

Ahn is an author, entrepreneur, and professor at Carnegie Mellon and Portland State. You can follow him on Twitter.

From Humble Beginnings – QNet Rises To Be A Marketing Company Leader

Hong Kong’s diversified marketing company, known as QNet, has been in business since 1998. The company was founded and is currently run by Vijay Eswaran. The company began sales with numismatic coins and then further diversified in the year 2002 with offering vacation and travel packages. The company really turned the corner in 2006 when they increased their line to include nutritional products, as well as health and energy supplements. They also purchased the Down To Earth vegan store chain in 2007 and added to their already blossoming portfolio. These acquisition increased sales by more than 70% in this year alone.

During the past two years, many things have changed at Qnet. They have shifted all of their manufacturing operations to the country of India, and have opened their corporate offices in Russia. The Asian founded company relocated to save money and out run bad publicity that befell them. However, the move proved to be very profitable for a company who is projected to have sales of more than $1 billion within the next few years.

The structure of QNet is a multi-level marketing corporation that distributes products to sales representatives. These representatives act as independent contractors and sell the products. Like other marketing companies, the representative keeps so much of the sales and the rest goes to the company for payment of the product. There are many success stories of people who have made a great deal of money from QNet. Eswaran has created an iron-clad program that when followed can ensure success.

The company’s main source of success has not been the fact that they are structured like so many other successful businesses, but rather the focus is put on the products that they market. Not only do they sell health supplements, vacations and other necessary things, but they also sell cosmetics and necessities that people need and use every day. The product line has been tested and sells itself. The prices are affordable, making it easy for those who want to become a sales representative. Since the prices are adequate and the products needed, sales come very easy.

Because QNet has been in business since 1998, and they have been under the direction of the same man, this proves the stability of the company. Many marketing companies come and go, but few have projected sales this strong in a down-trodden economy. To start and keep a company like this going, it must have someone directing that is experienced in all areas. Eswaran took his dream and turned it into a million dollar company.

Google Fiber Set to Expand

 

Creating options when it comes to choosing television and internet service has proven to be somewhat difficult for any company in the telecommunications industry. However, in a move to combat major internet service providers and get ultra-high speed connectivity to as many homes as possible, Google has announced the expansion plans for its Google Fiber system.

According to DSLReports.com, Google will put Fiber in Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, Atlanta, and Nashville next. Andrade revealed the announcement is probably getting cable and internet provides in those areas more than a little nervous. The speeds offered by Fiber often surpass those of traditional providers, but the lower cost is what really has an effect on big corporations running the communications game. Since the rules and regulations are largely left to states to decide, the particular ins and outs of the industry are different from location to location.

The one thing that deploying a high speed internet connection with television service along of the ride does take is money, and Google certainly has plenty of that valuable asset to put to work. Granted the actual activation dates for the projects are years away, and the company could prepare to roll out in additional cities soon. However, it certainly seems that change is coming to the traditional ISP format, and that could present a series of challenges for every company entrenched with older technology and lines. Google clearly means business this time around.

FreedomPop is back with 500 MB of mobile data a month… FREE!

Last month I told y’all about FreedomPop and it’s affordable international calling plans that, let’s be honest, not everyone needs. Well, the up-and-coming company has decided to expand its reach by offering a service that I know you use…

Whether you are using a USB or wireless hotspot, FreedomPop has already launched in beta and you will need a credit card to activate the service.

For a $49 deposit, FreedomPop offers the consumer a portable hotspot or USB stick, which are both refundable. Plugging into any Mac or PC, the stick is good for those people who are out and about a lot. Wireless data can be provided by the hotspot (for a total of 8 devices at one time) for those who want to connect portable gaming devices or various tablets.

FreedomPop follows both Clearwire’s 4G WiMax and Sprint’s 3G networks, however coverage is not offered nationwide, but in 71 markets only. FreedomPop does offer 4G data speed once the 4G LTE is made available later this year. For faster service currently, users are paying an extra $3 per month.

FreedomPop offers an ad free service, but it is through promotional offers that users can earn more data. This may involve the user’s personal information.

As previously stated, FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi service can work across a broad number of devices, but it is available first through its Android app. According to sources, an iPhone app is currently in the works and will be out in a matter of weeks.

To get its standalone Wi-Fi plan, FreedomPop is ensuring that the experience with its Wi-Fi service will be similar to that of a cell phone’s auto connect. FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi carrier is expected to break one million users this year alone.

Pre-orders on sleeves for fourth generation iPhones and iPod Touches are also being taken by FreedomPop. Working the same as the hotspot, there is no voice or texting service on the sleeves.

FreedomPop’s free users get the 500 MB every month of data. If there is any extra data used, there will be a 2 cent charge per MB. When the customer gets 100 MB as a limit, FreedomPop automatically charges $10 worth of credit, which ensures the customer continued service. Autocharging can be turned off in the settings feature.

FreedomPop users can make referrals to the company and earn an extra 10 MB per month. The company also makes free data available through other promotional offers including filling out surveys, joining email lists and through video ads. If you’re interested in FreedomPop, check them out on the Google Play store or iTunes.

Circadian Vs Technology/The New Challenge Our Children Face Today

As technology continues to invade our waking world, it would appear that it is having a very significant impact on our younger population in the form of smartphones, tablets and small screen video game players and their sleep. According to an article in TECH TIMES results of a study published in on January 5, 2015, showed that children who have some form of technology such as a television, laptop, smartphone, or tablet in their room experienced at least 18 to 21 minutes of sleep loss during the week as opposed to children who do not. However many children had a stronger sense of image recognition from the use of technology.

Children are using smartphones as often if not more than adults, but not just for communication. They are on Facebook posting selfies and updates all throughout the day. Children, especially pre-teens are Youtubing videos and sharing content with friends. Educational demands on the middle school sect are challenge enough without the constant competition and demands of peer pressure to have the latest form of technological devices. The greatest challenge is placed on parents to assure a good night’s sleep for their children or to help them keep up with the arrogation of their friends and the importance of fitting in.

Google Becoming a Wireless Carrier

 

There is little doubt that smartphones and data plans have become a major element in the world of technology. As smartphones and tablets continue to win users with sleek interfaces and great apps, the mobile tech world is exploding. Anyone that thought the airwaves were already crowded with wireless carriers and cell phone providers probably should get ready for another big time name jumping into the mix.

According to The Verge, Google is getting ready to offer up a wireless service of its own. However, the company responsible for Android and a whole lot of internet searches is doing things a bit different this time around. Apparently, Google will lease space on T-Mobile and Sprint networks instead of trying to build its own network. Since Google tends to try to beat competitors on price, the lease factor is an interesting one because of the associated overhead.

While only the select few inside the major technology company know exactly what is going on, it seems that other carriers should be a little nervous. The project itself still has to release details, and all that is known for sure is that the data and networks are going to be leased. Since speculation is bound to run rampant, the company will likely release some sort of statement before too long. Without a doubt consumers , like Fersen Lambranho and myself, will be listening intently to see if there is a chance their wireless bill could shrink.

The Rise and Fall of Biotech Startups according to Mark Ahn, Ph.D.

In an industry always on the brink of the next big discovery, new innovators find it hard to get an edge in the biotech field. Mark Ahn has become an expert in the field of biopharmaceutical over the last 20 years. He and his colleagues are researching the trends that lead to the rise and fall of new biotech companies.  Biotechnology industry has many regulations and their products can take years to hit the market and finally turn a profit. For companies to be successful they need to attract investors that are willing to take the risk.

Many investors choose to minimize risk. In an industry where great ideas blossom but the product never comes to fruition, reducing the risk to investors is key. Smart investors will diversify their biotech portfolio instead of investing in a single legitimized product. Dr. Mark Ahn made the example of either investing in small research firms involved in several products or finding similar products and investing in both. Trends and opinions in the health field change as frequently as the wind. Berger said to ignore trends and “follow your business plan.”

Read more of the original article on “TheStreet.com” and find links to Dr. Mark Ahn’s advice for the biotech industry at his official website.

Robot Learns to Cook from YouTube

Anyone in their teens planning to become a cook in the future should rethink their plans. A new robot learns to cook from YouTube videos, so in a few years it will be the robots’ duty.

Of course, the project is at its early beginnings, so at this moment, the programmers have to watch the videos and write a list of commands according to what is being explained there. The robot is good at performing all the actions, though.

So as soon as the learning system will be improved there will be no need for Sam Tabar to hire a programmer checking each recipe. Instead, you can leave the robot with the ingredients and the YouTube switched on, and come back to serve your meal.

The process of being autonomous in learning and executing actions is called deep learning. The work for making the robot and independent cook is going fulls speed. An instruction manual is being elaborated in the meanwhile.

The advantages of this wonderful inventions are evident to everyone: better hygiene, no random hairs in the food, as well as there can possibly be a lot of time saved with a more variate menu.