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Nanto Protective Coating has started: looking now for the next nanotech and polymers investments

Nanto Protective Coating has started: looking now for the next nanotech and polymers investments

NANTO PROTECTIVE COATING srl has been established, thanks to the nanotech and polymers investments by Veneto Nanotech. The newco won last November the grand prize of 300.000 of Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2009 with its innovative idea.
The team is now a real start-up in the Veneto Region. Nanto Protective Coating, the newco, has its headquarter in Padua and an operative branch at VEGA, the Venice Scientific and Technological Park of Venice and Trieste.
The choice of Padua is due to the presence of Veneto Nanotech main site, while the decision to have an operative branch at the Scientific Park of Venice is due to the presence of Nanofab, the nanofabrication facility of the Cluster.
Nanto can now exploit the advanced instruments and machineries of the lab to speed up research and development in nanotechnologies.
The 2010 edition of Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge has been launched last month for the sixth following year. Veneto Nanotech and IMAST are now scouting new teams and start-ups that aim at receiving funds from angel investors to start their own businesses. The international business plan competition is open to teams coming from any part of the world and with a breakthrough nanotechnology or polymer-based materials application. To participate teams must register on line and submit an executive summary by 20 September 2010.
The opportunities offered by the competition are: cash investments, in-kind services, proximity to high-tech labs like Nanofab, LaNN and Ecsin, management and marketing support, networking with the sponsors and investors, support for the second round of investments.
All information on startup funding are available at the website www.nanochallenge.com.

Very unique tips for Investors and Realtors

Very unique tips for Investors and Realtors

Do Not Read This if You Are Not a Realtor or Investor
Real estate investors and realtors are totally different types of buyers and sellers, but they are buyers and sellers nevertheless and often complement each other in the market. Usually, Investors are looking for specific deals and the Realtors take the time to show them properties that they want to potentially buy, and show their properties that are listed to be sold.
It is widely known in the field that most investors will not pay more than 65 or 70% of the after repair value or market value. If the property needs any type of work, the investor will reduce their price to reflect that along with holding costs. The formula that most investors use is they take the retail value multiplied by 70%, minus repairs, minus holding cost, closing costs and a commission if there is one. Most realtors who have a history of dealing with these types of investors, receive a steady flow of referrals because of the specialty in this area that they have built.
Typically an investor takes the following into consideration before making a decision:
· Invest only in areas where the advantage in making a set return on his/her investment.
· He/She never put lots of capital at risk.
· low risk equals healthy cash on cash returns. They bet (risk) low to win big.
· The game has to be worth playing. Deals where funds are put at risk are avoided.
· In order to stay afloat in today’s market, Realtors and Investors must have a steady flow of Leads. Leads are generated in various ways. Some businesses even buy leads. For the most part businesses Chase Leads.
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· Real Estate Agents use the Dr. Buy Sell marketing system to fill their local MLS system with listings from highly motivated sellers that want to sell fast….
· Wholesale Investors build their list of repeat cash buyers, take their “orders” for homes in their specific “sweet spot” and then find properties that are instantly sold to their buyers at wholesale prices…
· Short Sale Investors use our system to acquire properties from sellers with over leveraged mortgages… they negotiate short sale approvals with the seller’s lender, and then sell for a profit to their wholesale or retail buyers using our system…
· Portfolio Investors & Landlords use our system to acquire new rental properties, sell their existing inventory and acquire lease-option buyers…
· Once our licensees use our marketing system, lead generation and tracking systems; this allows them to set themselves apart from the rest of the market and begin to leverage the “system” to work for them…
· The combination of targeted direct marketing through the internet, social media, direct mail, referrals, brand building, data farming and managed project outsourcing gives our licensees the leverage they need to grow their business exponentially…
Finally, our licensees are our team mates… We are the dominating force in our local markets, yet we are also a part of a larger community that share experiences through mastermind groups, participate in regularly scheduled training, stay on the cutting edge of the real estate industry, and serve our buyers, sellers, internal team members and community…
· If you have a clear vision of where you want your business to grow….
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Has Myspace Become Mybully

Has Myspace Become Mybully

MySpace has recently gone out and shut down any US based company that had software add ons for helping people to use MySpace. One company they shut down was Spacepromoter which had software to allow marketers to create multiple MySpace profiles. Shutting down a company like this makes a lot of sense because in their terms they say you are only allowed to have one MySpace profile.

BadderAdder was also shut down but their software had nothing to do with creating multiple identities on MySpace. It did nothing to promoter manipulating MySpace in any way whatsoever. What this software did was to help people add friends to their existing profile. MySpace froze BadderAdders Paypal account for 10 months prior to Michelle MacPhearson agreeing to shut her Badderadder software down because MySpace threatened legal action against her.

A lot of other MySpace Bot’s as they are referred to were also threatened by the People at MySpace. Of course all these companies were US based. Because of Web 2.0 and the entire world now being connected by the Internet what can MySpace do to non US Companies that have Bot’s for MySpace? BadderAdder was just a MySpace Friend Adder. Is MySpace going to now go after the local Starbuck’s because they are making some of their money from MySpace employees?

At least when Microsoft used to get their competitors to close down they first offered them station wagons filled with cash. Bill Gate’s was always being dragged into court by the department of justice because of so called monolopolistic tactics. Will MySpace now get prosecuted for their dealings by the DOJ?

Everybody wants to come to America because they hear we are a Free country, How Free are we when companies like MySpace can use strong arm tactics to shut a competitor down? Michelle was doing nothing wrong when she create BadderAdder a Friend Adder software. Companies like MySpace with all of their money I able to put the squeeze on others who are not as wealthy as they are.

What are the end results of what MySpace is doing to local US companies? Buddypromoter, an all in one software suite for marketing on MySpace which was created and owned by a company outside of the US are now the only answer. Of course, a software suite like Buddypromoter in the US would cost almost a $1,000 but because it was created offshore where other countries cost of living is a lot less anybody who wants to market on MySpace can grab ahold of this product for less than $200. I have even heard that they even give special discounted pricing to bands who will probably only be using the software as a replacement for a friend adder.

In the end US Bot’s are dying because of companies with more money like that of MySpace or maybe even Microsoft. If somebody with a new idea cannot even have their own product created and marketed then where is this Free country that immigrants are looking for?

Investment in Alternative Sources of Energy

Investment in Alternative Sources of Energy

Alternative energy stock portfolios are a great part of a modern investor’s financial plan, due to the fac that there is so much upward potential. These make excellent long term growth investment vehicles, and the money put into them by you, the investor, serves to further the cause of implementing the alternative energy power sources that we need as we sail into the 21st century and beyond.

Analysts predict that by 2013, the alternative energy industry will be a $13 billion dollar industry in today’s dollars. This figure bespeaks an enormous return on investment. Indeed, if you were to invest in a start-up alternative energy company, you might find yourself having invested in the next Microsoft in terms of return on investment. People are fed up with the rising costs of gasoline—while this alone is not sufficient understanding of the need for developing alternative energy sources, it is a factor which can act as a market maker—meaning for you that investments in alternative energy companies makes a lot of financial sense.

However, this does not mean that you don’t first want to do some careful research into alternative energy stocks, perhaps with the help of a financial planner. “A few alternative-energy companies are going after the right markets but that doesn’t mean you should go buy every name in the sector. Investors need to be cautious about chasing the stocks,” says Sanjay Shrestha, who is an analyst at First Albany Capital. And if you are an investor, then you know that the problem in this sector is that nearly every single one of the major players in the alternative energy for profit game are start-ups or in the very early stages of growth. This means for you that they have relatively minuscule (even if rapidly growing) sales, and no expected profitability in the near term or history of earnings for you to be able to research. This can lead to some bubbling, as with what happened to the dot-com industry at the turn of the 21st century. Bubbling in the stock market is not a good thing for investors.

Ananlysts and financial planners can play a crucial role in helping you get it right with alternative energy investing. “We don’t play around in the tiny cap stocks that have technology and not much revenue—the ‘hope’ stocks. We invest in companies with clear cash-generation plans in place,” are the words of Ben walker, who is a senior portfolio manager at the Gartmore Global Utilities fund out of London.

Still, the outlook is very positive overall—and healthy. “It is good to see that the number of renewable energy funds and the amount of money flowing into these funds is increasing,” according to chief executive of UK alternative elecricity supplier Good Energy Juliet Davenport. “The renewable generation market is at an important stage in its development; it needs the continued support of the consumer, investor and government to ensure that it reaches its potential and really starts to make a difference to climate change.”

Sony Tops in HDTV Reliability

Sony Tops in HDTV Reliability

Are you looking for a new TV for Christmas?  Need to have it before the Superbowl?  Before shelling out your hard earned cash for a purchase that size, get some feedback from people who have them.  Do you have a co-worker or neighbor whose brain you can pick?  Well, PC World did just that with 16,000 of their best friends.

In a recent survey, PC World asked 16,000 readers to rate their HDTVs and published their results.  Sony was the hands down winner earning the highes ratings in seven of nine categories.  While LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Vizio didn’t fare too bad, either, the Sony Bravia was number one.

Sony, the electronics giant, known for high-quality, high-end HDTV’s, earned praise for hardware reliability and customer service.  “I’ve gone with Sony for many years. I find them to be reliable and high-quality, and they last a long time,” says Alan Ronkin, who bought a 40 inch Sony Bravia a year ago and is pleased with it.

Sony’s experience with HD technology means that it can produce a better picture.

The nine criteria used in the survey were:

Reliability Measures

  • Problems on arrival: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported one or more problems with the TV set out of the box.
  • Any hardware or software problems: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported any problem at all during the TV’s lifetime.
  • Severe problems: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported a problem that rendered the TV impossible to use.
  • Ease of use: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who rated their TV as extremely or very easy to use.
  • Satisfaction with reliability: Based on the owner’s overall satisfaction with the reliability of the TV.

Service Measures

  • Phone hold time: Based on the average time a product’s owners waited on hold to speak to a phone support representative.
  • Phone rating: Based on a cumulative score derived from the owners’ ratings of several aspects of their experience in phoning the company’s technical support service. Among the factors considered were whether the information was easy to understand, and whether the support rep spoke clearly and knowledgeably.
  • Failure to resolve problem: Based on the percentage of respondents who said their problem was unresolved after they contacted the company’s support service.
  • Service experience: Based on a cumulative score derived from TV owners’ responses to questions focusing on 11 particular aspects of their experience with the company’s service department.

What’s ahead for HDTV? Even lower prices and more cutthroat competition, as vendors push for market share and consumers shop for their second or third set. “Now the 52-inch goes to the living room, and the 37-inch or 42-inch retires to the bedroom or den,” The Envisioneering Group’s Doherty says.

But will quality suffer? Possibly for a while, IDC’s Haruki predicts, as vendors beef up manufacturing and support to handle increased sales and users. “Vendors will need to increase service, or they’ll have a lot of dissatisfied customers,” he says. Manufacturing will move to countries with cheaper labor, too. Vendors “may have issues…but only because it’s a transitional period,” Haruki adds. “As time goes on, they’ll figure it out and become more reliable.”

Those who know agree that while other brands will probably continue to have reliability problems, Sony will remain the problem-free leader.  Many consumers agree with Bob Mariotti who says, “Buy the best you can afford, and most times it’ll pay for itself in satisfaction.”

Phil Harris of Washougal, Washington, had a different experience,  He brought home a 42 inch Visio set from Costco, the TV had issues from day one. “The colors went out, and there were white spots all over the screen,” says Harris, a retired engineer. Vizio sent techs, who “changed a bunch of components, but that didn’t work.”

Go here to read more about Sony Bravia HDTV Reviews and Deals.