Author: Octavio Urzúa

CEO at GrupoAdm, Regalos Publicitarios en Santiago, Chile.

Charity:Water

$20 can give clean water to a person in Africa for 20 years charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. With a radically transparent model that sends 100% of public…

Blockchain Apps

Upwardly-spiraling blockchain phenomenon that will soon replace all of our passwords, physical IDs, and even the keys on our keychains by using blockchain-enabled smartphone applications. 5 BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATIONS DISTRIBUTED CLOUD STORAGE. Blockchain data storage will become a massive disruptor shortly.…

Made in China

China no longer needs to “borrow ideas” from America, but created new innovations of her own. ‘Made-in-China’ innovations: from messaging, mobile payment, bike sharing to live streaming. I am truly inspired by the new generation of Chinese innovations, entrepreneurs, and…

Renewable VS Fossil

SOLAR ENERGY Solar energy vs. fossil fuels Is solar power cheaper than coal and other fossil fuels? G20 vs the U.S.: the fossil fuel paradox How energy subsidies play the biggest role The advantages and disadvantages of solar energy vs.…

Vacuum Cleaner Stories

The Vacuum Cleaner: A History House cleaning has been an innate human activity for centuries, but only since the early 19th century have mechanical devices replaced the physical hard labor (performed mostly by women). Mechanical carpet sweepers were replaced by…

Rule Breakers 2016

How much did your industry grow in 2016? How much did your main competitors grow in 2016? How much did your industry leader grow in 2016? How much did your company grow in 2016? Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG): Up 1336%…

Artificial Intelligence Insights

We have reached a turning point in history… Most people don’t know it, but our lives are about to radically change. Artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced to the point where computers can start learning from their own experiences. Now, this…

Billions in Change

Who is Manoj Bhargava and why he is giving away 99% of his 4 billion wealth to simplify and solve 3 complex challenges: energy, water & health? – Is it possible to get unlimited energy & polution-free? Just pedal 1…

Pricing Strategy

Two big shifts in the world took place this week that will mean big opportunity for your e-commerce business. 1. Price of oil has hit 6 year lows at $42/barrel. 2. This week China devalued its currency for the first…

15 Laws of Growth

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? Is the book simple? You bet. Is it difficult to apply. Of course. But, the framework of the 15 Laws is one model that will…

Bargains or Shopping Experience?

No Showroom, No Salesmen, Free Delivery. Vroom wants to be the Amazon of used car sales. But how do you win trust for a used car dealership? And an online one, at that? Used Car Market Meets 2015 A new…

Post-Capitalism

We are entering the postsocialism and postcapitalism era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time…

The Next Trillion-Dollar Trend in Technology

Amazon’s Dash Button is part of a trend researchers are calling the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The Dash Button is a little plastic button with adhesive tape on the back. You’re doing the laundry. You’re running out of detergent. You…

New Opportunity in Luxury Travel

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced its first round-the-world cruise with Fares starting at $54,999. They will launch in January 2017 on a 128-night itinerary to six continents, 31 countries and over 60 ports of call, with excursions to dozens of…

Could one question determine your future?

If you read Simon Sinek “Start with Why” then you understand why some people and some companies enjoy a remarkable success with a cult-like following fans, while others drown in mediocre waters. Most entrepreneurs and businesses act from the outside-in.…

Mindset

How to be the best you can be? “Nobody worked harder than Mozart. By the time he was 28 years old, his hands were deformed because of all the hours he had spent practicing, performing and gripping a quill pen…

Everthing involves Ecommerce

NEWS Why Real Businesses Aren’t Dead There’s no arguing online retail is the future, but brick and mortars are still alive and well. At least the ones adapting. Quartz predicts Amazon will become the largest clothing retailer in the US…

How to Raise $1mm with a Tweet

If you have a burning mission, and you’re short on the money you need, this story is for you. This is the three simple (but not easy) steps Matthew Inman (better known as The Oatmeal) took to raise $1 million…

Share your Talents today

There are thousands of ways to impact the world positively: be friendly to neighbours, write a thank you note to a friend, invite someone for dinner to cook a special recipe… All of them are awesome ways to epic-fy your…

Connect the World with battery-less Radios

A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no…

The heart of Modern Wealth

There are people who complain about the declining share of gross domestic product that is contributed by manufacturing in the United States. This is because they are completely unfamiliar with the worldwide phenomenon. They do not understand that economic growth…

Advertising’s Big Data Debate

How to have access to an infinite amount of options to create products and services on demand How to create a globally relevant impacting game that you can successfully launch in short times How to start solving complex problems with…

What CRM software to integrate?

CRM is a scam. Yep, I said it. It’s not that CRM systems are not useful. It’s just that they are marketed as “sales software” and that’s simply not true. A CRM is really just a customer database. And having…

Exponential Organizations

Oculus VR, AirBnb, Uber, WhatsApp, DropBox… there is a growing list of startups commanding multibillion-dollar valuations in just a couple of years. The velocity of wealth creation is exploding. What’s going on? Why is this happening? For bigger Fortune 5000…

37 Signals

Two big announcements. February 5, 2014. This year marks 37signals’ 15th year in business. And today is Basecamp’s 10th birthday. We have a lot to celebrate, and two exciting announcements to share. But first, let’s set the scene with some…

Are you the First in…?

56 Future Accomplishments: Waiting for Someone to go First. It was a fascinating piece on some of the “firsts” that have occurred, such as: WOMEN 1st People to Fly 1st Nude Actress in a Movie 1st Woman to Cross the…

Eight Big Crowd Opportunities

In looking at all the inroads the sharing economy has made so far, you may think that the big opportunities have already been exploited. In reality, this is a movement that’s just getting started. Here are just a few that…

Blockchain and Distributed Systems

A number of people are having trouble establishing the long term value of Bitcoin. Is it a flash in the pan or the next big thing? When I started to dig into Bitcoin, I figured I could clearly and quickly…

Beyond Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Is entrepreneurship the solution to the world urgent problems? I enjoy to get involve with entrepreneurs who want to improve the world, solve a pain, share good will, disrupt industries with better solutions. These is a short list of part…

Is the country going in the right direction?

We are at a pivotal point in American history. 99% of the people believes that the US is going in the wrong direction. The American dream was once: Work hard Own a home Fulfill marriage and family life Take advantage…

6 “Ds” of Exponential Growth

Dr. Peter Diamandis, is known for his roles as founder and chairman of the X Prize as well as co-founder of Singularity University. The title of his talk was “Goodbye Linear Thinking: Hello Abundance”. Diamandis began by discussing how the…

Why Madonna and Gene Simmons matter

When I was a teenager, I didn’t understand the singer, Madonna. Neither, Gene Simmons from KISS. Okay, I still don’t entirely understand them, but I understand why the word “reinvention” was constantly associated with both. It was why she and…

How to Identify Great Adjacent Markets

Believe it or not, finding great adjacent markets is pretty straightforward. Here are three basic questions to ask: 1. How could my company’s underlying assets be used differently, ideally to solve problems that a) impact a billion people and b)…

5 Brands Winning at Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing isn’t anything new. Just read The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, a testimonial of a mother in the 1950’s who made a living writing advertising jingles for contests brands were holding. Top brands like Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Oreo are…

TV Replacement Cycle

Last week, I attended one of the biggest events in the tech world – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CES is one of the largest consumer-electronics and technology conferences on the planet. Over 155,000 people were expected to fill the…

Glass of water and Copywriting

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she…

27 Ways to Shake Up Speaker Introductions

27 questions that your introducers can use to reveal some of the lesser known facts about your speakers. Personal What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? Who inspires you? Who do you aspire to be like? Who was someone you really looked up to…

Currency Wars

Why the USA Biggest Advantage could be About to Disappear? America is the only country in the world that doesn’t have to pay for its imports in a foreign currency. Here’s what I mean… Let’s say you’re a German and…

Role Model for Your Kids

I want to share with you a powerful secret that will help your kids reach their full potential. It doesn’t involve sending them to fancy schools… or signing them up for extracurricular activities. It doesn’t require helping them get a…

The magic of Ideas

IDEA ADDITION Take an old idea. One that is big and popular. Maybe million of people love it. Believe it. It’s like a religion. Add something to it. Here’s the addition: Paleo people didn’t eat at regular intervals. They didn’t…

Life Myths

Each one of these myths can lead to entire businesses, can lead to happiness if you are aware of them, can lead to less stress if you understand how the myth manipulates its way through our society. Owning a home…

Best Collections

Top 10 Most Expensive Collectibles 10. Spider-man Comic Book: $40,000+ 9. Pair of Levi Strauss & Co 501: $60,000 8. The Gutenberg Bible: $20,000 – $100,000 7. 1787 Chateau Lafite: $160,000 6. “Double Fantasy” John Lennon Album: $525,000 5. Porcelain…

7/11 Reasons

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science Work Hard, Work Smart 1. Stop working overtime and increase your productivity The more you work, the less effective and productive you are going to become…

Learning How to Resist the Feds

Americans are learning how to beat the system, cheat the system, and outfox the system. As the bureaucrats tighten their many nooses, Americans are finding ways to slip the noose. An article in Forbes offers examples. They are everywhere. Businesses…

China’s yuan purchasing power forecast

Two hundred years ago, Napoleon warned, “When China wakes, it will shake the world.” China has awakened. And now, it’s about to shake the world to its foundations — starting with the US dollar. Everybody knows that China is on…

New Wave of Industrial Revolution

Imagine how our world — and your life — would change if the batteries that run your iPad… your Kindle… and your Prius hybrid held 10 TIMES more power and charged 10 TIMES faster than they do now… The Guardian…

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch

Contagion is Real. Does it End With Spain, really? Viva Los Rescates Financieros de los Bancos! “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams,…

Predicting Facebook Future

I do have a Facebook page. I do not own shares of Facebook. Sometimes “great deals” do not work out. Here is why… Apple currently trades around 13 times earnings Google currently trades around 18 times earnings At $38/share, Facebook…

Mobile Wallet Technology

Traditional wallets and purses are being replaced with smartphone “mobile wallets” that incorporate cameras, Internet connectivity, thousands of “apps” and increasingly, banking, credit and payment transaction technologies. Your future is calling on your mobile phone, and the ringtone sounds like…

Derivative Manipulation Hits the Oil Market

Oil is down $100 a barrel for the first time since February 10. Is this the result of a classic yo-yo short in anticipation of a major advance in the price? There will be little opportunity for this derivative to…

Asian Risk: Aussie and Kiwi down?

Could commodity based exporters like Brazil, Russia and Chile be the next in this down trend? Do you call this currency: Australian Dollar or Australian Yuan? The same applies to the New Zealand Dollar or Yuan. Besides all the exciting…

Google Glasses and the Era of Radical Change

Today, they can sport Google Glasses that make video phone calls. So, how our IQ would change our brains when using this device? Since the transistor was invented at Bell Labs in New Providence, NJ, back in 1947, the U.S.…

Reagan VS Obama: Social Economics 101

What is the Proper Role of Government? Is its Most Important Function to secure the rights and freedoms of individual citizens? Should Moral Values and State be separate? Could the Governement Create Wealth? What is the Real Cause Of American…

Successful Entrepreneurs after 60

Many very successful people didn’t get started until later in life. Harland “Colonel” Sanders was almost dead broke at age 65. He used his first Social Security check of $105 to investigate ways to “sell” his special fried chicken recipe.…

Abundance VS Scarcity Mentality

Is Our Future Abundant or Scarce? Are our Resources Expanding or Decreasing? Is our Thinking Shrinking or Developing? The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and…

Chinese Financial New Order

For many years now, it’s been clear that China would soon be pulling the strings in the U.S. financial system. After all, the American people now owe the Chinese government nearly $1.5 trillion. This could be the Currency War of…

The Next Great Energy Revolution

The History of the Western World Is the Story of Energy Revolutions Over the past two centuries, every great leap forward has been driven by a corresponding technological advance related to energy. Coal — along with the steam engine and…

The #1 Predictor of Your Future Wealth

I’ll give you some hints: It’s not education. It’s not income. It’s not a great job. It’s not whether or not you have kids. It’s not whether or not you own your own business. It’s not intelligence. (people with above-average…

Basic System for Hiring Outsourcers

“How can I get a developer to deliver on time???” “Where can I get a programmer that I trust not to steal my code?” “I’m having a hard time finding RESPONSIVE programmers who can deliver on budget.” “To many programmers…

Why We Don’t Have Free Education?

Do you think we should have free education from universities around the country? Isn´t education a right that the State should provide to every citizen? Some people think so. And they’ve let the media know. But you’ll understand exactly why…

The Great Tech War Of 2012

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google don’t recognize any borders; they feel no qualms about marching beyond the walls of tech into retailing, advertising, publishing, movies, TV, communications, and even finance. Across the economy, these four companies are increasingly setting the…

Best of Seth Godin on Quality

No relation between price and quality In industries under siege from external change (and I count music, books, airlines, pharmaceuticals, IT, telecommunications, etc) you’ll find that the extra fees extracted by the legacy companies DO NOT go for quality. They…

How Public Schools Make Kids Hate Thinking

A Look At How Public Schools Make Kids Hate Thinking Michel didn’t like the school system a.k.a. the mind prison. Look at these negative suggestions that are drilled into you in the public school system and college and tell me…

What is driving China´s growth?

The key to China’s economic growth isn’t “how fast?” or “how much?” The most critical question is “what’s driving it?”. Most people think that China’s current economic status is a mirage created by government stimulus and relies on exports. However,…

Fat Profits From Fast Food Stocks

McDonald’s went public in 1965, selling its shares for $22.50; now its stock trades around $90 a share. Fast food can be an occasional unhealthy indulgence – but fast food stocks can be a healthy dose of profit for your…

How Groupon Generates Cash While Losing Money

Groupon sells “Groupons” that allow its customers to eventually go and get something from the merchant that issues the Groupon. When Groupon sells a Groupon–say, a $25 coupon for $50 of belly-waxing services–Groupon collects the $25 immediately (from the subscriber’s…

Gordon Bizar Review of Aggregation

A Gordon Bizar student contacted me to know more about the implementation of Gordon´s Aggregation Business Model in my industry of corporate gifts. This is the transcript summary. RYB: I am exploring optimal ways to create a hugely profitable entity…

Bubble Theory and the Madding Crowd

In the investing world, we talk about bubbles. A bubble happens when stocks in a particular sector are over-hyped, and greed starts driving the market. In a stock market bubble, investors stop thinking about what they’re buying and start looking…

America’s Secret Elixir

What has made the US so great? Free markets? Smart people? Capitalism? Democracy? A two party system? Silicon Valley? Cheap resources? Or was it having the reserve currency of the world since 1945? No, that would not have been enough.…

Graphene “New Silicon” Discovery

Dry ice fuels new computer revolution, delivering China a windfall and early investors a singular opportunity You can use dry ice for a lot – keeping a picnic lunch cool, generating fog for backyard karaoke. Now it’s about to revolutionize…