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As I write this now I am on the eve of joining an organization called AIGHD.org (Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development), which is very closely tied with a foundation umbrella called PharmAccess.org. It is a research umbrella run by some extraordinary people. It is part of a large consortium of organizations designed to provide sustainable solutions to major health problems across our planet, by forging synergies between disciplines, health care delivery, research and education. Tomorrow, I will hit the ground running with a symposium where I hope to assist in launching the first hookworm vaccine in Gabon, Africa – a disease that affect 700 Million people worldwide and is very taxing on the healthcare systems and the people suffering from the disease.
Watching this video will give you a good idea of what the vision is at PharmaAccess, AIGHD and the consortium of foundations setup to facilitate a better and more effective healthcare system in Africa.
This is a 3D printed spider robot, a wirelessly controlled bio-inspired octopod robot made with high resolution 3D printed parts. It uses a total of 26 motors: 3 in each leg and 2 in the abdomen. Pretty amazing what we can do with 3D printing and robotics these days.
This infographic looks back on 20 Google products and services that have been laid to rest. Its a reminder that even Google has to clean out the closet and pull the plug on projects to free up precious resources and focus on whats working now and into the future. In many ways, success is built on failure. For every success Google has, there are probably 100 failures we do not get to hear about. Some never get off the ground and never make it to the public’s attention. These poor souls did and they died in the public spotlight.
Just thought this was a nice infographic … pity its not Halloween!
Over 1/3 of the US adult population is categorized as obese by the CDC. Dr Peter Attia is questioning the conventional wisdom of the American Medical Association (AMA) who very recently announced their decision to define obesity as a disease and are now obligated to diagnose and treat their obese patients as such. This decision will cost health insurance providers a great deal of money, as they will now be required to cover obesity treatment for one in three adults and one in six children in the U.S.A. Its a complete win for the pharmaceutical industry. But its possibly a death trap for the US population and does not help obesity patients nor does it help reduce the obesity crisis.
Dr Peter Attia is proposing that the AMA have it all wrong. I agree with him. He is questioning the relationship between insulin resistance and obesity. Most physicians believe that obesity is the cause of insulin resistance so logically to treat insulin resistance you get people to loose weight. What if we have it backwards? What if obesity is not the cause of insulin resistance at all but a symptom of a much deeper problem? Obesity may actually be a coping mechanism for a much deeper metabolic problem…
What if blaming the obese is like blaming the victim, which could very well be what is going on! Its great for the pharmaceuticals, but will not help to reduce the obesity crisis. If you are remotely interested in this very serious issue you should watch Dr Peter Attia’s recent presentation at TED in the video below. Its well worth it and he conveys a very powerful message.
Here are some insights on why longtail domains may no longer be a viable speculative investment for domain investors as a long hold. Sure you can make a quick flip if you know how, but as a long term investment strategy, I do not recommend longtail investment especially outside the .com/ccTLD space if you are not going to develop and invest sufficient time and energy to make something out of the domain and website.
I feel long tail net/org/us are at risk of devaluing significantly due to a number of factors and these factors put together need to be taken seriously by any speculative longtail domain investor.
1) Google’s algorithmic changes. Google has made it harder to use an Exact Match Domain (EMD), especially a longtail domain to acquire rankings with a relatively thin site. This simply means that you need to invest more money into your longtail domains to monetize or resell them, hence reducing profit margin for the quick flip model.
2) New TLDs and the choice factor for new registrants. This will be slow to take off, but will gain momentum as the public gets educated.
3) Google/Amazon and other big brands will give domains away for free and up-sell with other services making the need to buy a long tail net/org a less attractive alternative to a .com or new TLD.
4) Apps and mobile reduce the need for domains, especially long tail as apps reside primarily on “brand” domains.
5) Facebook will launch their own shops soon where you will be able to sell directly from Facebook…no more need for a separate e-commerce website or domain name.
6) The Top Level Domain will get more meaning and become less generic. The TLD will essentially become what use to be the SLD (second level domains) so me.nyc.com will become me.nyc … everything moves up a spot. Everything is becoming more focused as information and population grows. This will reduce the generic nature of domains and the need to market cross TLD. Hence net and org will retreat to what they were initially designed for (networks and organizations) …in time.
7) Social media is reducing the need for a website. Teenagers now have a website on Facebook. This takes market share away from domain registrations.
If you can add some more factors please contact me as this list is far from complete. The above list already has an enormous impact on longtail investing and investors should not ignore these warning signs. You need to take action now before its too late. A lot of people will miss this boat and end up letting assets drop later when they could have sold them now for a profit.
I am moving a significant amount of longtail .net/org/us through a number of methods. Even low 2-3 figure sales of these low end assets will add up to a good 6 figure revenue stream for my companies and save me a lot of money on renewal fees while lightening my portfolio to make room for more valuable assets in the .com and ccTLD space.
If you would like to know more on my domaining strategy for 2013/14, make sure you read this post.