Throwback Time

Posted – August 8th. 2017 by Richard T. Mindler, Jr.
Here is a little something from January 13th. 2011.

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Here we go again.

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5 ways to sell your business at a peak price in 2014

Richard T. Mindler, Jr. – Posted 10-2-14

5 ways to sell your business at a peak price in 2014

 

The BizBuySell Insight Report, published by the online business marketplace BizBuySell, found that the number of small-business deals that closed in 2013 increased by 41.7 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2012, with restaurants and retail businesses seeing the most action. The median sale price for small businesses in Q3 of 2013 was $180,000—up 2.9 percent from the same time the previous year, though a little below the median asking price of $199,000. On average, selling prices were equal to 2.19 percent of cash flow.
This does not apply to Broadcast companies, radio stations, TV stations or newspapers due to the supply, it’s just not there and have a price in a different market. (Much Higher)The healthy selling climate seems likely to continue—which is good news for those who are eager to retire or cash out. Among mergers-and-acquisitions insiders, 68 percent expected the market to pick up strength in the 12 months following September 2013, according to a survey released in October by the law firm Dykema, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.

With interest rates still low, experts say many buyers should be able to access affordable financing. “You’ve got a pretty good window in 2014 where rates will begin to start to rise but still stay at historically low levels,” said Mitch Davidson, managing director of Post Capital Partners, a New York City private equity firm focused on the lower end of the middle market. “Debt finances a significant element of these transactions.”

(Read more: Where American entrepreneurs are striking next)

Of course, the market for any small business can be unpredictable, so owners shouldn’t sell just because there’s momentum now, say experts. There need to be other compelling reasons to put a business on the market, whether that’s the desire to move on to a new venture or to slow down.

“Market timing is always tricky, so I’m not sure that anybody should be waiting for just the right time to sell,” said Kevin O’Connell, a partner in the corporate department at Boston-based law firm Posternak Blankstein & Lund, who works in mergers and acquisitions.

If you are considering selling a business at some point in the near future, it is important to get it into shape to reap the maximum return on your investment. Here are five strategies experts recommend. The best part: None of these will be wasted efforts if you reconsider selling, because all will make your business stronger.

1. Get your books in order.

A recent Citibank Small Business Pulse report found that 25 percent of small-business owners expect to sell their company to a competitor or third party as an eventual exit strategy. But many business owners keep sloppy books, which can scare away buyers—especially sophisticated ones, like private equity firms. They want to see evidence of profit and actual or potential growth, said O’Connell.

To give buyers confidence, Davidson recommends getting audited financials for several recent years, which can be costly but makes a business more attractive. “It is a great investment to make,” he said.

Don’t put off getting your financials in shape, even if you’re planning to wait another year or two to sell. Often, small-business owners have to put their business on the market unexpectedly due to health problems, accidents or a family member who needs care, said Bill Watson, a former CPA. As owner of Advanced Business Group in Nashville, Tenn., he helps business owners build the value of their businesses and sell them. “Make sure you’re ready to sell at all times,” he advised.

(Read more: Buyout kings seek US partnerships as deal prices rise)

“Generally, if your business relies less on the owner, you get a higher selling price.” -Jock Purtle, broker, Digital Exits

2. Protect your intellectual property.

This can help you amp up the value of your business, but it’s not always a speedy process, so plan ahead. “If you need to get a patent for something, that’s something you need to consider very early in the process,” said Tatiana Melnik, an attorney in Tampa, Fla., who works with both start-ups and established businesses. “Spend the time trademarking your company name. Get copyright protection for whatever you are developing. All of that has value.”

Sometimes owners who do this discover that they have been infringing on the trademark of another business unwittingly. You’ll be much better off if you find out early and fix the situation before you’re in talks with a buyer. “A lot of times people don’t find out until they’re considering selling,” Melnik said.

3. Make sure the business isn’t dependent on you.

A business that depends heavily on the presence of one person to succeed—such as a creative services business where clients are paying for your personal talent or expertise—can be very difficult to sell to another buyer. “Generally, if your business relies less on the owner, you get a higher selling price,” said Jock Purtle, a broker of Internet businesses who runs Digital Exits, a Sydney, Australia–based firm that does 90 percent of its deals in the U.S. “If the operations are managed by staff or systems or technology and there’s less day-to-day importance of the owner, you’re going to get a higher price.”

(Read more: Start-ups take perks to new levels)

One of Purtle’s clients, Travis Jamison, founder of Supremacy SEO, located a buyer within about a month when he recently decided to sell an ecommerce store he launched to sell guides telling consumers how to “jail break” iPhones, a growing craze among the tech savvy. The process, which is legal but is discouraged by Apple because it can lead to problems like security vulnerabilities, lets the phones’ owners unlock the code so they can download apps from outside the iTunes store.

Jamison’s secret to finding a buyer quickly: “I built it to sell from the get-go,” the serial entrepreneur from Ashville, N.C., said on a call from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, where he has been staying. From the time he started the business in February 2013, he used his expertise in search engine optimization to make sure the store ranked high in Google. He automated virtually every aspect of the business, from taking orders to providing outsourced customer service in the Philippines. And he hired an employee to run it while he travels around the world—a sign that someone else could run it. And he kept good written records on his procedures. “You want everything to be written down in a process,” he said. “Otherwise, there will be questions and uncertainty about it.”

Due to the terms of the deal, Jamison could not disclose the amount of the sale, but he said that the ease of running the ecommerce store made it very appealing to the entrepreneur who bought it.

(Read more: Getting a high sales price for your company)

4. Know what your business is worth.

One of the first steps Watson recommends to owners who seek his help in selling a business is to get several independent valuations done by reputable firms so his clients know where they stand. If they have the energy to make a push to increase the value of the business, he works with them to identify strategies that will help. Sometimes this may mean going after bigger contracts to increase the “sellable cash flow.” In other cases, it could mean making strategic investments in the business that will make it worth more.

“I had a client that needed a $60,000 computer upgrade,” he recalled. “They could have leased that product from someone, or they could go out and buy that product and depreciate it. As far as the cash they spent, it was about the same either way.” However, each route would have a different impact on the firm’s value. “On the market, if you lease it, it’s an expense of the business,” he said. “That $60,000 comes straight out of their cash flow. They increased value of $180,000 by buying the computer upgrade. It had a tremendous effect on their value.”

5. Don’t keep secrets.

“Buyers do not like surprises,” said Posternak Blankstein & Lund’s O’Connell. “Don’t hold back on that uncomfortable litigation that has been filed against you. Whatever skeleton you have in the closet, be prepared to talk about it early. The longer you wait, the more disappointed the buyer will be. The greater the likelihood you will spoil the deal.” If you’re involved in litigation, have toxic goo buried in the backyard or are grappling with employee unrest, you may need to resolve those problems to get the best selling price. Regardless of what the market does in 2014, it will be easier to sell a business that’s thriving.
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What will happen to Radio?

Posted By: Richard T. Mindler Jr.  June 24th. – 2014
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What Will Happen to Radio?I think that corporate radio needs to realize that their audience can’t simply be pigeonholed into the few standard formats that they typically support. With the rise of the internet and the continued diversification of popular music, there’s now a whole new generation of music fans who’ve cast off radio, simply since they don’t play what they want to hear!  Diversity in radio is not a bad thing, and the homogenization of the airwaves alienates a lot of people. Just as the music industry in general needs to deal with the reality of the internet age, radio does as well. More and more people are now looking for more than just the same spoon-fed crap that most radio provides, since more and more people now have easier access to it and know that it exists. Also, it seems like American corporate radio has forgotten the value of the taste-maker DJ; its rare to find on major stations any DJs that are allowed to play what they personally want to hear, as used to be common. It’s obvious that the few celebrity DJs left (Ryan Seacrest and his ilk) are being told what to play, since it’s the same thing you hear everywhere else. Maybe corporate radio should look to how things are done in the UK, where a vast number of taste-maker DJs still dominate the airwaves and a much wider range of music is played commercially.
The fact that we’ve survived this long and have seen things move in the right direction despite heavy odds gives us big reason for hope. There’s still a lot of good will out there towards WGPA; many simply don’t even know that we’re on the internet. We get lots of love from listeners from around the world who’ve never even heard of us, yet love what we’re doing and have no prejudices based on what we used to be. Our major obstacle is accessibility; as it gets easier to get online away from a computer, internet radio will only grow.

Not everyone has the time or the energy to dig and dig for the most cutting edge music, so radio will continue to exist as a practicality. The question isn’t so much whether radio will continue to exist, but rather what the medium will be.
I feel like a lot of people are hopping on the bash radio bandwagon and I’m really not buying it. I still catch myself on long road trips always going back to the radio for the personal connection that you can’t get from your MP3, iPod, Satellite, etc. As much as we think we can take the human aspect out of so many parts of our lives and be cool with it, I think we innately still want to have that contact and connection to someone playing our favorite songs and or local programing, I think it will always come back to that!
It’s already evolving with the evolution of Twitter, Facebook, and all of the other social networking options. It’s opened up a whole new world for everyone, especially media outlets. It’s bridged a lot of gaps that radio has had in the past in regard to connecting with listeners.  Listeners get a peek behind the curtain which never happened in the past. Something that I’ve always admired about WGPA SUNNY 1100 AM is taking the time to really understand what our listeners like in terms of music, and working really hard to bring them a lot of variation, including local business and sports!  I’ve always admired that the people in charge, including myself care about whats getting played and will play what’s actually GOOD as opposed to what is in the Top 40 and gets the most rotation. Search the radio stations around the country and you won’t find many stations that play the depth of what we play, and all of the local flavor that exists. It’s really a gem and I hope people know that. I know I’m biased, but I also really believe it and can speak from experience!

There is no harm in giving us a try on your home radio,  around the valley, across the Nation and around the World!
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10 Cool Websites to Look at When Bored

Posted By: Richard T. Mindler, Jr. – March 9th., 2014

10 Cool Websites to Look at When Bored

 

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Here’s almost too much to look at on the web these days, and you could literally spend your whole day browsing and searching for the most interesting stories, photos, jokes, articles or videos that are out there!

If you need to kill some time or just want to find a couple new interesting sites to fill in some of those empty spots in your bookmarks list, fell free to take a look at the following cool websites to add to your collection.

1. The Oatmeal

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Created by Matthew Inman a.k.a. “The Oatmeal,” TheOatmeal.com is a humor website for the avid comic lover and quiz taker. Inman takes relatable life situations and exaggerates them in a comical sense.

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2. Hyperbole and a Half

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Hyperbole and a Half is a Blogger blog that was created by Allie Brosh, a young woman with a talent for telling her left story through detailed Microsoft Paint drawings. She says her blog is not really a web comic, but it’s not really a blog either. Whatever it is, it’s a wonderfully colorful and comedic site to browse through.

3. Cracked

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According to their slogan, Cracked.com is “America’s Only Humor Site Since 1958.” Cracked is famous for their list posts. Columnists and contributing writers craft witty, funny articles on topics ranging from history to TV & movies to Internet tech. They have a hilariously creative video section as well.

4. BuzzFeed

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This is the site you want to visit if you want to find what’s currently hot and trending on the Internet. The site uses unique algorithms to display and rank viral content on its homepage. BuzzFeed is one of the top sources to discover new viral videos, Internet memes, fun articles and anything else that’s popular on the web.

5. FAIL Blog

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Part of the I Can Has Cheezburger network, Fail Blog is a site that is most known for its humorous pictures depicting disastrous and often stupid situations. All photos have the caption “FAIL” included somewhere on the photo. Fail Blog incorporates video into their site in addition to photos.

6. Engrish

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If you get a kick out of misspelled wording and poorly written grammar, Engrish.com may be the site for you. This is a site that takes photos from all over the world of things like signs or product packaging that tend to convey an entirely different message due to unfamiliarity with the English language.

7. OMG Facts

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OMG Facts brings you some of the most interesting facts online as voted by their site audience. All facts are thoroughly researched and include topics in history, science, politics, sex and more. You can submit your own fact if you have an idea to help contribute to the site. You can also browse through their Top Facts section for some of the most top voted facts on the site.

8. Damn You Auto Correct!

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If you own a smartphone, you’ve probably had to deal with an extra text or two explaining an accidental word change as a result of your phone’s auto correction. Damn You Auto Correct features tons of funny texts between people who experience all the communicational problems that come with auto correct on a mobile device.

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9. Awkward Family Photos

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It seems as though families all over the world are all flocking to AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com to submit their photos there. From terrible hairdos to costume-themed family portraits, it’s no surprise that this site is such a huge hit on the Internet. Submit your own awkward family photo and see if it pops on the site eventually!

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Getting Started in Broadcast Journalism

Posted By: Richard T.Mindler, Jr.                    2-16-14

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 To get started in Broadcast Journalism, dig hard, write well, and maybe even sweep a few floors! Broadcast professionals say that’s what young journalists should do if they’re serious about pursuing a career in the competitive field of news broadcasting.
Television and radio students who want to stand out from the crowd must become enterprising, information-sniffing archaeologists, said Al Tompkins, Poynter’s broadcast journalism group leader.
Tompkins said that for students to be great storytellers, they must dig up information no one else is looking for, and then produce the package with clarity and cohesiveness. To uncover well-hidden journalistic gems, Tompkins said students need to talk with the people no one else is interviewing. “If a crowd of journalists is going somewhere, I’d go wherever they are not going,” he said. “Break the habit of talking to your friends. Seek out people not like you and learn to listen and not talk.”
In addition to being a good listener, broadcast students also must be outstanding writers.“It doesn’t hurt to look good, but in the long term it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen too many average-looking and sounding people who are great writers do very well in this business. Mike Wallace and Morley Safer are not pin-ups, but they’re fine journalists.”

Gayle Sierens, veteran co-anchor and reporter for Tampa’s WFLA-TV, also said honing writing and editing skills is a top priority. In addition, she tells budding reporters to “develop a thick, thick skin” and “be yourself.”
Sierens said students need to work hard while being patient. Getting comfortable in front of the camera or behind a microphone “takes a while and doesn’t happen overnight,” she said.

To get a head start on the competition, Sierens said broadcast-minded students should seek volunteer or internship positions with local stations.

“Be willing to start small,” Sierens said. “Get your foot in the door and make a nuisance of yourself. Do everything and anything beyond the call of duty. Any shred of experience will only help you.”
CBS News Radio’s Peter King agreed.

“The best thing you can do is visit radio stations in your area,” said King, a national anchor and reporter. “Visit more than one. Get an internship or part-time job sweeping the floors. You can learn a lot just by hanging around. Be curious and ask a lot of questions. Don’t just ask what; ask why.”

While a great face may help in TV and a fantastic voice won’t hurt in radio, broadcasters agree that it’s what’s between the ears that counts.

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“Good reporters know a little bit about a lot of things,” King said. “A good voice helps, but that’s not necessarily what’s going to keep you going. Being a good human being, having common sense and curiosity — those are the traits that make a good journalist.”
Don’t forget to stand out in a crowd, that doesn’t mean look like a clown, look and act professional!  Feel comfortable in you own skin, relaxed and confident, who knows, you may be the next big thing!
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The Facebook Addiction

Posted By:  Richard T. Mindler, Jr.     1-1-14 

7 Telltale Signs of Facebook Addiction

 

Facebook has become so much a part of our life now that it’s so prevalent across the world. With close to a billion users out there, one can easily throw a stone and hit a Facebook user. The amount of time users engage in Facebook activities, like updating statuses, posting photos, commenting and ‘liking’ posts has also been increasing with smartphones and 3G/Wi-fi networks becoming commonplace in recent years.


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Given the accessibility and ease of use of Facebook whenever and wherever you are, it’s no wonder more and more people are addicted to the popular social networking site. You may ask, what’s wrong if you use Facebook frequently as a means of entertainment, or as a means to relieve your stress? Well, there’s nothing wrong. However, when Facebook activities start interfering with your everyday life and become detrimental to your daily functioning at work or in school, you might have a problem.

Here are some telltale signs of Facebook addiction you should take note of.

1. Over-sharing

At a time when many citizens are concerned over the issue of privacy online, it’s strange to find that there are still a number of us who voluntarily share our deepest secrets about our intimate lives on Facebook. It has perhaps a lot to do with the gratification of being acknowledged or approved by our peers. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier article, The Psychology of Facebook, such social affirmations by our friends in our network is a key draw of social networking sites.

There’s no basis for me to say that sharing about ourselves is wrong, because each of us have our own social needs to fulfill. It’s what makes us humans. What I’m talking about here is the idea of over-sharing, of saying too much and then regretting what we said. When we’re addicted to something, we’ll do anything just to get a satisfying dose of engagement in the activity. So in the case of Facebook addiction, we may become unable to judge what’s appropriate to share, allowing our desire to be heard to override our privacy concerns.

2. Checking Your Facebook Whenever Possible

This means checking out for any updates to your newsfeed or responses to your posts every time you don’t know what to do. In other words, the default choice for your freetime activity is to be on Facebook. So what do you do? You leave your Facebook open in the background, switching between work or assignments to the page every few minutes. Even when you are outside enjoying a drink with a friend, you log in to the Facebook app on your smartphone every now and then during brief moments of non-interactions.


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The end result is that you get distracted in whatever it is you’re doing and you may find it hard to be fully present at the moment. Perhaps you may take a significantly longer amount of time to complete simple tasks or maybe some of your friends may complain that you don’t pay enough attention to what they say. No surprises there, seeing how your attention is always diverted to some Facebook notifications.

3. Overly Concerned with Facebook Image

Have you ever spent more than fifteen minutes of your time thinking about what you ought to type for your status update? After you’ve decided on what you should update and posted it, do you eagerly anticipate how others will respond to it? This is what it means when I mention your ‘Facebook image’. To some extent, we are all concerned over how we project ourselves to the rest of the world, even when it comes to our online presence.

Some of us though, may have been spending too much time managing a friend’s impression of them. It gets out of hand when you’re always trying to think of something cool, humorous, entertaining, etc to post just to show how awesome a guy or gal you are. After which, you get restless while you wait for others to comment or ‘like’ what you’ve posted and so you just keep checking and re-checking your Facebook to see if there’re any new notifications.

4. Reporting On Facebook

Most of us have seen friends in our network who almost certainly never fail to appear on our newsfeed each time we log on to Facebook. It could be some status update, check-in, posting of their photos and such. Their posts tend to be on very mundane matters, much like how someone reports to another what he or she is doing at any given moment. They report to you their daily routines (e.g. taking a piss), broadcast check-ins to uninteresting places like the street they live in, upload self-portraits and such.


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It appears to be an attempt to remind others that they exist. Either that or these people are just trying to make their offline life co-existing with their Facebook one. If you are one of these people, I think it’s good to ask yourself the reason behind such ‘reporting’. To me, it seems to be a sign of obsession, as if you need to post something, no matter how ordinary or unimaginative, in order to relieve your anxiety of not doing so.

5. Spending Hours Browsing Through Facebook Every day

Spending about an hour or so daily looking through your newsfeeds and checking out profiles of your friends is still okay, but if it starts going beyond that, it’s an indicator of a problem. Sure, there’s loads of content on Facebook like photos, games and other interesting apps, but if you start using increasingly more of your valuable waking hours surfing aimlessly on Facebook, it’s time to reexamine your lifestyle.

The issue gets worse when you actually sacrifice your sleep to use Facebook. It’s as if the amount of waking hours you have aren’t enough for you to satisfy your Facebook cravings. Lack of sleep will undoubtedly affect your performance in school or work the next day, which is when Facebook becomes an addiction problem.

6. Mad rush to add more friends

For some users, Facebook addiction may manifest itself as an intense desire to add more friends. There is a perceived ‘arms race’ between you and your other friends to see who has the highest number of friends on their network. The keyword here is ‘perceived’, because you may think there’s a competition but in fact there might be none (i.e. your friends could not care less about whether they have more or fewer friends than you). The contention on who has more friends may just be your personal quest to be seen as more ‘popular’.


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Interestingly, a research done by psychologists from Edinburgh Napier University found that Facebook users with more friends on their network tend to be more stressed up when using Facebook. The more friends you have, the more you feel pressured to maintain appropriate etiquette for different types of friends while remaining entertaining. In other words, the competition in adding friends may result in a vicious cycle of increasing Facebook-related tensions, resulting in worse addiction outcomes.

7. Compromising offline social life

As you get used to communicating on Facebook via messaging, sharing photos and posts, commenting and ‘liking’ others etc, it may come to a point when you get more comfortable socializing online than offline. You become over-reliant on Facebook to fulfill your social needs and may start sacrificing the time spent on real-life meet-ups for coffee with your friends.

That’s not healthy. Let’s face it, face-to-face communication is a far richer experience than communicating online where one cannot actually see non-verbal communication as in the body language, gestures, voice tones, etc. It’s not surprising that text messages often get misinterpreted, resulting in misunderstandings. In the long run, your social life suffers because your communication is limited to Facebook and not with a real-life friend.

Overcoming Facebook Addiction

Looking back at the signs and symptoms of Facebook addiction, I realize I am by no means immune to it. Over-sharing? Check. Refreshing my Facebook newsfeed whenever I have the chance? Check. The only consolation I have for myself is that I don’t do that on a regular basis; I simply fall in to the trap every once in a while. That’s not considered an addiction… I hope(?). I’ve read a number of articles that offer tips on how one can overcome Facebook addiction, and most of these offer precise step-by-step solutions on how to address your issue.


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Tips like first admitting you have a problem, setting aside a fixed time to check your Facebook, turning off notifications, etc are all legitimate. However, it might be more effective if we deal with the root of the addiction problem by finding out why you are depending on Facebook so much.

Is it because you’re using Facebook to avoid dealing with some things, such as your work or personal issues at home? Once you know what the underlying issue is, you’ll be more confident to manage your addiction. If there’s none to be found, then maybe it has to do with habit. Put Facebook away for awhile, go out and experience the offline world by interacting with your friends face-to-face. You’ll realize how much more wonderful that is than to stare at your newsfeed all day long. That’s when change can begin.

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Hollywood Tourist Attractions

Hollywood Tourist Attraction!

 

Hollywood Sign – Locations from which to view and photograph the Hollywood Sign, with a focus on areas of interest to tourists who have limited transportation options. You can take a shuttle to some view points, or go on a guided tour that includes a view of the sign from an overlook of the city on Mulholland Drive. If you don’t want to spend the time to get near the Hollywood Sign, you can download a close-up photo of it for free.

Hollywood Sign Official Website – The sign’s official website, produced by the Hollywood Sign Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There is a photo history of the sign, including facts and a timeline. You can also find trivia, plus news and upcoming events. There’s a live webcam running 24/7, although obviously the sign is only visible in the daytime.

Attractions on Hollywood Boulevard – The “heart” of Hollywood is at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue. There you will find most of the most famous Hollywood tourist attractions such as hand/footprints in the cement courtyard of the Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, Madame Tussaud’s and more. A short walk away are more of the familiar attractions, such as the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Shopping in Hollywood and nearby, including Hollywood & Highland, Universal CityWalk, Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard Shopping District in West Hollywood.

Academy Gallery & Grand Lobby Gallery – The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery and Fourth Floor Gallery offer free exhibitions that are related to the film industry, and are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Both galleries (as well as the Samuel Goldwyn Theater) are located at the Academy Headquarters in Beverly Hills. The Linwood Dunn Theater is at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood (at Fountain Avenue, a half mile south of Hollywood and Vine Metro station). The Samuel Goldwyn and Linwood Dunn theaters offer exhibitions on scheduled dates, which you can find on the calendar at the Academy’s website.

Celebrity Driveways – Photographs of driveways of the rich and famous.

Celebrity & Movie Stars Homes Tours – Some of the most popular guided tours are the tours or movie star homes. Starline Tours of Hollywood offers a two-hour Movie Stars Homes Tour that takes you by current homes of top stars like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Dr. Phil, as well as former homes of super stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. The tour includes a drive past other hangouts of the rich-and-famous, such as Rodeo Drive, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. LA City City Tours offers a two-hour tour that includes a stunning view of the city, the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Sign from atop Mulholland Drive! See the stars’ homes and then look down on the city below! You will also see Bel Air and the Sunset Strip. You might not actually see a celebrity, but imagine the thrill of seeing their neighborhoods, the streets that they drive on and the house that they call home. These tours are far better than buying a worthless “map of the movie star homes” and driving around in a rented car looking for those locations. Those maps can be quite outdated. Instead, take a Movie Stars Homes Tour driven by a professional who already knows where to go. They’ll give you the scoop on the REAL homes of the stars.

  • Starline Tours: Movie Stars Homes Tour – (2 hours) – Current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Rodeo Drive; Beverly Hills, & Bel Air.
  • LA City Tours: Movie Stars Homes – (2 hours) – More than 45 current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Bel Air; Mulholland Drive; Overlook the Hollywood Bowl, the city and the Hollywood Sign.
  • LA City Tours: Hollywood & Movie Stars Homes – (3 hours) – Same tour as Movie Stars Homes, including current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Bel Air; Mulholland Drive; Overlook the Hollywood Bowl, the city and the Hollywood Sign. In addition, you will see Rodeo Drive, more of Hollywood, filming locations and more.
  • From Anaheim: GrayLine Tours Movie Stars Homes and 1/2 Day Shopping Tour – (10 hours)
    A fully narrated two-hour tour that includes views of mansions in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, high-end shops at Rodeo Drive, clubs on the Sunset Strip, the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Sign from Hollywood Boulevard. Next, you will be taken to the Citadel factory outlet center, a large outdoor mall where you can find deals on name-brand clothes, shoes, books and other items. This tour is only offered on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Celebrity Home Addresses – Addresses for homes of famous celebrities who live in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Malibu. This appears to be a list that is similar to what you will find if you purchase a map of movie stars homes.

Celebrity Home Guide – Seeing Stars’ comprehensive guide to the stars’ homes.

Chinese Theatre – See Hollywood Boulevard Attractions Links below.

CityWalk – See Universal CityWalk below.

Guided Tours of Los Angeles and Hollywood – The easiest way to see L.A.’s best attractions is to let a pro show you around. Here are a variety of guided tours of Los Angeles, from the time-tested Grand Tour to the brand-new helicopter tours. See beaches, movie star homes, downtown and all of the attractions through the eyes of an expert! This is a great way to explore our great city, even if you’ve been here before.

Haunted Hollywood – Stories, websites, books, a DVD and a professional guided tour that describe Hollywood hauntings and ghost stories, as well as gravesite locations.

Hollywood and Highland. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood Boulevard Attractions – The “heart” of Hollywood is at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue. There you will find most of the most famous Hollywood tourist attractions such as hand/footprints in the cement courtyard of the Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, Madame Tussaud’s and more. A short walk away are more of the familiar attractions, such as the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Hollywood Bowl – The Hollywood Bowl is L.A.’s premier location for thrilling summer evenings of extraordinary music, dance, and film, fine dining under the stars, and, of course, spectacular fireworks! Calendar of Events, Online Store, Bowl info.

Hollywood Bowl Museum – features history, photos, posters, videos, and rock memorabilia from events at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce – Demographic data, visitor information, Hollywood Sign history, and Walk of Fame history.

Hollywood Christmas Parade – The very first parade, in 1928, consisted of only one actress, Jeanette Loff, and Santa Claus. Today, the holiday season is kicked off with a star-studded extravaganza with nearly 100 celebrities offering their holiday cheer to the people of Southern California and the World.

Hollywood Farmers Market – Sunday, 8 AM to 1 PM, Ivar Avenue and Selma Avenue (between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd). Fresh fruit and produce as well as baked goods and prepared foods. Also features street musicians, community organizations and free events (such as cooking demos, cookbook autographs, kids workshops, and family-oriented festivals).

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Founded in 1899, it is the resting place of hundreds of Hollywood’s greatest stars. Recently refurbished to its original splendor, the cemetery attracts visitors from all over the world. On Saturday evenings during the summer, Cinespia shows classic films at the cemetery.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Historical Tours – guided by historian Kerry Bible, a 2-hour+ walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Three tours are available. Tours are normally offered on the weekends but check the schedule for a full listing. In Hollywood, this is an ongoing attraction.

Hollywood Ghosts and Hauntings – See Haunted Hollywood above.

Hollywood Heritage Museum – (across from Hollywood Bowl) is dedicated to the early days of filmmaking in Hollywood. The Museum features archival photographs from the silent movie days of motion picture production, movie props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia. Also featured are historic photos and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its heyday.

Hostels in Hollywood – There are hostels and shared-room hotels that are in the Hollywood Entertainment District or nearby. The list includes hostels in Santa Monica, Venice beach and other parts of Los Angeles. Obviously the rooms fill up pretty fast so if you are considering a hostel or shared-room hotel in Los Angeles then it is best to book your space far in advance.

Hollywood Landmarks – Whether or not you choose to take a guided tour, there are some definite must-sees on a visit to Hollywood. Some have been around for years while others have assumed a place in more recent history.

Hollywood's RockWalk at the Guitar Center. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Hollywood’s RockWalk at Guitar Center

Hollywood’s RockWalk at the Guitar (Opens 10AM) – An outdoor monument to some of rock music’s most influential figures. Their handprints and memorabilia are on display in the large entryway of the Guitar Center store. This is not as large as the courtyard at the Chinese Theatre, but it’s interesting in a similar way, especially if you are interested in music legends like AC/DC, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, KISS, The Ramones and almost 200 more. If you are a guitar aficionado, you’ll probably enjoy looking around inside The Guitar Center, which holds an impressive array of guitars and musical instruments. There is also a Sam Ash music store across the street.

 

 

Hotel Accommodations in Hollywood – Hotel information, rates and online availability for hotels in Hollywood.

Oscar Night – The Academy Awards web site. Famous award ceremony for television and motion picture. See also, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Sunset Strip – (West Hollywood) The area of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Fairfax Avenue is famous for clubs and nightlife entertainment. Most clubs open in the late afternoon or early evening, and they all have a minimum age limit so check the details for each venue. There are around a dozen nightclubs on the Sunset Strip. Here are some clubs most likely to be of interest to tourists:

  • Comedy Clubs – Many of the top names in the field of Entertainment started their career at nightclubs on the Sunset Strip. that features comedy acts. Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel, Whoopi Goldberg and many more comics have graced the stage of Hollywood clubs before they became worldwide sensations.
  • Concert Clubs – Many rock and punk bands got their first big break at legendary West Hollywood nightclubs such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Roxy. The Doors, Van Halen and Guns n’ Roses. Who knows, you could see the next big act, when they were still struggling on the Sunset Strip!
    • House of Blues – 8430 Sunset Blvd. (near The Comedy Store and Saddle Ranch Chop House)
    • The following four clubs are all near Crescent Heights Blvd:
    • Viper Room – 8852 W. Sunset Blvd.
    • Whisky a Go Go – 8901 W. Sunset Blvd.
    • The Roxy – 9009 W. Sunset Blvd.
    • Key Club – 9039 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Hotels – There are dozens of hotels in West Hollywood on or near Sunset Blvd. These popular hotels are near the House of Blues, The Comedy Store and Saddle Ranch Chop House.

Universal Amphitheatre – Concerts and events. Calendar of events, order tickets online.

Universal CityWalk – Sitting high atop the hill at Universal City, California, City Walk is a one-of-a-kind environment that allows visitors to take in all of the ambience and magic of Los Angeles from a spectacular vantage point.. This is an outdoor mall lined with shops and restaurants, plus easy access to Universal Studios theme park or Universal Amphitheatre.

Universal Studios Hollywood – Theme park featuring movie studios, tours, attractions, rides, restaurants and more.
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Verified On Twitter?

 

Respect me—I’m almost verified on Twitter

  Posted By: Richard T. Mindler Jr. 11-19-13

 

Follow @rmindler  – On Twitter

Source: Twitter/ CNBC 

Ah, to be verified on Twitter. Everyone wants the recognition, but only a few are so privileged.

Verified Accounts were introduced to the social media service when former Major League Baseball manager Tony La Russa was impersonated in 2009 to help identify and authenticate key individuals and brands on the platform.

With thousands of fake and parody accounts, seeing a deluge of lawsuits from unhappy celebrities was a real possibility. The blue check mark (or badge) of verification—featured prominently on users’ profiles—was created to help avoid that problem.

The digital world has never been the same.

Twitter has awarded the seal to more than 54,000 accounts. That means more than 230 million of monthly active users are not verified—a fact that causes

to sleep uneasily. “I think it’s gone to some people’s heads,” says Matthew Knell, vice president of social media and community strategy at About.com. “It really depends on the person. Some people just genuinely don’t want to be spoofed.”

Knell, who has yet to be verified, says having the special status would appeal to his ego but that he’s focused more on sharing valuable content rather than on being considered “an influencer or an icon.”

Do verified users enjoy perks that unverified ones don’t?

Based on a review by CNBC.com, being verified on Twitter carries at least six real benefits, including a weekly email detailing the robustness of your account; the ability to hide conversations on your profile page; and verification on Vine, Twitter’s video-sharing application.

Twitter declined to comment on the specific advantages of verification. (An unwritten rule at the company forbids employees from being verified. A handful of new workers at Twitter had to forfeit their badges before joining the flock.)

Those in the somewhat general public who have received the coveted check mark are often ecstatic.

“When I will be Verified on Twitter I will email all my Friends, Romans and Countryman of the fact! 🙂 

Getting verified is important for Mindler because he has impostors.

“I want my fans to know that it’s me talking and not some robot or middle-aged woman in Maine .. or both,”

Recently, Twitter began granting verification perks to all sorts of accounts, including ones belonging to midsize businesses and social media strategists.

“I will have the same check mark as the Queen of Planet Earth—Lady Gaga,” Mindler says. “And I’m literally some guy from Bethlehem, Pa.”

“While “the blue kiss”  is exciting, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t necessarily equate with stardom!

“Just because you’re verified, [it] doesn’t mean you’re famous,” wrote former Huffington Post editor Craig Kanally when Twitter planted the blue kiss on hundreds of digital cheeks in March.

But I’ll take take it. “It will make me feel good!

And that may be the best perk of all! 
Patiently waiting for the blue Check! 🙂

 

 

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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

 Posted By: Richard T. Mindler, Jr.         11-1-13

Ten Point Plan to Get Rich Quick

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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

 

My Ten Point Plan to Get Rich Quick as an Entrepreneur

The only point to entrepreneurship is to get rich, so I’ve outlined below the keys to getting there faster and easier.

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    Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – Taken in France.
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    Get a nice ride.  First and foremost, you’ve got to look the part of a successful entrepreneur, so spend all the money you have and any money you can borrow on a really fast car, preferably something Italian.  You definitely want to have a car that’s faster than a venture capitalist’s Porsche; you need to command their respect.  Whatever you do, don’t save your money to invest in your business.  You should expect investors to put up all the money and take all the risk.

  2. Quit your job.  If you’re serious about entrepreneurship, quit your job.  Don’t wait until you have a business plan or even an idea.  Quit your job now.  What self-respecting entrepreneur has a job working for someone else?  The last thing you want to do is let your current employer help fund your new business.
  3. Quick, think of something easy.  Don’t waste any time developing a new technology or even developing a thoughtful plan.  Copy someone else.  Do something simple.  Whatever you do, don’t leverage your specific skill set and experience to create something new or something that you have a real passion for.  You want to get rich quick and doing something hard is going to take a long time.
  4. Yacht (Lady Mona K) in Skopelos

    Yacht (Lady Mona K) in Skopelos
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    Call it something cool.  Give your company a really high-tech sounding, made up name.  Be sure to describe your product in technological terms no one understands.  With just a little creativity you can make a sponge into a high tech product that will revolutionize one industry after another.  It’s all about the marketing.  Don’t waste a lot of money on research and development—you don’t have any money left.

  5. Go it aloneManagement teams are overrated.  The last thing you want is to have a team around you that will challenge your ideas and tell you when you’re wrong.  What a waste of time.  Your business plan is easy; you can do it all by yourself.  OK, maybe you’ll need to hire a virtual assistant in the Philippines for $4 per hour, but that’s it.  No one else.  You don’t want to build a team of experienced executives who can see problems you can’t.  You certainly don’t want young, passionate people from top schools who care more about changing the world than making a buck on your team.
  6. Don’t do anything that matters.  If it matters and it hasn’t been done, yet, it’s way too hard.  That’s someone else’s job and it’s going to take them a long time and a lot of money to pull it off.  Remember, it took Steve Jobs over a decade to make his first billion; you don’t have that kind of time.  We’re talking about making a quick buck here.  Focus!
  7. Ignore social issues.  There is no money in solving social problems, so be sure to steer clear of that whole arena.   Be careful, because if you wander into social entrepreneurship you’re likely to violate the last rule, too.  Double jeopardy.  Stay focused on the financial bottom line.  The only thing that matters is profit.
  8. Raise lots of money.  Now that you have a simple business idea that you can execute all by yourself and you’ve spent all of your money on an Italian sports car, you’re ready to raise money.  Whatever you do, don’t give up more than 10% of the company or control of the board.  You are the only thing needed for success.  Anyone’s money will do.  Caution: don’t ask friends and family for money—you’ll see them again.
  9. Go public.  As soon as you generate a few dollars in revenue, there are legions of financial advisors ready to help you take your company “to the next level” by taking your business public.  Don’t be concerned that these guys work for firms you’ve never heard of; they’re going to let you in on secrets that Goldman Sachs doesn’t understand.  This may involve something called a “reverse merger” into a corporate shell, but you don’t need to worry yourself with the details.  The equity line of credit they offer you will provide all the money you ever need.  The death spiral preferred will always be available if you need it.
  10. You’re rich!  You’ll own millions of shares in a publicly traded company with virtually no revenue, no prospects for profits, a regulatory burden that will cost $500,000 per year and of course you can’t sell any of your shares.
    Also, you know I’m joking, right! 🙂

    The Best way to get Rich Quick is get a Job…. I know, that’s a bad word to some!? :/  Stay well and stay Tuned! rtm…


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