Business Technology

Idea: Create Separate Instances of Browsers for Separate Web Apps

I always get lost in my browser tabs. I am a heavy heavy internet user and often find myself with 20-40 tabs open at a time in Chrome. Many of them running web apps that I like to keep open all the time:

  • Multiple gmail accounts
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs (Drive)
  • Asana
  • HasOffers
  • Cacoo

The annoying thing about tabs, compared to icons on the bottom of the screen (applies to mac and PCs РI use both) is they its very easy for them to change position.

For example when you open links from a web app, it opens a new tab and pushes all the other tabs over. Meaning your reaction to go back to the 3rd tab to check calendar, is no longer there caus its been pushed along.

What if there were a way to create browser tabs that broke off and could be pinned as an icon to the bottom of the screen. All they did was launch a new Chrome window, but that window was mapped to that icon in the task bar and made it easy to navigate between different chrome “instances” or “apps”.

I know it would make me more productive…

UPDATE: Turns out this feature is already built into chrome ūüėõ – Click here to see how to do it.

Business Technology

Google Apps Removes Free Version Completely

I just got an email from Google stating that they are removing the free version of Google Apps completely. This is not going to effect existing accounts but new users will not be able to sign up for the free version. I am a heavy user of Google apps and use it on 20+ domains. This is a sad, sad day…

Hello from Google,Here’s some important news about Google Apps‚ÄĒbut don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer.

Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.

Should you ever want to¬†upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.

You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog.

Thank you for using Google Apps.

Clay Bavor
Director, Google Apps

Business People

Live Bidding for Drinks in a Bar

Imagine a bar that had a live bidding system for the price of drinks. The bar could purchase a whole bunch of discount alcohol and start the prices really low. Every time a customer makes a purchase, the price of that particular drink goes up for the next person.

The price could go down if that drink isn’t purchased for a certain period of time.

There wouldn’t really be any tangible benefit to this system, it’s more a gimmick for the bar to use to give people something to talk about.

Plus some days you might be lucky enough to grab a discounted beer.

Business Technology

App Idea – Turn iPhone’s into Public Hot-spots

So you already know that you can turn your iPhone into a hotspot, but a PUBLIC one? that anyone can use?

Here is the idea.

Its an app that allows you to create a public hotspot that anyone can access with NO password. But for the user to access the hotspot, they need to watch a 10 second video advertisement.

Video ads pay anywhere form $30-80 CPM (cost per thousand impressions).

The app provider can organize rev share with its users, so that they get a percentage of the advertisement revenue (say 50/50).

This could be a great additional revenue stream for cab or bus drivers, or just a great way to offset your phone bill costs.

Business Technology

Vitoto Editing Features Launched

We just released an update to Vitoto which includes the ability to edit your videos, its bad ass.

Check it out at

Or on the iTunes App Store.

Vitoto Editing

Business Technology

Email Optimization

I’ve been working on email optimization lately. Here are three plugins I have found that are awesome:

Snooze your Emails – allows you to set a reminder to re-visit that email at a later date, instead of just losing it in your inbox.

Yesware – allows you to track who is opening your emails, and create templates that you can fill in with just the click of a button.

Boomerang – allows you to schedule emails to be sent at a later date.

Check em.

Oh, and make sure you are logged into Chrome with your Google Account, so that your plugins and settings are synced across all your computers.

Business Technology

Idea – Thoughts to Extend the iPhones Battery Life

iPhone battery life is a huge problem that I hear people all around the world bitch about.

Here are my ideas to solve it:

1. Put a solar panel on the back of the phone. This will give you the ability to charge anywhere there is light.

2. Implement kinetic and heat inductors. This will be the phone charges when it moves and when its in your pocket.

3. Have lock screen access to turn off and on the biggest battery drainers. Including 3g/4g/LTE/WiFi.



Business Technology

The Future of Video Storage

Imagine free, unlimited, unmetered video storage service for all your video needs.

A service where you could quickly upload, download and watch all your own private videos for free with no restriction on size, quality or content. And a service that was 100% redundant meaning that you could never lose your data, an important factor because there is no way to get back those home movies of little Timmy as a toddler if the house burns down.

  • For the father who has all those CDs he doesn‚Äôt¬†know¬†what to do with
  • The professional video editor who has hundreds of hard disks full of data from old projects
  • The local convenience store owner who has to erase his CCTV footage every month due to lack of space
  • All the way up to big corporations who might have thousands of cameras running at once.

Is it really such an unrealistic service?

YouTube already hosts hundreds of millions of videos for free, not to mention the plethora of other free video hosting sites out there.

Dropbox is giving 10gb+ away for free to its users.

The costs of data storage are reducing while the capacity is increasing all at an exponential rate.

That being said, it’s still not cheap. Building a service like this would likely set you back in the hundreds of millions of dollars. So how could you afford to build such a service?

Since the data is not for public viewing and you won‚Äôt have large¬†amounts¬†of traffic you can’t sell advertising.

The one asset you are building up is all the data you are storing. Data is information, if you can turn that information into knowledge, into usable data, you may be able to turn a profit from it.

I could guess that most people reading this post probably have either a Google, iTunes or Facebook account. If you have any of these, you’ve probably accepted a privacy agreement that allows these companies to use all of your personal information. To analyse your browsing activities,¬†monitor¬†your interests, what you talk about, what you read and who your friends are.

Many speculate these companies already sell your information to other corporations and even the government including intelligence divisions like the CIA and FBI.

I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with this. If you don’t want your information shared, don’t use the service. Nobody is forcing you to.

So assuming you create a privacy policy drafted in a way that allows you to do analysis on the videos that you are storing for free, here are a few ways I think you could use that data. There is probably thousands more I haven’t thought of.

1. You could use the data from cameras in certain locations to collect and analyze data about the real world. For example how many cars drive down a road per month or how many people pass a shop front each day. You could even go deeper and use it to analyze demographics. How many men vs women vs children pass a particular shop each day. How many cars above $50,000 drive down this road each day etc… Many companies can use this kind of data.

2. You could use it to find people around the world. Easy examples would be for agencies to use. Maybe to find a kidnapped child or a wanted terrorist.

3. You could sell the data to universities for human behavioural analysis

4. You could sell (some)¬†footage¬†to MTV/Funnies Home Videos – this may cause issues but I’m sure you would capture a bunch of hilarious shit.

5. You could provide video data analysis for your individual clients as an upsell service. Companies who want to know the behaviours of their staff or customers in their stores.

Of course all the above would be done by an autmated software product that was able to find results in near realtime.

Outside of monetizing the actual data, you could also:

6. Create a Freemium model where the higher users pay for more bandwidth

7. Create a Freemium model where users can pay so that their data is kept private and cannot be used for analysis

Many companies collect a large¬†amount¬†of data but¬†don’t¬†monetize it correctly. This is a¬†crying¬†shame because in¬†today’s¬†information age there are so many different ways to¬†monetize¬†data at generally little to no cost.


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The Death of Broadcast Advertising…

It has been a topic of discussion for some time now that broadcast advertising has been losing its effectiveness. I mean seriously, when was the last time you saw a billboard on the side of the road, picked up a phone and called the number displayed?

Maybe recently, but it was probably a fluke. Broadcast advertising is basically the same as spam – untargeted advertising to the masses.

Not that spam doesn’t work, it does. But it is not the most effective method of advertising.

Examples of broadcast advertising include:

  • TV
  • Radio
  • Newspaper
  • Billboards
  • Cold Calling
  • Junk mail
  • Etc…

These methods, while targeted to a small level (like you know that mostly females watch The Bachelor so you advertise female oriented products during the airing of that show), in modern age of today, you can do so much better.

With the technology and data that exists today, it is much easier to find, track and target your audience down to an almost exact science.

Here are some targeted advertising options to consider:

Search Advertising

I’m sure most of you know what search advertising, most people in the world have probably clicked on a Google search advertisement at some point in their lives. But you know why you clicked on it? Because you were searching for it, it works.

Facebook Advertising

Most people tell Facebook what their likes and interest are. So target people who are interested in what you have to offer…

Sponsored Emails

There are email newsletters in EVERY single market in the world. Instead of broadcasting to your general demographic, why not purchase an advertisement on an email list from people who have already indicated they are interested in what you have to offer?


Retargeting or behavioural retargeting is genius. You may have seen this happen to you already, but basically if you visit a site of a certain type (say a stock trading website) you can then follow that same customer across different sites showing them the same advertisement until eventually they buy.

Needless to say, there are many other methods of targeted advertising that all work very well. And a good combination of broadcast and targeted advertising can work wonders too (think broadcast advertising to determine your target market, then retargeting that customer until they buy). But if you find yourself stuck in the old school mentality of broadcast advertising only, you need to get with the times…