I spoke to a group of educators recently and demonstrated a dozen or so powerful web based tools that anyone can use to do research and stay current on virtually any topic. One educator was concerned that only about 15% of students are self-learners, and that the power tools I demonstrated might not help the rest.
I suggested that instant messaging and social networks could help the other 85%. Self-learners could interact with others and provide them with help and guidance that they need.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
John Pestana, co-founder of Omniture, the world's leading provider of enterprise-level web analytics, lectured on the importance of web analytics at BYU earlier this month. (View his entire lecture here)
As John said, this is a hot field. Anyone who studies and masters marketing and web analytics can do extremely well as an internet entrepreneur or key player for a larger ecommerce concern.
I'm 150 pages into The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor, a book that was published ten years ago that I bought onsale for $5.98. I have been slowly and carefully studying this book, marking it up, and writing each big idea that I find inside the back cover, in good Tim Sander's fashion. I truly want to understand why Warren Buffett has succeeded.
Here are a few of the key points so far (I have highlighted more than 100 key ideas):
I was pleased when Google launched its Google Answers service way back in 2003. It is a remarkably simple and powerful tool when you can't find an answer to any question on the world wide web. I've searched the answer database and found some pretty interesting questions and answers, but today I used it for the first time to post a question:
Agilix, a profitable Utah company that received $4.35 million in VC funding earlier this year, has posted this job opening:
INTERACTIVE MARKETING DIRECTOR
Yesterday my blog turned one.
On November 21, 2003 I blogged a suggestion to Google's founders that they should launch a desktop search engine before Microsoft could incorporate their planned desktop and web search engine in Longhorn. (I'm very happy to say they have done this, and would have, with or without my blog!)
Today I spoke about Raising Capital From Angel Investors at the Miller Innovation Center in Sandy, Utah. If you are starting a company in Utah, you should consider getting office space and other services from this group. The companies I know there are very happy with the business accelerator services there.
Other Infobase Ventures updates from this week include:
A new report from the Center for Venture Research (New Hampshire) reveals the amount of angel investing and venture capital investing in the U.S. last year. The San Francisco Business Times article says: