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7 Habits of Successful Internet Entrepreneurs

Straight talk from an Experienced Tech Entrepreneur.

There’s certain habits that will accelerate and elevate the chances of you being a successful internet entrepreneur.

In this video I cover the lessons I’ve learned through my startup career over 20 years as a successful tech entrepreneur.

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Why Ruby on Rails in 2021?

It’s 2021, so why am I still using Ruby on Rails to develop new services?

Find out inside. HINT: It doesn’t matter!!!

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SmallBiz Software Development

Lifestyles, Not Unicorns

Everybody talks about these rare beasts in the startup world – the Unicorns. I’m here to tell you there is another, safer, better way.

People get into Entrepreneurship for lots of different reasons. For me it was always about Lifestyle – and not the kind of ridiculous Instagram Lifestyle of being in your 20s (haha forget about that!) and laying on the beach while you passively make $100,000 a day.

But speaking of that…Do you sell on Amazon? You should be using Zonmaster.com to handle your customer communication.

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SmallBiz Software Development

Building Your Own Successful SaaS Business

Software as a Service – SaaS – is THE WAY to go in my opinion. It is the best combination of technical challenge, technical solution and income stream. I have built several SaaS and service businesses – the current one being Zonmaster.com – the best Customer and Review management service for Amazon Sellers (In my opinion!)

In this video I go over the 4 steps you need to follow to get your SaaS business up and running and getting customers.

Interested in starting a SaaS? You can bounce ideas off me if you wish!

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SmallBiz Software Development

Think Frameworks, Not Languages

For whatever reason we find it easy to get distracted by thinking about the programming language, when we should be thinking about the best frameworks written in each language that will give us a boost when it comes to developing solutions.

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Investing SmallBiz Software Development

Stop Think About Investors

Start thinking about customers!

The best source of income is, and has always been, from customers.

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Software Development

What Programming Language?

From my YouTube channel

So many conflicting lists about top programming languages in 2021, I put together a sensible top 10 that is good for finding a JOB writing software. This may be a channel about being a Tech Entrepreneur, but finding a job is a great way to get practical real world experience on someone else’s dime. We talk about programming languages like Java, JavaScript, Python, Swift, and SQL.

I talk about the fundamental difference between types of languages. For example, which one should you use for the frontend or backend or full-stack? Which programming language is the best for database management? Which programming language is the best for data science, machine learning, or general-purpose scripting? Watch to find out!

Any questions? Drop a message!

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What is a Tech Entrepreneur and ARE YOU ONE???

I am back with a vengeance – talking about my passion: Tech Entrepreneurship

In today’s video I cover the basic questions – what is a Tech Entrepreneur, and are YOU ONE?

What are the traits of a Tech Entrepreneur and what should you know going in? Watch to find out!

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20 Years A Tech Entrepreneur

It’s time to get back on track!

I’m coming up to 20 years as a tech entrepreneur. That means founding or co-founding startups. Some worked, some didn’t. Watch this into to me and subscribe to get new videos where I will go over the entrepreneurs journey and how you can create your own successful business! Be in for the long haul.

Read about my first company – Speirtech – here: https://bwnews.pr/3kiLCk3

Read the Forbes.com article about me here: https://bit.ly/35CdNq1

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Your Mother or Your Life

I have been a ‘Permanent Resident’ (at least that’s what my visa says) of Japan for 7 years. I pay tax here, I pay social security here. This is the only country on earth where I have a home and health care. My business is here.

But in the eyes of the Japanese government, I am suddenly undesirable. My ability to have free movement is restricted. This is because of a new ruling during these times of Covid19 that says that ‘foreigners’ – regardless of whether they are Permanent Resident (PR) Visa holders or not – are not allowed to re-enter Japan if they leave.

At the present time, even by the Japanese government’s own number, there are 200,000(!) foreign PRs stuck outside of Japan. The tales you can easily find online are shocking. Even though they are not allowed re-entry into Japan – where they have jobs, spouses, children, houses – they are legally required to pay social security (which can only be paid from within Japan) or face legal repercussions. Some have inevitably lost their jobs, having been stuck outside of Japan for 4 months now. Some have lost their homes or apartments. 

On the other side, some are also facing deportation from the country they are stuck in. But deportation to where? Japan will not let them in – even though this is their legal home. If these people are put on a plane to Japan, once they land they are refused entry and sent back to….no one knows.

To be clear, these people are not facing a quarantine upon arrival. They face a ban on entry. They are sent back. There are verified stories of foreign spouses arriving in Japan with their Japanese spouse and children and the foreigner not being allowed entry while the wife and children are.

Japanese citizens are free to come and go as they please. They face no legal measures to even make them quarantine upon arrival. In Japan there is no legal basis to control the population, so no lockdowns have ever happened. Yet foreign RESIDENTS are seen as a threat.

It is worth restating that we are not talking about foreign tourists. We are talking about RESIDENTS.

Aside from the personal disruption and devastation, the impacts are being felt economically. If a company has it’s Asian headquarters here invariably they will have foreign workers. If those workers happened to be outside of Japan on April 2nd, when this ban went into place, they cannot return. Because of the uncertainty that this ban his instilled in the business community, foreign companies are starting to leave Japan. Several prominent media and service companies have already started to shift to Hong Kong or Singapore as a more secure (Hong Kong! More secure than Japan!) place to do business.

For me, there is a personal toll: my 88-year-old mother lives alone in Canada. Normally I visit her 3 times a year and spend 6 weeks at a time there, giving her assistance and company. Because of this ban, I cannot go because I do not know if I would EVER be let back into Japan. And I have no health care coverage in Canada, so what happens if I get sick? I cannot be repatriated to Japan, my legal place of residence.

Japan is one of the few countries on earth – and the ONLY G7 country – to have such a ban in place. Not even New Zealand – famous for their measures during Covid19 – stopped Permanent Residents from re-entering.

I would call on the foreign press, and foreign governments, to try to exert some pressure on Japan to change this ruling. At the very least a ban on Japanese tourists should be put in place, as they pose an imminent health risk – they can travel freely, even to high-infection-rate areas – and then arrive in your country. 98% of the population in Japan is Japanese Nationals (one of the highest ratios in the world), yet the other 2% is seen as a threat to disease. If I travel to Canada with my Japanese wife, she would be allowed re-entry to Japan where I would not, despite the fact that we would have been exposed to the same environments while outside Japan.

There is no excuse for what Japan is doing here, this is shameful, disgraceful, and immoral. The only reason that they are banning foreign residents from entering Japan from countries where Japanese nationals are allowed to go is xenophobia. This is a disgusting political maneuver from the Japanese government to show its populations that it’s doing something. There isn’t a rational and scientific reason to do that for the so-called prevention against the virus since the protocol used for the Japanese nationals coming back to Japan could have been EQUALLY applied for the foreign residents.

Countries will have to seriously reconsider the relations they have not only with China but also Japan. Those countries are just not trustable and they operate without any respect for mutual agreements. Japanese residents in Canada are treated fairly and equally, and the least we can ask is reciprocity from Japan. But they are not civilized enough to understand that apparently and always operate for their own benefits when they need to do so violating mutual trust. It’s enough to give them a free pass.

I love living in Japan. I love the Japanese people. But their government sees me as something not worth having (though worth taking money from) and it has ever so slightly soured my feelings towards this country. Hopefully, they will take action soon to not just remove this ban but legally ensure that it doesn’t ever happen again. I call on the nations and media of the world to highlight this situation. 200,000 people would be grateful.