Crowdfunding, My Way

Crowdfunding is getting a lot of press, lately. President Obama is about to sign the JOBS Act of 2012 that will make it easier for small business startups to sell stock in their fledgling companies to anyone over the Internet. Many expect it to create a flood of “micro-investors” who will infuse our economy with much-needed money and jobs, while others think it offers vast new opportunities for fraud.

I’m a huge fan of crowdfunding, but I’m not a fan of the JOBS Act. While I wish anyone looking to get rich through this new way of investing the best of luck, it isn’t my kind of crowdfunding, and I’m a little worried that the thing I’ve come to love will go away as a result of this new law. Here’s how my kind of crowdfunding works: Continue reading

Reality? Check.

We often get messages from sources that suggest they know just where we’re coming from. Bloggers, politicians, major media, advertisers, and sometimes even well-intentioned friends tell us what they think we need to know, and I’ve been struck by how little of it resonates with my actual life. I’d estimate that less than 1% of the uninvited information I see, hear, and read is meaningful. So much junk to wade through, every day, every year.

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Make Them Fear You, Cut the Cord

Monthly bills for cable television, home phone, and cellular service can easily add up to nearly $200 these days. You’re also paying for Internet on top of it, right? Yikes! If you’re sick of paying so much for so little – and brave enough to take the leap – you can choose fantastic entertainment and communication options at a fraction of the cost.

In early 2009 I dropped the land line, fired my old cell provider, and canceled cable TV. I’ve saved thousands of dollars already, and feel stupid that I waited so long. My entertainment choices are vast and growing, and I actually like my phone service better than before. Here’s an in-depth guide to my cord-cutting journey. I hope you’ll find that making the cut works for you, too.

Photo by Scott Swigart

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