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Gas prices went up 11%

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Gas prices went up 11% Gas prices went up 11%
I filled up today at Costco ... I noticed the price of gas went up over 10% to $2.999 ... I wonder why? Every tome I see the price of go up ... I think about electric car ... I think as long as I can buy gas for less than $3.50 a gallon ... I am okay with my Subaru.
#CotcoGas #GasPrice

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Simple Breakfast at Aldarra

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Aldarra Combo with No Meat $... Aldarra Combo with No Meat
$12 ... Good meal, good price.
Practice ... Was it this hard to... Practice ... Was it this hard to hit this dumb ball?
Ver simple and low salt breakfast ... I practiced this morning. I realized that I cannot hit any club this morning pass 65% of speed. It will be a while before I am ready for golf this year.
#AldarraGolfClub #Golf

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Web site updated for Opinion Stand

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Web site updated for Opinion S... http://opinionstand.com http://opinionstand.com
We have just updated the Opinion Stand web site.

http://opinionstand.com

We are now working with selected customers to test the opinion stand at their locations.

#pompomwashere #valueproposition #dreamersi #pspinc #marketing

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New Opinion Stand

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We have the new version of Pinion Stand that we assembled. This may be the stand that we select for distribution. We need to do some more testing.

http://www.opinionstand.com
#opinionstand #uchikuraco #valueproposition #pspinc #onlinesales #marketing #kiroboto #webdevelopment #branding #bloguru #japaneseonline

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My Newsletter 3/28/19

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Kaikaku - Kaize... Kaikaku - Kaizen - Kairyo
改革・改善・改良
Kaikaku - Kaizen - Kairyo
改革・改善・改良

Dear Reader,

Those are the words that are associated with “CHANGE” in the Japanese language. They differ depending on the level of change you intend to do. The first word of all of those words starts with “改”. This kanji character means “CHANGE” and the second character tell you how big the change you are intending to make.

Kaikaku 改革
Kaikaku is the Japanese term for "radical change". In business, Kaikaku is concerned with making fundamental and radical changes. You use this word when you are making a change to the foundation.

Kaizen 改善
Kaizen is the Japanese word for “improvement". You are trying to improve some part of the system, not the entire company or process. This does not apply to a particular part of the product either. The philosophy of Kaizen is one of Toyota’s core values to always improve.

Kairyo 改良
Kairyo means to find something that is not good and making it better. First, you need to identify what is not good and then you make that part better. This applies to the product or parts, not to the people or the system.

Depending on the level of change you want to make, you apply the level of change you want to use. If you are concerned about one aspect of the product or business, you do not have to nuke it (Kaikaku), you just need to change the problem parts (Kairyou).

Japanese products now tend to have better quality because of those CHANGE concepts. Management and people understand and always look for the problem and trying to improve the company by applying the right amount of changes. Every company can always improve, the level of change is based on the problem you have. So, you should always think about at least how to Kairyo.
#pompomwashere #valueproposition #dreamersi #pspinc #marketing #KensNewsletter

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Walking with Pompom

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Bellevue Highland Park Bellevue Highland Park
I slept late this morning and I missed my gym visit. Instead I walked a little around the office. I used walk this stretch with Pompom ... It is almost a year. I miss him a lot.
#Pompomwashere

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Opinion Stand First Showing Tomorrow

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http://opinionstand.com http://opinionstand.com
I will bring an Opinion Stand to Seattle Executives Association meeting tomorrow. This is the first time I will be showing this device outside of the company.

http://opinionstand.com
#valueproposition #dreamersi #pspinc #marketing #opinionstand #feebackonpilotsbt

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Jump Start my Vespa

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Jump Start my Vespa Jump Start my Vespa Jump Start my Vespa Jump Start my Vespa Jump Start my Vespa Jump Start my Vespa
I have not ridden my scooter for few months. Needless to say the battery lost its charge. I jump started the scooter and ride around the blocks. The scooter season is coming.
#VispaRide

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Getting Ready for Major Update

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Getting Ready for Major Update
We are working on today, Sunday, to get ready for major system update starting tomorrow. With this update starting tomorrow, we are ready to move over 3,000 corporate wen/email system to the latest version. This is one of the biggest update we have ever done in our 23 year hosting history.

I thank people for working on Sunday!!!
#dreamersi #pspinc #valueproposition

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Shorter, Smaller, Lighter, Thinner (Tan Shou Kei Haku)

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Shorter, Smaller, Lighter, Thin...
When Japan was known for manufacturing center of the world, Japan did not just copy western products, they made it shorter, smaller, lighter, thinner (Tan Shou Kei Haku). Of course, the final product does the same but they are much shorter, smaller, lighter and thinner which provide cheaper transport cost and fewer parts. That made 'MADE IN JAPAN' more reliable and desirable. That enabled Japan to become the production powerhouse.

But Japan was never good at inventing something new. Products they produced were originated in the US but evolved into the mass production model with better quality in Japan. But in the last 20 years, Japan has been exporting its production capabilities to countries like China and other South Eastern Asian Nations. First Japan thought it was okay as long as they maintain the technology and know-how. But as you now know, most of the key production technologies have been transferred to China.

But China is not applying shorter, smaller, lighter, thinner (Tan Shou Kei Haku) concepts. They are in most cases copies of what they have learned in the past. Now the US is trying to stop the technology trade to China, which will make things interesting. Would Japan ever come back as a production powerhouse? I do not know but they have lost so much already, it might be too late for Japan to come back.

But I think for the software development, Japan may be the hidden treasure of the world. People are talking about how there are not enough engineers in Japan to fill their needs. But I think what they meant is that they cannot find engineers willing to work with less pay with a long commitment. Compare to the US, labor cost for Japanese is less than 1/2. I think there is plenty of engineers when you pay enough and hold them for long long hours. I believe software can be developed in Japan for much cheaper than the US.

If you are interested in joining me to explore software development in Japan, please let me know.
#KenUchikura #KensNesletter #pompomwashere #valueproposition #dreamersi #pspinc #marketing #kiroboto #feebackonpilotsbt #pompomishere #postinheaven #pspwebdevelopment

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Don't you want to know???

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http://www.opinionstand.com http://www.opinionstand.com
If your customer likes your service, you want to know. At the same time you want to know if your customer is not happy. Do you have a way to measure that?

Take a look at OpinionStand by PSPinc. Please call us for a demo.

http://www.opinionstand.com
#opinionstand #pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #feebackonpilotsbt

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Message to Web Hosting Professionals

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Message to Web Hosting Profe...
Dear web developing professionals. Please try not to sell me your service. I will only work with the companies that use our "domain, web and email" email hosting service for themselves and for their clients. If you do provide hosting service and wants to get out of the hosting service, please let me know. We buy clients and seamlessly move to our hosting environment.

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Kenichi Uchikura
Founder
PSPINC
425-957-0808 x1610 (Office)
ken.uchikura@pspinc.com
#pompomwashere #valueproposition #pspinc #dreamersi #marketing

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SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING???

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SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVE...
SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING???

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back
of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2
to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would
never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average
of 6 months waiting at red lights.
Unless you live in Florida, then it’s more likely a year.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite .

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand
and "lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that
it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read
left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous .

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only
on one row of the keyboard.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
otherwise it will digest itself.

There, now you know just about everything!

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Opinion Stand

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We should be able to start demo Opinion Stand to people starting next week.
We need to update our website as well.
Thank you for all the people made it possible to get this far.

http://www.opinionstand.com
#opinionstand #pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #feebackonpilotsbt

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Plane that never crush!

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Plane that never crush!
Can anyone build the plane that does never crush?
The answer is "Yes" but plane will be too heavy to fly.
If the plane cannot fly, it will never crush.

Can you build a business that never fail ...
I the same logic, the answer is yes.
But it never takes off.

Failure is always very close to success.
If you do not want fail, you will never succeed.
We must plan to succeed but never forget failure is always an option.
#valueproposition #pspinc #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #kiroboto #pompomishere #postinheaven #feebackonpilotsbt #pspwebdevelopment

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There are something must be left to economics.

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There are something must be l...
We talk about role of government a lot nowadays. When Governemnt ask you to to pay for something, a lot of time you s=are stuck with paying it whether you like it or not. But when the business ask you to buy something, you don't really need to pay for it unless you are willing to pay for it.

There are somethings that you must pay whether you like or not ... but the boundaries for those seem to be growing.
#valueproposition

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Price of Gasoline

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Price of Gasoline Price of Gasoline Price of Gasoline
I filled up my car at Shell gas station yesterday on the way back to my house. I usually fill it at Costco but Iwas running out of gas and I have to take my friend to the Airport this morning.

15 gallons of gas cost me $50 ... It would have been $40 at costco. I used to think Cost gas contained no stat I’ve to clean your engine. But it does have the attoive do so. So what realty is the difference?

Other than convenience / distance, I reall do not see $10 difference.

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Breakfast for Dinner

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Breakfast for Dinner
I ordered steak and egg for my dinner at 13 Coins.
Good choice.

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Welcome Back Japan Airlines.

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Welcome Back Japan Airlines.
It is good to have JAL come back to Seattle.
#JAL #JALSeattle

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The Extreme Ping Pong Tournament has started.

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The Extreme Ping Pong Tourn...
This is an extreme ping pong ... loo what are people are using as a puddle.
#pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #kiroboto #pompomishere #postinheaven #feebackonpilotsbt #pspwebdevelopment

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Opinion Stand

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Opinion Stand Opinion Stand Opinion Stand
#opinionstand #pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #feebackonpilotsbt

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Software Packaging

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Software Packaging
We once tried to make our services in to packages.
I still think this might be a good idea.
Those are boxes from those days.

#pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #kiroboto #pspwebdevelopment

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WebdeXpress Update Tomorrow

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WebdeXpress Update Tomorrow
Our do-it-yourself website builder, WebdeXpress, will be upgraded to a new version tomorrow, March 12th . Choose from professionally designed templates, add your own content and you’re up and running in minutes. WebdeXpress is included in our Dreamersi plan.

We will be switching to the new version of WebdeXpress at 6:30 am on March 12th . Please DO NOT UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE FROM 6 - 7 AM . Our team has been diligently working to update our website builder to create more powerful and efficient software for your business. We’ve made changes to our system that will benefit how your websites load and rank on Google.

Here’s how this update will benefit you:

Faster Loading Times For Mobile & Desktop

We’ve enabled gZip compression and browser caching which will improve your websites speed and SEO ranking.


Better Protected

This new version has security enhancements that were not present with previous versions, meaning your website is safer than ever.


Your Site Moves Faster

We’ve decreased mobile and desktop speed index on this latest version. What is the speed index? Speed index is the number of milliseconds it takes for the visible part of your website to load.


HTML Loads Quicker
Reducing the server response time means that your HTML loads quicker so your webpage can render from your server in less time.
#WebdeXpress #Dreamersi

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Sunday Night

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I drew this today. Pompom an... I drew this today.
Pompom and Tiny
I am at office upgrading http://www.japanese-onluine.com website all by myself. It has so much content. I am using PSPinc's web builder / continent manager called Web de Xpress.

I am happy that we have this tools. Without it, it will be impossible to manage this big project.

#pspinc #valueproposition #pompomwashere #dreamersi #marketing #pompomishere #postinheaven #feebackonpilotsbt #pspwebdevelopment

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Fuku (Cat) is saying Good Bye to Cookie

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Fuku (Cat) is saying Good Bye...
This Is so amazing and heart warming picture.
#CookieWasHere #PompomWasHere #RIPCookie #AshiyaJapan

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I just love those pictures of Tiny and Pompom

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"......................" "......................" "......................" "......................"
What captions would you put?
#TinyIsHere #PompomWasHere

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Cookie is now with Pompom in Heaven

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RIP Cookie Uchikura 2002 to M... RIP Cookie Uchikura
2002 to March 8, 2019
A black and white Shih Tzu, Cookie, just passed at my parents house. He has never met Pompom but they are almost same age. Cookie lived about a year longer than Pompom. Cookie passed peacefully, naturally. He will be missed. I hope Pompon and Cookie are meeting in heaven now.

R.I.P.
#Pompomwashere #Cookiewashere

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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR WEBSITE?

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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM ...
Ken Uchikura Newsletter Vol. 14
03/07/2019

First of all, you need to understand there are basically two types of website and those are (1) design to provide information, products, and service of you and your company and (2) designed to provide information, products, and services of others. For instance, your company website and most other company websites including Apple, Microsoft, IBM are the first type and let's say Google, Rakuten, Yelp, Groupon, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn are the second type.

When a website becomes famous, it is always the website that is designed to promote other businesses and not the actual company website. It is very rare to see any one company website become famous. So when you build a website for your company, it should not be your goal to make your website to attract many people. Your company website is designed to provide information to those who need to know your company. Here are some of the most important information about your company.

Corporate Contact Information / Locations
Products and Services
Hours and Days of Operations
Corporate Policies and Responsibilities
Recruitment
Publication Investor Relation
History
Management

If you want to sell products online, unless you already established brand name like Apple, Microsoft, United Airlines .... it is not a smart idea to develop sales functions on your website. You have better success selling your products working with established online sales organizations like Amazon, eBay, Rakuten and so on. If you want to promote your store, you should be working with Yelp and other organizations and their websites.

But you need to remember, you may promote your business and sales using other sites, that does not mean you do not need a website. You still need your base. Other sites are designed to do specific functions such as sales and PR but are not design to replace your website. Your domain, website, and your email should be a base for other websites.
#KenUchikuraNewsletter #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #marketing #pompomwashere #postinheaven

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What do you love about your business?

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What do you love about your b...
Today at Seattle Execs. there was table discussion about "What do you love about your business?"

Here are eight answer rom 8 people at my table.
Can you tell which one is mine?

  • People
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative
  • Eating Healthy
  • Doing My Own Thing
  • Being Crazy
  • Freedom
  • Change Lives
  • #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #marketing #pompomwashere #kiroboto #pompomishere #postinheaven #feebackonpilotsbt #pspwebdevelopment

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    Oh No ... "Secondary Security Screening Selection"

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    the Dreaded SSSS the Dreaded SSSS
    Our Japan company manage came over last week but on his boring pass, they printed "SSSS". That meant "Secondary Security Screening Selection" ... for extra security screening.

    I got it once. It was not fun.

    I hope he will not get that again tomorrow heading back to Tokyo.
    #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #kiroboto

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    I have a cold.

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    I have a cold.
    I am having symptoms of cold for last few day.
    I hate it.

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    Post Message in Heaven

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    Post Message in Heaven Post Message in Heaven
    I developed this site for me to write to Pompom who is in heaven.
    This site has no function what so ever to read what you have written.
    Even the communication between you and server is encrypted.
    So write anything you want.

    https://postinheaven.com
    #valueproposition #pompomwashere #pompomishere #postinheaven

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    Did you know ...

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    https://kiroboto.com/Seattle_W... https://kiroboto.com/Seattle_WA/Posts/view/Huawei_1024GB_Micro_SD_1TB_Memory_Card/20190301/2000 https://kiroboto.com https://kiroboto.com
    Did you know you can buy Micro SD Card (1TB) for less than $20.00
    I had no idea.

    https://kiroboto.com
    #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #marketing #pompomwashere #kiroboto #pompomishere

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    My Newsletteer Vol 13

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    My Newsletteer Vol 13
    Ken Uchikura Newsletter Vol. 13
    02/28/2019
    NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

    Dear Reader,

    How do you come up with a new business, new product or new service? Sometimes I come up with them while I am sleeping, driving, eating, talking, even using the bathroom…. They usually sound like great ideas when I thought about them. Then I look them up later and say to myself “What was I thinking.” But once in a while you still think an idea is great. I write them up in an email and send it to myself. The current list contains 80 lines and about half of them are crossed out as impossible.

    They key is to make something quick and cheap so other people will get the basic idea. We call this quick prototyping. If the idea is so big you need funding, you may have to scale down the project or find Powerpoint investors. I am sure there are people who invest in a product based on Powerpoint but I have never tried to raise money using Powerpoint. I am not discouraging you to do this, but I just want to control things by myself.

    You've heard of the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side”, haven’t you? When you read this newsletter you might think 'Ken must have an easy job and not worry about anything'. The company is making money and he is playing golf all the time. That is far from my real life. First of all, I have played golf only once this year. Okay, this may be due to the fact the golf course is closed due to the snow. Not having any problems is something I wish for every day. As a matter of fact, it is super rare that I don’t have something that needs my attention.

    So, I have plenty of things that I need to do. But those things do not stop me from thinking about new business opportunities and products. If I don’t think about something new, I go crazy. That is the reason why I would really like to meet you and hear what you think. You are in a different business so chances are you have thought of something different. I would really like to know. Can we explore some new business opportunities together? That is the base of my message.

    I met Kim-Fu from my last newsletter. He is with a company called SPF.IO. The company has a very interesting technology and business model. I do not know what I or PSPinc can do. But we will find out. I really love meeting people.




    I am sending this newsletter using PSPinc’s own email broadcasting system, NewsMAIL. If you would like to publish your own newsletter, please let PSPinc know.

    If you do not want to receive this email, please use the unsubscribe link below. Your email will be deleted from my contact list immediately. If you want to add someone to this database, please list http://www.uchikura.co to add the email address. Please contact me with your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you.
    #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #marketing #pompomwashere #kiroboto #pompomishere #postinheaven #pspwebdevelopment #feebackonpilotsbt

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    Dogfooding

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    Dogfooding
    "Eating your own dog food", also called dogfooding, occurs when an organization uses its own product. This can be a way for an organization to test its products in real-world usage. Hence dogfooding can act as quality control, and eventually a kind of testimonial advertising.

    Do not trust the company does not use their own services.
    #Dogfooding #pspinc #valueproposition #dreamersi #marketing #pompomwashere #kiroboto #pompomishere #postinheaven #pspwebdevelopment

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