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New York Stock Exchange trading floorI don’t know if you follow social media, but we’re in the midst of an Internet boom. In May, LinkedIn had their IPO (initial public offering, where a company sells shares to the public for the first time), and the value of the site settled in at $7 BILLION. Its founder, Reid Hoffman, now has a cool ~$1.5 billion to his name.

The hot new IPOs around the corner are Groupon, the dominant daily deals site, and Zynga, the maker of popular Facebook games FarmVille and CityVille, each valued around $20 billion. And the doozy is coming later this year: Facebook, valued at $85 billion, possibly reaching $100 billion when it goes public this fall! Continue reading

So, we got an iPad 2. I know, I know…

  1. It’s a luxury item. What purpose does it serve between our smartphone and laptop?
  2. It’s an Apple product, and, hence, not cheap.
  3. Did I already ask what purpose it really serves?

I decided to get it for three main reasons:

  1. It would be a handy way to present slideshows or my portfolio to potential clients.
  2. It’s a unique tool that Cool Mum could use in her homeschool lessons with our kids.
  3. It would make for easier news consumption and reading.

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instagramSeveral friends have approached me with great ideas for mobile apps to develop together–apps that would meet unrealized needs in people’s lives and earn us a cool million dollars or so in the process. Our surefire plans for financial stability are often impeded by our collective lack of knowledge in the fields of software development and graphic design for mobile devices.

However, I may finally have an idea that will bring the fortune that would buy all of the cool points I want. First, some background:

As technology and culture barrel forward, there exists the need for humans to look back and appreciate where we came from. Nostalgia is powerful, as can be seen by the resurgence of 1950s fashion (Mad Men) and caveman sensibilities (Charlie Sheen). We pick the choicest parts of yesteryear and adopt them into our lives.

This may explain the massive popularity of Instagram, the service that enables users to take vintage-style photos (like the classic look in the urban landscape above) with their iPhones and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. The service recently surpassed 4.25 million users.

Well, I’ve come up with five brand new photo styles, or filters, that I’m confident that Instagram would love to purchase from me at great cost. I’ve calculated that these filters will add at least 38% more sentimentality to Instagram users.

Consider this photo of the Cool Boys in Central Park.

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The photo is cute, but my new filters could make it timeless. Let’s see how my ideas can add some old school to our picture. Continue reading