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Silicon To Chilecon Valley

Maoi of Chile

Maoi of Chile – Picture courtesy:wikipedia, under creative commons license

US Immigration policies are a curse to talented entrepreneurial individuals coming from around the world, who bring high skills, advanced knowledge and creative ideas for betterment of people and the country. Silicon Valley has been a hot bed of innovations from couple of decades now.  Facebook, Amazon, Twitter , Google, you name it, all the renowned names have found the needed nurture to grow and expand  here. Place, People and Policies, all have been conducive for new start-ups and their innovators in this mecca of technology, except for talented immigrants, who come to USA with a hope that their ideas will be recognized and rewarded and help them to create their dream ventures in US.

Lack of streamlined immigration policies, issues with visa renewals, refusal of visas on trivial reasons, extremely prolonged times to process green cards, restrictions to start businesses on immigrant visas, have hurt and added to the miseries of the highly skilled immigrants and forced them to seek other places to find ways to implement their ideas. Many have just found it beneficial to return back to their home countries, which have welcomed them back with open arms. This is the onset of reverse brain drain for America. Many of the world-renowned and successful companies in the US were founded by people who came as immigrants; take the example of Sun Microsystem or Hotmail. They had to wait long to get their resident-ship before they could create a company however. Many more great ventures are obstructed from creation, just because of the lousy, time retarded American visa policies.

Chile , the ribbon shaped country that stretches on the west side of southern American continent, and one which is not known much for technology or high-end development, has shown a welcome gesture  to the budding entrepreneurs  to try their innovations with its “Start-Up Chile” program, reports “The Economist”. The response has been immensely good if we are to believe the news. Educated, innovative and entrepreneurial individuals, who are left with no avenues in the so-called land of opportunities because of the vague immigration policies, will find a new world to explore. Besides the venture capital, lenient visa policies and governmental support for establishing and promoting businesses, Chile has much more to offer. Best wines, beautiful beaches, diversified food among others.

Sure, all those sharp minds will listen to the “Call of Chilecon Valley”. USA is on its losing end with its stringent immigration policies, while others capitalize on the talent from around the world.


Facebook Addictive Disorder

“The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma”

That’s the dictionary definition of addition.  Facebook brought in cool concept of connecting with friends and families and also brought in a platform for developing connections for businesses and promoting businesses. The concept of meeting people online or socializing online is pretty cool. Until…it slowly deviates into being a habit to hook for fun all the time. Facebook then ceases to serve the purpose that it was meant for and does not remain a platform for socializing but becomes an addition of a sort. What use to happen with text messaging and telephony in past years is now replaced with Facebook. The thought of logging on to Facebook  is so tempting that it can hit anytime, anyplace, any moment. When you are in bed, in bathroom, waiting for a bus, middle of work, etc.  We are social creatures by nature and look out for ways to quench our socializing desire and, Facebook exactly traps that weakness. Given the technology advancement and the ease of internet usage on the go, with tablets and other smart phones, it is convenient to quickly log to Facebook anytime. However the promise of fulfilling the social need online does not replace the face to face meeting, talking and spending time with friends in real-time.  Most vulnerable to the Facebook addiction are teenagers and women. Especially women who live alone or housewives who have no means of interacting with people in real-time are at higher risk of Facebook addiction because of the nature of the beast. (more…)

Facebook social marketing hype

Yesterday General Motors announced that they will no longer use Facebook to market their products. The reason they gave is that social marketing on Facebook has not generated any expected sales for them. GM has refused to believe that social networks like Facebook really work when it means business.

Big Question….. Is Facebook really worth that $100 Billion that is claimed to be? after their first IPO?. After all 70% of this worth is calculated based on the projected advertisement revenues it  is assumed to generate from companies who would potentially put their ad on Facebook and pay Facebook for it.  Does the social network marketing really work or it is just a hyped bubble that is waiting to burst soon?.

The valuation of Facebook at $100 Billion is also based on the believe that it would help businesses to enhance their sales based on social buying power via Facebook. The idea is, if someone who uses Facebook, likes a certain product from certain company and buys it, it is very likely that his Facebook friends  are also likely to buy the same product based on that friend’s experience . It is thus assumed that when they see it advertised on their Facebook page,  they are more like;y to visit the product page and may possibly buy it. Trusting a friend’s buying experience  plays the key.   (more…)


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