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|Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 8:18pm On Apr 08|
And I'm about to tell your father, my messenger, to stand in the corner and start doing frog jumps for raising a bastard from an ashi joint. And your mother, my maid, to kneel down just for giving birth to sperm she should have swallowed when the whole street ran train on her! Your entire lineage, maternal and paternal, are stupi.d!
|Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 3:41pm On Apr 08|
Definition of assault
a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contacthttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assault
Battery is when you physically touch someone.
I do not know what happened with the airplane but if the AC was completely off, it could be due to bad APU. Here's a pilot trying to explain the Long Tarmac Delay Rule.
While we are waiting we are burning gas similar to a car’s engine idling. The one difference is that airliners have an auxiliary power unit (APU). The APU is a small turbine engine producing adequate electricity and air conditioning to allow us to shut down the engines. Normally we will taxi out to a position on the taxiway or tarmac and then shut down the engines using the APU for power and air conditioning therefore burning much less gas than the engines. On most of the jets I have flown, an airplane sitting with the engines shut down and the APU running will burn in 2 to 3 hours the same amount of gas as just one engine running for one hour or both engines running for thirty minutes. This is the reason why we normally shut our engines down if we know there will be a long delay.
There are horror stories all over the internet about people being stranded on airplanes for hours. http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/air-travel/airplane-horror-stories
One thing I’m 100% certain of, if you try what those guys did over here, you would have been arrested by Air Marshalls on the plane or by the feds on the ground, and you will be potentially facing a very long sentence (mandatory minimum) due to the federal offense. This is not to say you couldn't get off but do you want to put your future in jeopardy in front of a judge for a silly offense?
|Business / Re: Nigeria's Protectionism Is Hurting Africa - John Mahama (President Of Ghana) by Wallie(m): 3:07pm On Apr 08|
The REAL issue is not between Nigeria and other countries in West Africa but between Nigeria and other western countries that will import products prohibited in Nigeria into other West African Countries.
Here's an example:
1. Nigeria bans the importation of laptops into the country due to Zinox's capability of supplying the demand. We know that Zinox cannot compete head-on with laptops from developed countries and the government is willing to give Zinox and any other local competitor 5 years to develop the local market. Zinox has no real competitor in other West African countries.
2. A company in China (or even an enterprising Nigerian) sees that Zinox and other companies like them are making a killing.
3. We have a free trade agreement with other West African countries and there's free flow of every type of commerce.
4. The Chinese company starts flooding the Ghanaian market with laptops because Ghana allows importation of laptops from other countries since they don't have a local manufacturer.
5. The laptops "destined" for the Ghanaian market can now move freely into Nigeria since we have a free trade agreement with Ghana.
6. Zinox and other local companies will either die a slow death or will resort to importation just to stay alive.
Close the damn boarders to strategic goods!
|Politics / Re: Dora Akunyili - Shocked! Speechless! - Cramjones (latest Pictures) by Wallie(m): 8:17pm On Apr 07|
What became of him is debatable but whatever it is, we still talk about him and his presidency! Do you think we would talk about him as much if he had refused to become the president due to ill health? What will become millions of people that will die quietly in their bedroom? They will leave this world quietly with very few caring that they were ever here.
If you want to leave a legacy, a footprint, or a vacuum in this world put other people’s welfare first and try to make a difference.
|Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 7:55pm On Apr 07|
Are you sure?
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that American Eagle Airlines became the first airline to be slapped with fines for violating the Department’s three-hour limit for tarmac delays.
|Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 5:16pm On Apr 07|
The outcome of the event will be different for both the passengers and the airline in the US.
1. In the US, there is a rule, which was put in place in April 2010, states that any U.S. airlines operating with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without giving passengers an opportunity to deplane. The fine could be as much as $27,500 per passenger.
2. Do not try what the passengers did in the US even if you have recourse.
49 U.S. Code § 46504 - Interference with flight crew members and attendants: An individual on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, interferes with the performance of the duties of the member or attendant or lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. However, if a dangerous weapon is used in assaulting or intimidating the member or attendant, the individual shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
Assaulting a crewmember is punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000. If a dangerous weapon is used, the defendant can be imprisoned for life. (18 U.S.C. § 3571, 49 U.S.C. § 46504.)
For example, striking a flight attendant or trying to hurt a pilot on an airplane would probably be considered assault on a crewmember.
In other words, if you’re in the US, do not take the law into your hands and let the authorities deal with the situation unless your life is in danger and you’re ready to be charged with a federal offense that you may eventually beat.
|Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 6:49pm On Apr 03|
Toaskarity: This is absolute nonsense! How can you compare a continent to a country...
And how old are you now...20? Can't you see that the article was a tongue-in-cheek way of highlighting the quality of life in Europe? By the way, I'm almost certain that I have lived in the US for more years than you've been on this earth. I wonder what’s wrong with all these 90s babies running their mouth!
And next time, unless you’re on some of those hit-a-button-3-times to get an alphabet, stop with all that abbreviating crap! And you say you’re in Texas? You must be 20!
|Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 2:47pm On Apr 03|
Since work week is Monday thru Friday for most people, the 30-day count does not include weekends and national holidays. I also lumped Canada into the mix because they have paternity leave and women can take up to a year off work (although, Canada's taxes are CRAZY high)!
I can't even imagine what I will do with 30 work days off plus national holidays! I have so little paid time off that I spend less than a week off work when I travel to Nigeria just so I could have time to do some other stuff!
Take a look at this article:
|Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 2:03pm On Apr 03|
Porthable: I think the OP probably applied for a visa at the United States Embassy and got denied, thereby using this medium to take it out on them. What a sentimental thread, you compared the whole of Europe to just one country out of the two American continent. Haba?
Thank God (1) I have never needed a visa to visit or live in the US, and (2) I did not write the article, which was why I provided the link.
|Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 1:57pm On Apr 03|
There's no question that the quality of life is better in Europe than the United States! I envy how they're able to take so many months off work but I do not envy how little they earn from work or how small their houses, cars, and roads are.
I think for someone not yet wealthy, the US is the place to be and once you're swimming in dollars, then you should go buy one of those castles in France just to goof off!
Having said all that, if I have to choose between the US and Europe, it will take me less than a Pico second to choose the US. The US is so vast that you can find whatever quality of life you desire, especially if you’re rich. You can choose to live in absolute seclusion on your 100 acre ranch, on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, in a big city where the party never stops, among the super wealthy where people own private jets, in the same building with celebrities, on an island like someone vacationing, or just like a regular middle class family with a white picket fence and a dog. All these while driving your Ferrari or Honda Civic.
|Travel / 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 7:57pm On Apr 02|
The United States is a great place. From New York to Los Angeles and covering everything in between, the U.S. boasts unprecedented diversity, natural wonder and opportunity. Americans love freedom so much, they have hot dog-eating contests on Independence Day to prove it. And good luck finding something better than a cronut.
|Business / Re: Why Nigeria Shunned EU/ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Agreement –FG by Wallie(m): 3:29pm On Apr 02|
Someone in power finally sees the big picture! Thank you, Mr. Olusegun Aganga!
The Europeans should come back when/if our manufacturing sector wakes up from coma.
|Politics / Re: Dora Akunyili - Shocked! Speechless! - Cramjones (latest Pictures) by Wallie(m): 3:06pm On Apr 02|
kastonkastrol: lorretta ; the truth is always bitter, dora is broke. She needs that 12million box even for the sake of her treatment. Just take a good luk @ her on the pix cramjones uploaded. Is she really suppose to be there? I know she did a lot of gud when she was giving the fake drug dealers(her brodas) a hard time but she is not suppose 2 be in dat conference luking like that. She very very very sick for God sake. Nigeria is not a country u can die for, is not worth it.
Do you know that some people view their service to humanity as something greater than self-preservation? Have you ever wondered what difference your life on earth will make when you're gone? Death is the ultimate price that each one of us will pay and there's nothing we can do about it; however, what we do with our life when we are still on this earth is within our control.
Dora was/is sick but summoned the strength needed to appear in public to contribute her own quota and we ridicule her? Is she the first person to get sick? If she thinks she’s up to the task and she was nominated, what’s the problem? Do you have any idea how many people look healthy but are really walking-corpse?
May people who are selfless continue to have the strength and courage to carry on for the greater good of us all until their time is up!
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 10:16pm On Mar 27|
Capnd143: the pakis have a huge weapons technology base, though grossly underestimated, the pakistanis military technology if acquired can help us build our own home grown airframes as time goes on. All we need to do is play along, learn the basic no matter how small, and personally i dont think that we need to acquire that large amount in Tech from the Jf-17 considering nigeria already has an indigineous aircraft development project, Tag "PROJECT FARAWA". The pakis can give us cheap aircraft technology, navagition tech, propulsion tech, guidance tech at no cost at all, rather than just partly paying 4 the goddam Research.
lol...even if you steal tech secrets, you still need R& to reverse engineer or black box test it provided the equipment still works. If you think that we are so far along and all we need are just some ancillary equipment then why not just build the aircraft using civilian technology?
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 10:10pm On Mar 27|
More than anything, technology transfer is what we need! We need to know how to do stuff so that we can start developing our own home-grown weapons.
Also, access to spare parts is everything with sophisticated weapons because generic parts are usually not up to spec, which is what separates military hardware from civilian hardware. With military grade weapons, it is a question of how far can you see (optics, radar, calibration)? How long can you operate in an extreme environment (cooling, materials)? How fast can you travel (materials, engine)? How accurately can you shoot a target far away (calibration, materials)? How reliable are you (system)? Can you escape RPGs (counter measures)? How high can you fly (materials)? How many Gs can the plane pull to avoid harm (materials)?
You get all that extra oomph due to higher spec components, which is why military grade components are restricted. We are decades away from developing our own sophisticated military components but with access to the components we are only a few years away from putting them together to form our own systems if we get the know-how we need.
The immediate areas of need are with embedded programs using Ada and Vxworks. If given the components, can we code and load the necessary programs on them to make them do what we want? Do we know enough hard sciences to calculate what the program in the system needs to do?
I'm all for building more military relationships because it will only strengthen our ties with other nations.
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:34pm On Mar 27|
Nuclear2: I really think we can get US apache and even the F-16s if we play our cards right.
True but nothing worse than buying a weapon only to get shot down due to its malfunction! Not only would we have lost millions of dollars in the purchase, we would end up raising BH’s moral and give them an opportunity to create another propaganda video. I won’t be surprised BH has heat seeking RPGs.
I think what we should have is a good mix of weapons so that we can pick and choose which to use based on the enemy’s sophistication. I just truly hope that we are not sleeping at the wheel before these crazies start getting bold enough to attack other states!
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:25pm On Mar 27|
I like to believe those in charge of the military are pretty smart because weapon systems are long term commitments that shouldn't be rushed. How can one guarantee spare parts and the necessary updates for the JF-17 20 years from now? I just think we should get more than aircraft out of the deal. When you have money to spend and you have a lot of options, you have some power to dictate what you want. I would hate to see us “penny wise and pound foolish.”
The cheap price of the plane is nice but the risk of something going wrong in the near future is too great with untested planes that no one has ordered! If they can let us develop our intellectual capability using the planes then it will negate the risks.
Anyway, it seems our threat for the foreseeable future is internal and not external, which means that a significant portion of our yearly $2.3 billion defense budget should be towards buying weapons to counter insurgency. BH will be with us for a while and the sooner we develop capabilities to tackle them, the better off we are!
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:10pm On Mar 27|
ISLAMABAD — Financial difficulties aside, Pakistan is modernizing its air power mainly through investing in the critical JF-17 Thunder program. But the Chengdu J-10B/FC-20 order is less certain.
The moral of the story? Wait for the system to further develop (JF-17 Blocks III and IV) before jumping on board.
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 8:51pm On Mar 27|
To be honest, I think what Nigeria needs more today are attack helicopters to combat BH. Airplanes are too fast and will require precise location of targets that are usually mobile. Also, you need soldiers on the ground painting a target so that the airplane wouldn't miss. With attack helicopters, you can observe from a distance while hovering and attack at the best time!
With helicopters, the group of BH fighters attacking the military installation should have been made to pay the ultimate price! Here a really GRAPHIC video of 2 Apaches helicopters engaging a group of Taliban fighters:
|Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 7:46pm On Mar 27|
Capnd143: look up to u.s and u.k in arms trade and weapons development? You are probably the best mo.ron around! So you think the U.s will be willing to share the blueprints of its f-35 jet? B-3 bomber? F-16 jet? HH-46 COPTER? Man u are up for a good dreaming session! If the U.s even share their tech it will come with so many strings attached that you will hope u didnt sign such a deal!
What exactly will Nigeria be getting from the deal? If you say the blue prints for the airframe is open source, what about the more important parts like radar, propulsion system, and avionics?
I would say if we have $20-25 million to burn per plane then it should be to develop Nigeria's engineering capabilities! Since the whole thing seems to be open source with parts from different countries, then we should only buy a few if we can assemble and configure it ourselves. Technology transfer is the key otherwise we might as well buy from established manufacturers!
If technology transfer on a LARGE SCALE is not occurring, it will be a waste of money and we will only be funding Pakistan’s development!
|Business / Re: World Most Expensive Currencies - Kuwaiti Dinar by Wallie(m): 7:22pm On Mar 23|
Rhukie: The dollar is overratedWhat do you mean? Dollar is simply the currency that the world trades with. If you're trying to buy goods from China or Dubai, do you think the trader will accept Naira?
|Business / Re: Starting up a free Newspaper Business 'Abuja Metro' by Wallie(m): 7:13pm On Mar 23|
If you're going to give your paper away for free bear in mind is that mass distribution does not equal more ad money. The business model can work but you will have your work cut out for you. Using airports as your distribution channel presents a problem because people flying are heading to a location far away from where you are in Abuja where your advertisers are. How is someone in Lagos or Aba going to buy a product or service advertised in your paper from a company located in Abuja?
Try answering the questions below with your partners to help guide your thought process -
1. How are you going to write/acquire the stories in the paper?
2. How and at what cost are you going to print the paper?
3. How are you going to distribute the paper? By hand and/or self-service racks?
4. How are you going to get agreements in place to place self-service racks at airports? How much will it cost you to hire people that will hand deliver?
5. Will airports or whatever channel you use to reach your customers allow you to distribute your paper?
6. Your value proposition will come from being able to reach your target audience effectively and cheaply. How are you going to do that?
7. How are you going to reach your advertisers? Are you going to hire a sales team?
8. How are you going to finance the cost of acquiring content, design and printing, hiring a sales team and distributing your paper?
9. Why should advertisers place ads in your paper in lieu of Punch, Vanguard, etc? Is your content different?
10. Why are newspapers folding up all over the world and what makes you think you won't suffer the same fate?
|Business / Re: World Most Expensive Currencies - Kuwaiti Dinar by Wallie(m): 1:45am On Mar 21|
einstein_e: Lol at the posts in this thread. That a currency is worth more than dollars does not mean the country's economy is strong. If Nigeria was an exporting country, the current exchange rate would have been great. As someone who exports services and receives dollars, i am actually happy that the naira is lower cause it means more money in my pocket.
In a country where everything you need is imported you actually want your local currency to be strong, which explains the strength of all the currencies in the Arab countries.
In a country that imports very little but exports a lot, you want the local currency to be somewhat weak because you get a lot more local currency for your goods, which means that people in your country will have more money to buy more stuff made in that country. Outsiders will not be able to compete because whatever products they try to sell in that country will be too expensive. Those countries try to artificially devalue their currency. See China.
In Nigeria, the weak Naira helps the government but impoverishes the citizenry. The government gets more dollars for oil exports, converts the dollars to Naira to pay her citizens but when you go to the market, you cannot buy much because most of what we need daily is imported. There's obviously a balance to be struck but I sincerely believe that the balance is tilting the wrong way.
|Investment / Re: The South Africanisation Of Nigeria by Wallie(m): 8:58pm On Mar 18|
I agree mostly with the article but I think that (1) lack of access to capital, and (2) lack of knowledge of a workable business model will always cause us to wait for the South Africans to take a lead. No bank will lend you money on a business model that is not proven. The South Africans have been doing it for a while and they can easily show banks that they have the knowledge and right business model to make a business work. In general, wealthy Nigerians will only invest in something that they know will work and for that to happen they need to see someone else make a fortune from it so that they can copy the business model.
Shoprite is not a first store of its kind in Lagos. I remember we once had Leventis, UTC, Cash and Carry, etc in the late 80s. We had satellite phone companies before MTN.
On the flip side, do you think the telecom industry would be this successful if it were a Nigeria only affair? Absolutely not! Competition is what creates ingenuity. MTN raised the bar so high that the other entrants had no choice but to surpass it if they want to survive. When there’s strong competition, the only winner is us because the companies will eventually try to differentiate on price, service and/or quality. This is the reason why credible and strong opposition/competition is needed, especially in politics. It matters not which party you favor; your party will become better if they want to survive.
|Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 7:23pm On Mar 18|
logica: Do you know my friends? Yes, some went ahead to school in the US but they got jobs even before their US schooling. What mattered was, they were mostly self-schooled.
I guess you guys didn't see the lawyerly wiggle room that I created by saying "almost" and "rarely"? I've been trained never to say "never" as there are no absolutes.
On a more serious note, I'm surprised that some companies did hire directly from Nigeria strictly based on Nigerian credentials (not even GMAT or GRE scores?).
Logical, I'm not disputing that people who can "show" what they know can't get jobs directly in the US, only that one almost always require proven experience and/or US schooling to do the same. I just don't see how a hiring manager for a company hiring for the US market will see a Nigerian resume come through his/her desk and will slate that person for an interview unless something extra-ordinary catches his/her eye. But who knows!
|Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 4:50pm On Mar 18|
logica: For every friend of yours that got rejected (and didn't know about algorithms), I've had friends that worked with Microsoft, IBM, NASA and about every major employer of IT/Software Development labor you can come up with (and they knew their onions).
I agree with you but with a caveat. Almost all those Nigerians that you spoke of schooled in the US in addition to their Nigerian schooling, and/or have proven expertise in their field. Unfortunately, having just Nigerian schools on your resume will very rarely get you an American job in America if you apply through the normal channel.
|Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 4:39pm On Mar 18|
As an anecdote to what I said above, I wanted a whiteboard/explainer animation video and I would have loved to give the project to a Nigerian company with proven competence if the can do it cheaper than US companies but a quick internet search turned up nothing. The companies that I found in the US charged anywhere from $5-20k for a 90 second video. A Nigerian company could have easily created the script, storyboard and animation, and simply hire an American (my target market) for the professional voice over.
Here’s another: I’ve tried to outsource about 10 different coding projects over the years which I sought proposals for and ended up moving forward with about 5 of those proposals. Where can I find concentrated talents from Nigeria that can bid on a particular project without having to resort to Elance, Odesk or Freelance, etc.? I’m sure that there are hundreds just like me willing to give a capable Nigerian company a chance.
Lastly, I advertised some technical positions and I want to hire Nigerians; however, I’m faced with what seems like insurmountable headache in trying to find a model that will work for me and those that I hire.
(1) I’m afraid that I will be setting them up for failure if I do not train and equip them with the structure necessary to succeed. Ideally, I would like to set up a contract with a company without having to hire the people directly; something that I can easily do in India.
(2) How am I going to get the needed structure in place? How can I get an office running without spending a fortune? I’m not sure that I want to sign a 2-year lease on an office that may not work out. How about NEPA issues? Internet service nko? Am I ready to be my own local government when I have a choice of not being one?
(3) Who is going to manage the employees? Who’s going to do all the required hand-holding?
(4) Will the people hired be contractors or employees? Do I want/need to set up a local company? What about taxation?
(5) How am I going to readily get dollars into the country without spending a significant portion on fees?
(6) By the time I add up all the added expenses and headaches of setting up an office and managing the employees in Naija, wouldn’t I be better off hiring the much more expensive Americans that I’m certain will have the requisite expertise?
All these issues might seem trivial but they present another level of risk to an already risky situation, especially when India presents a path of less resistance. But I’m tired of giving money to Indians when I believe (or want to believe) that we have capable Nigerians if given the right environment.
|Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 3:12pm On Mar 18|
I agree. What some people fail to realize is the need for some sort of critical mass technology adoption before we can compete with such countries. The only problem is that someone has to fund that early adoption stage because the initial results won’t be very promising. 10 or 20 experienced/talented developers or coders cannot do the trick. Talented people need talents to feed off of which explains why there are technical hubs around the world like Silicon Valley where people go to develop the next big thing. Simply put, you need a pool of talents to draw from and bounce ideas off of.
AJ is right about people in other countries being exposed to what we learn at 30 years old at a much younger age like 10. How are we going to compete with such people?
Secondly, we lack the structure and resources needed to nurture great talents! Even if we have the next Google in Nigeria, do you think they will have access to the funding and mentorship required to turn the great idea into reality? How come almost every single tech company in Nigeria with a buzz sought outside funding? Did we suddenly run out of millionaires? No. The truth is that people will only invest in what they understand and that’s the way it should be. I’m sure there’s no shortage of people willing to invest in real estate or buying and selling.
But how do we create investors that understand technology? Not going to happen overnight because most tech investors are entrepreneurs that made money from the tech industry. How many tech millionaires do we have? :-)
A single person can only do so much with a laptop and sooner or later will require additional resources to turn his idea into reality. Banks rarely lend money to tech startups even in the US because the risk of failure is too great, especially pre-money startups. Also, who’s going to teach that talented tech guy the needed business acumen to be successful like financial projections, profit & loss statements, cash flow requirements, funding sources, marketing & sales, business model generation, valuation, taking the company public to raise additional capital, etc.?
Here’s what I think we need to get there:
1. Tech business incubation centers – this will give the needed structure and advice to entrepreneurs (office space, help with business plans, mentors, investors and potential partners, networking)
2. Business Accelerators – provide initial seed capital and mentorship needed to turn a great idea into reality (mentors, investors and potential partners, networking)
3. State funded investment programs – fund promising startups
4. Angel investors – once startups can show market adoption and income, raising additional capital will be a lot easier.
5. Tax incentives
In summary, unless there’s a concerted effort by the government (State and/or Federal), I’m afraid that we are not going to get there.
|Business / Re: Startup Blues – Lessons From My Failed Ventures by Wallie(m): 2:16pm On Mar 14|
Here are some questions that you will need to answer as an entrepreneur:
1. Customer segments - who are your customers and what are their needs? What pain are they looking to alleviate? How big is the customer segment?
2. Value Proposition - what service or product are you delivering to alleviate your customers' needs? Is your value proposition validated?
3. Channel - how are you going to reach your customers? Where are they? Are they newspaper readers, Facebook users, radio listeners, conference attendees, or scattered all over the streets of your state with no single way of reaching them?
4. Customer relationship - what kind of relationship do your customers need or expect? Do they need you to personally assist them or they can self-serve?
5. Revenue - how are you going to earn income? Can your identified customer segment pay for the value you’re providing? If they can, how much are they willing to pay?
Get this book to help you better define your business model: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Also, you said you got a lot of traffic to your site but why didn’t you convert that to sales? Why are people not buying your service? Where are they getting stuck? Do they just leave your website after the landing page or do they click further to see the services that you offer (bounce rate)? Did you get any feedback from such people to know why they’re not buying or interested in your service?
The only way to answer some of the questions posed is to use some sort of website analytics like Google Analytics and it’s free. http://www.google.com/analytics/
Lastly, you hinted that you should have initially started with a minimum number of services and I agree. You probably spread yourself and your resources way too thin. Try to get your hands on this book - The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
|Culture / Re: What Is Your Perception Of Nigerians With Twisted Accents Or Phonation? by Wallie(m): 9:42pm On Mar 07|
Wouldn't the end result end up being the same? Certain pronunciations are unique to the US. The Brits think we pronounce syllables that are not there and we think they talk funny.
Here's a few American pronunciations -
Interview = Innerview
International = Innernational
Picked = Pikt
Hoped = Houpt
Raced = Rast
Can we get it? = Kwee geddit?
909-5068 = näi nou näin, fäi vo sick sate
|Culture / Re: What Is Your Perception Of Nigerians With Twisted Accents Or Phonation? by Wallie(m): 6:47pm On Mar 07|
A lot of people with misplaced aggression on this thread! I speak with an accent and I'm also proud of my heritage. I echo the same sentiments as some of the people commenting that due to our penchant for pronouncing every single character in a word, you have no choice but to re-learn your pronunciations because you will be asked to repeat yourself over and over again. Moreover, if you spend a significant amount of time with people that speak differently, you’re bound to hear and speak like them. Your accent will start to change when you start to hear and differentiate the way people around you speak.
I remember talking to my boss about two decades ago, and I had to say the word "fuel," I must have repeated myself 5 times and he still did not understand me until I spelled the word. You should see how everybody busted out laughing!
By the way, in Nigeria we say "fu.el" but it is pronounced "fyu.l" here in the states.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Research Positions For Graduates Of Science, Technology, And Engineering by Wallie(m): 5:39pm On Mar 06|
ralph1983: I just saw the ad for the product research analyst. I hope the position is still available as i believe i am an ideal candidate. The areas of interest that i have a flair for is cryptography, database and management information systems. I also would like to show you a sample of my thesis on cybercrime in the nigerian industrial sector. If the position is still available please contact me at email@example.com
Maybe later as I have too many applicants for now.
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