Protected: JailCall

JailCall Thoughts From our previous conversations I know we’re in agreement about the general trends in business. Mom & Pop businesses were largely driven out of business by the big box stores. The big box stores in turn are now being shut down by the internet. Small players on the internet are already being squeezed by Amazon. Every business not already working directly for, or thru the internet giants, largely exist in the little cracks and gaps left by these unstoppable forces. The churn is not only happening on a global scale, it’s happening faster and with new, AI technology, it’s reaching deeper into every area of business. Business is hard enough already without trying to swim against the stream. That’s not to say that we should always take the obvious path. One thing I learned from watching the success of your call-back business is that money can also be made by picking up the crumbs of gold that giants tend to drop as they chase after gold bars. JailCall is an odd duck. There’s obviously a lot of money at stake. If you can keep JailCall going for a few years you’ll be able to retire in style. So anything outside that immediate goal should take lower priority. Long term planning is important.  But the short term need to stop the bleeding demands priority attention.   I just wanted you to know that I know that, so view the info below in that context. This is your baby. No one understands it right now better than you. If my comments below have value, it will be of the lucky kind...

Protected: Attention Zone

  Goal: Create an inexpensive BlackBoard integration app that will generate positive cash flow and a more natural vehicle to promote Kidtrol. Problem: Schools are struggling to maintain classroom order. Teachers have little time for individual attention. Counselors are overwhelmed, expensive and according to counselors, students are reluctant to talk. Most schools send students to a detention room where they often sit idle for as many as four hours. Students are generally monitored by teachers, teacher assistants or school volunteers who are often paid for this duty. In all cases, detention consumes time, space and precious money. Perhaps worse, students fall further behind in class, compounding their problems and thus the school’s as well. Students also receive little or no assistance in dealing with the personal problems or character flaws driving their bad behavior.  Secondary Issues & Opportunity: Tens of thousands of schools currently use BlackBoard. Over the past few years, Blackboard has been integrating a series of generic lessons into its platform as part of its “Open Content” initiative – partly as a way to demo best use practices, and partly in an effort to include a Kahn Academy type value added service to their platform that will enable them to become a content exchange platform that will bond them tighter with teachers. This teacher centric focus and attraction to services that mesh with their existing platform set the stage for us to capture their attention and interest. The Solution: Attention.Zone would integrate tightly with Blackboard by using their existing course and testing infrastructure to deliver content to students serving detention. Students serving detention would have to option of sitting idle for an hour, or viewing 40 minutes of...

Dashboard.Black

  Quickbooks + Salesforce + Google Analytics + Microsoft BI = A New Business. Amazing advances have made these tools exponentially more valuable to any business. The learning curve for each make it too difficult for the average business owner to properly install and configure, but not too difficult for them to use. Good branding and flat pricing would make it possible to offer turnkey setup and integration for a flat fee of under $5,000+ that would be almost pure profit. The basic installation and configuration would be done once, saved as a docker or VM image and then replicated on a cloud or in-house server with minimal follow-up modification. Custom configuration would be an up-sell. The target would be small businesses trying to compete with larger competitors with full time tech departments who have been implementing these systems...