Thursday, June 14, 2012

Going after Lance Armstrong? how about going after those doping our kids with sugar and junk food?

I think bureaucrats need a reason to be and to have a big budget and lots of expenses. Since we can't solve the street doping issue and we have failed miserably in the so called war on drugs lets now go after athletes like Clemens, Bonds and Lance Armstrong. Spend million in these bogus trials for nothing. I do not care if Lance Armstrong was using illegal substance or not, he is a great American success story. He came back from being basically dead to winning seven tours of France that to me is exceptional. If you want to go after him you need to go after the whole sport since we all know it is rampant problem. I say we put our money to better use.I say go after those doping our kids with sugar and junk food how about that, the weapon traffickers, or the corrupt campain financing schemes. Since we cannot do such important things lets distract the masses by going after notorious sport figures, a great waste. I say we add to our trillions in debt by borrowing  a bit more from China to pay for the anti doping agency and  their very important trials and investigations.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Austerity-No, Stimulus-No, how about a new system

There is a battle ragging in Europe over how to deal with the gigantic debt created by their governments and banks. Some believe that  austerity measures is the solution. Now there seems to be a growing backlash against reducing government spending in a drastic manner.  Stimulus has not worked including in the USA where the Obama stimulus package seems to have done zero in getting the economy moving and reducing  unemployment. If this is so, we are in a real global jam. Meaning that our current economic and financial systems are not applicable to life on this planet for the 21 century. The question now is how do we change this global matrix of financial and political interests that is no longer applicable? In my opinion there something very obvious taking place: the current rules for scoring our economic endeavors only work for a small group of people that have one thing in common: power and profits not ideology nor religious believes . They are Socialist, Communist, Capitalist, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, democracies, dictatorships,etc.  They want the game to continue going on at all cost but the rest of the planet is starting to wake up to the fact that the game is rigged and some have noticed that they are not the only victims that the Earth is also being destroyed in the process. Game over? now what? Big uncertainly, volatility.......

Monday, June 11, 2012

Why are leaders so mediocre? maybe it is my fault

I have always thought and wondered why do we have such poor and mediocre leadership on a global scale. Why do we render the fate of the world to such a caliber of individuals when we know we have a great pool of brilliant people with tremendous integrity that could run this planet in very efficient, humane and enlightened manner. This dilemma continues to baffle me year after year as the planet continues to deteriorate and the political elite becomes more corrupt, incompetent, mediocre and out touch with the real needs of people and the earth. As I contemplate this absurd situation I have come to realize that the reason this is happening is that we(the majority of the population on this earth) have become broadcasters and commentators for a terrible game that gets worse and worse. I think we all need to throw away our microphones and jump into the playing field rip off their uniforms put them on ourselves and start playing the game. Because if we continue as such the whole stadium is going to go down in flames while we watch, comment and criticize. We all need to start playing ball if we want to have a league in the near future.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Start up crowdfunding-the future of finance

I am going to be taking a class this month on "Start up crowd funding" at the General Assembly in New York City. Last April 5th was signed into law the JOBS Act which legalizes equity crowdfunding. Companies will be able to raise up to $1million a year  in equity and debt. To me this is the beginning of a new paradigm of global finance. Where the big control and command players will slowly be removed from their dark role of gate keepers of capital. I believe this will bring about an explosion of creativity and possibilities as capital becomes more democratic and decisions made by individuals and not financial institutions nor governments. A brave new world where individual responsibility and credibility will be the most important currency. Please buckle up your seat belts for a wild and exciting ride.

Who is Radamés Soto?

Radames Soto is the president and founder of Kinina Ventures, a firm specializing in the creation and acquisition of companies in the wellness and media sectors. He is a former Managing Director of The Wall Street Journal Interactive. Soto joined Dow Jones & Company in November 1998. Under Mr. Soto's direction, the former Wall Street Journal Americas expanded its focus on the business and financial needs of the Latin American market through the creation of The Wall Street Journal Interactivo.

Mr. Soto is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and multi-faceted figures in the new media world. Among his projects is the film "Road Dogz," the nationally syndicated series "HispanicAmericans: The New Frontier" hosted by Jimmy Smits, "Video Active" - a nationally syndicated show for teenagers, and "America Latina Finanzas y Negocios" - a weekly business show syndicated throughout Latin America sponsored by Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Soto has an extensive track record in the creation of content both for the Internet as well as film and television. He developed a TV/Internet series with HBO "Techno3." He is considered by many, including publications like Variety, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Hispanic Magazine, as a leader in Internet content for Latinos.

Mr. Soto owned and operated a successful and well-respected entertainment and media company for five years, Blue Pearl Entertainment. He is also the founder of TDI (a broadcasting & Internet investment firm) and Zotox Investments, a new media merchant house for the Spanish-speaking world.

As a journalist Mr. Soto is the recipient of an Emmy, the ACE Award, and a New York State Broadcaster's Association Award. He is also a three-time nominee for the ACE Award in investigative reporting.

Mr. Soto has been keynote speaker at the following conferences: LOHAS conference in Boulder-2001; Inter- American Development Bank in New Orleans-2000; Jupiter Communications in Miami -2000; LatinTech Conference-2000; Internet World-Latin America-1999; Jupiter Communications Advertising Conference, NY-1999; The New Media Forum, New York City-1999; Digital Hollywood, Beverly Hills, CA-1999.

Mr. Soto holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an MBA in Management, and a specialization in finance from the University of Miami. He also has a specialization in Mergers and Acquisitions from New York University. He is married with three children and resides in New York City and Miami.

Make the planet a nourishing and loving place to live. The heart is the real source of our actions and ideas. Let's really make quality of life and human nourishment the priority.

Respect nature. We are nature; it is our duty to respect, protect and learn from nature rather than conquer her.

The Inner Journey. The real revolution is our inner growth. As long as we do not reinvent our inner landscape, our outer reality will continue to be limited, stale and violent.

Live a holistic lifestyle. The mind, the heart, the spirit and the body are one interrelated organism.

Business to transform the world. Business is a very powerful force that must be used to transform the earth. Compassion, entrepreneurship, innovation and the Spirit are the core elements of this transformation. Business based on innovative chaos, taking risk, intuition, heart, synthesis, non-linear skills, a holistic approach, conservation, quality, cooperation and partnership are the focal points of a new business paradigm.

Use technology to unite people. Let's create technologies that bring us together and help us develop lives of greater quality. The Internet is a manifestation of our desire to be connected. We aspire to connect to each other and become whole.

The Media. Media must inform, uplift, educate, inspire and unite. Not manipulate, instill fear, and keep people from developing their inner greatness.

Individual versus the collective. The individual must become responsible for his or her well-being, inner journey and self-improvement. The government cannot do it. Let's empower our selves, hearts, and thoughts.

Government small and non-intrusive. The government is simply a traffic cop. The responsible individual is the engine of growth, order and prosperity.

High self-esteem is the most effective weapon against corruption. As human beings we must understand that we are all capable of creating the life we want. We do not have to take from others. The universe is an abundant system. Scarcity is an illusion.

We are what we eat/eating is a political act. If we eat junk, we become junk, we think junky ideas and we end up creating a world of junk. Let's eat quality food and become quality people.

Quality of life over superficial growth. Our economic growth must be based on the growth of the human spirit and the improvement of our lives. We need to change the measurement of our economic life and the meaning of the word "profits." Profits must include quality of life, personal growth and enjoyment.

Learning is a human right. Teaching people is a global duty; not having education available is a violation of human rights.

Role models are extraordinary people. We must admire real people that have created extraordinary lives, not people created by the media. Role models are essential for the development of our human potential.

Abundance and prosperity. The universe is abundant. We are abundant and limitless. We need to turn our minds and hearts toward our greatness, abundance and possibilities.

Consumption vs. quality of life. We cannot fill our emptiness by consuming. Consumption must have meaning and its consequences measured. We need nourishment, creativity, encouragement, playfulness and community - not more consumption.

Individual creativity, imagination and self-expression are sacred. Individual creativity must be respected, encouraged and protected. It is the only way out of our current broken paradigm.