election

Election Winners

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We’re just days away from the election and businesses are cashing in on the last minute opportunities.

After months of scandals, headlines and debates we are about to make a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And while most people in America are having a hard time deciding between the lesser of two evils, businesses are using the final days to their benefit.

A restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area has created two cocktails named “the Dirty Hombre” and “Nasty Woman;” both terms that came up in the final debate and are now helping people drink away their woes.  read more »

Technical Politics

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A new San Francisco based startup is providing politics with another platform.

In November I attended a tech summit in Dublin, Ireland. I spoke with Matt Mahan and James Windon of Brigade. A company that is set to launch sometime this year and will give people an easy and social way to take action on issues they are about. Right now the company is still working on its commercial revenue model and Windon, the company’s president says their strategy is about matchmaking, and not persuasion.

“What we’re trying to do is understand people’s political views and match them with candidates that share those views.”  read more »

Brigade

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A San Francisco startup is getting political with technology.

“Our fundamental belief is that the political system is broken. It’s not working for people anymore. We see incredible high levels of cynicism, apathy, low participation rates and a general sense that government can’t solve the biggest problems that we face.”

Matt Mahan is CEO of Brigade. A company set to launch sometime this year that will provide voters with the platform they need to get involved. And it’s an idea that can’t come fast enough for politicians. Only 25% of registered voters cast ballots in the June third primary election. Mahan says that’s a sign that voter apathy is at an all-time high.  read more »

High Speed Election

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Campaign season is heating up and one candidate is hoping to speed away from the competition.

Nonpartisan candidate for Governor Eugene Disimone is pitching a racy idea to voters in Nevada. To help fix the budget crisis Disimone is suggesting the state tap into the lead footed and charge people who want to speed on freeways.  read more »

Is a Democratic President good or bad for stocks?

Pundits love to pontificate about which political party in the White House is best for Wall Street. If you ask the average voter, they most likely will say a Republican President is best, because that party is considered more “pro-business” in its ideology.
It is true that republicans are more prone to lower corporate taxes and push for less government regulation. But history dictates the Dow Jones Industrials have posted bigger average returns under Democratic Presidents, according to The Stock Trader’s Almanac.  read more »

Who will pay for change?

The good news is the election is finally over. The bad news is our economic problems are not over, and will not be for some time to come. It took a long time for us to get into this mess, and no amount of campaign rhetoric promising simple or quick fixes will work in the short run.
The biggest danger now is to think government is the solution to the crisis it helped create. Simply throwing taxpayer money at the problem without accountability could bankrupt the country. And it raises the very real danger that both citizens and companies will find it easier to rely on a government bailout than on their own abilities.  read more »

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