Archive | May, 2011

Personal update – some changes coming

13 May

Hi to all my friends, blog readers and social media followers.  I want to give you a personal update so you’re not taken by surprise when you start seeing more financial links and different related topics sent through my various networks.

Most of you know me from nightlife events, technology events and general online marketing – and I will continue to do all of these. They are my loves and I don’t think I could stop if I tried.  The big update is that I will be doing more financial work in the coming weeks.  I am sitting for the licensing test through Global Financial that will allow me to offer RESP (Registered Education Savings Plans) to kids, parents and grandparents.  My parents contributed to one of these for me growing up and it helped a lot when it was time to pay for university.  Once I get this designation, the path is to offer insurance and then mutual funds.

Those who know me closely know that I have been encouraging my friends to become more financially educated and have actually set up RRSPs for some and advised them to save and buy mutual funds (legally through a licensed dealer.)  The feedback I’ve gotten from sharing this information has always been positive and I’m rather excited to be able to offer it professionally and be able to help even more by being properly licensed and having access to deeper information that I didn’t have access to being non-licensed.

In summary:

Thanks for indulging me. I hope to see and speak with you all very soon.  If you have any questions or would like to talk about any of these, please call or email or leave a comment below.  If you know anybody with young kids that are interested in saving for their child’s post secondary education, please introduce us.

LinkedIn Demographics and Stats in a pretty format

5 May

LinkedIn stats are out for January 2011 and they are huge again. Here is a summary of the key metrics:

  • 101,000,000 members worldwide
  • 70% of LinkedIn members are aged 25-54
  • Almost 50% of LinkedIn members are in N America and  25% in Europe
  • 44 million users in USA and 4 million users in Canada
  • In N America, the split is sort of event between companies <1,000 employees, companies 1,000 – 10,000 employees and >10,000 employees
  • Slide 10 has an excellent breakdown of use by industry type
  • Slide 12 has a similar breakdown by job function
  • LinkedIn is used by 69 of the Fortune 100 companies

See the complete demographic breakdown in this SlideShare presentation.
Credit: Amodiovalerio Verde


If you need help getting your LinkedIn profile completed and looking good, or if you need to get your Company Page set up and optimized, just call me.

See my LinkedIn profile here http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurentmunier

Buy a flying car for $200K. It works. See the video here.

4 May

Wow this is pretty amazing. The Jetsons told us we would have flying cars in the new millennium and here it is.  You can buy yourself one of these Terrafugia car / plane combos for only $200,000 – $250,000.  Pre-order now with a $10,000 deposit.

Some quick notes:

  • It works now and you can order one
  • Uses high octane car gasoline from regular gas stations
  • Take off and land at any small airport (or highway I suppose)
  • Same size as a large car – park in your garage
  • Can fly 725 km at about 185 km/h
  • Wings fold up in 30 seconds

Full details and contact information on their website http://terrafugia.com

Here are some videos of this amazing vehicle actually driving, flying and folding up its wings.  My birthday is coming up in a few months – if anyone is stuck for gift ideas for me…. hint hint.

The promo video

COO Anna Mracek Dietrich keynote address to the Women in Aviation International 2010 Conference

Here it is taking off, flying and landing

Magnum Ice Cream Launch Party at Caprice Nightclub Vancouver

2 May

Coming up in a few short weeks, I’m putting together a big launch party for Magnum Ice Cream at the Caprice Nightclub on Granville Street.  We’ll have loads of free Magnum Bars to give away at the event plus a video photo booth where you can enter to win a $250,000 VIP experience in the national Magnum contest.

Here’s all the details below.  Email or Tweet me for guestlist.

Date: Saturday May 28, 2011
Venue: Caprice Nightclub 967 Granville Street

Magnum Ice Cream Launch Party at Caprice Nightclub Vancouver

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