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Want to learn how to code? Here are some excellent resources.

9 Dec

Do you want to learn how to code and be better in your job or your life?

Will Lam has put together an excellent list of links about learning, and specifically about learning to be more technical.

Here’s the collection:

First Twitter Lesson on Infinite Banking in Canada

22 May

Hi friends.  This morning I ran my first “Twitter lesson” for an hour. I can’t take credit for inventing this strategy as I think I stole it from a few people in my timeline who I have seen do the same thing.

In case you missed it, here it is laid out below in the correct chronological order.  Of course, there wasn’t space to get into too much detail with the 140 character limit so if any of these bring up questions for you please ask and I’m happy to answer them.


How to Maximize the Power of Social Media Like a Rockstar with Brian Thompson

19 Apr

Just announced – the next #GetRealVan event

When: Tuesday April 30 from 6pm – 9pm
Where: The Refinery 1115 Granville Street (upstairs)

Brian will talk about:

  •  How to Brand Yourself Online Like a Rockstar
  • Developing & Leveraging Content & Inbound Marketing
  • Direct-to-Customer Social Media – Doing it Right
  • Stats: Thousands on the e-newsletter, tens of thousands on Twitter and hundreds of thousands have listened to the Podcast

Click here for details & to RSVP

brian thompson profile and – Back Together Again

16 Oct

And so it has come full circle. We all started out back during the Dot-com bubble in late 1999 / 2000 building which quickly went on to become the dominant social media website in Vancouver and other cities before “social media” was a term.

Shortly afterwards, the original founders crew parted ways for various reasons and was born.  Both websites continued to play a pivotal role in Vancouver’s nightlife promotions scene and served as “inspiration” for multiple other nightlife-related websites across North America since then.

In a press release announced today, has bought and will be blending the site and it’s assets into the main MyZone Media mix.

I’m really glad to see this has come full circle.  These are great websites, business models and teams – these companies will always be close to my heart.

You can read the full press release here.

[VIDEO] The Bank of Canada and the Origins of Canadian Money

9 Oct

There is a lot of information out there on the interwebz about the United States Federal Reserve and the many people who want to “End the Fed” and “Audit the Fed”… you can easily search online and find all the varying opinions you want.

Did you know that Canada also issues its currency as debt via private banks?  We have a law that gives the Bank of Canada the right to create our money, yet we get our money from private banks – with interest.

The people in these videos have researched the subject much more than I ever could and explain it more eloquently. This should be required viewing for all Canadians to see where our money actually comes from and how we build up such substantial debts and deficits.

A lawsuit against the Bank of Canada to bring back money creation to the Bank of Canada.

A 12 year old girl, Victoria Grant explains it to the Public Banking in America Conference in April 2012

[VIDEO] Mike Maloney How to Buy Gold and Silver

19 Sep

Here are a couple of excellent videos from Rich Dad advisor Mike Maloney that explain the basics behind buying gold and silver for yourself. Mike Maloney has developed into one of the foremost authorities on investing in precious metals and on wealth cycles.  You can read more details and get updated gold and silver pricing on his website

Why Gold & Silver? Mike Maloney Tells All About Investing In Precious Metals

Mike Maloney – Silver & Gold Debt Collapse

Buy Mike Maloney’s book on Amazon :: Rich Dad’s Advisors Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver

Where to buy gold and silver in Vancouver?

VBCE Vancouver Bullion and Currency Exchange (3 locations)
800 West Pender Street
(604) 685-1008

Benny Lee & Company
619 West Hastings @ Granville
(604) 683-4241

More Online Resources

Sprott Money
Casey Research
Elevation Group

NOTE!! Never buy or sell gold from one of those Cash For Gold or “Send us Your Gold” dealers. Never, never, never. Only buy and sell from a reputable dealer.

Disclaimer: I am posting these for information purposes and I am not giving you financial advice or telling you to buy gold or silver. Please consult a licensed professional before making financial decisions.

[VIDEO] Interview Mark Zuckerberg on Mobile and the Next 5 – 10 years at Facebook

12 Sep

Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington interviews Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at this year’s Techcrunch Disrupt Conference (his first public interview since the IPO in May.)  Some topics discussed include the Facebook IPO, the mobile strategy moving forward, details about Facebook as a platform and some goals for the next 5 – 10 years for the internet giant.

I think the Zuck handles himself very well here and seems very energetic and enthusiastic when answering the questions – even when he gets pressed hard on the “failed” Facebook IPO last May. Obviously shareholders aren’t very happy about the 50% loss in Facebook’s share price, but some key points in the interview should give them some hope. Note when Zuckerberg says they will be making more money off their mobile apps and platform than they are currently making on their desktop site. It seems like he’s got mobile squarely embedded in everything the company is doing right now.

If you want to know where the future is going, listen to this interview carefully… with their 950,000,000 users Facebook can definitely shape the future of technology with their decisions.

Watch the 30 min video interview between Michael Arrington and Mark Zuckerberg here

[VIDEO] Frank Giustra – Lionsgate Films, Goldcorp, Wheaton River Minerals and Silver Wheaton

5 Sep

An excellent interview by Tommy Humphries of Cambridge House with BC billionaire Frank Giustra. He discusses money, inflation, gold, natural resources, entrepreneurialism, mentoring and his philanthropic endeavours with the Clinton Foundation.

From Cambridge House

“We had the opportunity to sit down with Frank Giustra last week, the lion behind Lionsgate Films, and an early architect of countless resource companies—most notably Wheaton River Minerals (now known as the $33B Goldcorp, which spun out the $12B Silver Wheaton), Petro Rubiales (now the $7B Pacific Rubiales), and Urasia Energy.

By all accounts Giustra is brilliant, connected and wealthy. He made headlines in 2007 by pledging over $100 million and half of his future earnings to establish a charitable foundation with President Clinton. Outside of philanthropy however, Giustra has been reluctant to draw attention to himself, and rarely speaks publicly about investing.

In 2002 however, he moved heavily into gold and published, “A Tarnished Dollar Will Put the Shine on Gold”, when it was trading under $300 an ounce. Ten years later and with gold now priced over $1600/oz., it still occupies the largest percentage of his investment portfolio, and his views remain the same.

In discussing gold during the interview he said, “I believe it’s going a lot higher…it’s going to have a parabolic spike, caused by some event or some loss of confidence…a US dollar crisis would be a perfect example. That will cause gold to go through the roof, and then everybody will want to own it…I don’t think we’re even close to that yet…Gold will probably have a much greater run than some of the other hard assets–because it’s also a currency.” (19:16)

On the subject of inflation he remarked, “It’s easier to make money with inflation than with deflation. All you need to make money with inflation is money…Those that influence policy are usually the ones that have access to money, or can borrow it very cheaply… They have a conflict of interest… [Inflation is] where a lot of people are getting rich, and the public is being educated—quote “educated” to accept that type of [inflationary outcome].” (11:10)

When asked about the parallels between today’s Western societies and previous civilizations, he replied that a strong example would be, “Sixteenth century Spain. In just over 100 years, it went from an almost nothing nation, to a great empire, and back to a nothing nation. They became a consumption economy…They waged a number of wars with almost everybody on the planet…because they felt they were a superior nation…[and] that’s what’s happening in America today…There’s no way out except currency debasement.”(15:30)

With respect to the mining shares, he said, “The resource market is in the worst state I’ve ever seen it in…people usually connect irrational and stupid market behavior with peaks of markets, but it takes place at the bottom of markets too. And it’s just as bad [at bottoms]…fear is a much stronger emotion than greed…[There are] companies developing world-class assets trading at pennies on the dollar.” (21:50)

Additional topics discussed included agriculture, success, and mentorship (31:07).

Giustra’s predictions for the western world economies are sobering, but his view of the resource sector is optimistic, and his case for inflation is impossible to ignore. We feel this interview is required listening for all those who seek and desire wealth.

So without further comment, here is billionaire mining and entertainment mogul Frank Giustra in conversation at the Vancouver Club last week. Special thanks to Cambridge House and VC for putting us up, and to Frank for joining the program.”


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