Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Pitch for BusinessRICH boot camp

Just a pitch for an event organized by my friends Arnout Druyvesteyn and Janine Lie-A-Kwie.
They are developing their Coaching Business throughout the Caribbean. Perfect strategy if your domestic market is small... expand to other markets

A two day business boot camp for business owners and managers
who really want to improve their business

Visit their site

Guest speaker: ActionCOACH Lee Huffman (USA), serial entrepreneur, international speaker, author

June 11, 2009 (8:00 am - 9:00 pm) & June 12, 2009 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Marriott Hotel, Piscadera Bay, Curacao

Once-only introduction fee ANG 995,-. FREE for our current clients.
Price includes lunches and dinner, workbook & materials.

Register before June 4, 2009 here or email

Monday, May 25, 2009

Latin American economies

Last week I attended the 39th General Assembly of ALIDE - Asociacion Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo - including the Caribbean. While Caribbean economies are well-known to me, it was a welcome refresher in Latin American economies.
The key take-aways for me were:

1. between 2000 and 2007 poverty in Latin America was reduced by 10%, meaning that 40 million people rose out of poverty.

2. if you want to know what the future areas of growth will be, examine what the main research areas in U.S. universities are. Now these are energy, and water

3. in Latin America also the growth in tourism can be exponential with targeted investments in tourism, as the case of North Eastern Brazil shows.

So, it leads me to think how small economies can use this knowledge to their advantage.

Online marketing - gaming

I spent a workday at the beach learning about the online gaming industry and the latest developments in online marketing in general. How much the industry has changed since I was first introduced to the concept many years ago. It has kept me wondering how to apply the learnings to other similar industries and markets.