This weeks show features Jay Rogers from Local Motors, an innovate car company that not only crowd-sources design but lets the buyers of the car take part in the build process!
When Jay Rogers was deployed as a marine in Iraq he was inspired to create an environmentally focused car company that offers not just better mileage, but a more efficient process start to finish.
Local Motors uses crowd-sourcing design techniques and production is done in “micro-factories” where prospective owners can watch or even participate in the process of building their car. According to the site, no matter what your skill level the program is customized to give you a hand in building your own car. And what a car! Hear from Sangho Kim, the first winning designer as well as see some of the concept designs proposed.
Tune into Gamechanging every week for news about people and businesses who are changing the future right now. Here’s a link to the show with Jay Rogers which airs at 5 PM PST or 8 PM EST every Monday night. Replays of the show are available just minutes after it’s over, so if you miss it, come back and tune in!
What if you could swipe a credit card on your mobile phone to accept payments anywhere anytime? Accept signatures on your iPhone and have the receipt emailed to you? Toss your expensive and clunky credit card processors onto the junk heap and get digital. Accept payments from your friends, at trade shows or events, even donations to your cause. All with a digital paper trail and instant transactions. Buyers can even register with Square and have a photo display on the vendor’s screen to stave off fraud.
Is it safe?
According to Jack Dorsey, founder and creator of Square (he also founded Twitter) transactional data is is safely encrypted and even the phone number and mailing address in your profile will be safely stored remotely. Your card or personal info is never stored on the phone or the device itself.
Do you have to have an iPhone?
Nope, any device with an audio jack will work. Your mobile phone can process the transaction too.
When you create a square account some information will be recorded and can be passed on to the vendor. For example you could join a virtual frequent shoppers club. Square can track the sales for you. No more pesky punch cards.
Give a penny back
Square will donate a penny from each sale to a cause of your choice.
What does it cost?
So far it’s looking like it’s free. No monthly fees, no contracts, no hidden costs (says the web site). Even the device itself is free. Just like Twitter. How cool is that? Learn more and sign up for your own Square on their web site.
What do you think about the Square? We’re going to talk about it Monday Dec 14, 5 PM PST. on the Gamechanging show. Join us.
We talked about the new Droid phone on the last show and it’s been amazing to watch the hub-bub over this new entry into the market. A lot of it really isn’t over the phone at all,no matter how cool it is, but the rivalry between ATT and Verizon. We all knew Verizon wasn’t getting the iPhone when they started the negative anti-iPhone ads but who knew they were coming up with another “iPhone killer”?
I’m pretty sure it’s not an iPhone killer, but I hope it wakes ATT up that people are thinking of migrating for the network and even the iPhone can’t hold them back.
Here’s a comparison video of the phones and speed.
Do you have an iPhone? Coveting the new Droid or the Verizon network? Let’s hear it.
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