I started my second career shortly after I retired back in 1999. At the time, I was writing software and firmware for Stepper Motors. my company was very small, and my biggest customer was a 30 year old company in Northern California that was an Injection Molding company. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, USA Injection Molding companies were losing sales to companies from Taiwan, China, and South Korea. Consequently, my company’s sales were also declining, so like everyone else, I was forced to outsource to Asia as well.
So, I entered into a joint venture with an engineer friend of mine in Taiwan named Arrow Hsu. He had a small company in Taipei called SecuMaster Technology, LTD. And together, we formed a Security Camera company in Seattle, WA called SecuMasterUSA.
At that time we jointly developed a circuit board that could control a “WebCam” over the Internet. And, soon, we began importing our cameras into the USA. We were still a very small company, but we had solid connections in China and Taiwan. And, with these solid connections, we were able to secure Sales Contracts from prestigious companies like The Seattle Sheraton, Schick-Shadel Hospital, the Sammamish Police Department, and the Seattle Office of the Salvation Army.
MESH NETWORK PROJECTS
Then, back in 2013, our company was asked to install a WIFI Hotspot in a small Resort town in Northern Idaho, (USA). The town was built on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, which is the largest lake in Idaho. It spans 25 miles (40 km) in length and ranges from 1 to 3 miles (5 km) wide with over 109 miles (175 km) of shoreline. The town’s main attraction was the fact it had 10 separate Marina’s. It also had a few mini-marts, several cafes, a couple lodges, several bars, and a number of restaurants.
However, the biggest problem, (back in 2013) was the simple fact it had no stable WIFI (or even stable cellular phone service). And, in order to pick up a stable signal you had to drive 20 minutes away to the closest interstate highway truck stop. This meant that the small Resort town was losing a lot of business to towns with a decent signal.
Successfully completing this project was a tremendous benefit to me, and I was very happy with the results. And, I sincerely felt that this new knowledge I gained was tremendously valuable. This was because I knew that I could apply this same technology to other cities and towns that suffered from unstable WIFI Signals.
MY NEXT PROJECT
My next project will be in Southern Mexico. I recently experienced the phenomenon of becoming an “EMPTY-NESTER”, and consequently deciding to look for relevance by becoming a “SNOW-BIRD” to Mexico.
So, I spent an entire winter in Southern Mexico basking in the sun and sipping Margaritas. This was great for a while, but I quickly found out that getting older might affect the body, but it didn’t affect the “ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT”.
So, in between a couple of Coronas and a Pacifico, I managed to scribble down a bunch of new business plans (on a paper napkin) that solved everything from “MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE” to the inequalities of the average minimum wage in Mexico (officially about $5 a DAY), to the average minimum wage in the USA (somewhere between $8 an hour and $15 an HOUR).
A NEW EXPERIENCE – A PHILANTHROPIC STARTUP
One thing I learned during a long career of “SERIAL STARTUP COMPANIES” was the fact that everything I did had to have at least two purposes.
I called this concept “SWINGING A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD”. I gleaned this concept from MY interpretation of the writings of Miyamoto Musashi, a famous Ronin in the late 1500’s to the early 1600’s. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi)
Musashi’s writings can be widely interpreted in many ways, (since his original writings were in Japanese and then translated to English). But, it is an undisputed fact that his description of a “swing in a downward motion followed by a reverse swing in an upward motion”, expended half the energy of two separate swings.
And, I interpreted this to mean that “no matter how slow or fast I do any one particular action, I will usually accomplish twice as much as my allies and opponents”.
So, I decided to take a plunge, and start a new philanthropic startup that would;
- Directly benefit the friend’s and family I left back home.
- Directly benefit my new-found friends in Mexico.
- Directly benefit the cities and towns I have come to know and love in Mexico.
- Create a way to expose my friends and family to Mexican Culture and People.
- Create an easy way for anyone to become “Snowbirds” to Mexico.
INTRODUCING A NEW MODEL TO BECOME A SNOWBIRD TO MEXICO
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