Next chapter: Dubai

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IMG_1444As you may have heard, I have significantly reduced my day-to-day involvement at Own Web Now Corp and my sole position with the business is that of a CEO. Meaning, I will only be involved in strategy and international expansion of our products and services, less of day-to-day problems and staff issues. I still have a great passion for what we do at ExchangeDefender and Shockey Monkey but the services and announcements you will see from us over the next few months will explain the simple detail that…: We’re going to Dubai.

Every so often you get an opportunity that is so ridiculous it would be crazy to turn that down. In 2001, when I graduated from University of Florida, I should have moved to the valley. For a number of reasons and many excuses, I moved to Orlando (a move that I rerated professionally but truly appreciated personally as I have a wonderful family that will live on long after my business ventures). But now I am taking my businesses truly global and United Arab Emirates are key.

I love Florida, I love United States, I am proud to be an American. But in terms of international business, there is a new king. When I discussed this with my friends I often get looked at sideways but if you have just 30 seconds.. please watch this:

Fast forward to 4:20 and just give it 30 seconds.

If that doesn’t line up with your ambitions you’re not an entrepreneur. When the Sheik is asked “Why are you in such a hurry” the response is native to every aspiring business owner and driven person in the world: Because I want it now. I want to be the best. Not in 10 years. Not in 30 years. I wake up every day wanting to make sure my life, the life of people that work for me, the life of my family in the generations that live on is better and easier than mine was.

United States is undoubtedly the king of worldwide commerce, it will remain the headquarters of the global financial system, the land of freedom, the most consumerised economy on the face of the earth – but when it comes to opening the door to the rest of the world, our leaders are leaving us more and more isolated. Our overwhelming special interests are creating a more close minded, judgmental, business-unfriendly environment that is seriously threatening our future.

In my opinion, from what I have seen with my own eyes, the rest of the world wants what we have in United States. And they are no longer just happy to come for a visit, they want it there.

Seemingly, it all goes through Dubai. So that is where I’m off to.

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