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The question: “Why not issue bespoke MasterCard’s made out of solid gold” had to be answered one day, and someone did answer it indeed. Below, I interview a serial entrepreneur who created a new meaning for a Gold Debit Card. Two meanings in fact; 14 carat and 18 carat. Without further ado, let’s read from the Aurae man himself.

Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers.

My name is Christopher Scanlon, and I have been a serial entrepreneur for the last 16 years. Financial services and luxury experiences have been a passion of mine and Aurae (Link) is the culmination of these passions.
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Yasmine Mustafa is a Kuwaiti / American entrepreneur, whom the Iraqi incursion on Kuwait in 1990 forced her out of her country at the age of 8. She landed in the US, where she couldn’t speak the language, with so few number of relatives and friends.

Her life changed dramatically afterwards. She had work to help the family, and then to support herself, till she became and American citizen, started her first company which she then sold before she turned 30 and kept on doing that, and now, she is roaming the world, while she prepares for her next project, ROAR. Read on.

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UPDATE: After Google started charging money for using its Maps services, Million Dollar Earth had to shut down as the income was less than the monthly costs and no alternative – at the time – was there to replace Google Maps. A reminder not to trust / rely on Google when it launches another “FREE” service.

I was fortunate enough to come across Ryan Hart, the many behind the Million Dollar Earth website. Same as what Alex Tew managed to do with MillionDollarHomepage.com in 2005, Ryan is set out to sell the map of the world, online. I asked him few questions over the email, and those below were his answers.
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In my Arabic blog (blog.shabayek.com), I write a lot about entrepreneurs and their success stories, and Pierre Omidyar (eBay Founder) was one of them.

Lately, a blog reader and friend asked me to write for little ones as well.

I thought about for too long…

…and found that the best way to approach youngsters is through comics and graphic novels.
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Christian Taylor, CEO of Payvment (a shopping platform inside Facebook), has 5 SME tips for small businesses to take advantage of and use Facebook to promote their companies:

SME Tips to better utilize Facebook business pages

SME Tips to better utilize Facebook business pages

SME Tips list: Differentiate:

With over 1.4 billion million users on Facebook, it’s easy for your business to be confused with another. Make good use of the “About” tab and fill out the company overview, mission, and website sections so users can be clear about who you are. Also, be sure to use your logo as your profile picture so users can recognize your brand.
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