While Amazon's web services business AWS has emerged as a bright spot on the company's thin-margined balance sheet, the company is always looking for new areas of growth. One business that's seen increasing focus and investment over the past year: Payments.
Any smart business will make full use of their online presence. This means having an aesthetically pleasing and fully functioning site, which is easy to navigate. However, many business owners forget that what goes on behind the scenes of your website is just as important as the outside. Whether you have a content-driven website or an eCommerce site – the company you choose to host your site will be one of the most important business decisions you make.
Just about any pay-TV or Internet service provider (often one in the same) lets new customers sign up online. You can do the whole process — check your address for availability (even if the company’s database is dreadfully wrong), pick a service tier, schedule an installation appointment, and even have your credit history checked — all without talking to a single human being.
"An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life," according to President Obama and it appears his perspective on the heavy hand of government regulation inserting itself into the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the US economy, is how best to achieve "openness." Having pressured FCC's Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U.S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE.
Without college, I'd probably be doing what my dad, brother, and grandfather did, work in a tractor store selling parts, and if I was lucky, some day get promoted to sales. College was my ticket out of the small farming town I grew up in, but if it wasn't for the low tuition at California state schools at the time, I probably wouldn't have made it. (Tuition was around $100 per semester, and I could earn enough to pay tuition, dorm fees, etc. working on farms in the summer and at a tractor store selling parts to cranky farmers during school.
Not far into Trump’s term as president, you may find yourself paying more to your Internet service provider when you curl up on a Saturday night to binge-watch your favorite series on Netflix, Amazon Prime or one of the other OTT providers.