“Ipsa scientia potestas est” said one great thinker, which translated, meant in knowledge itself is power. In today’s global quest for power, everyone is looking into the sky for the answer. And no, it’s not blue sky thinking, but satellites.
While we have the one Hubble looking out into the universe, we have hundreds more pointing back at us. These earth-facing satellites tells us stories of ourselves that we could otherwise not know. Here are ways these eyes in the sky impact human lives and investments.
Estimating global oil inventories
Oil inventory is one application of satellites. Ursa Space Systems can estimate oil inventory globally using proprietary algorithm and space images. This is important as official state figures are deliberately inaccurate. This is for national security reasons.
Hence, it helps investors to know what exactly is in storage. Low storage means high demand. Inversely, high storage means oversupply and potential price drop.
Forests and woods
The rate of deforestation is another area of interest. Imazon provides government with imagery showing the rate of deforestation of the Amazon. This helps policy makers to understand the severity and rate of deforestation. Investors can use this information to assess the risks of policies against their portfolio.
Farms and Crops
On the flip side of deforestation is agricultural data. TellusLab Inc specializes in rationalizing satellite data to understand and estimate crop yields. This started with soy and wheat has expanded into palm oil, coffee and cocoa. These data helps commodity investors to hedge against a particular crop and country.
Surveying oil fields
Iceye is a unique satellite system helping oil producers unlock trapped oil and gas reserves in cold environment. This system can pinpoint where the permafrost is melting and releasing trapped natural gas. This takes away all the guesswork of Artic oil and gas exploration. This level of certainty gives investors confidence in their related portfolio.
Global fishing activities
Fishing is one area satellites help both private sector and public sector. NGOs like Global Fishing Watch use satellite data to map vessels, location and rate of fishing. Vessels that fish in non-fishing zones are reported to the authorities for swift action.
In general, this data helps investors to predict the trends in fishing supply and demands. Where there is over-fishing, prices will drop. After some time, the inevitable correction will kick-in for a strong buy.
Time to fishing for the right stocks then!
Urban Development with satellite guidance
Urban development has high impact on human lives. A poor design could lead to high loss of lives. However, if done well, it could make a city into a powerhouse. Using images from NASA’s Landsat and the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite programs, World Bank researchers track expansion of urban cities. It helps town planners to understand potential risks.
It also helps economists and policy makers understand the impact of urban expansion. So, when disaster strikes, investors can assess the impact on their investments.
Satellites on a budget
SpaceKnow offers a DIY spatial analytics platform approach to use of satellites. It can track number of cars in a parking up to shipping vessels and shipping lines. Any investors inclined in specific companies or industries can order custom reports.
This is the sort of powerful tools investors can play with today. It’s like having your own satellite without the hassle.
Besides helping investors make sound decisions, satellite also help governments and NGOs. They use the power of satellites to observe climate change and biohazards such as virus spreads. Even pilots use tools like EarthCast to predict actual turbulence during their flights.
The next time you look up the skies, smile. You don’t know who’s looking back at you.
INTERVIEW: Ex-NY Giants Star Shares His Business Philosophy
Athletes going broke is a popular phenomenon, despite their hefty paycheck. But not all do. In this video, Victor Cruz, former NY Giants star breaks down his philosophy on business and financial planning — and how not to go #broke.
3 Ways To Invest From Your Smartphone For Under $5
The numbers say 80% of millennials don’t invest in stocks.
Reason? Half say they don’t have money, one-third says it’s too early and another third says they don’t know how.
In addition to that, there’s demographic gap. “The average age of a financial advisor is 55,” said Douglas Boneparth, a New York City-based financial planner. “There are more financial advisors over the age of 70 than there are under 30.”
Despite these beliefs, you don’t really need much money, nor experience, to get started. (Just look at our fearless co-founder Odunayo Eweniyi and what she’s pulled off here)
Be that as it may, here are three ways to get started for $5 or less.
What: A micro-investment app (iOS and Android) with over 30 ETFs according to industry, sector and risk tolerance.
How it works: Download the app and choose your investment.
Minimum investment: $5
Cost: Fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.
“We help people who don’t have a lot save money on a weekly basis,” CEO and co-founder Brandon Krieg said in one interview. “Stashers look like America, they look like people you meet every day: they are nurses and teachers and Uber and Lyft drivers.”
What: iOS and Android app.
How it works: Download the app and choose one of six index funds. When you buy, say a cup of coffee for $1.75, it rounds up the change to $2 and deposits the difference.
Minimum investment: $5
Cost: Just like Stash, fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.
“We’re not trying to preach austerity to the client, because that’s a bummer,” CMO Manning Field says. “Some people will say, ‘Don’t have the cup of coffee.’ We’ll tell you to have the cup of coffee and invest along the way.”
What: A commission-free investment app (iOS and Android).
How it works: Download and start buying stocks.
Minimum investment: Whatever stock you want to buy.
And by the way, if you want to get a fast start on real estate, here’s Forbes’ list of nine REITs with yields between 8% and 10%.
4 Types Of People To Be Around That Will Make The Hustle More Fun
(Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post by superstar entrepreneur and tech investor Jonathan Schultz.)
We all know that hard work and dedication are keys to success. The more you’re willing to sacrifice and go the extra mile, the greater your chances are of reaching your personal goals and passions.
While there’s no denying that hard work does play a major role in reaching success, surrounding yourself with the right people will always help. We’ve all heard the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” … In my career, whenever I push myself to be around the positive thinkers and go-getters, it’s always up-leveled me and gave me more confidence to in turn fulfill my own dreams and ambitions.
Finding your network through all the different stages of your life and career is not only helpful in progressing your career, but it also creates amazing relationships and opportunities.
So, what type of people should you be surrounding yourself with?
THE PUZZLE PIECES
Find the network that is your perfect complement —the people that have the skills and abilities you strive for. Not only will this give you more confidence, it will help you learn the skills and abilities you may be lacking.
THE POSITIVE PEOPLE
Who doesn’t want to be around someone who’s happy and optimistic? Even though that doesn’t have to be all the time.
Surrounding yourself with positive and grateful people can have an incredible impact on your life, making you feel happier and more confident. Also, positive people are more likely to encourage you to take smart risks or move up the business ladder.
Dreamers and innovators are the people pushing society forward. They are the people interested in coming up with new and improved ways to solve problems and achieve success. Regardless of what field they’re working in, it’s never a bad idea to have a few outside-the-box thinkers in your social circle to help you look at things from a different perspective.
THE ANSWER SEEKERS
Just like innovators, people who constantly ask questions are the reason why we challenge old ways and come up with new ideas. When you’re surrounded by people who constantly ask questions, you’re more likely to come across the answers that you never knew you needed.
Ultimately, the people you keep in your inner circle can influence you in a number of different ways, including how you approach problems or whether you’re motivated to achieve greater things or not. Of course, this isn’t to say that everyone around you needs to be someone who’s working those extra-long hours to get to the next phase in life.
However, when you have a few business-minded people in your life, you’re more likely to inherit some of their drive, benefit from their knowledge, and even network in some of the same circles. For that reason, it’s always important to make friends who have the same goals and aspirations as yourself. It might just help you get to the top quicker.
Jonathan Schultz is an entrepreneur, real estate tech investor and influencer. He’s the co-founder of Onyx Equities, a leading private equity real estate firm, and has been voted one of the most powerful people in real estate. Follow Jon’s blog here.