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The Globalized Doorbell

In many countries, it takes generations before you are accepted as a local – but not in Canada. “You become a Canadian the second you arrive in the country” says Meghan Athavale, a young designer and entrepreneur in Toronto with a father from India and mother from Poland.

Nationalism has not had much success in Canada. “We have no illusions that we have an option” says Meghan “We are only 30 million people, so we have to learn how to work with others”.

Meghan’s company Lumo Play seems to be following that prescription successfully. Its software already controls 30,000 large screens around the planet and uses motion control, gesture control and touch as input from the viewer to interact back in surprising and engaging ways.

An interactive fish pond for kids is projected at the floor in an airport in Finland, while an interactive wall for McDonalds has shadows of their different characters mimicking whatever moves the kids in the room make. An interactive wall at a children’s hospital keeps the children mesmerized, and last week Meghan helped the San Francisco zoo set up a screen in a tiger cage as part of an animal enrichment project.

With a globalized family, living in a country committed to an open world and with her company having customers all over the planet, Meghan has a clear stand on Globalization; “Sure. I’m down with that”.

Globalization also helped her solve a very local problem recently.

Continue reading: https://sonetel.com/en/the-globalized-door-bell/
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Hunting for tycoons in London.

The ghosts of Brexit cast their shadows over London’s financial center, but Raheel Moin – a young entrepreneur from Pakistan – newly arrived with a suitcase full of entrepreneurial dreams, does not seem worried.

“As a middle man I am not dependent on prices going up or down. A broker can always make money.”

Raheel dreams of building a big property business, solid enough to attract tycoons. He has no illusions that it will be easy. In the absence of a local home in London he sleeps at his office. His wife and five-year-old son in Ireland awaits his future success to be able to join.

He rushes down a London street on his way to a meeting. His father, a local business man in Pakistan, taught his son that being on time is the most important trait of an entrepreneur. “If you are not on time, you can’t succeed. It is all about keeping your promises.” says Raheel, echoing his father’s voice.

In his view, there are no short-cuts. “You have to be loyal and build trust to be successful. There are so many companies with big offices on High street that lie their way through business – but if you are not honest, it will eventually bring you down.”

Continue reading: https://sonetel.com/en/hunting-for-tycoons-in-london/
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Today we increased the discount customers get on outbound calls with Premium from 25% to 35%.

Calls to free destinations such as the United States remain free.

Premium costs $8.95 per month and user when you have an annual subscription.

https://sonetel.com/en/increased-discount-on-premium/
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When will you become the US President?
The desire to create something truly unique and to change the world for the better is a common driver among many global entrepreneurs. Making money is often less important.

Greg Acuna was 8 years old, living in Los Angeles, when he wrote a letter to the US senator from California he admired, asking “When will you run for president of the United States?”. The senator responded “Never. But when will you become president?”

From that day, the little boy’s life was all about preparing himself to become the President of the United States.

A decade later – at the age of 19 – he had climbed the ladder of politics and travelled together with Senator Ted Kennedy on a campaign across the country.

Greg was disgusted by what he experienced.

Continue reading: https://sonetel.com/en/when-will-you-become-the-us-president/
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Run for the hills!
The view from British Voiceover Artist, Mike Cooper’s house in London was anything but inspiring. He might have been able to hear the chimes of Big Ben in his sitting room, but they were usually drowned out by the roar of jumbo jets on their final approach to Heathrow, and looking out of the windows all he could see were brick walls and concrete.

Thankfully it wasn’t the view, but rather the walk-in-closet, that had attracted his attention. The closet was ideal for his voice-over business, providing recordings for customers such as the History Channel – and since his closet-business was doing so well, it seemed unlikely that he would get a room with a view anytime soon…

Mike, however, found that dramatic changes in life can be possible without losing anything in the transition – thanks to technology and globalization.

Mike and his partner Marc decided to abandon cosmopolitan London and its 8 million inhabitants – and move to Asheville, a small city of around 80,000 people in the “Bible Belt” of the southern United States.

Moving from a large, progressive city, to a virtual village in comparison – and in the deep south, too – would appear to be a daring step for a gay couple. With his British English – impeccable thanks to his many years as a newsreader for the BBC World Service – Mike shares an explanation: “Asheville is a progressive island in an ocean of conservatism”.

He is very impressed by how welcome he and his partner have been made to feel by the locals. “For the last two years I’ve been the Master of Ceremonies at our regional American Advertising Awards ceremony – complete with tuxedo! And I’m delighted to be back in radio, hosting for Blue Ridge Public Radio – our local NPR station. The listeners seem to be in love with my British accent.”

Back in the 90s, Asheville gained a reputation as a “New Age Mecca” and is still regarded as a “Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Destination”. Dozens of microbreweries scattered around town have also earned it a reputation as “#1 Beer City USA”.

Mike’s view of a concrete wall has now been replaced by the Blue Ridge mountains, stretching across the horizon. The Huffington Post mentioned Asheville as one of “The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South” and Good Morning America had it as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America”.

Mike and Marc go hiking in the mountains with their two dogs and enjoy the many great restaurants in town. Quality of life has apparently skyrocketed – but how has Mike’s voice over business survived this leap of faith?

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How can AI be used in a small business?
There’s a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence, but what does this mean for a small business?

In this article we will have a look at what the great minds of our time think about the future of AI. We will explain what machine learning is, and explore how artificial intelligence can be used in small businesses.

Some great minds – such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk – have expressed fears that Artificial Intelligence may in the near future kill us all – as the machines become smarter than us and we may stand in the way of their grand plans.

Others – like Ray Kurzweil – envision a more bright outcome of the “Singularity” – which is the popular term for the point in time when the machines become smarter than us. In Kurzweil’s future - AI will not only help cure all our ailments – like cancer, Alzheimer and similar – but we will actually merge with AI by uploading ourselves into the digital cloud and get eternal life.

Others – like Musk – even suggest that this might have already happened, and that we already live in a “Matrix” type of world, and that the world we see around us is just a 3D animation.

Far out? Maybe.

But regardless if doomsday or heaven lurks around the bend – we mortals have more mundane problems to worry about here and now.

For those of us that are entrepreneurs – there is already an avalanche of challenges waiting in our inbox. Saving the world from AI simply doesn’t make it into our priority list.

Continue reading: https://sonetel.com/en/how-can-ai-be-used-in-a-small-business/
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An exciting year ahead!

Free AI-Assisted Customer Service and numerous enhancements in our current services are in the making.

https://sonetel.com/en/an-exciting-year-ahead/
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Sonetel is recognized as one of Sweden's fastest growing tech companies for the second year in a row.

Sonetel's revenue grew with +459% from 2013 to 2016
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Sonetel launches free call recording.

You can now record all calls you receive to your Sonetel phone numbers worldwide as well as calls you make with Sonetel's free mobile apps - at no additional cost.

More info: https://sonetel.com/en/record-your-calls-for-free/
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Sonetel is now listed at Nasdaq First North Stockholm
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