What Happened to Tech Stocks?


At one time, tech stocks were considered all the rage. People made a huge amount of money earning great returns on tech stock. Today, tech stocks have a very negative connotation surrounding them. Most recommend against investing in tech stocks. To state that all tech stocks are terrible investments might be an unfair overstatement. It is true, however, the tech stock bubble of the 1990’s burst. In the aftermath of the Dot.com collapse, a host of previously high performing stocks ended up becoming worthless. A few lessons have to be learned here. Among the most important of all lessons learned is tech stocks are not a good match for conservative investors with an eye on the long-term.

During the 1990’s, many of the publicly traded tech stocks did well because the internet was a brave new world. Massive interest in scores of new technological innovations helped generate a lot of interest and sales. Stock values grew huge because the assumption was demand would remain high and sales figures were never going to drop off. The conditions that were driving the value of the stocks were not going to last. A bubble existed below the surface and, when the bubble burst, a lot of investors lost money. Not all ended up with a bad outcome though.

Seeking advice on how to best invest money is strongly suggested. Professionals with experience generally do not advise clients on putting money into vehicles that are too risky for them. The investment banking firm Madison Street Capital has offices all over the world and provides support to corporations looking for safe and reliable investment strategies. Only through a close and careful analysis does Madison Street Capital arrive at any suggested paths to take. Individuals looking for investment advice are advised to work with a financial advisor that provides the same level of professionalism as Madison Street Capital.

Tech stocks are interesting to follow. Putting money into these types of invetments, however, really is not for everyone. In the current landscape, they have lost some luster. Ultimately, careful deliberation is necessary before putting any money into a tech stock.

Those who foresaw a bubble and sold their stock before the crash made decent money. Many people who got involved in high-risk day trading scored big as well, although such was not the case with everyone. Investors who put too much money into tech stocks and tries to make massive returns found the results did not bode well.

Joseph Bismark – Success from Spirituality


I was going through WordPress blogs and I found this appropriately named one– Bring on the Random– which has this really cool feature on Joseph Bismark. He is a man whose business is affected by the teachings of the ashram, far up in the mountains of the Philippines. His knowledge of spirituality has joined easily with his business beliefs.
Joseph Bismark was born in the Philippines and left home at age 9 to become a monk. At age 17 he joined the corporate world and implemented his teachings with his work. That was when Qnet chose him as the managing director for its group of companies. He has a keen eye for identifying the potential of employees and helping them grow with the business. He seamlessly balances work and spiritual life, making him the perfect example to everyone in the corporation.

This amazing business person has founded RHYTHM, which serves as the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform. His wish is to give back to the community. There are three elements that he believes create a better corporation and more pleasant work environment, and thus has proven to be true through successes with Qnet and many other areas of his life. Those elements are:

  • Success
  • Business
  • Spirituality

It sounds simple, and truly it is. Mr. Bismark has found that inner peace contributes to not only one’s overall well-being, but successes in life. Imagine for a moment, being an employee for a company run by someone focused on self-improvement. Just like a smile spreads from one person to another, so does finding that inner “yes!” that everyone wants. Other good things that come from such a workplace include:

  • Better problem solving
  • Harmony
  • Innovations
  • Profitability

Today, Joseph Bismark continues to inspire as an author of books and blogs, and he is a popular speaker in motivational conferences. If you’re interested in improving your business, and creating more of an inner peace, then you owe it to yourself to read his work, or attend a seminar.

Marc Sparks, Philanthropist

Texas businessman Marc Sparks is sometimes referred to as an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He’d rather be remembered and respected as a philanthropist. Not a philanthropist’s philanthropist … just a plain citizen and father who wants to leave the world a better place for his daughter, and someday his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A resident of Dallas, TX, Mr. Sparks is heavily involved in local charities. Since the late 1980s, he has been involved with the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter. He believes a man, to be a real citizen, must do more than just write a check occasionally. He himself has helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity. He is an active supporter of American Can! Academy, which is a high school magnet program focusing on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and responsibility. He is involved with Highland Park United Methodist Church and its Carpenters for Christ program. He established Sparky’s Kids, a foundation that gives away computers to children. He is also a major sponsor of the Center for Animal Research and Education, which rescues and nurtures sick, injured, and abused big cats.

Marc Sparks, the head of Timber Creek Capital for the past 15 years, is a businessman and venture capitalist. He has started and sold many businesses and currently maintains multiple portfolio companies. In fact, since the 1970’s he has been involved with more than 60 start-ups. Some have been successful and he sold them at a profit. Some were disasters and he learned from his mistakes. “Failing isn’t the end; it’s an integral part of succeeding, much as a soldier earns his stripes,” said Sparks. “We’re all soldiers in this battlefield of life.” He’s been involved with restaurants, healthcare, real estate, and telecommunications. He’s been owner/investor of Blue Jay Wireless for 3 years and owner/investor of Splash Media for 10 and a half years.

His book, They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success, was published in September, 2014. It traces his path to success from less than stellar beginnings to becoming a financial success. He admits his failures have taught him more than his successes, and hopes other will learn from his mistakes. Although he has the greatest respect for higher education, Mr. Sparks was a C student in high school. He’s living proof that even today, a college education is a bonus but not a necessity. Follow Marc!