NEW WEB SITE AND OUR VISION FOR THE INFORMATION AGE:

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This is a possible news item, which may be of interest to your agency (PRWEB) August 20, 2000

OFF NEW ZEALAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD:

NEW WEB SITE AND OUR VISION FOR THE INFORMATION AGE:

Just letting you know about our "unsung hero" here in Gisborne, New Zealand - my technical ("geek") associate Bill Rosoman, who has been involved in the telecommunications industry for the past twenty years. Bill has recently developed an online shopping cart with minimal

resources, other than his time and exceptional talent in computer

skills. Bill is a quiet unobtrusive character, who hasn't had much recognition locally to date); however some

American and national computer magazines have contacted him for advice as well as doing interviews about his creative innovation with minimal resources.

Bill has been a tremendous help to me in developing my courses (creative writing and money management) and

marketing my 17 books on the net (both hard copies and electronic versions), because three years ago, I didn't know

how to turn on a computer ...and so much has happened since then through

his technical skills.

I believe Bill Rosoman is a true visionary and pioneer in the field of

electronic commerce and am very pleased to be associated with him and be able to call upon his considerable talents.

We have a number of creative Gisborne "netrepreneurs" marketing their

various products from

our web site. We are selling a whole range of products: educational courses, my various books,

music, Millennium souvenirs and gift packs from the cart

at http://eastcoast.hypermart.net/store/ and

http://www.nzenterprise.com. These various sites have now been

consolidated into one brand new site Novelty-gift.com:

http://www.novelty-gift.com/ (which was launched some weeks back).

Living in a small isolated " city" of 30000 people near the bottom of

the world with , made us realise some years ago the tremendous benefits of

distributing useful information

around the world at minimal cost via the http://www. I truly believe e- commerce

is the way of

the future (especially for geographically isolated, like us). Also I

started this one man business with NO capital (just one or two "very clever" friends, like Bill with technical

expertise) in the most economically deprived region of "little old New

Zealand". This has now

"developed" to two people (Bill and I) working (and having heaps of

fun) in "Sleepy Hollow", together with a number of American associates

(I frequently get big US corporations approaching us wanting to be

associated with our future vision of e-commerce.

I believe an idea, a big helping of enthusiasm, together with a great

deal of time and effort in implementing it,

belief, faith in yourself and persistence (not necessarily in that

order) is the key to internet marketing success.

Now to our vision of the future (which I thought I'd share)…

If things go well (as they are doing), we would like to get into some exciting new fields of technology: the field of electronic publishing, as well as publishing my

various books (and talking books) on CD-Rom. Perhaps also

inspirational/motivational posters.. Hopefully this would provide

some much needed employment opportunities in this very beautiful, yet

economically deprived region of the country.

We have an ultimate vision (or dream) of Gisborne

being a centre of electronic publishing and conventional publishing.

A centre for e-commerce and " a miniature Silicon valley in the South Pacific".

That is our ultimate vision and something Bill Rosoman and I are daily striving towards. I hope this item may be of interest to your agency.

Craig Lock

" Whatever the mind can conceive, can be achieved."

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Best Wishes from the First City to see the Sun in "Godzone" (as New

Zealand is affectionately

known)

Craig Lock

Eagle Productions

-- http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/books.html
The world's smallest and most unusual bookstore near the bottom of the

world

Creative Writing Course

http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html

http://www.elkpublications.com/godzone.htm

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and

leave a trail.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who cherises a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his

heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as

you dream so shall you become......James Allen

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."

                        - Colette

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the

Internet, and he won't bother you for weeks.

P.S:

This is a letter published in Time Magazine, which you may wish to

use...

It was in

response to their feature ON NETREPENEURS. (I haven't sent them one of

my letters in yeara!). You may want to adapt and use.

-- Dear Sir

Silicon Valley: The Second Wave

As we all know, the Internet revolution is evolving at a dizzying pace.

What we see today can be history next year or even next week. Five

years from now the Internet will be quite different from that which most

of us can imagine.

The vision of a "nerdish" future with a dash of Gordon Gecko Wall Street

greed and a touch of youthful creative imagination and energy is one

that excites us in "sleepy, far-off" New Zealand. It's a vision my

partner and I, as budding netrepeneurs cherish and have fully embraced -

one whereby the small guys in geographically isolated communities like

us, can take on the world and the major players on a relatively level

playing field, except (in most cases) for miniscule advertising budgets.

However, start-up venture capital for "high-risk ventures" is still a

big problem here in New Zealand, because, unlike in Ireland,

Czechoslovakia and other forward-thinking countries, the government here

in "Godzone" has been relatively slow to embrace the technological

revolution (though they are now getting on board - perhaps an impending

election had something to do with it!).

The "technological revolution", electronic commerce and the information

age could be just the recipe the world needs for a level playing field

of socially responsible capitalism - one in which smaller countries and

"the little people" with imagination + vision can take on the

corporations and the giant countries, like the US and Japan...if only

the conservative money-lenders, the banks embraced the same vision and

stopped lending umbrellas to budding netrepeneurs when the sun's shining

and asking for them back, as soon as it's starts to rain.

The successful cyber entrepreneur of today could well be the equivalent

of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Kennedy's, Paul Getty's and Henry

Ford's of yesteryear, especially in the new ENTREPRENEURIAL (nice big

word) AGE,

which I believe, is even more important (and a more appropriate term)

than the information age.

What you do today could repay you a hundred-fold tomorrow...and there is

just one rule:

As the Nike ad says, .. "Just do it."

Craig Lock

Gisborne

New Zealand

For further information, my contact address is clock@xtra.co.nz

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