As a domain owner burdened with paying each year the Government Tithes and the pennies Registrars make on the domains they sell - and no way to cover those costs beyond selling some of his domains, Edward gave thought how people could make some money renting what he owned to others, until he wanted to use the domains himself. Daily rentals simply seemed like a great alternative to holding them and getting no value - in fact, having to pay each year to keep possession of them - and thus, BidCents was born.
The name is a take off of AdSense - Google's ad-engine, where consumers and businesses bid to own search terms - so they come up in the top of the list as people search for what they want. Why not allow consumers and businsses to bid on domain names and do the same thing??? By having a domain name with great relevance, it is far easier to come to the top of a search than it is to pay Google or related search engines, hoping they bring you to the top based upon how much you pay them??? Renting the right domain name, can simply be a far more cost effective and relevant way to do the same thing. And if you like the domain you rent and find success, assuming the owner is open to it, perhaps you can buy it from them later.
(1893-1952) Paramahansa Yogananda is a preeminent spiritual figure and leading voice calling all to choose to live at their highest potential. It is from this inspiration that BidCents was born, with the aim of serving all who find it valuable as yet another gift from the Divine. As the author of such books as Autobiography of a Yogi and The Law of Success, he serves as a living testament for how to create the greatest happiness and harmony in our own lives, through love for God and service to mankind. His writings and inspirations invite each of us to unveil that hidden Source within through personal communion, introspection and meditation -- inspiring greater creativity, intuitive wisdom, an unconquerable will and the greatest of all, Self-Realization itself.
May BidCents reflect only his highest ideals and aspirations for all.
The Last Gift of Steve Jobs: Autobiography of a Yogi
Paramahansa Yogananda's book, Autobiography of a Yogi, has been an influential book to leaders and stars from around the world over the last 60 years. First published in 1942, it has been recognized as a life changing book for such noteworthy individuals as Elvis Prestley, Ghandhi, Madonna, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar among others. At Steve Job's memorial service in 2011, countless more individuals were introduced to the classic when the late founder of Apple offered this book as a parting gift to all who attended his service.
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com was in attendance at that service, and at an interview that followed he noted that this unique gift was given in a small brown box to all in attendance as they left the ceremony. In Marc's his mind, Steve Jobs was a very spiritual man, uniquely gifted with intuitive talents and keenly influenced by the life of this Master. "This is going to be good" he said to himself as he looked through the book. "I knew that this was a decision he made, and whatever it was, it was the last thing he wanted us all to think about."
Steve Jobs first read this book as a teenager and reread it every year that followed. When the iPad was first released, Steve Jobs called Mother Center directly himself - the headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship - asking to speak to the leader of the organization. Sri Daya Mata answered the call, and he requested to see if she would consider allowing him to include the Autobiography of a Yogi to be distributed through the iTunes store - - and Sri Daya Mata, agreed. As the only book he had on his iPad when he died, the life story of Paramahansa Yogananda deeply affected Steve Jobs, encouraging men to get on with the purpose of their lives - to Realize themselves, and find God in the here and now.
"You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God's creative principle works in you." "This can wait, and that can wait, but our search for God cannot wait."
~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
Edward has been in the venture capital industry working with entrepreneurs to build companies for the last 18 years and decided it was time to test his abilities at building a company himself. He has been a board member at a number of early stage companies which later became winners, such as Zyray Wireless (sold to BRCM $100M), MaxLinear (IPO - MXL), Networks in Motion (sold to TSYS, $190M), ID Analytics (sold to LifeLock, $200M) and Verimatrix (sold to Industry Ventures).
Previously, Edward was a Platoon Commander in the US Navy SEALs, and a Division Officer aboard a US Navy destroyer. Edward received an MBA from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
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