CitySide Tickets (PINKSHEETS: CIST)
CitySide Tickets (PINKSHEETS: CIST) is already one of the top ticket sellers in the Northeast, but is poised to become a nationwide leader in the market through the acquisition of smaller ticket firms across the country, something it has already begun to do.
The company, based in Boston, offers a diverse range of tickets for sporting events, concerts and theater through its website at CitySideTickets.com where visitors can quickly search via ZIP and event location for upcoming artists and games. In addition, visitors can even sell tickets their own tickets for whatever price they can get. This is especially attractive to season ticket holders for sporting events who can’t see every game anyway.
A sample of concert and theater events offered includes Bon Jovi, Elton John & Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked. Sporting events include NFL Football, Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, WWE-World Wrestling Entertainment, Monster Jam, National Finals Rodeo, and the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship. The company also offers a full range of NASCAR Racing events, including the Daytona 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Phoenix International Raceway, and many more.
The secondary ticket market potential for CitySide is enormous, already in the billions of dollars and growing rapidly as ticket sales shift from windows and sidewalk scalpers to 24/7 online. Advances in computer technology have made it simpler and safer for fans to purchase tickets through the computer, providing consumers with a transparency and ease-of-use never before possible.
One indication of how serious the company is about its acquisition strategy is the recent signing of a letter of intent with StadiumTickets.com, an international entertainment and event ticket broker exchange. Under the agreement, CitySide becomes the 100% owner of StadiumTickets. It means, for one, that CitySide will be able to link up real-time with ticket brokers in Europe, greatly expanding the company’s offerings. It gives a good idea of where CitySide Tickets expects to be in the coming years.
Energtek Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EGTK)
Energtek Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EGTK) is leading the drive for the development and commercialization of what some are calling one of the most unique green energy technologies. It’s called Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG), and it makes the use of natural gas, the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, possible in ways not available before.
It’s important to the environment because natural gas produces far less carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrous oxides than any other fossil fuel. It’s also readily available, fairly evenly distributed throughout the world, especially in Asia where fast growing economies are energy hungry. The fact that these same countries are under increasing pressure to be environmentally responsible makes natural gas even more attractive.
The problem has been that storing and transporting natural gas isn’t as easy as working with oil. Oil and gasoline are liquids, concentrated enough to easily store and run through pipelines. But natural gas needs to be either liquefied or highly compressed, and that runs up costs dramatically. As a result, there have simply been fewer options open for the access and use of natural gas, even with all its benefits.
For example, there are literally millions of small 2 and 3-wheeled gasoline powered vehicles used for cheap transportation by businesses and individuals throughout Asia. They’re inexpensive to buy and use, but they wreak havoc on air quality. Governments would love to have them all run on clean natural gas, but simply can’t afford the infrastructure and conversions required of liquefied or compressed natural gas. And so the air continues to be polluted.
Even worse is the vast amount of available natural gas that goes untapped simply because it costs too much to liquefy or compress for transport to where it is needed. Collectively, it represents a huge, clean, and already identified energy resource, equivalent to all of the oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, that sits in the ground, uncollected.
Energtek believes it is the one company that has the answer. That answer is ANG, the use of molecular adsorption to store more natural gas under far lower pressures, eliminating the need for costly liquification or high pressure compression. Using ANG, natural gas can be transported in bulk, instead of having to build costly pipelines or use high-pressure containment systems. Suddenly, natural gas that sits in the ground can be economically extracted, transported, and used.
The company has already just completed a successful field test in western Africa for transporting natural gas, and is now discussing terms of commercial cooperation. In India, its subsidiary, Moregastech India Private Limited, is expected to report its first revenues in a few months for natural gas transport. In addition, Energtek has completed a successful trial in the Philippines for the conversion of small vehicles to natural gas.
The bottom line is that Energtek is in transition, from a company with a great idea to a company with a viable technology that is being actively sold.
Fund.com (OTCBB: FNDM)
Fund.com (OTCBB: FNDM) wants to do something that nobody else is doing. It wants to be for the fund industry what Bankrate.com is for banking, what Lendingtree.com is for the mortgage sector, and what CreditCards.com is for credit cards. Specifically, it wants to be the nation’s vertically-focused online investor resource for the fund investor.
It’s a huge and underserved market. Each year, hundreds of billions of dollars flow into investment funds of all kinds. The U.S. mutual fund industry is now in the trillions of dollars, accounting for nearly half of the global mutual fund total. Funds obviously have a broad appeal to investors, but third party distribution of funds has largely been a function of financial advisors, dependent on in-person client meetings and other inefficient marketing methods. Fund.com taps into the continued growing popularity of the Internet as a preferred source of vertical marketplace information. The increasing complexity of investment instruments is expected to feed demand for financial information. By delivering the kind of comprehensiveness, relevance, and efficiency not otherwise available, Fund.com is already becoming the one place to go for fund investor information.
To ensure that they get the job done, the company has focused on four key elements to keep investors (and fund companies) coming back.
- Bringing together a wide range of fund related content
- Ease of use and clarity of communication
- Unbiased information to build solid investor trust
- Relevant, accessible, and in-depth educational content
The site provides information and services relating to mutual funds, hedge funds, money market funds, exchange traded funds, closed-end funds, commodity funds, and various other pooled investments. The company also researches and develops asset management products, including fund investment indexes and related index-linked investment products, licensing this intellectual property through its subsidiary Fund.com Managed Products Inc. In addition, the company plans to acquire asset managers, hedge funds, mutual funds, ETF issuers, investment product developers, and fund service providers, all through its other subsidiary Fund.com Capital Inc.
Fund.com is rapidly staking its claim as the resource focal point for all fund investors, and as a prime source of targeted traffic for the fund industry.
WikiLoan Inc. (OTCBB: WKLI)
The credit industry is in worse shape than almost anybody can remember, just at the time when people and small businesses are most in need of loans for investment, purchases, or to simply get through a rough stretch. There’s still a lot of available money out there, but it’s in the hands of private individuals with no simple way to get it to the people who want it. There is a huge market for someone able to assemble the communication and information technologies necessary to bring the two groups together.
That’s exactly what WikiLoan Inc. (OTCBB: WKLI) has done through its online site WikiLoan.com. WikiLoan is a social network designed with one purpose in mind: to help family, friends, or just about anyone, to borrow or loan money, up to $25,000. By putting together a simple process to formalize and manage personal loans, WikiLoan takes the place of standard bank processing, which can be difficult, expensive, confusing, and often disappointing. Cutting out the middleman greatly speeds up the loan process and takes the awkwardness out of personal loans.
The procedure is simple, for both borrower and lender. First the borrower constructs the loan being sought using the WikiLoan automatic calculator to structure the interest rate, payments, term, and other elements the borrower is seeking. WikiLoan then lets the borrower build a personalized loan proposal and invite friends in their network to view the listing. Lenders receive an invitation to view, and are provided with things like debt-to-income ratio to help evaluate the loan. Once a lender is identified, WikiLoan compiles the promissory note, and handles all on-going notifications, providing access to online payment systems to facilitate repayment. The company doesn’t sell, rent, or share members’ personal information with third party marketers, and generates income simply by charging some basic fees.
WikiLoan has hit upon a huge unmet need, and promises to change the lending paradigm as word gets around. To help jumpstart their marketing efforts, the company just signed a 2 year agreement with SDI Distributors NJ, Inc. to develop up to 5 million Wiki branded phone and cash equivalent cards, to be sold to more than 20,000 retail locations. In addition to branding, the agreement could generate as much as $20 in revenue over the next two years.