GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV)
GlobalWise Investments, Inc., via wholly-owned subsidiary Intellinetics, Inc., is a leading-edge technology company focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for the digital age. The ECM industry continues to grow rapidly as a result of unrestricted proliferation of digital content within today's business environment. Leveraging its proprietary cloud-based computing software, GlobalWise is poised to capture a significant market share of this burgeoning industry.
GlobalWise's ECM service is delivered to customers via five unique delivery models which cover the spectrum of business needs: Cloud/Saas (Software as a Service), Hardware Vendor Integrated Service, Software Vendor Integrated Service, Premise (Client-Server), Hybrid (Premise & Cloud/Saas).This diversity gives advanced security & privacy features with an on-demand structure needed for large Tier 3 and Tier 4 businesses that are currently underserved by the market.
The Intellinetics platform defines a new industry benchmark and game-changing approach by combining advanced virtualization & automated content management with an open and service-oriented architecture using web services. The company provides strategies, tactics, and technologies used to manage paper and digital assets from capture to long-term archive, without the need for manual processes conducted by a full time employee.
GlobalWise's management boasts a combined total of over 150 years in ECM leadership and industry experience. The ECM industry is expected to exceed $5.1 billion by 2013 with Gartner predicting a compound annual growth rate of 9.5%. IBM Market Insights predicts adoption of cloud computing to grow by 26% CAGR between 2010 through 2013. Leveraging management and key department heads, Intellinetics has a strong foundation from which to capture significant market share within the lucrative $149 billion Business Software & Services industry.
Green Technology Solutions Inc. (GTSO)
Green Technology Solutions Inc., via GTSO Resources, is an early-stage company poised for rapid growth by feeding the exploding demand for the versatile metal tungsten. With the demand for tungsten now far exceeding supplies, GTSO is capturing the opportunity to link with mining experts around the world, targeting tungsten mining companies for acquisition or joint venture. To date, the company has developed significant relationships with early and mid-stage mining experts and companies in the U.S., China, Africa, and South America.
Why tungsten? It's natural to think of underground wealth in terms of things like gold or silver, oil or natural gas. But the hot underground commodity today is increasingly tungsten, a heavy super-hard grey metal so versatile that it has become virtually indispensable to modern life. Second only to diamonds in terms of measured hardness, it is essential to any type of application requiring toughness, precision, and the ability to withstand heat and wear, from missile parts to armor-piercing tank shells, from drill bits and saw blades to a whole range of electrical components.
The one problem with tungsten is that there simply isn't enough of it. Demand has been growing, as more countries industrialize, but world tungsten production has actually been relatively flat. For years, the tungsten market has been dominated by China, the source of close to 90% of worldwide tungsten production. Today, as China's own growing industries demand more tungsten, they've been cutting back on exports, causing prices to soar.
The price of tungsten jumped 35% in 2011, with steep increases continuing in 2012. It's one of the reasons that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway unit IMC International Metalworking recently agreed to invest $80 million in a tungsten mining project in South Korea. Global supplies simply can't keep up with global demand. The search for new resources begins now, and GTSO Resources sees itself as leading the way.
Quantum International Corp. (QUAN)
Quantum International Corp. is an emerging robotics innovation company that's setting the stage for the next generation of automation technology. The company is targeting leading-edge developers of advanced robotics technologies for acquisition or partnership, with the goal of developing and marketing these technologies to meet fast rising global demand. In particular, the company is exploring new innovations in medical robotics, adding one exploding market on top of another.
With the rapid advancement of sophisticated sensory and control electronics, the promise of economic robotic applications is finally becoming a reality. Although industrial robots have been around for a long time, smaller, lighter, and less expensive versions are finally beginning to play a serious role in the marketplace. It's much like the development of the computer, from a room-size electrical monster, costing millions, to a desktop, laptop, and now handheld electronic wizard that almost anyone can afford.
The worldwide demand for robots is growing rapidly, seen as a now affordable source of controlled energy. The global market for robots is currently estimated at $3.2 billion, with experts projecting the industry to approach $70 billion by 2025. In addition industrial applications, robots are now a crucial part of everyday life for an increasing number of individuals in their home. Personal assistance robots are helping the elderly, paralyzed, and chronically ill lead more independent lives, presenting a major breakthrough in home care with countless benefits.
Add to that the natural growth of the massive health care industry, and medical technology, and it's easy to see why, according to ABI Research, the medical robots industry is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2016. As an example, various forms of robotic technology are already being used in hospital operating rooms to make difficult or impossible operative procedures now doable. But that same technology can be applied to many other industries, such as consumer electronics, agriculture, wind and solar, and manufacturing.
Quasar Aerospace Industries Inc. (QASP)
Quasar Aerospace Industries Inc. is an integrated aviation/aerospace corporation focused on executing an innovative and highly synergistic business strategy to develop competitive aircraft and train aircraft pilots. By combining several businesses in the aviation/aerospace industry with an integrated and self-supporting network, the company will be able to operate in a more complex environment and achieve greater success.
Rather than forcing acquired business to conform to a master corporate plan, Quasar allows these entities to retain their operational independence and unique corporate cultures. In doing so, the resources, talents, insight, experience, and market potential of each will be supported and enhanced in a cooperative process, leading to increased productivity, efficiency, and scalable economies for increased profitability and market relevance.
Quasar's strategic vision is centered on two core principles: (1) a phased approach to the development of individual acquisitions and opportunities to insure early profitability and minimize financial risk through time, and (2) the development of an integrated network of companies whose synergies will enhance profitability throughout the company. Quasar targets companies with a proven track record and significant consolidated cash flow to expand its business with the support of positive consolidated cash flow from day one.
Quasar currently owns Atlantic Aviation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that provides high-quality flight training programs; Quasar Aircraft Corporation, a wholly owned Nevada corporation; A-Cent Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary recognized as a leader in pilot training, aircraft sales, and aircraft management in the Colorado Springs area; and Corporate Air Repair, LLC, a provider of aircraft maintenance and repair services (Quasar owns 1/3).