Vijay Eswaran Offers The Best Of Old And New World Business Thinking

Even for “old school” shoppers, there’s no denying the allure of online shopping a thing many parents can understand. The speed of the purchase. The guarantee that the item is in stock. And all of this done from the convenience of the shopper’s home. But there are drawbacks to online shopping as well, first and foremost of which is the impersonal service with which these transactions take place. Wouldn’t be great if the best elements of both could be combined for a better overall shopping experience?

In 1998, a self-starting businessman from Malaysia named Vijay Eswaran tried a bold experiment with partners. They decided to get into the peaking market of offering commemorative 2000 Olympic medals for sale, but with a twist. They would take a direct marketing approach to these sales. Using this model, individual workers (known as individual representatives, or IRs) worked from their homes, using a Vijay Eswaran devised model to assist customers making purchases. In short, the IRs acted as their own employers. While competitors and others thought this approach was an exercise in futility, Vijay Eswaran and his partners concluded their medal sales run by coming in at number three among forty-two world wide distributors. In addition to proving that their experiment had merit, the company QNet was born.

Today, QNet still employs the direct sales strategy using IRs, but the company now focuses on sales of “beauty and wellness” products. QNet’s success led to Eswaran and his partners forming the QI (Quest International) Group of Companies, a business conglomerate that in addition to direct sales, works in retail, education, financial services, and the hotel industry. While QNet employees are self-trained with materials that are provided, other QI employees required more extensive training. To that end, Eswaran created a “QI University” for them and other students. Currently housed at a temporary location in Ipoh City, Malaysia, the school teaches a variety of disciplines, including medicine and business. It offers a Masters degree in science in addition to Bachelors degrees in engineering, communications, and computers. A new, permanent campus is currently being constructed in Malaysia, which will include a teaching hospital, a shopping complex, and student onsite housing.

Vijay Eswaran claims to be motivated in his personal and business dealings by Mohandas Gandi, as well as his own father, who urged “service to others before oneself”. In inspiring his thousands of independent representatives and other QI employees to follow suit, Vijay Eswaran feels that it’s important to train workers to understand the importance of determination and hard work. In this way, Vijay Eswaran feels, employees will not only feel proud of their jobs but assume ownership of them. This will cause them to improve themselves and their communities in the process.

Many Dollar Store Products Are Unsafe

The old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” can apply to many offers that look better than they can possibly be. Now, it looks as though it may apply to the neighborhood dollar store. For many of us in the current economy, doing a fair percentage of our shopping at a dollar store is not an option. They may be the only low cost shopping option available in some areas. As reported in, a lot of the products on the shelves in these stores may be too good to be true. It turns out that many of them contain unsafe levels of chemicals or other toxins that are associated with adverse health consequences.

Pragmatic individuals would argue that people should know that “you get what you pay for,” as that other popular saying states. When you are buying a bottle of shampoo for one dollar, do you really believe you are getting quality ingredients? As some critics would point out, such as the natural-living experts at Amen Clinics, there is a world of difference between lower quality ingredients and downright dangerous ingredients. There are those who argue that the government is supposed to be protecting us from the latter. They seem to be falling down on the job since this information was brought to light by a non-governmental organization known as HealthyStuff. It is good to see that there are still some consumer advocates out there to pick up the slack when other watch dogs fail.

Parents are getting cheap WIFI with FreedomPop

The first of the month is comin’ round the corner and you know what that means: bills. Bills for water, bills for gas… the only bills I don’t have are the dollar kind in my wallet. If you (like many parents) are looking for ways to cut back on expenses, it’s time to look for alternatives. Instead of spending too much on organic produce to cook your kids healthy meals, look into your local CSAs that provide fresh produce for a fraction of the cost. If you’re tired of high electric bills, maybe turn that thermostat down a bit, clean out the chimney, and remind your family of the old fashioned way to keep warm in the winter by lighting a fire. If you’re tired of sky-high wireless and mobile bills, maybe it’s time you check out alternative data companies like FreedomPop over the monopolies like ComCast and Time Warner.

FreedomPop is a business that is based on telecommunications and boasts free wireless internet and mobile phone services. The company itself is based in Los Angeles, California.

FreedomPop was first founded in 2011 when Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar came together to try a new entertainment business. Stokols was originally the CEO of another company called Woo Media before the two created and co-created FreedomPop. After the creation of the company, FreedomPop has first shared a partnership with another company called Lightsquared, but sadly had to end it once it was found that Lightsquared didn’t receive approval to build a network from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

Despite the ending of the partnership, FreedomPop continued to go about its business and first began to build by selling smartphones in 2012. Once this had happened the company was able to gain some users by allowing them to become paid users, which began to steadily increase towards the end of 2012 when the company began offering mobile and wireless internet services using a Clearwire network.

With the success of adding more paid users to its network, FreedomPop continued to grow when it announced that the company was partnering with Sprint in April of 2013 to expand its coverage. The company then began launching their own free mobile phone plan and a year later in 2014, they began offering a free 4G data and voice plan, including with Samsung and the iPad mini. 

As of the last quarter of 2014, however, Sprint is negotiating to try and buy FreedomPop, which would be a gain of $250 million at the very least. At the start of 2015, FreedomPop has also began launching an unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot service that will allow it to expand its customer base to around 120 million people. This is all due to the fact that “hotspots” today are an increasing occurrence in fast food restaurants and coffee shops all across the country. Stokols himself has gone on to suggest that the reason the company is making this move is because people want to dodge paying extra money for their data plans, a move that will likely attract over one million new customers by the end of the year.

As you may of read on the Wall Street Journal, FreedomPop is also offering $5 monthly WIFI access. Read more about it here on the WSJ blog.

If you’re interested in FreedomPop, check it out first on Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play. Do any of my readers already use FreedomPop? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.