How New Technology Is Reshaping Your Retirement Experience

I interviewed John Hummelstad, Non-Executive Chairman of Yeahpoint, at the National Retail Federation in New York in January, 2010. 

Julia Valentine: John, welcome. What does your company do?

John Hummelstad: Yeahpoint was established in 2004 to bring self-service kiosk solutions to retail. It helps provide a platform for providing messages from brands to people walking through the stores.

JV: So, you provide kiosks, and if you’re walking through a store and can’t find a salesperson, you can come up to it and click on it. There are so many products and so much information out there. We need support finding our way…

JH: Stores are trying to drive down the costs and hire fewer people, so what’s going to fill in this gap? We always want things cheaper. So, you can do that through production (making things cheaply), delivery (making it more efficient to get to people) or through retail. We have seen it online, the eBay phenomenon and the development of low-cost items. We want low cost.

What is the Evolution of Collaboration?

Have you ever wondered what’s going to come after e-mail, texting, Facebook and Twitter? Donny Askin, Chairman and CEO of Arigo (, does know the answer to this question - because his company is built around it. What’s going to come next, says Mr. Askin, are collaboration tools. “Collaboration tools create virtual presence where the actual presence is not possible. We are in the middle of a communications revolution.”

Arigo a provider of intelligent trade solutions helping businesses manage critical information across their organizations. An intuitive one-stop Arigo Desktop provides access to data, tools and trade content needed to support global retail operations. Arigo’s clients include JCPenney, The Home Depot, Staples, Timberland and others. I interviewed Donny Askin, Chairman and CEO of Arigo, at the National Retail Federation Expo in New York in January of 2011. 

Arp the Alien Tries Another Anti-Aging Cure

UNDREAMED DREAMS or What Are You Going to Do with Your Time in Retirement?

I just watched the video from Eric Liljenstolpe on We Love CR, on why people leave CR. He mentions he has consulted with thousands of people and concludes that being unprepared for the large cultural difference is why folks choose to move back. That is certainly a large database and made me wonder why my experience here is quite different.

Anti-aging Dream

Restores youth and the value of your house. 

Three Steps Towards Retiring in Costa Rica

"One of the biggest mistakes people make in retiring offshore is equating affordability with quality of life," says best-selling author on retiring in Costa Rica Christopher Howard. His view on the attraction of retiring in Central America?  "You grow up, go to college, choose your career, get married, your kids grow up and BOOM – what do you do? Come to a place like this! It offers a whole new exciting stage of life, a whole new adventure!" This continues my interview with Costa Rica retirement experts Christopher Howard and Robert Shannon that started here