Spooky Action at a Distance

By Richard L. Wottrich, CEO and Senior Consultant, International Services, July 29, 2017, Atlanta USA  Code Talkers When the U.S. entered World War I, encryption of Allied communications was a major problem, as their codes were generally based on either European languages or mathematical progressions. The Germans routinely broke their codes. Sending out runners proved ineffective, since about one in four runners were captured or killed. Other methods, such as carrier pigeons, or signal rockets, were slow and unreliable. During the war, over ten thousand Native Americans enlisted in the U.S. armed forces to fight the Central Powers, even though America had not yet granted them citizenship. Near the end of the war, on October 26, 1918, members of the Choctaw tribe were put to use for the first time using their native language as a code. They played a major role in an attack on a strongly fortified German position, Forest Ferme. “The enemy’s complete surprise is evidence that he could not decipher the messages,” Colonel A.W. Bloor later wrote in an official report. These so-called “code talkers” were utilized to even greater effect in World War II, when the U.S. government specifically recruited Chippewa-Oneida, Comanche, Hopi, Meskwaki, and Navajo tribal members. The Navajo code talkers developed the most complex code, with over 600 adapted Navajo terms, for use in the Pacific Theater. The Germans did not decipher a single code talker message in either world war. The encryption key (their language) was known to all tribal code talkers, but completely unknowable to the Germans. Today with Big Data, super computers and complex algorithms, codes can be broken through...

DSI Technology Licensing Case Study – Curozone USA

DSI Technology Licensing Case Study Aurora, Ontario, Canada – CurOzone USA, Inc. developed HealOzone, a patented dental treatment system that utilizes Ozone to replace traditional drilling systems. Ozone, a triatomic very reactive form of oxygen, is utilized by the HealOzone appliance. Injected within a specialized oral appliance, ozone seeps into the pores of a tooth and effectively kills off the bacteria that cause caries inside and on the surface of a tooth. A high concentration of ozone kills bacteria very quickly and is thousand times more powerful than other bacterial killing agents. Once the bacteria are dead the tooth replaces lost mineralization in a matter of a few weeks with patented mouthwash treatments. CurOzone entered into European Manufacturing and Distribution Licensing Agreements with KaVo Dental. DSI Global View (DSI) exclusively represented CurOzone in coordinating a DSI Intellectual Property Valuation (IP-VAL) of the CurOzone technology and patents to establish the Commercial Enterprise Value utilized in negotiations with KaVo Dental. [CurOzone was subsequently acquired by KaVo] KaVo Dental GmbH & Co. – KaVo Group designs and manufactures dental equipment and instruments for dentists and dental technicians. KaVo Dental provides laboratory equipment, including workstations, dust extraction systems, laboratory motors, articulators, diagnostic devices, and processing equipment. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Biberach, Germany. It has operations in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, Scandinavia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as Lake Zurich, Illinois. KaVo Dental GmbH & Co. operates as a subsidiary of Danaher Corp. DSI is an international strategic planning consultancy focused on assisting businesses in researching, analyzing and implementing cross-border...

“Gimmi Shelter”

Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today, If I don’t get some shelter, Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away, War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away  1969, Rolling Stones, Let it Bleed, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are over 65 million “refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world” (forcibly displaced people).  Of these people fifty-three percent originate in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. The top hosting countries are all Muslim, led by Turkey hosting over 2.5 million forcibly displaced people. Over 1.3 million asylum-seekers made claims in the European Union in 2015, with perhaps another 1 million claims in 2016. “It is argued that a safely built environment, including adequate housing conditions, is one of the most elemental human needs. Nonetheless, around one billion (one-sixth) of the world’s population currently live in slums and squatters and a large proportion of refugees reside in inadequate shelters.” This statement was made in “Harboring illnesses: On the association between disease and living conditions in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon” in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Forcibly displaced people are but the tip of the iceberg. A most important first step in helping forcibly displaced people worldwide is providing shelter – a sense of place, a roof over their heads, a floor under their feet, privacy, and ultimately human dignity. This is not complicated. This is where the rubber meets the road. Here are some of the creative resources meeting this need worldwide: IKEA A/S has employed its extensive flat-pack logistics...

‘If you do not have to pay for the product, you are the product’

Secure and private conversations. Online. By Adrianus Warmenhoven Adrianus provides an excellent analysis of the perils of online communications within companies and organizations. Adrianus explains the protocol IRC: Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an application layer protocol that facilitates communication in the form of text. The chat process works on a client/server networking model. IRC clients are computer programs that a user can install on their system. The message is simple – don’t rely on third parties to handle your confidential communications. As my grandfather told me, “If you do not know who the sucker is at the poker table, it’s you.” Adrianus Warmenhoven is a colleague in the DSI Global Network. Please visit Adrianus at Adrianus Warmenhoven. Richard Wottrich    ...

DSI Technology Expertise Case Study – Connor Manufacturing Services – Aerospace/Defense

Press Release, May 19, 2016, San Francisco USA Bill Fraser, an Estimator at Cadence Aerospace, said recently when talking about Connor Manufacturing Services, “Aerospace is a tough nut! Replete with specifications so complex and processes so tightly controlled as to bring mere mortals to their knees, this business is not for the faint of heart. This is what impresses me most about Connor Manufacturing Services. Embracing the most stringent requirements, your company is as capable as any I have encountered in my 38 years in the aerospace industry.” A 100-year-old firm, Connor is an Aerospace – AS9100C and Automotive – ISO/TS 16949:2008 certified company. From Cadence Aerospace to Tesla Motors, Connor is a worldwide leader providing customized solutions in precision metal stamping, wire forms, springs and integrated assembly needs. Connor provides engineering support and industry expertise in Aerospace/Defence, Automotive, Electronics, Medical Devices, Semiconductor, and Heavy Truck markets. Connor serves these markets with wholly owned factories located in the United States, China, Singapore and Malaysia. DSI Global View LLC coordinates a virtual Global Networking Platform composed of over 225 investment banking firms, consulting firms and university and technology centers in 35 countries. DSI builds Global Teams to meet specific client value-added IT, Joint Venture and M&A mandates. DSI CEO Richard Wottrich serves on the Connor board of directors. Contact Dennis Kwiecinski, President, Connor Manufacturing Services – http://www.connorms.com/ Contact Richard Wottrich, CEO, DSI Global View LLC, Atlanta USA, 312-286-5315 –...

Seeking Alpha Article – Benchmarking Tesla

Benchmarking Tesla Published on Seeking Alpha Apr. 12, 2016 11:39 AM ET DSI Global View LLC Summary Is Tesla fairly valued and can we measure Tesla’s value via benchmarking? Conclusion is that Tesla stock is a sell. Is it time to short Tesla? What does the near term future hold for Tesla?   Is Tesla fairly valued and can we measure Tesla’s value via benchmarking? Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) and its all-electric “Applesque” Model S have become stock market darlings and government supplicants, synonymous with the battle against climate change and the evolution of the electric automobile. But is Tesla worth its $250 share price and market capitalization/revenues ratio of 8.18 times its 2015 revenues? The purpose of this article is to determine Tesla’s value via benchmarking. When it comes to best practices in valuing a company through benchmarking the goal is to find good best-in-class corporate comparables. Through such comparisons we may see how financial ratios between two corporations correlate or diverge. We compare market perceptions and behaviors relating to the corporations to measure how risk is factored into their respective valuations. Because Tesla is valued at such a high market capitalization, we will focus on big corporations and their market capitalization/revenue ratios to isolate their relative market valuations. Relative capital expenditures also are isolated to demonstrate the impact on corporate future cash flows. Tesla has sold just 125,000 cars in 13 years. In 2015 Tesla says it delivered a bit over 50,000 cars. Meanwhile the total of all autos sold globally hit 88 million in 2015. Tesla’s unit production is not material to the automotive industry. Clearly almost the...