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does-monsanto-hire-internet-trollsIn the last several months, it has been revealed that Monsanto has a strategy for dealing with its online reputation. The strategy involves paying people to say positive things about Monsanto, defend Monsanto, and take issue with anyone who might be attacking Monsanto. Monsanto is just one company to be caught doing this.

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An employee of the company inadvertently admitted to the practice some months ago, and in the meantime, no major Monsanto force has come forward to deny the claims. This means that Monsanto has Internet trolls who stalk doctors and anyone who might come out against Monsanto and they troll them. On anything, to discredit them, not just on the things that affect Monsanto.

Other companies have been caught paying trolls and bloggers to go online and defend their image. It is unknown whether such tactics have had an overwhelmingly positive or negative impact on the reach of the brands who’ve employed them.

What is known is that a quick search of the job boards will yield several positions that relate to brand management online. These positions could very well be about trolling against negativity toward a brand or company. If it were so, and if it weren’t apparent, it could potentially be illegal down the line if not already.

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Companies operating in today’s climate have totally new realities to deal with, such as forums that discuss their behavior and worthiness. To compete in these new conditions, companies must find ways to keep customers happy at a whole new level.

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  1. stuart21

    August 6, 2015 at 1:14 am

    P.H., fair bet they do – but most obvious with fossil fuel cos and AGW deniers. Could suggest a few possible candidates! Usually their arguments are so ridiculous – amounting to ‘it’s not worth saving the planet if somebody might lose their job’
    If the social media required signups including a Skype video introduction (recorded for ‘posterity’) that might make them slightly more responsible for what they say – considering that in Europe that industry has just been successfully sued for environmental damage.

  2. el rebelde

    August 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    good trolls need to be really smart, otherwise they are outed really quickly as paid shills.
    It’s common knownedlge that big electronics/cellphone companies also employ trolls and shills…it’s a shame

    • Your1Friend

      September 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

      If companies were actually run by intelligent people of integrity—not merely clever people, skilled at manipulating the system to get blood money into their own pockets—they wouldn’t need PR firms, shills, trolls, paid liars.

  3. Eric Bjerregaard

    August 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Stupid article and one that without proof should never have been written. Especially bad is the speculation that hiring trolls could be illegal. The first amendment still commands a little respect.

    • nick quinlan

      September 30, 2015 at 2:15 am

      Don’t worry, what you and the other trolls do, is not illegal. Just unethical

      • Eric Bjerregaard

        September 30, 2015 at 3:22 am

        I don’t worry Nicki. Telling the truth for free is a public service.

        • Tony Storey

          August 13, 2016 at 10:16 pm

          some truth comes with more incentives than others eh Eric?

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 13, 2016 at 11:37 pm

            Not that I know of, oh foolish user of the shill gambit.

          • Tony Storey

            August 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

            personal attacks are a common thread in your arsenal that i have seen.

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 12:01 am

            Yep, shill gambit users deserve personal attacks and get no respect.

  4. Justin Couron

    August 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    In regards to this article with no sources, links, or evidence. That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. Maybe comeback when you have written an article of substance.

  5. Doug Ducat

    August 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    The
    OP claims that “an employee of the company inadvertently admitted to
    the practice some months ago” of “paying people to say positive things
    about Monsanto, defend Monsanto, and take issue with anyone who might be
    attacking Monsanto.”

    The citation they use for this is the following second hand account:

    “Dr.
    Moar, perhaps forgetting that this was a public event, then revealed
    that Monsanto indeed had “an entire department” (waving his arm for
    emphasis) dedicated to “debunking” science which disagreed with theirs.”

    To which the observer concluded:

    “As
    far as I know this is the first time that a Monsanto functionary has
    publicly admitted that they have such an entity which brings their
    immense political and financial weight to bear on scientists who dare to
    publish against them.”

    Well,
    this just speaks for itself. You can’t assume his statement meant
    anything of the sort concluded by the author. In fact, I would say
    placing the operative, “debunk”, in there Dr. Moar is talking
    specifically about poor quality “science”… which by extension would
    mean that it would disagree with theirs, since they stand behind the
    quality of their science. While I agree the statement was somewhat
    ambiguous making it an easy target for anti-GMO activists to pretend he
    meant something he didn’t… you also can’t forget that the second hand
    account of what was said came from a live, real-time spoken
    statement…. which is easy to mishear, misinterpret, and misrepresent
    when repeated.

    My conclusion based on what has been presented:

    Not guilty.

  6. Your1Friend

    September 4, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I think you have provided confirmation for the article above!

    And precisely what is a “flying yoga instructor?”
    And precisely how does being a “flying yoga instructor” (whatever that may mean) necessarily discredit him?
    (Yes, we are perfectly aware that you are speaking of Jeffrey Smith).

    Also, do you presume to know more than that MIT professor?
    If so, why don’t you debate her on national television?

  7. Your1Friend

    September 4, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I think you are quite right. But I am sure that the person suffers from SDS “Shill Denial Syndrome.”

  8. Barely_Jay

    September 5, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Please do us all a favor and go poison yourself on dihydrogen monoxide, Conspiracy Troll.

  9. Sebastian Larsen

    September 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I think the only evidence I have seen for paid shilling online is done by the Steiner cult. You know, those people behind homeopathy and biodynamic ‘farming’. http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2012/07/the-insidious-pervasiveness-of-the-cult-of-rudolf-steiner.html

  10. Jakob Milhelm

    April 3, 2016 at 1:22 am

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      August 13, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Those aren’t sources. They are wack job sites. Sources are court records. videos of cash changing hands. Wire funds transfers or banking records.

      • Tony Storey

        August 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

        Do you video the cash you receive from spewing your poison across the web? Criminals dont use fund transfers or use banks. Dont be silly.

        • Eric Bjerregaard

          August 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm

          OK, I see now. You are a high school kid that knows nothing about money laundering and why they made laws with unconstitutional reporting requirements to stop it. Those laws apply to banking. besides that accepting money to post stuff on the internet wouldn’t be criminal. So, more of your ignorance is exposed.

  11. tinyhawks

    April 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Just label it.

  12. Eric Bjerregaard

    August 9, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Well that little evidence free bit of nonsense may well explain why the shill gambit is so popular among the brain damaged.

  13. Tony Storey

    August 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Just been doin some research on Monsanto and Eric Bjerregaards name is coming up on most forums.. even in New Zealand two days ago. No surprises,, hes very pro Monsanto. He must be passionate about this chemical manufacturer or on the payroll.Or both.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      August 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      Nope I am pro the use of safe products and against dishonest fear mongering. So, I oppose you.

      • Tony Storey

        August 13, 2016 at 11:46 pm

        yep seen that line from you several times in various posts..from a template of replies. Got any original material? Or do you have to get that approved first?

        • Eric Bjerregaard

          August 13, 2016 at 11:56 pm

          Well, as your only argument appears to be the foolish shill gambit/ And as I oppose those who use such nonsense. I oppose you. All my stuff is original. That is why I can belittle you with no consequences.

          • Tony Storey

            August 14, 2016 at 12:16 am

            so how much do you receive for posting? Does it pay more than growing pineapples? You dont see any ethical issues with supporting biotech companies on a public forum in a vain attempt to sway opinion. But i guess it is effective in some regard as most sensible people want to gain knowledge in this subject not get involved in an ego-off with you. You shut discussions down. . Its a great ploy and you probably feel very superior which is an added bonus. I just dont understand how you can span so many forums across the world. The time and effort involved just to prove the safety of a product.? If your not on the payroll you have a very good case to be.

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

            I receive nothing but the knowledge that I am opposing ignorance. I also have a full time job. “vain attempt?” nope. The truth will win pout in this little war. .. Attrition will take its’ toll and you will lose. Especially when biofortified crops become more common place. Please take your case for paying me to one of the biotech companies. I could use the money. Here is an example of what is coming, and another reason I post. I have posted a second time as the first response is being held up by censors. Likely because I linked to information about disease resistant bananas being developed in Uganda, and another link. Cites like this often oppose posting actual science.

          • Tony Storey

            August 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

            how bout give humanity a break and stick to your day job and let people discuss other ‘sciences’ that dont corroborate with your science paradigm. Science is fluid and constantly being questioned, not fixed. Peoples concerns are valid despite your dismissive claims. If a product was ‘safe’ as you claim you wouldnt need to run to its defense. The science that backs it is flimsy and biased. As we are slowly finding out.

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 1:08 am

            Concerns are not valid unless backed by facts. The consensus is clear. The products are safe and you and your tribe throwing mud are the reasons for the defense. Mud must be cleaned up even when thrown by vandals.

          • Tony Storey

            August 14, 2016 at 1:55 am

            Monsanto must be absolutely in stitches laughing at the fact that your so vehemently supporting their products and buying their science without even paying you a single cent. They may even name a product after you if you play your cards right. Doing gods work Eric. Good little robot.

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 2:17 am

            I doubt the folks at monsanto even know I exist. It’s not just their products. There are many others as well.

          • Tony Storey

            August 14, 2016 at 4:49 am

            So theres more companies with liitle or no integrity you come to the defense of. Do tell…Where does your affection lie?

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

            You are making an assumption about moral issues and still have posted no evidence. This continues to show your basic dishonesty. My affection lies with your enemies.

          • Tony Storey

            August 14, 2016 at 10:07 pm

            enemies? give me a break

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            August 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

            No, I will not. I’m sick and tired of guys like you trying to harm progress especially in These areas. Cassava disease resistant and biofortified, and Ugandan bananas both disease resistant and biofortified. I scrolled up and checked. The idiotic censor deleted my comment with the links to research papers. So, I can’t post more. So, look em up. When you oppose safe technology. You also harm small scale farmers in areas that need the new crops. Thus you make enemies.

          • Tony Storey

            August 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

            if harming progress means raising serious health concerns, then yes , i will till the end of time, long after your GM fruit has mutated into a non food full of harmful chemicals, just to keep it growing. Stupid humans

          • Tomas Moravec

            August 15, 2016 at 11:06 pm

            So why is GM fruit more likely to mutate into non food full of harmfull chemicals than non-GM fruit? Organic or conventional?

          • hyperzombie

            August 14, 2016 at 11:41 pm

            Does it pay more than growing pineapples
            I would think that everything pays better than growing pineapples, they are very tough to grow and take about 18 months to mature. They can only be grown in certain soils and are crazy labour intensive.

            Why would there be any ethical issues with supporting bio-tech or any technology? Or are you one of the folks that believes that everyone needs technology, except for farmers? Are you anti tech in any other field?
            “Darm Elementary Particle Physicists, don’t need those atom smashers, it is so unnatural. They should smash atoms the old fashioned way, with a hammer”

            “People don’t need the internet when we have smoke signals and cups and string. ”

            I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that Agriculture is the only field that you believe should be free from modern technology.

          • Tony Storey

            August 15, 2016 at 3:32 am

            nice argument you had going all by yourself. i feel like i would be intruding if i commented

      • Tony Storey

        August 13, 2016 at 11:49 pm

        how can you oppose me?, you dont even know my stand on the issue. The ego loves an enemy so i see where your coming from.

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MoneyOnMobile: Aiming Big in South Asia

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies maybe destine to take over the world of payments but that is not stopping other ambitious entrepreneurs.  In the past we have written about QPAGOS the nascent Mexico City based payments company and covered M-Pesa the name for payments in Kenya.

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Now comes MoneyOnMobile (MOMT:OTC) looking to create a payments business in South Asia where 95% of the population has no bank account.  Let’s take a look but before doing so, caveat emptor. MoneyOnMobile is a microcap that went public about a year ago. Its size and limited liquidity will not be suitable for everyone.

Going For The Gold Indian Style

Here is what the company does that makes MoneyOnMobile interesting. MoneyOnMobile is a mobile money service provider allowing Indian consumers, through its  to use mobile phones to pay for goods and services, or transfer funds from one person to another using simple SMS text functionality. Their vision is to connect the cash based Indian society of over 1.3 billion to the digital world.

They have established relationships with 350,000 retailers throughout 700 cities in the country. They serve over 200 million Indian customers, based on unique phone numbers, who have conducted a transaction with MoneyOnMobile.

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In India, only a small portion of the population use bank accounts and credit cards. Consumers typically prepay for these utilities with cash, either directly to utility providers or through distributors. MoneyOnMobile offers electronic wallet services (“M-wallet”), similar to carrying a prepaid debit card, using the consumer’s mobile phone.

MoneyOnMobile is not a rogue company operating outside the system. It holds a license to operate issued by the Reserve Bank of India and maintains custody of customer funds in accordance with India’s regulations. MoneyOnMobile claims it is ranked as one of India’s top mobile money providers based on the number of unregistered users who on their mobile money service.

How They Make Money

MoneyOnMobile charges a small fee for transactions and is developing several add on services.  For example, MoneyOnMobile purchases utility units, such as mobile phone minutes, at wholesale rates and resells these units to distributors.  Additionally, they process utility bill payments made by consumers and supply a range of services that are being tested on retailers intended to become a major player in the electronic payments processing business similar in the US to First Data or Fiserv.

Management Surprises

There is a natural bias when you come upon MoneyOnMobile to expect the founders to be one or more brilliant graduates of India’s Institute of Technology.  Wrong: the company is actually based in Dallas Texas and managed be some pretty savvy American guys.  Here are two key abbreviated bios.

Harold H. Montgomery, Chairman & CEO

Mr. Montgomery, age 57, has served in this position since April 2010.  Mr. Montgomery brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in the payment processing industry.

Mr. Montgomery has served as an industry expert for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Payment Card Center and the U.S. Congress as an expert witness for credit card reform legislation. He is a widely known industry authority, a speaker at regional and national trade shows and has written over 120 articles for Transaction World Magazine. Mr. Montgomery graduated from Stanford University where he received a BA (International Relations)

Will Dawson, Executive Vice President

Mr. Dawson has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to MoneyOnMobile, Mr. Dawson was the Chief Operating Officer at a MasterCard and Smart Communication in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Brief History But Substantial Progress

The MoneyOnMobile service was launched just a few years ago in April 2011. Like many young companies MoneyOnMobile has yet to earn a profit and is operating with a substantial deficit net worth.  On the other side however, consumers seem to be taking to the service very rapidly and recent moves have strengthen the balance sheet.

The company released nine months results on February 22nd showing a 75% revenue gain to $6 million.  In the analyst conference call that followed, management pointed out how monthly revenues from January to December 2017 increased 210%: pretty impressive.

They also announced several financial moves to boost capital to finance daily operations and build the company for the future.  Among others, management raised $12.6 million in new equity capital, restructured $6.1 million in debt.

A Word About The Stock

MOMT is a microcap stock whose total value is just under $40 million.  The price has spent the last year below $0.75.  It currently trades around $0.50 having been as low as $0.20.  The fun fact is how there is literally no analyst coverage of the company.  So there should be little worry of Wall Street over hyping the MOMT name.

FYI: I bring this company to your attention for its interesting business model.  I do not own the stock and not compensated by them for this article.  Hope you enjoy reading about MOMT.

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USA Technologies: Thinking Small To Grow Fast

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Malvern Pennsylvania is the home of USA Technologies, a town of just 3,000 people. In Malvern it pays to think small.  USA Technologies (USAT: NASDGM) is trying to make it big by thinking small.

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The word small ticket comes up frequently in USAT’s self-description. Here is why they want to be a big fish in a small pond.

What They Do For A Living

USAT provides wireless networking, cashless transactions, asset monitoring, and other value-added services to the small ticket, unattended Point of Sale (“POS”) market.  This sounds super cool, but what does it mean?

USAT developed something they call ePort technology.  When it is installed into things like vending machines, commercial laundries, amusement games, or stand alone kiosks so you no longer have to carry cash.  It is another application of network technology and it is spreading rapidly.

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While thinking small, USAT also developed ePort Connect, which amounts to a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)-compliant, comprehensive service that includes simplified credit card processing and support, consumer engagement services as well as telemetry, Internet of Things (“IoT”) and machine-to-machine (“M2M”) services, including the ability to remotely monitor, control, and report on the results of distributed assets containing electronic payment solutions.

Competitive Position

Company CEO Stephen Herbert claims the company is a leading provider in the small ticket, beverage and food vending industry.  They are expanding solutions and services to other unattended market segments, such as amusement, commercial laundry, kiosk and others.

Historically, these businesses have relied on cash for payment in the form of coins or bills, whereas, USAT systems allow the acceptance of cashless payments through the use of credit or debit cards or other emerging contactless forms, such as mobile payment.

How Does USAT Make Money

Revenues are generated from the sale of equipment and from license and transaction fees.  It is this last source that helps make USAT most interesting.

During the fiscal year 2017, 73.0% of revenues came from recurring license and transaction fees related to ePort Connect service and just 27.0% from equipment sales.

CEO Herbert believes that a service based business model, will create a high-margin stream of recurring revenues as a foundation for long-term value and continued growth.

Financials: Small Is Getting Big Quickly

USAT strategy seems to be paying off handsomely.  Revenues over the past five years have been growing a better than a 25% pace going from $29 million in 2012 to $104 million in the year ended June 2017.

For the six months ending December 2017 the company surpassed last years total ringing up about $43 million in revenues, a 30% increase.

In their February 8th earnings release, the company raised guidance for fiscal 2018 revenues to $140-$145 million and for adjusted EBITDA to between $13.5 and $14.5 million.

At this time four Wall Street firms cover the company and these folks expect USAT to earn $0.06 per share this year before tripling in fiscal 2019 to $0.18.

Cantaloupe Acquisition

Back in November USAT signed an $85 million deal to acquire Cantaloupe Systems, Inc based in San Francisco.  Just like USAT, Cantaloupe is a provider of cloud and mobile solutions for vending, micro markets and office coffee service.  The two companies tout the deal as bringing together complementary portfolios for the purpose of creating the industry’s top solutions platform.

The acquisition had only minor benefits to reported USAT first half results.  On a pro-forma basis, if the acquisition had occurred on July 1, 2016, first half consolidated revenue would have increased 26% year-over-year.

Management With Beverage Industry Background

CEO Stephen Herbert has considerable history in the beverage industry and has been CEO at USAT for over 5 years. In other words, he needs no on the job training.

For the 10 years prior to joining USAT in 1996, Herbert had been with Pepsi-Cola in their beverage division vending area.

The company believes Herbert’s intimate knowledge and experience with all aspects of USAT for over 20 years and his extensive vending experience at PepsiCo before joining USAT provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences to serve.  We would tend to agree.

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Shotspotter: A New Weapon To Combat Violent Crime

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U.S. violent crime is near a modern day low but the events of the recent past raise disturbing questions.  How does law enforcement deal with random gun violence.  A seven-year-old company named Shotspotter Inc. (SSTI: 17) is using technology to help first responders.

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Taking It To The Streets

Shotspotter claims to be the leader in being able to immediately detect the location of a gunshot and instantly relay this information to law enforcement officials.  The idea is that by cutting the response time to violent attacks lives can be saved and bad guys quickly stopped.

Shotspotter founders have created a SaaS-based subscription model that already has signed up customers in urban high crime areas of the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and South Africa.

In addition the company has tailored Shotspotter for application to school and corporate campuses as well as public transportation centers.

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According to their S-1 filing last June: When our sensors detect a potential gunfire incident, our software analyzes and validates the data and precisely locates where the incident occurred. An alert containing a location on a map and critical information about the incident is transmitted directly to law enforcement or security personnel through any computer and to iPhone® or Android mobile devices.

Shotspotter is not a startup.  They have been around since well before 2010 with close to $20 million in annual revenues on their books.  So far they have not turned a profit.  Proceeds from their $31 million public offering will help with working capital and other needs.

Veteran Management Should Help

Management is lead by CEO Ralph Clark who has been with the company since 2010 and a veteran of the security industry for many years.  The overall age of management is around 50 something.  In other words, they are not kids on skateboards dreaming up the latest super awesome App.

A Complex Problem Needs New Solutions

It hardly needs mentioning that the many outbreaks of gun violence create the need for new and more effective ways of dealing with this problem. A March 2016 report published by The American Journal of Medicine stated that the gun homicide rate in the United States is more than 25 times the average of other high-income countries.  Recent random acts of mass violence merely add another layer.

According to a 2016 report by the FBI, the number of active-shooter events in the United States in 2014 and 2015 was among the highest for any two-year average period in the preceding 16 years.

Recent Financials Show Good Signs

Financial information shows the company revenues rising from $11.8 million in 2015 to $15.5 million in 2016.  For the nine months of last year revenues rose 57% to $17.2 million. Full year 2017 performance is due to come out on February 20th and something over $24 million is the target.

The benefits of the Shotspotter SaaS business model is generous gross profit margins and excellent cash flow it provides.  Gross margins are exploding at 49% for the nine month period of 2017 from just 36% a year earlier.  Even so there is considerable room for improvement.

Slow Adoption Process

A clue to the future may be the $16 million in deferred revenues on the company balance sheet as of September 30, 2017.  Presumably these relate to existing SaaS contracts that call for specific monthly payments over the course of the upcoming 12-month period.

Shotspotter is losing money as you might expect from any young technology company.  But this condition is the result of the heavy cost of sales and marketing of a service as unusual as gunshot location detection.  If revenue growth is a fair measure of the effectiveness of its marketing approach, things are on track for future profits.  In the meantime, like any other tech company, investors will most likely focus on top line performance.  

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