Portfolio Wins

5 projects ready for funding, including bringing affordable housing to San Francisco.

TrainBnB

Cities need more housing, and there’s a loophole in city zoning that allows unlimited new inventory.

In the 1800’s the USA built railroads and experienced for that Age what we today might call a dotcom boom or a tech economy. As the train tracks for these railroads crossed the entire nation, the Robber Baron business leaders who owned these companies built Palace Cars… magnificent railroad cars in which the leaders lived and worked on their trains.

Palace Cars are still legal to build and use today, and they typically have more than 1,000 square feet of living space inside each one. Here’s the Wall Street Journal on their current use: https://www.wsj.com/articles/wealthy-train-buffs-are-traveling-cross-country-in-super-luxe-railcars-hitched-to-amtrak-trains-1521727200

Moreover, there is a legal legacy from the 1800’s that could solve a major modern problem: every foot of railroad property is federally-zoned.

Fast forward to today where some cities take years to approve a single new home building permit from local zoning and planning authorities. The lag in obtaining new home-building permits raises the prices of existing homes which in turn prices existing inventory out of the reach of many workers. Affordable housing simply disappears in the home-buying price-wars of hot property markets.

However, hot property markets tend to have railroads crossing them. Since railroads are entirely federally governed, no city building permits are required for adding new train cars, even live-aboard Palace Cars, onto the tracks. Federal law and federal zoning instead prevails. Local zoning is bypassed.

Your train cars can have running hot/cold water, septic systems/bathrooms, electricity, heating, air conditioning, cell phone service, WiFi, satellite, desks, conference rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, metal 3D printers, etc. They can even receive postal mail and Amazon.com deliveries.

Railroads all have side tracks and stations where entire trains (or just our mobile office/condo cars, if desired) can be parked for extended periods, too.

And by building office-style live-aboard Palace Cars in far-away but low-cost neighborhoods, a Startup can create Affordable Housing or affordable Office Space that we can bring into any hot property market. These mobile office/condos on tracks can drive into town each morning, out of town each day, and/or onto nearby side-tracks.

The office can come to you. Office commutes can be reversed so that you no longer need to commute to your office. Instead, the train comes to you. Such trains need not stay in more pricey areas for long, either. They can move to cheaper areas on a regular schedule, then back into pricey areas to briefly pick up and drop off residents, employees, customers, passengers, etc.

Amazon already wants mobile repair stations for drones to rove the country via trains: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/6/16103626/amazon-patent-network-of-mobile-drone-maintenance-delivery-platforms

Low-income singles are currently coping with unaffordable housing in several other ways currently: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/0821/Why-it-s-becoming-cool-to-live-in-your-car-or-a-150-sq.-ft.-apartment and obviously our mobile condos are a superior option for them.

Of course, Japan is embracing the train lifestyle, too: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/05/the-significance-of-japans-new-luxury-train/525402/?utm_source=nl__link2_050517

Amtrak already allows private rail cars in the USA today. Long-term parking of your “private car” on Amtrak is currently $1,379/month: https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/765/238/Private-Car-Tariff-Rates-Addendum-4.pdf and mileage rates for those who choose to travel frequently between 2 cities can be as low as $1.90/mile. This option is available TODAY for San Francisco, Silicon Valley, NYC, etc. Even better deals with other railroads could potentially be negotiated for those same (and other) locations.

You can try the Amtrak version: http://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a27528/pacific-coast-train-ride/?src=socialflowTW

Leasing 5 miles of railroad track B2B: http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/short-lines/css-boosts-indiana-service-with-cn-lease.html

Driverless hotel rooms: https://hackernoon.com/driverless-hotel-rooms-the-end-of-uber-airbnb-and-human-landlords-e39f92cf16e1

If you want to solve Affordable Housing in your region, then you want to fund TrainBnB. Each palace car that we build is like a mobile condominium. It’s real-estate. We sell it. The Buyer of it gets a mobile condo or office that can ride into San Francisco, “overnight” on the go or park on nearby sidetracks, as desired, and the profitable cash flow from the Buyer of each mobile real-estate condo can fund the next palace car, etc.

In that manner TrainBnB scales …And because there is no limit to the number of mobile rail cars that we can legally build and move into any metro area served by existing rails, this real-estate play can become as large as your financial imagination, one condo at a time. Or faster (of course, that requires slightly larger initial investments).

I’d love to help. chris nunneley

Drone Fishing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=570-fAWz-7o

www.youtube.com/watch?v=svOQVMkT-pY

Recreational Fishing remains largely unchanged from the first Orvis rod/reel/hooks/lures from 1874.

The U.S. recreational fishing industry is a $46 Billion/year business! If you are a VC funding existing drones…your aerial drones are a mere $13 Billion/year industry worldwide. Surely you want to be in the much larger U.S. fishing market.

You want to be in the larger $46 Billion/year market, and you want fishermen, especially younger enthusiasts, to be able to use their smartphones to fish…instead of making people use 1874-era hooks (ouch!) and mechanical reels.

To do this, I’ve built an underwater drone with a small net in front that gently catches fish. It’s safe for catch and release…no more yanking barbed-hooks out of the mouths of fish that are about to be tossed back into the water.

The fish don’t see the almost-invisible net as a threat, so they don’t flee in panic at your approach underwater. Simply scan the water for the particular fish that you want, sail your DroneFishR to it and close the net by pressing the “Catch” switch on your view panel. Easy.

Moreover, each fisherman finally gets to see all of the underwater action, something that ancient rod/reel fishermen miss.

If you want to capture and dominate the third-largest sport in the world, then you want to fund DroneFishR. I’d love to help. chris nunneley

Reverse Internet Marketing

#1: Ads should pay users. LinkedIn might charge an advertiser $20 because you clicked their one ad. OK, great, but what’s that done for you?!

You should be paid $1 of that $20 for clicking that ad. Paying real users for legitimate ad clicks will make ad-blockers irrelevant, possibly even passe, because people don’t block cash.

#2: Interactive services such as Snapchat can reverse the ad paradigm by paying their users to video themselves (selfies!) with branded products such as Coca-Cola. The video can be shared to their Stories/friends and micropayments can be made based on how many friends viewed it. This can be even more powerful if Snapchat allows “Retweeting” stories such that the friends viewing the reverse selfie ad forward the cool video to *their* followers. Call it the Reverse Mardi-Gras ad (show us your xyz for beads).

#3: A slick “win” for ads can be paying for content, such as when the “price” a user pays to read an online article is to watch an ad…and this can be enhanced by having the ad itself be a quick game so that a reader might get to pour a Coke over the head of a picture of a bad guy. Then the reader is given the desired content.

Sled Brakes

Automobile tire rubber does not have the highest possible coefficient of friction today. In fact, gas-saving tires seek to reduce the resistance that they experience as they roll on the road.

Friction, however, generally governs how quickly a vehicle can stop…a top safety concern.

New configurations and materials such as dry adhesives, active vacuums, and silicon/rubber configured to use the Van Der Waals force can deliver much, much higher coefficients of friction. Greater friction means reduced stopping distances for cars when braking.

Shorter stopping distances save lives.

Sled Brakes positioned in front of each wheel give cars the best of both worlds because vehicles can use gas-saving low-friction tires while driving as well as apply high-friction Sled Brakes temporarily (e.g. while stopping). Sled Brakes can simply “slide” on the road surface (when deployed) for a cost-effective version, or Sled Brakes can be configured like a treadmill or conveyor belt for maximum rolling resistance when applied during braking. Sled Brakes retract up away from the road when not braking.

See: www.SledBrake.com.

Automotive Drifting!

My U-Drift.com drift tracks can be franchised in cities around the world, providing an affordable form of track entertainment to the masses.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2AmPsTjDWQ