The “Uberization” of Private Investigators

FlimFlam

FlimFlam is a D.C.-based start-up that wants to make the process of hiring a private investigator (PI) — on demand, in small and inexpensive blocks of time to conduct surveillance — a whole lot simpler. With the iPhone app or online platform that FlimFlam has created, anyone can simply type in the information about why […]

How to Become an Expert Private Investigator

Expert Private Investigator

I am not an expert private investigator. I think anyone who calls himself an “expert” in anything is an idiot. But that’s just my opinion. But a funny thing has happened to me over the past five-plus years: I have shared my experiences and knowledge through this blog and social media and one-on-one, and through […]

How to Find Hidden Facebook Photos

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Individuals are increasingly locking down their Facebook profiles by implementing some basic privacy features, but there is a little trick to find “hidden” photos of a particular user. Investigating through social media, and Facebook in particular given its wide use (a couple of billion people and climbing), has become an increasingly important tool for any […]

How I Started and Grew My Business

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A few months ago, I did an interview with Rod Burkert, the founder of a business valuation and litigation support firm Burkert Valuation Advisors, LLC. Burkert writes a series called “Practicing Solo” for the Value Examiner which features interviews with sole practitioners from various fields providing some real-life practical advice from professionals who have went out […]

Lessons From a Two-Day Private Investigator Training Course

Private Investigator Training

A few weeks back, I gave an intensive two-day training course for private investigators at a New York City-based investigative firm. The course was called Gathering, Analyzing and Interpreting Internet Intelligence – Master Class (I totally stole the “Master Class” from my friend Eli Rosenblatt). It was an exhaustive look into how to gather and […]