Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
In: politics13 Jun 2001
Darwin Mag: "Fuld is openly contemptuous of investigators like Barry who routinely cross the ethical divide. "We can find the same information this guy says he finds, but we can do it legitimately," he insists. "Most professionals in this business don’t have to lie, cheat and steal" to serve their clients. They may not have [...]
The Economist: "Ryanair specialises, like Southwest, in using secondary airports, where it is paid to land because of the trade it brings, rather than having to bear the stiff landing charges of the big hubs." I like the smell of smart business models in the morning.
Fool.com: "Yahoo!’s market value has shrunk from $120 billion to $10 billion, leaving it in a greatly weakened bargaining position just at the time when it needs to build its business beyond advertising revenue. The big question is: Outside of ads, what type of large, focused, money-making business does Yahoo! hope to become?"
NYT: "The company’s entire subscription-based strategy is based on the concept of "owning the customer." That is, of developing a continuing, direct relationship with consumers. That means branding is very important and that enforcing the relationship through monthly bills is just as important." "Owning the customer". Master and slave dialectic for the 21st century. Since [...]
Lawrence Lee considers continuing Tomalak’s Realm There’s a brainstorming session I couldn’t help to put my big nose in. I’d like to evolve some of my online work into a paying service, and I’m trying to figure out how a collaboration with a few good people might lead to something worth charging. 11/06/01 update: this [...]
Backslash: How to Take Back Our Analog Brains "Walk paralell to the direction from which you came, divide the cirkumfrence of the angel by pie, then log onto Mapquest."
Joel Gehman: "[T]o affiliate marketers: If your company has an affiliate program and you’re not treating your affiliates the way you’d want to be treated, please quit — now. You’re ruining affiliate marketing for the rest of us. You apparently don’t need affiliate marketing — and, reciprocally, affiliate marketing doesn’t need you." My other site [...]
Automatic Media: "AS OF JUNE 8, 2001, Automatic Media, Inc. has ceased operations due to an inability to secure additional financing." I wonder when we’ll get rid of this crap. Companies don’t go out of business because of "IPO market conditions" or the "inability to secure additional financing". Most often, they die because they spend [...]
What are IE6 Smart Tags? That’s what Anil Dash is trying to figure out. Subtitle: are they evil? 06/09/01 update: getting his record straight (good attitude). 06/12/01 update: Microsoft Tries To Get Smart (this one is funny). 06/13/01 update: more links, contrarian POV. 06/28/01 update: Much Ado About Smart Tags, but Microsoft drops Smart Tags [...]
AT&T Quits Microsoft Venture "Suggesting that sophisticated interactive television will remain a distant dream in the United States, AT&T’s broadband division has dropped its commitment to an advanced set-top cable box that was supposed to showcase Microsoft’s interactive television software." Not only AT&T is way cheaper than it was when Microsoft invested $5B in them, [...]
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