To all my family, friends and co-workers:
Please download Skype, buy a microphone for your computer, and use Skype for both free voice phone calls and for instant messaging.
40 million people worldwide have downloaded Skype, but in the Skype directory I can only find a few dozen from Utah.
Like fax machines, the value of the Skype network grows exponentially as more people use it.
I want to use this free service, but I'm limited in my ability to fully utilize it because most of the people I know don't yet have Skype.
Serial entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese, is now running a startup company that is publicly traded because of a reverse merger last year. It is called uWink, with ticker symbol UWNK.OB. You can read about his fascinating rise and fall, from a net worth of $70 million to near bankruptcy. I've been tracking uWink which is now generating millions in revenues from it's Snap and Bear Shop products. It's hard to keep a serial entrepreneur down.
Bill Gross, the still reigning king of incubators is pioneering a new concept which maybe we should call Extreme Transparency. I do believe he has guts. Years ago he invented the pay-per-click model where advertising costs were transparent. Anyone could see what other people were bidding on keywords. Everyone criticized this commercialization of search at the time, but that transparency led to a super-efficient auction model and is now making billions of dollars per year for both Yahoo (who bought Overture.com) and Google.