MyFamily.com in the spotlight; genealogy industry validated

This isn't new news--it happened on November 1st. Investors Business Daily published a nice article on MyFamily.com, and revealed that according to CEO Tim Sullivan, 2006 revenues will hit $150 million with an EBIDTA of $28 million. After being under the radar for several years, it's nice to see MyFamily getting some decent media attention recently. I think the CEO is doing a good job at telling the story. Here's another impressive excerpt from the article:

Steve Jobs Was Right; I Was Wrong — I Wanna Own My Music

Because I was highly involved in the online content subscription business of Ancestry.com in the late 90s and early 00s, I thought I was pretty smart. When Apple jumped into the music industry with its iPod and iTunes service, I thought they were pretty smart, but I also thought that everyone else ganging up on Apple would cause a big dent in its music business, and that eventually the iPod would go the way of the Mac, and end up with a relatively small market share. I especially thought Steve Jobs was wrong when he said customers wanted to own their own music and not rent it.

Netflix: subscription marketing machine

A nice article by Motley Fool talks about how Netflix lowered prices in the past year to stave off competition from Walmart and Blockbuster. They will reach 4 million subs by the end of this year and project more than 5.5 million by the end of next year. Next year they will generate almost $1 billion in revenue. Impressive. Netflix has one of the best online marketing machines out there. They are everywhere. Entrepreneurs and students of internet marketing would do well to study all the ways Netflix markets their services.

MobiTV Hits 500,000 Subscribers

USA Today profiles MobiTV, the company that provides dozens of TV channels to cell phone subscribers. More than 500,000 customers are paying $10 per month to watch TV on a 1-2 inch screen. Does anyone know how MobiTV markets their service? I've never really seen it advertised. Do the carriers themselves promote it? And if so, how? The company also announced MobiRadio (50 satellite radio channels) as a separate subscription at a conference in San Francisco this week.