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Executive Assistant with HR Experience Needed

A few months ago I wrote a very nice help wanted ad for the local university paper and got 15 resumes from highly qualified people. On Monday I wrote another ad, which has already run for 3 days, and I haven't received a single inquiry. I have called to revise it, but there is no excuse for a poorly written ad. I should have kept the earlier version rather than starting over. The earlier version emphasized the position and pay and "super-flexible hours"; the later one focused on what the company does. Not smart. What I'm looking for is a part-time HR manager/Executive Assistant for

FundingChina.com

So we decided to launch our first FundingUniverse.com international web site, and thought we would start with China, since there seems to be a little economic activity going on over there these days. :) FundingChina.com is in English for now, and it will be a matching service for entrepreneurs with ideas and angel or VC investors who want to get involved in the Chinese market. Later, hopefully, we'll offer Chinese language versions (although I hear there are over one hundred dialects.)

FundingArizona.com Launched

Okay, so our new web site for Arizona has only 1 registered investor with $50,000 of available capital so far. That's not going to change the world. But guess what is going to happen in the next few months? I think the number of registered investors and entrepreneurs on FundingArizona will grow steadily. Arizona has more than twice the population of Utah and it is also growing rapidly. Eventually, there should be more investors and more business plans on FundingArizona.com than there are on FundingUtah.com.

How PR is Helping FundingUtah.com

Many internet entrepreneurs I know (myself included) are pretty content sitting at the computer most of the time doing research and figuring how to generate traffic, improve web site design and conversion rate, and study web analytics to determine what to do next. We use the web for hours a day to do research on what everyone else is doing. Then, relying primarily on email and instant messaging, we can efficiently communicate hundreds of times per day with employees, customers, partners, etc.

Idea Stage Startup Funding

I frequently complain about the lack of idea or seed stage funding available for Utah entrepreneurs. Sometimes, especially in the open source software era, and in era of internet marketing, a venture can be started with just a few thousand dollars. (FundingUtah.com cost only $2,000 to launch phase I. We're now finishing phase II and working on a couple possible revenue streams. We also own 70 more domains, so that if this site works in Utah, we may roll it out elsewhere.

MyFamily.com CEO Departs

Dick Eastman has reported that Tom Stockham has left MyFamily.com where he has served as CEO for 3 1/2 years. I enjoyed working with Tom for several months. He always treated the MyFamily.com founders (including those who had been asked to leave earlier) with tremendous respect. He is a good man and a friend and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Fastest Growth Sites Are Built on User Generated Content

One of the most powerful ways to develop web site traffic is to enable your users to share their content through your web site with others--to create community around user generated content.

Many of the fastest growing web sites of all time did this (or do it now): MyFamily.com, eBay, GeoCities, Xoom, Homestead, MySpace, Epinions, Hotshots, LinkedIn.com, Meetup.com, Friendster, and more.