Interesting timing on this. I have been ordering books from Amazon for several years now under the name "Paul Amazon Allen." I did this, of course, to track Amazon's use of my customer information.
Dell will be selling and supporting Lindows-based PCs in Europe. Bill Gates must be increasingly worried; so Microsoft is dropping prices in Europe and promising more and more service for Windows users. Long term, Linux operating systems will begin to make a huge dent in Microsoft's desktop market share.
Kudos to Patrick Bryne, visionary founder of Overstock.com and Worldstock.com, for providing employment to more than 1,400 artisans and craftsmen in Afghanistan. According to the Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce, Worldstock is the largest single employer in the entire nation of Afghanistan, population 28 million.
Interchange, a small search engine marketing company similar to FindWhat.com and Enhance Interactive (formerly Ah-ha.com), has filed to go public, on 2003 sales of $8.7 million and profits of $60,000. It feels like 1999.
Remember the DotComGuy from Texas who changed his name and lived inside his house entirely off purchases he made online for an entire year to prove to the world that eCommerce was for real?
Well, now meet SearchGuy, or actually SearchGuy.com.
SearchGuy.com is not the name of a person, but it is a company that recently went public through a reverse merger with a public shell. The company is located in Mountain View, CA. The CEO is Leonard Ratchinsky.
I'm working with a team on an experimental political web site called iCount.com. We've done a soft launch and are getting some traffic from Google. There are big plans for this site (inspired by the Dean campaign, Meetup.com, MoveOn.org, and other cool and effective political sites) and motivated by a love for the greatest democratic nation in the history of the world, and a hope to keep it that way.
I had lunch yesterday with a close friend, Jim Ericson, who was my first marketing employee at Ancestry.com, back in 1998, just after he got his MBA from BYU. Everything Jim does works, and he has had success wherever he goes. We're hoping to work together again very soon.
CNET has a nice article today about how cell phones might one day replace mini mp3 players like the Apple iPod, but they probably won't have hard drives that can store thousands of songs for at least 18 months. Still, a future world where billions of people carry cell
If you think your company might someday consider outsourcing certain job functions to India, or if you might someday sell products internationally, please read India Unbound. I read it last week and couldn't put it down.