If I were starting a "web company" today, I wouldn't do it until I had read Andy Jedynak's speech from the latest MarketingSherpa subscription summit. Andy is VP and GM of WeatherBug.
WeatherBug.com has a web site, of course. But it's mainly a marketing brochure for something far more powerful than a web site: a free downloadable Internet Application.
I just filled out a Zoomerang.com survey to tell the future governor of Utah what I think should be done to create a good business environment in the state of Utah. I'm glad politicians are using the internet to get feedback. I hope it becomes an essential part of governing.
I wish Utah didn't treat capital gains as normal income, for taxation purposes. Utah shouldn't make it tempting to move to Nevada before selling one's company.
But for the record, my major concern about Utah is not economic--it's education. According to the 2001 Manhattan Institute report, Utah is in 49th place -- trailing Hawaii only -- in education freedom. The report explains:
Curt Allen, founder of Folio Corporation, and former CEO of MyFamily.com (chiefly responsible for our raising $90.5 million in venture capital) is at it again. (He's also my brother and is responsible for getting me into electronic publishing and the computer industry 16 years ago--and I'm darn proud of him!)
Another great blog by Seth Godin, best-selling author and internet marketer extraordinaire.
WebSideStory postponed its IPO today to after Labor Day. Lindows, an interesting Linux company founded by Michael Robertson of mp3.com fame, has indefinitely postponed its IPO. eCost, a profitable e-commerce company with revenues of more than $100 million in 2003 and profits of more than $6 million has lowered its price-range.
Life is good. I just ended a family vacation to Cedar City, home of the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, where we caught four productions, with a little side trip to Las Vegas, where we saw Mystere, again. The highlight of the trip for me was driving home on northbound I-15, where I googled with one hand for the nearest Jamba Juice on my Blackberry 7230, as follows: