November has been a great month for World Vital Records. Today we reached a significant milestone by adding our 20,000th paying customer. We'll highlight her in an upcoming newsletter. She is a genealogist from Delta, Colorado. In August we issued a press release when we reached our 10,000 subscriber milestone, and here we are just three months later at the 20,000 subscriber mark.
My favorite Utah high tech event every year is the Utah Technology Council Annual Hall of Fame event. It is now in its 9th year. This year James Sorenson, medical device pioneer and billionaire, and Bernard Daines, father of gigabit ethernet, are being inducted. Intel CEO Paul Otellini will be the keynote speaker. The list of past inductees is pretty amazing--Utah has produced more than its share of technology pioneers.
I'm involved with two companies that are planning to sell two valuable domains, hopefully by the end of the year. If you are interested in purchasing either mp3books.com or icount.com, please use the "Contact Me" form and let me know. If you have worked with a great aftermarket domain reseller, or have seen auctions used successfully to get the highest possible value out of a domain, I'd love to hear from you also. Brokers welcome.
I missed the Stanford Summit (AlwaysOn) this July, but I am registered for the Venture Summit West coming up next week. I look forward to catching up with some friends on the VC side of things and comparing notes with some friends who are CEOs who will be at this conference. I usually attend the AlwaysOn Summit in July at Stanford, but I missed it this year, being in the intense startup mode still at WorldVitalRecords.com.
I am a huge believer in blogging, and have posted before that every CEO should blog, and now I find myself both so busy as a CEO and so concerned about how my blog posts will be read, even though this is my personal blog, that I find myself overanalyzing everything I want to blog about, and usually just concluding, "I'll just do it later." Sometimes I learn something incredibly important and want to blog about it, but then I worry about the impact on my industry and what my competitors will do--will they act on this news before my own company does?
I spoke today at the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. The meeting was held in the Family History Center. I started by asking how many wanted me to talk about the history of Ancestry.com, (after all, these people spend all their time researching the past) and how many wanted me to talk about our vision for the future of genealogy at World Vital Records.