Ancestry Ups Affiliate Commissions

I just got an email from Ancestry announcing new affiliate commission and better support for affiliates starting on August 1st. The new commissions include 5 tiers and get top affiliates up to 50% commissions. Plus, the call center now has a way to track phone calls and credit affiliates for generating the calls.

Shutterfly Files for IPO

A few highlights from the Shutterfly S-1:
  • $83.9 million in revenue last year with net income of $28.9 million (But $24 million was from a one-time tax benefit recognized in Q4 2005. The revenue growth is strong year over year.
  • They have stored more than 900 million customer photos in their archives.
  • They have sold 300 million prints in 11 million customer orders.
  • 84% of their customers are female.
  • This is a bit surprising to me.

Omniture IPO!

I'm so happy for everyone associated with Omniture for successfully completing its IPO today. The shares opened at $6.50 and ended the day up slightly at $6.53 per share. Visit Yahoo Finance for more. This high tech IPO is a big deal for Utah, which needs more IPOs. And Omniture now has a war chest to help it maintain its leadership position in the web analytics space.

Shutterfly IPO?

While living in Silicon Valley in 1999-2000 and because was in the photo-sharing space, I had the privilege of meeting with key people at most of the early photo-sharing sites. I remember one meeting in our Howard Street office with some folks from Lots of companies wanted to partner with because we had millions of photos (in private family websites) and they had ways of getting those photos into prints, calendars, mugs, and other products.)

Utah Company offers Free Online Backup

I wrote a Connect magazine article recently where I praised Josh Coates, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who moved to Utah a couple of years ago to build an exciting company that offers free remote backup for any computer user. You can back up all of your most important files at no cost! This is a no-brainer! Check it out. It's especially nice for backing up your laptop.

Web Services

Michael Robertson, founder of, is launching a webservice called, which allows you to create documents in an online word processor and save them to your hard drive in Word format in the event that you need to share them with anyone who uses Microsoft Word.

Utah Companies Getting Big, Making Acquisitions

Wasatch Digital IQ has a nice article about Utah's deal flow in 2005. A great quote from Steve Grizelle about several Utah companies getting big and acquiring other companies. I'm particularly impressed to learn that SkyWest is now the nation's largest regional carrier with 2,400 daily flights and 14,000 employees. Here's a very intesting fact: SkyWest has 380 aircraft compared to Southwest's 441 aircraft. (Probably a major difference in the size of the aircraft, though, I'm guessing.)