Archive | December 2006

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I saw this ad yesterday while filling up my tank on the drive from cincy to cleveland. Now I’m not a health genius, but I do know that 100 ounces of anything other than water (and even that may be too much in one serving) can’t be healthy, not to mention 100 ounces of “your favorite coke product.” Oh and it gets better, you can save if you buy a few slices of pepperoni pizza with it!

Don’t people realize that what you drink really can have just as much of an impact on your weight/health as what you eat. 100 ounces of coke has 3,000 calories! More than most people need in 2 days!

Google OS and embedded affiliates

Jason Calacanis has a post with pics and rumors of the Google operating system. He thinks that Google will partner with a major PC manufacturer, such as Dell or HP, over the next year and will sell a pc that comes equipped with a google OS (that is instead of windows) at cost or slightly below (thinks $300 for a high powered pc and flat panel monitor). The revenue model would be to split the future advertising revenue generated by that pc’s owner on google’s services. This would open the door for Dell or HP to a stream of high margin, recurring revenue and Google would ensure that their ads are shown to the majority of pc users for the foreseeable future.

I think this is a really good idea, and something I’ve thought of quite a bit myself ever since I read about how much money firefox makes. Firefox gets to share revenue generated by it’s millions of users using the toolbar to search google, and then clicking on ads. This is pretty much how Dell and HP could structure a deal with a google OS.

I think there’s significant opportunity of someone really smart just going ahead and doing this overseas (China, Brazil, India, Spain, etc) with some high powered linux boxes, and a custom built linux OS that somehow ensures that the manufacturer gets not only a revenue share of google advertising dollars (just as you do when you insert a google search box on your site or as firefox does), but also embed ebay affiliate, amazon, and just about any other international affiliate out there into the system. If you can get the cost of the pc down low enough, it wouldn’t take very long to get in the black on each unit, and then everything after that is pure profit.

I think that local coffee shops should abandon their whole, let us charge you for $2 for an hour of access model, and instead get google revenue split and amazon, ebay, walmart, etc affiliate commissions for any ads their customers click on while browsing. I would imagine there would be someway to embed cookies or something on to the coffee shop browser’s computer when they agree to terms of service for the free wifi access. It seems to me that would be far more lucrative than attempting to charge $2 an hour. It’s also a win/win, which should always be the goal.

Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Top Tens of 2006: Advertising, Movies, Television, Stories, etc.

Top 10’s of 2007, definitely worth a look. The fact that I hardly know the top 10 albums of 2006 tells me that either I’m out of the loop, or the vast majority of music sales occur in the “long tail”

Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Top Tens of 2006: Advertising, Movies, Television, Stories, etc.

Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Top Sellers at Amazon as Economic Sociology

A look at Amazon’s top sellers from the Christmas shopping season. It really is interesting to see what people are buying.

Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Top Sellers at Amazon as Economic Sociology

A VC: 2007: The Implicit Web

The next generation of web services (cont)…Like I’ve said, it’s all going to be about recommendation and discovery engines in the next phase of web services.

A VC: 2007: The Implicit Web

linkedin worth $250 Million

Mashable has a post about LinkedIn supposedly being valued at roughly $250 Million in their latest round of funding. LinkedIn is expected to generate $45 to $65 million in sales in 2007, and $100 million in 2008. They are also profitable and boast 8 million users. I think this seems like a reasonable valuation, and quite frankly seems even ridiculously cheap after hearing facebook buyout rumors in the $1 Billion range or even higher than that ($8 Billion!?!?). I’m not really sure what Facebook’s numbers look like, but I would imagine you would be hard pressed to find a social network with numbers that look as good as LinkedIn’s. They are really the only social network that have services the members themselves would actually pay for in addition to the standard advertising revenue model.

I am not really an active user of other social networks, although I am a member of Facebook and do find it a lot of fun, I see LinkedIn as the most useful. I believe that it sits nicely in a great space (business networking) surrounded by people who not only will find it incredibly powerful, but will be willing to pay to use it multiple ways. I’m a paying member which allows me to send mail to people I otherwise would not be able to contact, and to see people I otherwise would not be able to see…which is very powerful (see my past post on networking). The minimal amount they charge me to send messages to others in the network really has 2 benefits: 1.) it really cuts out spam 2.) it shows the receiver that the sender really values their attention, and will not waste their time. Finding people that you only used to bump into by either knowing the right person, or just luck now only takes a search and an email or phone call. If used properly, LinkedIn could really propel your business or your career to a whole different level…and that is why I think its revenue numbers will explode over the next 24 months and a $250 Million valuation is a steal for any current investors. This thing has more money making potential, in my opinion, than Facebook and surely is worth more than them.

See what others are saying about LinkedIn:
Jason Calacanis

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