Re: Big Beyond Belief.

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From: Steve Dossick (
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 20:15:17 PDT

Hrmph. It's almost like you were out here last week visiting :)


Adam Rifkin -4K wrote:
> Steve Dossick wrote:
> > Sign up for iPal (still in pre-release, and with a spiffy new UI and
> > web-based access coming soon) and register your interest in
> > Health/Fitness & Nutrition/Weight Training & Bodybuilding
> > ...and you'll be notified whenever we find _NEW_ cool stuff on the web
> > regarding your interest, including when selected merchants have new
> > offerings on the subject.
> Lately for no particular reason I've developed a fascination for
> a game called "Name That Business Model". The way this game is played
> is similar to the way Hollywood pitches movies in under five words
> ("Diehard on a Bus", "Jaws for the E.T. crowd", etc.). It's fun to think
> of company such-and-such as "RealNetworks meets Akamai" or "InfoSpace
> crossed with".
> Okay, so what is iPal's business model? Is it:
> (A) We sell your information to our partners in exchange for them
> "giving" you fresh information for free. [Yahoo meets MicroStrategy.]
> or is it:
> (B) We give our partners access to you because we're building the
> biggest darn community this side of Raging Bull, and those sticky
> eyeballs can be monetized through an advertising network. [AOL crossed
> with DoubleClick.]
> No need to tell me the actual answer. I prefer to speculate instead
> that iPal is AvantGo meets Google: we give away the consumer version to
> entice all the CIO's into purchasing licenses for the enterprise just
> like AvantGo, and we give a wonderful user experience as a front end to
> a patent-pending back end so that 97% of iPal users would recommend it
> to a friend on the basis of speed, accuracy, and usability, just like Google.
> If only there were a b2b angle... or a wireless angle... :)
> ----
> If you want to be in P2P you'd better have good desktop tools, depth in
> protocols, and good content management, and a great server-side, and on
> and on.
> -- Dave Winer

Steve Dossick
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310-578-8336 (fax)

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