From: Jeff Bone (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 20:23:03 PDT
I sense a FoRKLotto: a sort of pool for "name the most outlandish business model
that will be funded by tier-1 SiliValley VCs in the next six months."
My bet: "It's realdoll.com meets freecall.com."
Place your bets, please.
PS - no, that's not real, in fact "freecall.com" is a for-sale domain. Just had a
Steve Dossick wrote:
> 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 Phone.com".
> > 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... :)
> > ----
> > Adam@4K-Associates.com
> > 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
> Founder and Chief Architect
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> 310-578-8336 (fax)
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