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Why I don’t subscribe to Netflix

July 26, 2006 at 07:07 AM | categories: Startups | View Comments

Do you use Netflix?  Did you ever use Netflix?  I did and ended up cancelling after a few months.  The problem was, I didn’t want to dedicate 2 hours of my time to watching a movie.  200 hours/month or more of time surfing the net was OK but hey, that’s another story.  Having access to a huge supply of movies didn’t change that.  There just weren’t that many movies that I really wanted to watch. 

Nicholas Carr references an article in The Wall Street Journal talking about this.  Yeah, I got the movies I wanted to see but then they started sending me the movies I thought I was supposed to see.  And wow, I didn’t really want to watch a lot of them.

Eventually I got tired of having 3 movies I didn’t want to see around the house and cancelled.  Glad to hear I’m not alone.


Top 10 unintentionally worst URLs

July 25, 2006 at 07:07 AM | categories: Marketing, Web | View Comments

It’s tough coming up with a decent domain name - all the good ones are taken. But you have to wonder what some people were thinking when they came up with these domain names:

Who Represents? - www.whorepresents.com

Pen Island - www.penisland.com

and 8 more courtesy of Independent Sources


Neat article on the importance of cash flow

July 25, 2006 at 07:07 AM | categories: Startups | View Comments

My Great Lesson in Cash Flow is a nice article on the importance of cash flow in a start up.  No deep lessons but just emphasizing that you have to watch the cash, watch the cash, watch the cash …


Jobster and its slightly ominous title for a jobs site

July 14, 2006 at 07:07 AM | categories: Startups | View Comments

Pete Cashmore of Mashable writes that Jobster has relaunched as a social networking site for job seeking. Theory is that you can connect with people and add faves. You can add tags to other users, which has interesting implications: who’s going to be the first to be labeled “brown noser”?

“Meet Your Future” is their slogan, which has Big Brother-ish overtones to me. Though I suppose they don’t actually have pictures of a McDonald’s fryer or a Wal-Mart cash register.

It’s an impressive site with some marquee clients and lots of money in the bank. I’m guessing that some of the stuff is in-house but a lot of it presumably comes from their acquisition of GoJobby.com