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Technology / Twitter 8-10 Billion?
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:36:08 am »
So ladies and gents, you know the site, you know the random post, you know the addicts. Everyone seems to be on Twitter, its a very active community. 50 Cent tweets and some random stock price jumps ridiculously (then drops once people get a grip on reality). Kayne cleverly flips out on someone/thing and major news outlets pick up his tweet and reports on it.
On the serious side an entire country rips down the Internet to prevent its people from allowing them to spread what is going on. Twitter, Facebook have become a great threat against government controlled media, these sites have proven that they do have a value.

However how many other effen mindless tweets do we need? We could all say blindly that the majority of tweets that get posted in a day are mind junk. So if we are in agreement that the "important" tweets are in the minority whats up with WSJ putting it out there that Twitter might be worth 8-10 Billion?

Think of twitter as a regular non-internet based company... Does that price tag make any sense. I swear the second anything becomes Internet based it starts to twinkle and sparkle. People start thinking that there is this great digital secret that allows twitter to bring in secret stashes of cash by the trailer.
Have any of you or anyone else you know actually bought something on twitter?
Do you see a flurry of advertisements littering twitter?

Selling data under the table only gets you so far $ wise and no where near 8 Billie.

To be fair Twitter themselves are reporting that the 8-10 Billion evaluation is a rumor because if they agreed to it then the next question would be really? How?

If Facebook is valued at 50 Billion
Twitter is valued at 9 Billion

What lesser known site do you find very valuable and what valuation would you put it at?

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Producing / The House, The Yard and The Fence
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:52:25 am »
Hey so I had drinks with some friends last night and next to us I started a very interesting conversation about the subject of this post.

I'm a 32 year old American American male who has been able to help create an Internet company that has grown into 120+ employees across 7 offices worldwide.

While I love tech I have always had this other side to me that loved entertainment more. My first step was to help out a struggling band try and use my Internet company to drive hundreds of thousands of people to their youtube and myspace (yes that probably dates this event). We were able to bring in more users to listen to their music for the week than the number one artist on myspace at the time Akon. With all of that steam behind them it was still impossible to "break" the artist.

This would be the start of a problem that would follow me for the next 4 years.

Distribution. No matter how many people we could interface with to push the music if they could not go to their local stores and purchase it meant nothing. Yea sure the CD was released in BestBuy but 2-4 copies each store waaaaaaay in the back. We were unsuccessful before we even had a chance to realize it.

Music business was built on very unique taste... maybe we just had the wrong band...

From here we went into the big leagues Movie Making! Its got to be easier right? Where music is very selective for people, movies tend to appeal to a broader spectrum. Looking back yea I was younger what can I say. Produced the first film Mary Hatchet: The Legend of Blood Night, it was fun to make and I was sure it would at minimum it would be good enough to make back its budget.

I was hyped!!!

Then I realized it was 2 years later and we were struggling to get distribution. The movie had all the ingredients for a throwback horror film but that wasn't enough there seemed to be something else working adjacent to us.

My excitement deflated but it didn't stop me, screw it I would produce the next feature more closely and squeeze the budget to lower the risk of return. Kill Katie Malone was created in short time, under budget and ready for action. This time sales agents were all over the film but once a contract was signed they made every excuse under the stars as to why they were having trouble re-selling the movie, getting distribution.

In the midst of creating two movies I went back to my very first love Comic Books. I had two series created, scoured the Internet for talent and hired talent who worked for Marvel/DC/Wildstorm/Top Cow. The first book Empyreal (http://www.legendarypress.com/wordpress/) looks and reads amazingly. What was created was a very Chinese centric book with all of the action and mysticism from the movies I loved while growing up.
Repetitive yes but I was stooked!
I went with BlackLine Comics to publish the book. They rocked a good vibe and were excited by me using my Internet marketing company to promote the hell out of the book.

Instant success story here right? Up to a month ago this is where my head was up until...

Diamond (basically the only distributor in comics) said that this "type" of book traditionally does not do good on the market. Now having been around the comic convention scene I kind of can see their trepidation for the genre but this book is a different beast. I could promote the book online to hundreds of thousands of possible readers but if its not on the comic rack; point = moot.

So back to my Subject Title : The House, The Yard and The Fence

See its like this you got this House where it only fits a certain amount of people in it, its invitation only and if you cant get in then you are out in the yard. The yard is a big yard where people who come to the house wait and wait assuming that at some point they will get in the house. But the yard is surrounded by a pretty fence. Outside the fence people gawk at the house and the lovely yard and sit along side the fence wanting oh so bad to get inside the yard.

Any industry is like this, these layers of who's in and who's out. You can have the greatest product but if someone inside the house doesn't recognize it then at max you will always be secluded to the yard.

Ladies and Gentlemen I'm stuck out in the yard, if you think that I've done some really cool stuff then you might be viewing it from the other side of the fence or standing in the yard with me. However if your in the house and what I've done sounds interesting how about letting me in.


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