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RE: Google has the *right* idea

From: Orr, Steve <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 08:22:51 -0600
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Hi Jonathan,

I'll ditto your comment having worked for a dotbomb that went bust trying to make money in this space ("Arzoo"). Despite being well funded and having an experienced management team they failed the viability test. The technical implementation was actually quite good (especially the database ;-) but I was always somewhat skeptical of the business plan despite the fact that I had a lot of stock options and was trying to be a good company citizen. I read a lot of glowing reports from research presented by so-called experts about the future of the P2P space ("person-to-person" not "peer-to-peer") but it was just a lot of venture capital hype for the most part. Maybe Google can pull it off and make a few extra bucks, like they need it. What they're really trying to do is "monetize" the power of community but I think the best internet communities (like this list) are free and voluntary. Whether advice is free or paid for, the most important part is the personal requirement to evaluate its merit.

Well that's my $0.02 so please send please your payment to for my DBA beer fund.

Steve Orr
Recovering victim of the Internet Bubble Burst

-----Original Message-----

[] On Behalf Of Jonathan Gennick Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 4:52 AM
To: mhthomas
Subject: Re: Google has the *right* idea

Friday, October 8, 2004, 6:08:47 PM, mhthomas ( wrote: m> Check this out. Sorta a better version of MetaLink if you ask me. ;-)


I've seen lots of variations of this pay-an-expert-for-an-answer scheme pop up on the Internet over the years. Maybe Google can do it better than others have. So far, I've never been convinced there's enough money to made in providing the answers. Researching an Oracle problem is often time-consuming. $2.50 is not enough.

Best regards,

Jonathan Gennick --- Brighten the corner where you are * 906.387.1698 *

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-- Received on Mon Oct 11 2004 - 09:18:25 CDT

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