Wiki Developer Wanted

If you have ever created a successful public Wiki before, or know someone who has, please let me know.

There is an interesting early American genealogy data collection that could come to life if it were used to seed a Wiki. The owners of the data were intrigued when I shared with them the amazing success of Wikipedia.org, the open source encyclopedia that is poised to eat Britannica\’s lunch, and they wanted me to ask my readers: are there any volunteers who could help set up a Wiki for them?

Largest IPO in Utah History?

I heard today that Extra Space Storage, based in Salt Lake City, UT may have had the largest IPO in Utah history. It apparently sold 20.2 million shares at $12.50 per share, raising more than $240 million. If Yahoo Finance is correct, it\’s market cap today was $400 million, which means that it sold more than half of its outstanding shares in the IPO. Does anyone know what the largest IPOs were prior to this one?

Internet Applications: Rethinking Web Business Models

If I were starting a \”web company\” today, I wouldn\’t do it until I had read Andy Jedynak\’s speech from the latest MarketingSherpa subscription summit. Andy is VP and GM of WeatherBug.

WeatherBug.com has a web site, of course. But it\’s mainly a marketing brochure for something far more powerful than a web site: a free downloadable Internet Application.

Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.

I just filled out a Zoomerang.com survey to tell the future governor of Utah what I think should be done to create a good business environment in the state of Utah. I\’m glad politicians are using the internet to get feedback. I hope it becomes an essential part of governing.

I wish Utah didn\’t treat capital gains as normal income, for taxation purposes. Utah shouldn\’t make it tempting to move to Nevada before selling one\’s company.

But for the record, my major concern about Utah is not economic–it\’s education. According to the 2001 Manhattan Institute report, Utah is in 49th place — trailing Hawaii only — in education freedom. The report explains: