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A few months ago I wrote a very nice help wanted ad for the local
university paper and got 15 resumes from highly qualified people.
On Monday I wrote another ad, which has already run for 3 days, and I haven\’t received a single inquiry.
I have called to revise it, but there is no excuse for a poorly written
ad. I should have kept the earlier version rather than starting over.
The earlier version emphasized the position and pay and \”super-flexible
hours\”; the later one focused on what the company does. Not smart.
What I\’m looking for is a part-time HR manager/Executive Assistant for
MyFamily.com has acquired Heritage Makers
a company with 1,200 distributors who help families print heritage
books. I remember meeting the company founder years ago when it was
called My Family Tales. [Here\’s an old article about My Family Tales.] I even have some of their early products.
Chris Lee, one of my favorite people from the early days of
So we decided to launch our first FundingUniverse.com
international web site, and thought we would start with China, since
there seems to be a little economic activity going on over there these
FundingChina.com is in
English for now, and it will be a matching service for entrepreneurs
with ideas and angel or VC investors who want to get involved in the
Chinese market. Later, hopefully, we\’ll offer Chinese language versions
(although I hear there are over one hundred dialects.)
Okay, so our new web site for Arizona has only 1 registered investor
with $50,000 of available capital so far. That\’s not going to change
the world. But guess what is going to happen in the next few months? I
think the number of registered investors and entrepreneurs on FundingArizona
will grow steadily. Arizona has more than twice the population of Utah
and it is also growing rapidly. Eventually, there should be more
investors and more business plans on FundingArizona.com than there are
Many internet entrepreneurs I know (myself included) are pretty content sitting at the computer most of the time doing research and figuring how to generate traffic, improve web site design and conversion rate, and study web analytics to determine what to do next. We use the web for hours a day to do research on what everyone else is doing. Then, relying primarily on email and instant messaging, we can efficiently communicate hundreds of times per day with employees, customers, partners, etc.
I frequently complain about the lack of idea or seed stage funding available for Utah entrepreneurs. Sometimes, especially in the open source software era, and in era of internet marketing, a venture can be started with just a few thousand dollars. (FundingUtah.com cost only $2,000 to launch phase I. We\’re now finishing phase II and working on a couple possible revenue streams. We also own 70 more domains, so that if this site works in Utah, we may roll it out elsewhere.
Dick Eastman has reported that Tom Stockham has left MyFamily.com where he has served as CEO for 3 1/2 years. I enjoyed working with Tom for several months. He always treated the MyFamily.com founders (including those who had been asked to leave earlier) with tremendous respect. He is a good man and a friend and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Worldhistory.com is now one of 60 vertical search engine choices listed at A9. We learned about A9\’s invitation to \”vertical search engines\” to provide their search results to A9 users just yesterday. Last night our search engine developer did the integration, making our timeline database available to potentially millions of A9 users. I love the speed of internet business.
One of the most powerful ways to develop web site traffic is to enable your users to share their content through your web site with others–to create community around user generated content.
Many of the fastest growing web sites of all time did this (or do it now): MyFamily.com, eBay, GeoCities, Xoom, Homestead, MySpace, Epinions, Hotshots, LinkedIn.com, Meetup.com, Friendster, and more.