100 Dumbest Moments in dotcom land
a particular favourite being.. "Candice Carpenter tells Fast Company in Feb 98, 'There isn't an Internet company in the world that's going to fail because of mistakes -- Internet companies make thousands of mistakes every week" .... quite :) (via lesser-evil
in the dot-com carnage.
Or, as my friend put it, Company that thinks it's still 1995 ISO engineer who also thinks it's still 1995.... (I mean, can they be serious?)
yet another "those dang dotcommers" article
i'm tired of all these "how the mighty have fallen" articles. When do we get to talk about something new??
Bye bye Webvan.
"Although Webvan would be just one of hundreds of dot-com companies to go out of business, its story is somewhat unique. Webvan was one of the most well funded of all the dot-com companies, having raised, and burned through, around $1 billion in financing."
Is the downturn over?
Looks like the dotcom downturn is levelling. Have most of the bad ideas seem to have shaken out of the market?
Apparently, these women are made of wood.
Ok, I admit that I'm unable to resist a banner ad that shows nothing but claims, "Don't click this link if your wife is in the room." But seriously, the very idea of three bikini clad women stranded on a desert island with only military radio equipment for company choosing to start a pirate TV station is a bit far fetched even for the most knuckle dragging sports fan. Or is it?
I'm not really sure if I feel for these people
or not. A lean job market is no picnic, but c'mon, there are other jobs
out there. Maybe it is some sort of divine retribution for these shelter denizens after spending months cutting people off while yapping on the cell-phone behind the wheel of the leased Porsche
. Yes, that was a run-on sentence.
What was this failed dot.com anyway?
Any rider of the NYC Subway has probably seen the ads; what a stupid concept. Anyone know what this was and who was behind it? Have a nice weekend.
Dot-Com Deaths = Black Plague?
Toronto Star Internet columnist K.K. Campbell takes a look at the startling simularities of the dot-com deaths and the black plague.
"The Dot-Com Death resulted primarily from a little parasite (Internet hypesters, Bombasticus bullroaricus) carried on the body of another parasite (Wall Street IPO underwriters, Securitus scammus maximus) on corporate stocks moving along business capital routes."
Children, if you can't play nice, go to your rooms. Microsoft
are now throwing rotten eggs at each other. I haven't seen the atmosphere between two large corporations get this ugly since the MCI/AT&T long distance wars. As Ars Technica
puts it, "Man, their bad blood has gone from lengthy legal disputes to 'Oh Yeah? Well your mom is ugly!' type squabbling."
51,631 dot com layoffs
as of Feb. 01, 2001. Is it that the web allows us to simultaneously view the usual failure of 99% of new businesses, a sign of the coming recession, or just a result of bad business plans and get rich quick schemes? Or was it simply too good to last? Whatever the reason, it's depressing.
"Accept our valuation or let Sand Hill put you into Chapter 11."
This article from Red Herring on bridge financing for cash-strapped dotcoms makes the dire nature of the situation pretty explicit.
Dotcom Yuppies Gone Home.
As dotcoms crash and burn, real estate prices start to drop.
Who can say that's a bad thing?
Unionizing efforts stamped out at a dot.com.
13 people whom the union was planning on representing were fired in a round of layoffs. Four others invovled in the unionization attempt were fired in October. There has yet to be a succesful unionization at any dot.com.
Reporter's Fake Job Irks Real Dot-Com
"New York's Silicon Alley was in a tizzy last week after the New Yorker ran a hilarious piece called 'My Fake Job,' in which former Letterman writer Rodney Rothman recounted his days of masquerading as an employee at an unnamed Manhattan dot-com consultancy." This is the church, this is the steeple, open the door, meet all the people
With dot-com layoffs abounding, and f*cked company and all, it's amazing that a guy can just walk into an office and assume a position. George Costanza, where are you?
Wow! Non-election related news.
Courtesy of Linux Weekly News
(which came out this morning), a picture of the new ".com" version of Monopoly. Did they get the companies in the order of priority you
would have expected?
Story talks about stupid dot-com ideas who are having trouble getting funding. But somehow this ugly site
burns through $50,000/month. How? Why can't someone give me
some of that cash?
For those who like to watch carcrashes but don't want to patronize that site with the vulgar name, The Standard maintains Dot Com Flop Tracker
, Dot Com Layoff Tracker
, and Dot Com Ex-Exec Tracker
So let me get this straight: I buy something from an online merchant, and your company tracks the shipment
for me. Does the web need a service like this, or is this another candidate for fuckedcompany.com
First Boo.com goes down, now DEN. The Digital Entertainment Network is closing it's doors
after running out of cash. After raising over 33 million dollars, they burned it at rate of up to $3 million per month, pulled their $75 million stock offering, and with no revenue model in place, they had to close up shop, with 150 people suddenly out of work.
You, too, can be a dot-com entrepreneur.
All it takes is vision and guts -- and supportive parents.
Homepage.com just received $12.2 million in financing today.
I've never heard of homepage.com, but they claim to have 550,000 users and 1 million daily pageviews. I suppose it must be the draw of the lackluster former TV stars they have peddling their service. Gilligan and The Beav sure make me want to launch a new site...
looks like they're doing the same thing that Bizrate
is doing: rating the dotcommerce companies. It seems like a lot of companies have been copying the Amazon interface, now I see why. In the 'Ease of Use' category, Amazon is number one in books
, and music
(they would have swept all their categories but Borders won for Video
seems like a cool dot-com. They're making money setting up storefronts from other people, and matching vendors with affiliate sites.