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."
Am I fucked or not?
In the best MeFi tradition of flogging a dead meme and reveling in schadenfreude, it's a "hot or not" for rating the viability of dot-coms.
(Link courtesy of the real /usr/bin/girl
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.
A short critique of "Boo 2" at Evolt.
With a change in business model at Boo.com
comes a new problem: 'pogo purchasing,' in which each product must be ordered separately through different retailers.
"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.
stopped publishing on Friday. This was mentioned quietly
in a comment in an unrelated thread last week, but I didn't notice at the time. They're taking Paypal donations
to be distributed among the 72 contributors. What a drag.
What to do after you realize your dot com is never going to make money
Apparently once you run out of other people's money one option is to stop spending extravagant amounts of money.
Dotcom Yuppies Gone Home.
As dotcoms crash and burn, real estate prices start to drop.
Who can say that's a bad thing?
Are the VC's to blame?
Or did dot coms play a part in their own demise? Every good drama has a villain (or Villain Capitalist, as the evidence suggests), and when good people are getting caught in the crossfire
it's highly tempting to typecast the role.
The "original" Cool Site of the Day
has been offering a monthly contest, with a grand prize of $10,000 worth of spam
courtesy of PostmasterDirect
. This goes beyond pathetic; it's just plain evil. It was bad enough when CSOTD started accepting payola for their awards after Glenn Davis
left to helm Project Cool
. It was even worse when they started charging a $14.95 fee to submit your site for review
. But encouraging "direct marketing" is inexcusable. (While you're there, look at the nominees for this month's award. The first is Comet Cursor
, the silently-tracking-your-every-move
browser plugin and an active sponsor of CSOTD, as featured on their front page.)
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?
why blog the marchFIRST careers page?
because the third emplyee from the left doesn't even work
at marchFIRST. he works with me at Leapnet. hee!
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?
Bye, bye Pets.com
Personally, I won't miss that damn sock puppet dog!
Sally Struthers begs you to save the dot-coms.
Does she have no shame?
- By way of the webdesign-l list.
About.com acquired by old-media concern Primedia
for $690 million in Primedia stock. One of the true original web-content concepts has found a valuation anchor.
The true culprit behind the Bush/Gore billboard
has been revealed. No, it's not Nader -- it's a publicity-grubbing dot-com
(an overpriced errand service) closed shop
...and I'm disappointed that there's no secret message in the source code.
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
Free domains, it looks like.
Register a .cc domain, and get some coupons to register some .com domains. The catch seems to be is that the .cc people are the administrative contact for the first year, which I guess means they "own" it. Should be okay though, as long as you don't do anything naughty
Crime Does Not Pay, but Somebody Thinks Crime.Com Might
Even though APB News
is a financial flop, CourtTV and the producer of COPS are teaming up to compete with it. While it'll probably lack APB's serious investigative journalism
, CrimeWeb's site does let you order a criminal background check online
on anyone you want. I tried it, and now I know the real
lives in Australia. ;-}
Dot-com dead pool.
Clever. I wonder if you can cross-pick Priceline.com with William Shatner in a human dead pool
and double your odds. (Apologies if the URL violates MF decency laws, Matt.)
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
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.
The delay in adding new top level domains drags on,
and there seems to be no solution in sight. ICANN can't agree on whether or not to add new TLDs like .biz, .cars, or .corp., but they are discussing it at an upcoming meeting in March. I would hope they add enough domains to make domain squatting difficult, but I bet large corporations will just buy everything with their name it anyway, and fight over others' use of their name with a different TLD. What a mess.
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
Salon is running a piece on how the internet has ruined San Francisco.
I have to say I agree 100%. I've lived in Southern California all my life and S.F. has historically been a much cooler, mellower place that I looked forward to visiting. But over the past couple of years, I've found myself travelling up there once every couple months, and every time I go it's busier, more crowded, and everyone is in a bigger hurry. For me, the mystique of S.F. is totally gone. The dotcom riches have ruined the place. [found at Camworld
seems like a cool dot-com. They're making money setting up storefronts from other people, and matching vendors with affiliate sites.