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Archive for December 2012

If You Don’t Know How A Startup Will Make Money, Neither Do They

This, I hope, will remind people that the business plans of the startups they use are, indeed, their business. They should find out how the company is making money now and what their plans are in the future. They can then make an educated decision whether to participate or not. They can also judge the company by how well they keep their word.

I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet

“If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” I don’t know who said it first, but the line has achieved a kind of supernatural resonance online. And for good reason – it describes a kind of modern internet company that provides a free service. These businesses are designed to aggregate a large number of users in order to sell that audience’s aggregate attention, usually in the form of advertising. But the more the line is repeated, the more it gets on my nerves.

Cute-Fight: A Twitterrific New Venue

We’re thrilled to announce Cute-Fight’s newest venue, the ultimate cage match, the Twitterrific Thunderdome!

Bug Demands Belly Rubs

Just because I was experimenting with animated gifs.


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