7000 Company Histories In One Place

Trent Miskin sent me this link to Funding Universe’s 7000 company histories.

While it doesn’t have everyone of interest (I couldn’t find Ebay, or Overstock), it did have PayPal and Amazon in the 7k.

Here’s a snippet from the PayPal history:

“In just eight months time, between January and August 2000, PayPal surged from 12,000 accounts to 2.7 million. The company’s transaction process helped tremendously to fuel the growth. Money could be transferred to anyone who had an email address, even those who did not have to have a PayPal account. However, recipients did have to open a PayPal account in order to claim their money. The system’s convenience and cost won over eBay shoppers. They no longer needed a credit card to buy online, and the service cost them nothing. It was cheaper even than a postal money order and stamp. Sellers were required to pay 1.9 percent of the sales price.”

While most of the companies in the database are not going to be relevant to you, it’s worth a bookmark or an occasional read – especially if you find your competitor.

How else would you find out that Jeff Bezos left his job as vice-president of the Wall Street firm D.E. Shaw where he was already on the fast track.

The Micro VC Maddy Fund & Kiva Entrepreneurs

Kiva’s third world entrepreneurs will be receiving some VC funding this Christmas… in the amount of $100 from the Micro VC Maddy Fund.

Kiva.org is a microloan site that lends money to third world entrepreneures to help their businesses and grow markets and economies. So…

I’ve decided to facilitate this process and hopefully my daughter and I will learn from and teach each other something along the way.
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Start A Business For $100?

Carolynn set herself a goal of starting a business with $100. Then she did it.

She’s writing a blog of this effort at “The Hundred Dollars Business Blog“.

The $100 business is a consignment kiosk at a local mall here in Utah. She got the vendors to sponsor her rent and provide the inventory.

I stumbled on her blog because it’s become a kind of service project for all the local bloggers to spread the word.

Positive word of mouth will benefit you every time.
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Blogging For Kids: Pony Tail Club, My Daughters New Business

Pony Tail Club: A girl and her horse blog.

I have a number of businesses and consider blogging to be one of them. I don’t really use it to make money by itself, but to facilitate the operations of the real businesses.

But, I do make a little from my blogs.

My daughter Madison saw a check from Yahoo last week and the questions started.

So, I built a blog for my daughter to express her love of riding… and to teach a few life skills. I designed and built the site in an hour. My wife added some design touches, and we’re off and running.
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Get Your Christmas Stocking Stuffed With $575 of Free Advertising

Paul Allen has a great post about all the current PPC promotions.

Using the links below you can get a combined total of $575 worth of free paid search ads.

MSN ($200), LookSmart ($300), and Ask.com ($50) and Enhance Interactive ($25 – nice landing page!).

Ask.com $50 credit: sign up at sponsoredlistings.ask.com, and enter promo code SESCHI06 during the check-out process.

LookSmart $300 credit expires on Christmas Day. Visit AdCenter.LookSmart.com, and use this coupon code at check-out: SESCHQ4

If you’re online, these are great deals.

Merry Christmas from Jeff.

Guerilla Marketing & Political Correctness

In a message that says no one can do anything that anyone can even comment on comes this: A great campaign for ‘Got Milk?’ that created the aroma of freshly baked cookies in bus stops around San Francisco was shut down due to ‘complaints’.

City officials ordered CBS Outdoor, the company that holds the advertising contract for its bus shelters, to remove the adhesive strips Tuesday, just one day after they were put up as part of a “Got Milk?” campaign.

The Municipal Transportation Agency cancelled the plan after some residents raised objections. “We got complaints,” said MTA spokeswoman Maggie Lynch. “It is controversial.” (Watch how ads cause a stir in San Francisco Video)

Some critics expressed concern over potential allergic reactions. Others complained the ads could be offensive to the poor and homeless who can’t afford to buy sweet treats.

Are you kidding me? The ads must be pulled because the homeless will be offended by the smell of cookies and feel bad because they can’t afford to buy them?

Proof that a little power is a bad thing in the hands of idiots.

Unexpected Actions Attract Attention

Doing the unexpected will always attract attention. It’s up to you to make sure that it’s productive.

A small restaurant looking for some positive press sent an email to a local blogger at The Amateur Gourmet. To call it a success would be something of an understatement. The restaurant treated the blog to dinner. The blog treated the restaurant to a single post that’s garnered the restaurant better publicity than anything else they could have done.

The review was nominal. It was the post that captivated because it was so unexpected. Who in their right mind would go to this amount of trouble to post a simple restaurant review? Someone who understands that the post itself is designed to impress the audience. See the whole post here.

Seems to have worked out for the blog as well.

We love the unexpected; unexpected customer service, unexpected perks, unexpected humor. If you’re not doing the unexpected then, almost by definition, you’re doing the average. The mediocre.

Do something you don’t expect of yourself.

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