Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Error Message

I was busy browsing through an orkut community forum when something went wrong with the orkut server and it couldn't deliver the pages to me. Instead of a boring, dull error message page, I was delighted to see the following:

"Bad, bad server. No donut for you.
Unfortunately, the server has acted out in an unexpected way. Hopefully, it will return to its helpful self if you try again in a few minutes.
It's likely that the server will behave this way on occasion during the coming months. We apologize for the inconvenience and for our server's lack of consideration for others. "

I don't remember the last time an error message made me smile :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Making money from your blog, the Seth Godin way

Ok. Heres the deal. You convince people to pay me $1000 to read my blog, and I will pay you $100 per person. What? Bad idea? Ok. Change of plan. Send them to Hyderabad, India (there's a small town by that name in Pakistan too), where I will talk it matter?...let me think...Effective Business Systems (ah! that sounds good) for $1000 and I will pay you $100 per head. I will talk for two days. Now, does that sound reasonable? No?

Well, Seth Godin thinks otherwise. He will pay you $100 if a person joins his seminar after reading it from your blog. But ofcourse, that person will need to shell out $1,650 first for a one day seminar. Yeah, for a one day seminar in New York. And he writes "It’s in mid Manhattan, in the fanciest neighborhood in North America, so hotels and cabs and airlines should be easy to identify and book. You’re on your own." (my highlights)

I know. I am no Seth Godin, but I have a two day seminar, guys, and it is $650 cheaper. And I'll throw in lunch, with two coffee breaks during the day. I'll also give a free notebook and a freshly sharpened pencil. Anyone? Guys? Hello???

4 Rules for the Practical Entrepreneur

Gosh...did I really NOT blog for so long?
Anyway, here is something I found very very interesting to read. It has everything I like about non-textbook style, street-smart exec style writing. In short, Ian Landsman opines that there are four rules that practical entrepreneuers should know and obey. His headings for them are:
1. Fragmented Market
2. Business Before Consumer
3. Clear and Simple Revenue Model
4. Dog Food
Go and read it all at:

Being an entrepreneur myself (not the software kind, though- not yet at least), and a decently successful one at that, I can assure you that Ian is spot on. I agree that he could have added a few more rules, some more important than the other, the crux of his discussion is that these four rules are the most neglected ones and that they hold good for the 'practical' entrepreneur rather than their 'visionary' counterparts.