The Quirky World of Executive Blogs
Blog Maverick—The Mark Cuban Weblog
Mark Cuban is one of the early dot-com billionaires who founded MicroSolutions in 1983, which he sold to CompuServe. He then founded Broadcast.com in 1995 and sold it to Yahoo in 1999 for $5.7 billion. On Jan. 14, 2000, he bought the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. He could use a copy editor.
Remembering Broadcast.com, Jul 15th 2007 10:23PM
It was 8 years ago we went public with what was then the biggest first day jump in stock price in IPO history....
If you didnt know broadcast.com, or dont remember it, we were serving audio and video live and on demand to more than 1mm unique users per day in 1999. I dont even remember how many audio and video files we served per day, without 100mb or 10min limits, encoded up to 700k.
We had full length audio books, full length CDs, full length movies, TV shows. You name it. And unlike today, we actually got licenses for them before they were on our site.
We had preroll commercials. We had inserted commercials. We even inserted video commercials into audio files and streams.
Richard Edelman is CEO of Edelman, one of the world’s leading public relations firms with 2,700 employees in 48 offices worldwide and that billed $299 million in fees in FY 2006. With so many companies botching their PR (e.g., Whole Foods!), Edelman’s is a blog worth checking into regularly.
Two Suitcases, 6:00 A.M. July 11, 2007
I attended a dinner in New York City last night, sponsored by the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), a London-based non-governmental organization (disclosure: I am the new chairman of the IBLF in North America) dedicated to the proposition that business is “at the heart of sustainable development.” There were some important observations during the dinner, which may be of use to all of us giving advice on these kinds of issues.
The most remarkable story was told by Mr. K.V. Kamath, the CEO of ICICI Bank, a large Indian financial institution. He said that his bank is pursuing business in rural India by sending out financial executives with two suitcases a marriage of old and new India. The first contains a folding table and two folding chairs. The second has a wireless-enabled PC, a camera and a biometric device that records fingerprint impressions. In this way, the bank is able to offer microfinance to farmers, a direct deposit mechanism for factory workers and credit facilities for small purchases such as food. “We are actually leap-frogging technology—we are using a higher tech approach in the rural areas because it makes sense to do business that way. We cannot afford branch banks there; we create a virtual branch, adjacent to a cell tower.”
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