News Cellar - Making $$ on the Web

Bloggers Bring in the Big Bucks

How a personal obsession can turn into a popular favorite and maybe even a full-time job

pileofmoney.jpgEric Nakagawa, a software developer in Hawaii, posted a single photo of a fat, smiling cat he found on the Internet, with the caption, "I can has cheezburger?" in January, 2007, at a Web site he created. It was supposed to be a joke. Soon after he posted a few more images in the same vein: cute cats with funny captions written in a silly, invented hybrid of Internet shorthand and baby-talk. Then he turned the site into a blog, so that visitors could comment on the postings. What happened after that would have been hard for anyone to predict.

"We just thought, O.K., they're funny,"Nakagawa says. "Suddenly we started getting hits. I was like, where are these coming from?"

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News Cellar - Revenue Model

Internet Advertising Revenues Soar Again, Near $5 Billion in Q1 07

Industry Continues to Set New Records; Revenues Up 26% from Same Period Last Year

Click here to see downloadable versions Source: PwC/IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report (www.iab.net)

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) today announced that Internet advertising revenues reached a new record of $4.9 billion for the first quarter of 2007. The 2007 first quarter revenues represent a 26 percent increase over Q1 2006 at $3.8 billion and a 2 percent increase over Q4 2006 at $4.8 billion.

"The continued growth of online ad revenues clearly illustrates marketers' increased comfort with the extraordinary vitality and accountability of this medium," said IAB President and CEO Randall Rothenberg. "It reaches consumers with an unprecedented level of efficiency and measurability that provides marketers with actionable data. And the ever-changing landscape of new platforms and technologies that enrich interactive advertising guarantees that this growth trend will continue."

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News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Social networking meets social change

Jessica Guynn, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Even in a city that has seen it all, in an industry that has invented it all, the experiment taking place on a busy San Francisco sidewalk turned heads.

Two weeks ago, a group of young Internet entrepreneurs wheeled a metal table and a leather chair onto a patch of Market Street. Scribbled in bright marker on a makeshift box shielding a laptop from the wind and glare was the invitation: "Test drive our Web site."

Like a carnival pitchman, James Currier, the company's wiry founder, in a tie-dye T-shirt and untamed beard, coaxed passers-by to pull up a seat so he could find out what they liked and don't like about GoodTree, a new social network and search engine that sends money to a charity the user selects with each click.



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News Cellar - Biz Models

Need Money for a Business? Start at the Bank

Published: March 18, 2008

What is most refreshing about the article on the Small Business Administration’s Web site called “The Benefits of Making Your Banker Your Friend” is that it is written from a real world perspective.

Consider the first paragraph:

“While every business has a bank, few have a banker. That’s because bankers are too often seen as obstacles standing between an entrepreneur and the bank’s vault.”

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