Saturday, January 24, 2009

Funding? We don't need no stinkin' funding.

First it was all about launching the next Microsoft from your garage. Then, it was all about getting venture capital money, getting cool digs and launching the next Amazon or eBay. Now it's about sitting in your living room, watching TV and launching the next Facebook.

You don't need geeky developers. You don't need VC money. You just need access to the Internet, a browser and you're on your way. You do need to know about mashups though.

With Websites (or Web services) such as Ning, MovableType, or Yahoo! Pipes you're well on your way to building a social networking, commerce, online marketing, advertising portal . . . well, you get the idea.

For example, for my project of the month, I'm going to use Ning to create a Costco social network where people can share great finds, review products and talk about anything and everything Costco. Then I'm going to use Facebook to market the site starting with the people I know.

Total investment: $0

Other than my time and using some chemcial reactions in my brain, I can find out if there's any interest in such a site without having to go raise cash, hire a bunch of developers and mortgage the ranch.

Stay tuned for updates on how this little project is coming along.


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