october, 9, 2004 archives

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“assuming the profit position” is a piece from the los angeles times about yoga works, a chain of yoga studios. what makes it interesting to me is that the two founders (rob wrubel and george lichter) are former bosses of mine. the picture of them is priceless.

(here’s another version of the article in case that sticks around longer that the la times version.)

everyone has already linked to the long tail already, but just on the off chance you missed it, here’s another link to it. there’s some really amazing insights in the article, and it is definitely not to be missed.

if you look at the interesting internet advertising plays out there right now, i think the most promising are those that try to bridge the tail of the advertising curve and the tail of the publishing curve. things like blogads that make it easy for a small advertiser to publish on a small publisher’s site. marketbanker is similar. google’s adsense runs the risk of lagging behind because it doesn’t allow a direct connection between an advertiser and publisher. there’s no incentive for me to drive potential advertisers on blo.gs to adsense, which i think is an inherent weakness in their architecture of participation.

i have an idea for a business that would sort of sit in this space. too bad i’ve already got a job.

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