october, 19, 2007 archives

random business idea

provide an online backup service, but part of the startup is sending the user an external hard drive that they use to do a full backup and return to you before they start doing incremental backups over the network. for 40GB of data, it takes 10 days to upload at a fairly typical (but optimistic) 384KB/s.

mailing a hard drive can have much better throughput than pushing data up through adsl connections, but i wonder if the economics work out.

the amazon web services startup challenge is a great idea. the top prize is $50,000 cash, $50,000 of amazon web services credit, and the offer of an investment in the amount to take your idea to market (more or less — read the rules).

just for entering, you get a $25 credit for amazon web services for usage from now until the end of the year.

the entry deadline is october 28.

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