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From College Dropout to Internet Startup CEO

Mark McCaghren
Posted December 10, 2008

Over a year ago I received a message on Facebook from a fraternity brother and at-the-time chapter president of the DU chapter at the University of Houston about a new startup company.  The gist of the message was that a DU from U of H was starting up a website that allowed users to create groups, or lists, of people, and then send one text message to the webiste, which would then send out the message to the members of the group(s) created.  I thought it sounded like an innovative idea, and briefly looked into it.  The company was called NetworkText; again, this happened well over a year ago.
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BlipBack is a new site that lets you offer video comments on your website, blog or social networking profile page.

This service integrates with your webcam to enable video comments. The widget player is very similar to what you’ll see with most video widgets from YouTube and other video-sharing networks, though there are thumbnails for you to view the upcoming comments from others, along with the number of views and the rating for each comment. Your sorting options are to view from oldest to newest or vice versa, or view from highest to lowest rated or vice versa. You can also sort comments by most viewed, and an option to subscribe to video comments via RSS feeds.

In order to add your own comment, you’ll need a webcam, though there is an option to take a video with your camera phone and send it in to the address provided for each widget. This way groups can have a remote way to create collaborative video streams on a website, similar to Cellblock or Pickle.

The other option offered is a BlipBomb, which is a comments widget you can insert in comments threads across various social networks and blogging platforms. Having an automatic play option to view all the comments in the widget as a streaming channel would be a good feature for this service.

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Web site for sharing how-to knowledge


By Larry Magid / San Jose Mercury News
10/01/2007 01:50:21 AM PDT

Lately we've seen a lot of video sharing sites trying to imitate YouTube and plenty of new social networking companies whose founders hope to someday be rich like the guys who started MySpace and Facebook. I wish them luck, but that's not enough. They need to do something both different yet useful in its own unique way. Being different for its own sake won't help because there's a reason why leading companies evolve as they do - the sites also have to serve a real and so far largely unmet need. has caught my interest because it offers a compelling solution to a real problem. And it's playing in the learning and training arena where people and companies spend lots of money.

Think of Graspr as a YouTube for learning. Like YouTube, users can easily watch or post videos. But unlike that free-for-all network, where you're likely to find almost anything that can be captured by a camera, Graspr welcomes only videos that "make knowledge more accessible."

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Business Startup Idea: Home Caregiver

from Steve Hardman, Editor-in-Chief,

Longer life expectancy, growing healthcare costs driving demand for in-home care

Home Caregivers are number 7 on the US Labor Department's list of fastest growing jobs from 2000 to 2010 and the only non-computer related job in the top 10 on that list. According to analysis by, this should peak at about 2007 and still continue to grow in large numbers through 2015. Caregivers supply personal needs to seniors in their homes including help with bathing and dressing, light housework, some cooking, transportation needs to doctors, stores, church and more. The need is simple but absolute. As we grow older, we need help with tasks and the choice is often to get help from adult children, get outside caregiver help, or move into expensive senior living homes.    Many seniors either don't have or are not close to adult children who can help, or those adult children do not have the time or ability themselves. The qualifications at this time are relatively simple. You have to be able to take care of someone else like you do yourself, you have to have time, and you have to be organized and on time. In some areas of the country, you may take a licensing test which gives you additional credibility and this may be required at some future time.
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