News Cellar - Biz Models

Portals Unfazed by Economy

AUGUST 19, 2008

Online ad revenues keep climbing, especially for Google.

Google had strong financial results for Q2 2008, and online ad revenues for the top four Internet portals (Google, Yahoo!, MSN and AOL) will continue to grow through the US economic downturn. In fact, eMarketer predicts that Google's online ad revenues will increase by 27.4% in the US in 2008.

The top four Web portals in the US still account for more than one-half of all online advertising revenues.


Personal Growth - Psychology

Sheep In Human Clothing: Scientists Reveal Our Flock Mentality

ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2008) — Have you ever arrived somewhere and wondered how you got there? Scientists at the University of Leeds believe they may have found the answer, with research that shows that humans flock like sheep and birds, subconsciously following a minority of individuals.

Have you ever arrived somewhere and wondered how you got there? Humans flock like sheep, subconsciously following a minority of individuals. It takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd's direction -- and that the other 95 per cent follow without realizing it. (Credit: iStockphoto/Ziga Koritnik)

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Tech's Big Ideas Start Smaller

Startups Are Booming Again in Silcon Valley, but This Time It's Different
Oct. 10, 2007

Silicon Valley is booming again, reminiscent of a decade ago, when precocious young minds hatched entrepreneurial ideas (sometimes admittedly half-baked) that incorporated the Internet in some way, any way, and turned themselves into paper millionaires.

Ideas are being launched at a pace that rivals the first Internet tech boom but with a decided difference this time. While the 2001 tech meltdown incinerated much of that paper and decimated the valley's one white-hot venture capitalist market, today's entrepreneurs are starting out with much less capital and investors are demanding much more in terms of results.

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Michael Dell of Dell Computers

Dell began his company during his freshman year at the University of Texas. He invested $1000 in discounted PC parts he bought from a retailer and used them to upgrade some old PCs. During his first month of business, Dell made $180,000 in sales. Needless to say, Dell opted for money over completing his sophomore year, and Dell has been known to comment that it took his parents two years to accept his decision to leave school. Since day one, Dell has stuck to a unique set of business strategies.

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