A Few Business Ideas To Avoid

from the what-happened-to-Business-2.0 dept

I’m not quite sure what’s happening over at Business 2.0 these days, but they’ve been publishing some positively wacky articles lately. It’s almost as if they’re parodying themselves. The latest is a short article about three “failed” business ideas. The “ideas” listed are pretty funny (my favorite is the anti-stupidity drug), but I’m not quite sure what the point of putting such a parody-type article in the magazine is. Maybe, after realizing that the market for business tech mags has completely gone away, Business 2.0 is trying to reinvent itself as the next Onion? Update: Immediately after posting this, I started reading an article at the E-commerce Times which is like the real version of this parody as they list a “junkyard” of failed e-commerce ideas.

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I disagree with several of his “failed” ideas. WebVan was a good idea poorly executed. I never lived anywhere it was available – but everybody I know that used the service loved it. I would gladly pay $5-10 extra a week to not have to go to the grocery store. WebVan’s problem was that they tried to do their own distribution and sunk hundreds of millions into distribution centers that were not sustainable by the cash flow.

Also, I’m not sure that the photopoint was a bad idea either. I use Snapfish for all my standard film developing. Cheaper than Walmart and they put the photos online for me too. Really good digital cameras are still costly, while a very good point and shoot 35 mm with 140 mm zoom can be had for $150. Photography is going digital, but not overnight.

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