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Cringely on Parrot Secrets


March 14th, 2009

Bob Cringely has a very fascinating article about a website that makes $400,000 a year from selling a couple ebooks on training your parrot. Pretty incredible. Well worth checking out.

Before I lose you here’s the literal bottom line on Parrotsecrets. The site sells 15-20 eBook sets per day seven days per week. Using the low end of that range is 5,475 copies per year for gross sales of $437,726.25 from a web site that costs less than $10 per month.

The profit on Parrotsecrets, even after various expenses I’ll detail below, is WAY north of $400,000 per year

Here’s Cringely’s article: Parrot Secrets

Fast Company has an interview with the founders of Animoto.  I love their application.  As an early user I appreciated the fact that they were very responsive to my emails. 

The interview covers how they built their start-up on external infrastructure like Amazon S3.

Read it here

Update: How on the ball are these folks? I just got an email from them thanking me for my comments. They follow Google Alerts to see what’s being said. Very clever.

FreeBlogPhotos.com test


September 8th, 2008

I created this website last night for finding good quality creative commons and free license photos: FreeBlogPhotos.com. I thought I’d give it a try with ScribeFire, my favorite Firefox browser based blogging tool.

FreeBlogPhotos.com test


September 7th, 2008

I created this website last night for finding good quality creative commons and free license photos: FreeBlogPhotos.com. I thought I’d give it a try with ScribeFire, my favorite browser based blogging tool.

My iPhoneTrick.com experience


September 6th, 2008

I created a fun site for playing gags on the iPhone. I told a few people and then created a YouTube video about the site. Then I forgot about it. Then my site started crashing. 200,000 + views and visitors later it’s still going. If only I’d figured out a way to make money off the thing…

Contestmachine.com promises to make it easier to run online contests by handling all the small details. I haven’t tried them yet, but this looks like it might make a useful service for iTricks.com.

This is a cool site that’s time has come. They provide you with free images (not public domain) to use as embeds in your blog site: http://www.picapp.com

The Dark Knight European Premiere

What Makes for a Good Blog?


August 20th, 2008

Productivity guru/hipster Merlin Mann lists 9 points for a good blog here.

The technology has progressed a lot since the days of plain old DV. Here’s a cool clip made with an $800 Canon HV20

Escape from Kyle Shields on Vimeo.

Red Scarlet


July 10th, 2008

A 3k 120 FPS camera for under $3,000 is kind of a big deal for multimedia producers…
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