Building Zazzle

November 30th, 2007

Here’s an interesting podcast from Stanford’s Entrepneurial Thought leader’s forum by the founders of Zazzle. The efforts they go through to create great customer satisfaction in traditionally anonymous web transactions are very admirable.

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture

Richard BransonAll aspiring entrepreneurs could do well to study up on the life of Richard Branson. This Wikipedia entry is a nice introduction to him. His book, Losing my Virginity is a great autobiography and very inspirational. Richard Branson


Tay Zonday of Chocolate Rain fame has hit the big time for a YouTube star - making money. He’s released a new video sponsored by Dr. Pepper featuring an update to his song. This is a great gimmick for all parties concerned. Dr. Pepper gets a hip Internet meme, Tay gets some cash.

Of course YouTube being what it is, not all parties are happy. I just saw this comment and had to laugh:

“So yeah pretty much sold out. I mean you invested a lot of time into your lyrics to make your original “Chocolate Rain” song. But hell who cares about your original message when you can make money and get syrup dumped on you. Or is that right?”

Um, yeah. This puts him in league with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, the Rolling Stones and other “sell outs”.


Tesla Motors behind the scenes

November 29th, 2007

The folks behind Tesla Motors are a very interesting bunch. They seem to be doing a lot of things right. This video by Veronica Belmont of shows the Tesla in action and gives some insight into this cool company.