Ethan commented on the following stories on BizSugar
Shawn - Steve Jobs is definitely another one to add to the list. The point is that these guys didn't just drop out because they hated it, they dropped out because it created a bigger and better opportunity than education would have at that point. Many of these people also see the value in education, and as a result give back in the form of endowments and gifts to institutions in an effort to train and educate the next generation of innovators. Thanks for the feedback Shawn!"
I have to agree with your conclusions. I definitely see blogs and online content publication websites being the foundation of the "web 2.0" or "social media" internet. When all of the dust settles from Twitter, FB, etc. blogs will still be standing and just as trendy as they were from day one."
Shawn - they certainly are broad! Lots of room to find a point of entry and establish a niche small business. While many of these have room for new businesses, many of these also pose quite a risk. The main one that comes to mind is the candy and wine/beer/liquor suggestions. These industries are more or less controlled by a few giants. That does not totally rule out the possibility of getting in on the action, but it does require a bit of thought and certainty in a new product or service looking to break in."
Shawn, I will definitely agree with you on the chocolate industry. I have read a few stories now about chocolatiers who have established themselves in small areas and larger cities alike and have been able to make a viable living, tens of millions even, on their confections. Chocolate is much like wine in a sense. Both are hugely popular items, yet new sellers/makers will always be welcomed into the marketplace because such a wide array of nuances, styles, etc. are available and often embraced. (I think I kind of ate my words on the alcohol part of my previous comment...for some reason my mind was wander into the soft-drink arena having just watched the most recent episode of Shark Tank...)"
A few decent ideas, but I was a bit disappointed. This post definitely reflects the old idea of constantly pushing a marketing message. How about this tip: ---LISTEN--- Listen to what people have to say, what they want, what they need. Then help them. I think the most recent example of this is Vitamin Water including their customers in the creation of a new product. They simply listened to their customers and will no doubt profit heavily from sales - all because they reached out and listened..."
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