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Posted: 11/28/2001 12:31:32 PM EST
Things are bad, kids. Just laid off the entire staff and down to a skeleton crew, things are real bad and we need capital to keep going into the new year. Please help, anyone who can....visit our website and tell me if we have a chance to succeed.
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 12:56:49 PM EST
Working capitol is very hard to come by right now, even if you can show you are making a profit. If you are not making a profit, you are pretty much screwed. Investors are demanding solid companies with proven growth and profit to invest in. Your best bet would be a short term high interest loan from local private investors, you should be able to find them in the yellow pages.
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 10:57:02 PM EST
Want capital, better sell some subscriptions. Best of luck.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 12:39:58 AM EST
Porno is the meat and potatoes of the internet.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:48:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2001 6:04:29 AM EST by Benjamin0001]
I am a Business Man I don't know. I visited it and here is what I see. These are topics that people read or watch for the 15 second feeling of everything is alright. Then it is back to work on serious issues. You need different content or expanded content. For instance, a DVD-ZINE like Time in WWII and you will have something. Time and Life are two things which everone has. So how about "Nation Building : The Living Republic." Find yourself some good writers and Photographers (National Geographic Quality Photographs, and stories), you can continue with much of your content. I will not give you any money, but I will try to help you build a business. And who knows maybe in the End you will end up with a fine E-Zine that likes of which has not been brought forth yet. I am willing to take on another business and because it could make a lot of money. Email me for contact information. Also if you look Geographics Articles are like their Pictures and read the same as someone looking at a picture. That is what makes Geographic Rock. Employ the same system that Geographic Used. If you can get incredibly high Content quality then you will find buyers. VERY VERY VERY High content Quality. You are selected by Invitation. And can give gift subscriptions. If you want to talk more let me know. EMAIL Benjamin
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:55:58 AM EST
Dont sell it over the internet. Sell it through the store front. Issue #1: Free DVD, put it with the magazines. Contact the Magazine selling services. There are lots of ideas, and not knowing what your Bottom Line or your P&L's look like I am having a hard time developing a strategy. If you can when you email me , give me a bottom line. It only has to look like this: Amount comming in each month Amount going out each month. If you want to give itemization without figures but perhaps just ratios that would help a bunch too. Maybe you are giving to MUCH MONEY for Too Little infrastructure <--- As IBM would say, hahaha. Benjamin
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:11:56 AM EST
Maybe just Maybe we can come up with something. It is going to be hard because people are waiting for Jan. to hit. And saving their money on for Christmas. The Jan fear is going to push the December spending down a bunch. They are looking for a turn around by next july. But I would say maybe it will turn around by next december.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:30:35 AM EST
Great advice Benjamin0001. I was thinking 'go vertical' myself when I looked at what they were doing. Also, the content production services for hire would make a nice service revenue stream to offset the peaks and valleys. Companies are chock full of content and love to outsource that kind of stuff. I was thinking training production (OSHA, HazMat, SOPs, etc...). As far as venture money goes, it is really flat right now. I see the IPO market picking back up a little from this summer. If it weren't for 9/11 you might be seeing more of them since interest % rates are so low in the debt market. I think the best route might be a joint venture with a larger firm who could utilize the content prep/production service expertise while the core management team still works on the intellectual property development. Maybe a large healthcare insurance provider (since there is probably a couple of built-in vertical markets). I can personally tell you that eGov is the buzzword in the public sector. Most municipal governments are either in the process of retooling their IT or evaluating it. End user training is the number one issue. I can help with a product/marketing/distribution plan if you want to explore the possibility of going vertical with your content. Also some strategic financial planning if you look to go a joint venture route. Think about vertical markets and the more generic capabilities you have with content development & production, packaging, et al. Heck, think about a firearms related product. 'History of the gun' or the 'AR15 video guide'. Just ideas... but I think you will find that with some vertical market exploration, product distribution gets to be much easier (which is where I think Benjamin0001 was going with the magazine thing). Let me know if I can help. I have a heavy background in media publishing (I am a partner in one of the nation's largest direct mail/marketing publishing firms)
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:10:36 AM EST
IPO [:D]
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:12:46 AM EST
I appreciate all of your advice, I'm just a piss on Associate Producer and the big wigs are funding this venture with the personal monies they made off the last venture. Maybe ya'll heard of us.....GODGAMES, we used to publish computer games and our last one was a big hit.....Max Payne. We have 45 days of capital left for overhead and salaries, it's getting real tight. Laying off the staff may have bought us a few more days....not many. I don't understand a thing about business.... Benjamin, what do you mean by taking on another business? Know of any Angel Investors? I'm sure we don't want to relinquish our editorial review board or sell a majority of the creative control to another entity. I will email you and we can talk more.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 10:33:38 AM EST
Have you tried an SBA loan with a local bank? Also go to this website and see if you can locate a lender that might be able to help you: www.clender.com Good luck.
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