Business Opportunities

Part of the point of writing a more personal blog was the opportunity to talk about a few things im up to generally. I find it extremely beneficial to write things down, particularly where others might read them, in order to get my own thoughts together on a subject.

I wanted to learn CSS way back in 2002, so started writing about it over at webmasterworld, and eventually ended up being quite good at it. I wanted to learn much more about the search and advertising industries so started Threadwatch and have become quite knowledgeable in those areas. There’s always more to learn of course, but the point is, i learn better by writing than i do by reading.

So here, i just want to talk about some stuff that interests me, and some stuff im currently doing, or want to do.

So what am I doing?

Well, back in September, i went to the SEORoadshow, which was a fantastic weekend with mates in the Search marketing field in Edinburgh. That weekend, i had a long chat with a friend about bringing him in as a partner on Threadwatch. The fact is, I simply can’t make that site pay its way without help, and im happy to give up some ownership in order to get that help, and make TW the success it deserves to be. I won’t say who, not for now at least, as the papers are not signed yet and the details are still being worked out, but TW will become a real business shortly.

Also at the roadshow, i met up with another friend who has this great idea, and some great financial backing to go with it, for a very different kind of blog network – yeah i know, everyone and his dog has a fucking blog network, but trust me, this one’s a bit special. Again the papers aren’t signed yet, so it’s far from a done deal, but there’s certainly an opportunity to be involved with something exciting right from the start, and if all goes to plan, it’ll be one hell of a ride!

Lastly, seperate to the roadshow, i pitched an idea to a friend in the states about a new kind of ad network. It’s all very 007 at the moment, but the upshot is that he like the idea so much that we’re forming a company, and getting a whole bunch of great folks involved in again, something a bit specal. This one im particularly excited about as it’s probably the toughest of all three ventures to pull off well, but then i like a challenge, so im happy.

None of this would have come about without TW, the social currency, and the raising of my personal profile doing that site has helped me make some cool connections with some very interesting people, so those that scoff at the total lack of business model on that site (at least for now) take note, it may well pay off in the end, albeit indirectly :)



  1. richardb said

    Good on you M8

    Image – 30%
    Exposure – 60%
    Product – 10%

    Not that I’m saying your products are 10% but I think you’ll know what I mean.

  2. PaulH said

    Glad you’ve found away of making TW pay, or at least someone else who will :) If it wasn’t for TW i wouldn’t of met some of the cool people i now collaborate with on regular basis. Would like to say TW has made me rich but the extra money has been offset by the all the time i spend reading bollox :D

    The other two projects sound cool – good luck with them.

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