Kevin Burton's TailRank-a-thon
We ran into Kevin Burton a couple of weeks ago at Web 2.0 as he was formulating a plan to raise money for his start-up, sans venture capital. The result is this PBS-like funding drive aimed at users.
"The real question is whether a startup can be funded solely by donations and ad sales. I'm not sure. It's an experiment I'd like to try. Right now we've made $80 in less than 24 hours which at this pace seems like it would be self sustaining."
Burton raised $300
through Sunday - probably not enough yet to shake the foundations of Sand Hill Road.
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Tailrank makes improvements
San Francisco start-up TailRank, another site that tries to sort through thousands of blogs to bring us the most interesting posts, has made some improvements from when we last looked at it last year (here and here) TailRank spiders 35,000 weblogs (so...
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Not enough yet... I still think its possible. The trick really is to get the meme to spread. There are a lot of demonstrations of this working in the past (Kuro5hin and Wikipedia being examples) and the trick would be to duplicate this effect.