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Business Models [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 01:07
I will start posting some interesting business models here.

Business models are perhaps the most discussed and least understood aspect of the web. There is so much talk about how the web changes traditional business models. But there is little clear-cut evidence of exactly what this means.

In the most basic sense, a business model is the method of doing business by which a company can sustain itself -- that is, generate revenue. The business model spells-out how a company makes money by specifying where it is positioned in the value chain.

Some models are quite simple. A company produces a good or service and sells it to customers. If all goes well, the revenues from sales exceed the cost of operation and the company realizes a profit. Other models can be more intricately woven. Broadcasting is a good example. Radio and later television programming has been broadcasted over the airwaves free to anyone with a receiver for much of the past century. The broadcaster is part of a complex network of distributors, content creators, advertisers (and their agencies), and listeners or viewers. Who makes money and how much is not always clear at the outset. The bottom line depends on many competing factors.

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MIAMI — Since the iPod debuted in 2001, Gregg Radell has used five of the music and video players. He lost one, another broke, a third ran out of storage space and he decided to replace the fourth. Each time, he bought a newer model.

Sensing there was a market in refurbishing rather than replacing the devices, the Miami businessman started 18 months ago.

The company allows customers to credit the value of used iPods — even if they're broken — toward new or repaired ones. Customers can also trade in their iPod for its cash value. has already handled 5,000 iPods, Radell said.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 01:10
The latest venture by Mark Cuban

Welcome to the Jungle

Today we begin our grand experiment -- independent Web-based reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud and corporate chicanery.

Call it journalism. Call it investigative blogging. Call it what you will.

More than 13,000 companies are listed on U.S. stock exchanges. Analysts for brokerages and independent research firms track fewer than half of them. Overburdened examiners at the Securities and Exchange Commission review only a fraction of the filings that come their way.

If you’ve spent any time digging through muck and rot in the lower reaches of the stock market, you know that many investment opportunities are not what they seem, and that some companies are the creation of predators and pretenders. aims to create a new line of defense by using investigative journalism techniques and a worldwide network of amateur and professional stock detectives to identify suspect companies.

What we're about

Unlike some other investment sites, we won’t base our reports on intensive financial and technical analysis. It will be a rare story that mentions trailing EBITDA, discounted cash flow, Bollinger Bands or Stochastic Oscillators. will scrutinize the people behind the companies and the stories behind the stocks.

We’re looking for companies that were built for fraud, for executives who are enriching themselves at shareholder expense, and for businesses whose behavior runs counter to their stated objectives or to the public interest.

Who we are

My name is Christopher Carey. I’m editor and president. I’ve been a business reporter for more than two decades, most recently at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I specialize in digging through SEC filings, court records and other documents to find information that companies try to bury, and in tracking the activities of known securities-law violators.

Mark Cuban, the majority partner in, is co-founder of and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. His other holdings include HDNet (a leading high-definition television network), HDNet Films, 2929 Entertainment, Magnolia Pictures and Landmark Theatres.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 12:46
The link you posted on new and changing businessmodels is very intereting. Thank you Praet!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2006, 08:25
It's good reading! Though at present can not really contribute.
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