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Internet Business Models

04 Nov 2005

A while ago, I was trying to explain internet business models to a couple of friends of mine, who are part of the brick-and-mortar business world.

Some of the points I tried conveying are:

Today, I came across this list of business models by Professor Michael Rappa that covers pretty much everything that is on the internet.

I'm looking for more articles on the subject that make it more clearer and easier for me to explain these things.

Update: I was wondering if the Amazon.com model of 'Get Big Fast' still works today. I think there are some hints of that in bloglines and del.icio.us which have an amazing number of users but do not have a business model (at least that is known to public) yet.

Comments

julian says:

paul graham has been writing a lot about start-ups lately.

there the business model (if it could be called one) is:
1. build agile web app that gets popular. have an "escape plan".
2. get bought by yahoo, google, ebay, msn, etc...

previously the business model (if it could be called one) was all about floating on the sharemarket.

so in the case of bloglines, they already got bought by ask jeeves. del.icio.us has VC funding but not too disimilar. but then del.icio.us is still being worked on i think, so not much can be said about it.

Manish Jethani says:

thanks, Swaroop. that article you linked to is very informative.

Swaroop says:

@Julian: Yes, I've been [reading](http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html) and [hearing](http://startupschool.infogami.com/Presentations) a lot about startups by Paul Graham.

What I am interested also in is how the bigger company (that acquires the startup company) makes money.

@Manish: You're welcome :-)

julian says:

thanks for the podcast links.

simple economics mostly i think when it comes to the bigger companies making money:
http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/jonathan?entry=the_world_changes_this_week

Ankit says:

It was because of Markdown.

How do I dodge it the next time I type in a fancy URL ?

Swaroop says:

@Ankit: See the [syntax for links](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax/#link).

Swaroop says:


Sorry for filling up so many comments but I am trying to punch in the correct link but in vain. The actual link has an underscore between why and outsource. I copied the URL as it is. After I submitted the comment, the underscore’s vanished.


It was because of [Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/).

Ankit says:

Hi Swaroop

Sorry for filling up so many comments but I am trying to punch in the correct link but in vain. The actual link has an underscore between why and outsource. I copied the URL as it is. After I submitted the comment, the underscore's vanished.

So here is a snipped URL http://snipurl.com/jk8f

Please send the above posts with dead links to their deserved place - Trash Can ! :-)

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