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Party on, Offer HN, Party on

Well, a very cool trend is happening at Hacker News - people are posting "Offer HN" threads offering advice and help. The first one seems to be "Will Work for Karma" by todayiamme, which kicked the whole thing off. My favorite is "Tax Help for Startup Entrepreneurs" because there's a lot of insight and analysis just in the thread itself. I like learning about law, but it's damn expensive to learn about either in time or money. That said, learning law can save you a lot of money when you write a contract correctly or when you have a company buyback shares instead of purchasing them yourself when buying a partner in a two person partnership out.

After a bunch of "Offer HN" threads started kicking up, there were two discussion topics, both by guys I respect. "Please stop offering your services" and "Please keep offering your services" by Swombat and Jacques. There seems to be a few themes going on:

1. Some people think this is really cool and nice of people. 2. Some people are skeptical of the intentions of people doing this. 3. Some people don't want to see HN get bogged down/clogged up by this.

Let's cover those in reverse order.

First, if it gets out of control and you want to see news without offers, Paul Graham implemented http://news.ycombinator.com/offerless - no offers there. So that solves that problem.

Personalized Mass Marketing

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I'm working with a top internet ad-serving company to create a web advertising solution that will result in "personalized mass marketing."

Instead of website visitors drinking from a firehose, you'll only get the types of ads you want, when you want them.  After all, if I'm a car lover between 25-40 years of age, I wouldn't mind seeing an ad, or even better, being contacted by a car company about a hot new model they're rolling out, but it's doubtful I'd want to hear about the new line of Depends undergarmets that Kimberly-Clark is rolling out.  Today, I don't have much of a choice in the matter.

The point is, we've become so jaded by useless advertising that it's become a bad word.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  Think of the brands you are loyal too.  If I had more interaction with, say, BMW, and I could provide them with feedback on their new models, and be invited as a "VIP guest" to their showroom, I would welcome the high-touch experience.  The key is to know what brands, products and services people want to be associated with.  For some people it's cars, for others it's pet-related, or beauty product related, or clothing related, etc.

We're creating a 'personalized mass marketing' solution by teaming up with the ad-serving company to build a profile of the sites people visit.  Over time, as we learn people's likes & dislikes, we can target the ads they see based on their browsing preferences.

I have most of the team in place, but I'm looking for a really good senior database programmer to help me create a database that can withstand millions of visitors per day (yes millions).  If you, or anyone you know, might fit the bill, please email me with a few paragraphs detailing your experience and qualifications.  You should also be ready & willing to work in an entrepreneurial environment.  That means little sleep and lots of innovation.

I'm working with a top internet ad-serving company to create a web advertising solution that will result in "personalized mass marketing." Instead of website visitors drinking from a firehose, you'll only get the types of ads you want, when you want them.  After all, if I'm a car lover between 25-40 years of age, I wouldn't mind seeing an ad, or even better, being contacted by a car company about a hot new model they're rolling out, but it's doubtful I'd want to hear about the new line of Depends undergarmets that Kimberly-Clark is rolling out.  Today, I don't have much of a choice in the matter. The point is, we've become so jaded by useless advertising that it's become a bad word.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  Think of the brands you are loyal too.  If I had more interaction with, say, BMW, and I could provide them with feedback on their new models, and be invited as a "VIP guest" to their showroom, I would welcome the high-touch experience.  The key is to know what brands, products and services people want to be associated with.  For some people it's cars, for others it's pet-related, or beauty product related, or clothing related, etc. We're creating a 'personalized mass marketing' solution by teaming up with the ad-serving company to build a profile of the sites people visit.  Over time, as we learn people's likes & dislikes, we can target the ads they see based on their browsing preferences. I have most of the team in place, but I'm looking for a really good senior database programmer to help me create a database that can withstand millions of visitors per day (yes millions).  If you, or anyone you know, might fit the bill, please email me with a few paragraphs detailing your experience and qualifications.  You should also be ready & willing to work in an entrepreneurial environment.  That means little sleep and lots of innovation.

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