One of the pleasures of being an old lazy person is helping young energetic people achieve their dreams. I’ve been working with a young very capable guy since around 1997. He sold his last company, traveled a bit, and is now starting up a business centered around online personal ads. I’m supposed to be helping him but of course being old and lazy it would be much easier to harvest good ideas from the comments section of this blog. So let’s hear your creative ideas for some new business that is somehow related to online personals….
To frame the discussion a bit, a bit of background (but not so much that ideas will be constrained):
1) in a world where people won’t pay for online subscriptions, they seem to be happy to pay for online personal sites (a plus for a new business)
2) more or less everything that can be monopolized on the Internet has been monopolized, i.e., assume that Amazon owns retail, eBay owns classifieds, match.com owns the underlying personals database, etc. This means that you can’t start a business whose objective is to unseat or even compete with any of the established monopolies. One’s goal must be to work within the environment that the monopolies have established. (And possibly to get acquired by one in the long run.)