The show notes...
- Brigham joined Webnoize full time in May 1997
- He quit a paying gig as a proofreader
- Eventually, Webnoize started paying him
- We were given stock options
- At the time, seemed like a good opportunity
- Kumar was hired in October 1999, but had done work for site for a few years
- Dave bought guitar with first check
- First office was in Stoneham, Mass., home of Nancy Kerrigan; later moved to Cambridge
- At first, only four people in office
- Webnoize received funding from "angel investors"
- Meanwhile, other dotcoms pulled in huge sums for barely an idea
- It was all about buzzwords
- Saw pattern of companies with no entertainment or tech background getting into online entertainment space
- These included an oil and gas exploration company, Arthur Treacher's fish and chip restaurant
- Webnoize had good ideas but no business savvy
- MusicPhone.com offered voicemails from celebs like Whoopi Goldberg; t-shirt lasted longer than the company
- The big entertainment companies were just as clueless about the Web
- We got early versions of MP3 players: Diamond Rio, Nomad Jukebox
- Lessons learned: Need to know your limitations
- We went from Macs to a Sun Solaris computer system
- Breitling joined Webnoize after getting master's degree in journalism
- Started as intern in December 1999
- Eventually, he went back to his old job as paralegal
- Post-Webnoize, he worked for Listen.com and AOL Digital Cities
- AOL's now pumping money into local journalism sites called Patch
- The futility of journalism school
- Breitling: Dotcom era ended with many losers, few winners
- The "celestial jukebox" idea still hasn't happened
- Licensing is still a major obstacle
- Bonehead of the Week
Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social - Burning the Bowery (live)
No Age - Glitter
The Delta Spirit - White Table
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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography at his blog.
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