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My Million Dollar Startup

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Shay.Armstrong, Jan 17, 2006.

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    Hello,

    Allow me to introduce myself.

    My name is Shay Armstrong. I have more then 10 years experience with software development and project management. In recent years, my focus has been entirely on internet technologies. On February 24th I will be 32 years old of age.

    For close to 18 months I’ve been working on a prototype of a product that I believe will be sought after by the internet community. The development had reached the point where I was ready to start looking for venture capitalists to invest in my idea.

    Then I saw how successful Alex Tew was with his “Million dollar homepage” and all the media coverage about the auction for the last 1000 pixels. I thought that if I could come up with a way to enhance that idea so that both parties can benefit from the popularity, I could raise the money I needed to start my business and give my customers good, inexpensive advertising.

    The Idea
    Setup a website where people can buy pixels to advertise their business. So far, there is nothing new here. However, in order to add additional excitement and value to buying my pixels, I came up with an idea… Have a contest. All of the people who buy pixels will be eligible to win the right to use the mega banner at the top of the home page. Pixel owners will automatically be entered into a lottery. The lucky winner will have the right to use the top banner on the home page to advertise his business. You can’t buy the banner, you MUST WIN IT.

    After all the pixels are sold, row and column number will be drawn at random. Whoever owns the pixel at the winning location will win the right to use the top banner on the homepage to advertise their business. Given the fact that this website will be popular, this banner will be seen by millions of people making it a valuable piece of internet real estate.

    Skeptical…think it’s a lot of hype?
    Think about these facts:
    1. After the big advertising earthquake that Alex Tew caused, there is a lot of interest in pixel advertising.
    2. This is the first time that a startup company is trying to raise money using a method like this. Lots of businesses will be watching to see if it is successful.
    3. I intend to send out press releases to all local and national media sources and invite them to cover the contest. Unless there is some major disaster, the contest and therefore the winning ad will most likely get a large amount of media exposure. By investing a small amount of your advertising budget in buying pixels, not only will you receive a lot of traffic to your website from your ad, but also if you are the winner your company will be mentioned in all the media channels.

    Do you think I’m crazy?
    Maybe I am, but it’s up to you to decide if you want your business to be listed on one of the hottest places on the internet.

    I sincerely hope you will decide to join us… because not only will you will helping me raise the money for my new business venture, but you will also get good advertising and the chance to win the “mega banner” for even better advertising. That is why I like to call this valuable prize a “mega banner”.
    SEMrush
    Please take a moment to visit “My Million Dollar Startup” website (http://www.mymilliondollarstartup.com). There you will find more details about the contest, and can buy your pixels. Please share this information with your friends. Who knows? They might want to participate as well.

    Whether or not you buy pixels, thank you for taking time to read my story.
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 17, 2006 IP
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  2. cpvr

    cpvr Guest

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    Welcome to the community! :)
    I like your idea - I'll have to check it out.
     
    cpvr, Jan 17, 2006 IP
  3. mdvaldosta

    mdvaldosta Peon

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    Welcome to DP, that a way to just jump right out there and spam your site in the very same thread you introduced yourself in!
     
    mdvaldosta, Jan 17, 2006 IP
  4. Crazy_Rob

    Crazy_Rob I seen't it!

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    Holy crap! Another million dollar pixel site!

    BRILLIANT!

    [​IMG]
     
    Crazy_Rob, Jan 17, 2006 IP
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    Shay.Armstrong Peon

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    Be the first advertiser, your name will be on my blog :)
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 17, 2006 IP
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    Kuraptka Peon

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    #6
    At least name your site a different name, Million Dollar Startup? Come'n. Media wants to hear something strikingly different. This sounds so much alike to MDHP. I know a site that's giving free Ipods to random pixel buyers, you're just giving the top banner ad as the prize, so what? Media is not gonna bother with your idea.. they get millions of letters and articles everyday, they're not gonna have the time to give you any coverage unless it's truly unique.
     
    Kuraptka, Jan 17, 2006 IP
  7. Shay.Armstrong

    Shay.Armstrong Peon

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    What makes the site different is not selling pixel advertising or giving something away. The unique thing is using this method to raise the seed money for a new business venture. While the general media may think it is boring, business journalists will be interested in the idea and will monitor whether or not it is successful plus that will make the mega banner very valuable real estate.
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 17, 2006 IP
  8. Solicitors Mortgages

    Solicitors Mortgages Well-Known Member

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    welcome Shay,

    haven't you got a dodge viper you can smash up?
     
    Solicitors Mortgages, Jan 17, 2006 IP
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    Hey Shay.Armstrong welcome to the DP community
     
    oslocal, Jan 17, 2006 IP
  10. Serious

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    LOL (I think that one will succeed, they have introduced something new even if I don't like it)
     
    Serious, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    yeah pixel pages are a little over done now. Welcome anyways
     
    Peanut, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    Guys.....
    Good Morning :)

    Got more then 80 emails during the last 24H since the website was launch.
    Be positive. Its look like I am on the right path though no one actually made a purchase (yet).
    Time for my coffee.

    Cya.
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    Welcome, good luck with your pixelsite. Maybe i should start something like that too. Buy adspace on my dog and cat, after that i am going to paint companies on them! lol just kidding.

    Have fun!

    Maze
     
    Maze, Jan 18, 2006 IP
  14. Serious

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    You're lucky, in two months, I hardly get any email. Among the 37896 visitors (so far), maybe a dozen emailed me (and most of them were pixel webmasters).
     
    Serious, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    Check this:
    http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=www.mymilliondollarstartup.com

    Though it was first published only yesterday !
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 18, 2006 IP
  16. JoeO

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    I think your a little late one this one. You aren't the first pixel site to give something away. I've seen others giving away $1000 everytime they reach a certain milestone.
    There are hundreds if not thousands of pixel sites now. I even have a failed one, but it at least drives traffic to my websites.
     
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    Good beginning! Here is mine.
    [​IMG]
    You may be interested to join this community.
     
    Serious, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    Man, you guys are way to late on this. Where have you been? The hype started in August.

    Welcome, but sorry about your money pit.
     
    NRLMedia, Jan 18, 2006 IP
  19. Shay.Armstrong

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    Did you check my website?
    Did you get the idea behind it?
    Yes, its based on Alex idea, but with something more....
    so far I've got excellent feedbacks, and its only one day since the website was launched.

    Please take a look: http://www.mymilliondollarstartup.com
     
    Shay.Armstrong, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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    I think ripping the million dollar think is kind of riding off of Alex's steam.

    Besides some don't want a banner. To be good at this pixel stuff, someone else here has to come up with a brilliant idea that will blow people's socks off.

    And the banner thing just isn't doing it for me.

    See something like the crashing of the dodge viper while strange is very interesting.

    But that's my take on it, though I do hope it'll work for you.

    Skinny
     
    Skinny, Jan 18, 2006 IP
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