Are These Charts Worth $8 Million?

Posted on August 26, 2008
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Investors have funded the startup that runs the website whose traffic is displayed in the charts below to the tune of $8 million.

Ask yourself: would you invest $8 million in this startup? Would you be pleased with the results thus far if you had invested $8 million in this startup?

Any reader who can guess the startup behind this website by August 25, 2008 will win a decommissioned Soviet Projektu-613 submarine. Pick up at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk only.

Note: I recognize that traffic statistics from Compete and Alexa are imperfect but they’re reliably trend-indicative.

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8 Responses to “Are These Charts Worth $8 Million?”

  1. Kevin on August 26th, 2008 1:32 pm

    Zivity! It’s too bad I’m a day late. Always a day late. I really could have used that sub.

  2. Kevin on August 26th, 2008 1:33 pm

    Oh wait. Zivity doesn’t even have that many visitors. I stand corrected.

  3. Sam B on August 27th, 2008 4:09 am

    Um, as far as I can tell Kevin is exactly right. Maybe he forgot to set Alexa’s graph to 6 months instead of the default 3.

    I wasted my time trying Chacha and Cuil before realising that.

  4. Kevin on August 27th, 2008 9:52 am

    Yeah, my mistake. I found Zivity, wrote my first post, then double checked a different (non-Zivity) chart and wrote my second.

    It is Zivity. Sorry.

  5. Drama 2.0 on August 27th, 2008 10:05 am

    I’m sorry you guys are a day late and a dollar short but you haven’t answered the questions:

    Would you invest $8 million in this startup? Would you be pleased with the results thus far if you had invested $8 million in this startup?

  6. Sam B on August 28th, 2008 3:52 am

    The correct answer is that I wouldn’t care because I’d be looking at profit forecasts.

    If you say “look how little traffic they get, they’re not worth the money” you risk allowing Facebook et al to say “well we’ve got loads of traffic, we must be worth billions!” As Web 1.0 taught us, eyeballs are useful for catching photons and virtually useless as a measure of business value.

  7. Drama 2.0 on August 28th, 2008 9:33 am

    Sam: you make a valid point, however I think if you’re familiar with Zivity’s business model and run some reasonable conversions in your head, you can figure out what the non-existent profits are. I’ll have more to say about Zivity and how it’s doing soon. :)

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