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Creating a Dotcom in 24 Hours

Right now we are at the Wizards of OS conference in Berlin to make a performance art/business project. The mission is to create a dotcom business from scratch in 24 hours. That means designing and programming a complete and useful web application, recruiting people, doing marketing, creating investment programs and much more. After 24 hours, the complete business will be sold on an eBay auction, and everyone involved will be rich!

You are free to join in and help out, and you will get paid in valuable stock ;) If you are a designer, programmer, business person, all-round genius, or just want to be a part of the beta test, please let us know. The project starts on Friday, June 11, 19:00 Central European Time, so don't plan anything else those 24 hours...

Posted by eric at June 11, 2004 01:23 AM


Hellow Eric !! How are you doing? I am Keijiro in Tokyo. That project is looks interresting!! I wanna join it if I can. My situation is also getting nice. Anyway see you soon.

Posted by: Keijiro Niino at June 11, 2004 07:33 AM

careful of eBay sniping and please pay me in stock. www.Workingfaster.com is another link you ought to be looking at. best wishes, Parvez I've been spending more time on ebay and it's auctioning procedure seems rather flawed to me. By having an auction end at a precise time, everyone is encouraged to withhold their bids until the last moment and then snipe at the last second before the auction closes. You get a flurry of activity at the end and even if there's a buyer willing to pay more, they get shut out because the clock runs out. Instead, wouldn't it make more sense for the auction to accept bids after the scheduled end of the auction as long as the bids are still coming in? You know the idea: "going, going, going, gone!" If there's no bids for about a minute, then the auction is won by the last bidder. This would put an end to sniping, the seller would get a better price, and it makes the auction more fair.

Posted by: parvezs at June 12, 2004 12:30 PM

Hello allow mine to introduce myself. I am Dr. TOBOT and i am from ARMENIA! Mijn koop TECHNOLOGY. Acutaly I have, a "DOT COM" boom myself! explosion of finance well, good luck in your!!! Love for all, Dr. TOBOT

Posted by: Dr.TOBOT at June 12, 2004 05:29 PM

Hello allow mine to introduce myself. I am Dr. TOBOT and i am from ARMENIA! Mijn koop TECHNOLOGY. Acutaly I have, a "DOT COM" boom myself! explosion of finance well, good luck in your!!! Love for all, Dr. TOBOT

Posted by: Dr.TOBOT at June 12, 2004 05:31 PM

Hi eric. Nice project, well, I wanna join it, if i can. I'm from Paraguay, and right now its 11 am oclock. i'm reading the article in slashdot and maybe i'm not late to contributing with you. Dood job, and good luck. sinceresly....

Posted by: Jean-Claude at June 12, 2004 05:41 PM

Hi eric. Nice project, well, I wanna join it, if i can. I'm from Paraguay, and right now its 11 am oclock. i'm reading the article in slashdot and maybe i'm not late to contributing with you. Dood job, and good luck. sinceresly....

Posted by: Jean-Claude at June 12, 2004 05:44 PM

I am a web developer in Detroit with ties to the automotive industry. I would like to join the company as Detroit automotive industry liason. Please write me at: millere@msu.edu

Posted by: Eric Miller at June 12, 2004 06:13 PM

FUN! this is what projects are about =)

Posted by: Harvey at June 12, 2004 06:23 PM

I would like to join as the official Winona, Minnesota beta tester of your new products.

Posted by: Tino Kaltsas at June 12, 2004 06:38 PM

Hi, i'm from Italy and I am attending my degree in Economics at the University of Modena; since i'm writing something about digital property rights if you are interested in which kind of license adopt to distribute your dot.com project.. rather than sell on ebay ONCE you should better use ebay selling to fix the INITIAL sell price and sell it at the winner at that price, then after a period of pre determined time (a sort of price-advantage zone) sell it again to the second top price user on the same auction, and after another different period sell it at the third auctioner at his price etc.. you can do this by relasing your dotcom project under a Creative Commons license, and sell the boxed project to everyone who likes to buy hope to see you get rich that way ;) (also hope you find me a job then, possibly a good one :p ;) ) if you got questions please feel free to write me

Posted by: Antonio at June 12, 2004 06:43 PM

need a designer? email me.

Posted by: Darjan Milojkovic at June 12, 2004 07:12 PM

This sounds interesting. I would like to be the part of this challenging thing. This is what I am looking, I love this kind of challenge. I have lot of experience in web based projects, so I can fit as a programmer or tester.So let me know if u need any help from me.

Posted by: Hari Gottipati at June 12, 2004 07:32 PM

artist, graphic designer, writer, musician, amateur logician, interested in helping out.

Posted by: Benjamin Apple at June 12, 2004 07:35 PM

G'day Fellas! Robert here from Melbourne, Australia. We own/operate a very successful Bulk SMS platform (http://www.textmessage.com.au), and a myriad of other brands in our media stable. Its 3:59am here, but feel free to drop us a line if you require any assistance in your project/venture. Cheers! :)

Posted by: Robert at June 12, 2004 08:01 PM

I'm a little late, but drop me a line if you need any help SMASHING! ;-)

Posted by: hulkster at June 12, 2004 09:02 PM

Interesting idea... Best of luck! $434 on ebay right now...

Posted by: C1 at June 12, 2004 09:31 PM

Sorry but if you want to make real money invest in CMKX.. its going through the rooof this week :) !!! O M G http://cmkmdiamonds.proboards27.com/index.cgi?board=news

Posted by: Dumb Dumb at June 12, 2004 10:57 PM

Sounds interesting - will be intrigued as to what the results of this experiment will be.

Posted by: John Brace at June 13, 2004 12:45 AM

You crazy post-dotcommers! do you really think you can realy pull this off when the rest of us got fucked by VCs? show us the money:-) show us a demo at least:-) show us something to bargain for:-)show us something to plead guilty for:-) he he he....now that your little precious project got slashdotted, and your price has been agreed over at ebay you can count on retiring somewhere nice like crete whereas the rest of us will keep labouring hard in the call centres of india:-) great idea. and great mindset. although were i in your shoes, i'd go straight to kleiner perkins instead of ebay:-) ps. say hi to paul!

Posted by: george dafermos at June 13, 2004 02:17 AM

But why take 24 hours ? B-Schools ask students to crack a business model in 12.

Posted by: Rajib Debnath at June 13, 2004 02:18 AM

Greetings. The Daniel J Bell Foundation would like to feature your business in our latest promotion; the DIY Europa Exploration Project. Our scheduled launch is for next Wednesday, but as we have so far experienced 4 years of delays it's reasonable to assume we may have more. Good to know you'll be ready though. I can help with graphics, cover-ups, and canned fraud.

Posted by: Dan Bell at June 13, 2004 02:56 AM

What about profit? Is that also part of the first 24 hours?

Posted by: Daniel Goldman at June 13, 2004 04:26 AM

Your application infringes our patent, you'll be hearing from our laywers on Monday!

Posted by: Guleg Arsbeister at June 13, 2004 05:41 AM

Hello everbody. I am from Dallas. I am in the Semiconductor manufacturing industry. I am also getting my Bachelors on finance. I can look over the finance department for the newly built company. Let me join please.

Posted by: Zahidur Rashid at June 13, 2004 07:55 AM

Want to help out, CGI-IRC is not working for discussion. I have over 10 years of *nix experience. Let me know if you are interested!

Posted by: Erich Kolb at June 13, 2004 08:08 AM

The Dotcom you made was usless. I get the impression you guys did the "What the hell are we actually going to do?" stage during the 24 hours. The fact your dotcom is worth $711 at the time of posting is just a testament to our society's attraction to "good" marketing. So yeh, congrats on exploiting the general public of asinine fools who'll see a polished and decorated rock and pay thousands of dollars for it because they think everybody else will like it and want to buy it off them for more. Not that it's much of a feat.

Posted by: Schwinter at June 13, 2004 07:17 PM

I am jealous.

Posted by: Sam at June 14, 2004 01:13 AM

very nice idea! keep it up!

Posted by: Arne Gockeln at June 14, 2004 11:44 AM

Jesus. Can there be a more USELESS waste of time? And, the info on this BLOG is about as USELESS as any REAL dotbomb website. Typical masturbation prattle.

Posted by: Steve Shulz at June 14, 2004 04:55 PM

you guys should ask the friendly ebay admin to put a topic to your dozomo offer on their frontsite. i bet they would do the joke (and make more $$$). anyways interesting project you did here! regards..

Posted by: Markus at June 15, 2004 11:57 AM

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