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15429564_320x240.jpgGoogle announced today that they were giving hundreds of homeless people in San Francisco a life-long phone number and free voicemail.

If I’m homeless and do not have a telephone, I’m pretty sure having a number and voicemail is the least of my worries.

I think Google should give all homeless people in the world the following:

1) Free shipping on all Amazon.com orders.
2) Free text messaging.
3) Free website hosting.
4) Free stock trades.
5) Free itunes downloads.

I am personally going to match the 401k of all homeless people in San Francisco.

How can you do your part to help homeless people?

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According to MediaPost, the percentage of ad clicks that are fraudulent is rising every year:

The overall industry average click fraud rate rose to 16.6% in fourth-quarter [2007], up from the 14.2% click fraud rate for the same quarter in 2006 and 16.2% for third-quarter 2007.

The average click fraud rate of PPC advertisements appearing on search engine content networks, including Google AdSense and the Yahoo Publisher Network, was 28.3% in fourth-quarter 2007 — up from the 19.2% average click fraud rate for the same quarter in 2006 and 28.1% for third-quarter 2007.

Interesting dilemma… Google maintains they have a less than 0.02% click fraud rate.  This article gives some validation to Google’s claims.

http://adwords.blogspot.com/2006/08/troubling-findings-on-how-some-third.html

The song of the hour is, “Should I stay or should I go?” by The Clash.

So for the past 5 days, I’ve been engulf in negotiations with a potential partnership. I have the opportunity to launch a new startup with some young entrepreneurs or join a team of executives to launch the same startup. After hours of arguing and round table discussions, it really all comes down to numbers and expected value.

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Here is a great article by Marc Andreessen about what to do when a VC says know. It touches on reducing the risk for a VC until your company is fundable.

http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/06/the_pmarca_guid_2.html

My favorite quote is, “Nobody said this would be easy.”

Here are some of my favorite t-shirts for VC… I’m laughing only because the pain is so real.
vcwear_fund.jpg vcwear_google.jpg vcwear_yesno.jpg vcwear_wemovequick.jpg vcwear_mom.jpg vcwear_noidea.jpg vcwear_powerpoint.jpg vcwear_puke.jpg vcwear_toiletpaper.jpg vcwear_zzzz.jpg

Here is an article on 24 ways to get a good night’s sleep.

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I would suggest not running a startup.

Very clever idea.

After hearing I work from home, the majority of people say, “that is so cool” or “that must be so convenient”.  Though it is cool and convenient, there are significant drawbacks that most people do not take into account.

Here is an interesting article about the pros and cons about working at home.

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Here is my list of cons:

1)  Wuoogle.  People call my phone and say, “Wu, can you Google something for me”.  They don’t ask, “Are you by the internet?” or “Are you busy?” because they know the answers are yes and no respectively.  So instead of 411, friends can call my phone during the day because they know I will be by the internet and can answer phone calls.  I do not mind but it can be very distracting if you are on a roll with work.

2)  No human interaction – I will literally go days without seeing a real human.  My work hours are strange to say the least, from 9 am to 6 pm and then from 10 pm to 4 am.  If I do not go out to lunch, I can go Monday to Friday without seeing a single person.

3)  Food – It is extremely easy to snack all day, which I do.  Not only is this unhealthy, but it is a hard habit to break.

The grass is always greener on the other side, but I appreciate my time at home.  I can play crazy music as loud as I want, wear the same sweater for 5 days straight, and provide a free internet search service to anyone who knows my number.

From Marc Andreessens blog.  He asks, “Does this guy look like he’s telling the truth?”

My favorite line is, “I think Buick has made leaps and strides beyond belief.”  Reminds me of George W.