If you ask me what my favorite things in life are, I would have to say friends & family, enjoy life, making money and last but certainly not least: exotic cars. If you would then ask me what I would be doing if I had so money that I did not need to work anymore (and was not allowed either, because I would still be doing so), my answer would be: having fun in exotic, race and driftcars all day long! I can not imagine anything more fun than that.
Probably more people in this business are crazy about supercars, so I decided to do some supercar related posts too from now on.
What a better day to start than today when, finally, the replacement of the Murcielago was released to the press at the annual VAG pre Geneva press conference. The specs and name were already known for weeks, but to finally get the official info together with the pictures is just awesome!
So, what do you need to know about this car besides the fact that it looks awesome? Well, it has a new 6.5-liter V12 which delivers an astonishing 700 HP at 8,250 RPM and 690 Nm at 5,500 RPM. It has a brand new 7-speed ISR transmission which shifting times of mere 50 milliseconds. It does 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds and top speed is 217 MPH.
Look at that beast! What do you think? I want one!!!
Yes, I’m fully aware of the fact that until yesterday I was one of the very few that had not seen “The social network” yet. And yes, I know I should be ashamed because of that, being an internet marketeer and bit of entrepreneur myself. But hey, let’s just say I was waiting for the right moment!
Flying to Vegas for the Affiliate Summit West 2011 I was flipping channels on my
private 55″ full-HD LED entertainment system 2.5″ in-flight entertainment system, when I came across a documentary about Zuckerberg. I think I missed most of it but I did learn some things that also featured in the movie. Zuckerberg being one of my biggest internet heroes back then, at that point already took some damage in my respect for him. Let’s just say the movie didn’t help him in that aspect.
When you watch ‘The social network’, it is hard not to go on believing that he is a awkward, selfish, antisocial guy who really just stole the whole idea of Facebook from 2 of his fellow students. And we are led to believe that he is a cold hearted guy who puts money and success above everything else, and in the process of building his billion dollar project has no problems ditching his best friend and co-founder of Facebook. That being said, in the movie emphasis is put on the fact that he is very much influenced by Napster founder Sean Parker (who was excellently portrayed by Justin Timberlake, kudos!) in many of his private and business decisions.
So, where does it leave us now? What should we, viewers of the flick, have to believe now? Zuckerberg dismissed the movie as “a work of fiction”. In an interview he did he said that the small details were correct, like the clothing he wears, the fact that he has been dumped many times by the ladies and that Facebook started out as a way to get some sort of personal social attention. But the main plot was absolutely wrong according to Zuckerberg.
But based on all the facts we’ve seen and heard, and the fact that there is no clear evidence that he did NOT steal the idea for Facebook, were do I put him right now. I don’t know. Do I place him in my personal list of the world’s best entrepreneurs right next to Bill Gates, Steve jobs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page? No. Not for now. There are too many unknown factors to the whole Facebook legacy for me.
Besides that, Facebook is Zuckersbergs only project right now. Granted, it has no match in terms of value that has been created at lightning speed, but take Bill Gates, Jobs and the Google guys. They have all branched out to loads of products. Gates has Windows, Bing, Xbox and so on. Jobs has the Apple, Iphone, Ipod, Ipad, Apple TV, Itunes and numerous other things and look at the products Google rolled out in the last 10 years, Gmail, Chrome, Android, Youtube, Google Earth etc. I know they have been around longer, but I do like to challenge the thought of what Mark would be doing right now hadn’t he started Facebook.
So, now you tell me what you think. Is Zuckerberg a billion-dollar hit wonder who shouldn’t be credited at all, or is he simply a genius that should deserve all the respect in the world?
Here are some recent stats about Facebook you might find interesting:
Sometimes I wonder what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing online marketing. I’ve always been pretty creative ever since I was a little kid and I put that to good use in my DJ and music producer career later on in life. So if I wouldn’t be doing online marketing right now, I’d probably do something else creatively. When I think about that I see myself designing and producing TV commercials. I think that would be a kick-ass job! If you’re good at it and you work on freelance basis or have your own company, I bet you can make a LOT of money.
At least, I really hope that is the case for the sake of the people who created this hilarious Volkswagen Commercial. It’s a “leaked” ad that was supposed to premiere at Super Bowl night. I think this is one of the best commercials I’ve seen in a while! That kid’s reaction at the end is just priceless!
Talking about the Superbowl. I think a lot of you, like me, are always looking for new ways to make money. But how cool would it be when the money just finds you without you having to do anything for it.
This should have been posted about a week ago, but it feels like I needed all last week to get over my jet lag and get fully active again. My god, this was by far the worst one ever. Not sure if it was the average of 4 hours of sleep back in Vegas, but I’m guessing that has something to do with it. As I’m typing this I’m already in the middle of another trip, this time to Berlin, so busy times right now.
Anyway, before the trip I was hoping I could do a in-depth blog post about the Summit about all the sessions, the people I met from the business and all the new business I would bring home.
So, I’m afraid that’s not going to happen….. I think we made a little planning mistake. We planned our trip so that the Summit was almost at the beginning of our trip instead of at the ending like last year. So what happened was that we partied SO hard the first days and came home so late (it was the first time Vegas for 2 of us) that most of the Summit we were actually sleeping (SHAME ON US!!!). In fact the very first day we came home at 9:00 AM so the Summit was already open for a full hour. I felt so bad… We did manage to go there for a full hour though later that afternoon.
So, not so much info about the Affiliate Summit. Anything interesting else then you would like to share with us Gioom? Well yes actually. Some good and some bad.
First off, we started at the Aria hotel, located in the new heart of Vegas, the ‘City Centre’, the biggest privately funded construction in the United States. And my god, the City Centre is such a great addition to Vegas. It’s beautiful! Especially the Cosmopolitan hotel, it just looks stunning, inside and out! That’s where I’m staying next year for sure!
But the Aria was great too. Great room, but the most awesome feature must be it’s amazing ‘control the universe’ remote they had over there. It controls everything from the TV to the shades, airco, lights you name it. It was great fun when my buddy Hein was doing a nr 2 and I kept switching all the lights on and off, haha. (I guess you had to be there).
The most elite remote ever:
Then 2 days later we had to change hotels. Because of the CES, the AVN and the Affiliate Summit conventions there was no hotel who could accommodate us for our full stay (we did book pretty late). So our last 4 days we spent at the Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate. Over there we had the 4 bedroom Penthouse suite and although the room itself was pretty amazing with a great view, HD beamer and bar, I would never go there again.
One being the fact that I had itchy legs all 4 days plus it looked like I had bite marks on there, so that made me suspect that they might have a case of bedbugs going on there. Another of my travel companions had the very same problem. Some other problems that caused me not to go there again: the amplifier was broken on arrival, the desk clerks wear football jerseys without name tags (quite strange for a pretty expensive hotel if you ask me), my room wasn’t cleaned for 2 days despite having the ‘clean my room’ light on and finally when we had a guy sick with fever and all, there was nobody picking up the phone at the reception after 3 tries. So, will not be going there again.
Like I said, room was pretty amazing:
Now, the affiliate network parties are always a blast! Unfortunately we had a lot of parties to choose from, so we might or might not have seen the best ones, but it was big fun nevertheless.
First party was of Buy.at. A pretty new network in the US that originates from the UK. It is known as “Affiliate Window” over there and what I’ve heard of it, it’s one of the best, if not THE best, networks in the UK. We had a really good talk with Nick Cartwright, their brand sales manager and I’m definitely going to run some campaigns with them!
Anyway, the party was really good too, the location was just awesome! It was on top of “The Hotel”, owned by the Mandalay Bay. I really really REALLY didn’t like the outside glass lift going up some 58 floors, but it was well worth it because the view was nothing short of breathtaking:
The party was laid back but fun, unfortunately because it was not a closed party, there were a lot of weird people haning out there that came from the CES and had nothing to do with affiliate marketing, but despite that, we had a great time.
The next day it was time for the Epic Direct party. Besides the fact that it’s probably my favorite network out there, they are known for having THE best parties. I went to their Playboy Mansion party in 2009 and that was insane! This time their party was in the Blush, a very stylish club in the Encore. Great atmosphere, good people plus LOTS of gorgeous girls. Epic Direct keeps amazing me by having more beautiful girls at their party every time.
Unfortunately for some reason we forgot to take pictures of them, but instead I do have a picture of us hanging out with my affiliate manager Michael Boghosian
After that we were planning to go to Clickbooth‘s ‘Black Card Party’, but when we came to the secret location, the staff told us that the party had moved but they had no idea where. Nor did we at that moment so instead we went somewhere else. Too bad we found out way too late where Clickbooth’s party had moved too.
As you can tell, we didn’t miss the parties, but it would be better if we had seen a bit more of the summit like last year. Next year we’re definitely going to do all the partying in the beginning so we will have more than enough time to hangout with other people in the business and do some more networking.
For all you non-believers I do want to post one picture that you can see that we were actually there:
And finally if you do want some real info about the summit, my buddy Jonathan Volk made a list of good recaps and you can find them here: