Archive for the Punk Capitalism category

October 7th, 2011

Satyajit Das – the Law of Conservation of Risk

If you are a student of the empirical science of value – Satyajit Das clearly and coherently breaks down risk, money, and the financialization of global capitalism.

More from Satyajit Das discussing his previous project Traders Guns & Money: knowns and Unknowns in the World of Derivatives at Planet Money. While you are there, check out all the Planet Money Deep Reads Podcasts.

July 29th, 2011

Are We Worshipping the Wrong God – Sir James Goldsmith

Sir James Goldsmith the basis for Oliver Stone’s Sir Laurence Wildman character in Wallstreet breaks down value, wages, economy, trade imbalance, and globalization. Almost 20 years ago and before his death in 1997 Goldsmith explains where America’s (and the worlds) political economy was taking us.

April 12th, 2011

Internet Fraud + Juju = Sakawa

Who knew how much time and effort went into those scammer emails full story from Motherboard here….

December 4th, 2010

The Merchants of Cool

Full Episode Here

February 15th, 2010

Where does food come from?

November 30th, 2009

The Persuaders – invading the privacy of our minds

I started reading Shoptimism by Lee Eisenberg a few days ago. I have only gotten through 50 pages – but so far it’s an interesting read on consumer marketing. An early section on the work of Vance Packard and his exploration (in the 1950’s) of consumer motivational research by social scientist working for advertising agencies reminded me of an incredibly insightful (and somewhat frightening) PBS FrontLine documentary on the same topic. If you have not seen The Persuaders – it’s mandatory viewing for anyone interested in advertising and if your not living off the grid on some atoll in the South Pacific you should be interested in advertising right now.

With respect to Online Advertising check out the narrowcasting section and how marketers and political parties have been working with data vendors (Axiom in this case) to customize their packaging / messaging for every consumer segment – with all the recent talk in the ad industry about customization, personalization, the consumer in charge; makes you think.

November 8th, 2009

How do I build an online shopping site

Because of my job (which really has little to do with building e-commerce sites) friends and family in the offline retail space commonly asked me “how do I build an online shopping site”.

Actually, I have built a few of these sites over the past 10 years (www.velopro.com, www.vintagecotton.com) so I guess I have some background; at least I know some stuff about what not to do. Here are some helpful links / ideas about the topic I have come across over the past few years that may help someone out there on the interwebs.

Although I am providing several options – IMHO the most important thing about an online store is the relationship created with your customers / users. Focusing on this relationship is key to success – no matter what technology you are using. I would suggest using the 3rd party shopping sites and a fully hosted store, this will enable the business to move forward quickly. You can always build your own system later as needed. Most online shopping sites (most online businesses for that matter) never get to market; they fail before they ever sell anything online. It makes sense to build up the actual business first.

3rd Party shopping sites:
Even if you have your website, you will want to sell on these sites to acquire leads and customers which you can redirect to your own site / put on a newsletter for future sales. The cheapest way to acquire a customer is to get an existing customer to buy again.

www.Ebay.com
www.etsy.com
www.craigslist.com

Fully hosted online stores:
Building a commerce website, dealing with project managers, coders, renting webservers, working with security and credit card vendors to support credit card transactions is a whole lot of work. Why not let someone else do this for you behind the scenes and focus on your core business. These are great services that are subscription based.

www.shopify.com
www.magentocommerce.com
www.bigcartel.com

Online Store Platforms:
If the hosted store does not offer you enough flexibility, you can get your own server and use an off the shelf platform to build up your store. You will still need to work with a coder, credit card vendors, etc. but this is much less work than building a system by yourself. There are coders that specialize in these systems and can build up a store for you in a week or so of work.

www.magentocommerce.com
www.oscommerce.com
www.zen-cart.com

Online Store from Scratch:
Sometimes an off the shelf system will not do. If you have ideas / features that are not available with of pre-existing services / products you need to build it yourself. This is not going to be a trivial task, you will need to mock out all the functionality, lease webspace, hire a coder, and make sure the coder implements what you have asked for. Or you could take 3-5 years and learn to code in your spare time like I did (not recommended). Either way, there is a whole lot of work here, it costs a lot, and something is always going wrong. But in the end you have exactly what you dreamed up.

www.Elance.com
www.rentacoder.com
http://marketplace.sitepoint.com/categories/looking-to-hire
http://php.net/

***UPDATED***
SitePoint has a good post on this topic at: http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/12/07/hosted-shopping-cart-solutions/

September 7th, 2009

China on your Desktop… Goodbye Wallmart

Posted in Philosophy, Punk Capitalism, Remix by sabotosh

RepRap from Adrian Bowyer on Vimeo.

RepRap from Adrian Bowyer on Vimeo.

August 20th, 2009

That’s the way I roll…

Posted in Punk Capitalism, Ramblings by sabotosh

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August 16th, 2009

Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason – what if pirates are good for capitalism?

Pirates dilemma chronicles 30 years remix through deb, hip hop, punk, and the personal computer movement; this is a must read.