Our revenue is surging as brands shift their budgets to social ads and our recent growth is driven more by revenue than VC funding – an amazing milestone for any startup. We still have a long way to go but it has been a great year so far.
Whenever a company has this kind of success the press, competitors, and the public start asking: “how do they do it??!?” Unfortunately, this speculation is often unkind and unfair. The default assumption is that a company must be cheating somehow or using some trick to grow traffic or revenue.
Diane Farr: Don’t order the reindeer
Diane Farr writes:
"On my first night in Alaska I noticed my in-room dining menu offered "reindeer sausage" for breakfast. I actually winced reading this. I am sure the reindeer population probably needs to be controlled and that reindeer-meat distributors deserve to make money like all the other slaughtering industries, but as an ignorant New Yorker who grew up kind of believing that meat was "made" inside a butcher shop, I was not going to be trying any of those Vixen’s legs.
Or so I thought until one sunny evening in Anchorage when I finished work at 11 p.m. and the sky was still bright. I was dreaming of scrambled eggs. When my food server asked for my meat preference to go along with the eggs, “reindeer sausage” just rolled off my tongue as if I had been eating it all my life.
I’m not at all clear where this burst of carnivorous bravery came from. I hadn’t actually eaten anything with a face in nearly 25 years, until last year when I found myself utterly exhausted post-breastfeeding twins. Another former vegetarian mom turned me on to steak with the promise of more iron and more energy — and it was as if she’d fired the starting gun at a 100-meter dash. Suddenly, I longed to eat beef at every meal for months.”
One time mayor of Wasilla, governor quitter, and current media attention seeker.
Back in 2001 her parents were my ‘host family’ when the college that I attended at the time went up to the Mat-Su Valley for a fundraiser. Her parents were, and I’m guessing still are, nice people. A bit eccentric, but this isn’t about her parents so I won’t go into more detail.
I voted for Sarah Palin when she ran for Governor of Alaska. Anybody was better than Frank Murkowski. Any vote other than a vote for him would serve Alaska well. So that is basically why I voted for Palin.
She seemed to be a good governor during the first year she was in office. And then she started to become diva-ish. Replacing good serving commissioners who were qualified, and replacing them with friends and political donors. (Don’t quote me on that, I can’t back it up.)
But even then she seemed like an ‘O.K.” governor.
And then John McCain made his announcement. And then Palin made an embarrassment out herself.
And then she quit.
She quit her sworn position as Governor of Alaska.
She quit working for the people that trusted her with their votes.
She quit Alaska.
And now we know her as a fairly, no fairly is too nice of a word, we know her as a very radical political figure who seeks attention by pretending to run for office. By endorsing political candidates.
What is odd, is some of those candidates have spoken against her endorsement. I guess I cannot blame them. Would you want to be endorsed by a quitter?
NOTE: This is my Thursday Morning Rant, a page I’ll be adding to every Thursday morning. This has not been further edited beyond typographical errors, and does not represent views from anyone else.