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Saturday, November 01, 2003

Big numbers over breakfast
Two big numbers that are flashing at me over my Saturday morning coffee.

- Friendster has taken 53 million US dollars in funding
- Google is estimated to be worth 15 billion US dollars

Its 1999/2000 all over again.

Dear Kleiner Perkins VC man,

Can I get 20 million funding for an online baby food portal site. There are millions upon millions of babies out there and if can get 0.1% of them buying 10$ of food a year from the site we'll make 100 million in the first year!!!!

Additionally, we can sell advertising to baby product makers and provide rich deep content which will create "sticky" eyeballs for the parents who will build a deep relationship with the site. And, we can have a community of parents and children online.

As the children grow we'll know their ages and in 20+ years be able to market financial products to them based on their life events such as college funds, buying a house etc.

As for an exit, we can IPO for 40 billion within 4 years

President and Chairman

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Playground Finder Flink Labs - Data Visualisation

neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com