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InterNAP == badass!! [Sep. 7th, 2000|05:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I just got back from my tour of InterNAP's data center... oh my god! That place is the coolest damn thing I've ever seen.... you have to scan you badge and do place your hand in a palm scanner like 3 times to get into your cabinet in the server room ... and once you're in there all the lights are off and little round lights on the floor guide you to your cabinet, and the lights above your cabinet turn on. Everything's super redudant, the building is zone 3 earthquake compliant, the cabinets are zone 4 compliant (that's one big damn earthquake), and the whole place is built on an 18" raised floor, so they can wire stuff all over... customers can reserve the conference rooms for meetings, there are staging areas and cubicles to work on while you're there, a coffee/snack room .... very damn cool. I need to start looking into what servers I want to buy..... :-)
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-09-07 05:18 pm (UTC)
are you going to be moving any of your services there? did they win you over?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-09-07 05:20 pm (UTC)

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well, it's gonna be a lot of money, so first I need to get to the point where 40-60 people are getting LJ accounts per month....

and then I still need to buy some servers. i guess the servers can suck at first, but eventually i'd like some nice ones.
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-09-07 06:34 pm (UTC)

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/me looks at servers.
*drool*

those are some nice servers. yes sir. nothing better then a couple of really sexy rack-mountable computers.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2000-09-07 07:53 pm (UTC)

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You should ut the banners back up. Maybe just start out with non journal pages and inform non paying users so that they can prepare their styles for the banners.
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From: ahze
2000-09-07 10:21 pm (UTC)

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or do what google does , every 10th click on random ppl..
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2000-09-07 11:22 pm (UTC)

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Whao.. the price of the servers is "scary". It's about the price of 30 PC put into one.. Hey brad, how about getting investors instead? It's better then putting those irritating banners which will look VERY bad on people's homepage when they embed their journal in it.
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[User Picture]From: axodys
2000-09-08 12:32 am (UTC)

Re: Investors...

The main problem with investors is that they usually bring their own interests and agenda to the table. Things like how best to maximize their return on investment... like the eventual sales of LiveJournal to a bigger company. Obviously it's up to Brad where this goes, but the longer LJ can remain autonomous and self supporting the better I think.
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2000-09-08 03:10 am (UTC)

Re: Investors...

But no company can work alone.. this is a borderless world. We need to co-operate and help each other out or we won't survive for long. Although investors might bring in their own agenda and interest, but with proper control of power, I believe brad has the capability to make those impact postive.
Remember, no one can survive long in the net. Even microsoft has to have tons of investors to support him even till today. No one can excel in a field with a team of people who share the same interest as himself.

Just an advice ;-)
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[User Picture]From: axodys
2000-09-08 11:25 am (UTC)

Re: Investors...

I agree with your first point that no company or person can work entirely alone, but there are other ways of working with other companies than flat out investment. But really it comes down to what kind of agreement Brad can make, if he can retain a lot of control and keep everyone happy (and afloat) more power to him.

It's funny that you mention Microsoft as an example of a company that needed investors considering they had their IPO ten years after the founding of the company (unheard of these days). Of course obviously they had some private investment at the beginning, but they did pretty well on their own for those ten years. Nowadays they have so much money they do their own investing or outright buying.

As far as your last comment goes about excelling in a field without a team of people I agree, but that doesn't necessitate any form of investment. Linux, Apache, and Perl are all a testament to that. I think Brad is moving away from doing LiveJournal alone; the exciting part to me is that the people who have offered assistance or made contributions have done it on voluntary basis because they recognize how cool LJ is.



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