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Back To The Old Economy

Some unemployed dotcommers have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and are learning what real businesses are about.

Where once a sales call meant driving to a mirrored glass building in Silicon Valley to pitch clients on $250,000 software packages, Mr. Ehrmann's pitches now involve handing out little plastic cups of soup to people on the street.

"People love soup," Mr. Ehrmann said. "I say I'm building a soup company and people say, `Soup ? that's cool.' It's satisfying. You're giving people something that affects them right away."

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 13, 2002 06:16 AM
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Wait a minute - you mean these guys are exchanging an actual product, for negotiable instruments?

Well, I dunno... it's nutty enough, it just might work! And if it does, it could revolutionalize capitalism, even make it globally competetive again!

Posted by Stephen Skubinna at August 13, 2002 01:38 PM

Wow -- you give them money, and you get... something! Something besides a "concept" for a really cool "portal" or "channel" or "push technology" that will "revolutionize" the "way we do business/communicate/run the universe." The only thing I can't believe about the fall of the dot.coms is the fact that so many of these orgs were selling nothing but air, and no one seemed to get it. Not only did the emperor have no clothes, there was _no emperor._ I figured that out, and I can't even balance my checkbook.

Posted by Andrea Harris at August 13, 2002 11:34 PM

No clothes, no emperor, and no empire.

Posted by Kevin McGehee at August 14, 2002 05:51 AM

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