How those “rich folks” travel

Disclaimer: Maryam and I went on this trip without paying for it. Hey, like I said, if I sell my soul there are a few rules:

1) My soul is not cheap.
2) I will disclose who takes over ownership of my soul.

Anyway, this is all a way to say that the video is now up of “Grapes on a Plane” trip that Maryam and I got invited to. You can see what happens when we all head on a private Lear Jet and go wine tasting. Of course I take you along and, yes, even interview some fabulous Washington state winery owners. Thanks to Greenpoint Technologies for sponsoring the trip (they are the ones who built the planes we used) and thanks to Blog Business Summit (this trip was a reward for top speakers and affiliates). Steve Broback, the founder of Blog Business Summit, helped put the trip together (his dad is one of the founders of Greenpoint).

I guess this is going to be the closest I’m going to get to seeing inside the Google Jet…

Best thing about this mode of travel? No security lines! Yeah, it’s good being a Billionaire. Tomorrow night we’ll be back to flying coach on Southwest Airlines as we travel up to Seattle to attend Chris and Ponzi’s wedding.

The video starts out with a Q&A session with Jon Buccola, the CEO of Greenpoint, who talks about how much it costs, and all that. Then you’ll see Maryam and me inside one of the Lear Jets, where we talk more with Jon. About 1/3rd of the way through you get a nice view of Mount Rainier. Half way through you see Theresa, of Blog Business Summit’s blog. Then from there it’s winery time. I pretty much didn’t edit any of this, so I’d download the video and scrub through it to the parts that interest you the most.

You’ll also see famous bloggers: Matt Mullenweg. Halley Suitt. Andru Edwards. Maryam Scoble. Maryam gets a wee bit excited about the cool seats. Definitely not like coach!

61 YouTube wannabees

Tom Foremski talks about the 61 video hosting services that have popped up like mushrooms after a long rain.

The problem is, is it possible to create another YouTube?

That’s a daunting task.

The one that’ll win will do something totally different than just host video. Remember when it looked like the photo service site battle was done? Then Flickr came along.

We need something that totally changes the rules of what I can do with my video camera.

And, no, I don’t have it at PodTech either. I wish I did.

Signs you’ve been blogging too much

Nice list over on Darren’s blog of signs you need a break from your blog. But I’ll add:

#9: you blog about blogging.
#10: you attack an A-lister by saying he’s an echo-chamber enabler and only writes to get on TechMeme.
#11: you say “TechCrunch this” and “TechCrunch that.”
#12: you go to Twitter and write “I’m blogging.”
#13: you tell your boss you aren’t merely reading blogs, you’re doing customer research.
#14: you have taken your son to so many blogger meetups that he starts his own blog to protest.
#15: you know the CPMs of a dozen other bloggers’ ads.
#16: when you say “Nick” “Om” “Mike” “Shelley” everyone around you knows who you are talking about.

Do cheapskates make for good first customers?

Over OnStartups there’s an interesting post about whether or not cheapskates make for good customers.

I remember one cheapskate who came into my store. He drove from San Francisco to “save” five dollars. I still remember that I thought he was the biggest idiot I’d ever met. Why? It takes an hour to drive from SF to SJ and the average car costs something like $.32 a mile to operate. So, he wasted money, even if his time isn’t worth anything. I knew he would never become a loyal customer cause I knew he’d go to any distance to find a cheaper price.

Good discussion, though, on what makes for a good customer.

Me? A customer who gets involved. Who tells other people about you. Who gives you ideas on how to improve (thanks to those who have emailed me, or gone to my wiki and left me suggestions or tips or interview ideas).

I remember one customer in the camera store I used to work at (who eventually became my favorite — and was extremely loyal). While I was writing up his multi-thousand dollar order he went and bought both of us lunch.

Did I remember that the next time he came in? Certainly did.