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February 09, 2007

We really Mean Business

You can help this get off the ground. It's going to be truly incredible.
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Posted by ian on February 9, 2007 12:15 AM

Comments

Is this a joke?

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on February 9, 2007 08:16 AM

no way jose

Posted by: jaysonjaz on February 9, 2007 10:36 AM

I read their site. They don't tell you what they want to do, and you get NOTHING in return except a picture and a link. Give me a friggin break. This is worse than save toby. These kids think that they can put a stupid picture of themselves online and claim to have a good idea but no money and just expect people to fork it over. They can shove it.

Posted by: Thomas on February 9, 2007 11:48 AM

Ian, I'm guessing these guys are your friends. It's not a bad idea, but I don' think it's going to do what they want to do. You should tell them a couple of things. First, I'm not sure what the business is, but if some dude just told them it'll cost 100K, that's not the best estimate maybe. Often things can start smaller, and they should look into that. If it's a great idea, they could get a business loan. Or investers. But really, there isn't much motivation to donate money so people can start a business. With so many poor people out there, it's not really a donation thing. It's an investment thing. So if they really believe in it, they should tell people what it is and sell shares in the business. And start smaller then 100k.

It's a nice looking website though and you have to admire their moxie.

Posted by: jason on February 9, 2007 07:10 PM

i'd be more motivated if ALL that money was going to blood:water, no matter what... or if i knew what their business was. and i sincerely hope it's not t-shirts.

Posted by: jd on February 10, 2007 09:13 AM

so....they want money. college students that want money to help them start a business? why do they need so much for a start up? is it a circus? isn't something that can be patented? i am already annoyed by them and i dont know them. they are nt even killing a rabbit.

Posted by: joshsetsfire on February 11, 2007 04:41 PM

All you people need to chill. if you dont like the site, good for you. if you dont want to donate, dont. if you dont believe in them, then leave 'em alone. they can ask for money all the want. and if people give it to them, awesome. if not, oh well. they aint hurtin nobody.

Posted by: eric on February 11, 2007 10:07 PM

to me, it looks like a great idea for the to raise the money they need for the plan that they want to see put into action.

I'll gladly donate to anyone who has a productive use for money and isn't spoiled. (giving them my tax refund)

Posted by: grandhighpuba on February 11, 2007 10:38 PM

$105 raised.

Posted by: jason on February 12, 2007 11:50 AM

They have moxie if moxie = audacity.

These kids are not poor. They go to an expensive university in America. They don't have a need. They have a want... a want to get rich.

The first clue that this won't work is the foundation of this thing. Sitting on your lazy ass and asking somebody else to give you money is not how legitimate businesses start or run. Show a little initiative if you want people to take you seriously, then get a lone, find investors, or sell shares.

I don't have a rich uncle and you know what? 100 grand would help me out too. Maybe I should put up a website and beg you to give my your hard earned money so that i don't have to do a damn thing. The sense of entitlement blows my mind.

Get a job and get back to me.

Posted by: jeanne on February 12, 2007 05:10 PM

jeanne speaks a lot of truth. she's about 100% right.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 12, 2007 09:30 PM

But the Have $105 more than me.

Posted by: jealous on February 12, 2007 09:42 PM

Even if jeanne is 100% right, she needs to fork over the money for an expensive university education and learn that it's "loan" not "lone"

I agree with eric, if you dont want to donate then dont. Give the kids a break.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 12, 2007 09:45 PM

"I don't have a rich uncle and you know what? 100 grand would help me out too. Maybe I should put up a website and beg you to give my your hard earned money so that i don't have to do a damn thing."

Eh, that's been done. I think the web site is www.wereallymeanbusiness.com. Good idea though.

In other news, people are still too easily offended. Fahrenheit 451 makes for good reading.


P.S. ATTN: WRMB web site people. Don't defend your own site on the internet. It looks bad. Have some confidence and let the thing play out. Also, I have a really great business idea and I just need a new car to get started. Think of me when you... get your business off the ground.

Posted by: SnakeMan on February 12, 2007 10:36 PM

Good comments all around. I think they should tell us more of their story. Perhaps they got scholarships to go to college. Perhaps they have a great idea that they should at least describe in part to excite us to get involved. And perhaps they should come up with something more tangible for the donation--whether that's a stake in the future business or something simple like a t-shirt, etc. Lots of unknowns--but that have us all thinking. So, maybe they should read these comments and respond with action. I'd be impressed with them if they did.

Posted by: Michael on February 12, 2007 10:36 PM

I think they've put in a lot of hard work already. It looks like the site has a lot of thought. It's a great way to find investors, and gain a little financial capital to start their business. I agree they will not get anywhere without hard work, but I think you are selling them way too short. I give them kudos. I don't think getting rich is their main motivation, if it was they wouldn't be donating the money they make to charity if they don't get the full amount.

I also don't think they feel entitled to anything. I think they want you to be a part of something that they think is cool and would never happen if people didn't donate.

Posted by: Imbored on February 12, 2007 11:00 PM

It's a great way to find investors

I agree, which is why I think it shouldn't be a donation, they should tell us what they are planning on doing, why it will work, and sell shares that promise some return if it's successful.

Posted by: jason on February 13, 2007 11:49 AM

Even if jeanne is 100% right, she needs to fork over the money for an expensive university education and learn that it's "loan" not "lone" I agree with eric, if you dont want to donate then dont. Give the kids a break.

Maybe you and she could go to that expensive university together, and while she learns how to spell "loan", you could learn how to use apostraphes.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 13, 2007 03:10 PM

"I don't think getting rich is their main motivation, if it was they wouldn't be donating the money they make to charity if they don't get the full amount."

You can just give me the money and I'll donate it to charity. I promise.....

paypal account = drummer1341@yahoo.com

Posted by: David on February 13, 2007 04:26 PM

Even if jeanne is 100% right, she needs to fork over the money for an expensive university education and learn that it's "loan" not "lone" I agree with eric, if you dont want to donate then dont. Give the kids a break.

Maybe you and she could go to that expensive university together, and while she learns how to spell "loan", you could learn how to use apostraphes.

Maybe the three of you could go to that expensive university together... because you clearly can't spell "apostrophes." :) This just keeps getting better.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 13, 2007 11:59 PM

Thanks Ian for posting this and sparking all of this discussion. We really appreciate all the feedback (positive and negative). We’ve been following this post closely and been taking your comments into consideration. After much thought, Haley & I decided to post the business plan online. It’s a bit unsettling know that anyone could easily steal it now, however that’s a chance we’re willing to take. We want everyone to know where their money is going and therefore be able to make more informed decisions.

So yeah, thanks for all the constructive comments – you directly impacted the site! The people have spoken. Please keep the comments coming, this is just the beginning and we really need your help. Go check out the business plan online now!

Ps. JoshSetsFire, sorry we aren’t killing a rabbit. Perhaps we could incorporate some killing of stray cats or something though. Okay, kidding.

Posted by: Joel on February 14, 2007 01:09 AM

I'm disappointed. I really thought you were just trying to get money.

Seriously, I'm disappointed.

But it's a cool idea. Good luck.

Posted by: SnakeMan on February 15, 2007 08:16 PM

Hm... I think it's really a pretty good business plan, but here's my two cents (and that's way more than I am going to donate).

It's good to post your plan if you want serious investors. The problem is, it takes all the mystery and all the intrigue away. By making your business idea legitimate, it makes your begginf for money not funny, not interesting.

For real, why would I donate to this? There are kids starving right now. Although it's a good plan I don't see this as a particularly heroic cause. The only way I am going to donate is if you can make me laugh hard enough, or intrigued enough to give you a few cents.

Leno, Oprah, Conan... forget about it. There is no mystery here, nothing interesting anymore.

It would be interesting if you posted a different business plan once a week. Something drastically different. Like a jelly bean factory, a jelly fish butcher shop, basically anything with jelly. Anything to make it interesting or funny.

So are you looking for investors, or dumb people who will give you money cause you're funny?

Don't listen to me though. You have $163. You're nearly .2 percent of the way there.

Posted by: Screwge on February 15, 2007 11:26 PM

You know how people who give money get to have a link to their site? Well, somebody linked to this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtLzvOsQ80k

I am still laughing.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 20, 2007 09:23 AM

The creators of this site stated that part of this whole idea was a social experiment. It doesn't look like they are forcing anybody to donate anything! I think it would be cool if they could reach their goal with 50,000 people giving 2 bucks each. They want to see if people would actually do something to help someone other than themselves. We ALL have an extra $2 lying around. I'd rather spend it on something that would provide beneficial services to others than on a pack of gum that I don't need (and on top of that- it makes me feel even BETTER knowing that 10% of my donation is going to a charity that is very worthwhile.)

Posted by: Anonymous on February 20, 2007 05:00 PM

If you are spending $2 on a pack of gum, you are retarded. And that is so generous of you to want to give $0.20 to charity.

Posted by: Jeanne on February 21, 2007 03:26 PM

I think what the poster above "Jeanne" was trying to say about the whole social experiment thing is that the idea is to see how many people would be interested in selflessly contributing to a "big" or even "crazy" idea (in even a very small way) that might not actually benefit them.
Like most of us DO have SOME extra money lying around that we waste on pointless things that don't do anything to help us OR anyone else. If we're going to be spending that money on something silly anyway- why not help 2 college kids out? If it was you, wouldn't you appreciate it? Whether you were the "we really mean business" kids trying to raise $100,000 to start a business or just simply a random person on the street giving you a 20 dollar bill and telling you to buy something nice for yourself. The whole 10% to charity is a bonus...I doubt they would ever DISCOURAGE someone from actually donating MORE than 10% to that charity
I think "Jeanne" got caught up in the silly $2 on a pack of gum detail...which probably wasn't even the point-just a random example to PROVE a point.
And I also personally don't think that it's very nice OR pc to call someone "retarded" no matter what they say or do...

Posted by: Another View on February 25, 2007 07:08 PM

$412.00 raised!

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