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Rare McDonald’s Monopoly Pieces 2008 – Only the Important Monopoly Pieces

Posted on: October 15, 2008 I Written By

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As I’ve done in 2006 and 2007, I’m going to list again all the rare McDonald’s monopoly pieces for all to enjoy. This time I’m also going to list the prize that is associated with the McDonald’s monopoly piece. Lots of good prizes out there if you find the rare monopoly piece which is used to determine the odds of winning.

As always, if you’re missing the monopoly pieces that aren’t the rare ones, you can go and purchase the McDonald’s Monopoly pieces on eBay. This way you only have to look for the rare pieces and then purchase the rest of them on eBay if you happen to get one of the rare ones.

Golden Avenue is code number 271 and wins a prize of $100,000
Water Works is code number 279 and wins a prize of $50
Mediterranean Avenue is code number 251 and wins a prize of $100
Vermont Avenue is code number 254 and wins a prize of $1,000
Virginia Avenue is code number 258 and wins a prize of $2,000
Tennessee Avenue is code number 260 and wins a prize of $5,000
Kentucky Avenue is code number 262 and wins a prize of $10,000
Ventnor Avenue is code number 266 and wins a prize of $25,000
Pennsylvania Avenue is code number 270 and wins a prize of $50,000
Boardwalk is code number 274 and wins a prize of $1,000,000 (annuity)
Short Line is code number 278 and wins a prize of $500

Let me know if you find one of the rare ones. I have a feeling this year one of my readers is going to win one of the big McDonald’s monopoly prizes. I just wish they had a monopoly piece on their sausage egg mcmuffins. Then, I’d have a great shot at winning.

Perfect Time for Bootstrappers

Posted on: October 9, 2008 I Written By

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Today I read a post from Techcrunch (been too long since I did that) that contained a letter from Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital (VC Company). In this letter, Bill instructs his portfolio companies on what’s happening in the market and what a privately held company should be doing amidst this “US financial Crisis.” It’s a great read that was very informative about what’s going on.

Of course, at the end of the article I thought to myself that this is the perfect time for bootstrapper start up companies to thrive.

Bill suggested that these VC funded startups conserve capital and look for opportunities. Every VC funded startup can and should be looking at their burn rate and “months of cash.” As a bootstrapped startup, you’ve already lowered your burn rate to a barely survivable level of expense. You already know how to do more with less. Many of the VC funded companies won’t know how to scale down and scaling down will usually mean they’ll be offering less services. If you were able to compete on some level with these major VC backed startups, then the advantage just turned your way.

Let me give you an example. I’m currently working on a group of websites related to TV. The major TV related websites are ones like BuddyTV and TVGuide. I can’t even imagine the burn rates these websites have with all of the staff they use to develop their content. I don’t know the specifics of their financials, but I’d be very surprised if they were profitable.

Instead, my small network of TV websites is already profitable, because I’ve gone out and built it with almost no cash outlay. Do I have to cut any of the staff that I’m paying? No. Do I have to get a smaller office space? No, I work from home. etc etc etc. Sure, I might see a dip in my various revenue streams, but I’m certain that I could withstand the dip in revenues much easier than these other TV websites.

This may not be true for all bootstrappers, but I’ve been absolutely insane in how I’ve bootstrapped. I’ve tried to take out almost every financial risk except for my time spent. Does that mean that I might not have a $2 billion pay day like Youtube? Maybe not, but I’m doing something I really enjoy and making some pretty good money at the same time.

How big can I grow it? Time will tell, but for now I’ve found a nice niche and a lot of growth available. Especially now that my major competitors will be cutting back on their ability to cover everything. Some will be able to focus and do well. However, as a bootstrapped startup, I’ve already got my focus and I’m hammering away on that niche.

That’s Advantage bootstrapper in my book.