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Saturday, March 18, 2021

It wasn’t hard to see this coming. The Business Experiment, an exercise in collaborative online business-building that I dumped on a couple of months back, shut down today due to all-around apathy.

The matter was put to a vote. But in corresponding with TBE founder Rob May, I found out that voter turnout was low — around a tenth of the high-water mark of registered users. Plus, considering the sputtering pace of progress, Rob and other members of the executive team were looking to kill what was becoming AskSpace almost from the start. So the way things were going, I think it would have shuttered up no matter what.

I already spewed my say on the deficiencies of the whole concept the last time. All I’ll add this time is two things:

- I can honestly say that I never had a solid grasp of just what the “wisdom of us”/AskSpace idea was supposed to do — not during the voting, and certainly not during the building process. That is, not until a week ago, when Rob casually mentioned that it was to be a business-expert answer service, ala the Answers services launched by Google and Yahoo!. I’d guess I’m not the only one who couldn’t interpret the basic mission statement — a heck of a problem if you’re trying to get people engaged.

- The root of this experiment was whether or not a broad democratic collaborative could put together and run a company. Whatever the strengths or weaknesses of the TBE attempt, I’d say the answer came with the vote to dismantle.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/18/2006 07:32:18 PM
Category: Internet, Business
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