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Understanding the key variables in Viral Marketing

Understanding the key variables in Viral Marketing
A short study of this web site reveals that a hugely important factor for success in startup companies is finding ways to acquire customers at a low cost. In the Business Models section, we looked at the perfect business model: Viral customer acquisition with good monetization. However viral growth turns out to be an elusive goal, and only a very small number of companies actually achieve true viral growth. In 2005, I invested in a company called Tabblo (acquired by HP in 2007), and had the good fortune to work with an outstanding entrepreneur, Antonio Rodriguez. Tabblo did manage to achieve good viral growth, but around the same time YouTube was launched and managed to achieve explosive viral growth. To give you a preview of this post, what you will learn is that there are two key parameters that drive how viral growth happens, the Viral Coefficient, and the Viral Cycle Time. What we want to understand in these two models, is how the population of Customers changes over time.

Agostini v. Felton - Religious Freedom Page R.A. and other teenagers allegedly made and burned a cross on the lawn of the black family that lived across the street. R.A. was charged with disorderly conduct under the St. Paul Bias Motivated Crime Ordinance, which prohibits the displaying of symbols, objects, graffiti, etc. that one "knows or has reasonable grounds to know arouses anger, alarm or resentment in other on the basis or race, color, creed, religion, or gender." The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the statute was not too broad and unallowably content based, and thereby not a violation of the First Amendment because the statute was limited to "fighting words" which are not constitutionally protected anyway. The Court, with no Justices dissenting, ruled that the statute is unconstitutional, as it is a clear violation of the First Amendment. The Court must adhere to the construction of the Minnesota Court, and we accept their ruling that the statute only pertains to "fighting words."

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