|Why Hottips Changed Names ---|
|It's really very simple --- I had been contacted a number of times by people that were interested in buying the domain name:|
|I never took these calls seriously. One was from a woman writing a book about the stock market. Another was from a horse racing site. But E-Data was talking serious money. As soon as it looked as if the deal would work, I registered 'Hottips.Org' so I could keep the same prefix. Hottips had been non-profit for some time. By using the system, for the Southern California EAS Listserver it more than qualified me for the .ORG suffix.|
|What was especially different about this event was that I was scheduled to go into the hospital for surgery on a Tuesday, and E-Data wanted to close the deal before the operation. They sent Scott Hirsch, their Vice President of Sales and Marketing, to Los Angeles to get my signature. After a long plane trip and then a taxi ride, he arrived just as the surgery was starting. I'd been sedated, the I.V. was in, and the nurse was waiting with the anesthetic as I signed the registration papers. I don't remember that much about it, but if Scott had arrived 5 minutes later. he would have had to wait until probably Friday for me to know enough about what I was doing.|
|The question everyone asks is: 'How much did you get for the domain name ? I could have held out for more, but I felt comfortable with our
agreement. And I still got to keep HOTTIPS.ORG.
So I'm not complaining...
|It was about time for the Hottips BBS to make a profit again. The system has gone from 5 phone lines down to 1. It now takes 3-4 calls a day as opposed to 250+ in 1994. As a business, Hottips has lost money the last four years...|
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