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SMB Tips for Doing Business Online (and Offline) from's Bob Parson

When you have a chance to learn from someone who's literally "been there and done that" in business, you soak up as much as you can.  This was definitely the case when we had founder and CEO Bob Parson's on our show.  Many people (me included) probably would have been satisfied to call it a career after selling a business for millions of dollars the way Bob did when he sold Parsons Technologies to Intuit in the mid 1990s.  Bob took a short breather and went right to work in building what would eventually be known as  So Bob built a successful business pre-Internet and another successful business in the current Internet era.  Here are a few snippets from our conversation with Bob that I think you'll want to check out.

1. Bob’s short and sweet message to attendees of the Web 2.0 Summit

The Web 2.0 Summit focuses on emerging business and technology developments that utilize the Web as a platform and defines how the Web will drive business in the future. There is a great deal of attention aimed squarely at the phrase and companies of all sizes are trying to figure out how to leverage emerging technologies like blogging, podcasting, wikis, RSS and other Web 2.0 phenomena to capture more business. But Bob gave attendees some food for thought about what not to forget in the Web 2.0 age. Listen below:

2. How you should use the Internet

Many companies look to use the Internet to replace the need for human interaction. Bob uses it to enhance customer interaction. Listen below:


Many out there may still think that blogs are for kids, but a quote in Entrepreneur Magazine says more companies are viewing blogs as a business staple. Bob uses his blog to speak directly to customers and prospects. Listen below:

4. How close was Bob to closing Why didn’t he?

This needs no set up…..just check it out.

To hear the whole conversation with Bob click here

Posted by Brent Leary on Sun, Dec 10, 2006 @ 04:13 PM

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