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Jan 15, 2009, 12:20 AM
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how to make mad money

So we're not going to fly the 5 rotor until the next hour off in daylight. That could be anywhere in the next 1000 years. Going to have video rolling for the takeoff & crashing.

In the mean time, most of U only fly because U want to make money off it someday, just like how we were crazy about html coding in 1997 & sick of it in 2001. So U get the business blog.

Back in our musician days, we learned the hardest pieces we could find: Rachmaninoff's sonata, the Liszt sonatas, Liszt Etudes, Schumann's Tocatta. Teachers always said we needed simpler pieces to get publicity. We never had to make any money, planned on quitting in a few years & didn't care if no-one ever heard of Transcendental Etude #12, so no-one ever heard of us & we never made any money.

VicaCopter is the most glamorous of glamorous hobbies. Everybody wants to make a powered autonomous VTOL. We bought everything except the uBlox-5 using our own money. We set our own agenda. There was no reporting to anyone. No odd projects for sponsors. No McRosoft. No babysitting airheads. No booth duty. No marketing.

That wouldn't happen if we wanted to build a VicaCopter business. It's almost impossible to build any kind of business with your own money. You have to get sponsored. You have to do the goofy side projects to raise money & get publicity. You have to use Windows. Your product has to feel accessible to the most people.

Everybody wants to make a powered autonomous VTOL but most realize it's beyond their reach. They focus their money & internet usage on fixed wings. The vast bulk of internet users never search for VTOL UAV. You have to sell a less ambitious product so people besides the 5 Indian rocket scientists in the world visit your store.

Papparazzi became popular by focusing on fixed wings. MikroKopter became popular selling the manual version for years before he could sell the autonomous version. He still has to spend most of his time building dorky LED rigs to get publicity.

U know, our most popular Goo Tube videos aren't the VicaCopter videos but those super simple Chopin preludes we only spent 2 hours practicing.

One other thing. Here's our 1 Schumann Toccata performance from 16 years ago that someone videotaped & we do mean videotape, restored from the VHS to glorius Goo Tube quality.

schumann toccata (7 min 54 sec)
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