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Recruit a Minyan!


Increase the power of the Minyan network!


"It's the imagery of technology
Is what you get is what you see
Don't worry your mind
When you give it your best
One two one two this is just a test"

(Beastie Boys)

There are two laws that govern the world of technology, Moore's Law, written about in Monday's New York Times and established forty years ago, and Metcalf's Law, established around 1970.

Moore's Law essentially dictates that the number of processors on a silicon chip would double every 18 months, increasing efficiency and speed. And to present day, it has done just that. Metcalf's Law dictates that the power of the network is increased exponentially with the addition of each "node" or better yet "participant." Together I call these the "M2 Law" - it's the combination of speed and power that makes the network useful to individuals. Why should we care about either of these?
First, there is a simple law of diminishing returns. What this means is, how fast is fast in computing before it really doesn't matter to the general or mass user? And second, how powerful do we need our networks to be - i.e., how many people should you or do you want or need to know?

Today, processor speeds are reaching almost real time. As a matter of fact, companies like Intel, Sun and AMD, etc. have all slowed the release of their faster processors which have been in existence for more than five years. It's the same as companies like Sony did with the advent of the CD/DVD. They delay the release to ensure they maximize the return on the existing market - anyone still have a VHS? However, what many of these manufacturers have found is that the market's need for speed is waning and once that happens, we'll see that market decline. How many of you invest in television manufacturers even with the advent of Plasma? Not much of a market. In addition, there are about 180 million people online in the U.S. or roughly 70% depending on who's providing the numbers. As far as the network is concerned, the U.S. growth will continue to slow dramatically just as the growth of cable did in the 90s. It now comes down to who steals share from who, or, better yet, who creates the better community.

In addressing the M2 Law, i.e. how fast is fast and how connected is connected? In my mind, the answer is simple, as long as it's fast (real time) and the network allows me to build my sphere of influence and contacts (edit or filter) to improve my life, it's worthwhile. This is a driving principle of Minyanville.

Minyanville is NOT just a financial news and information web site, although we may use it as just that. Minyanville is a community. The M2 Law governs our success. With each additional member or "Minyan" the community gets stronger, and with the speed of delivery the transparency of the information improves and the utility of the community becomes more apparent.

Now to my purpose - starting next week, we are launching a new program - "Recruit a Minyan." The purpose of this program is quite obvious; to build the membership. The foundation of the program is this: existing Minyans will receive a free month of Minyanville for each new Minyan added. We've created a simple tool set that provides templated emails for you to send to your network. There is no limit and you will get a free month for every monthly or annual subscription you drive to our network.

So in the world of the M2 Law with each additional user, we will improve the product, increasing the speed and quality of our information delivery and increasing our benefit to you.

Thanks for your support!


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