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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Doctor Q, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    If you read the Official Mac Rumors "What's Your Job" Thread you will see that we have an amazingly varied set of members and collective talent in a vast number of areas.

    That got me to thinking... What if a billionaire venture capitalist decided to hire all 85,120 of us to start a new business? We'd have enough funding to tempt us away from school or our current jobs, and plenty of money to support us while we brainstorm for a few months, after which we'd have to have a viable business plan. We'd need to make money by the end of our first year in business.

    As a group, what are our most useful skills? What should our business do? How should we be organized? Will we all fit in the same conference room? Do we need 85,120-way iChat AV? What should our company name and logo be (here's a sample)?

    Will we succeed?
     

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  2. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    What a cool concept, I like it! As you say Doctor Q, surely with our varied talents and skill sets we'd make a formidable company.

    Personally, I am an Electronics Systems Engineer with a CS minor so I could code microprocessors or write programs if need be. :D ;) I am currently a Technology Project Manager and PMP as well, so I can make sure our projects are run efficiently, on time and under budget, and I can also run the Economics on any projects, author and subsequently evaluate any Business Cases, and negotiate as need be. I have my CCNA as well, so if you need any networks built from scratch and configured, I'd be your man!

    I am also big into investing, so I would be happy to manage the corporate funds and make us even more money with our money. Stocks, forex, you name it... Hmm, perhaps we should just start a hedge fund, I'd be all over that...

    Being that I do acting and modeling on the side as well, I could be featured in any advertisements for our company... :eek:

    Oh, and since I'm a word traveller, I could easily work with our international arm as well.

    Just make me the Senior Vice President in Charge of something and I'll be happy. :cool:
     
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Just let me know when you need building permits by...
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Slow day in the office, no? :)

    Cool concept though. Not sure how much I could contribute to it, where would a fluffer fit in? :confused:
     
  5. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm...considering I'm nothing more than a lowly shop-rat, I don't know where I would fit in. I'm a workhorse when it comes to manual labor, but brain-dead when it comes to anything else. I love the idea, though. :)
     
  6. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    somebody has to do the hard work




    i'm personally going on the theory that Q is a billionaire and WILL find the right project
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I can see some problems arising in whatever product we go with...

    - A vocal majority will not buy it and instead "wait for rev. b"

    - iGary won't get up early to receive delivery and when he does finally get the product it'll be broken and he'll have to take it back.

    - macgeek2005 will say that he can make it even better by drawing on all his worldly experience.

    - Multimedia will want To Capitalise Every Word In The Slogan

    - Abstract will try to eat it but upon discovering he can't he'll dress it up like a camel wearing pajamas.

    - mad jew will post a thousand helpful ideas in 20 minutes on the "Feedback" forum, 90% of the posts will have some kind of sneaky InvisiText™ quip. I said 90%, obviously this is one of the 10% that don't.

    - Vniow will want a thousand different colours.

    - Blue Velvet will try desperately to hide the New Zealand influences in her styling decisions by covering it in a healthy dose of English slang.

    - I'll whinge about it not being available Down Under, and turn up drunk to the product meetings before falling asleep under the boardroom table.
     
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I can sweep up a bit and make the tea, if no one's baggsied those jobs yet?
     
  9. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Can I be the CFO? :)

    I likes me the financialness.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I already figured you to be the CHM.

    Well, whatever we do, it involves Macs... and possible a memron G5 powerbook.

    I think the company should involve satellite offices, in order to spread our influence far and wide.
     
  11. russed macrumors 68000

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    well i'm training towards my ACA at the moment (just in the middle of my accounting and auditing modules) so i could do the books and then audit them - not very ethical i know, but i bet they would pass :D

    and then when the company fails, as my proper job is a recovery administrator, i could put it into administration and sell off all the lovely shiny mac's at cut price!
     
  12. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    A gay porn movie with 85,120 cast members?

    It'll never work!
     
  13. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I'll be here browsing around MacRumors while you are all off playing.

    Someone has to keep an eye on things while you're gone.
     
  14. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    What's common to us is an interest in Macintoshes and other Apple products, so perhaps we should become an Apple software and hardware accessory business.

    We certainly have plenty of opinions about what Apple should sell but doesn't, and about what Apple should have done differently. Here's our chance to put the billionaire's money where our mouth is.

    Slogan: "If Apple doesn't sell it, we do!"

    Unfortunately, I'm good at writing software documentation, so I hope I don't get stuck working only in that department.
     
  15. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    First product - a patch which changes the About This Mac box to read "Core 2 Duo" on Apple notebook machines.
     
  16. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Ah-ha! Now I know who to blame for man pages!! :mad: :D


    Well a surefire way to get out billionaire's money back is to sell iPod accessories.

    So.... why does Bill Gates want to invest in us anyway? :)
     
  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    More problems:

    - arn will try to run everything even though he knows that yellow really controls the business.

    - Doctor Q will quietly question the quibbles in quotations whilst quaffing a drink near the quay as the queasy newbies quake in the quagmire of their quandaries, qualms and queries for fear of being quashed by the quick-witted Dr. Q as he queues for another quesadilla to quench his quavering stomach's quantifiable hunger.

    - generik will never use a competing product but he'll let all of us know just how glaring the short-comings of out product compare with the competition.
     
  18. treblah macrumors 65816

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    :D

    Pencil me in as a salesman. I can cold-call like no tomorrow.
     
  19. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Quiet, you. You're not qualified to question the good Dr. Q!
    It's quite enough. He quits criticizing you, you quit criticizing him.

    Quid pro quo :)
     
  20. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Just when I thought I couldn't appreciate your post more...

    You hit me with this one. I think I <3 you, Chundles!
     
  21. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Let us know when you're ready to outsource to SA. MR hab ben berry gud.
     
  22. mpw Guest

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    While you all concentrate on the structure of the business can I make a product suggestion?

    How about an alcoholic lube?

    MR Lube™ (we could have Mr.Lube as a marketing character like KFC's colonel)

    It'll come in various flavours to suit all tastes Chocolate liquer/Wine/Marmite/Cosmopolitan.

    Oooo just had another idea for the marketing, an advert showing the MR Lube™ being applied to one member by another......obviously the person applying the MR Lube™ would need hands that look good on camera??
     
  23. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Fantastic idea. I propose iGary don the Mr Lube™ outfit – his encyclopedic knowledge of Lube makes him the perfect candidate.

    Flavours are all well and good, but would MR Lube™ come in a sugar-free variety?
     
  24. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    :eek:

    Peculiarality aside, that would be pretty freaking epic.
     
  25. mpw Guest

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    I was thinking either iGary or mad jew, but of course we could have one of the creative types on the forum create the graphic character for the branding and then have franchised Mr Lube™ in their own territories around the globe for personal appearances.

    Also we'd need Mrs Lubes for the female market.......OK I'm putting in for a transfer over to HR for those interviews.
     

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