Fake Startups Compete for 'Worst Website Ever'

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Once upon a time, SXSW was a music festival and then it became something else that I don't understand. So, just when I thought that SXSW was only about Sarah Lacy vs. Marc Zuckerberg I read about this great contest to come up with the worst website idea. The sad part is that I could see all 7 of these getting funded a few months back.

Based on the descriptions, my winner is:
Entrepreneur: Lane Becker, co-founder of GetSatisfaction
Bad idea: MMOmmerce, the future of the future of commerce
The pitch: Shop for real-life items within MMOs. Frag Nazis while shopping for designer home furnishings in a game co-developed by Target and the U.S. Army. Shop for goods on Amazon.com in a virtual Amazon jungle. Visit a Barnes & Noble inside the Lord of the Rings multiplayer game for the true "Clicks and Mordor" experience.

About the author

Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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