“Like the dot-coms, the candidate fell victim to hype and a bad business model
The dot-com bubble may have burst in 2000, but the hope and hype that nurtured it live on. Just look at last year’s hottest political initial public offering, DeanForAmerica.com. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential candidacy bears all the hallmarks of a high-flying Internet startup: ”
– Well I think this article points out what happened pretty accurately. I have my own axe to grind with the Dean Campaign. The Small Business for Dean Weblog has been violating my trademark on The Small Business Blog(TM). I immediately contacted John Arensmeyer, a well know and respected individual, whose name the site was registered under. Mr. Arensmeyer agreed that they were in the wrong and we agreed that they would cross link to me and that I would cross link to them with the clear understanding that I would consider this a recognition of my trademark. I immediately placed the Small Business for Dean Weblog under my Blog Resources, a prominent position on my site, as we agreed. Mr. Arensmeyer has yet to follow through on his agreement. I contacted him again and this is what he said:
“Sorry about that. I thought we’d taken care of it. I’ve asked our
webmaster to do so. As for volunteering, it’s all NH right now, and
we’ll come up for air after Tuesday. — John”
I actually volunteered to assist them and that is the reference to volunteering. This email was received on the 23rd of January and as you can see, by checking out the site, nothing has happened.
If this represents the way the Dean campaign handles simple requests, especially when the have admitted that they are doing something wrong, then how far does Dean fall from the tree? How much do they truly support small business when they violate a small business trademark and feel that they do not have to correct their mistake. I will continue the leave their link on my site. Mr. Arensmeyer and Mr. Dean make me a believer and do what you have promised, respect my trademark. -ed.