2008 Inman Innovator Awards

Huzzah! The Big Picture is nominated for a 2008 Inman Innovator Awards finalists in the category of Blog.

Innovator_award_2008

As they say, it is an honor just to be nominated!

Here are the full run of nominees:

Brokerage or Franchise
Chase International
Diamond Dwellings
Equitable Sotheby’s International Realty
Redfin
Sawbuck Realty

New Technology
BlueRoof360
Mixpo
Obeo
Roost
Terabitz

Web Service
Estately
ForeclosureRadar
Krunching
Realius
Zillow Mortgage
Marketplace

Blog
1000Watt
Blog

AgentGenius
Big Picture Blog
FBS Blog
Homegain Real Estate Blog

Media Site
Frontdoor
OpenHouse.com
REA Group
Realtytrac
Zolve

Source:
Inman News announces Innovator Awards finalists
List includes Frontdoor, Realtytrac, Redfin, Roost, Zillow
Inman News, Monday, June 16, 2008
http://www.inman.com/news/2008/06/16/inman-news-announces-innovator-awards-finalists

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Stairway to Heaven is Worth $572 million

Lz Portfolio does a fun analysis as to what the full value of Led Zeppelin‘s Stairway to Heaven would be worth if the band went all out on the licensing side.

They call it a"back-of-the-napkin analysis of the lifetime worth of the most requested rock
tune in history
:"

"In the big, bad game of rock and roll, “Stairway to
Heaven” is undeniably a winner. Released by Led Zeppelin in 1971, the
eight-minute song is considered a musical masterpiece and is one of the
most-played rock tunes of all time. Proving its longevity, “Stairway” hit the
U.K. charts again last fall and was a top download in the U.S., after Zeppelin’s
first downloadable album launched on iTunes. But because the band is notoriously
protective of its work, “Stairway” hasn’t met its full moneymaking potential.
While other artists have made big bucks by licensing songs to Hollywood and
Madison Avenue—think of Bob Dylan’s “Love Sick” in that Victoria’s Secret
commercial—Zeppelin has shunned most opportunities. We consulted executives in
the music, advertising, and entertainment industries to come up with some
numbers, real and potential, for the value of “Stairway."

That seems a little rich to me, but hey! It is Stairway. . .


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Sources:
Stairway Surprise 
Miriam Datskovsky 
Portfolio July 2008 Issue  http://www.portfolio.com/culture-lifestyle/culture-inc/arts/2008/06/16/Stairway-to-Heavens-Revenues

Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)

November 8, 1971   

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http://rhino.edgeboss.net/download/rhino/ledzeppelin/discography/lz4_stairway.mp3

Led Zeppelin to Make Its Songs Available Digitally
JEFF LEEDS
NYT, October 15, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/15/arts/music/15musi.html


Videos after the jump . . .

 

Zep_stairway

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Fifth Third Bank

Bouncing around trading desks is this comment on Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB): “Given its recent performance, the company has announced they are changing its name to “Three Fifths” Bank . . .” Looking at the chart below, perhaps that should even be “Two Fifths” Bancorp ! > > Thanks, Mike! ~~~

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