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  1. #1
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    Looking for Resellers

    Hello,
    My name is Daniel Farfan. I'm a Computer Scientist,
    formerly with GTE and AT&T. I left the "corporate life"
    a few years ago to create the "next big Internet thing."

    I am looking for web hosting companies to resell my new
    Internet communication software - available for download
    at http://www.IwantFUI.com
    and the (active/x) demo is at http://www.IwantFUI.com/Demo

    I've combined the best features of the web, email and instant
    messaging to create a new way to communicate with an audience
    online that has the repetition and ease-of-use of a screensaver.

    I created, literally, a new kind of content that you
    can host from your computers, for your clients, for a price,
    without even installing a new kind of server.

    My software uses the familiar Internet protocols you already
    support (http and ftp) in a brand new way. Yes, strange as it
    may seem, http is not just for "web browsers" any more. ;-)

    Each of your clients got a website in the first place
    because they wanted to communicate with an audience online.
    So, you offering them this new way to communicate with their
    online audience, is a natural fit.


    A New Way
    ================
    But, what is so special about this new way to communicate?

    IMAGINE if you could publish like a webpage, distribute
    like an email and grab attention like an instant message
    - all at the same time - and to an audience who you know
    wants your message, because they selected to have it
    delivered to their PC.

    When an Author makes an update to their content and clicks
    PUBLISH, the system goes into action and delivers the new
    content to everyone who has elected to see it on their PC
    (also using my software, of course). If the viewer
    chooses, the software displays the content they selected
    as their screensaver. There are too many choices for
    delivery to go into here, but let's just say the web
    now seems old-fashioned by comparison.

    If the viewer selects content from 5 different people, the
    program shows them one at a time. And not in a passive,
    manual, click-intensive way like a web page, but more like
    a TV broadcast (that also has navigation by clicks as well).

    Would your customers rather have their logo, message,
    brand, etc. displayed to their loyal audience once
    each month when someone stumbles back to a website? Or,
    would they prefer exposure many times per day?

    This is not the old-fashioned, annoying,
    popup-ad-just-because-you-visited-my-webpage punishment.
    This is interactive, animated text, pictures, audio,
    links (and much more) published by an author (using English,
    not html) and delivered automatically to a willing
    audience. You can do things with my system an email or
    web page simply can't touch.

    Literally, anyone who can type, can publish using my
    new system. Of course, the best content will still
    be from talented, creative people (formerly known as
    simply "web designers" before they added this to their
    list of services they can be paid for).


    A New Kind of Hosting
    =============================
    IMAGINE getting paid monthly by your clients to host this
    new kind of content for them. They will pay you because
    better communication with their audience means a better
    relationship. And a better relationship means more business,
    which means more profit to their bottomline.

    After 13 years, one of the clear lessons of the web is:
    Expecting a web surfer to spend effort to return to
    a website, is just asking too much. Most don't, even if
    they intend to in the future. Don't believe me? Ask your
    clients if they wish they had more return traffic. Ask
    yourself why eBay spends millions to advertise on television
    even though they have enormous presence and return traffic
    - to keep it!

    It's okay that none of your hosting clients have that kind
    of money - you have something new for them. :-)

    Of course, this new system is not be right for everyone.
    Nothing is right for everyone. That's okay. Some of your
    clients just need a digital brochure-style website because
    they have nothing new to communicate on even a monthly basis,
    much less more often. The reseller webpage (link below)
    has the profile of the "perfect" FUI Author.


    A New Story to Tell
    =========================
    IMAGINE your home page when your feature list contains
    something new, instead of just the same things all
    your competitors have. You will benefit by offering something
    the marketplace wants that not every single one of your
    competitors offers.

    Did you ever wonder why the per-month price is displayed
    so prominently on almost all web hosting company websites?
    It's because the marketplace for web hosting companies
    is so crowded (thousands of suppliers) and the feature set
    is so standardized - the only "front end" thing left to compete
    on is price. Can you say "commodity"?

    Phooey on that (tm)

    IMAGINE sitting across the table from a prospect when he says,
    "But, but, I already have a website."

    You reply, "Yes, and so does every single one of your
    competitors. And in the old days, if you had a website and an
    email newsletter, you were on top of the Internet game. But not
    any more. Let me tell you about the new way to communicate
    with your audience that I offer and what it can mean to your
    business when we bring it to your customers before your
    competitors do..."

    I'll let you read the website and demo to learn the nuts and
    bolts about this new way to communicate, but let me be clear here:
    This is NOT meant to replace the web, email or instant messaging.
    All of those systems are fine at what they do, even with their
    design flaws. The microwave oven didn't replace the convection
    oven - they each do different things better.


    Past vs Present
    ==================
    My system creates a new way to communicate that builds on
    the successes of those Internet systems without falling
    victim to what we know understand were their mistakes.

    When a website owner releases a new version and the web
    does nothing to inform anyone - that's a design flaw.

    When an email program treats an important message the
    same way it treats spam and viruses - that's a design flaw.

    When a website is unavailable to people just because one of
    them is offline - that's a design flaw.

    When the email system requires someone to reveal their
    address (which is sold, traded, stolen, shared, whatever,
    to spammers) just to stay in touch - that's a design flaw.

    Phooey on that (tm)

    Think about it this way.
    No matter how great a website or email is, it's
    out-of-sight out-of-mind 10 minutes after it is closed.

    Your customers can stay in front of their audience and
    they'll happily pay for that. Will it work for any kind
    of content? Certainly not. If someone publishes only the same
    kind of crap that appears in popup ads, well, not many people
    will select to have that delievered to their PCs - or keep
    it very long.

    But, when an author can Inform, Education, Entertain or
    do Commerce (business) with their audience, then they have
    tapped into the main reasons people get online in the
    first place. And the audience will love it. And the Author
    will happily pay you for that service.


    20 years passed between email (1971) and the web (1991).
    Should we wait until 2011?

    The next improvement is here.


    See the Software in Action
    ===============================
    The (active/x demo) is available so you can get a (simple)
    visual of what I'm talking about. The real software
    has many more features, of course.
    The demo also tells the FUI Software story - targeted to a
    number of different industries - all of whom could be
    clients for your hosting.

    The demo lets you create your own content and see it
    as if you published with the software.

    Let me be clear: the demo webpage is not the product or
    service you are offering to your clients. It's just to
    help people understand this new thing. Imagine how
    difficult it was to explain the web in an email, before
    anyone ever saw a webpage. :-O


    Pricing
    ==============
    FUI Software is available for a 30 day free trial, as you
    would expect. Personal users may keep it free or pay to keep
    all the great features ($39.95 retail for a Basic license.
    You pay me wholesale price, $29.95, keeping $10 for yourself).

    Business users must pay to upgrade. For example: An employer
    wants to communicate better with their employees - all must
    have a Basic license. Corporate site license arrangements
    will be negaotiated on a case-by-case basis for over 100
    licenses.

    Authors pay annually to publish (using the same software),
    similar to owning a domain name and paying to host it.
    Retail is $79.95 per year. You pay me the wholesale price,
    $49.95.

    Of course, you can charge any retail price you like.
    I've put you in "first position" (your customers deal
    with you) because they are your customers and that's
    what's best for you. There can be no dispute about
    whether or not I paid you, since you get paid first.
    When you pay me (via PayPal), your customer's PCs
    get the correct software license and they are good to go.


    How to Start
    ==================
    1) Review the website and the demo. They answer many, questions.

    2) Install the software on your PC - it answers even more
    questions. Sorry, no Mac.

    3) Ask me questions that you still have after step 1 and 2.

    4) You must pay retail for the software ($39.95 - for a limited
    time, I'll comp you the $49.95 annual publishing license,
    because you are a fellow WHT member for as long as you
    are a reseller) before you can offer the software for sale
    to your customers. Instead of paying $89.90 on the normal
    reseller webpage, use this page:
    http://www.IwantFUI.com/upgrade-FUI-SS-WHT.html

    5) Sign up to be a Reseller here
    http://www.IwantFUI.com/reseller-FUI-SS.html

    This is not a situation where you can simply "refer" people
    with a simple link on your website to a simple application,
    sit back and watch your bank account grow. So you must be
    much more serious than that to qualify as a Reseller. You
    must spend time to understand this new system or else you
    will have zero chance of successfully offering it as a
    service to your customers. And that does no one any good.


    I apologize if that seems too blunt. But I think you
    can see that if even 10% of your clients paid you
    even $5 more per month for hosting this new kind of content,
    your rewards will be great. If 5% of the people who happen
    to visit your home page sign with you because you have
    something unique, your rewards will be great. When your
    customers start to publish, their audience will see
    the software, some will realize that they should also be
    doing it, come to you for hosting...and so on, and so on.
    You get the idea.

    It doesn't matter if you have 10 or 10,000 clients, there is new
    money to be made as long as you are as serious about making
    it as I am. :-)


    See the Numbers
    ====================
    To get a better idea what financial impact FUI Software
    could have on your hosting business, visit this
    interactive spreadsheet I made for you:

    http://www.IwantFUI.com/reseller_profit-FUI-SS.htm

    Plug in numbers that model your business size and growth
    and match your predictions to see what profit you could have.
    All your information is private. It's not stored or
    transmitted anywhere. No one else but you will see it.

    If you are a company that designs custom content for your
    clients, your earning potential with FUI Software is even
    larger. There is no limit to what you can earn, unless you
    stick to the same-old, same-old.


    If You Design but Don't Host
    ======================================
    If you are a designer, get on board, learn the system
    then get in bed with a hosting company who doesn't design
    content. It's a perfect partnership. I'll build webpages
    for both groups so everyone knows they can come to you
    for professional help. Of course you will promote your
    services on the system itself. It's a natural.


    Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Let's make money together. :-)


    Daniel Farfan
    ----------------------------------------
    DanielFarfan "at" IwantFUI.com
    MSN Messenger: DanFarfan64 "at" hotmail.com
    Yahoo Messenger: danfarfan


    p.s. In case you think I'm just completely full of it and that
    "one guy" could never have created something this "big"
    or something that "matters"... consider this...

    * Email was created by one guy, while the boss wasn't looking.

    * The web was created by one guy, when the boss finally gave
    him permission.

    * I'm just one guy and I left my bosses behind to create
    FUI Software, because, frankly, I didn't really care what
    they thought. ;-)

  2. #2
    Hi Daniel,
    I don't know if I am understanding this, so let me play devils advocate with a few questions.

    1.) If there isn't a MAC version it relay limits it's audience due to the fact that many of my clients and I'm guessing others too are MAC users. Is there a MAC version in development?

    2.) Am I getting the correct picture here, are you charging $39.95 to the people that just want to view the screensavers?

    3.) If the above is correct I would have thought you would supply this for free to get it on everybody's computer so the publishers and authors had a medium to.......... well publish to. I don't know about anybody else but I think there would be considerable opposition to paying for this software just to view the content, I am sure your product would take off a lot quicker if you were to give the viewers the software to view this new media for free. Is this likely to happen?

    4.) The Author/Publisher license, how is this regulated. I mean if someone was to purchase a Author/Publisher licensee what is to stop them from using it on as many hosting accounts as they want, eg. is this IP based or is there some other way to prevent this??

    These questions are ones I feel would be raised by potential clients if we were to resell your product, and I am sure I will come up with some more after I sort through the mountain of information here and on your site.
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    Originally posted by Bright-Byte
    Hi Daniel,
    I don't know if I am understanding this, so let me play devils advocate with a few questions.
    All excellent questions. I hope I answered them fully. Please let me know.


    1.) If there isn't a MAC version it relay limits it's audience due to the fact that many of my clients and I'm guessing others too are MAC users. Is there a MAC version in development?
    No. There is no MAC version in development at this time. The timing of the MAC development is tied to success of the PC version. I'm sorry I can't give you a date. I'd never just make something up and give out a date that wasn't firm.
    I realize there are millions of MAC users. Believe me I look forward to supporting MAC and the UNIX family also.


    2.) Am I getting the correct picture here, are you charging $39.95 to the people that just want to view the screensavers?
    The software starts with a 30 day free trial and "fully functional" -i.e. as if the user purchased the Basic license. At the end of the 30 days, the "personal" user (i.e. non-business user) may keep the program for free, but lose a few features that would be available, if they paid to upgraded.

    Think "lite for free" and "pro for a price". It's that idea, except during the trial period, the user gets all the features as if they had paid.

    Which brings the question... what features do you get/keep when you upgrade?

    1) The frequency the program can update itself.
    basic... hourly. free... daily.

    ("update" is the process by which new content from Authors is delivered to the PC )

    2) The viewer can select an unlimited number of things published for the Run List (this is what the program runs when it starts) if they have paid for the upgrade. For example, your kids teacher publishes, so you select that for the Run List. You love your local baseball team, so they are on there also. Both of those get run in succession because they are on the Run List.

    However, the free version, allows only one item on the Run List.

    Which isn't the end of the world, since the "Favorite List" can still contain as many items as you want, and the program runs from there whenever the author updates their content.

    The "Interested List" can still contain as many items as you want, and the program runs from that list whenever you manually select something from it.

    Everything on any list gets updated automatically so you always have the latest (as of when you were online last, of course), which still makes it better than a web browser bookmark ;-)



    3.) If the above is correct I would have thought you would supply this for free to get it on everybody's computer so the publishers and authors had a medium to.......... well publish to. I don't know about anybody else but I think there would be considerable opposition to paying for this software just to view the content, I am sure your product would take off a lot quicker if you were to give the viewers the software to view this new media for free. Is this likely to happen?
    I think I answered 1/2 of your question above. The rest of the story is:

    It's always a chicken and egg situation between a producer and a consumer. The first people who saw the web browser told Tim, "A) so what? I already have email and gopher and B) there are no great websites to visit"

    Sure, if everyone had the program already, it's an easy sell to get people to publish to it. Sure, if everyone with an audience online where publishing with it, then their audience would download it.

    The key to the equation is the content. Very few will get any program just to have it - even if it's free. They'll get it when there's something on there they care about. Similar to Acrobat reader. No one gets it just to have it.... it's when they want to view a pdf document for the first time.

    That's why it's a natural for resell thru web hosts. Everyone who owns a website either has an online audience or wants one. If the website owner gets on board and publishes content to their customers, for example. The customers who want what that website owner has, will join in. Some of those will pay to upgrade. Most will not. And that's fine. It's a numbers game. But they will get the program when someone they care about publishes. And some in the audience, will also want to publish...

    That's how the program will spread.

    A great example use is message board owners. In the struggle to compete for members who will return over and over and be mad-posters, there's no reason to stay limited by A) the message board software or B) the web browser itself.

    Instead, the message board owner can publish with FUI Software, and send out selected messages to the audience interested enough in that board to download the software (which they can keep for free, of course ). Now, instead of only the new messages to subscribed threads sending out emails to trigger a return trip to the board, new posts can offer the same stimulous or news or ads or anything that the audience wants.... it's all about keeping the audience happy.

    And the viewers don't even have to delete all those notification emails. :-))




    4.) The Author/Publisher license, how is this regulated. I mean if someone was to purchase a Author/Publisher licensee what is to stop them from using it on as many hosting accounts as they want, eg. is this IP based or is there some other way to prevent this??
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "using it on as many hosting accounts as they want."

    Let me know if this answers your question or not.

    The Publishing license owner can publish as many different screensavers as they want. One on baseball, one on gardening, one on politics, one on American Idol, one for each forum of a message board, etc, etc.

    Unlike the domain name system that requires payment for .com, .org, .biz, .tv, and misspellings, etc. Authors do NOT have to pay for each one.

    Pay annually, publish away!
    I believe that's the best answer for everyone; the Author, the audience and me.


    These questions are ones I feel would be raised by potential clients if we were to resell your product, and I am sure I will come up with some more after I sort through the mountain of information here and on your site.
    Again, great questions. Don't hesitate to ask more when they arise.
    Thanks for the interest.

    Daniel Farfan

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