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Mark Atwood
"If you had the money, what would you do?"
I saw this, "If you had the money... What sort of business would you start?".

Well, I've been building up a list of that very thing over the years, but they aren't "businesses", because they would consume money, not generate it.

  • A 24-hour cafe. With good food, comfy chairs, and bulletproof wifi.
  • A local-to-me good hardware/houseware/hobby/general store.
  • An office product and art supply outlet for cons, conferences, and tradeshows. Have a booth or table setup, sell art and office supplies, do prints and photo color prints, flat scanning and item scanning, DVD burns, etc.
  • A nationwide chain of Gentleman's Clubs. (For all genders of gentleman, of course.) Think "work from the cafe", but for executive types.
  • A pagan parochial school. With weekly services.
  • An atheist parochial school. And yes, also with weekly services.
  • A true teaching university. Optimized for learning and doing. No PC bullshit, and no tenure.
  • A media production studio. That put storytelling first, did faithful adaptations, and worked with the internet and the fileshareing networks, not against them.

I can expand and expound on any of these, and the synergies between them, at length.

Most billionaires are so boring with what they do. Even the ones with the flash and sizzle, its boring mainstream flash and sizzle.

Current Location: Home, Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

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From: nancylebov Date: October 18th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting rich person project.

Maybe it would be fun and lucrative to help rich people figure out what they want to do with their lives.
jatg From: jatg Date: October 18th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
okay, expand in some detail...what sort of services would there be at an atheist parochial school? Would they eschew any and all holidays based on religious traditions? There goes...pretty much everything!

(actually I'm curious what sort of weekly service there would be at a pagan parochial school as well.)

I can't believe there isn't already a chain of "Gentleman's Clubs."
j_larson From: j_larson Date: October 23rd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those exist, actually, but only at airports. They're usually called Executive Lounges, or something like that. I think a business-class ticket gets you admission, as does some ungodly amount of frequent-flyer miles. Presumably it's also possible to buy a membership.

I've never been in one; I fly coach.
wouldyoueva From: wouldyoueva Date: October 18th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd start my dream business.

It would be a combination comic book and gaming supply store with an attached coffee shop, with tables in the back to play games.

During the day, I'd have bridge games going on for retired people. I'd charge them, but only to pay for someone with master points to play with them. That way they'd get master points (if I'm remembering what my sister told me when I asked how her second husband could make a living playing bridge).

We spend too much of our time watching TV alone in our houses, and not enough having fun with our community.

I like the idea of an atheist parochial school. But where would we get atheist nuns?
From: nancylebov Date: October 20th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
We're not so many years from from retirement for the people played D&D in college.
mauser From: mauser Date: October 19th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd start a Lan Party Franchise. We'd have both mobile units that could set up fully configured machines at your location, and a game center, like an arcade almost, with exorbitantly priced snacks and racks of peripherals and hot computer components.
docorion From: docorion Date: October 19th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It may interest you to know that, by and large, tenure is going away at most US universities. Perhaps not as fast as you might like, but if *is* going away. (I know this due to a conversation with a person who teaches at the university nearest my house; I asked her if she was tenure track, and got a bit of a dissertation on the structuring of teaching jobs at the modern university, at least in Departments of English. It was quite enlightening).
amythis From: amythis Date: October 19th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'd still answer this as I did a dozen years ago, start a revival movie theater with a used bookstore in the lobby.
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