An Explanation and Some Deep Thoughts, Man.
From: Matt Rutledge, Founder and CEO of Woot (NakedKegStandsAllDay_420@woot.com) Date: Tue, Sept. 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM Subject: An Explanation and Some Deep Thoughts, Man. To: [redacted due to Matt accidentally entering every Woot user's email address]
Dude, I f&*$ed up. I owe you guys an explanation.
I keep getting emails from you cretins about how we lack respect and humility, as if I give two craps. Let me be real clear: I'm running a business here. Our interactions are limited to the following: we put up stuff for sale, you buy it, and if you REALLY feel like it, we'll let you tell us how awesome we are.
Sorry, sorry. That came out wrong. Forget all that. Let me just explain to you brilliant, kind-hearted, fun, incredibly sexy people what we're doing here.
For the past seven years, my greatest fear at Woot has been that we wouldn't make the leap from success in offloading overstock crap to success in offloading even MORE overstock crap. Most companies that are great at something - like Pets.com or govWorks - lose that greatness when people start wanting new things (in this case, new and greater quantities of crap). So we're going to copy what Netflix is doing, but first I should personally give you a full explanation of just what the hell it is Netflix is doing.
Okay, I honestly have no idea what Netflix is doing.
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