Unfortunately, poor cash flow and huge egos have
prevented HTR/UOL from recruiting the kind of heavy-hitting
talent that could make a difference.
the wake of the recent dismissal of the CEO, a few
highly-paid VPs and directors, and a whole division, things
will change. For better or worse? -- that remains to
Perhaps UOL should consider bringing in some turn
around people to take over the executive ranks? Two poor
sales and marketing cultures do not a profit making
There are plenty of retired
executives who after a successful and profitable career go
into companies with poor strategy, sales, and
marketing infrastructures and turn them into money making
ventures making money for the shareholders and
Both UOL and HTR are weak at marketing their
products and services. Seems that if there was some
serious strategic and tactical planning for moving all
that content - content that wasn't *really* freely
acquired - there might be hope.
My message was not "classic company line". In a
round about way, it says "Pee or get off the Pot". If
you have such tight financial ties to UOLP, then
offer your suggestions. I assume "financial ties" means
that you're a stockholder. If so, then in my opinion,
(yes I know what opinions are like :-}) you have
something of an obligation or duty to present your ideas of
corrective measures. Anyone with a 6th grade education can
follow the UOLP stock trends and this message board and
lob criticism. You strike me as someone with
substantial more intelligence than a 12-year-old does. What
say you? If you feel that UOLP should change one
thing or another, then become a "content provider" and
offer your thoughts. Otherwise you sound like an
armchair quarterback during a Monday night football game.
I was wondering when someone would appear to
spout the classic company line. The background
information on this site, while of some interest to those of
us with financial ties to UOLP is no different from
what you can find under messages for say, General
Motors, and most likely a bit more civil.
is when compared with competing on-line content
providers UOLP offers little in the way of innovation. In a
way it is similar to early investors in the cellular
phone industry who applied for licenses with no
intention of ever providing the service, but with their
focus on hopes of selling out to a qualified carrier
with deep pockets. Until bandwith issues are resolved
this remains a nice sidebar story.
UOL is still a bargain.
"family ties" discounted, it's a deal. Focus on the day.
I say buy and forget the Indian vs Iranian stuff.
30 some messages were focused on the wrong thing.
Look at on-line revenue. There is the
You decide. It has nothing to do with family.
It seems to me that there's an awful lot of
whining going on here. The amount of denigration and
vilification of UOL Publishing Inc., and specifically its
subsiderary HTR Inc. seems to have taken on a personal tone.
Did someone lose the family fortune or farm due to
UOL's falling stock, or is your life so devoid of
substance that you feel you have nothing better to do than
to launch attacks against UOL Publishing? What's the
hidden agenda? This company has suffered some of the
same pitfalls as many other companies. Nowhere in
UOL's mission statement does it promise a rose garden,
nor does it say that UOL is the answer for all that
is wrong with small/medium size businesses. While I
do empathise with those of you lost money playing
the stock market; play with fire and you're liable to
get burned. Do you go crying to Donald Trump when you
drop several grand in one of his casinos, or do you
chock it up to experience and the nature of the beast.