Skip to comments.Carbonite CEO learns a hard lesson about being played for a fool by George Soros
Posted on 08/06/2012 7:31:35 AM PDT by jmaroneps37
Last weeks Chick-fil-A appreciation day must have been painful to watch for David Friend the CEO that runs Carbonite a computer file backup service that was once the king of its industry.
Watching how well a business that is favored by the Right can do must have ground salt into the self- inflicted wound that is still plaguing Carbonite today.
On Saturday March 3, David Friend, the breast beating fool who is the CEO of Carbonite, decided he could not even wait until the following Monday to drop his companys advertising relationship with Rush Limbaugh.
Bleating about Limbaugh having correctly characterized a young woman who wanted a Catholic university to pay for her contraception devices, Friend cited a desire for a more civilized public discourse as the reason for his action.
The truth was that Carbonite and a few other foolish advertisers were convinced to drop Limbaugh by Media Matters a George Soros operation dedicated to destroying conservative talk radio in general and Rush Limbaugh in particular.
Carbonite was played just as the rest of them were played. Now that a full calendar quarter has past, the extent to which Carbonite was played can be more accurately assessed.
While Chick-fil-A was gaining record breaking sales merely because its CEO Dan Cathy has stood for one man to one woman marriage, Carbonite was suffering a substantial decrease in sales.
What is worse is that in its type of business customers make a decision that stands for a year or more. Nothing will bring back the business Carbonite has lost.
has sent these two traveling in opposite directions. Limbaughs numbers are higher than ever and the per share price of Carbonite stock has fallen 15%....
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I am always surprised by the extremely short-term thinking of so-called business leaders.
Sandra Fluke was a political prop, who was prostituted for some cheap headlines, and with the media life-span of a fruit-fly.
Yet these business wizards decide THAT is the important issue on which they will take a stand and bet their companys fate.
I was looking into Carbonite and seriously considering adopting it when they dropped Rush.
There is no way anyone in my family will ever buy their product now or in the future.
Hope he enjoys his “more civilized dialogue”.
Their product is a joke; I was sad that Rush permitted them to advertise.
The other crappy product is Sleep Number; mine collapsed on one side about a year after ownership. They refused to come out and see about it and their “fixes” never worked. Very expensive piece of crap.
Carbonite this past quarter took a surprise hit in customer acquisition as it ended a relationship with conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, after Limbaugh made some colorful comments.
“It turned out to be a bigger issue than we had anticipated, because at the time there was a lot of noise,” said CEO David Friend. “We had a huge spike in web traffic around that time, and just because of all of the interest in the whole subject.”
I wonder how Pro Flowers and the others made out hmmm?
Maybe we should send them a card and ask how are things going for them now that they are Rushless?
What the left should really be scared of is if we decided for one day to go protest the MSM all over the country, demanding they fire all of their leftwing commentators or we will not buy any of their sponsors products ever again.
We need to out Alinsky Alinsky. The left’s biggest fear is ridicule. She should be out in full force.
I was listening to NPR a few days ago and they said “Brought to you by Carbonite” and I thought, “Oh how far the mighty have fallen.”
You can't put a price on the approval of the "glitterati."
Never heard of them. Wasn’t that the name of a coal mining operation in the last century?
I thoroughly enjoyed calling Carbonite to cancel my account. I was 7 months into the 3rd year with them. Most of the moonbats who complained about Rush never were Carbonite customers and never would have been. I signed on originally because I heard their ad on Rush’s program.
Was Select Comfort another that dropped Rush?
Anyone have a list of other companies that boycotted Rush?
Mine has gone missing!!
I want to make sure I or anyone else in my family never does business with ANY of these businesses again!!
Keep up the pressure, hit ‘em in the pocketbook. The ONLY thing these advertisers understand is $$$.
What is worse is that in its type of business customers make a decision that stands for a year or more.
I also wonder how many of their current subscribers will not be renewing once their current subscription is up?
I think that will/ could be the final nail in carbonites coffin.
Now that’s a 15% drop over one quarter. I imagine there are some people who bought a year of service before they dropped Rush. They aren’t going to cancel something they already paid for, but over time, they won’t renew, either.
15% ... 30% ... 45% ... 60% sales lost.
What do a few 8g mem sticks cost? You can’t back up your own important stuff to a mem stick and a few other devices?
Civilized dialogue seems to basically mean the left can say / do whatever, and conservatives are expected to be sit back and exercise restraint against evil run amok. In essence, we are to be well-behaved and non-opinionated. Otherwise the name-calling begins along with a lot of shame-on-yous.
There is a pretty good list on this site. However I’m not sure if the site’s owner’s intended us to use the post as a conservative boycott list. ;)
Sleep Train was one that regretted leaving. They asked to come back and Rush said no.
It wasn’t a national ad I don’t think. Rush recorded a local commercial for them.
Nothing compares to sleeping in my own Sealy Posturpedic.
“We had a huge spike in web traffic around that time..”
In other words, professional agitators, community organizers and their useful idiots are leeches on society and will make a lot of noise without having much to spend in the economy.
You and a couple of liberals must have been the only ones listening.
Maybe you fell over it while surfing.
I’ve had my sleep number bed for over 10 years. For my back injury from the service, it has been a God send. Sorry you have had such trouble with yours.
Sp[eaking of that I went to Walmarts and bought a 32 GB memory stick the other day for $19.95 saw it today at Staples for almost $40. bucks.
What was Carbonite charging per year? Something like $60? Five bucks per month? For that you can get three of those sticks have one them with you, put the others in safe places.
A 1T desktop usb2/3 drive is $100. Comes with basic software for automatic user-defined backups.
Pro-Flowers is the lazy man's way of ordering flowers anyway. At one time, they might've been useful, but do what I do, and you can avoid the extra cost.
Pick any local flower shop in the city where you want to send flowers (just about any search tool will do--I use Bing); call that flower shop directly, and place an order for them to deliver.
Much easier than going through some 1-800 number, and no added fees or charges.
Someone should have told him pawns are expendable.
“What do a few 8g mem sticks cost? You cant back up your own important stuff to a mem stick and a few other devices”?
You dont want your back-up in the same location as your PC incase of fire, flood ect.
I've never heard of ZipCar. Methinks they are not only advertising to the wrong demo, but are being ripped off by their agency or marketing department.
Any way, from what I remember of the Carbonite faux pas, their customer acquisition costs were through the roof even with the Limbaugh reach.
It's probably over for them as Carbonite. Between alienating Dittoheads and all the bad publicity about the quality of their service, I wouldn't be surprised to see them acquired by a real backup company for substantially less than what they paid for their constantly dwindling customer base.
What kind of businessman listens to Soros unless they’re up to no good? It isn’t rocket surgery to know that they’re lucky as heck that Soros didn’t buy tons of stock in their company then make it worthless after they got rid of advertising on Rush.
Nope. I have a 50 minute one way commute to my job. I either listen to the new testament on mp3 or NPR. The latter to find out what the other side is up to. Every now and then I come up with a gem like this.
—You and a couple of liberals must have been the only ones listening.—
It’s really fun, when arguing on liberal sites, when they accuse me of being a “foux bot” and I tell them I have not had TV since 1997 and the only radio I listen to is NPR.
The ad-hominem fails. It takes the wind out of their sails.
That was what I was saying. Keep one with you, put the others in different places outside your home. Maybe one in your car and another either at work or a friends house?? I’ve always thought that Carbonite was a joke.
PS - I also have a Passport external HD for my laptop and I backup to that as well. I do have several mem sticks too.
We'll never know viz Pro Flowers because they are owned by Liberty Media (Sirius, QVC, Starz, the Atlanta Braves, etc.); majority owned by the secretive billionaire John Malone, who ostensibly is/was a friend of Rush:
"John Malone, who's at the Aspen Institute, has now joined all of this. He's a cable television, Liberty Media, DirecTV, cable TV, is a mogul -- and he's a great guy, by the way.
I have met Malone on a number of different occasions. "'The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world,' the cable king said. Given the global nature of his business, he observed, 'We could move out of Colorado.' It wasn't clear whether he was suggesting a move might still be under consideration, whether he was thinking of moving out of the US or simply ranting against high taxes." A lot of people are talking about this. They've come to the conclusion. Mort Zuckerman we quoted. People are realizing it's not an accident. They're realizing this is not good intentions gone awry. They're starting to realize nobody would do this unless they meant to be doing this. This is not accidental. This is not naivete. This is not utopia-panacea meeting reality. This is anti-capitalism meeting reality, and the capitalists are starting to figure out that they are in the crosshairs even if they have donated considerable sums to Obama's effort." -- Rush
As for the on-site vs off-site backup debate, you could always purchase a Dropbox account and use unison to encrypt a volume and ship it to the cloud every so often. Of course, Dropbox was compromised recently. On the other hand, any backup is better than no backup, on-site or wherever.
Yes, carbonite is a joke. It is a good concept though. Kind of a pain to go out to your car (or where ever) to get your memory stick everytime you want to back something up.
Zipcar is quite the rip-off, in my opinion.
They are expanding now on to universities, and allowing any driver over 21. That is a huge, HUGE, liability risk.
I wouldn’t get near this company with a 10 foot pole.
And local car rental companies are far cheaper, in almost every circumstance.
Liberals on have what the government buys for them. NPR will never generate the amount of business lost.
It’s going to get worse for Carbonite.
I bet there were maany - like me - with two year contracts that could not be refunded. My subscriptions runs out in January. I won’t be reupping.
David Friend now knows the fate of a ‘Useful Idiot’.
Pretty sure you are the exception to the rule.
Glad you didn’t get one of their normal clunkers.
Saw a 1T portable external HD for 80 bucks at Wally-World yesterday.
They had repeatedly emailed me with offers to re-up. I don’t know if it stopped ,I just identified Carbonite as spam and no more Carbonite..
This brings a huge smile to my face. As someone who has started several businesses, I would usually never wish ill-will on an entrepreneur.
However, in Carbonite's case I will gladly make an exception...and was happy to tell them so, particularly with buying a brand new PC and a physical backup drive.
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