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Carbonite CEO learns a hard lesson about being played for a fool by George Soros
coachisright.com ^ | August 6, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins

Posted on 08/06/2012 7:31:35 AM PDT by jmaroneps37

Last week’s 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 company’s 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. Limbaugh’s numbers are higher than ever and the per share price of Carbonite stock has fallen 15%....

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 2012; carbonite; chickfila; crushliberalism; davidfriend; democrats; liberalism; liberals; limbaugh; mediamatters; progressives; rushlimbaughsponsors; rushsponsors; soros; stupidisasstupiddoes
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I wonder how Pro Flowers and the others made out hmmm?
1 posted on 08/06/2012 7:31:46 AM PDT by jmaroneps37
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To: jmaroneps37

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 company’s fate.

Idiots.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 7:34:28 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: jmaroneps37

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”.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 7:35:55 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: comebacknewt

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.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 7:39:43 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: jmaroneps37

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.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2012/08/zipcar-car-sharing.html


5 posted on 08/06/2012 7:39:50 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: jmaroneps37

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?


6 posted on 08/06/2012 7:40:34 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: jmaroneps37

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.


7 posted on 08/06/2012 7:41:11 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: jmaroneps37

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.”

:-D


8 posted on 08/06/2012 7:41:35 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: PGR88
Yet these business wizards decide THAT is the important issue on which they will take a stand and bet their company’s fate.

You can't put a price on the approval of the "glitterati."

;-D

9 posted on 08/06/2012 7:43:04 AM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: jmaroneps37
I would never order from Pro-flowers again anyway. A few years ago we ordered roses from them for Valentine's Day with a promised delivery for Valentine's Day. Not only did the flowers come the day after, most were already drooping. By the next day all of the roses were drooping. After contacting Pro-flowers about our dissatisfaction they responded by offering us a whopping 20% off on our next order. That was it!
10 posted on 08/06/2012 7:43:59 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: jmaroneps37

Carbonite?

Never heard of them. Wasn’t that the name of a coal mining operation in the last century?

</sarc


11 posted on 08/06/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: jmaroneps37

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.


12 posted on 08/06/2012 7:45:44 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: jmaroneps37

Was Select Comfort another that dropped Rush?


13 posted on 08/06/2012 7:47:07 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jmaroneps37

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 $$$.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 7:48:44 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: jmaroneps37
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.

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.

15 posted on 08/06/2012 7:49:33 AM PDT by Hope for the Republic (The 1st amendment is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.)
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To: jmaroneps37

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.


16 posted on 08/06/2012 7:49:49 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: jmaroneps37

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?


17 posted on 08/06/2012 7:54:36 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: jmaroneps37

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.


18 posted on 08/06/2012 7:54:42 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: Bon of Babble

http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/02/436852/rush-limbaugh-advertisers/

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. ;)


19 posted on 08/06/2012 8:00:02 AM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


20 posted on 08/06/2012 8:00:39 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Jewbacca
Ugh.... my parents bought one of those Sleep Number beds and put it in their guest room where I sleep when I visit them. I hate the thing. I wake up in the morning and it feels like I've been punched in the ribs. I've tried it on every number and none works for me. As a result, I don't visit as often. (Maybe that was their m.o.?)

Nothing compares to sleeping in my own Sealy Posturpedic.

21 posted on 08/06/2012 8:02:20 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: listenhillary

““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.


22 posted on 08/06/2012 8:06:30 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cuban leaf

You and a couple of liberals must have been the only ones listening.

Maybe you fell over it while surfing.


23 posted on 08/06/2012 8:07:57 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jewbacca

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.


24 posted on 08/06/2012 8:08:37 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SkyDancer

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.


25 posted on 08/06/2012 8:10:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

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.


26 posted on 08/06/2012 8:14:38 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SkyDancer

A 1T desktop usb2/3 drive is $100. Comes with basic software for automatic user-defined backups.


27 posted on 08/06/2012 8:15:57 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Nevadan
I would never order from Pro-flowers again anyway.

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.

28 posted on 08/06/2012 8:17:42 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: jmaroneps37

Someone should have told him pawns are expendable.


29 posted on 08/06/2012 8:20:19 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: SkyDancer

“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”?

You dont want your back-up in the same location as your PC incase of fire, flood ect.


30 posted on 08/06/2012 8:25:58 AM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: listenhillary
...customer acquisition...

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.

31 posted on 08/06/2012 8:27:38 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: jmaroneps37

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.


32 posted on 08/06/2012 8:30:15 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Venturer

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.


33 posted on 08/06/2012 8:31:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Lou L
thanks. Anymore, we just get flowers from the grocery store. Have been a heck of a lot more satisfied than with Pro-flowers!
34 posted on 08/06/2012 8:37:06 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Venturer

—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.


35 posted on 08/06/2012 8:40:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Gettin Betta

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.


36 posted on 08/06/2012 8:40:06 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Gettin Betta

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.


37 posted on 08/06/2012 8:42:03 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Bitsy
"I wonder how Pro Flowers and the others made out hmmm?"

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


38 posted on 08/06/2012 8:45:12 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: SkyDancer
It's not so much the storage as it is the software to automatically backup your data. You can use a program like “unison” which is open source and freely available, but it is not “user friendly”. Once you finally get it set up, it works OK, but setting it up was quite a chore a few years ago. Maybe they have improved it.

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.

39 posted on 08/06/2012 8:48:44 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: SkyDancer

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.


40 posted on 08/06/2012 8:51:45 AM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: Calvin Locke

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.


41 posted on 08/06/2012 8:55:49 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: cuban leaf

Liberals on have what the government buys for them. NPR will never generate the amount of business lost.


42 posted on 08/06/2012 9:02:24 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: comebacknewt

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.


43 posted on 08/06/2012 9:03:11 AM PDT by y6162
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To: jmaroneps37

David Friend now knows the fate of a ‘Useful Idiot’.


44 posted on 08/06/2012 9:12:14 AM PDT by khelus
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To: taxcontrol

Pretty sure you are the exception to the rule.

Glad you didn’t get one of their normal clunkers.


45 posted on 08/06/2012 9:31:10 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: PGR88
I am always surprised by the extremely short-term thinking of so-called business “leaders.”

I think the problem lies with all of the twenty-something graduates of liberal universities who populate their Marketing Departments. I am sure they do their best to convince the boss that this is a DEFCON 1 crisis that will destroy the company if not dealt with.

46 posted on 08/06/2012 9:34:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Calvin Locke

Saw a 1T portable external HD for 80 bucks at Wally-World yesterday.


47 posted on 08/06/2012 9:44:35 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: jmaroneps37

Bump


48 posted on 08/06/2012 9:49:02 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: jmaroneps37

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..


49 posted on 08/06/2012 9:50:44 AM PDT by Cyman
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Limbaugh’s numbers are higher than ever and the per share price of Carbonite stock has fallen 15%....

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.

Western Digital My Book 2TB Essential USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, WDBACW0020HBKSN

50 posted on 08/06/2012 10:18:36 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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