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by Iain Neish,
SuriaLink Editor & Webmaster
SuriaLink.com came into being because Dave Myslabodski and I found
ourselves struggling for survival in the seaplant business knowing that
we could do a lot more to “advance the cause” but totally frustrated
at the pace of progress. We realise that many other seaplant
professionals are in the same boat. Great seaplant research groups such
as the one at NRCC in Halifax have dissipated; industry R&D people
find themselves sidelined or unemployed; industry funding of R&D has
dwindled to a pittance and the whole business seems to be "dumbing
In unity there can be
strength - in knowledge there is power
Dave and I have formed SuriaLink in the hope that we can band together
with like-minded seaplant professionals and forge ahead as SuriaLink
Associates. Unity can be Strength. By banding together like members of a
professional Guild perhaps we can collectively gain a much enhanced
opportunity to pursue our vocation, achieve progress and gain
satisfaction in the ethical, rational development of endeavours that
communities need an "infomediary" on the Internet
Dave and I had been hashing around ideas in earnest since the
International Seaweed Symposium at Cebu City, Philippines in April,
1998. Since then we’ve kept up a lively e-mail exchange. Meanwhile
I’ve been in South East Asia struggling through the "Asian Economic Meltdown” and Dave has been
based in Rockland Maine developing Great SeaVegetables.
Eventually it became obvious that the tool we need to achieve our goals is e-commerce
on the Internet. Thus, out of our “sweat”, SuriaLink.com has been
is intended as a long-term creation – not a dotcom boondoggle
started this project in mid-1999 while the dotcom mania was going full force. With
encouragement from since-departed cheerleaders conjuring visions of
“angel investors” and “venture capitalists” we charged
into a crash-course on e-commerce and decided that seaplant businesses
need this tool. We got seriously down to work just as “dotbomb”
became the buzzword du jour. The Angels flew away but we decided to forge ahead on a
is still a great tool if used appropriately
We remain adamantly convinced that the Seaplant Community will benefit
immensely from an “infomediary” site such as SuriaLink. The reasons
for this are summarised in the “About
Us” section of surialink.com. We have observed and learned from
the experience of other e-entrepreneurs including the evolution of
Seafax to GoFish and back to Seafax
again. As the managers of Seafax point out,
"The market has
spoken. What it's told us is that the Internet is a terrific way of
distributing information, but not transacting business. We are looking
forward to continuing to push the capabilities of the Internet to
deliver the Seafax product, the best information in the business."
need for "critical mass"
we need now is quality content that will develop into financial returns
and support for the work ahead. To succeed we must add real value.
That’s why we need more seaplant people to join us in developing this
project and creating the necessary “critical mass” of quality
content and services.
we do this well funding can happen
We cannot guarantee how quickly
revenues will develop or how large they will really get but at least we
can have the satisfaction of a job well done - and have opportunities to
work. By getting a sufficient mass of quality content and
services on the site we can make visiting and subscribing to it a
"must" for any serious player in seaplant related businesses.
If we do this we are adding real value and financial reward is more
likely than not.
consider joining with us
We invite enquiries about your participation as a SuriaLink Associate. Please give serious consideration to joining with us as an Associate or a Contributor.