That’s Nicholas Guido Anthony to You, Bitch
Felix Salmon showed up with a Reuters camera crew last night to record Nick Denton handing over the check to me. As Nick wrote it out on my back, I reminded Felix that he also thought I would lose, but now I am a Benjamin richer.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Nick was gracious in defeat, but he was a good sport. But as I see it, the new soft Nick is easy to exploit!
So I casually mentioned I would make another bet. “What terms?” he asked. I said 700MM pvs in a year. “That’s 40% growth,” he grimaced. “Yep,” I said. “Take it or leave it.”
He took the bait. So now we have another bet!
Official terms: We will check Quantcast on October 1, 2012. The goal is 700MM pageviews/month. It’s $10 for every million over/under. (So $1000 to me if it’s 600MM.) Lockhart is the judge again, and, as before, new or acquired sites do not count in the numbers. And again, the money handover is to be done in public and photographed.
And the pauper said unto the lord, “Kneel before me, plebeian!”