A new Web-based messaging service is ingenious, insidious or both. If, during the process of eradicating gophers in the backyard, you came up with a nuclear-powered solution consisting of $11 worth of duct tape, Silly Putty and a can of Raid, would you market it to the world? You would if all you saw were dollar signs, which might make you forget that others could use your discovery for things not involving furry critters (at least the cute kind). Case in point: VaporStream. This magical startup may make a billion dollars for all the wrong reasons or this may be the last you ever hear of them. I haven't spoken with these surely upstanding capitalists, but my people have and they immediately knew I'd love this from an entertainment perspective.
Steve Duplessie is the founder and senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.