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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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I’m An Amazon Affiliate Again – Sort Of

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On March 8, 2010 Amazon fired me as an Amazon Affiliate because of Colorado HB 10-1193.  I proceeded to have a dozen different conversations (email and live) with several of my state representatives, including one of the co-sponsors of the bill, and each conversation made me more incensed at the abject stupidity and lack of understanding of the dynamics surrounding the situation.  Ultimately, the argument came down to one of protectionism – e.g. “we have to protect our local merchants so Amazon shouldn’t get an unfair advantage by not having to charge state tax.”  I could rant about this for a while, but I’ve got better things to spend my time on at this point.

I’ve been an early Viglink user for a while.  Niel Robertson, the CEO of Trada, introduced me to Viglink’s founder Oliver Roup and I agreed to be an alpha tester.  While we aren’t an investor, I’m intrigued with what Viglink is doing and I’m already a big fan.

Last week I realized that all of my going forward Amazon links (and other links to merchants with an affiliate program) were getting rewritten by Viglink.  As a result, on a going forward basis, I was getting Amazon affiliate revenue (via Viglink) for anyone that clicked through one of my links and bought something on Amazon. 

That was cool, but I have a gillion of old links using my Amazon affiliate code that no longer works.  I asked Oliver if he could rewrite all of the old links also.  Here’s his response:

“We have coded this and deployed it.  As a result, all your dead Amazon affiliate links will be overwritten with our affiliate code and the revenue will be credited to you.  What’s more, we just created an affiliate program against ourselves – any links you have to us on your blog will automatically be affiliated and you will receive 10% of the revenue from any customers we get as a result of those links.”

Awesome!  If you are a fired Amazon Affiliate in Colorado, take a look at Viglink.

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