Sirius crosses 4 million subscriber mark

Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday that they crossed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took them a little over 3 months to grow from 2 million (September 15th, 2005) to 3 million (December 27th, 2005). It took less than 3 months for Sirius to go from 3 million to 4 million (March 20th, 2006). If they keep up this growth rate, Sirius would end the year with over 7 million subscribers. Sirius’ stock is up significantly over the last week on this news. XM reached 6 million on January 4th, so they will need to announce something about passing 7 million in the next week or so to keep pace with Sirius. I’ll be updating my XM vs Sirius total subscribers graph when I get the latest numbers from XM.

SF Bay Area Tech Companies on a Google Map

December 1, 2013 Update:
The Wayfaring site that I created back in 2005 has been shut down but I have a new version of this on my TechHubz site.

I was thinking recently about the idea of a Google Maps mash-up with a job search site, such as Hot Jobs or The idea would be that you could enter in some kind of search filterting criteria – type of company, company size, public vs private, tag names, etc. The filtering would also include a commute radius – e.g. 30 miles. The search result would be a Google map showing the companies that met your search criteria. If you drill down on the map “balloons” you would get a brief description of the company, a link to the job postings, etc. I’ve used the excellent Wayfaring site to show an example of how the resulting map might look:

1/17/05 Update:

One of the cool features of Warfaring is community maps. Any registered Wayfarer user can edit a community map, sort of like a Wiki. If you’d like to add your company to the SF Bay Area Tech Companies map, just follow these steps:

  1. First, sign up for a new Wayfaring account if you don’t already have one
  2. Go to the SF Bay Area Tech Companies map
  3. Click on the Edit Map button (towards the bottom of the page)
  4. Click on Add a Waypoint
  5. Type in the company name in the Name field
  6. Type in the Address for the company or click on the map.
    Make sure to use the map zoom function if you are clicking on the map.
  7. Type in Tags (optional). For example, sanfrancisco, acmesoftware, companies, etc.
  8. Type in a Description. HTML tags are supported on this.  Here’s the info that I’ve used for other companies:Short description of the companyJobs link. Use this html:<a
  9. Click Done
  10. Click the Save Map button
  11. If you scroll down the list of Waypoints, you should see the new company. You might need to refresh your browser if you don’t see it in the list.
  12. To add a logo for your company, click on the company name in the Waypoint list
  13. Next to Photos, click upload
  14. Click Browse next to Photo 1 and select the logo file for the company. Click Submit.