Most of my career has been in the hospitality industry, first serving as a GM for a couple of hotels and than heading a small hotel firm in Central America. As we were a small outfit, and needed to maximize our marketing effort with little money, I taught myself internet marketing around 2000 (read Corey Rudl's course, plus others). I applied this knowledge to the hotel sites in our firm and had very good results, especially due to the ignorance of our competitors regarding marketing effectively on the internet at that time.
Right now I'm an independent investor looking for business investments that do not require much time of mine to run. Ie, that are basically absentee businesses. Although I've been around enough to realize that this is a very hard trick to pull off (at least in my experience), my reading about muse businesses in Tim Ferris's blog (4 hour work week) and other testimonials, has me curious whether I can start or preferably buy a site that is highly automated and - truly - only takes that famous claim 'less than 5 hours a week to run'!
I'm glad I found this forum. I've had difficulty in getting the real skinny on internet investing, etc., and in just a couple of days of looking over the posts here, have learned a lot and feel like I'm connecting with a forum of legitimate, serious, businesspeople and related.