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Google does not provide detailed figures for You Tube's running costs, and You Tube's revenues in 2007 were noted as "not material" in a regulatory filing.
thereby fuelling criticisms that the company, like many Internet startups, did not have a viably implemented business model.
In April 2006, Sequoia and Artis Capital Management invested an additional million in the company, which had experienced significant growth in its first few months.
This issue has also been taken up in scientific analysis. Williams argue in their book Wikinomics that You Tube is an example for an economy that is based on mass collaboration and makes use of the Internet.
"Whether your business is closer to Boeing or P&G, or more like You Tube or flickr, there are vast pools of external talent that you can tap with the right approach.
More important, they understand that you don't need to control the quantity and destiny of bits if they can provide compelling venues in which people build communities around sharing and remixing content.
Free content is just the lure on which they layer revenue from advertising and premium services".On July 23, 2007 and November 28, 2007, CNN and You Tube produced televised presidential debates in which Democratic and Republican US presidential hopefuls fielded questions submitted through You Tube.