Under the heading of a little direct action is worth 10 times as much Federal stimulus spending, a hosting company has started accepting applications from entrepreneurs that need access to free excess server capacity in order to launch a new business.
According to Doug Erwin, the CEO of The Planet hosting company, his company has spent roughly $34 million modernizing its data centers. That's created an excess set of roughly 500 servers that The Planet is now making available free of charge to entrepreneurs that have business ideas that not only stimulate the economy, but also create jobs.
Erwin admits that he hopes some of these ideas will eventually result in paying customers for The Planet. But Erwin says The Planet is also willing to pony up some free training to help startup companies develop Web skills or any other core set of IT skills they might need.
With the real unemployment rate probably close to 20 percent and scores more under-employed, the number of people looking for something to do has never been higher. Unfortunately, far too many of them are looking for permission to do something in the form of an existing job rather than thinking about how to create their own job. That, of course, isn't easy to do. But at least The Planet is trying to do something about that.
Now if only all the other thousands of hosting and cloud computing service providers would follow The Planet's lead, we might actually be able to start putting people back to work.