Hey, Chuck, thanks for the help with illustrating the massive growth Sirius Satellite Radio  (NASDAQ:SIRI) is experiencing. Here, let me refresh everyone's memory a bit:



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I'll concede that there is some bad news in there. The share dilution in the early years was massive, and the company is far from profitable today.

But look at the revenue growth. You'd expect any upstart to triple its annual sales early on, but Sirius nearly did it last year -- five years after launching its first satellite. The company has started to pay back on its debts, and the dilution situation is far less ridiculous these days.

This is what the early days of an explosive growth story look like. Go back and check up on some of the classic growth gems if you like. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) became profitable early on, but grew much slower than Sirius or XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR). The same goes for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Satellite TV provider EchoStar (NASDAQ:DISH) -- which I pointed out has returned 35% annually to its shareholders over the last 10 years -- followed the Sirius model to a T in its early stages. That company is also locked in a two-way duopoly situation, in the same costly infrastructure industry, with the same seemingly crushing debt load.

And, just as Sirius and XM have talked about mergers in the past, so have EchoStar and its rival DirecTV (NYSE:DTV), with nothing ever coming of it. The potential is there for Sirius to deliver those types of  returns. Vote accordingly.

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