Have Startups Really Become Boring?

August 30th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

This article suggests that after 6 big exits, suddenly the whole space of web startups is less exciting and we should look to other fields.

Startups Have Gotten Very Boring

In the wake of the Facebook IPO, something funny has happened to the world of startups. Suddenly, startups feel very boring. VCs and entrepreneurs say they feel it too. “I do feel a bit like that, but then again that could also just be the startups I’m happening to see,” one investor said.

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via: www.businessinsider.com

I find that to be bollocks.  There are still things on the world that can be improved or fixed trough web-based technologies, and that will never change. Sure, bio-tech and similar are emerging and creating new exciting spaces, that will bring improvements to our lives, and might generate bigger returns for investors in the next decade, but if returns are all that makes something exciting for someone, well, why don’t you go live on an island somewhere.

Does Silicon Valley Have a Public Relations Problem?

August 24th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

 

Amazing how we never see opinions like these coming from within Silicon Valley itself.

Does Silicon Valley Have a Public Relations Problem?

Silicon Valley is facing an image problem. Facebook didn’t even leave the Valley to ring the opening bell on its tragic IPO, and that was after spending $1 Billion on Instagram. Meanwhile Zuck’s sister is shooting a “reality” show in San Francisco and calling it… well, reality. Let’s not forget the Angry Birds movie, either.

the media in Silicon Valley needs to stop regurgitating the same stories to the top of Techmeme every day. Secondly, focus on BIG problems – stop saturating the media with acquisitions like Instagram which do nothing to actually change a significant problem in the world. Finally, look to the established giants who are solving the world’s most important problems – from healthcare, to politics, to green energy and education.

 

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I agree almost completely, the valley as a business hub is becoming more about efficiently moving pieces of paper, than solving next greatest problem of the world. They are starting to resemble entertainment industry of south California.

One thing that we should see as their achievement and contribution to the world though, are numerous frameworks and recipes for reducing friction in entrepreneurship. Everyone around the world knows about the lean startup now, and it is helping to unleash new talents in other places.

Not sure why I’m remembering Monty Python right now.

 

big exits are not for the common people

August 16th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

 

This article made me think, that as a young entrepreneur, one has to realize that the big exits that are presented as success, actually require a very specific state of mind, which most of normal people would never submit themselves to.

Yes, if you are a startup entrepreneur and you hope for a billion dollar exit, chances are it’s not going to be smooth like Instagram’s, but convoluted like Facebook‘s, and you’ll have to piss off and disappoint a lot of people on the way.

Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam?

Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam? Billion-dollar cash-outs at Facebook, Zynga and Groupon. Abysmal stock performance. Tweet Jake Rajs / Getty Images Over the last year-and-a-half, several of the most prominent social media companies in the country have sold shares to investors in high-profile initial public offerings.

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via: business.time.com

Are you sure you want to do it? I’m not.

 

‘The Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over, and We’re Dancing on its Grave’

May 30th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Memory is a Golden Sieve
Memory is a Golden Sieve

Memory is a Golden Sieve (Photo credit: kern.justin)

… following a point from yesterday, it seems US economy is catching up with Europe:

‘The Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over, and We’re Dancing on its Grave’

BLANK: I teach science and engineering. I see my students trying to commercialize really hard stuff. But the VCs are only going to be interested in chasing the billions on their smart phones. Thank God we have small business research grants from the federal government, otherwise the Chinese would just grab them.

via: www.theatlantic.com

#1 natural limit of web economy? Land!

May 25th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Geeks live their lives peacefully in the online world most of the time, but every now and then reality hits us on our heads - this article beautifully outlines how old-fashioned housing legislation in silicon valley is limiting the ability of online business to grow.

Too hot for jobs

THE financial press went ape this week over the highly anticipated IPO of one Facebook, the Harvard social network turned $100 billion phenomenon. Facebook’s soaring valuation has focused attention on a Silicon Valley that is once again booming, and it has led many to wonder whether social networking isn’t inflating into yet another tech bubble.

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via: www.economist.com

This is my own image.

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is it a feature or a business?

May 24th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

YouTube business model canvas sketch by Alexan...
YouTube business model canvas sketch by Alexan...

YouTube business model canvas sketch by Alexander Osterwalder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this article hits on a very important distinction but their point so short-sighted:

The new business reality: a feature as a business model

It’s almost comical to say there is a new business reality at play. This is because there are so many forces at work lately, that it seems as though new realities are created and killed almost every quarter. Opportunistic turbulence is probably the best term for it. I’d like to call one out for review Features can be business models.

via: www.cruc.es

‘feature’ is just a different way of calling the product’, or maybe, a ‘small product’. but to make it a business, you have to build the business infrastructure around the ‘feature’ – user acquisition, sales, financial controlling, hr, etc…

the only thing that changes is, that you can start with a ‘feature’ and build the rest later. but you better be prepared to do that, or you’ll miss your opportunity.

 

Facebook Math: $10K Investment = $8M

February 6th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

talk about ROI:

Facebook Math: $10K Investment = $8M

Comments () The world of venture capital is rich with tales of colossal payoffs. The partners at Benchmark Capital invested $6.7 million in eBay in 1997 – and saw their stake mushroom to $400 million when the company went public one year later. Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers invested $12.

via: www.thedailybeast.com

now, while this does make a great media story, it also creates totally false expectations to new entrepreneurs – if you are thinking about being a painter, because once there existed Michelangelo, you’re wrong.

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