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March 23, 2006


I'm a fanatic about counting chickens not eggs. It seems pretty obvious. Talk is cheap is something that anyone with a lick of sales experience lives by.

Is this the nature of techies that enter into business?

Kool-Aid is a dangerous drug!


(FYI, your trackback links don't seem to work. I linked to you here:

The main point of that post is that this appears to me to be part of a bigger picture of disfunction in the Web2.0 world:

VC may be broken, the only exit strategy is acquisition, BigCo’s are acquiring startups for “strategic reasons” or to acquire talent and then abandoning innovation, getting stuck with the hard work of building a business model only to be taken out by a new more innovative startup seeking acquisition, and the cycle continues. Value is being exchanged/transferred, but what value is created? Or BigCo sits on ass and plays kingmaker while eager young pups jostle for attention, wasting everyone’s talents, time and attention. This is a sucky and anti-innovative situation.

The acquisition dance is part of the business, but Web 2.0 mania and disfunction puts this in a new light. It puzzles me...

If you have a lick of sales experience, you're probably not looking to flip your startup in an early stage. If you're a techie _without_ experience in a field such as sales or law where being lied to is common, you're likely to take such talk more seriously than it ought to be.

Didn't we all learn this with Riya?

Riya was in negotiations and Google pulled out late in the stage of acquisition.

But, yeah, if you see someone at Microsoft doing this, give me a call and I'll slap them. Not nice!

Four words: Show me the money.

Talk is cheap.

Four words: Show me the money.

Talk is cheap.

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