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evhead: The Birth of Obvious Corp.

On the subject of small, I think it's difficult for people to understand why small (really small) and autonomous is best. They are stuck in the the old-view of "We have to do everything or we're going to DIE". (or worse: we're going to have to take a second round of funding.)

Its unfortunate because small, focused groups intent on making a simple, useful product are all I ever want to be a part of. An absolute nightmare to me would be one of those drones working on some save-the-world SAP installation that never gets off the ground--or one of those startups with a million ideas on how to ignore what they originally were building in the first place.

One quote from his post made me pretty sad, because it illustrates of the shortsightedness in humans: "Nearly everyone I know in the Internet business is either at one of the giants, wishing they were at a startup, or at a startup that hopes get bought by a giant."

If we thought in 5 year chunks (rather than 6-month or even month-to-month) I think we'd see a lot more thoughtful, planned companies, and less people freaked out about diluting their stock. Also awesome: 401ks.

A book I recently enjoyed: Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

 

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Dear Lazyweb, someone make a site called "Sign Up For Launch" or something where all the web2.0 sites that are "coming soon" just link to one site where you can sign up to be notified at any and all of them, browse others, and then ultimately, when one of these web2.0 sites you sign up for actually launches you can get a notification email.

Two wins here,

  1. I get to find out about all the sites people are working on without having to constantly check Chris Messina's Flickr stream
  2. People who are working on sites can spend time working on the sites and not building yet another "coming soon" form that yellow fades into stars which then lightbox and explode into rounded cornered gradient spooge

Or someone just make me some javascript that does item #2 above. Yay.

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