May 22, 2012, 10:54 AM —
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Blank says Facebook has changed the equation of startups and venture capital for the worse.
Steve Blank cofounded E.piphany, started Zilog, MIPS Computers, and others, and teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and other schools. Years in the Valley and deep in the culture, when he speaks about Silicon Valley and startups, people listen. But will they listen when he says Facebook is killing Silicon Valley?
Hard to fault Valley venture capitalists for wanting to go big with Facebook, or if they missed, swing for the fences looking for the next iteration. But chasing an easy social media startup means more traditional Valley startups, people doing hard things to solve big problems (Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Google driverless cars etc.) will lose out to more geegaw apps on iPhones.
Call the coroner
Well put. The continued erosion of horizon makes me very sad. This kind of thinking, lack of vision and bandwagon jumping is delaying the project that will displace the web as the king of all Internet services.
danphx64 on steveblank.com
Silicon Valley is not the next big thing. The world is desperately in need of a new kind of innovation, and there is still a chance that the United States is the country that will do it.
Linda from Deerfield on huffingtonpost.com
Like, dislike social media
the social media explosion in investor ROI has created very quickly a larger pool of greater individual wealth. these are pools of smart people with more money than they know what do with.
Christine (@cag123) on steveblank.com
startups that require relatively smaller amount of capital (i.e., software based startups that can use Amazon EC2) are killing startups that are much more hardware intensive and thus require more capital
tytso on news.ycombinator.com
Missing the point
Please don’t confuse popularity with creation. It just makes you seem less in-tune with the field. Please do actual research before spouting off misinformation
James Goodrich on steveblank.com
None of the examples you cite: Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Google driverless cars, Google Glasses, are disruptive startups at all. None of them have experienced clear success let alone dismantling an industry the way that the iPad or iPhone have.
Sanity Inc on huffingtonpost.com
Could the argument be made that VC groups follow what's popular, and Facebook has redefined what's popular? If you had money to invest, would you try to get on base (software apps, social media) or swing for the fences (cure cancer, revolutionize society)?