Famous companies and technology blogs

On a lighter note this weekend, here's a "funny because it's true" parody blog entry from earlier this year.  It pretty well sums up the sometimes-rampant insanity in the software industry.  You know, where literally every startup thinks they're Facebook or Google and is going to go from zero to sixty-three quadrillion hits a day, so, well, you have to be ready for that kind of scale on day one.

Of course, approximately 90% of those startups will be out of business in less than five years, but hey, you never know, right?  After all, the entire business model is "get big so you can IPO or get bought out".  Sure, you could try to build a profitable, medium-sized business, but that's basically the same thing as failure.  Besides, if you can attract venture capital, it's not your money you're blowing through anyway, so who cares?

The good news is that the industry seems to be moving away from that mindset a little bit in the last few years.  Or, at least, things seem to be moving more toward business-to-business sales, as opposed mass-market products that have no clear business plan beyond "get huge".  So maybe that's a good sign and this idea of copying every crazy/innovative thing that the big boys are doing will be a thing of the past soon.

Or maybe not.  But I can dream.

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