37 thoughts on “Startups Should Team Up to Grow”

  1. Teaming up is so critical these days – people fear it because they believe that a merger might be the end result but the truth is that both companies can walk away smarter than going it alone.

    This is one of the benefits of co-working.

  2. Widget makers CAN make a lot of money – look at shareware. There is no willingness-to-pay for Web 2.0, that’s the problem. I have said enough already, the solution is obvious.

  3. Om,
    I think you’ll start to see more teaming up as start-ups look for creative ways to operate more efficiently. I would argue that a more pragmatic approach to spending is the biggest difference between the last tech boom and the current one – something lost amid all the talk about a bust.

  4. In a way, this entire bubble is a product of the acquisition spree of the companies like Yahoo, Google, Microsoft etc. Taking the case of Google, just because they want to be omnipresent in the internet world, and now in the mobile world, they keep on acquiring companies irrespective of their profitability. Their process allures all these start-ups for the dream of quick money. I guess, when the bubble breaks, these big companies also will get their share of regret.

  5. Whenever I hear of synergies (because I guess that is what “teaming up” is all about), I try to leave the room.

    I found that very rarely it works out for both parties. I can totally see why people are sceptical.

  6. “Every single one of these [technology] cycles lasted between eight and 11 years. The eight-year anniversary of the last collapse is in March 2008. Now, if someone wants to stand up and tell me why this cycle is somehow going to be a longer one — I’m all ears,” he says.

    Here’s why…
    Broadband penetration
    Speed to market
    Development costs
    Millions (if not tens of) more computers all around the world connected (more potential consumers/customers)

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  8. @Vin Turk Every cycle included improvements in bandwidth, software tools (both productivity and cost), and an increase in IT’s fraction of the world economy. Tech is now a huge fraction of the world’s production. How does that remove or delay business cycles? Given how quick we all operate, it might speed them up.

  9. I think in this situation Gravatar wins out because of the huge WordPress userbase. Gravatar realized that they needed to make a move and I think the made the right one.

  10. Just don’t see it working. Too many cooks when they team up. People ‘start up’ startups because they want control over their own product. Merging together will just dilute the direciton.

  11. I am thinking about pulling together with a bunch of other technology consultants so I can keep turning over business. It is easy to get buried in work that you don’t have time to go win new business. You always have to be trying to replace yourself….and teaming up can certainly help that out.

    Eric Elliston
    President of Elliston Consulting

  12. Do smaller companies have the resources needed to merge differing platforms without damaging customer loyalty? Just look at AuctionAds.

  13. I am often talking about producing high quality, education based content as way to draw leads to know, like and trust you. So, for example, I always advise small business owners to create and populate a blog because I happen to think it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to both create and optimize content.

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