4 thoughts on “Thoof Goes Poof!”

  1. I am continually amazed at the followers that want to make a Digg-like service (or you name it copy cat)that actually succeed in raising some capital.

    Even Digg cant get an exit now. They will have to do it the old fashioned way – operating a business.

  2. What I keep asking myself is what actually happens to code/databases/domains when such a service shuts down? Do founders just throw it away? Do they sell it? Do they make it available to public under some license terms?

  3. Funny story: we’ve talked to two different companies about a sale in the last year and neither of them bought. They both went ahead with purchasing venture backed start ups, where ours is bootstrapped, HOWEVER, our company is bigger than both of those, even nearly a year post acquisition for the first which was acquired.

    One company was purchased less than we’d take – eg, if the buyer had offered us X, we would have laughed at them and added their email to our spam filters. The other one, with a large staff (nearly 20 people) and 2.5 million in funding…well, is nowhere to be found, and rumored to have been purchased for $15-$20 million, from my discussions with people familiar with the deal.

    Is this relevant to some random startup with zero business model, no USP, and cluetrain-less management going poof? Absofrickenlutely.

    You (Mr Om Malik) chatted with me for 30 minutes a year and a half ago, and then didn’t write us up (sniff)…fast forward to July, 2008, and we had more than 1.8 million uniques and Quantcast puts us in the top 1000 websites in the US according to their panel.

    However, do we get techcrunch’d? Gigaom’d? Or even, readwrittenweb’d? Nope. Why?
    1) Lack of funding (sorry, bootstrapping only, here)
    2) Six person team (9 including the executives, the lack of a substantial amount of cash being burned must make us less sexy)
    3) Conference attendance – sorry, what conference? Phone calls work for both of my businesses, so there’s no reason to change my tune.
    4) Focus on the user, not the blogosphere – getting users to like your service, growing an audience to 100,000 plus while maintaining a profit isn’t sexy…however, it’s business.

    I for one look forward to the trimming in the coming year as more companies that raised silly money without a clue of what they were aiming for (PROFIT) go by the wayside. It’s a buyer’s market to a degree, but you still see plenty of silliness in the acquisition space as well, where it’s HARD to justify the crazy money being spent (Bebo anyone…)

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