The Magic Formula
• Market Timing
• Key Factors
• Areas of Opportunity
Looking Back At 2006
Was 2006 a “healthy” year for the web, or
was it the beginning of Bubble 2.0?
$600 million in venture capital
was invested in “Web 2.0”
startups in 2006.
However, a single acquisition
was completed for $1.65 billion,
paid for in cold, hard Google
Nearly 3x the total amount invested by venture capitalists
Facebook was almost acquired
by Yahoo for $1.62 billion.
MySpace generates $25 million
per month in advertising
My Point Is…
We’re just getting started.There is no
bubble. And the best Internet apps are
still to come.
What To Focus On
1. Have a good idea!
• Invent a market
• Destroy a market
• Remove Friction
2. Have a business plan
3. Have a revenue model
4. Build it cheap, test the waters
5. Avoid high burn rate
1. Threw away their original business
plan and one founder bailed out.
2. Flaunted international copyright law.
3. Had no revenue stream.
4. Was spending $1m/month in
It worked because…
1. They removed friction by providing a
much needed service - IPTV (not user
generated video clips).
2. First to market.
3. So much growth that money poured in
to cover burn rate.
Case Study: MyBlogLog
1. Launched October 19, 2006
2. Acquired January 8, 2007
3. Never raised a venture round
Case Study: Amie Street
1. Launched mid 2006
2. Three university students
3. No capital raised
4. Can do to music industry what Digg
did to news industry
Case Study: Jingle Networks
1. Free business information (411)
2. Has taken 3+% of U.S. market
3. Forced AT&T to compete
4. UK opportunity?
Shared Attributes of Winners
• Passion for what they are doing
• Doing Something Extraordinary
• Removing Serious Friction
• Great Founder Dynamics
• Never Raised Big Money, or Raised It After They Won
• Perfect Revenue Model Not Required
• Had a lot of buzz about their product early on (free marketing)
Shared Attributes of Losers
• Poor Founder/Team Choices
• Lifestyle/Ego Entrepreneurs
• Raised Too Much Money
• Spent Too Much Money
• Over Business-Planned
• Forgot About Scaling (Don’t be Friendster)
• Had to try too hard at marketing
The Buzz Factor
To be successful you must create buzz about
• Solve a real problem
• Do not be the 200th video sharing platform
– Instead, be Aniboom
• If you don’t have a blog, start one now
• If buzz isn’t happening, seriously rethink your
product (not your marketing)
Areas of Opportunity
• Firefox 3.0
• File system + html/flash/ajax
2. DRM and Music/Movies/TV
3. Data and service portability (teqlo, ning,