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Call it a shakeout?

Thursday, April 5, 2001 by Dave Winer.

It's official Permalink to It's official

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Age of P2P is over, and I agree.

There was enough juice to keep the idea alive until the O'Reilly conference, great party, now it's over.

What's next? Permalink to What's next?

Another theory of what's going on in the tech industry: Shakeout.

Far too many new brands were launched in the last few years.

Did you get sick of the dotcom commercials? I sure did.

Some brands will emerge at the other end, changed by the transition, of course. If it's like other shakeouts, there will be survivors.

Also, now would be a good time to launch the analog of Dell or a Gateway, to pick off the parts of Yahoo, AOL and eBay, etc that work. Any of these companies or Microsoft, would probably do better to farm out the job than try to do it itself, if history is a guide. Like IBM and DEC doing PCs, they all were designed to solve a different problem.

A shakeout fund? Permalink to A shakeout fund?

Today if I had $500 million I wouldn't start a VC fund, I'd start a bottom-fishing fund. What out there has lots of cash, but is on a downward spiral? I'll take their cash and the good people who are still there. What has lots of technical promise but little staff and little cash? Make introductions.

Be, for example, who announced layoffs, has enough cash to be interesting, and a fantastic code base that should not go to waste, and probably a few really committed people who would love to do something interesting, as opposed to remaining on a death watch.

How many other companies are in this position? Are any of them getting creative on the way down? Watch for that. If you see signs, send me pointers. I'll contribute flow to the resurrection.

Dave Winer

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