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The American Geek Dream

February 16th, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

“The tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimes they are a channnnnnngingggg…”

My grandparents told me about times without widespread cars, life without computers, and growing up during the depression.

Someday I’ll be able to tell my grandkids “I remember back when Amazon sold books and only books.”

Anybody else notice how the Internet has caused a drastic shift in the way we view a successful business? Companies that do enough business online to be considered “very successful” are almost always diversified, offering a plethora of goods and services while their only truly unique claim to fame is their site layout or a web design trick or two.

Does anybody actually see this as a sustainable market or a way to do business? With the Internet full of aspiring Amazons, Googles, and budding Microsofts it seems like all-out corporate war is the only way a select few will come out on top.

Or they can continue buying up every little threat to their established customer base.

THAT’s the new American Geek Dream: Come up with a piece of software that threatens Google or Microsoft so they’ll buy you out rather than compete with you.

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