Web as platform

Post Author

This post was written by who has written 360 posts on BeyondVC.

8 Responses to “Web as platform”

  1. Matt Sep 28, 2005 at 3:58 pm #

    Very Interesting. A map of how web/software development works today would be a neat idea.

    The question is: Why did these changes (above) come about – I believe its because of open source projects. Users became more willing to interact directly with those that develop software for them to ensure feature sets conducive to their own needs. While also being willing to endure the bugs and other mishaps – due to their interactive involvement in the design process.

    This could be why users today are more evangelical about the web products they use. They are actually being involved at a very early stage in the design process.

  2. Don Dodge Sep 28, 2005 at 7:58 pm #

    Ed, Great post! I wonder if it costs millions less to start a web company today, or if entrepreneurs are just spending less because VC’s are unwilling to throws buckets of money at them?

    “Get big fast” used to be the mantra. That meant hiring lots of people, buying lots of equipment and spending big bucks on advertising. Remember when internet companies were buying Super Bowl TV ads? I was at AltaVista at teh time and we spent $100M to build the brand. See my blog, The Next Big Thing, for a post about how we built comapnies in the good old days. link to dondodge.typepad.com

    Now companies build an audience and brand through viral marketing and offering great services.

    Browser apps and services are making a big impact. Microsoft’s biggest threat is not Linux and Open Software, it is browser based apps, services, and tools that render the operating system irrelevant.

  3. Hugh J. Sloan III Oct 2, 2005 at 8:17 pm #

    Dear Ed:

    Check out Nova Spivack’s Radar Networks. Within the context of W3C, Berners-Lee and the Semantic Web, Nova would be considered light years ahead of even this great O’Reilly rendering. Its really about creating a killer app that can handle the meta data tagging in a practical way.


    Hugh J. Sloan III
    Atherton, CA

  4. Daniel Oct 21, 2005 at 11:42 am #

    Is there any truth to the idea that the cost of a start-up is now less because there are greater opportunities to offshore a larger share of development costs (which, after all, account for the largest share of the burn)? I was toying with that idea in light of the hype about Indian firms angling for a position higher on the value added ladder in R&D. It seems that outsourcing greater fraction of development to, say, India can be a superficial blessing but an underlying curse – fragmenting the intimate process of product development is dangerous if the entrepreneur cannot have total control over the development process. Alternatively, can there be a situation where the development is offshored with only operational specifications of the project, leaving engineers abroad to work out the details. Then, however, ‘innovation’ itself is going abroad. What stops the Indian developer taking the eventual product to the market himself?

    Hence I am curious whether, in your experience, start-ups ARE increasingly offshoring higher value-added components of the R&D (either early R&D or more specific product development). In a way, with Web2.0 and increasing globalization of the development processes it is easy to see how new entrepreneurs may be pitching this to VCs as a superior strategy. If the advantages are only superficial, as I described above, then the outcome could be a lot of resources wasted.

  5. Helen Jan 21, 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    Matt to my mind that’s the map of what is happening in the internet nowadays. To be more precise the main trends that have not yet been completely understood by mass of course. Trends that represent values such as user participation, radical trust, and radical decentralization, suggesting that “software gets better the more people use it,” and likewise, content gets better the more people contribute to it.


  1. Texas Venture Capital Blog - Sep 29, 2005

    1999 versus 2005 Web 2.0 Meme

    Web 1999

    Web 2005

    Critical Mass



    GoToMarket Philosophy

    If you build it they will come.

    Release early and often

    Tech platform

    Sun, Oracle, EM…

  2. technoLAHgy v0.15c - (Haven't really been) Monitoring Malaysian Inventions - Oct 3, 2005

    Meeting Up With Catcha Founder

    It’s nice to finally catch up with some of the web 1.0 founders and tonight I managed to catch up briefly with Nic Lim, famous for being the founder of Catcha. It brings full circle to a group of conversations, which after making much rounds in looking…

  3. Mícheál Ó Foghlú's Weblog - Feb 1, 2006

    Web as platform – Business strategies

    BeyondVC: Web as platform I have long promoted the web as a platform, and the use of lightweight technologies to create low cost loosely coupled solutions. Of course I was merely absorbing and reflecting a general understanding of how this developed fr…

Leave a Reply