Nisan Gabbay of Sierra Ventures recently contacted me with respect to his new blog, Startup Review. According to Nisan:
Startup Review will be a blog that profiles successful Internet start-ups in a case study format. The case studies will analyze the key factors that made the companies successful, with an emphasis on strategy and product decisions. Each case study will also have sections discussing launch strategy, exit analysis, and links to other good analysis on the company.
I don’t think that there is a good forum where people can discuss what made certain companies successful, particularly the less publicized success stories. Sure there are whole books written on companies like Google and eBay, but what about the more modest success stories in the $10M - $2B range? My goal is to highlight lessons learned from companies like Rent.com, HotorNot.com, or Greenfield Online.
I took a look at his site and he has some great posts on companies like MySpace. If you are interested in going more in-depth to understand how certain companies got off the ground and made it, I suggest subscribing to his site. As for my two cents, it would also be interesting for Nisan to dive deeper into some more high profile failures in the market so others can understand the many things that can go wrong in a business. I have found that digging into your failures and doing a post mortem on why your company lost a sale or a customer, partner, or employee can be more illuminating than just understanding why you succeed.