Week 44, 2019 No Web 2.0
From Marc’s article1 written in 2007:
There’s no such thing as Web 2.0. What happens when startups start getting referred to as “Web 2.0 startups” – or for that matter, “B2B startups” or “mobile startups” or “pen computing startups” – or as being in the Web 2.0/B2B/mobile/pen computing “space” – is that trends are getting mistaken for markets and products.
You can’t build a company based on a trend. Trends are obvious, and there’s no startup opportunity in the obvious. You have to build a company based on a new kind of product (or service – I am using the terms interchangeably) and you have to take that product to a market.
It frankly doesn’t really matter which trends, or design patterns, you incorporate into your product. If the product is compelling to the market, it will succeed. If not, it will fail.