Attributes of Web

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-09-19 Print this article Print

Losers "> Attributes of Web Losers Arrington listed the following as attributes common to losing Web business companies:
  • They make poor founder team choices. "People who cant get along in working in a startup have no business working together," he said.
  • "Lifestyle ego" entrepreneurs. "These guys are eager to show off their money, demonstrate all the toys they have and tell you about all the places theyve been; theyre in it for the ego trip, not for the success of the business," Arrington said.
  • They raise too much money and cannot help but spend it.
  • They "over biz plan" their startup. "These guys spend way too much on consultants and overthink their business, trying to add too many sideshows instead of focusing in on just doing what they do best."
  • They try to scale up too fast. "Dont even think about how to scale up fast when you just get started; forget about it. Just service your customers the best way you know how, and the number of customers will grow if you do your job right," Arrington said.
  • They get listed on "This is my site, in which I talk about all these things. You dont want to get mentioned on my site," Arrington said.
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What Server Platforms Are Being Used? "PHP [the open-source Web content builder] is by far the most popular at the moment, but Ruby on Rails is upcoming and gaining some momentum," Arrington said. "Java, of course, is there for serious Web apps, and some people have been doing interesting things with XUL/XAML." Arrington said that Adobes relatively new Apollo and some desktop hybrids will begin getting mindshare in the coming months and years. What Kinds of Sites Have Saturated the Market "If youre going to start a new commercial Web site venture, you probably dont want to do it in these following genres," Arrington said. "Unless, of course, you have a really, really good idea. There are already way too many of these out there." Here are those categories:
  • social networking
  • special bookmarking (
  • videos
  • photos
  • blogging, podcasting
  • RSS feed readers
  • portals/home pages
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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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