Short Notes: Scalr, funding, job profiles et al
Well, it was just a matter of time before it had to happen. Someone has finally cobbled up a a fully redundant, self-curing and self-scaling hosting environment utilizing Amazon’s EC2. This will have further reduce the entry barrier and time-to-market for small (well funded) start ups to deliver quick and probably lethal blows to the bigCo internet set ups. On the downside, we’ll get to see more Ruby on Rails apps that are made, well, just because they can be made. BTW, it is very Web 2.x compliant too since it drops the ‘e’ and is called Scalr.
Venky Harinarayan, co-founder of Kosmix, brings yet another perspective into the “Funding: why, when and how much?” question on Alt Search Engines. It is a nice read with ample stress on the key issues of valuation (internal, than the overhyped external projections), dilution and timing.
This one is a bit old, but what Theo Schlossnagle has written about his job profile is what a lot of people like me around the world will readily identify with. It is hard to give it a name, but it is a job, a mission, a career: all without a path or a name. And speaking of jobs, Yahoo! Music VP, Ian Rogers has left the company (as expected), to join a start up.
I honestly think the end of the old time internet corporations are very near due to their sheer bulk and lack of agility. They will surely exist in the B2B space, but as far as consumer-facing products are concerned, don’t look at them for the next big idea. Of course, M&A is always an option for them, but in 9/10 cases, being merged into one of those ends up killing the strengths that a smaller company brings to the table.
Parting shot: Teaching a six-year-old about RDF triples.