Marc Andreessen wrote a post on the impact to Silicon Valley if Microsoft and Yahoo buyout happens. I believe that this massive war is changing the landscape but in a positive way. This tech war becomes a catalyst the urgency is now. Marc has experience living the last war when he was a Netscape. Some might have forgot but the Microsoft assault on Netscape actually validated the market and created the wave and bubble of Web 1.0.
What Marc is trying to say is that this war might actually propel Web 2.0 up in a big way. Nice post Marc – it’s a must read – inside baseball – post.
I agree with his post that it will be a net positive in that other companies will have to ‘shore up’ their positions. I like how he put it..Marc says “if the Microsoft/Yahoo deal does go through, those same companies in many cases will be looking down a very scary double-barreled shotgun of an ascendant Google and an armored-up Microsoft”.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, entrepreneurs and big companies have to understand the mentality in a war time venture. If a business big or small gets caught in the battle during wartime, they need to be a supplier or arms dealer.
Here are a few strategies for business during tech war time: 1) be a supplier or arm dealer, 2) build value and cash flow positive and stay out of the way – bunker away, 3) pick a side and join their mission.