Six weeks since I left Yahoo! and what a journey it is turning into. As painful as it is, there is something to be said for the forced disruption of routine: I’ve gotten a renewed sense of how the world sees me and what I really want to do because of this experience.
One of the things I am struggling with now is the buy vs. own dilemma. It’s not whether I should acquire a start-up; it’s whether I should let a start up acquire me. In other words, what size conmpany do I want to be at and am I better off just doing my own thing? Risk, reward, adventure..they’re all in the mix, along with compelling options for teams of colleagues and friends.
I have pretty much resolved that my next focus will not be a another largeco; I love solving probems and shipping software too much to go anywhere where the focus is conservation and small steps. On the other hand, I see both the strengths and weaknesses of doing my own thing–the opportunity is to go for it and have either a success or a well-intentioned failure–but then, on the other hand, would I have that if I joined someone else’s start up?
And then there’s my interest in working on things that circle back on specific passions: community, tools, local, social networks, search and social search, and, of course, conversion, transactions and the funnel–specialized knowledge I acquired at Personals and want to make use of.
And my interest in blogging; I’ll have a new template here, soon, and some very interesting things coming up to write about-more on that later.
Folks who struggled with Your StartUp vs. Someone Else’s–how did you make that decision?
What factors drove you? Comments, please.

Six weeks since I left Yahoo! and what a journey it is turning into. As painful as it is, there is something to be said for the forced disruption of routine: I’ve gotten a renewed sense of how the world sees me and what I really want to do because of this experience.
One of the things I am struggling with now is the buy vs. own dilemma. It’s not whether I should acquire a start-up; it’s whether I should let a start up acquire me. In other words, what size conmpany do I want to be at and am I better off just doing my own thing? Risk, reward, adventure..they’re all in the mix, along with compelling options for teams of colleagues and friends.
I have pretty much resolved that my next focus will not be a another largeco; I love solving probems and shipping software too much to go anywhere where the focus is conservation and small steps. On the other hand, I see both the strengths and weaknesses of doing my own thing–the opportunity is to go for it and have either a success or a well-intentioned failure–but then, on the other hand, would I have that if I joined someone else’s start up?
And then there’s my interest in working on things that circle back on specific passions: community, tools, local, social networks, search and social search, and, of course, conversion, transactions and the funnel–specialized knowledge I acquired at Personals and want to make use of.
And my interest in blogging; I’ll have a new template here, soon, and some very interesting things coming up to write about-more on that later.
Folks who struggled with Your StartUp vs. Someone Else’s–how did you make that decision?
What factors drove you? Comments, please.