An exceptionally thought-provoking (albeit long) article on virtually everything about the Silicon Valley tech scene.
The Web 2.0 checklist: cloud-based, scalable, mobile-friendly. (They are buzzwords, but they are also true)
In pursuing the latest and the coolest, young engineers ignore opportunities in less-sexy areas of tech like semiconductors, data storage and networking, the products that form the foundation on which all of Web 2.0 rests.
e.g. Without a good router to provide reliable Wi-Fi, your Dropbox file-sharing application is not going to sync; without Nvidia’s graphics processing unit, your BuzzFeed GIF is not going to make anyone laugh. The talent — and there’s a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving these infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.
These are the anxious questions that pervade Silicon Valley now, I think, more than ever — the vague sense of a frenzied bubble of app-making and an even vaguer dread that what we are making might not be that meaningful.
Recruiting talents becomes one of the biggest challenges for tech companies that do not fit the cool-and-hip start up bill.
One reason startups are becoming easier: APIs. The explosion of API that supply off-the-shelf solutions to entrepreneurs who used to have to write all their own code for features like a login system or an embedded map. Now anyone can do it, thanks to the Facebook login A.P.I. or the Google Maps A.P.I.
Tech is no longer primarily technology driven; it is idea driven. The idea itself could be so powerful that one could get away with a bug-ridden and lacking implementation.
Amazon Web Services (A.W.S.), a collection of servers owned and managed by Amazon, hosts data for nearly every start-up in the latest web ecosystem.