Another Early Exit in Web 2.0

15 Jul ’06

Yet another data point demonstrating that (i) the technology Borg (resistance is futile) – the Google, Yahoos, Microsofts etc. of the world – have learned from Bubble 1.0 that getting in early is the least insane approach to staying ahead of the curve, and (ii) the role for VCs in Bubble 2.0 is very different from the role they played the first time around: news from Techcrunch that Zooomr is in discussions concerning an exit, valued at … hmmm … well … something. (Looks like the hubbub (why is Flickr afraid of Zooomr, etc.) Zooomr recently created over access to Flickr’s API did the job.) Call it more than its young founders (and 99.9% of the world’s population) have ever seen in one place at one time, and less than would need a VP’s signoff on the deal for the acquiror.

One wonders how much the deal would have been worth if Zooomr had kept its “e” and lost the extra “o”. Oh, and does the lost “e” qualify as an homage to Flickr, or is it really just branding?

Update: another point of view.

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