Now we have a set of cliches for a small funky online company should act.
It is all about subverting the dominant X paradigm where X is anything that you don't like or don't use or don't understand.
- Only use Apple computers to subvert the dominant Windows OS paradigm
- Only use Rails to subvert the dominant PHP/Java paradigm
- Only use Textmate for editing to subvert the dominant Vim/Emacs/Notepad/Eclipse paradigm
- Use swear words in your presentations to subvert the dominant politeness-to-people-who-pay-into-conferences paradigm
I could go on. I am generalising here too! But sooner or later 37s may wake up and realise that they are the new mainstream amongst the web dev crowd.
They have slayed the monster of PHP/Java.
Perhaps its is time to stop playing the hip outsider?
Also, there are still many, many, many more PHP and Java developers and shops out there than there are Rails. That shift is far from done.
Once the good ideas have become mainstream, the work on those are done, but by then I'm sure even better ideas are available and the process starts anew.
This is not bad, this is healthy.
Don't get me wrong, I have worked with Rails - I admire what 37s have done and a good rate of churn in new ideas in any profession can be healthy and welcome thing.
I just wonder if 37s have gone from being the underdogs? What do you rebel against when you are the status quo - at least among the opinion formers and alpha geeks?
It is like when a renegade leftfield music act become mainstream. Look at Rage Against the Machine (with their leftist anti-capitalist music) becoming millionaires after signing up to one of the biggest capitalist music corporations on the planet.
If the companies, many who were my clients with VC, had gone a little slower and taken a little more time they would have been long time established players. Instead, another company years later -- also backed by VC -- comes in and takes the market that, years prior, wasn't big enough to support investor expectations.
During the dotcom boom, I saw multiple layoffs at multiple companies. I saw people crying. I saw founders of companies let go. I heard people say, "Just let me stay. I love working here. You don't have to pay me!" Sorry, that isn't an option in a VC backed company.
Yet, I don't know one bootstrapped startup who would say no to a loyal team mate who wants to work and build something without needing a salary.
What they're saying is build a business, not just a thing to flip. Focusing on the business will, even if you end up selling it to someone else, make it a better venture in the end, and more satisfying to you as a person.