It seems tantamount to wishing to constrain the number of seed-funded startups to the ones 4 people (PG & co.) can advise at once.
Are more startups a good thing, or not? If it is, don't deride newcomers by referring to them as a clone of what already exists.
Just like Sequoia are not a 'clone' of Kleiner Perkins, the same is to be said for competition: because both are unscalable businesses they can successfully co-exist and it certainly isn't a winner take all market. Indeed, the market is crying out for more firms, but the contraint is skilled early stage investors.
Also, Andy and Chris (who this article is about) both rock.
Because the first one to launch was a YC clone... Techstars even copied the application verbatim. I think a better term for the YC clones is micro-incubators -- most of them offer office space.
I _really_ like the co-op twist.
I think shared office space, however, is a LOUSY idea. Adding to my list of things to blog about!
If they share a secretary and some meeting rooms it can work well.
If 20 companies are in the same cubicle farm, not so much.
Smart way to encourage people to help each other.
Will be interesting to see this strategy tested.