It's actually the deregulation of Washington that's suffocated entrepreneurship. Because there were/are no checks and balances on the large monoliths' ability to kill or absorb rivals, a lot of little entities have suffered. Washington always says it wants to do what is best for "business," but it rarely distinguishes big business from small. . . it doesn't get the correlation between size and efficiency. The hum-hawing about corporate tax rate is pure whine. Let the little companies live long enough to make a profit upon which they have the ability to pay taxes, eh?
Well, the Yahoo/Microsoft thing comes to mind. If, as the WSJ article states, most business plans these days are ending with "and then we get bought by Google" wouldn't you, as the owner of a startup, rather have both Yahoo! and Microsoft vyying for (along with Google) your company? The more "buyers" the better, right?
Another point the article makes is that companies can't afford the massive legal costs of going public and SOX, and that is why so many of them are getting bought up (thus no new public companies). I would think by now that the "cost of going public" would be somewhere along the lines with "the cost of starting a startup" and going down as well -- with digitalization of documents, etc.
So, perhaps it's a matter of the regulation that is in place needing to play "catch up" with the reality of the times.
I'm not sure I agree with you, but anyway, that deal fell through because of regulation. But observing that one aspect of regulation works, is hardly an argument that deregulation is bad.
> "cost of going public"
Other comments in this thread (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=406433) suggests that going public means slightly more than digitizing documents. No SAAS, no IM, no iTunes, more lawyers, more accountants. But, arguing "regulation is not hurting that much" is hardly an argument that deregulation is hurting more.
Please don't downmod me without telling me why you've done so. Do you disagree with my points? Which ones? Are you pro-deregulation? If so, please provide some example about why you think big companies getting bigger by absorbing their competitors is good for entrepreneurship.
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