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Investing in GitHub (github.com)
177 points by zachwaugh 646 days ago | comments


kylebrown 646 days ago | link

Between parse, trigger.io, trello, and github, it seems there's more shovel-selling going on than actual gold-digging.

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zackzackzack 646 days ago | link

Gonna go with the idea that the long tail is really quite long and invisible here.

I imagine github as an iceburg. Sure, I see things like bootstrap with XXXk followers and jquery on there. Big projects! Big names! Big! Big! Big!

But what about what I don't see? How many thousands of users have private accounts? How many thousands of businesses have private github repos? I don't really know. It's a smart bet that every time somebody sees all the prestige of the big name projects, they think "Hmmm, this is really working for them; Could it work so well for me/my project/my startup/ my enterprise? I hope I can make this private."

I am just saying, sure there is a lot of shovel selling going on. But just because you can't see others digging, doesn't mean they aren't out there.

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mfenniak 646 days ago | link

I think there's a pretty straight-forward reason for this. If you've worked as a software developer for 10 years, you know what business domain you know really well? Software development. That makes it a natural place to start in looking for ideas to build a business.

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cluda01 646 days ago | link

The companies that regularly get covered on hackernews, techcrunch, etc. are not the sum total of technology companies in the valley or in the world. I work at one of those companies that doesn't get covered by tech crunch and it's phenomenal. The vast majority of my coworkers have some sort of prior experience at big name firms. One colleague just paid for his sons college education and mortgage from his time at Splunk. We do exist.

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jon6 646 days ago | link

"Why? Because we want to be better."

This is the least transparent reasoning I've seen in a long time.

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flog 645 days ago | link

Maybe they can actually make git usable? I've been using it for years; still hate it.

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superprime 646 days ago | link

Yes, they basically don't say what they're going to spend the money on.

But it may have been (they hint at this) that they didn't need or want the funding so much as to have AH invested in the company. Taking their investment may create something of a partnership and gives them access to AH's advice/rolodex and encourages future support. It also gives them a concrete valuation to cite down the road.

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fnazeeri 646 days ago | link

Lame. GitHub should have written that they were using Andreessen Horowitz for their money. Without the $100MM would they have written that post, say, if Andreessen was joining their board? Fact is, they're fawning.

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maxko87 646 days ago | link

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4220353 for discussion

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erikb 646 days ago | link

The following isn't meant to harm or critizise anyone, but isn't such kind of outside investment more about changing your now worthy company stack against some more handy dollar notes? If a company just needs cash for profitable ideas they could get a loan, right? So if that's the case why would people say differently in their blog?

Well, anyway I'm happy that Github is doing fine.

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grandalf 646 days ago | link

They must have plans to venture out into unproven territory that includes risk to their core business that would make a bank balk at approving the loan.

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erikb 645 days ago | link

Ah, that sounds reasonable.

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nivertech 646 days ago | link

A16Z betting on Enterprise-tization of SaaS.

I.e. second leg of the current trend, when successful SaaS companies will offer products, which can be install on-premises.

In case of github it's Github for Your Firewall.

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cromulent 645 days ago | link

I think you mean Github Enterprise?

https://enterprise.github.com/

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eragnew 646 days ago | link

Congrats GH! Sounds like a good match. Excited to see how it plays out.

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