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What’s the next killer startup?

Well, it’s not an easy question to answer. But then came a company that is supposed to help find the killer startups. And apropriately named, it’s called killerstartups.com. So, I clicked on the “Top 10” tab and then selected “All Time” subtab. Then, I took the first 5 company listed and got their alexa ranking to see how those companies are doing. Here is what I got.

Rank Startup Alexa Rank as of 9/27/2008 Live Alexa Rank
1 storymash.com 354,756 alexa
2 mediamingle.com 625,336 alexa
3 mostplays.com 124,960 alexa
4 yobler.com 558,214 alexa
5 shrinktheweb.com 57,402 alexa

Now, only the 5th website has a rank below 100K. And I don’t see how they can make any money.

So, what really is a killer startup? Should it have a lot of web traffic? Should it make a lot of money?

Of course, most people start companies to make money. But then, where are all the really successful companies out there on the list? Are people really interested in publicizing their company as a killer startup, till it actually is?

I think there is a need for the next killer startup that can properly identify the next killer startups. Hmm, is this recursive?

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Software Startup

Today I have been doing some research on starting a software company. One article I came across is

Running a Business On OpenSource Software

The good thing with open source or software as a service (SAAS) is that the startup costs can be drastically reduced.

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