The leading micro-blogging service is ... Twitter.
What's the 800 lb gorilla in online services for startups? ... There isn't one.
There is no one place 'everybody' goes online for startups. And thus:
- You can't access a 3rd party app market and related APIs.
- There is no 'search' for startups.
- There is no central ecosystem for all the related players (office rentals, IP lawyers, accountants, benefits companies, employees, ...)
- There is no way to apply deep quantitative models and trend analytics to startups.
- And of course, as a consequence, much of the startup market remains opaque and difficult to access.
So what happens when across the global scene (or some fraction of it), trillions of dollars worth of ecosystem start focusing its time on one (or a few) winners in the online startup space? And when players access related apps from a marketplace, find employees, employers, lawyers, administrative services, office space, designers, etc? Investors will find a rich ecosystem equally valuable and transformational, given that large data sets of info will enable trend analytics and custom deal potential identification. Do you suppose that will make a 'Facebook' of the space valuable?
I've had a conversation with a number of VCs about a crowdfunding platform being the next major investment potential. Mostly they just politely change the subject, or even roll their eyes. Reminds me of trying to get funded in the 90's for a virtualization startup (doh!). Well, I'm going all-in on perhaps my biggest ever trend call. The next Facebook-sized investment opportunity in software startups, is a crowdfunding platform. And it's going to have an app market & APIs. Roll your eyes all you want, sheople. It's about to get interesting...
P.S. It's worth noting the momentum picking up in regulatory changes for crowdfunding.