We’re Not in a Dotcom Bubble Yet…

Every time I come to San Francisco, I always count the number of billboards on highway 101 advertising pure-play .com companies.  I use it as a straw poll to measure if we’re in a bubble or not.  In 1999-2000, billboards were the way to advertise your new Internet company, almost like a vanity play.  Yesterday night, driving from SFO to downtown San Francisco, I saw many telco and hardware manufacturer billboards but I only saw one from a pure-play: video search engine Blinkx.com.

Here’s a picture of it but, according to various sources, it looks like the billboard has been up for a couple of years already.  So, no bubble for now! 😉

Update: the New York Times talks about a related topic, “Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Dollars, Again“, this morning.  

4 thoughts on “We’re Not in a Dotcom Bubble Yet…

  1. It’s funny, I was just emailing my economics prof from Dawson about this a couple of weeks ago. IMHO, the companies with no revenue model (and probably a lot of those with an iffy advertising model) are going to come crashing down, hurting a lot of folks in the near future (read, by the end of 2008 we’ll see this happening). I just hope Praized isn’t one of them!

  2. It’s funny, I was just emailing my economics prof from Dawson about this a couple of weeks ago. IMHO, the companies with no revenue model (and probably a lot of those with an iffy advertising model) are going to come crashing down, hurting a lot of folks in the near future (read, by the end of 2008 we’ll see this happening). I just hope Praized isn’t one of them!

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