Damien Mulley points to the buzz surrounding proposals to reboot the way venture capitalism works. And Scoble's post extrapolates the ideas around outsourcing business functions and building virtual companies, eg -
"5) Venture deep technical help. Let’s be honest. The skills to get a prototype service up and working are far different than making it work for 10 million users. Building UI’s in Ruby on Rails is a lot easier than building a server farm that can handle exponentially-growing loads. So, can you build a network where you share one tech team among a group of startups? Then you’ll add value to the whole network and be sought after. I saw just this happening at startups in Silicon Valley where one deeply-skilled tech guy was shared among three or four startups."This reminded me of Paul O'Mahony's comments on the PXN8 review at Web2.0Ireland.com -
"Surely bloggers should come together and form some sort of loosely bound structure/organisation to facilitate this kind of collaborative enterprise. With enough members we may even be able to boot strap our own ventures through membersip fees... I was half thinking of starting a blog on Web 2.0 also. It would be devoted to discovering fast growing Web 2.0 startups and assessing the potential of porting them to Ireland."
Paul also made a very interesting point in an email -
"I guess its fair to say that a high percentage of bloggers are programmers and that bloggers in general are a skilled and enterprising bunch. After all, making a blog in itself is an enterprising act. So I think it makes sense to channel all that energy in a collective way."
And while Paul thought that TechCamp was great he wondered why the Wiki wasn't an ongoing affair, acting as a collaborative business plan. Why indeed?
I started asking myself similar questions recently after putting together a reading list for Irish entrepreneurs. It occured to me that the list was something of a fantasy business team. If I was to be struck by a flash of inspiration for the right business idea I can't imagine having a better team than the 13 people on that list. Granted it may need to be rounded out a little with other skillsets but its an incredible starting point.