Make it big and bail early
It seems like the real tech success stories are short term. While there are a few lasting corporate dynasties, it’s the little guys that are most interesting. YouTube is a great example. The original owners made it big in about a year, then sold out to Google for a small fortune. 3com, once an industry networking innovator and leader, is now an afterthought. The original founder is quite well off, though, and is in no way inconvenienced by the current fate of his former company. Digg, del.icio.us, flickr, and all the other Web 2.0 innovators that are snapped up by Yahoo! are the real winners. It would seem that the money’s not in the maintenance.