"Some people seem to think that getting acquired should be the highest aspiration for an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley," ur-investor Vinod Khosla recently wrote. With "some people," though, he was being generous: Most people, it seems, seem to think that the end point of starting up is acquisition -- ideally, by Facebook, by Apple, by Google. The acquisition assumption means that there's a Valley full of incredibly smart, driven people who are founding things simply to sell them to giants. And though that may not be the most inspiring reason to start a company, it may well be the most practical. This little Wikipedia page -- "List of acquisitions by Google" -- is a testament to the ongoing enticement that the dream of acquisition represents.
Now, though, there's another page that speaks to the same idea: the "We've Been Acquired!" Tumblr. The site, launched this afternoon, ingeniously aggregates the many acquisition announcements -- posted to Twitter, to Tumblr, to websites -- that drive tech culture from its roots. Those announcements are replete with effusive excitement and giddy #humblebrags and also some Very Serious Statements, and, seen in the aggregate, they serve as a striking visual stand-in for a Valley full of deferential dreams.
Hat tip Chris Heller.