Most of What You Need to Know About Silicon Valley, in 1 Tumblr

More
[optional image description]
wevebeenacquired.tumblr.com

"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.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is the Greatest Story Ever Told?

A panel of storytellers share their favorite tales, from the Bible to Charlotte's Web.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In