Three Rules for a Successful Company in Silicon Valley - not noticed, proven with $5mil, and survive onslaught of incumbents

TechCrunch and others covered David O Sacks, CEO of Yammer's post on three things that make it hard to create a successful company in silicon valley.

You can see the original Facebook post which is public.

David's main point is not that there are a shortage of ideas, but how hard it is create a company.

David O Sacks Human creativity has not changed, and there will always be new ideas and opportunities. But the question is, how many of those opportunities will be captured by startups versus incumbents? It seems like a statistical fact that when you go from virtually no incumbents to multiple well-run incumbents, an increasing percentage of opportunities will be captured by the latter. That's the point I'm making about Silicon Valley -- we may not be running out of ideas, but we might be running out of big new companies.
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One of the problems is if your company is in Silicon Valley you are surrounded by your competitors.  Staying under the radar, yet proving you have a sound revenue model, and the big guys won't crush you is really really hard. I grew up and spent my first 12 years working for HP and Apple in Cupertino and you learned to keep your mouth shut and not talk shop when you were outside of work.  

I do agree with David and I wouldn't build a successful new company in silicon valley.  The easiest way to achieve success is not to tell the VC community what the new company is.  But, then it is hard to get the $5mil of funding.