I came across this article over at CenterNetworks that discusses 5 great acquisition targets for the first quarter in 2007. While I am not here to agree or disagree with the article I’m not so sure there are any great acquisition targets lying around. I do think there are some great strategic targets that with a little more help can boost the profile of the acquiring company, but is there anyone that is really dominating the web right now?
Maybe I am living under a rock, but don’t things seem to be a bit quiet this year? Last year we couldn’t stop talking about all the fascinating (*cough) startups springing up and what new technologies would take over the web, but this year there hasn’t been much of anything. Joost got its week of glory and when it comes out of beta will probably make some waves, but beyond that what’s happening?
I know some people get worried when they see companies going under or nothing major happening, but this is a good thing. Quiet periods are always good because:
- People stop caring about insignificant copycats and players that just don’t innovate.
- Some people are setting up something big and they can do it without major publicity or pressure.
It is almost as if the web is begging for someone to take it over. Yahoo purchased MyBlogLog in January (wonder if they regret it) and beyond that nobody else has made a move as far as I can remember. Quiet time is good because it helps us get our focus back, which was something we lost during all of 2006. We don’t need fast-paced progress, we just need progress and this is what I am seeing happening now.