You've got $5 million in the bank, and they do too. Their VCs want them to succeed every bit as much as your VCs want you to succeed. This gets you into a horse race, which no one wants: it's exhausting and expensive.
Web 2.0 isn't all that. Hello?. I don't think there's a rising tide lifting all boats here. I don't think Web 2.0 is the magic bullet some people seem to think it is either. It ain't the features, it's that AND the business.
As I wrote weeks back, its time for a reality check on the Web 2.0 movement. Web 2.0 is clearly getting disproportionate coverage in the blogosphere. Web 2.0's share in the real world as delivering value to business and society is indeed limited - if we look at the enterprise software. This is what is directly responsible for making the business machines hum and improve — be it airline scheduling, dispatching crude oil or treasury management or powering the stock exchanges of the world. I sort of agree with the view that Web 2.0 lacks meaning and magic.
I am fine with already established players like Amazon and Google getting Web 2.0 tagged; I am also fine with finding a productive niche in which to thrive in the information value chain. Moving forward in the e-business space, we need to have the wisdom and mechanisms for cross-integrating/leveraging Web 2.0 applications for larger benefits. This calls for standards in development, building and integration blocks -β all this would come only out of a solid base of Web 2.0 apps as a foundation -β truly a tall order given the fragile nature of several Web 2.0 entities.