Y Combinator: Kill Hollywood
Y Combinator, one of the most important venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, responsible for the likes of Reddit, Posterous, Disqus and Dropbox, posted a call on their site for startups that can kill Hollywood. ”SOPA has brought it to our attention that Hollywood is dying. They must be, if they’re resorting to such tactics.”, they say, going on to make the point that a healthy industry would merely see piracy loss as a deadweight, or a problem to innovate around. They conclude by saying “Winning is more a matter of discovering it than making it happen. You can’t push history off its course. You can however accelerate it.”
While the blogpost is mostly symbolic, it does highlight the war between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Or rather the fact that unless Hollywood gets its shit together, the web is going to eat its lunch, and the fact that Hollywood is going through the crisis moment the music industry went through a decade ago. And Y Combinator makes a good point - SOPA wasn’t the move of a confident, successful industry, it was the clumsy attempt to regain some ground of a powerful, well-financed industry that nevertheless just woke up to realize that its dominance isn’t assured, and that the picture twenty years from now could be radically, radically different.