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National Cable Show

April 9, 2006

vcmike

One of the many lessons I have learned in the venture industry is not to invest in ventures whose success is in any meaningful way dependent on monopolists.  Monopolists and startups are a bad mix.  (Yes, I've learned the hard way).

Nonetheless, after having sworn off the event for life, I find myself heading down to Atlanta tomorrow for a couple days at this year's National Cable Show. I do have 3 portfolio CEO's attending, so if nothing else it will be a convenient time to get a bunch of meetings and recruiting interviews done.

But I am still gritting my teeth about it.

In my inbox tonight was an email excerpting an interview with the CEO of a major MSO, who, among other things, proclaimed his company's substantial "focus on innovation."

Now, it is not my style to be particularly harsh or controversial, but…cable operators being innovative? Give me a break!

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  1. April 10, 2006

    Have arrived down in Atlanta for the show.
    Turns out the theme is “Cable Innovates.”

  2. Erik #
    April 11, 2006

    One of the many lessons I have learned in the venture industry is not to invest in ventures whose success is in any meaningful way dependent on monopolists.

    Wow is that ever true. Don’t work for them either…

  3. cableguy #
    April 14, 2006

    This is about the most uninformed opinion on cable I’ve ever seen. Lets think about a few things:
    1)Who launched the first High Speed Internet services in the mid 90s? ummm….Cable
    2)Who has been the first to bring VOIP to mainstream consumers in a large way (hint…its not Vonage) … Cable
    3)Who has made DVR and Video On Demand a reality for millions of consumers (hint again, its not Tivo)…Cable.

    As far as cable being monopolists, that went out the window 10 years ago. We fight every day for market share with companies like DirecTV, Echostar, at&t, Verizon and others. Frankly, most of those companies are bigger and have more resources than the largest cable companies.

    You’re right – its not easy for startups to break into cable. And there are only a few large customers so ultimately the leverage is not on your side. But, it can be done (Broadbus & BigBand are shining examples) if you have the right product and team.

    So, Mike, open your eyes and mind to cable before you go off on the industry.

  4. January 8, 2007

    Beauty@

  5. liza #
    January 2, 2010

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