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November, 2009

The Viral Non-Strategy

Virality is not a given, but something that must be engineered and cannot be relied upon solely to drive the success of a product.
Josh Kopelman, Managing Director of First Round Capital hits the nail on the head with his latest post about the "viral strategy" of startups:
Virality is something that has to be engineered from the beginning...and it's harder to create virality than it is to create a good product. That's why we often see good products with poor virality, and poor products with good virality. The reason that over $150 Billion is spent on US advertising each year is because virality is so hard. If virality was easy, there would be no advertising industry.
A few points on this: First, I'd add that virality is also partly by chance. Second, it drives me crazy when I hear/read about entrepreneurs talking about the product as if it's the only thing that matters. Sure it's important, but if a tree falls in the forest and there's nobody there to hear ...
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