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Gold and Silicon Rush – What is in Common?


Since the days of a Gold Rush a little has changed in the rating of high-risk enterprises by the man. A half century later, still in the same California is the Silicon Rush epicenter.
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Here are in the photo San Francisco in XIX century and today.

The purpose of this article is a bit to entertain umumble lovers and look at the boom in startups through the prism of history, illustrating the similarities between the old and new photos. Perhaps, if we understand the cycling of events, we will more realistically look at ourselves and the future prospects.

As many years ago, the stories about lucky ones who fabulously got rich inspire hundreds of thousands of startup starters. Everyone dreams to become the owner of his own gold-site like Facebook and fabulously get rich.
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Here are in the photo a rich gold digger with a huge piece of gold, and Mark Elliot Zuckerberg with a chicken.

While everyone knows that most gold diggers will not get anything other than prostatitis, scurvy, scoliosis, and insomnia, but everyone cherishes the hope about getting fortune. Just like in the days of Jack London, everybody thinks that for start it takes only a few pairs of hands, a bit of adventure and a couple of simple gadgets.
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Here are in the photo the Californian gold diggers with sieves and the modern guys with laptops.

Everything has been actively developing, such as the communities that introduce more advanced technologies and create the infrastructure.
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Here are in the photo Klondike Camp in 1897 and Startup Camp Switzerland in 2012.
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Here are in the photo a saloon in California and the modern Starbucks café.
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Here are in the photo the store in the Klondike and the latest Digital Shop.

The modern investors with real money have been walking over the bones of the pioneers. They buy, invest in the development of the early stages, keep and sell shares of the largest industrial companies.
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Here are in the photo Ethan Martin industrialist and Yuri Milner entrepreneur.

The next stage is the inevitable market saturation and the structuring. The lion's share of the market belongs to the large companies. Production is being done using the industrial methods. Venture capital investments become less venturous, the big players survive and the small ones die. Perhaps, we are one step away from that stage.
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Here are in the photo the office of Anglo-American mining company and a grand office of Google.

Some people think that this market is bottomless, and others probably want to believe in the future with even easier and more voluminous venture investments. However, there are no bottomless markets, as well as the unlimited investments. The explosive growth is always followed by decline.
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Here are in the photo abandoned miners’ town Bodie and Skolkovo Innovation Centre of Russian silicon era.

Today, we are in 2013, which means that now it is coming a golden time for the startups, the formation, the time to get the gold-sites and create your own gold reserves. After all, the gold always has a good price.
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Here are in the photo the gold bars in b \ w and color.
Hammer gold on the spot!
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Pirat 18 february 2013, 21:37
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