Sunday RexLinks: A startup bubble? A Jobs-Murdoch news app? Don’t believe everything you read

If there’s a theme in today’s links, it’s this: Come on people. Just because you read something via the internets don’t make it so.

  • The Shadow Scholar | The Chronicle of Higher Education – A first person story written by an academic paper ghost writer. Warning: This is not going to make you feel good about the quality of higher education.
  • Few Businesses Sprout, With Even Fewer Jobs | WSJ.com – If you follow the small corner of the startup world that’s 100% focused on the socially-aware web, you know that Fred Wilson’s post last week set of a firestorm of debate over whether or not there is a “bubble” (meaning, about to bust) in web startups. This, of course, drew in the typical opportunistic blog posts by those already in the game, saying, of course there is, so head for the hills (the “hills” meaning any place but New York or the Silicon Valley). However, this linked article in the WSJ claims that, “Venture-capital firms that typically invest in young companies, as well as angel investors that focus on early-stage start-ups, are pulling back as they struggle to sell the companies they already own.” (Moral: 1. You can find a source for anything you want to believe. 2. Not all startups are on the web and have anything to do with the word “social.”)
  • “The Office” WUPHF.com | IMDb – Rather than wasting your time tracking the debate over whether or not “the bust is near” (it is, get over it), I suggest watching this episode of The Office.
  • The anti-bubble of 2001-2004 | cdixon’s posterous – Final word on “bubbles & busts.” As I’ve written many times before, the terms “bubble and boom and bust” are about expectations in financial investments. They are not applicable to ideas or execution. I believe that people who are not in the business of managing early-stage investment portfolios would be well-served by shutting off their RSS feeds from news about startups. If your startup is all about making a killing off the latest craze, then forget it. If you’re talented or passionate or have some unique insight into a specific problem that you can solve, then now is as good a time as any to make it happen. And another thing: The smart money would love nothing more than a bust to occur.
  • iPad ‘newspaper’ created by Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch | guardian.co.uk – Two things about this I can predict: Apple won’t “own” anything about it and whatever “assistance for Apple engineers” it receives would be available to other global media companies. While Steve Jobs may be in the content business as the largest individual shareholder of Disney, Apple’s business model is hardware, software and sales-commission. Suggesting that Apple would jointly own a content property with Murdoch is outside the common-sense zone of anyone who has tracked Apple’s history.

Okay, on to another topic. Things you should believe that you read on the internets. Indeed, you should believe them so much, you should get upset and start yelling at your computer — or your Jobs-Murdoch pad.

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