There were lots of good responses, and when it came to judging which was the best I was a little stumped as to what should be the basis of my choice. In the end I opted for questions that I would most like to hear the answers to.
The first is from Alan Patrick, author of Broadstuff:
Given that Online Advertising is no longer the answer, where is the money going to come from?
As the world starts to lose faith in banners this is a great question. I also like the question within the question. Is it really a given that online advertising is no longer the answer? I don’t think so.
And the second is from Philip Hofmeyr, founder of next generation search engine Snagsta:
Please can you debate the pros and cons of ’stealth mode’. Is it always best to be open? Is a question of timing – do UGC sites need some decent content first? Is it a cultural thing – are Europeans start-ups more closed? Does the type of site impact the decision?
Another great question. I’ve never really believed that being stealthy delivers any benefit, but lots of people clearly hold the opposite opinion so it will be great to hear it debated. I note that in their RIP Good Times presentation Sequoia referenced stealth as one of the great advantages that startups have over larger companies.
Alan and Philip – Library House will be in touch shortly with your tickets.
Thanks to all for participating.