How Many Tech Startups Are Empty Shells?

by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds

How many startups are empty shells filled with glitzy PR designed to appeal to VC newbies?

It’s widely accepted that most tech startups will fail. Perhaps the core business proposition didn’t pan out, or the execution was flawed, or the initial success foundered on poor management, or another startup scaled up fast enough to suck up all the oxygen in the room–there are many reasons a startup with a fair chance at success can fail.

But what if many if not most of the current batch of startups have zero chance of succeeding because they’re nothing but empty shells of gaseous public relations? Coder Daniel C. recently shared his experiences interviewing at numerous tech firms, both established firms and startups.

Here are Daniel’s observations:

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