Y Combinator issues call in wake of SOPA backlash
A leading Silicon Valley incubator for startups has put out the call for new ventures capable of “killing Hollywood.”Mountain View, Calif.-based Y Combinator cited the conflict over the SOPA and PIPA proposals as the need to fund alternatives to the entertainment industry in a scathing condemnation of showbiz issued Friday. “The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down,” the organization declared Friday. “It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise.” Y Combinator goes on to explain that it wants to fund new entertainment options less out of any animus towards Hollywood and more because its support of SOPA must be symptomatic of business-model weaknesses that leave it vulnerable to challengers. The incubator said it will look beyond new distribution options for movies and TV toward leisure-time alternatives that make use of interactivity and social tools for connecting family and friends. Among the notable companies Y Combinator has helped get off the ground include Dropbox, Disqus and Reddit.