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Comment author: Lumifer 20 March 2017 09:16:56PM 0 points [-]

we should expect that the firms with the most resources should have significant advantages over small startups

So how this is different from, say, manufacturing? Or pretty much any business for the last few centuries?

Comment author: tristanm 20 March 2017 10:08:48PM 0 points [-]

Well I dont think it is. If someone said "let's democratize manufacturing" in the same sense as YC, would that sound silly to you?

Comment author: Lumifer 21 March 2017 04:16:46PM 0 points [-]

Generally speaking, yes, silly, but I can imagine contexts where the word "democratize" is still unfortunate but points to an actual underlying issue -- monopoly and/or excessive power of some company (or e.g. a cartel) over the entire industry.

Comment author: username2 20 March 2017 10:40:39PM 0 points [-]

No, it would sound like a 3D printing startup (and perfectly reasonable).