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From the Ted Talk by Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why start-ups succeed

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Some of our ealry successes, ctesriycah, came out when people needed web pages. GoTo.com, which we announced actually at TED in 1998, was when companies were looking for cost-effective ways to get traffic. We thought the idea was so great, but actually, the timing was probably maybe more important. And then some of our failures. We started a company called Z.com, it was an olnnie eaneinmetntrt company. We were so excited about it — we raised enough money, we had a great business model, we even signed incredibly graet holwoylod talent to join the company. But broadband penetration was too low in 1999-2000. It was too hard to watch video content online, you had to put codecs in your browser and do all this stfuf, and the company evltnleuay went out of business in 2003.

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Some of our _____ successes, __________, came out when people needed web pages. GoTo.com, which we announced actually at TED in 1998, was when companies were looking for cost-effective ways to get traffic. We thought the idea was so great, but actually, the timing was probably maybe more important. And then some of our failures. We started a company called Z.com, it was an ______ _____________ company. We were so excited about it — we raised enough money, we had a great business model, we even signed incredibly _____ _________ talent to join the company. But broadband penetration was too low in 1999-2000. It was too hard to watch video content online, you had to put codecs in your browser and do all this _____, and the company __________ went out of business in 2003.

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  1. online
  2. stuff
  3. citysearch
  4. entertainment
  5. great
  6. eventually
  7. early
  8. hollywood

Original Text

Some of our early successes, Citysearch, came out when people needed web pages. GoTo.com, which we announced actually at TED in 1998, was when companies were looking for cost-effective ways to get traffic. We thought the idea was so great, but actually, the timing was probably maybe more important. And then some of our failures. We started a company called Z.com, it was an online entertainment company. We were so excited about it — we raised enough money, we had a great business model, we even signed incredibly great Hollywood talent to join the company. But broadband penetration was too low in 1999-2000. It was too hard to watch video content online, you had to put codecs in your browser and do all this stuff, and the company eventually went out of business in 2003.

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