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Brads reaction: Not surprising, the stringent nature of venture funding as well seems to be channeling innovators away from great ideas and into trends and popping industries. Great minds can spend years wasting their time on the next Groupon while real innovation stalls.

Mark Zuckerberg knows that this time next year Facebook will be a public company, or preparing itself for a blockbuster public offering. In a rare interview this weekend, the 27-year-old founder of the social networking site spoke candidly about culture, commitment and clingers-on at Silicon Valley's hottest ticket. Most interestingly, Zuckerberg said he would have bypassed the Valley if he were that 21-year-old Harvard student starting Facebook tomorrow. "If I were starting now I would do things very differently," he told Y Combinator partner Jessica Livingstone in the interview. "I didn't know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it's not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. [Silicon Valley] is a little short-term focused and that bothers me."
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