Sure some of the great new stuff comes from startups, but almost all of it sells us out to the government and big tech. But hot startups are news, and the press should cover them. But they should also cover hot new non-VC technologies that compete with the siloizing services of the VCs. Examples: BitTorrent, scripting, Napster, the web, Wikipedia, RSS, XMPP, MIDI, MP3, podcasting, blogging, Linux, encryption. These can’t be bought out by Google, and (we hope) aren’t owned by the government because they tend not to be centralized, like the services that the VCs launch.