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The term unicorn run down lately for well founded reasons.

There is a bubble around startup unicorns with high valuation and no profit.

Unicorn people—those who both design and code—got overwhelmed by the fast expanding internet ecosystem.

An unicorn today must be capable to do graphic design; UX research; responsive UI design; progressive and reactive front-end code; animation and motion design; deal with APIs, microservices, containers and plain old servers on back-end.

That is at least herculean1 if not impossible.

No wonder the once 1:1 ratio on ‘Hacker News’ Who is Hiring? vs. Seeking Freelancer? is now 10:1.


Yep. Either you’ll get employed, create your own studio with 3-4 specialized people, or go big and stay freelance.