I strongly agree with this point, and don't buy the blanket rationale that speed trumps everything in a startup.

I couldn't find its meaning anywhere, what does blanket rationale mean?

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    Just change "rationale" to "statement". A blanket statement is one that purports to cover all scenarios and contingencies. The "blanket statement" would be that "speed trumps everything when a startup company is concerned", and by speed, being first to market is probably the intended meaning. Speed is more important than any other factor, is the assertion. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 27 '15 at 20:05
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    I do believe this is not just a simple matter of definition. It's almost idiomatic. The correct answer is given below, and would be difficult to glean from a dictionary. – CoolHandLouis Jan 28 '15 at 3:58
  • That's right, just by trying to search this words together throws no-meaning-related results anyware. Thanks for the support. – Alejandro Veltri Jan 28 '15 at 4:09

A blanket statement is a generalization - something that covers everything, like a metaphorical blanket. There is an implication when using "blanket statement" that it may be an over-generalization. For example, "Snow is cold" is a fact; "Nobody who lives here can drive safely in the snow" is a blanket statement, and most likely not completely accurate.

A rationale is a justification, a reason to make a decision. For instance, I might put chains on my tires, and my rationale might be that heavy snowfall is predicted.

So, to put the two ideas together, a blanket rationale is a justification that may be based on an overgeneralization. In your example, the speaker believes that many startup companies justify decisions based solely on speed, and implies this is a flawed argument.

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