This completely hilarious and beyond brilliant list is brought to you courtesy of Rondom Ramblings (not a typo) and my good friend and fellow Mac lover, Eolake. Enjoy and Happy Friday!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2006 Top Ten Geek Business Myths
Since I’ve started my new career as a venture capitalist I have become keenly aware of some of the classic mistakes that geeks make when trying to raise money for a new business. Instead of writing the same comments over and over again I thought I’d try to summarize some of the mistakes that people — especially smart people — make when they decide to try to turn their bright ideas into money. Here then is my top-ten list of geek business myths:
Myth #1: A brilliant idea will make you rich.
Reality: A brilliant idea is neither necessary nor sufficient for a successful business, although all else being equal it can’t hurt. Microsoft is probably the canonical example of a successful business, and it has never had a single brilliant idea in its entire history. (To the contrary, Microsoft has achieved success largely by seeking out and destroying other people’s brilliant ideas.) Google was based on a couple of brilliant ideas (Page rank, text-only ads, massive parallel implementation on cheap hardware) but none of those ideas were original with Larry or Sergey. This is not to say that Larry, Sergey and Bill are not bright guys — all three of them are sharper than I can ever hope to be. But the idea that any of them woke up one day with an inspiration and coasted the rest of the way to riches is a myth.
A friend just emailed me this and it’s so funny (and true) that I had to share.
New Rule: Stop giving me that pop-up ad for Classmates.com! There’s a reason you don’t talk to people for 25 years. Because you don’t particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days: mowing my lawn.
New Rule: Don’t eat anything that’s served to you out a window unless you’re a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy’s chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Trout?
New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: lucky bastards.
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day (aka Valloween)! And to all of my single friends out there who hate Valentine’s Day, just remember that it’s better to be on your own than in a crappy relationship!
I had the day off for Veteran’s Day and so I filled my much-needed down time with running errands usually reserved for the weekend. I actually wanted to get my hair trimmed, but you can’t make appointments at the place I get my hair cut and I just wasn’t into waiting ninety minutes to see Martha – the only stylist I trust, because he always cuts my hair perfectly. I guess I’ll have to do that tomorrow. Anyway, I just got home from food shopping, where I made the requisite stop at the Entenmann’s cake display, because I love me some Entenmann’s snacks. Well, can I just tell you that I discovered the most delicious thing: the Entenmann’s Enten-mini Carrot Cake snack. Holy cow, what rapture for the mouth this cake is — a tiny, finger sized iced carrot cake snack! I could eat the whole box. I suggest you pick up a box (or two!) on your next trip to the Supermarket.