On my last day in Atlanta, I took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium, which has been open for just one year and is the largest aquarium in the world. Seriously. Here are some of the cool sea creatures I saw on my visit.
The object(s) pictured above are neither colorful boomerangs nor futuristic cell phones nor exotic implements of extreme pleasure. They are, in fact, *Banana Guards, created and distributed by the clever, banana-loving peeps at Banana Guard Dot Com. The Banana Guard was invented solely for the purpose of protecting the delicious-but-easily-bruised yellow fruit while in transit. How awesome.
Visit the website to find out where you can buy one of your very own.
(*Thanks to Frank for turning me on to the Banana Guard.)
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.
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