June 26, 2014

You magnificent bastard

I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. ...  I own a very large yacht.

But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?

I see pitchforks.



Blogger JAB said...

I'm already shopping: http://tinyurl.com/m5s3n6r

June 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger JAB said...

I have to say three tines promises to be more aesthetically satistfying...http://www.amazon.com/Truper-30308-54-Inch-Manure-3-Tine/dp/B002UVV9G6/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1403924186&sr=8-16&keywords=pitchfork

June 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

I'm more of a tar-and-feather man myself but I can roll with it.

June 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

IDEA: an app...for pitchforks!

Dangit, Eno already has Pitchfork.com. Bastard beats me to everything.

June 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

A few years back I read a right wing think tank paper that came to similar conclusions.

The paper basically said "Oligarchs: Share some of the wealth now or share all of it later."

June 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM  

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