[FoRK] the 37signals approach [was Re: Company where I work got funded! Economy not disastrous everywhere!]

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 19:15:48 PST 2009


The 37 Signals people are pretty annoying indeed.  Though they do seem
to walk the walk too.

On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM, Lucas Gonze <lucas.gonze at gmail.com> wrote:
> Companies that can get off the ground without money usually have no
> better than linear returns, so the scope of the project is pretty
> small.  The reason to take money early on is to allow you to aim
> higher, and that's what investors want anyhow.
>
> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM, silky <michaelslists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 6:57 PM, Ian Andrew Bell <hello at ianbell.com> wrote:
>>>> [W]hen your vision is so broad that it needs somebody
>>>> else's money to realize it fully, [the compromise] is clearly one worth making.
>>>
>>> Query: how many visions are so broad that they actually need someone
>>> else's money to realize fully? Unlike Beberg, I think the answer is
>>> 'more than zero', but I still think it is a pretty small number. The
>>> approach of the 37signals guys - best summed up as: if your vision
>>> can't pay for itself very quickly at small scale while you're building
>>> it out, is the vision any good? - rings very true for me, especially
>>> in these days of low-cost scalability.
>>
>> Personally I'm sick of hearing about 37 signals and other such people
>> who keep talking on and on and on and not doing anything. Bored of
>> listening to people talk about how you should do it, etc. Bugger their
>> advice; just go out and do it the way it needs to be done! IMHO you
>> should spend less time listening to self-proclaimed experts and more
>> time doing what _you_ think is right.
>>
>> I can easily sit here and think of examples of web companies that need
>> money to get off the ground, and those that don't. What's the point;
>> it's obvious which is which. Just go out and do it!
>>
>>
>>> Luis
>>
>> --
>> noon silky
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