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

Ian Andrew Bell hello at ianbell.com
Mon Feb 16 20:05:20 PST 2009


On 16-Feb-09, at 4:05 PM, Luis Villa 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.

Yeah, you're right.  Google should have started off as a Spreadsheet  
app.

-Ian.


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