The pigeonhole

I think we often get stuck as entpreneurs and investors in pigeonholing ideas or people.

Many times we are misled by this and start believing:

-only young folks understand how to start Web2.0 companies
-cto’s can’t be ceos
-founders can’t scale
-only seasoned execs are backable
-all ideas in a given a category are losers just because no one to date has figured it out
-that the world hasn’t changed and what didn’t work before will never work now or in the future
-that what has always worked for us in the past is always going to work in the future
-about people that we worked with many years ago as the same junior person that we managed in the past as the same person without giving them credit to all of their new experiences, lessons, successs and failures since those days.

Just recently I met an extremely talented entreprenuer that worked for a particular CEO for many years. The two of them had extraordinary success together. That CEO is now a VC and this entpreneur doesn’t want to work with that VC because he’s concerned that he’s still pigeonholed as direct report in that persons eyes. Maybe it’s true.

Pigeonholing is bad for business and for life.

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I lived in the bay area from 1992-2001. I have some great memories of watching Steve Young play at Candlestick (I’ll never call it anything else).

Now that I’m living in Boston it’s easy to get caught up in Brady/Patriots fever. And 18-0 is simply amazing.

But I still had more fun watching Steve play. Check out this Steve Young highlight reel. So great.

Today we are donating all of the clothes we don’t use anymore to GoodWill. Lauren is reminding me that I own way too many computer/product t-shirts.

Andy Rubin gave me this shirt a year ago. Unfortunately this one is way too big for me.

But I love product schwag and I’m rooting for Android.

So I’m keeping this one.

What is called the music business today, however, is not the business of producing music. At some point it became the business of selling CDs in plastic cases, and that business will soon be over. But that’s not bad news for music, and it’s certainly not bad news for musicians. Indeed, with all the ways to reach an audience, there have never been more opportunities for artists.

David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists and Megastores – Wired

This is a fantastic article about the future of music.