Had an amazing lunch with an old friend this week. He is not so much a tech wizard like many who accomplish much in this arena, he is more like a building contractor. Contractors may not know how to do framing, dry walling, plumbing, but they are networked with those who know how to get the job done. In the same way, those who accomplish breakthrough tech accomplishments are more than anything highly networked people who have a very thick Rolodex, if you will, that is ever increasing (BTW, figured out the max size Mac’s Address Book goes to before it fritzes out 3,000! I am now switching to a subscription service that allows me to use my mobile phone, iCal, Address Book, the whole nine yards without a hiccup. (If you want that info email me.)
This friend is mentioned specifically and quoted in the landmark book, The World Is Flat (a worthwhile, make that necessary, read, btw will not mention his name interesting that two friends of mine ended up in the telling of the story of the dawning of the digital age this book captures, no name dropping allowed here!). Plan to have him speak at Coastland a few months after our launch when we do a series on risk. He will not actually speak live, but as we often do, he will give two or three 90 second clips we will have shot earlier in the week about the learnings he has picked up on along the way much of which has to do with becoming comfortable living in the land of risk.