Jacob Baytelman

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Good software engineers rarely create startups

Good software engineers rarely create startups. Why? Because they tend to believe, an innovation should be something big, really complicated in implementation, requiring a huge amount of work. They think, no investor would ever pay the costs of such work, so they do not even start. In fact, behind many successful innovations we can find a very primitive technology: there's nothing technologically challenging in renting out your spare room or sharing a ride or limiting the length of a post in a social network to 140 characters.

Here is a simple test, what do you see in this picture? A nice model of a dragon from the GoT you want to put on your desk, or a sick vomiting and shitting monster you would never pay a dime for? In the latter case your perfectionism might prevent you from seeing a big value in simple solutions.

J.Baytelman July, 2019