Following your dreams

One thing I try to teach Patrick, my 13-year-old son, is that he can make his dreams happen. That’s why today I’m taking him to the San Francisco Apple store. No, dummy, not to check out the latest Macs or iPods, but to meet Aaron Stanton.

Who’s he? Well, he thinks he has a good idea for Google. So, he flew to Mountain View and hung out in Google’s lobby until someone would talk with him.

I thought it was a brilliant idea. No, not his tech/business idea. I have no idea what it is. But the idea of using both this Website and his strategy for getting heard.

By the way, lawyers tell employees at big companies not to listen to unsolicited ideas. Why? Well, if the company ends up doing the idea it’ll end up with legal exposure. I’ve heard of lots of stories of employees already working on a similar idea anyway.

One question I have is: if the idea is so good, why not just visit Sand Hill Road instead and get a company funded based on it? Big companies (even ones like Google) will rarely execute on totally novel new ideas.

Why? Committees and not invented here syndrome. If you talk with 10 random smart people about an idea, at least one of them will say it’s impossible. I want you to watch the interview with Ben Segal at CERN again and again until you get this. He told me that if he had thought of doing Internet search back in 1992, he would have dismissed the idea of “impossible.”

I want you to think about that. Here’s one of the smartest guys in the world. And he thought something was impossible that clearly wasn’t. He would have dismissed that idea.

Now, Google is full of smart guys like Ben. Your idea doesn’t have a chance there.

Instead, go get some money, hire a couple of smart programmers who are looking to build something “impossible” and make a company happen. Then, get bought by Google after it realizes that it’ll miss out on a new market if it doesn’t get in (or that Microsoft could pick up some marketshare on its back).

Comments

  1. The Day Google Became the Center of the World

    The day Google became the Center of the World is February 12th, 2007.  Don’t look for a product announcement, or breaking through another revenue barrier though… it’s something a lot simpler.. yet symbolic. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area…

  2. “Now, Google is full of smart guys like Ben. Your idea doesn’t have a chance there.”

    I may not be getting it, but why would a great idea NOT stand a chance at Google? Aren’t they all about the people and fresh ideas? To keep your idea base in-house means eventually the ideas get stagnant. I think this whole story is great and I hope he succeeds!

  3. “Now, Google is full of smart guys like Ben. Your idea doesn’t have a chance there.”

    I may not be getting it, but why would a great idea NOT stand a chance at Google? Aren’t they all about the people and fresh ideas? To keep your idea base in-house means eventually the ideas get stagnant. I think this whole story is great and I hope he succeeds!

  4. “Now, Google is full of smart guys like Ben. Your idea doesn’t have a chance there.”

    I may not be getting it, but why would a great idea NOT stand a chance at Google? Aren’t they all about the people and fresh ideas? To keep your idea base in-house means eventually the ideas get stagnant. I think this whole story is great and I hope he succeeds!

  5. Can Google Hear Him?

    Apparently they can. Aaron Stanton started writing and posting videos on CanGoogleHearMe.com less than two weeks ago, yet he’s an overnight celebrity at the Googleplex.
    Aaron had a business proposal, but his attempts to contact Google via phone …

  6. I wouldn’t contact Google.

    Forget Google. They suck. I would do what Scoble said. Get together with a couple of good hackers and develop my own cool program or service.

    GPL all of the software so MS cannot use it. Refuse to sell out to Google or anyone else. Become your own dream in action.

    I’m REALLY looking forward to the company that will NOT sell out to Google or any other money-grubbing greedy company.

  7. I wouldn’t contact Google.

    Forget Google. They suck. I would do what Scoble said. Get together with a couple of good hackers and develop my own cool program or service.

    GPL all of the software so MS cannot use it. Refuse to sell out to Google or anyone else. Become your own dream in action.

    I’m REALLY looking forward to the company that will NOT sell out to Google or any other money-grubbing greedy company.

  8. I wouldn’t contact Google.

    Forget Google. They suck. I would do what Scoble said. Get together with a couple of good hackers and develop my own cool program or service.

    GPL all of the software so MS cannot use it. Refuse to sell out to Google or anyone else. Become your own dream in action.

    I’m REALLY looking forward to the company that will NOT sell out to Google or any other money-grubbing greedy company.

  9. If you have a really good idea, giving it to the Google is really dumb.
    He should get few friends, a couple of good developers and build something himself. Get some money, improve that idea and then sell it to Google, Yahoo, myspace or someone else. After all, why only consider Google. Google is not the centre of the universe.

    Also if Google refuse this idea it doesn’t mean the idea is bad, but he will have hard time to sell it to someone else afterward. Everyone will think this idea is not that great if Google refused it.

  10. If you have a really good idea, giving it to the Google is really dumb.
    He should get few friends, a couple of good developers and build something himself. Get some money, improve that idea and then sell it to Google, Yahoo, myspace or someone else. After all, why only consider Google. Google is not the centre of the universe.

    Also if Google refuse this idea it doesn’t mean the idea is bad, but he will have hard time to sell it to someone else afterward. Everyone will think this idea is not that great if Google refused it.

  11. If you have a really good idea, giving it to the Google is really dumb.
    He should get few friends, a couple of good developers and build something himself. Get some money, improve that idea and then sell it to Google, Yahoo, myspace or someone else. After all, why only consider Google. Google is not the centre of the universe.

    Also if Google refuse this idea it doesn’t mean the idea is bad, but he will have hard time to sell it to someone else afterward. Everyone will think this idea is not that great if Google refused it.