Thursday, April 7, 2011
A Kundun Moment
The moment I heard the executive describing our product vision as his company's own, I felt the normal sinking feelings. The circumstances of my experience with the engineer were so suspicious. Of course I believed he had taken our ideas and presented them as his own to get hired into this company. I realized that my competitor has much more resources than I did to bring the product to market swiftly. In the moment that I realized that it might have been me on stage, announcing this product, I had a second realization. In a sense it was me on stage, as I am a shareholder in his company! This realization struck me like the moment in Martin Scorsese's film Kundun, where the Dalai Lama is able to understand with compassion the perspective of his Chinese attackers as they invade and overthrow his country.
Ideas and business models often do crop up simultaneously in isolation in Silicon Valley. We're all exploring opportunities to address the same business needs of the market with many of the same approaches and tools. Here entire business models do crop up like pre-Pasteur concepts of spontaneous generation. It's just a matter of who can build them fastest.
With this realization I am freed up to pursue other even larger opportunities that remain unsolved…