07 August 2006

Getting the idea across

An entrepreneur has to be a strong advocate for their business idea, although if you have ever seen the programme Dragons' Den then you can only come to the conclusion that some would-be entrepreneurs haven't read the dictionary recently. Many of them seem to believe that success will occur overnight and that their idea is worth an absolute fortune. The reality is often less rosy.

What made me think of that just now is that I caught sight of a blog with a highly appropriate quotation in its banner. It was a misquote, so I went back to the source. It's attributed to Howard Aiken the US computer scientist:

"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you'll have to ram it down their throats."

Never, ever, underestimate the amount of work involved in bringing a new idea to market.

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