So this Harvard coding geek agrees to program an idea for an electronic yearbook\gossip board, the thing strikes a chord, Hollywood brings it to mythical status, Wall Street rings the bell and the media swoons because the billionaire founder claims to hate money. (The so-called ”press” adores capitalists who profess to be disgusted by Adam Smith).
I’m not sure whose idea the yearbook was — Hollywood wants us to detest the rich twins– but that’s not the real issue here. What is fascinating is that if Jonas Salk took his polio vaccination public when it first proved itself in the 1950’s, the miracle drug that has saved generations of children from that crippling disease, would have met with a relative yawn compared to Zuckerberg’s media darling of a half-baked business that will go the way of My Space and Friendster in what, two years? Max.
At the same time that “The (Face)Book” went public with all the hoopla of the practical application of an immortality pill, a real business put a privately owned rocket into space. That genuine entrepreneurs with NASA brains forged a new frontier at precisely the same time the president of the United States decided that America should no longer lead in space — that we should be forced to beg for hitchhiker status with Russia, China or best of all his buddy Hugo Chavez–hardly made news. Why? The brains behind the rocket will make the Surrender-In-Chief look like a fool and unlike the Zuck-the-Reluctant-Billionaire, they admit to a profit motive.
The fact is, business is serious stuff. For the millions of men and women running, fueling, financing, risking the small businesses that run our economy, employ our people, give birth to our innovations, pay our taxes….there is no fanfare. No headlines. No multi-billion dollar paydays based on flawed and fleeting business models.
For the legion of companies that make America tick, it is a life’s work, an entrepreneur’s passion, a slow build, an organic growth that provides a space for people to flourish in, to test life, to fail and succeed, to build wealth, to provide a proud, independent, frontier-like alternative to a desk job and a rubber stamp at the All States of the world.Email This Post