July 24, 2011
I’ve got the brains.
You’ve got the looks.
Let’s make lots of money”
— Pet Shop Boys
Most of the people who contact me with an idea for a new technology business do not have the skills needed to actually make their product.
In fact, typically that’s why they are contacting me – they presumably think I will want to build it, or else introduce them to one of my technical friends who can.
They don’t seem to realise that their idea by itself is just like the hover board in this Ali G sketch:
On the other side of the equation, there are a lot of developers and designers out there who think that the only piece of the puzzle they are missing is an idea worth executing, as if you just need to build it and they will come (and as if the majority of ideas worth executing are obviously worth executing in advance).
Most of the successful ventures that I’m involved with who have technical co-founders are soon desperate for good quality sales and business development people to help them grow – e.g. Vend has a great opportunity for the right person now, for those of you based in Auckland.
This is silly. The farmer and the cowman should be friends.
Imagine a matchmaking service – where people with a business idea could connect with developers looking for something worth building, and where technical founders could connect with those who are not afraid of talking to people and selling and doing deals.
Imagine … if only I could find somebody to build it 😉