Unlearning The Past

from the so-says-a-teacher... dept

Bill Gurley’s latest column is telling entrepreneurs that they need to forget the lessons they learned in the past five years, because they’re bad habits. I think anyone with half a brain already knows that. He then goes on to say that it’s tough to unlearn those things – which I don’t think is true at all. There are a couple of problems here. First, Gurley is one of the guys who was out there promoting all of those “new rules” he now wants us to unlearn. Second, he misses the point he made in his own article – which is that the real entrepreneurs realized his points long ago and aren’t approaching him and his VC buddies for money anymore. They’re out there trying to building something real, with as little money as possible – rather than wasting their time running up and down Sand Hill listening to pompous VCs tell them what they need to learn or unlearn about the world today.

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u2604ab says:

NPR Radio Call In

On Talk of the Nation, around 1.5 – 2.0 years ago, at the height of the internet-boom, they had an expert on — it might have been Gurley.

One college-student caller called in and said she’d just finished an economics exam, and everything that was happening in the real-world internet boom didn’t quite jive with they keynesian supply-and-demand stuff she’d been learning.

The “expert” on the radio show said that her professor was an idiot for still teaching that stuff, and that she was stupid for listening to him and not dropping the class.


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