February 8, 2007

Missed opportunities

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 8, 2007 1:38 PM

Via Dave Bacon, venture capital firm OVP has an amusing list of deals missed. For instance:

A guy walks into your office in the late 1980’s and says he wants to open a chain of retail shops selling a commodity product you can get anywhere for 25 cents, but he will charge 2 dollars. Of course, you listen politely, and then fall off your chair laughing when he leaves. Howard Shultz didn’t see this as humorous. And we didn’t make 500 times our money.

"Not investing in Starbucks in 1986" should go into the regret index...

Tags: Internet

Dave Bacon... now there's a familiar name from back in the day. (Ruddock, class of 97 for those not in the know...)

Posted by: Mason | February 8, 2007 8:23 PM

Nice. I should show that to my sister she jsut got a job with a hedgefund / venture capital firm

Posted by: shellock | February 9, 2007 9:38 AM

Mason makes me sound old :)

Posted by: Dave Bacon | February 9, 2007 10:46 AM

Dave: You are old. (Anybody who I met when I was a frosh is old almost by definition.) Then again, so am I.

Posted by: Mason | February 9, 2007 8:11 PM

Hell, class of '97 people even seemed old when I (as a prefrosh) met them in '97...

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 10, 2007 7:33 PM

You all don't know the meaning of the word "old."

Posted by: JSpur | February 11, 2007 11:21 AM

Well, the tricky thing is that "old" is so highly dependent on context.

fashion trends

You see, a couple of aussies told me, and I quote, "Rock and roll will never die."

Posted by: Lemming | February 12, 2007 11:25 AM

Okay I guess I am old...but hopefully I'm still young at heart (and maybe not quite as crazy as when I attended Tech :) )

Posted by: Dave Bacon | February 12, 2007 2:13 PM

What, you don't want to edit a Quantum BFD? ;)

Also, why would anybody want to lose Tech craziness?

Posted by: Mason | February 12, 2007 5:25 PM

Mason: Has anyone yet made the reference to you "dating yourself" with respect to this topic? :p

Posted by: Jolene | February 12, 2007 11:30 PM

Jolene: I believe the answer is "yes."

Posted by: Mason | February 13, 2007 1:54 PM

Actually, the answer is close to...

Nevermind that. Did you hear that self-dating can reduce the risk of prostate cancer?

Posted by: Lemming | February 13, 2007 4:58 PM

Especially if it's done with carbon...

Posted by: Mason | February 13, 2007 9:41 PM

Diesel Sweeties has a shirt about that.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 14, 2007 12:20 AM
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