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The wonderfulness of criticism

I took a meeting with a VC the other day about my startup, "eBay for digital objects meets the social graph."* There were a lot of negatives.

This reminded me of something Clayton Jacobson, director of the hilarious Aussie mockumentary Kenny (about a guy who works for a portable restroom company) said to the audience at a test screening:

Don't tell me what's right with the film. I can't do anything with a compliment. If you love the film that's great, but if you just say you love it, it stays that way.

My own philosophy couldn't be put more eloquently. I said to the VC that he needn't worry, everything was taken on board as valid criticism and without which there can be no improvement.

And if you like toilet humor, Kenny is on Netflix.

  • Writing this note in 2017, on reflection there weren't any positives, including how the idea was pitched. Where I should have taken the business, and intuitively knew it but didn't see the go-to-market clearly enough, was to do this.


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