It is often said that in Silicon Valley, they celebrate failure. This is a bit of a misnomer, it’s not the failure that’s celebrated it’s the act of going for the win. It seems that everyone in Silicon Valley has a story of how they left a secure job to go to work for a startup, or left a big company to company to start one of their own (PS I- I’ve done both), and it didn’t work out, or it did work out and now they can’t wait to do it again.
The impetus for this post was the closure today of Verified Identity Pass, the much-ballyhoo’d creators of the “Fly Clear,” program which for a fee let certain airline passengers move through security checks much more quickly. The company was the creation of Steve Brill, who has had many successes and many failures over the years. His biggest successes were very big, CourtTv, and American Lawyer Magazine. His failures have also been big, along with Clear, there was Brill’s Content and Inside.com.
The lessons learned here:
– Not every one hits a homerun every time
– You’ve got to step up to the plate to even have a chance
– More people want to read/watch semi-sleazy stuff (like CourtTV – no comment on lawyers) than read a self-described “media watchdog” publication
The baseball analogies just happened, they weren’t planned. I think it’s because the SF Giants are much more fun to watch than I anticipated them to be this year.