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-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 8:15 AM

> "What is to be done" is that we have to "sell" (literally or
> figuratively) the tools by pointing to the successful
> applications that they built, not by appealing to the fear
> of not being on the Next Big Thing bandwagon.

Yeah ... very true ... but there is something to be said for the value of
actual vision in management too.

I had the dubious priviledge of doing the very first demo of the web that
the President of a mid-sized company I worked for had ever seen. I was using
a 300 Baud dialup connection through a local university, and there wasn't a
great deal to be seen. (Our state government had a very nice site and I
found a few companies in our business with informational sites.) But, of
course, pages took a long time to load and I had to reconnect a few times
during the demo.

I can still remember the guy basically saying, "This will never catch on.
The whole thing is a waste of money." Later, the company had to purchase
their URL because somebody else registered it first.

We can blame ourselves for not selling the idea well enough. (Which is
certainly true much of the time ... I still wonder if I could have done a
better job in the demo.) Or we can choose to work with people who DO have

"You pays you money and you takes you chances!"


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