Monday, February 12, 2007

This is the Book

Which will settle the bet on '06 oil prices. Note that Duck isn't wrong, he was just early.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days, by Jessica Livingston

A list of those interviewed for the book can be found here, and here is an extremely interesting and lengthy interview of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - among other things, he says that he was completely uninterested in making a ton of money, he just wanted to show off his computer-design skills. As a result, his Apple II design was widely admired, and he made almost nothing compared to Steve Jobs.

Here is an interview with Joel Spolsky, a co-founder of Fog Creek Software, who writes the very informative Joel on Software blog, which is where I found mention of the book.


Blogger Oroborous said...


E-mail me at for my mailing address; your Yahoo e-mail address isn't right, and I've misplaced your AOL address.

February 12, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger M Ali said...

They're all tech companies. I was hoping for something a little more wide-ranging.

February 13, 2007 2:45 AM  
Blogger Bret said...

oroborous wrote: "Note that Duck isn't wrong, he was just early."

In my futures trading days, I lost count of the number of times some trader who I knew peripherally would take some enormous position in some market, lose huge sums of money, and then some number of months later, after the trader had bailed on his position and the market did finally reverse and go in the direction that the trader had predicted, would say something to that effect.

If losing huge sums of money or even a bet is not a measure of being wrong about a prediction, I don't know what is.

Here's a prediction for you: I predict that between 90% and 100% of all exchange traded commodities will trade both above and below their closing price today at some point in the future.

February 13, 2007 11:31 AM  

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