Thursday, July 15, 2004

The Great Chekov

And no, I'm not referring to Walter Koenig.

Not only was Anton Chekov the first great master of the short story form (and many consider the greatest ever), he is also one of the greatest playwrights, trailing only Shakespeare, and holding his own with Ibsen and Jonson.

What made him truly special, beyond his literary genius, is that he was also a great person. As my old teacher, the great John L'Heureux once said, "Every writer is a bastard. Except for Chekov." A medical doctor who wrote stories to support his family after his father's death, he eventually died of tuberculosis contracted while helping the poor.

Take a few moments today to read about Chekov, or better yet, pick up a copy of his short stories and read them for yourself.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Headlines 'o The Day

Some things you just can't make up.

Druid charged for carrying sword.

The best part is that his legal advisor was, I kid you not, chief druid King Arthur Pendragon.

Britney was my sex-mad bride

The sub-headings in the story are:
"Thong"
"Moans"
"Shattered"

Kinda says it all....

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Life Is Entrepreneurship

I highly recommend talking with today's young entrepreneurs. As an old man of 29, I'm totally out of touch. I went to college in the pre-Netscape days. I can even remember using Gopher to access content.

Today's 16-25 year olds grew up with the Web as an established fact. They all had cell phones in high school and college. They've probably never used a desktop.

On Friday, I met Ben Casnocha, an experienced entrepreneur at the ripe old age of 16. Ben will probably never even consider taking a corporate job. Heck, given his age, he could be starting companies for the next 50 years, or even more.

On Sunday, I went to Steve Oskoui's birthday BBQ. The most amazing thing about the party is how so many of the people there have found success without taking "a real job." Steve, like many of his friends, runs a small and profitable Internet company. It allows him to use his intellectual and engineering gifts, while also supporting a flexible lifestyle.

One of the guys I met, David Weekly, is a programming gunslinger who takes high-powered engagements so he can spend the rest of the time on his ironically named California Community Colocation Project and other activities. Of course, it may be that the name isn't ironic; after all, David was 11 or 12 when the Soviet Union collapsed!

What all of these guys have in common, besides the fact that I'm insanely jealous of them, is that they see life as an entrepreneurial endeavor. The whole concept of work/life balance is unnecessary, because the two have merged.

In my generation, folks proclaimed the "Free Agent Nation" as the old system of lifetime employment broke down. We were admonished to focus on building skills and human capital so that we could move from corporation to corporation.

Free Agent Nation is barely a decade old, and it's already dying. The future belongs to the Entrepreneurial Nation, where everyone works for themselves and the things that they care about.

The future is already here. Get used to it.