on Sep 24, 2006
On the other side of things, I still can’t comprehend why NBC would want this show. It would be like a Christian radio station wanting to run Howard Stern, but with all the dirty parts edited out. Ok, assuming that could be done: Who is going to want the edited version of the show?
But the real discovery for me was Vischer’s epic 7-part series, “What happened to Big Idea?” Big Idea went bankrupt! I had no idea. It’s hard to imagine, but the mistakes are easy to spot with the aid of hindsight. What troubles me about what happened was how familiar all of his mistakes were. Phil has the same view of management that I do: Hire smart people, then get out of the way and trust them to do their job. I could see myself making all of the mistakes Phil Vischer did. And some of them were pretty bad. The story is painful to read. I went through the dot-com thing myself, and so I know what it’s like to see a company grow and burst. Even though I kept my job, it was painful. What happened to Big Idea is the same thing, only on a grander and more destructive scale. What a shame.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.