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from 1865 days ago

“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine” – Picasso (via Ribbonfarm)

When I was a kid, I tagged along with my grandfather who was an oboist in a big city symphony. I was struck by the wild discrepancy between the culture of the audience and the culture of the musicians. Before the show, the audience attended fancy events, and talked in abstract terms about classical music. After the show, the musicians played poker, told jokes, swigged bourbon, and traded tips about the best places to get parts for musical instruments.

In the context of startups, it’s convenient to read the Picasso quote as a tidy summary of the difference between theorists (VCs and the tech press) and practitioners (entrepreneurs). There is an element of truth to this. When entrepreneurs get together ...


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