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Aug 06, 2014, 10:17 PM
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The train wreck


So there was an interview at a follow cam startup. At 1st sight, the guy made up his mind. There was a courtesy lunch & then what was originally planned as a 5 hour tour was terminated after 1 hour.

They weren't interested in anyone over 30, but there was also a large experience gap. They were all just starting out in UAV design & may have wanted the novel ideas that people with minimal experience give, rather than the clouding of years of bad experiences. They may have wanted absolutely no skepticism that the idea was going to work.

They were way behind the other follow cams. Since everyone relies on the same 3D Robotics load with minor changes, it probably wasn't a big deal to languish. Like most every other idea getting the most funding, it was very unlikely to work. Would still say there is enough time before the sh*t hits the fan for the follow cam startups to make significant progress towards the goal.

It was disappointing that a place with no prototypes, minimal experience, & a very hard idea to realize was able to get significant funding, while the other ventures in toys & video editing were unable to get any funding after many prototypes, massive experience, & despite ideas that were equally feasible.

The interview guy had a PhD in CS from the U of T at Austin. The CEO had an MBA from Stanford. The education is definitely a consistent factor among those who got funded, while the unfunded consistently had very little formal education.
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Aug 07, 2014, 07:22 AM
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After 40 years (actually many more but lets stick with IC chips and smaller devices) of microelectronic development, I too am amazed at the drastic ironies that exist the development markets.

Inspiration seems be rewarded more than Perspiration. (cultural reference from a overt opportunist)

-=Doug


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