Ideas are cheap (a.k.a. when I invented Uber and Pinterest)

2009 was, apparently, the year I invented Uber and Uber Pool and Pinterest.

Except, I didn’t.

Cleaning my GDrive today & find this stray note in doc called “2009 – Notes.”

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ThenĀ I find this:


This was many something like what Pinterest now is.

Common, oft-repeated takeaway is: Ideas are freeeeee, free, free and abundant and thousands of people have the same or similar idea at the same time. There were dozens of people working on the invention of flight around the same time but only the Wright Bros get credit. Same thing with the telephone. Similar thing with this Facebook thing I use right now to distribute this message.

The great book The Master Switch talks about this a bit too.