Response to Pirates and Ninjas

Igor Elland has a good response to my Pirates and Ninjas article. The argument is that not only is a pirate life not a fit for me, but it’s not a fit for anyone.

Sure we have the billion dollar valuation here and there, but that’s the lottery mentality taking over your good sense. Don’t let it.

When I said that the pirate’s life was not for me, I didn’t only mean the 70+ hour work weeks. I meant that my motivation for making things isn’t based on the valuation for the company. I feel compelled to make amazing things. That is what motivates me. And even at awesome startups, that’s not what motivates the founders.

Posted on February 12, 2013