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Rules of the Garage

Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:00 AM

2009 is going to be a great year. I would be fooling myself if I were to ignore this sinking feeling. Perhaps it is from the current state of the tech industry, maybe even the economy. Whatever it is, I can also feel the entrepreneurial energy of the past reinventing itself. I recently saw the image below on this blog, it really speaks for itself.

rules of the garage

  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working.
  • Make a contribution every day. If it doesn't contribute, it doesn't leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.

There is this ongoing theme of expanding till you cannot possibly cram anything else in, then a massive contraction, even better a readjustment. Through out all of this action there are constants. If one can identify these constants, they might be a strength. Before I get too ahead of myself ... I think that is what the past 8 - 9 months were about contraction, and now what are the constants?

2008 was a rough year. I do not envision that 2009 will be easy but I feel something coming. I can't wait to see what it is.