Mon 19 Feb 2007
Remember when you were a teenager and you knew everything? You didn’t think you knew everything. You knew you knew everything. Your parents were idiots and anybody over 30 was just too old-world to have a clue. (If you’re a teenager right now, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re hopelessly naive and everybody older than 30 knows it.) Eventually you got older, looked back, and realized how foolish you were.
The problem is that we don’t seem to realize that this attitude isn’t limited to teenagers! Everybody of all ages thinks they know pretty much all they need to know and everybody 10 years older knows how naive those younger people are. So as I look back 10 years on the mistakes made by those know-it-all computer geniuses who formed Verisim, I’ll try to keep in mind that I still have a lot to learn even now.
We were fresh out of university; a group of shit-hot electrical & computer engineers who could design and build a computer system right from the doping of the silicon making transistors to the database back-end behind a game. There was nothing we couldn’t do! Well… nothing except business. And management. And leadership. And project planning. And finance. And… You get the picture.
Oh, and these minor issues aside, noone had any experience creating a large software system and coordinating a group of five people for over a year. The truth is, we were doomed from the start. I still think the idea was a good one for the time. I think it’s still a good idea today and would love to build it… If I was financially independent and could pay the salaries of five top-notch software designers for a few years. I could handle all those other problems today because now I know everything!