Chief Idea Officer. London, England
Yes, that's me. My appearance might have changed since this picture was taken, but my values stay the same. I always wanted to do many things, preferably all at the same time. At any point, my mind is being swarmed by ideas.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I would not know. Unlike some people, I never wanted to do just that one thing. Instead, I loved exploring. And so I did. I spent a decade doing sports, graphics design, programming, reading, and more.
However, I could not see myself doing any of those things for a living as it would mean having to leave the other ones. Luckily, there has always been one more thing that I loved doing. I call it idea babysitting.
I like to compare ideas to children. When an idea is born, it starts off as a feeble and insignificant noise in our brain. We have many thoughts every day. Most of them will die before they develop into something more serious; we simply forget about them. As a result, it is quite possible that daily, we miss out on many great ideas.
The ideas that make it past the initial filter then have to face a strong resistance. Regardless of the idea, we are programmed to do our best to prevent these new, daring thoughts from disrupting our comfort zone. Even if they could improve many people's lives.
It takes a lot for an idea to make it to the next stage. But once it gets past the resistance, it starts to grow. Out of all those ideas we could have had, it was this one that was strong enough to survive. Now we are consciously aware of its presence.
In a simplified model, the last step is the completion. Depending on the idea, this could mean making a breakfast, forming a theory, or building a company. I say simplified as otherwise this stage would deserve its own book (What if the fridge is empty? What if you have no connections?).
I am in the business of identifying the most promising ideas and babysitting them on their journey to completion. While VC is an interest of mine, for now I chose the way of entrepreneurship. See what I am working on here.