What I love about startups is the dreaming.
You can picture how your big idea could take off, and the dreaming helps you grind day after day. Most the time, you fail. It happens to almost everyone. Fail once. Fail twice. Succeed.
This brings me to the story of Jeremy Lin. If you haven’t heard about Lin yet, you are either 1.) Not Asian; 2.) Hate sports; or 3.) Hate the news. Lin is an amazing story on so many levels. If Disney had made a movie based on his story before it happened, I would have made fun of the most unrealistic plot ever written.
What’s even more amazing than the fact that Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American who went to Harvard and is now starring in the NBA, is he failed. Not once. But twice. Twice Lin was cut from NBA teams, and the Knicks probably would have cut him eventually if a bunch of injuries had not forced them to give the kid a chance.
Now, Lin is Google. At least, in the next year, he’ll probably have as much money. Lin is the entrepreneur that failed, failed again and succeeded. Giving us all a little hope.
Some linkage to get you to the weekend:
- Need help communicating? The Bureau of Communication is here to help. They had me sold at the Airing of Grievances. What will really come in hand is the formal apology. I’m going to need a lot of copies. I’ll start with a note to my girlfriend apologizing for my devotion to Valentine’s Day. Apparently, getting a card about loving every minute with her, even “the dumb-ass” activities; then when she asked what dumb-ass activities we do, me saying “celebrate Valentine’s Day,” was not what she had in mind for Valentine’s Day! I’ll also be sending an Airing of the Grievances to Hallmark.
- Remember when I linked to that weird KickStarter project for a running from Zombies app? Well, they are about to launch, and my coworker Nadine informs me that she will be giving a full report on how it feels to run from zombies.
- Advice for do's and don’ts on social media, and this isn’t the typical, “Don’t post scandalous photos of yourself or use profane language.”
- Cool way to simplify search in Google Chrome.
- This video reminds me that I need to find all of the family videos from my childhood and destroy them immediately.
- Oh Parrot, you dog you.
- Scratch “stocking over my head” from the list of new looks I was going to try.
- From Chris Klein, compliments of Reddit: Remember that "amazing instrument" video done in CGI? (I don’t.) Yeah, well Intel actually built it!
- Yes, I’m a Jayhawk, but this is a pretty cool story about a little girl who is now a hero to K-State fans.
- To balance the K-State love, the only thing close to the out-of-nowhere story of Jeremy Lin is the emergence of KU 7-footer Jeff Withey. My story over at Basketball Prospectus.
- Sony Music increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on iTunes after the singer died on Sunday. You stay classy, Sony.
- How the Blackberry became irrelevant.
- Big brother (ahem, I mean Google) is watching you.
- Apple about to hit 25 billion app downloads.
- The Double Dream Hands guy has made another video. Enjoy your weekend. I’m off to hit up the club to try out these moves. Ladies beware.