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September 5, 2008 / Danny Robinson

Nay-sayers are whimps

Techvibes did a good job stirring up some controversy last night/today with their post entitled Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em.  But they hit a hot button for me, so I had to comment on it.

Ian also did a post with his thoughts: What’s Broken About the Vancouver Startup Scene?

The problem is that it’s too easy to pick on us Vancouverites.  We’ve just now found our way.  If you look at how far we’ve come over the past year you’d agree.

All startups endure their share of criticism regardless of if their eventual success or failure.  But, man, it sure is easy to predict a startup’s failure; After all, you’d be right 9 times out of 10.  The really impressive thing is to predict the ones who succeed.  If you do that, you have my ultimate respect, if you do the latter you have my ultimate disgust.



  1. Ian Andrew Bell / Sep 5 2008 4:49 pm

    Well, if I’m being labeled a nay-sayer then it’s obvious you didn’t read my post. On both fronts I isolate two key problems and prescribe a road map for how they can be addressed.

    Or maybe we should share in the delusion, stick our heads in the sand and pretend everything’s fine and continue to celebrate mediocrity. I’m sure the levees will hold through the hurricane.

  2. May / Sep 6 2008 1:40 pm

    In the world of start-ups, it is not easy to be a person who believes in something. I don’t mind being criticized, it is really part of the startup game, but I felt bad for our market research coach who got hammered by others for actually believing in us. Now, with a growing client based from all around the world and frequent testimonials from clients, it will be a matter of time time before finding out whether our market research coach was right for believing in us.

    Bottom line: we need more people with the courage to believe that a flourishing tech community in Vancouver is possible. Kudos to Bootup Labs!

  3. Danny Robinson / Sep 8 2008 7:14 pm

    Ian, we know each other better than that. I’m NOT labeling you a nay-sayer, but I see why you thought that from my comment on TechVibes. I should have made it clear that I was talking about the talkers, not the doers. You are amongst the few who are actively working to make it better here. We should all thank you!

    Also, I’m not suggesting we should bury our heads in the sand at all! I’m just saying let’s not avoid responsibility for the problems as they are. It’s constructive to talk about them, understand them, accept them, and then works toward FIXING them. It’s destructive and not acceptable to point your finger at them, blame other people, throw your hands up in shame, and walk away.

  4. Ian Andrew Bell / Nov 25 2008 2:44 pm

    Just posting a follow-up on this thread because I’ve heard from a few folks, who presumably saw this discussion rage across here and at Techvibes, that Danny and I are now sworn enemies. Sorry to disappoint but we see each other all the time and are good friends … sometimes Danny even lets me rock out at Strutta Central!

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