Saturday, May 3, 2008

Sons of Scotland...

I caught up on the past couple of weeks of Umair Haque today, and, as always, he didn't disappoint. I don't know if the blog medium is ever going to inspire William Wallace style goosebumps, but, in his latest post on the HBS blog, Umair made a pretty good run at it.

Very simply:

Today's crop of investors and startups are perhaps even more economically autistic than megacorporations. Too many are willfully blind to today's deepest and most essential strategic truth: that the path to radical value creation isn't cutting more deals (dude, high-five!!) - but in rebuilding a flawed, false global economy: one which actively transfers wealth from the poor to the rich, from the sick to the healthy, from productivity to cronyism.

He's sick of it, and he thinks people are getting complacent.

If you're a revolutionary, then be one: put your money where your mouth is, and fix a big problem that changes the world for the better - if you really have the courage, the purpose, and the vision, that is.

And he'll contribute.

I think these problems are so important, I'll take a bit of time away from setting up my new lab, to advise five startups, funds, or companies that I think have the greatest insight into fixing them.

I'm going send the man an email. Braveheart's still echoing in my head, so I figure why not give it a try. I'll be in Boston in a couple of weeks, so I'll see if I can convince him to let me swing by. I think an economy in which consumers choose to support the businesses that do the best things for the world is an economy in which he'd be interested. Who knows. Maybe I'll charm him with my rave about Beijing bike mechanics.