Accidental Innovator – Evan Williams

12 02 2008

There’s a great writeup on Evan Williams, a model example of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and innovation, in The Economist.

Surprisingly, the article hits the nail on the head when analyzing what makes Silicon Valley great: right-brain innovation.

People sometimes tend to think that innovation is this intellectual, organized process. And to some extent it can be. But even Williams got somewhat frustrated with Google, after they acquired his first success Blogger, and their analytical approach towards systematically solving problems.

When in fact as with Williams, it often starts with frustration, going down a path, but then losing yourself along that path. As Williams puts it: “We have an itch that we scratch,” he says, “and that becomes the thing.”

Getting lost is something central to what the spirit of the Valley is.

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