Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Bootup World and the Cuckoo's Nest

Great being invited to visit Boot Up World in Menlo Park by Riccardo Pisano, MS. CEO & Co-Founder along with Jason Drury Thanks also to Cameron Nazeri, Director of Strategic Partnerships for showing us around the accelerator space and also showing us Tim Draper & Mark Cuban's "Cuckoo’s nest club" for founders, CEOs & investors & artists right in the middle of the accelerator - very novel way for disruptive founders and CEOs, risk-taking venture capitalists to network and to stay in touch with a range of early stage star-ups outside their portfolio - something that I think is very important (and I'll explain why later).

The location of the Cuckoo’s Nest turns out to be on the same road as the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital where and about which the influential Ken Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The quote that is used to link the two is that "The patients were not insane, they just did not fit the conventional idea of how people are supposed to act." and is extended by a quote from another local, Steve Jobs, took this observation a step further, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

The Beam telepresence robots that are found around the campus will seem strangely familiar to anyone who has seen this though - but I can't complain - I'm waiting to get my hands on one myself (although I guess I could do this by drone these days).

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