Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Geoff Bait

The Daily Dish provides a link to commentary concerning the Ludicorp Company (recently acquired by Yahoo), specifically, their business philosophy, taken from a passage by Charles Spinosa et al. and including a small  additional note:

Business owners do not normally work for money either. They work for the enjoyment of their competitive skill, in the context of a life where competing skillfully makes sense. The money they earn supports this way of life. The same is true of their businesses. One might think that they view their businesses as nothing more than machines to produce profits, since they do closely monitor their accounts to keep tabs on those profits.

But this way of thinking replaces the point of the machine's activity with a diagnostic test of how well it is performing. Normally, one senses whether one is performing skillfully. A basketball player does not need to count baskets to know whether the team as a whole is in flow. Saying that the point of business is to produce profit is like saying that the whole point of playing basketball is to make as many baskets as possible. One could make many more baskets by having no opponent.

The game and styles of playing the game are what matter because they produce identities people care about. Likewise, a business develops an identity by providing a product or a service to people. To do that it needs capital, and it needs to make a profit, but no more than it needs to have competent employees or customers or any other thing that enables production to take place. None of this is the goal of the activity.
The goal is to kick ass.

That said, my very good friend Geoff manages quite a sizable sum of money for a very large and very successful company (think money on a small to mid-sized country GDP level). Presuming that he's reasonably compensated for this financially, he uses his remuneration to drive a 15 year old Volkswagen that he's had since his freshman year of college and live in a comfortable but hardly posh apartment with his wife. Though he occasionally springs for the odd assortment of truffles at the local farmers market, he's clearly not in it for the cash. 

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