14 Trout or a Giant Marlin Startup


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A few nights ago we saw the movie The Social Network and really enjoyed it. One of my favorite anecdotes came when the characters were debating the potential of Facebook. I’ll paraphrase the story without giving away too many details of the movie. One of the main characters poses a question to the founder of Facebook: Have you ever seen a photo of a fisherman with 14 trout caught in one day? Of course he hadn’t as fishermen like to show off the pictures of a giant marlin. The character’s point in the movie was that the entrepreneur needs to decide if Facebook is going to be a trout or a marlin.

There’s no right or wrong answer but I think it’s important for entrepreneurs to think through the question of what they want to be in the future.

What else? What are your thoughts on the trout vs marlin question? What did you think of the movie?

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