Wil Shipley on Farmers and Miners

Wil Shipley: >If you’re building up a company for the sole purpose of looking good for one solitary moment – the day you go public – you’re not building for the future. You’re not (to waterboard my metaphor) maintaining the soil, making sure your animals are healthy and happy, and all that good husbandry stuff a…

Wil Shipley:

>If you’re building up a company for the sole purpose of looking good for one solitary moment – the day you go public – you’re not building for the future. You’re not (to waterboard my metaphor) maintaining the soil, making sure your animals are healthy and happy, and all that good husbandry stuff a good farmer does. Your only focus is looking like you’re going to achieve great sales in the future.

This, in a nutshell, is what [Facebook is doing](http://brooksreview.net/2011/01/worth/).

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