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/).

Posted by Ben Brooks