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My idea of an incubator

Recently, I saw a movie called The Good Lie. At the end of the movie, there was an African Proverb. The Proverb read, as I remember, “To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.”

With so many people in the world with the desire to be great or to be something better than what they are, you wonder why more people don’t collaborate to become better. People form partnerships in business all the time. Also, people take on roommates in order to reduce living expenses. Why not do both and form an incubator?

If two or more people come together in the name of an idea, they must marry or combine their wills to see it through and make it happen. The most efficient way to make that happen, in my opinion, is to spend as much time together as possible.

Time, as I have come to know it, is a luxury that enables things to become right. Time becomes such a luxury when the gap between your resources and expenses is widened, in favor of your resources of course.

One way to increase resources and decrease expenses is to form an incubator. An incubator in this sense is a house, a loft or an apartment that is shared by two or more people with the intention of seeing an idea through to its end. That idea, whether its a record label, app development, consulting, etc., is sacred and must be treated as such. The best way to show that idea is worth something is to put the time in.

Say for instance you have dedicated 6 hours per day to a particular task. With all things constant, you would have dedicated 2,190 hours to that task over the course of a year. Now, lets say you had three more people dedicating 6 hours per day to the same exact task for the same exact benefit. That’s 8,760 hours. Again, with all things constant, that’s four years of work completed in just one.

The power of collaboration speeds things up. What it would’ve taken one person to do in four years, four people did it in one. In an incubator, I argue, this process can be accomplished even faster if all four people live together. This being so because the natural rhythm of completing the task would cause such bursts of energy that additional time would be set aside for the task organically.

What about the rules of the incubator? That’s a very good question that needs to be addressed.

I feel the rules of the incubator should begin as a less formal set. Then, as situations arise, the rules should become more complex to ensure the end game, bring the idea to fruition, is the most important outcome. Although camaraderie among the members of the incubator is desired, conflicts are to be expected.

In conclusion, never eat alone. If you have an idea, pitch it to as many people as possible. If you can form a partnership with like-minded people, that’s great. An external partnership to bring an idea to fruition is noble. However, establishing an internal incubator is transcendent.


If you haven’t seen it, watch Silicon Valley on HBO. It’s definitely a great watch. More importantly, its an in-depth look into the world of an incubator. The way I see it, the incubator is the most intriguing character on the show, with the software Pied Piper being the second.

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