Inventing? Not so much

People we call “inventor” on the Internet are more like showrunners on TV.

Script writers, production people, arm-twisters. It’s hard work, and doing it well requires an artistic flair, technical knowledge and a good grasp of people and politics.

The myth of the inventor with his or her Aha! moment, well that’s probably not what’s going on. It’s synthesis. Ideas being stolen and tweaked. Moments waited for. Bets made.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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