Talking about weeds apparently stirs up some shit.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the response of some in our Cedar Rapids/Iowa City startup community to Bob Dorf’s post about his visit – “The New Iowa: Where Startups Are Growing Like Weeds.”
Overall, people were excited that Dorf visited, and that he wrote what he wrote. The issue was the weeds analogy. Startups are good! Weeds are bad! Why taint startups by comparing them to a nasty, unruly nuisance?
Bob Dorf was kind enough to comment on my post, and he agreed with a quote I grabbed from blogger and venture capitalist Fred Wilson – that weeds are a very appropriate analogy, since weeds don’t need a controlled environment to survive and thrive in conditions of uncertainty. (My post is here.)
All good, right?
But then some other voices spoke up.
Their rationale: Startups ARE like weeds, because weeds are bad and startups are bad. [Read more…]