Thursday, June 19, 2008

Why aren't we all millionaires?

I was reminiscing today about the old days at the graphics lab at U of Waterloo. It was the early 80's and the pioneer days of computer graphics. Graphics hardware was quite primitive and C++ hadn't even been thought of yet. When you look back you think, my god, why couldn't we all have started up some graphics company (or several), and all be sitting on a beach somewhere now.

I guess it's the old adage that hindsight is 20-20? When you're in the midst of your studies who's thinking about how to leverage what you learn. We were geeks not MBA's.

Is there any way for students to know whether the technology they're learning today will dramatically grow and change the world of tomorrow? Or do all technologies being studied today become lucrative businesses in the future?

It makes you wonder.

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