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I think Patricks biggest contribution is that he's not a greedy person and willing to share his adventures to the betterment of all.

He has one thing he's very adamant about, he wants to have 100% of the thing he built. That's pretty limiting in terms of how far you can push it, my own idea is that I'd rather have a smaller part of something much larger, but we're not all built the same.

(see: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/09/02/new-trends-in-startup-in... , the last paragraph).

I think this is all about having your comfort zone and learning to walk before learning how to run.

What I like most about Patrick's stuff is that he is such a vocal and visible contributor even though his personal start-up is such a realistic and achievable story. He doesn't make veiled references or never disclose his project(s) - he puts it all out there to the dollar. There's no outside investment, IPO, MSM press, etc. It's just one guy and his success in moving into self-employment. It's a happy life in Hobbiton (and I don't mean that in a condescending way at all).

Having read/skimmed Sebastian's article, it felt as though something ignorant and grand-standing had just trampled that.

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