The value of this article can be boiled down to the following sentence. If you're not a technical co-founder be prepared to show off your sales and marketing chops before you start looking for one.
If the only thing you - as a technical person - are bringing to the founders table is programming skills, then you're at the wrong table. Get yo bitch ass over to the 'low digit employee number queue'.
You might be one of the first employees, but you're not co-founder material. Technical people who only bring coding skills are just as worthless as non-technical people who only bring an idea.
he got me to skim to the end and tl; dr the whole thing
This weeds out 99% of the idea-guys in 2 sentences. They get their obligatory nod, smile, ask a fun poke question, or two, pretend not to know anything about computer voodoo, then proceed striking up a conversation with a more interesting fellow.
IFF they pass this, then, and only then, we can proceed to poking more in-depth questions, and sizing up eachother. Otherwise, it's a waste of both of our time.
Ideas passed through this methods are worth much more, but still most of them can be copied without good execution.
Edit: also - people who voted this guy up - what the [redacted] is wrong with you? Reading comprehension: it's not that hard.
So unless I misinterpreted the last part, his comment was the first with witty put downs.
Good ideas are valuble and worthwhile. And it may take many years of hard work to come up with them. This is why the patent system was created: to allow people who come up with these ideas to have them valued as worthwhile, and compensated as such.
I understand there are some people who just have an idea that is shallow, and then do nothing with it. But the original comment said all ideas were worthless.
Are you an Aspie? You're being far too clever/literal, reading too much into his statement with your weight of a great idea = 0 therefore worth = 0 calculation.
The natural and much easier interpretation of what he wrote is that good ideas are common as muck, whereas great ideas are of great worth.
You really have to go through some quite unnatural contortions to arrive at the conclusion you did; that he said all ideas are worthless.
You may be right, he may have been trying to have some subtle play with words. If so, I apologise. However, it isn't the way his statement would normally be read.
There's a postscript to the article. "JT" actually found his technical co-founder. The lesson to take away from this is that if you want to find a technical co-founder, you have to sell yourself more than you have to sell your idea.
This is about smart people - there are brilliant business people and there are brilliant hackers.
They don't need to worry about showing chops (whatever that means) - they'll worry about ideas and creating greatness one way or another.