Hey there, I’m glad we’re watching CNBC together. Don’t those Silicon Valley entrepreneurs look awful young? Especially that main one ringing the NASDAQ bell, with the spiky hair and shifty eyes? Interesting he chose to wear a hooded sweatshirt on the day he became a billionaire. When he talked about dropping out of college because it was “slowing him down,” did that make him seem cool? Put his net worth aside. Money isn’t everything. I’m talking about how a man lives his life.
I realize it’s awkward, discussing these adult matters with your father, but have your buddies asked you to join a start-up? Be honest—Dad knows the HTML. Seriously, have you already started a start-up in the attic? I see you moved the family computer up there.
Soon enough, talk turns into action. In the cafeteria, a guy slips you some wireframes to review. Your artsy friend Chloë has some user interface layouts at the ready, and suddenly she’s saying stuff like, “What do you think about jade versus indigo for the main tool bar?”
Well, this exciting “concept” you had for a smartphone app or new messaging service—it’s gotten a bit more involved, hasn’t it? And doesn’t it feel like it’s escalating out of control? Chloë could be saying things you don’t quite understand. That she wants to “circle back end of day” and have a “strategy session.”
Much as your mind is screaming, “Go for it!” it is definitely not okay to have a strategy session with Chloë. Even if she is standing there looking all cute in front of a dry-erase board reassuring you there are no bad ideas.