doing big things for love

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

Clay goes from the Ise Shrine to perl to software support (comp.lang.perl.misc) to AT&T to love.

“perl is a shinto shrine”

“you will make more accurate predictions about software, and in this web-driven world, about services, if you ask yourself not ‘what’s the business model’ but ‘do the people who like it take care of each other?’ That turns out to be the better predictor of longevity.”

“it does mean that the ability to aggregate non-financial motivations, to get people together outside of managerial culture and for reasons other than the profit motive, has received a huge comparative advantage. And it also means that many of the future commercial opportunities are going to be inextricably intertwined with that kind of work and those kind of groups.”

“We have always loved one another. We’re human, it’s something we’re good at. But up until recently, the radius and half-life of that affection has been quite limited. With love alone, you can get a birthday party together. Add coordinating tools and you can write an operating system. In the past we would do little things for love, but big things, big things required money. Now we can do big things for love.”

Video: Clay Shirky on Love, Internet Style