In 1910, former president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (TR), gave an impassioned speech (PDF) at the Sorbonne in Paris. It included a paragraph that has been dubbed “The Man in the Arena,” a phrase which has become an apt metaphor for anyone in a situation that requires courage, skill or tenacity…vs. someone sitting in the stands as a spectator watching.
The sort of spectators who observe startups, entrepreneurs, (or any innovator or disruptor) and are, as TR so aptly put it, those “cold and timid souls” who routinely naysay, give criticism and believe they could have done better.
At the beginning of the show we talk about “Girl Develop It” and women in coding, so this speech snippet by Roosevelt could be looked at as him being somewhat of a misogynist (for his repeated emphasis on “man”). It turns out Roosevelt was an outspoken advocate of women’s suffrage in the early part of the last century. A position certainly not in the mainstream at the time amongst men.
Past Week’s Biggest MN Stories
- SMBMSP #81 Buzzin About Beer -and the State Fair, Pi beer promo
- Girl Develop It One Year celebration
- Minnesota leads nation in new tech jobs
- St. Thomas takes over Cleantech Open Midwest startup accelerator and competition
- Poor Imation’s revenues continue their never-ending death spiral
- Growing whiteboard-video firm moving HQ from Wisconsin to Minneapolis
Other Top Tech Stories
- Google creates holding company called Alphabet with Larry Page as CEO; Sundar Pichai now CEO of Google
- Comcast said to be launching video service aimed at YouTube
- Salesforce Demos Apple Watch Apps For Business
- This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door
Steve’s Security Tip of the Week
- TIP: Credit Card “skimming” is a problem and its growing larger. Be aware every single time you swipe your card at a gas pump or ATM machine.
- CBC News: How credit card skimmers work:
- 103 credit card skimmers found at Florida gas pumps
- ABC News on CC skimming:
- Krebs on Security: Chip Card ATM ‘Shimmer’ Found in Mexico
Cool Thing of the Week
- Phil: Innerexile: self healing case
- Tim: Remix Mini – The World’s First True Android PC
- Steve: Touchjet WAVE: Turn Your TV into a Touchscreen