Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Invest in lines, not dots.

"The first time I meet you, you are a single data point. A dot. I have no reference point from which to judge whether you were higher on the y-axis 3 months ago or lower. Because I have no observation points from the past, I have no sense for where you will be in the future. Thus, it is very hard to make a commitment to fund you."

This is an illustration I stumbled upon when doing a google image search for "dots and lines". It's from an article about building relationships with financial investors. It blows my mind how beautiful things like this can become when they're taken out of context.

(found here)

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