Idea or invention?

Marketing polymath Seth Godin was asked for his distinction between an idea and an invention on his blog today. I think it is important and worth sharing right here:

An idea is something you can write about in a science fiction book.

An invention is when you build something that people who read about it in the science fiction book said was impossible

Before we venture into our next startup and invest capital (Human or Financial) it is worth knowing which one we have.


5 Comments Idea or invention?

  1. Steve Sammartino

    Yep, I agree, But I think they key point is that ‘visual design’ versus function are two very different things…. and Apple – I believe incorrectly are claiming against the copying of the outer shell design. I reckon the Space Odyssy defence will hold up…


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