Welcome to Challenge Impossible

Welcome to the blogosphere to Matt and Jake at Challenge Impossible. I met them at Blogfest III last week and encouraged them to get their blog out the door. They're software developers and Free Markets vets, now signed on to another local tech startup. Hopefully, they'll blog about the highs and lows of the local startup scene and feature (more than a few of) their friends with firms that deserve better exposure.

One thought that I bounced off the two of them live; maybe they (or others) have other views: It's been my sense for a long time that the Pittsburgh high tech scene is characterized by a lot of ground-level talent and more than enough capital. (Maybe not enough risk attached to that capital, but enough capital, at least to start.) What we lack is a management class of decent size, people who've managed divisions, departments, or -- better -- companies, who are geographically and professionally mobile and eager for the challenge of getting something off the ground. When the VC wants to bring someone in to run XYZ, XYZ having outgrown its founders' vision and management skill, there's a class of go-to people already here.


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