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October 6, 2010 / Mike Biggs

Idea vs Execution – the debate seems to be alive and well.

As a continuation from my previous article which talked about the virtues of ideas and execution, I have just commented on an article over at Innovation Leadership Network and would like to feature both the comment and the article here.

An excerpt from the article: ” Several reviews of The Social Network hit on an critical innovation point – that the value in a great idea is not in having it, but rather in executing it. The topic comes up because apparently the movie deals a fair bit with the lawsuits brought against Mark Zuckerberg once Facebook became successful. Here is how Jeff Jarvis refers to the lawsuit brought by the Winklevoss twins, which alleged that Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them:

Read the full article here:

My comments:

The assertion that execution is everything is incorrect in my view, or at least the way I view / value the components.
To me, the supports that are cited above only address the legal standing of the situation and do not consider the value of the idea vs the execution in isolation from real world politics.
It also does not address the true nature of ownership, which is not exclusively defined by law. Take logging for example, it’s legal, but not ‘right’.
I am not asserting a particular view, although I am an advocate of the idea that the value is in fact in the idea. [success comes from execution], I am merely pointing out that there are other ways to evaluate and value the two elements.

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