In the last few days, I exchanged creative (private) e-mail with several members of the Pile project, as well with the inventor of Pile, Erez Elul. I decided to make this particular letter public through my blog, for several reasons:
- Firstly, to share it with Erez Elul (and his team) as well
- Secondly to invite other possible future participants in our team;
- Thirdly, to draw a distinction between our scientific or business cooperation (where certain parts must be kept strictly private) and our creative thinking on more general issues, which must be kept public, open to debate.
This letter is in favour of balance, reconciliation and cooperation for our future work, without excluding anybody from the benefits that our work can bring. Yesterday I received letters not only from you (the Pile Systems people) but also from the inventor of Pile, Erez Elul. It is sad there was a split between the inventor’s side and your team. However, even though it might be (for you) difficult or unpleasant to deal with it, my intuition tells me that -inevitably- we will need to plan ahead for a possible reconciliation between the two sides, in the future.
The responsibility for an open and thoughtful attitude of reconciliation rests heavily upon your shoulders, the “main team” of people who run the site “www.pilesys.com“. My basic personal objection against excluding Erez is both ethical and pragmatic (i.e. realistic). The ethical side of my intuition is that we can’t really exclude the… inventor from the benefits of a system that uses his invention. If (for some reason unknown to me at pressnt) he thinks in a defensive way, or if he wants to exclude you (assuming you are not trying to exclude him), then maybe he has made a mistake; this does NOT mean that it’s impossible to safeguard his rights and his share of profits that might arise in the near future; on the contrary, a “gentleman’s attitude” on your part (i.e. our part -now) is the best possible guarantee for the success of the project for everyone, as well as establishing prestige and good fame for the project on a very long term basis.
Well, please allow me to follow a “middle way” (as the Buddhists say); Neither for Erez Elul nor for your team, in the end. However, during the initial stages I am forced to cooperate with your side much more, because of practical issues; one of them being that I don’t see anything workable made public about the Pile project itself, coming from Pile’s inventor. Any lack of organization (on his part) will result in failure, unless there is information about his Pile project activities which escaped my attention till now.
Since a business structure (based on holdings) has already been started, and the Pile project is now in the phase of needing funds to become activated as a business, the previous considerations can hopefully play a positive part in preparing well for the future, by safeguarding the practical conditions for a possible return of the “exiled genius”, when the time is ripe for this. Since you also seem to be in a phase where planning the structure of your company is still going on, I propose that some of Erez Elul’s worries and concerns are also taken seriously into consideration.
We really do NOT need another… Middle East conflict, in the Pile project! :) We can do without extreme conflicts, we can rid ourselves from the “Black and White” absolute logic of “he who is not with me is against me” (the logic of both terrorism and so-called “anti-terrorism”).
So, we can prepare for future reconciliation by appreciating everyone despite his faults; E.g. I strongly appreciate Erez Elul’s inventiveness and inspiration, but I am not at all prepared to share his isolationism (as it comes across to me, without knowing exactly what happened). Since I am not… after him, I hope he can trust me more in the future, as his… “lawyer”. There is no better safeguard of success, both for him and for your team, than to say “Hey Erez, there is a new guy here, George, who understands you, who wants to make sure you are not left out in the end, but who also wants you to cooperate; wants your opinions to be heard”.
On the practical side, it is well known that when someone invests money in a project like this, then the investor’s share is the largest. However, negotiations and care about the details of such a deal, can be done in a way that profit-sharing is guaranteed, aiming at a reconciliation where in the end everyone feels satisfied: The investor gets his profit (otherwise WHY should there be investment in the first place?) and the people doing the hard work also get serious profit shares.
Otherwise, how can we grow stronger and compete effectively with others, who are likely to… copy Pile technology in the future, without attention to copyrights? In other words, by keeping the team or the company open, as much as possible, to newcomers (like myself) as well as other investors or other creative teams in the future, by making it very realistically and practically possible to grow more and more, instead of “closing up” and remaining stagnant, we can achieve multiple-level success, not only on behalf of the investor, or the initial team, but for every possible future participant, against the odds of all possible competition.
If the Pile team becomes maximally competitive, by making possible imitators redundant, through its attractive terms and conditions, then all future opposition or imitation can be minimized. In other words, it will be (in the future) more profitable for competitors to… join us, than to fight us or to compete against us! Our own structure, i.e. our business structure as well as our interpersonal structure, must become stronger by assimilating enemies and turning them into friends. Once this policy begins to work, and the effort grows more and more, then it will become possible to… invite Erez Elul back into the team; to tell him something like: “hey, exiled scientist, relax! Take a break, because you can ALSO have fun; by coming back”!
Well, if even a small part of these thoughts has succeeded to… entertain you, then you already made my day, if I succeeded to make your day! :) Fortunately for you, Pile people, I am not only a scientist but also a musician and an entertainer, by virtue of my involvement in serious music projects, too (finishing these days another work project, which is turning the music of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis into Danceable Trance-Club music). Ah well… My next letter will be private, about WORK we can do together (following the proposals of Peter Krieg). I sincerely hope I made your day, so… have a very nice day!
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