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Can aphorisms be stolen?

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Another thought about Mark Zuckerberg's letter in Facebook's S-1.

The day after the filing, Zuckerberg published this photo on his Timeline:

Stay focused and keep shipping.

The slogan was so good that TechCrunch wrote an article about it.

So then a humble Puerto Rican entrepreneur made the posters for his Puerto Rican startup community because he was inspired by them.

The entrepreneur was then savaged by a Facebook designer for stealing -- and selling -- them.

(Aside: Who knew that Facebook was one to cast stones about making money off someone else's design?)

Then the Facebook designer apologized and Creative Commons Attribution licensed the Facebook slogan posters.

Take your pick:

  • Done is better than perfect.
  • Fortune favors the bold.
  • Move fast and break things.
  • Proceed and be bold.
  • Stay focused and keep shipping.
  • What would you do if you weren't afraid?

I sure as heck hope Facebook is licensing the DESIGN not the SLOGAN. Otherwise they'll have to sue Virgil for "fortune favors the bold".

I like Done is better than perfect the best...


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