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  • Running a company was a lot like running a ranch in the Old West:

    Back then a rancher could not count on the judicial system to protect his interests he had to enlist his own hired guns to protect his property.

    If a rancher was weak or had no stomach for a fight, rustlers would steal his cattle and tougher ranchers would take his range.

    Likewise, if we had no stomach for a fight, our software would be stolen, our trademarks would be infringed, and our savings would be taken by customers claiming harm from our products.

    If we did not use our hired guns (our attorneys), our judicial system would not protect our interests. We were fast becoming a company with deep pockets, and we had to be willing to fight to prevent people from emptying them.

    I was not ready to believe the attorneys at the time. I was still too young and too idealistic.

    Unfortunately, what they were telling me was true.

    Even if a successful company is fair and honest in every one of its business dealings, there will be a few lawsuits.

    The only way to avoid them is to stay unsuccessful and keep your pockets empty. As soon as you have something worth having, there will be someone else who will try to take it.

    Almost Perfect:

    January 3, 2010