August 17, 2019

Paul Valéry

It takes two to invent anything.

Compensatory genius. One person contracts a rough idea (invention) and a second refines it (innovation), compensates for its inadequacies and inconsistencies (go to market). The process can also extend over decades.

It’s also a Don Quixote and Sancho Panza dynamic: Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Fliess. Picasso and Georges Braque. Martha Graham and Louis Horst. Stravinsky and Sergey Diaghilev. Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.

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