on the way to school my 2nd grader asked me, "What's our purpose in
life?" That's a deep question, especially at 7:40 AM, so I thought my
best tactic was diversion. "Did you bring your backpack?" I responded.
"Yeah. But I wanna know what our purpose in life is." It was clear he
wasn't going to let me off easy, so I answered something like you'd
in Chicken Soup for the Soul:
"To be nice to other people and take care
of your family."
"That's NOT a purpose and besides,
that will just mean there
will be more people on the planet. I want to know WHY we're here.
What's the goal?" Luckily, right about then we arrived at his school
and, like a knocked-down prize fighter, I was saved by the bell. It
me a solid day to think about a better answer because I was sure he'd
resume the inquisition after school.
know what my purpose in life is - to use technology to build
companies that promote choice and opportunity. My personality embraces big ideas,
even if that means competing with powerful companies/monopolies and
defining new legal ground. I'm a believer
in open standards, consumer access and healthy competition.
born in 1967 makes me an analog baby. During my lifetime the
world is moving completely digital:
entertainment (music, photos, videos), communication (written, spoken)
and commerce - even activities that you wouldn't necessary think of,
like girls playing
This shift is creating amazing
business opportunities for my generation that future generations will
look back on yearningly as the "big opportunity time."
maximize my purpose, I have decided to make the move to Chairman of
I've turned the CEO title over to Kevin Carmony, Linspire's long-time
President. He started Linspire while I was still at MP3.com
officially the first Linspire employee. He's a tremendous leader and
knows Linspire better than anyone in the world. I'm excited to see him
build on Linspire's momentum and take it to the next level where there
will be millions of Linspire users. As Chairman, I'm still actively
involved with Linspire and care more about it than ever, but this will
give me more time to devote to some of my other projects.
recently broke down and launched a personal web site - michaelrobertson.com - to
list some of the companies I'm currently
involved with. I've
resisted for a long time
because I've thought that
most personal web sites are about as silly and useless as vanity car
plates. Hopefully, mine will have more useful information than just
glamour photos. This is where you'll be able to read the Michael's
Minutes each week. You'll also find links to some of the companies that
mentioned in past Minutes like MP3tunes, REEF, and SIPphone, but also
some links to some that I haven't mentioned like Sadie's. You'll see a
couple of new entries to the web site in the next couple of months. And
I'll do my best to chronicle the progress of these companies on the
I arrived home that night my son was sitting at the table doing
his homework. "Dad, you never told me what the purpose of life is."
Having had a full day to contemplate, I responded: "Everyone's purpose
in life is different. I can only tell you my purpose, but you
discover your own purpose in life. Now finish your homework."