I started thinking about this yesterday on a walk, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It could be so much fun!
What I’d really like to do is pitch a TV / Netflix series at some point that puts the Founding Fathers in modern day times as startup founders. Kinda like HBO’s “Silicon Valley” mashed up with the 1770s and 80s.
I also think it could be a fantastic (and funny, fun!) PDF presentation with the ultimate good message that government acting more like a startup / platform is our founding ethos, and we can bring that back (which is happening ever-so-slowly with things like USDS, 18F, etc).
The theme and point would be making a direct analogue that helps the audience see our founding as not this austere, staid thing, but as rebellious, disruptive, experimental, visionary, and “making the world a better place” — and all the best attributes now revered (and mocked) in Silicon Valley.
I’m thinking 15 min presentation that tells the story of a bunch of dudes in their 20s totally disrupting the status quo — pitching a crazy new idea that takes on a totally entrenched, wealthy “company” after “moving west” and bootstrapping their startup before launching.
And then of course, once you launch and start to scale, that’s when the challenge really begins… the company has to ask all kinds of questions about its principles and identity and deal with in-fighting (1781-1789). It’s so good!
I’d get a great designer on it, and make up slides with things like Thomas Jefferson giving a TechCrunch Disrupt talk with the little head mounted microphone and backdrop and all that. John Adams pitching French investors…
The story has every conceivable character.
Needs fleshing out, but what do you think? Could be something a little different up there.