On Pinning Plans to Restroom Walls

From an Information Week article on the resurgence of venture capital activity in Silicon Valley, there is something accidentally appropriate about someone pinning a 1999-style business plan to a restroom wall:

Venture capitalist Ann Winblad’s office sits on the edge of South Park, a leafy urban oasis in an industrial area of San Francisco and the frequent site of exuberant launch parties in the dot-com boom years.
“It’s an exciting time to be auditioning innovation,” says Winblad of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
The mood back then sometimes went beyond exuberance and into manic territory. Such as the time a stranger, claiming an emergency, talked his way past a security guard at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. His business plan was later found taped to the men’s room wall. “I don’t want those days of the plan on the restroom wall to come back,” Winblad says with a laugh.


  1. At least it was left in a location where it could be put to good use…

  2. Marc Hedlund says:

    I get the jokes, and I can’t claim his was the most sanitary approach, but I’m still impressed at the moxie of this story’s, erm, hero. My rhetoric professor once suggested that, when following a line of speakers, you start speaking from somewhere else in the room, so that people have to turn to find your voice. This business plan may have wound up in the “watery filing cabinet,” but it got attention, and that’s not bad.