VCs and the Dread Pirate Roberts

Brad Feld’s venture capitalist-perspective  commentary on CEO-firing best practises — every day when you wake up ask yourself if you support your CEO, and if you don’t, then fire him/her — reminds me of a classic Westley moment from The Princess Bride:

Finally, [the Dread Pirate] Roberts decided something. He said, “All right, Westley, I’ve never had a valet. You can try it for tonight. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” Three years he said that. “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

Granted, it worked out for Westley, but it’s a nasty way to live if you’re the one waking up every day waiting to find out if that day is the one on which you buy it.


  1. but how different is that from being a delta or northwest employee?

  2. Good point. For practical purposes there is no difference, other than that no-one pretends that line employees at airlines have any control over their working lives, while we all pretend that CEOs do.