Here’s a great story. Kid has a Mom who’s obsessed with handbags. She frequently schleps him to the mall to shop for new ones. To appease his own boredom he submits to the experience and gets himself a courier bag. Courier bag inspires an interest in the entire culture of bike messengers. Kid goes to work for dispatch company in New York and notices there’s something magically telegraphic in messages like “empty bag at Bway and 5th.” Begins to write software to track dispatches from bike messengers and cab drivers. Discovers that overlaying them on a map of Manhattan paints a beautiful picture of what’s happening in the city. A few years later IM starts to become prevalent. A few years after that it moves to mobile devices. And Jack Dorsey has all the ingredients he needs to create Twitter. From a courier bag to one of the coolest social networking platforms ever invented. A reminder that inspiration can come from anywhere. In fact it might be staring you in the face at this very moment.
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