Sunday, January 17, 2010

The PWR plan to take over the world

In the January 18, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, Malcom Gladwell writes about the character traits that make enrepreneurs succecssful. We admit to being momentarily taken aback, as we fit almost none of the criteria.

Successful entrepreneurs
  • write a business plan.  We have not written a formal business plan, though we do have a mission statement. Does that count?
  • take over an existing business, rather than starting from scratch. Last time we checked, no revolutionary wineries were for sale. Or were we supposed to swashbuckle our way in? Oh, wait. There aren't any (other) revolutionary wineries.
  • sell to other businesses, rather than consumers. But we want you, the PEOPLE, to have our wine, not other businesses.
Gladwell goes on to say that failed entrepreneurs
  • underemphasize marketing. Well, we have TOP people working on our labels, and we've chatted up marketers at parties in an effort to get free marketing advice.
  • don't understand the importance of financial controls. Guilty as charged. What is a financial control, anyway?
  • Try to compete on price. Well, yes! That's what we're all about. Bringing to market great wine at a great price.
Gladwell concludes that taking these risks "reflect[s] a lack of preparation or foresight." As you can see, neither is lacking on our count. We are surely making mistakes, but not for lack of trying.

But perhaps we are on the wrong track entirely. Because Gladwell is talking about successful, or not, entrepreneurs. And we are not trying to become wine moguls or anything of the sort. Our mission is clear and succinct and does not include our personal enrichment.

Doubtless we have fretted in vain.

Nor should you fret. The wine is resting happily in barrel. We shall see whether it will be ready for bottling in late spring, in which case it should be available by mid-summer. If not, it will be available when it is ready. And we'll be sure to let you know.

Until then, we thank you for your patience, and wish you happy, and not ruinously expensive, drinking.

The People's Wine Revolution


  1. What does Malcolm Gladwell know about revolutions, anyway? Thanks for lightening my backlogged New Yorker burden . . . and giving me a good laugh.
    Viva la revolucion!

  2. What is your mission, by the way?

  3. PWR Wines produces excellent wines for people of humble means.


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