Digital Renaissance


Video Interview

Why I wrote a novel about startups

I admit it. I read far more non-fiction than fiction. That doesn’t mean I have not read my own doses of Asimov, Crichton or Forsyth. So, why my first book is a novel?

On one side because it’s more fun. You are the Creator of the world of your story. It is not that you command precisely what happens in the story (I couldn’t), but you do become the instrument through which characters come to life, and action happens.

Asimov used to say that writing fiction is more difficult than non-fiction. I hate to say I love challenges, and maybe it had an influence on me to take the most difficult path — not the less transited this time though.

But mainly writing fiction gives you the opportunity to have your characters argue on ideas which don’t have a simple answer. And this story gave the ‘guys’ the chance to talk about startups, about open source, about patent trolls, about new mobile apps ideas and specially about what moves most entrepreneurs: the dream to change the world.

I couldn’t have talked about all those diverse points, and some more I made about human matters as love and finding yourself, without the excuse of Mike and his journey on Asia.

For me it was really fun to write. I hope it is as fun to read for you.

Original post — Disruption Matters

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