Jim Breyer, an investor in Facebook, is a passionate art lover and likens his love for discovering outstanding talent to investing in start-ups
It is certainly no secret that the technology community loves its art almost as much as it loves complex algorithms that drive the software industry forward from one cutting edge innovation to another. Larry Ellison, the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation is believed to own a huge collection Japanese art while Marissa Mayer is understood to be partial to quirky pop like Jeff Koons’ balloon dogs.
Jim Breyer, one of the rst big investors in Facebook, is a passionate art lover and likens his love for discovering outstanding talent to investing in start-ups. He is believed to have stated during the course of an interview that out of the 10 artists he will pick, nine would certainly end up failing but one out of that 10 would go on to become the next Picasso.
In fact, doyens of the tech community are so passionate about their art that a part of their lifestyle revolves around it. Larry Ellison, for instance, is understood to rotate the artwork in his home every fortnight in accordance with Japanese practices.
It would perhaps be the biggest misconception ever to assume that people that work with technology would be immune the charms of the artistic universe because it may not be scientic enough. As Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s enviable art collection would testify, nothing could be further from the truth.