COM­PUT­ING CAN­VASES

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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 sci­entic enough. As Mi­crosoft co-founder Paul Allen’s en­vi­able art col­lec­tion would tes­tify, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

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