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Value through Aggregation

Many of us are familiar with the idea of rollup IPO’s where many similar small businesses are “rolled up” into one BIG business that commands a much large multiple because of its size.

The idea is more generally applicable, though I hadn’t given it much thought.

One phone number becomes a phone book.

One resume becomes LinkedIn (or something like that).

I applaud how many individual discard books became one library. Earlier stories that I had read wrongly suggested that this was the work of one person rather than be the organized collective effort of a team of trash collectors.

Today’s gratitude, baby animal picture, and admiration go out to Serhat Baytemur and his colleagues for creating a wonderful, actively used, high valuable library out of less than nothing.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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