John Backus on innovation

You need the willingness to fail all the time. You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they don’t work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work.
— John Backus

John Backus died last Saturday. He was 82. He was known for inventing FORTRAN, developing the Backus-Naur form and function-level programming.


2 thoughts on “John Backus on innovation

  1. While there is no silver bullet that I know of and luck is avoiding me, managing cash flow is the next best strategy that allows me to try one more time 🙂

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