What the hell is it with the muppets in the Dragons Den? Unless you rock up with a signed,sealed, delivered patent approved miracle they seem to be utterly unwilling to give you the price of a cup of tea. Are we to believe that these people never took a single risk in their solitary money obsessed lives? Have they lost site of the fact that they got rich though taking a few risks and let’s be honest quite a lot of luck?
My “favourite” exchange however which always seems to be levelled at anyone making any sort of pitch involving an Internet based business goes something like this:
Wanna-Be: I’ve got this web based business and I want some money to develop it.
Dragon: So what’s to stop me paying some developers and building an identical site?
Wanna-Be: Err, errr…well, nothing..
Having watched so many of these poor bastards suffer has given me the time to devise the perfect response to this:
Wanna-Be: I’ve got this we based business and I want some money to develop it.
Dragon: So what’s to stop me paying some developers from building an identical site?
Wanna-Be: Well, I’ve taken the liberty of presenting it to you on national television as an insurance policy against that on the basis that if you steal my idea now I think you’re going to look very foolish indeed.
Hit them in their publicity obsessed guts where it hurts. Oh, and Dragon’s live in a LAIR you idiots!
I leave the last word to Charlie Brooker, a man who can vent spleen like no other: