The Collector’s Mentality

Fred Wilson has a nice post today about his art collecting ways.He is onto something.

While  collectors appear to be buying objects, they are in fact investing in relationships. Fred is investing in relationships with budding artists by purchasing artifacts that embody their progress at a given moment in time. Each time he sees that artifact, he is reminded of the larger context.

This is true of all of the artifacts that we collect and have around us. The objects themselves are replaceable. The investment is what matters.

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