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The often uneasy relationship between bishops and the Vatican has come to the forefront in recent years, as increasingly unpastoral directives are being issued by Rome.

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, March 8, 2023

Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine.


Eric Sammons

In the midst of the Dot-Com boom in the late 1990’s, I worked for a growing Internet startup. Unlike many startups of the era, however, we were not successful because of high-rolling investors who gave us the ability to bankroll Super Bowl commercials with little more than a crazy business idea. Instead we were “boring.” We were successful because we had grown a solid and recurring customer base to whom we delivered a functional and useful product. In fact, in the early years of the company we had no investors.

Once the Dot-Com boom intensified, however, that changed. With venture capital investors throwing millions of dollars at the dumbest and most thread-bare ideas, we figured a few investors might be interested in an actual functional company. So we received our first infusion of capital, which we believed would help us grow, compete, and eventually dominate our market. What we didn’t realize was that it would move our focus away from what mattered most: our customers. …

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