What is a Boat Burner?
Bryant McBride featured in Worth Magazine: “Boat burning is a mentality that I value the most when assembling a team.”
For the fourth time in an hour, my car was stuck in the snow on a February morning in 2006. My usual 11-minute door-to-door commute from Lexington to Waltham, Mass., was going on an hour-plus. One of the people pushing my car into a spot was a product manager from a big media company whom I had met all of six minutes before. He had leapt from his car, which he had just parked, when he saw me spinning my tires helplessly. Even though he had driven from somewhere in Connecticut that morning in a blinding snowstorm, he was on time for our 9:30 a.m. meeting, while I, despite my short commute, was late.
“So how did you manage to get here?” I inquired.
“I saw the forecast and left at 5 a.m. I knew it would be a slow go, and it was. Took me just over four hours to drive what usually takes two, but I made it.”
“Great,” I said, taking the measure of him. “Why didn’t you postpone?” I asked
“I couldn’t, and I was awake anyway.”
“Oh,” I replied. “Great, let’s talk about your idea.”