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Founders: Cheer Yourself Up With Bamboo

If you’re a founder–or an entrepreneur–it’s likely that 80% of the people you meet think you’re nuts. Nothing new for you. Another 10% don’t really believe in what you do but they’re too busy to bother. Only the remaining 10% of the folks you’re meeting actually care about what you do and they are your biggest fans. I think if it weren’t them, you would have a hard time not getting nuts yourself…

A couple of days ago I came across some interesting info about a plant I didn’t really know a lot about until then. It’s bamboo! It appears to own extremely interesting characteristics. If plants would reincarnate tomorrow as real people, bamboo sprouts would become founders! Bamboo has what it takes:

  1. They’re everywhere. Bamboos consists of 1439 different species in 116 genera. It is one of the 12 subfamilies of the grass family and the only one to diversify in forests.
  2. Grow fast. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. At a record pace of 120cm per day it grows faster than any other plant on this planet.
  3. Drive change. Bamboo is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A grove of bamboo release 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to cut your carbon footprint and help fight global warming.
  4. Exit fast. It is harvested in 3-5 years versus 10-20 for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass production.
  5. Psychological strength. It is also one of the strongest building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi. To help give you an idea how much this is, mild steel measures 23,000 psi.
  6. Contribute to society. It greatly reduces erosion. This dramatically reduces rain run-off, preventing massive soil erosion and making it very earth friendly.
  7. Can do pivots. Bamboo can be eaten (new shoots), made into fiber for clothing, it can be used in concrete reinforcement, in can offer great livestock feed with the foliage being up to 22% protein, it can be machined into many forms of lumber, etc.
  8. Resilience. Bamboo can also tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.

Now, go and buy a bamboo sprout for your office desk and be surrounded by yet one more positive being that’s going to cheer you up 🙂