I love this quote from Ian MacKaye, as quoted by Salon.com, as quoted by the 37 signals guys in Getting Real:
American business at this point is really about developing an idea, making it profitable, selling it while it’s profitable and then getting out or diversifying. It’s just about sucking everything up. My idea was: Enjoy baking, sell your bread, people like it, sell more. Keep the bakery going because you’re making good food and people are happy.
–Ian MacKaye, member of Fugazi and co-owner of Dischord Records
( from Salon.com People | Ian MacKaye)
I enjoy baking (software). I think if you are running a services company- you basically have to like it. Now that we've built up our little business to a fair number of people on staff, why would we sell it so that everyone could go back to working for a big company that didn't appreciate them? I'd rather buy up someone else's business.