I'm not disagreeing with you on that last line. If Curt had gotten out of the way of the management people he had brought in from the gaming industry, 38 Studios would have had a good shot.I stick by what I have said, I have never met a person who is not a "power player" or a "RI people behind the scenes" who felt that this venture was a good idea.. Schilling was a big part of this, he had an idea, but no experience in managing something like this and understanding how to operationalize it... it came about due to with Schilling's star power and our easily influenced politicians who just followed along.
He could not pitch his way out of this jam..
The one disagreement is the "star power" on the politicians and others. That worked on average people - the folks he brought in (and mostly because it was assumed that he would have friends who could help him finance it easily).
When you start talking about venture capitalists, government-level law firms, super-rich contractors/commercial real estate guys, and others at that level, "star power" is often indicative of "easy mark."
Everything I've told you about 38 is true.