Great ideas can be unfortunately difficult to recognize but extremely easy to dismiss ... until, of course, it's too late. (click for full)
  1. Tons Of Channels Turned Down Breaking Bad (For Ridiculous Reasons)
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    FX turned down the pilot script because they figured Walter White was just another male antihero in their already crowded lineup of The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and that one show where Denis Leary pretends to be a firefighter. TNT executives turned the show down because they were afraid of losing their jobs if backed a show that focused on a character who makes meth for a living. Instead, they suggested that Walter White should dabble in a more socially acceptable line of crime, like counterfeiting.
  2. Disney Fired Pixar Founder John Lasseter For Suggesting They Should Use Computer Animation
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    John Lasseter always wanted to work for Disney, making the beloved animated movies that had given children many valuable life lessons such as "Your parents are going to die and there's nothing you can do about it." When he was hired straight out of a CalArts character animation course in 1979, he thought his dream had come true. What he found instead was a group of animators presided over by Disney's famed Nine Old Men -- old-school animators with old-school techniques and attitudes.
  3. Ford Hated The Minivan And Fired Its Creators
    Ford CEO Henry Ford II was a hyper-conservative dude who didn't much care for the unorthodox Iacocca, so Iacocca and Sperlich developed the project in secrecy, literally hiding it in the basement. However, by 1976 they finally felt confident enough to present the Mini-Max to Ford. And Ford hated it as hard as he possibly could, which was exactly hard enough to fire Sperlich immediately. Dude did not want to hear one fucking word about minivans.
  4. Yahoo Failed To Buy Google (Twice) And Facebook When It Had The Chance
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    Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google, offered Yahoo access to their PageRank system (which was about to patented and was far superior to most of the competition) for roughly $1 million. That's right -- there was a period in recent history during which Yahoo was considering whether or not to buy Google for a million dollars.
  5. George W. Bush Fired His Economic Adviser For Advising Him That The Iraq War Would Be A Financial Disaster
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    One adviser, Lawrence Lindsey, looked at the numbers and, instead of blowing a bunch of happy wind out of his ass, decided to apply actual math to them. Lindsey started digging into the costs of the Vietnam War, and using them as a model, soon estimated that invading Iraq would cost the U.S. up to $200 billion.