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Diver performs perfect metaphor for a startup

Technically Incorrect: As we sit glued to the Olympics, celebrated footage of Filipino diver John Elmerson Fabriga reminds us of all three parts of so many startups' lives. All within a few operatic seconds.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

He looks like a startup founder, no?

Adam Khan/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Art approaches us from many unexpected angles.

The truth does too, often because art has so much truth wrapped in it.

I was moved to gentle whimpers on Thursday by footage posted to Twitter by author and general tech person-about-town Adam Khan.

It showed an Olympic aspirant, diver John Elmerson Fabriga of the Philippines, in three phases of artistic execution.

All I could think of when I saw it was that this was a tiny opera entitled "Metaphor For A Startup."

First, we see our young protagonist. He's focused. He's determined. He's clearly a man with an idea to do things that everyone will admire.

Then he bounces up and down with increased vigor. The anticipation is intoxicating. The excitement is tangible.

The prospect of what he's about to generate is so overwhelming that, before we know it, we're invested in the outcome. Sometimes to the tune of millions.

But we know what happens at the end of operas, don't we?

Fabriga didn't make it to Rio. This footage is from last year's Southeast Asian Games and has been enjoyed by more than 22 million people on YouTube.

But as we sit enthralled by athletes of all kinds, perhaps we bathe a little too much in the winners, while wagging our fingers too often at the losers.

At least 90 percent of startups fail.

If you look at Fabriga's determination, initial approach and all-around springiness you might expect a fine outcome.

The result, though, is different. It's one shared so often by founders, employees and investors. Suddenly, it doesn't work out as you'd imagined and you're just another small episode in Silicon Valley. Or "Silicon Valley."

Unlike with Olympic coverage, you might have very little information about the young person's previous performances or the trustworthiness of their promises.

You watch and you hope.

While they dive.