How Entrepreneurs can Disrupt Big Industry
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, on how entrepreneurs can disrupt major industries, although it's like “staring into the face of death.”
What's the Latest Development?
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, on how entrepreneurs can get started disrupting major industries like energy, transportation and space. It’s not an easy route to success, but "it’s about the important problems that have to be solved for humanity." Had it been only about money, that would have ruled out space exploration and electric cars.
What's the Big Idea?
For entrepreneurs who feel the same sort of passion and drive to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, Musk recommends starting an Internet company. “It would have been impossible for me to do electric cars and rockets right from the start.” Higher capital means higher barriers to entry. It’s why there’s not more innovation in space exploration. A better way to get into these sorts of industries is to have a successful, but smaller-scale, company first.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.