Why Silicon Valley Titans Train Their Brains with Philosophy

Studying philosophy has had a major impact on the power players of Silicon Valley.

Zeno of Citium and the new Apple campus in Silicon Valley. Credit: Getty Images/Wikipedia

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Why Elon Musk Wants Trump to Charge a Carbon Tax

Elon Musk's growing relationship with President Trump can result in revolutionizing the country's aging infrastructure.   

Elon Musk recently surprised many by tweeting out support for Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s Secretary of State nominee. Seen as a champion of clean energy, Musk seemed unlikely to get so publicly behind Tillerson, given his past as the CEO of ExxonMobil, a fossil fuel powerhouse. While the support for Tillerson appears influenced by Musk’s recent meeting with Trump, one issue in particular may explain why Musk would offer his endorsement - carbon tax.

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Entrepreneurs: Stop Fetishizing Failure, Start Asking Absurd Questions

Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial trends go through births and deaths, revolutionizing business attitudes before turning stale. Tim Ferris explains two trends: one near its death, the other very much alive and kicking.

There are two start-up trends that are sweeping Silicon Valley and beyond: one, says Tim Ferriss, needs to be redefined, and the other needs to be more widely activated. The first has gained so much popularity it has become a motto: "fail fast, fail forward". Ferriss is concerned that we’re fetishizing failure as something harmless that only leads upwards, when in reality in some industries it can be quite deadly. The second is the practice of absurd questions. Billionaire investor Peter Thiel will look at a business plan and say to its creator: "Why can't you accomplish your ten-year plan in the next six months?" Asking seemingly crazy questions, and setting hypothetical limits (such as, "how would you hit your goal in the same time by working only 2 hours per week?"), forces divergent thinking and can prompt you to actually do what once seemed unthinkable. Tim Ferriss is the author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

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