In a recent Business Week article about Peter Thiel called Free Radical there are some good insights and things to think about.
- Peter works every day to reshape the world and focus on solutions to problems other people overlook. Do you?
- The future is not an abstraction. It's something we are all participants in, helping to create and forge and shape. Are you participating in it?
- When he started Paypal the business side of the company was secondary to the vision. When you look opportunities are you trying to solve a big problem or looking to make money?
- In reference to education - People can't do anything entrepreneurial or innovative or even non-profit - anything that's not safe and well-paying - because they have this mountain of debt. And so education is something that has become a retardant to technological innovation and progress, even though the common perception is the exact opposite. Do you fall into this category?
- Peter states: "Only 35 out of 535 members of congress have any background in science or technology. That's why I believe the government thing is hard to fix - the people there don't actually believe these are important problems. Maybe the answer would be to change the other 500 people and replace them with engineers. But then you're not really talking about a practical option." How do we get more science and technology people into congress?
Some good things to think about and questions to try and answer...