Listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast for a while now, he usually interviews people for and hour or longer. This one is only 12 minutes long. It’s a gentleman by the name of Astro Teller (I know coolest name EVER!) giving a presentation on thinking Ten times bigger. Mr. Teller is the CEO of X, Alphabets Moonshot factory (yes that’s a thing). You may not know who Alphabet is but you do know one of their subsidiary companies, they go by the name of Google.
Astro has co-founded a wearable technology company that was sold in 2013 and he co-founded and remains a director of Cerebellum Capital, a hedge fund whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved simply by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning.
He asks a question in the beginning that frames the problem with how the vast majority of people (and organizations) think, incrementally. But incremental thinking doesn’t reinvent industry, it doesn’t help innovation and it certainly doesn’t help the long term viability of your organization. This podcast is a great reminder of what we need to be focusing our time on.
We need more Moonshots.