"No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."
Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, early player in several other well known technology companies, and author of the new book: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or how to build a future sat down with Glenn Beck the other day to discuss several topics:
- Out of the box thinking in a world plagued by conformity.
- If there's another terrorist attack on the U.S., our civil liberties will go out the window.
- The government is much more abusive than Google.
- "Google doesn't have guns."
- "It feels like the system is on Autopilot."
- Tech, as an industry, has been lightly regulated.
- The culture of D.C. and Silicon Valley are radically different.
- Most members of Congress "are in the middle ages" re: Science and Technology.
- Silicon Valley -- Generally "politically quite naive."
- Instincts libertarian, but become liberal because it's cool.
- As soon as the establishment says "don't read that," it's cool again.
- The Hippies took over the country at Woodstock; 3 weeks after moon landing.
- Believing a better world is possible is radically countercultural these days.
- Reforming systems from within hasn't worked.
- Create empowering pathways
- Most people are scared and when you're scared, you retrench.
- If you're a slacker with low expectations, you will meet them.
- We're going to get to Mars in 20 years.
- Computers haven't been regulated while everything else has been.
- Eventually, the old crony system falls apart
- But when?!?
- "What FDR did in the New Deal, I don't think you could do that today."
- "You want to do one thing where, if you didn't do it, it wouldn't get done."
- Apple had "an incredible run of innovation under Jobs."
- "It's hard to maintain innovation once you get past a certain size."
- Innovation frequently dies with the Founding generation.
- Monopolies are bad when they're protected by government, in technology they go away over time.