Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glenn Beck, Peter Thiel, and Disruptive Innovation

"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."
Mark 2:21-22

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.

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