Who are your leaders? As we toured cities for Innovation That Matters, 1776's study of civic entrepreneurship, we found that how this question told us a lot about the future of a city’s startup ecosystem.
“There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision,” says Ashlee Vance, a Bloomberg Businessweek journalist, in his new biography of the talented
Think of it as Google Maps, on steroids.
In conjunction with 1776, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation attended a series of roundatables in eight cities to examine the startup economy and civic entrepreneurship.
The infamous Tommy-gun toting John Dillinger was once asked why he robbed banks. He responded, “Because that’s where the money is.”
The tech industry’s “fail fast, fail often” mantra has proven successful in pumping out world-changing innovations in record time. The faster one figures out what doesn’t work, the faster one can get to something that does. Failure is a good thing that is a natural consequence of the innovation process.
Peter Thiel, the legendary co-founder of PayPal, says that the greatest threat to technological growth in America is a culture that embraces conformity. “I worry that the conformity problem is worse today than it was in the ‘50s,” said Thiel at an event hosted by the Mercatus Center.