Google is the most innovative company in the world, in large part because they hire smart people who get things done, and they give their engineers 20% time to work on any project they want. Google has found a powerful way to unleash creativity to solve incredible technical problems. I wonder what would happen if enough Americans did the same thing — devoted 20% of their work week — to finding solutions to our nations... Read More
Thanks to my brother Curt who taught me to be inspired by visionaries, I always make an effort to hear the great thinkers and movers and shakers in person. It is so much different and better than hearing about it later. Nothing, for example, was better than attending the Facebook Platform launch event in May 2007, and even meeting Mark Zuckerberg afterwards in person. I've heard Marc Andreesen in person (2001), Bill Gates (2003ish), Larry Page (2005), Jerry Yang, Guy Kawasaki multiple times, Mary Meeker (2000), Bill Joy (2001), and many other influential VCs and entrepreneurs.
I received this email from the UVEF mailing list. I love the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum. I've been attending its lunches for 8 or 10 years. I've also heard Alan Hall speak, and he is the most active and inspiring promoter of the entrepreneur->philanthropist cycle that I have ever met. Please don't miss the chance to hear him in person.
I just heard about a great full-day conference on October 6th that will be well worth attending. (I think it will be in Layton, Utah.) I know several of the speakers and they are outstanding, world-changing individuals. I can't imagine not coming away very motivated and inspired by these entrepreneurs. Please check it out.
I noticed two interesting articles in the NY Times today. The juxtaposition made me think. One article says up to $2 billion in taxpayers money has been wasted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It gives several examples of how money has been misspent.