Uncertainty lies at the core of our existence. The universe is so complex, that nothing can be known with absolute certitude. This is the single fundamental truth that underlies all of history. It’s the only thing we can know for sure. It’s at the root of everything from physics to evolution and economics to love. It’s the creator and destroyer of all things. Our species evolved by chance. We have been on this planet for an instant relative to cosmic history. But already we are on the verge of extinguishing not only ourselves but most life on Earth. There is a reasonable probability humankind won’t be around for the next century and a certainty we won’t be around forever. Why should anyone choose the safe path? There is no safe path. It’s nothing but a myth we tell ourselves. Why not take chances when life itself is a chance occurrence? Our existence is so brief and tenuous that not taking action is far more perilous than acting boldly.
Make Elephants Fly is the award-winning book by Steve Hoffman, the founder of LavaMind. It reveals the process of radical innovation. Drawing on case studies from the most innovative startups in Silicon Valley, this step-by-step guide will show you how to develop, validate, and get your impossibly big ideas off the ground.
“This is a must read for anyone who wants to imagine what it is like to have all the brains in Hoffman’s enterprise innovating while they work.”
– Tim Draper, Founder of DFJ, Forbes Midas List of Top Venture Capitalists, AlwaysOn #1 Most Networked Venture Capitalist, Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance
I had dream last night that I was arguing passionately about how I didn’t think Andre Dubencork’s artwork, with it’s crude pink elephants, was original or compelling. It is so cliché. But my friends insisted that’s the point, and that is why he is such a great artist, whom all the critics admire. We could never agree and wound up shouting at each other over the true nature of art.
Peter Shaw is exhibiting his wonderfully creative artwork in San Francisco now.
Visit the 13th Floor @560 Mission Street to see them.
For more information, visit Peter Shaw’s website:
Three interesting facts about saliva I learned today!
1. Unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it.
2. Human saliva contains a painkiller called opiorphin that is six times more powerful than morphine.
3. Hundreds of salivary glands in the mouth produce enough saliva to fill two bathtubs a year.
Love these beards, see more on www.incredibeard.com.
Venture Heads is our series about Silicon Valley VCs and Kool-Aid drinking startups. In this episode, Chad and Albert want to sell emotions, so consumers can feel whatever they like.
Venture Heads is our series about Silicon Valley VCs and Kool-Aid drinking startups. In this episode, Chad gets pitched by genetically altered talking dog.
Venture Heads is our series about Silicon Valley VCs and Kool-Aid drinking startups. In this episode, Stoner Inc. comes in to pitch their weedy vision.