Crazy Enough to Change the World

Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The Genius Factory

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
~ Steve Jobs

Michael Lewis author of "Flash Boys"

[Silicon Valley is] a hard place to write about because there’s a lack of emotional content. It’s a cold place.

Google is an old business…. Google has never really been about human psychology.
~ Tyler Cowen

Instead of trying to copy what has been done in Silicon Valley, we should be looking to develop companies based on own strengths. For example, African-Americans would be better served by focusing on the strengths of our culture such as music and dance, and the strengths of our location in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, than by moving to Silicon Valley.
Considering the recent $3 billion sale of Beats By Dr. Dre to Apple, maybe there is something to this basic philosophy. Dr. Dre neither copied a business model from a Silicon Valley tech company nor moved to Silicon Valley.

Hip Hop can make you rich...

CEO Tim Cook says that one of the factors behind the acquisition of Beats decision was how much he loved the company’s radio subscription service.
“Jimmy [Iovine] had told me how great it was,” Tim Cooks says in the interview. “So one night I’m sitting playing with theirs versus some others, and all of a sudden it dawns on me that when I listen to theirs for a while, I feel completely different. And the reason is that they recognized that human curation was important in the subscription service.”
Beats offers really personalized playlists, thanks to a recommendation engine built by expert curators.
“That the sequencing of songs that you listen to affect how you feel,” Tim Cook says. “It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you feel it. So that night — I couldn’t sleep that night! And I was thinking, ‘We need to do this.'”

Over ten years ago, before Facebook Terrance had the idea of developing a social media platform that integrated music and broadcast television. This idea led to the development of a television show called Live From VA that interviewed such guests as: Academy Award winner Mo’NiqueRussell Simmons & Rev RunKanye WestPharell Willams & Chad Hugo (the Neptunes), and Katt Williams.
One of the frequent guests of Live From VA [LFV] was Kanye West. LFVfirst interviewed Kanye at a Norfolk hotel here he was performing. The venue capacity was less than 200. The next LFV interview was in Hampton where he perform at the Mercury Entertainment Center, a venue with a much bigger capacity but the crowd was no larger than 300 people.

The next interview was at his sold out performance at the Norva. After the Norva, Kanye West performed at the Hampton Coliseum opening for Usher.

If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business

One hundred percent of customers are people. And one hundred percent of clients are people. And one hundred percent of employees are people. I don’t care how good your product is. I don’t care how good your marketing is. I don’t care how good your design is. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business. We are social animals. We are human beings. And our survival depends on our ability to form trusting relationships.

~ Simon Senek

You can’t possibly get a good technology going without an enormous number of failures.
Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson

You can’t possibly get a good technology going without an enormous number of failures. It’s a universal rule. If you look at bicycles, there were thousands of weird models built and tried before they found the one that really worked. You could never design a bicycle theoretically. Even now, after we’ve been building them for 100 years, it’s very difficult to understand just why a bicycle works – it’s even difficult to formulate it as a mathematical problem. But just by trial and error, we found out how to do it, and the error was essential. The same is true of airplanes.
Edmund S. Phelps

Edmund S. Phelps

Nobel Laureate and Columbia University’s director of Center on Capitalism and Society Edmund Phelps:
It is less innovation — not more — that has widened inequality in the United States in recent decades….
Little [innovation] will happen… without a wider embrace of the old ethos of imagination, exploration, experiment and discovery. It is that ethos that laid the foundation for the broad-based prosperity of the American middle class in the postwar years, and without its revival, no amount of government intervention can fully mitigate the widening inequality that the slowdown in innovation has helped create.
Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile, wrote in a Forbes article called “You Can’t Predict Who Will Change The World:“
“It is high time to recognize that we humans are far better at doing than understanding, and better at tinkering than inventing. But we don’t know it. We truly live under the illusion of order believing that planning and forecasting are possible. We are scared of the random, yet we live from its fruits.”
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