SJ29 – Sex, Innovation, and Morality for Startups

We’re living on the edge today: Jason and Teague are recording from the same location at WeWork Wonder Bread Factory.

Links and Highlights:

Let’s get ready to DROOOOOOONE.

Can drone racing become as big as eSports?

The Drone Racing League Wants to Be to Drones What the WWE Is to Wrestling

  • “Explosions and money are the center of any good venn diagram.”
  • “Like any other sport, there’s already a push to sensationalize it and ‘sexy’ it up… The sport is not even out of the hospital bassinet.”

Jason and Teague toss out a FREE BUSINESS IDEA for our listeners. If you steal it and launch it, please make us VIP customers, #kthx.

Renaissance Florence Was a Better Model for Innovation than Silicon Valley Is

  • “Today, folks are often thrown to the wolves in a lot of ways: sink or swim. It’s a lot harder to find the kind of support you once got, where someone said, ‘I’m going to pay your bills so you can go build things.'”
  • “There’s a reason we keep doing Shakespeare, and a reason we keep bringing up penicillin.”
  • “When you give a mind an opportunity to just be told, ‘go try something and don’t worry about failure,’ there’s real opportunity there… I don’t think potential trumps experience, but potential and experience should balance each other.”
  • “One of the great ways startups can get a leg up is by hiring people who punch above their weight; finding people who have enormous people who haven’t been given their shot yet.”

Zenefits Founder Resigns

  • “Is what you’re doing actually harming consumers or harming competition? Is there a problem with pushing those boundaries, whether that problem is purely legal or whether there’s a moral issue at stake?”
  • “In a lot of ways we have a culture that advocates for screwing up, sometimes intentionally breaking laws and regulations, and then just apologize for it, mea culpa, pay a fine, and move on.”
  • “The moral question is, who’s being hurt by the laws that you’re breaking?”
  • “Zenefits is the latest in a series of very public companies that have skirted laws and done things that they know are immoral, and as a culture, how okay are we with that?”

New startup aims to transfer people’s consciousness into artificial bodies so they can live forever – TechSpot

  • “This is the beginning of every schlocky sci-fi novel I’ve ever read. Every single one.” (Here’s the definition of schlocky, btw.)
  • “We’re talking about condemning ourselves to a ones and zeroes existence because we’re afraid of dying.”

Questions from Quora:

As a non-technical co-founder, what should I be looking for in my Tech Co-Founder in terms of traits, skills, etc?” – (40:55)

  • “I like having a drinking buddy.”
  • “You as the non-technical co-founder have to ask yourself what you’re really looking for. There are some non-tech co-founders who think they’re hiring a general contractor, the same way I’d hire someone renovate my kitchen, fix my bathroom, and paint my house… They have the perception that they’re bringing in a one-size-fits-all ‘tech’ person, and that’s a perception problem you have to get past first.”
  • “When you’re bringing in a co-founder, you’re not actually hiring them… It’s finding a technical co-founder to partner with, so can you partner with them?”
  • Finding someone who’s willing to work with you at all is actually a good start.

My prototype is done. I aim to take on clients from another country. Can I do this without actually being based there?” – (49:12)

  • “The answer is almost always, ‘yes it can.’ The question is, ‘should it be?’”
  • “What’s the value of building a product you can’t sell outside your door right now, unless you intend to move there eventually and go sell it, or you have a ground game you’re really confident in?”
  • The more layers between you and your customers, the slower the feedback loop will be.
  • “Getting someone to use a product is hard. Building it is comparatively easy.”

This episode previously aired on 2/10

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