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Where are the entrepeneurs who can boldy go where no man has gone before?

big idea #1: rollable computers

For those who haven’t watched orkin design’s video for a rollable computer, I have two words for you:

Watch it.

Unhindered, non-judgmental group brainstorming

Over the last year and a half, I have been meeting with well over 20 different individuals in one form or another to brainstorm ideas for innovative products and startup ideas. However, I found that the majority of people were not able to dream big.

What do I mean?

A well-known trait for entrepreneurs is that they are continuously pushing the envelope of technology, innovation, and what is “possible” in today’s world. In an attempt to finally sound like a trekie, they are able to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

However, most of the people I met with would do one of two things:

  1. dismiss any “crazy ideas” right off the bat.
  2. not be able to come up with anything out-of-the-box or remarkable (as seth godin likes to say)

It was quite frustrating.

Out of 20 people I interacted with only one or two who were able to throw aside their inhibitions, and really think outside the box.

I’m not advocating not to be a realist, but I find that too many people nowadays don’t know how to dream big anymore! My generation is especially to blame!!!

We are the fast-food, instant generation and are so used to being spoon-fed everything that rarely are we challenged to use our brains to think of new ways of solving old problems.

Tesla & wireless power. Edison and the lightbulb. Wright brothers and their plane.

AC, also known as alternating current, is what the majority of the World uses to transmit power because of it’s high efficiency and little power loss. AC was a mere theory back when Nikola Tesla learned about it – eventually, he would be the first to successfully apply AC to transmit power. Where would we be if he would have listened to the myriads of people telling him to give up, that AC was a mere theory?!?

However, he didn’t stop there – his imagination was to transmit power wirelessly in the long run! Though he got close he was forced to shut down by the government and died a poor man in a lonely hotel room. Where would our world be if someone had encouraged Nicola to continue his “crazy idea?!?!”

Not only that, where would we be if Thomas Edison had not followed his dream of creating light from electricity? Even after the 500th material didn’t work, he just kept on going with his “crazy idea”. Where would we be if the Wright brothers had given up on the “impossible notion” of humans flying in the sky?

Changing the World – One Idea at a Time

Something about these men both excite and scare me to death. Their story proves that one idea in the hands of the right man can really change the World.

I daresay, I want to be an entrepreneur like that.



Jon Chui (pronounced "chew") has been building iOS/Android apps for the last 7 years, the last 3 working on Google Maps, Inbox by Gmail and Google's Search App. Though he grew up in a Christian family and to parents who would end up giving up their 25 years of hard-earned comforts/affluence in Canada to go back to China as missionaries when he was 14, being a Christian was always in his head, and he would constantly struggle with trying to unify the sacred and the secular - until last year. However, through a radical transformation[] @ work last year (which he can't take ANY credit for), he & his wife & 2 young boys have decided to leave Google, sell/donate everything they have so to serve the poor & marginalized with Jesus’ love as missionaries with's Family DTS in Kona, hawaii then to the Philippines. Read more about their family journey @, and reach out to him @ If you're a recruiter with freelance jobs or have tech projects for jon feel free to reach out to him -

2 thoughts on “Where are the entrepeneurs who can boldy go where no man has gone before?

  1. First of all, nice blog Jon. Didn’t know you were so active online.

    RE: the rollable computer…

    Should be pretty much doable nowadays, though I don’t know how durable oleds are at the moment. From the movie most of the hardware sits in the “rolling pin”, while the flexible screen/keyboard looks to be just that [a screen and keyboard]–kind of cheating IMO.

  2. This is pretty bold of you to say!

    We INDEED are the fast-food generation. Spoon-fed everything, not knowing what it is to be without.

    That rollable computer is amazing…when does it come out? 😛

    All I can say is – it’s no easy task to become an entrepreneur! Unlike a 9-5 job, it demands everything that you’ve got.

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