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:
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:
- dismiss any “crazy ideas” right off the bat.
- 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.