Working on Problems That Matter

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs to solve problems that impact the future

These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. I think it’s due to the production of movies like The Social Network and Jobs. The media portrays successful entrepreneurs as people who have it all. Fame, fortune, intellect, superiority. When entrepreneurs are portrayed like this, who wouldn’t want to be one?

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be an entrepreneur. In fact, if you have the drive, then by all means — go for it. Building a company will be the hardest yet most fulfilling time of your life. However, I urge you to consider one thing: think about what you’re building.

Imagine if all the talent being used to build another photo sharing app was spent improving educational tools for children in low income districts.

Imagine if, instead of building another Q&A site, a team spent time on exploring how machine learning could improve healthcare.

We need young, brilliant people to step up and make a difference in this world. Explore areas like healthcare, virtual reality, education, space, politics — anything you can think of that could somehow improve the way people live.

“Right now I need to think about what would be possible, not all the reasons I can’t make a change.” — John Wood, Author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

Not interested in any of those areas? That’s fine, go build that social network — we need those too. My hope is that this post will at least cause young entrepreneurs to consider different areas that could potentially change the future.

Try to build something of value to the world. Everyone on this Earth has a limited amount of time here, so let’s try to make the most of it.


Need help thinking of areas to work on? Feel free to reach out any time. Need help building the future? Please email me.
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