Entrepreneurship

Ready Player One, Ready Entrepreneur One

The world is changing.

We live and work in the digital age.  Everything that we do is based on the reality that we are globally connected via technology, at all times.  But what if all of that technological potential were really just an escape from reality, instead of something that helped to enhance it?

This is the premise for the bestselling book, Ready Player One, which has been picked up by Steven Spielberg and set to hit movie theaters next March. The trend of gaming has exciting new parallels for the world of digital entrepreneurship and how we can best use technology to help us create a better world.

Life in the digital age has become a game, and entrepreneurs are going to be the ones who get to change the world through its use.

In this book and soon to be movie, players live in a dystopian future, where everyone wants to escape to play a game called OASIS.  In the year 2045, people are ditching world problems to find hidden Easter eggs hidden inside the video game. Whoever finds them will inherit the massive fortune of the game’s creator, and be able to pull themselves out of the economic disparity that plagues the world of the characters we’ve read about and will soon be able to see on screen.  Before he died, the creator of OASIS Continue reading “Ready Player One, Ready Entrepreneur One”

Entrepreneurship

Why Every Entrepreneur is a Skydiver

I was out having a nice dinner with some friends while in San Francisco a couple weeks ago.

It was a much needed reprieve from the daily grind. I felt like I was turning into Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, and needed a change of pace for a few days.

Recently, I’d also ended things with a girl I was seeing, which was a little tough, but good friends and good food can put everything back into the right perspective.

At dinner, everything was business as usual.  The gang was talking about the usual topics, but then we started talking about fear.  A girl seated next to me brought up skydiving as her biggest fear.  Having done it already I chimed in how awesome it was. She turned to me and asked, “yeah, but what’s the point?”

What’s the point!?

Seriously?  I looked at her unbelievingly for Continue reading “Why Every Entrepreneur is a Skydiver”