In a 1962 speech at Rice University, JFK told the world about his dream to put a person on the moon by the end of the decade. The genius of the original moonshot was that the sheer audacity of the challenge inspired motivation and passion in a way that a smaller goal never could.
Our recipe for moonshots
Anyone in any field can take a moonshot. Not all moonshots have to include a science or technology breakthrough; that’s just what we know best at X. Each of our moonshots sits at the intersection of these three ingredients:
A huge problem in the world that affects millions or billions of people
A radical, sci-fi sounding solution that may seem impossible today
A technology breakthrough that gives us a glimmer of hope that the solution could be possible in the next 5-10 years
Ten tips for moonshot takers
Innovation is a delicate thing. It needs just the right mix of serendipitous discovery and structure. There’s no step-by-step manual for striking this balance, but there are some mindsets and habits that will help improve your odds.
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