Think Outside the Box

What the greatest technology investors say about 'Think Outside the Box'

The Only Way to Make Money

Fred Wilson venture capitalist and Co-Founder Union Square Ventures

“So Bill Gurley one time wrote something that I think is really really true which is the only way to make a lot of money is to believe something that everyone else believes is wrong [] that turns out to be right. [] The only way to make money is to believe something that turns out to be true that nobody else believes.” This Week in Startups, Fred Wilson, episode # 523, Mar 10, 2015 @ approx. 16.42 min.

Answers to Contrarian Questions Look into the Future

Peter Thiel General Partner Founders Fund and former entrepreneur

“Our contrarian question- What important  truth do very few people agree with you on? – is difficult to answer directly.  It may be easier to start with a preliminary: what does everybody agree on? [] If you can identify a delusional popular belief, you can find what lies hidden behind it: the contrarian truth.” 

“The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.”

“The business version of our contrarian question is: what valuable company is nobody building?  This question is harder than it looks, because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself.  Creating value is not enough – you also need to capture some of the value you create.” 

“Most answers to the contrarian question are different ways of seeing the present; good answers are as close as we can come to looking into the future.”  Peter Thiel, Zero to One, copyright 2014, pg 12, 22, 23, 6