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Those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it
- George Santayana
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Yet those who study history are
doomed to stand by while everyone
else repeats it
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Characteristics of Ancient Greece
- Heart of the culture of western civilization
- Established philosophy
- Gove...
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Characteristics of Ancient Rome
- Dominant force of ancient Europe
- Established stoicism
- Governed by the Repu...
@seobrien
Thales and Cicero
Thales
Invented an olive
press simply to
prove that
philosophy was
time well spent
Cicero
Cele...
@seobrien
Stoicism
Fortitude as a means
of overcoming
destructive emotions
1. Practice Misfortune
2. Train to Avoid Wrong
...
@seobrien
Philosophies of Silicon Valley
- Dominant force of tech innovation
- Fail and fail fast
- Create value for all
-...
@seobrien
Philosophies of Austin
- Heart of American culture
- Bootstrap and be lean
- Attain your ideal lifestyle
- Celeb...
@seobrien
@seobrien
Philosophy defines culture
Product / Market Fail and Better
@seobrien
@seobrien
Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, AND Houston
@seobrien
Austin's Challenges
- Does independence not foster ethnocentrism?
- Does individualism create businesses but not...
@seobrien
Learning from Rome AND Greece
- Heart of N. America's economic future
- Independence inspires entrepreneurship
-...
@seobrien
paul@seobrien.com
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  1. 1. @seobrien Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana
  2. 2. @seobrien Yet those who study history are doomed to stand by while everyone else repeats it
  3. 3. @seobrien
  4. 4. @seobrien
  5. 5. @seobrien Characteristics of Ancient Greece - Heart of the culture of western civilization - Established philosophy - Governed by city-states - Destined by Gods - Innovation based on observation and need
  6. 6. @seobrien Characteristics of Ancient Rome - Dominant force of ancient Europe - Established stoicism - Governed by the Republic - Manifest destiny - Innovation based on conquest and improvement
  7. 7. @seobrien Thales and Cicero Thales Invented an olive press simply to prove that philosophy was time well spent Cicero Celebrate the personal gain of others, value is not created through their downfall
  8. 8. @seobrien Stoicism Fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions 1. Practice Misfortune 2. Train to Avoid Wrong 3. All ephemeral
  9. 9. @seobrien Philosophies of Silicon Valley - Dominant force of tech innovation - Fail and fail fast - Create value for all - Constantly “better” - Innovate to distrupt and improve
  10. 10. @seobrien Philosophies of Austin - Heart of American culture - Bootstrap and be lean - Attain your ideal lifestyle - Celebrate success - Innovate by way of product / market fit
  11. 11. @seobrien
  12. 12. @seobrien Philosophy defines culture Product / Market Fail and Better
  13. 13. @seobrien
  14. 14. @seobrien Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, AND Houston
  15. 15. @seobrien Austin's Challenges - Does independence not foster ethnocentrism? - Does individualism create businesses but not cohesive industry? - Are we supportive but not truly collaborative? - Does a celebration of success overlook the importance of failure? - Does filling needs not stifle disruptive innovation?
  16. 16. @seobrien Learning from Rome AND Greece - Heart of N. America's economic future - Independence inspires entrepreneurship - Individualism fosters creativity - Celebration of success drove Texas' 4 major economies - Product / market fit philosophy creates anew the economy of the future
  17. 17. @seobrien paul@seobrien.com ...seobrien.com

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