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The Ancient Startup Communities of Greece and Rome

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  • 1. @seobrien Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana
  • 2. @seobrien Yet those who study history are doomed to stand by while everyone else repeats it
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  • 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. @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. @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. @seobrien Stoicism Fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions 1. Practice Misfortune 2. Train to Avoid Wrong 3. All ephemeral
  • 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. @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. @seobrien
  • 12. @seobrien Philosophy defines culture Product / Market Fail and Better
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  • 14. @seobrien Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, AND Houston
  • 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. @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. @seobrien paul@seobrien.com ...seobrien.com