Rob Coneybeer (full length) - Why Dungeons and Dragons (not science fiction) predicts our future

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Startupfest 2014 - "As the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Everything, we're entering a world where every object becomes an enchanted object. With the advent of essentially free …

Startupfest 2014 - "As the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Everything, we're entering a world where every object becomes an enchanted object. With the advent of essentially free computation, memory, and wireless technology, Internet connectivity will be woven into everything valuable enough to be bought, sold, or stolen. People who write code are the sorcerers of tomorrow.

Humanity’s future as a spacefaring species isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Fundamental physical constraints are held back by advances in energy technology that increase at only 3-5% per year, versus the 18-month doubling in electronics due to Moore’s Law. Together with advances in biotechnology, and virtual reality headsets that (literally) make your head spin, our future technology of the next 100 years is going to follow a virtual and literal path of Dungeons and Dragons, not spaceflight.

A world of enchanted objects is already arriving – thermostats that program themselves, phones that retrieve and display information based on voice commands, cars and planes that drive themselves – all of these things impact every part of our lives. As an experienced early stage investor in successful Internet of Things companies like Nest and Mocana, Rob plans to share his views about what’s highly predictable about this trend, and how entrepreneurs can capitalize on it."

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  • 1. Dungeons & Dragons (not Star Trek) Predicts Our Future Rob Coneybeer Shasta Ventures
  • 2. How to Make Big Money Right 1.5x 20x+ Wrong 0 0 Consensus Contrarian
  • 3. “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” – Peter Thiel
  • 4. Star Trek • Spacecraft – Impulse drive (STL) – Warp drive (FTL) • Teleportation • Robots & AI
  • 5. Star Trek • Spacecraft – Impulse drive (STL) – Warp drive (FTL) • Teleportation • Robots & AI
  • 6. Dungeons & Dragons • Enchanted Objects • Casting Spells • Flying Creatures • Bioengineered Organisms
  • 7. Modern Enchanted Objects • Device energy budgets dominated by wireless • Assume 100mW power draw/device – non-stop, for 1 year • Each device draws 3.15 x 106 J/yr • One Warp Drive (65 EJ) could power 20 Trillion modern enchanted objects for a year
  • 8. Dungeons & Dragons • Enchanted Objects • Casting Spells • Flying Creatures • Bioengineered Organisms
  • 9. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke
  • 10. The Mystery of Life
  • 11. How do I create and evaluate an idea for a new company?
  • 12. Creating Startup Ideas
  • 13. Creating Startup Ideas • Imagine the future … … look at trends and extrapolate
  • 14. Creating Startup Ideas • Imagine the future … … look at trends and extrapolate • Think about products & services where … … something wasn’t possible before, based on inflection points in technology
  • 15. Creating Startup Ideas • Imagine the future … … look at trends and extrapolate • Think about products & services where … … something wasn’t possible before, based on inflection points in technology • Keep an open mind … … but be intellectually honest
  • 16. Evaluating Startup Ideas
  • 17. Evaluating Startup Ideas 1. Does it solve a real problem?
  • 18. Evaluating Startup Ideas 1. Does it solve a real problem? 2. Does it solve a problem in a big market?
  • 19. Evaluating Startup Ideas 1. Does it solve a real problem? 2. Does it solve a problem in a big market? 3. Can the solution make money?
  • 20. Evaluating Startup Ideas 1. Does it solve a real problem? 2. Does it solve a problem in a big market? 3. Can the solution make money? 4. Can you build a sustainable advantage around the solution?
  • 21. Can I Build the Right Team?
  • 22. Character Abilities • Strength • Constitution • Dexterity • Intelligence • Wisdom • Charisma
  • 23. Luck • It’s about changing the odds in your favor – imagine a casino where you’re encouraged to bring your own dice
  • 24. Final Thoughts
  • 25. Final Thoughts 1. Focus on ideas that weren’t possible before
  • 26. Final Thoughts 1. Focus on ideas that weren’t possible before 2. Be intellectually honest
  • 27. Final Thoughts 1. Focus on ideas that weren’t possible before 2. Be intellectually honest 3. Create opportunities for luck