I teach the important skill of Seeing the Future to both entrepreneurs and investors, but before stumbling on this conversation, I had never before seen this framework of success in startups based on “the long term view”.
By necessity, founders are rooted in the “here and now” mental framework required for launching a new startup. But great founders do something different at the same time: They are obsessed with what will endure 10 or 50 years from now.
This resonates not just with the tech companies Kevin talks about, but with my own work, Africa Eats, where we are building the infrastructure to help African companies scale up, making change that scales to whole countries, with a permanent capital business model that thinks about stewardship rather than the typical focus founders and investors have on exiting the opportunity.
Listen to the whole conversation between James Currier and Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine.