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Guy, Robert, Naval, George & Valley A-List share knowledge at FounderConference

I attended last year's FounderConference, which was at MSFT's Mountain View campus, and captured the content of the event.  I also took a panoramic shot that Alain used for the 2011 conference, and in exchange he comp'd a ticket for me to attend this year.

As part of my goal to help entrepreneurs worldwide be more successful (i.e., my fundraising manifesto), I've captured the content of this year's Founders Conference below.  This year's event was much larger than 2010, at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, with about 500 people attending.

The 10,000 Hour Business

On David Paul Krug

So I recently stumbled onto this site called the 10,000 Hour Calculator. If you've never read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell than I'm assuming 10000 hours doesn't mean anything to you. Interesting enough the 10000 hour rule is probably a crock of shit. Yep I said it. Much of the 10000 hour rule nonsense is bullshit. That's really not the point.

Gladwell in his book hits on something pretty amazing however. And you can read the full excerpt on his website. He breaks down the richest people in the history of the world.

"Do you know what's interesting about that list? Of the 75 names, an astonishing 14 are Americans born within nine years of each other in the mid 19th century. Think about that for a moment. Historians start with Cleopatra and the Pharaohs and comb through every year in human history ever since, looking in every corner of the world for evidence of extraordinary wealth, and almost 20 percent of the names they end up with come from a single generation in a single country."

"What's going on here? The answer is obvious, if you think about it. In the 1860's and 1870's, the American economy went through perhaps the greatest transformation in its history. This was when the railways were built, and when Wall Street emerged. It was when industrial manufacturing started in earnest. It was when all the rules by which the traditional economy functioned were broken and remade. "

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