I start with an apology for taking so long between posts – and I have an excuse. See, we are raising money to start this new company called Better PLC. After years of fighting for budget allocations, I forgot how much fun it is to actually go convince investors that your idea has enough merit that they should put their money, and much more importantly - their trust in you.
It is somewhat funny that everyone I talk to has heard about this new company we are trying to create, but no one really knows what we do. In every meeting I discover new ways of achieving the ambitious goal we have set for ourselves, and people really get energized about the idea. It is one of those giant small ideas that I truly believe can make a big difference in this world.
I had a conversation yesterday about all these software entrepreneurs who are moving into clean-tech. My view is that we all see a giant market ready for disruption, bursting ripe from years of very little investment. Put that with a group of people who made enough money not to be enticed by easy money, but looking for a real mission in life and you get some really interesting artifacts happening. It is almost as if the entire silicon valley is going through a mid-life crisis – but instead of looking for a new fast car (we now have our official fast car – the Tesla), we are all looking for a calling. I saw it at TED this year; I see it everyday with so many great ideas.
The people I met over the last 75 days on any part of the world are just amazing in their passion, and drive for a better world. Some solve energy issues, others education, healthcare, food, water – all problems that can really touch life. I am at awe with some of the scientists that I met; all have much bigger goal than to start a small company, or bring a new product. I personally stopped just seeing the problems in the future; I see an ocean of opportunities.
I get people coming at me from every corner asking how do they sign up for our mission, before they even know what it is we’re going to do. When we share the vision with them you can see in their eyes that they all find their calling. I missed that sense for such a long time, it is just refreshing to be back in it. It is not that SAP was bad for me - it was a great home, it is a great company. It is just so easy to get sucked in to the daily grind of large corporate politics, that makes you lose that sense of big mission, your purpose and your sense of direction for what’s right and what’s wrong.
In any case, I promise to share this weekend some of the things that popped up on my radar over the last few weeks. I gave a few presentations, on both enterprise software and clean tech – in particular a presentation in Israel last week – which I will bring into a series of blog posts. So stay tuned next week…