CL215: Loonshots And The Problem With Disruptive Innovation – Interview with Safi Bahcall

Safi Bahcall
Safi Bahcall is the author of Loonshots. After studying physics at Harvard and Stanford, he founded a biotech company specializing in cancer drugs, led its IPO, and served as its CEO for 13 years. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and in 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors.
In this episode, we cover:
  • 5:18 – The problem with ‘Disruptive Innovation’
  • 9:45 – How to win the Nobel Prize
  • 10:43 – What to ignore
  • 12:03 – How to write a non-fiction book
  • 13:48 – How phrase transitions work
  • 14:43 – An emergent behaviour
  • 18:15 – The power of competing forces
  • 19:23 – Stake in the outcome vs Perks of rank
  • 22:32 – What we can learn from Richard Branson about innovation and creativity
  • 27:25 – How McKinsey promotes executives
  • 28:44 – How ideas get crushed in companies
  • 30:26 – Structure vs Culture
  • 31:59 – Organisation as a weapon
  • 37:20 – REAS

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