Asking what archaic industry could use a major upgrade might not be a bad place to start when looking to innovate.
- What businesses still are using fax machines?
- What industries adapt technology slower, and why?
- Where can a significant impact be made in the most obvious way?
I mean, he thought this – and then went and did Paypal.
It’s conviction and focus on an amazing level.
In the years that followed, Musk considered starting an Internet bank and discussed it openly during his internship at Pinnacle Research in 1995. The youthful Musk lectured the scientists about the inevitable transition coming in finance toward online systems, but they tried to talk him down, saying that it would takes ages for Web security to be good enough to win over consumers. Musk, though, remained convinced that the finance industry could do with a major upgrade and that he could have a big influence on banking with a relatively small investment.
-Ashley Vance, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Amazon)