Entrepreneur David Friedberg is inspired by the early days of aviation, particularly the commitment of the Wright brothers to systematically innovate. Friedberg discusses the brothers' dedication to learning everything they could about the nascent science around human flight, and their willingness to grind through iterations to reach success.
Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America, believes change happens where leaders commit to making organizational transformations, mixed with high-levels of energy and discipline. As in all business sectors, transformational leaders in education have an obsession with building strong teams and systems, and creating cultures committed to continuous improvement.
Reflecting on his work with great entrepreneurs, investor Brad Feld believes the notion of "trying" to do something can undermine entrepreneurs from the start. At the Foundry Group, Feld and his partners look for entrepreneurs who are deeply obsessed with a vision and passion for their product and company. Feld also describes how being an angel investor versus a venture investor can shift how one views possible investments.