Q: You’ve watched some characters in your book gain wealth and power while others kind of disappeared. What’s your advice for hackers who want to become Bill Gates instead of Richard Greenblatt or Bill Gosper?
A: You mean how do you become rich? Greenblatt doesn’t consider himself a failure. Just like in anything, if you spend your life doing something you love, that’s success.
It’s bad policy to start by comparing yourself to Bill Gates. The real lesson is that you should try to do the impossible. We’re at the best time ever in history to do the impossible, and we have amazing tools to do it. We’ve created a technological platform where imagination is your only boundary.
Q: So imagination is still more important than politics or marketing or business plans?
A: Absolutely. The best laid business models are overturned by a kid in a dorm room, more now than ever.
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