In The Case for Moonshots, investor and operator Rahul Rana asks the question: Why should we live in a world of incremental scientific and technological progress when the human race has proven in past eras that we are capable of so much more?
The world faces major problems. It is time for conventional thinkers to stand aside and give way to the crazy ones, the contrarians, the radically creative geniuses who work outside the box to create massive breakthroughs. In what is both a prescription for building successful deep-tech startups and a call to arms to generate highly moral, deeply influential solutions that will positively affect the lives of billions, this talk will teach you about what a moonshot is and how to embody the mindset that such founders have.
Rana predicts a new golden age is about to erupt in modern times. Dare to dream bigger. Let’s make some moonshots.
Rahul Rana is a venture builder and investor, specializing in and studying finance and astrophysics as a sophomore at Rutgers University. He works for Lux Capital, a $2.5bn deeptech venture capital firm.
He authored Making Moonshots—a deep dive into the mindsets, philosophies, and strategies conducive to building moonshot companies. “Moonshot company” entails three things: taking an advanced science or deep technology and using it in a radical solution to solve a big problem in the world.
In the past, Rahul has worked at SafeStamp—an anti-counterfeiting nanotech startup—and Knowt, an AI-powered app that turns notes into review quizzes, flashcards, and assignments. For both, Rahul worked in all things nontechnical (operations, sales, business development, marketing, finance, etc.). He also has worked at the Alchemist Accelerator and at Contrary Capital in content creation roles. Furthermore, Rahul also interned in the NJ-6 Congressional District Office doing public policy work. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx