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Ideas Not Mattering Is A Psyop

Conventional startup and business wisdom has become “there are plenty of good ideas, all that matters is execution.” We don’t buy it.

Leopold Aschenbrenner
Leopold Aschenbrenner
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Cowritten with Stephen Malina and Alexey Guzey.

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Ideas not mattering is a psyop - Alexey Guzey
By Stephen Malina, Alexey Guzey, Leopold Aschenbrenner.Introduction Conventional startup and business wisdom has become “there are plenty of good ideas, all that matters is execution.” We don’t buy it.Empirically, all our aspiring founder friends are desperate for startup ideas, with few managing …
Conventional startup and business wisdom has become “there are plenty of good ideas, all that matters is execution.” We don’t buy it.
Empirically, all our aspiring founder friends are desperate for startup ideas, with few managing to land on something worthwhile, and all our scientist friends are desperate for research ideas.
Good ideas are essential, even ones that seem obvious in retrospect were non-obvious ex ante, and in fact good execution itself depends critically on good ideas.

Leopold Aschenbrenner

Research in Economics @ Forethought Foundation and Global Priorities Institute (University of Oxford). Emergent Ventures grantee for Progress Studies. Columbia valedictorian.

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