WEEK OF Big Ideas

This week,

Elon Musk revealed his plan for humans to become a multiplanetary species. And at Talos, we mapped our work for Q4.

We tuned into the SpaceX livestream just before meeting to lay out the work ahead as we pivot toward our Series A round. You can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but his intelligence and unabashed optimism are remarkable character traits. A core piece of the Talos mission is looking in the direction of a new world and, not unlike Elon Musk, investing our time and capital into projects that promise not just any new world, but a better one. In our founder Brandon’s words, “Otherwise, what’s the point?”

The pursuit of that better world is really the key driver of our work. As a startup with a healthy seed round, we largely set our own deadlines, we rewrite documents until we’ve nailed them, and we set our own (sometimes strange) hours. Still in the space between having found the resources to build our first product and being ready to launch it, we have been lucky enough to be able to explore our vision more than most entrepreneurs get the chance to.

For me, that vision which you work toward for the sake of the vision itself… It’s probably the best thing about working in a startup. 

It’s that piece of true inspiration and passion that exists not for the bottom line but just because it should. It is one of the few times in life that believing in something larger than yourself, in a higher power, actually makes a damn difference. We’re truly walking on the precipice of something big, be it failure or success. And some days, like today, it’s totally exhilarating. 

Maybe it is because of this that Elon Musk doesn’t seem to us so much like a billionaire with science fiction dreams but, instead, a daredevil standing at the edge of a cliff taller than any we would have the guts to step off of. 

So here’s to vision, to big ideas, and to the exhilaration of standing at the edge.

Catch up with this week’s new Talos Insight! Nicole reviews new storytelling app Hardbound, and Brandon recommends you watch Jessica Livingston on “How to Build the Future.”

Currently reading: "How to change the world with a $1 microscope," on Vox.com

Currently watching: Will & Grace reunites to save us from ourselves

Currently listening to: Sam Altman on the How to Build the Future

Brandon’s new gadget this week: Drytunes, waterproof bluetooth speakers. B says when they are in the water, you can even hear the music underneath the surface.