I’ll be book called Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. It’s a great book, it’s had a lot of impact on my own life and on how I think about business. Just my philosophy on life, business, and family. You wouldn’t think that a book can have that much impact but great books do. And in light of recent events with what’s going on with Coronavirus right now and the stock market as crazy as it is, I thought this is a good time to take a look at some of Nassim Taleb’s work.
And Nassim Taleb is – some of you probably already know – he is the famous author behind Black Swan. You kind of predicted the stock market crashes that’s happened in the past. He’s a pretty amazing guy and he’s pretty opinionated. So he thinks what he thinks and he lets you know it, which makes his books a very interesting read and certainly challenging.
Mark Zuckerberg‘s work has impacted the world and this book explores the details of his story and those of the people around him. Most interestingly for most people they can see how their own story interleaves with Facebook’s Story since most of the planet has crossed paths with Facebook’s growth and journey.
Just part of the volunteer force that helped TrepHub move in to the new building.
An Interesting Year for Startups…
2016 was a very interesting year, as many would probably say, but it was particularly interesting for TrepHub and the Startup Community in the Space Coast. While there were some rough patches, all in all, it was a year of growth. The Startups at TrepHub grew, the Startup & Tech Community in the Space Coast grew and there are now at least four places in additional to TrepHub that I can think of, off the top of my head, that are dedicated to serving geeks and budding Treps. Space Coast FabLab, Melbourne Makerspace, Groundswell & FIT Student Incubator (and I’m sure there are more) are all doing a fabulous job of making sure techies feel at home in the Space Coast. Even monolithic companies, previously known for applying daily beatings to their engineering staff (yes, I’m kidding), have begun to realize that those talented engineers need to be treated better (or they’ll come to TrepHub and launch a Multi-Million Dollar Startup & leave!)
I heard something very interesting today… “Regret is of the devil”. And for some reason it resonated with me.
After thinking about it a little I realized that this is an old lesson that I forgot. Regret really doesn’t serve much of a purpose. Sure, it’s good to recognize mistakes, only so far as to learn from them, maybe even analyze them and move forward. However, the actual act of regretting goes much further than that. Regret can be a gateway to depression. If you’re obsessive like me, then regret can mean obsessing about all that could have been. And as you get older, you’re bound to look back and regret some things. If you don’t catch yourself fast enough, you’ll find yourself daydreaming about the path not taken that could have made everything so much better than the path you chose. This line of thinking is for fools because if you step back and really analyze things, things could have been a hell of a lot worse. There are things that I have now, that I never could have dreamt of achieving. Sure, some of the crazy dreams I had didn’t pan out (yes, still haven’t taken over the world). Therein lies the evil.
Tell us about the origins of TrepHub. When did you all first come together and what is your overriding vision?
TrepHub started September 2012.
It all started with me wanting to move to Silicon Valley. I was flying there on the weekends to attend various events and was inspired by what I saw. I met tons of creative people, many geeks who loved their craft and in the process I became a much better Engineer and Entrepreneur as I learned about new technologies and methodologies and got to connect with my counterparts at companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and several of the hottest StartUps.