The amount of wasted effort in the US economy is enormous. This game console / fried chicken warmer. Cosmetology school. All those low-cost ventilators that never got emergency use authorization.

In no way do I look down on the people who make those decisions. We’ll go into some of my personal failings in a bit. It’s just often under-appreciated that picking the right problem to solve is often more important than solving the problem itself.

Ask anyone at a school or career transition, or a team starting a product design effort, or a policy maker. There are good career trajectories…

Ethan Carlson

Studying how we interact with the Internet of Things at MIT; former founder and CEO of Updraft Ventures, Escape Rhode Island

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