In this week’s Brain Boost: people are awesome. I’m going to highlight a civic chatbot, a distiller in Africa, and the head of Tesla Motors.
A Civic Chatbot
I met Andy and Sean at EazlLive events in Chicago. This week, the team released a chatbot on Facebook Messenger that enables you to chat with all the major US presidential candidates. For example, you can chat with Gary Johnson about Libertarianism or with Donald Trump about why he wants to build a wall.
Check out the messenger bot here and keep an eye out for an upcoming course with Andy about building a 12-month growth plan for your business.
A Distiller in Africa
Jake and I did our MBAs together and, after we graduated, Jake took the path less traveled. He moved to Benin -one of the poorest countries in the world- and started distilling Sodebe, a liqueur made from fruits and spices harvested sustainably and locally in Benin.
Today, Jake’s project is one of the first projects to raise funding using equity crowdfunding in the US and I am definitely going to invest. They just won a silver medal at a tasting competition in San Francisco and Jake and his team are super smart.
This is a good bet and I am not getting paid to say that.
The Head of Tesla Motors
I would highly suggest reading Elon Musk’s Master Plan Part Deux. One thing that is striking about it is the clarity of thought that Elon Musk has regarding the development of Tesla, the merging of Tesla and Solar City, and his bold vision of the future.
The leaders of today are not all about money. Instead, money is a resource to be deployed to do stuff that matters.
Check out the Master Plan Part Deaux here. I think it is required reading for all smart professionals.
The future belongs to makers.
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I will see you next week for another Brain Boost.