Thought-provoking interview with someone I’d never heard of. I knew about Oculus, the virtual reality company that sold to Facebook, but I didn’t know anything about Palmer Luckey.
He’s a pretty controversial figure for many reasons, but I think he presents some arguments worth listening to in this podcast. The one I found particularly interesting was that he identified a couple niches in the defense tech industry: one on the product side and one on the hiring side.
Product-wise, he felt like traditional defense contractors were creating incremental innovations - making existing tech 10% better. He envisions a future where soldiers have 10x more access to information so they can make better decisions and stay safer. He wants his company to be a place that can produce exponentially better products at a cheaper cost, thus saving lives and tax-payer money.
Hiring-wise, he found that there were top quality engineers in Silicon Valley who want to solve problems in the defense industry, but didn’t want to do it at a traditional contractor because the culture wasn’t the right fit. His goal is to build the company where Silicon-Valley style engineers go to work on defense technology.