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Palmer Luckey - Inventing the Future of Defense - [Invest Like the Best, EP.350]

Palmer Luckey - Inventing the Future of Defense - [Invest Like the Best, EP.350]

Update: 2023-10-31


My guest today is Palmer Luckey. Palmer is the founder of Defense company Anduril Industries, which makes next-generation military technology for the US and its allies. Since bringing the company to life in 2017, Palmer and Anduril have disrupted the established order in the Defense industry. Prior to Anduril, Palmer founded Oculus VR, a virtual reality business that he sold to Facebook for $2 billion.

Palmer is only in his early 30s, but he has already experienced more than most people will in a 40-year career. We talk about innovation, invention, differentiated thinking, and so much more. Please enjoy this great discussion with Palmer Luckey.

Listen to Patrick's Business Breakdown with Anduril CEO.

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Show Notes:

(00:03:28 ) - The importance of synthetic long-chain hydrocarbon fuel

(00:09:37 ) - Ranking America's potential for innovation

(00:12:43 ) - Why there aren't more Thiel Fellowships

(00:14:56 ) - The principles that motivate and drive him

(00:18:21 ) - What it has been like working in the world of defense after the attack on Israel

(00:20:34 ) - Surprising lessons learned when building a large company

(00:24:02 ) - How to approach a new field initially

(00:28:45 ) - Meeting other out-of-the-box thinkers

(00:33:11 ) - Inventors working backward from existing systems versus forward from their ideals

(00:34:51 ) - The most pressing issue in national security

(00:41:01 ) - What matters most for America from a defense perspective

(00:43:58 ) - How to determine which problems to prioritize

(00:50:24 ) - Lessons learned from working with AI

(00:57:21 ) - How Apple is shaping the future of VR

(01:01:36 ) - Which videogame a prospective employee should excel at

(01:04:06 ) - Why Oculus was so successful in marketing

(01:11:13 ) - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for Palmer

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Palmer Luckey - Inventing the Future of Defense - [Invest Like the Best, EP.350]

Palmer Luckey - Inventing the Future of Defense - [Invest Like the Best, EP.350]

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