I’m listening to Tom Siebel, formerly of Siebel Systems (which later merged with Oracle Corporation) on a Stanford Technology Ventures Program podcast called Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Tom Siebel

Tom Siebel

They have fascinating guests on this program, some of which are so smart I can’t quite understand what the heck they are talking about.  Well, Tom’s pretty smart and I understood him to say:

1.  Growth in the world wide human population will be what drives substantial opportunities for innovation and growth.  As a matter of fact, by the year 2050, there will be a lot of older people in our own country.

2.  New opportunities for innovation will be about food, water, population growth, energy and health care (not information technology, computers, plastics, the Internet, etc.).

3.  Government regulation will continue to drive many areas of major production, innovation and growth.

4.  Tom Siebel and some other philanthropic individuals are giving away a $20 million prize to anyone who can create an energy-free (a zero energy footprint) home at the current costs of traditional residential construction – very hard to do.  That is how much he cares about the future responsible uses of energy.

5.  He said get on a boat and get off at Shanghai if you want to see what the US is competing with.

Be careful with what you perceive as the future of your industry and business.  It may not be what you think it is.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.

As you look 30, 40 or 50 years out in your career, are you focused on the right opportunities and career?  How will you change the world?  Tell me in the comments section of this post.