innovation | September 12, 2019

Safi Bahcall’s Book Loonshots Earns a Spot on Bill Gates’ Bookshelf

Famous for becoming the computing world’s first billionaire, Bill Gates now spends most of his time trying to solve the world’s toughest problems. A brilliant mind, he consumes about one book per week—and on his list of stand-out titles is Lavin speaker Safi Bahcall’s Loonshots.  

Bill Gates’s constant companion is a tote bag full of books,” reads The Wall Street Journal, where the former Microsoft CEO recently sat down for an interview. Among his recent favorites is Safi Bahcall’s Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, which was also Wall Street Journal bestseller.


Gates is no stranger to radical ideas. Since leaving his post at Microsoft, the billionaire philanthropist has focused his attention on intractable global issues, ranging from sanitation management to disease prevention and cure. His new Netflix special, Inside Bill’s Brain, follows Gates as he pursues solutions to our most complex dilemmas.


Loonshots is a brilliant examination of those just-so-crazy-they-might-work ideas. Why do some groups embrace them, while others rigidly reject them? What role does organizational structure play when it comes to which ideas come to fruition, and which are left by the wayside? And how can we unlock our potential to nurture, rather than to dismiss?


Gates isn't the only one reading Bahcall's book:  Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss have both sung the book’s praises.


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