24/6/2015

One of the world’s greatest inventors dies in debt

This is the story of Tesla(inside the story of Larry Page). Great minds, good intentions are not enough. This is the exact reason I write about Humanomics.

Social change does not come from good intentions only.

A Croatian immigrant born in 1856, Tesla invented the way almost all of the world’s electricity is generated today. He also envisioned and created wireless communication. But he died having spent the better part of his last decade collecting a pension and feeding pigeons, unable to persuade new investors to fund his latest wild visions. He died believing he could invent a weapon to end all war, a way for power to travel wirelessly across the oceans, and plan for harnessing energy from space. He died alone and in debt.

Tesla was a brilliant man. He spoke eight languages and had a photographic memory. Inventions would appear in his mind fully formed. But he was lousy at business.


Humanomics


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