Sep 25, 2017 Erika Uusivuori
Of all the companies in the world, Naveen Jain’s Moon Express is the only one that has permission to leave Earth’s orbit and land on the moon. Everything they mine and bring back is theirs to keep. His other and relatively new company, Viome, aims to make sickness optional and cure diseases through gut health. Is there anything this man can’t do? Apparently nothing if it’s up to him.
I had the honor to talk to Naveen and delve into his mind. With many years of experience that this brilliant man has had as a successful entrepreneur, he had some solid advice to all young and aspiring entrepreneurs: “For the first time in the history of humanity we have the technology that allows an individual or small group of people doing things that essentially used to be the domain of countries. My belief here is, when you are an expert at something, you can never improve 10 times better. If you make something 10 times better, you have to be a non-expert. You have to challenge the foundation of everything that experts have taken for granted.”
Naveen is always exploring other fields of knowledge and ideas impacting society. This is how we came to talk about Viome. “Healthcare does amazingly well at what it is designed to do, which is to cure infections, diseases, and give acute care. What if sickness was a matter of choice, not a matter of bad luck? What we learned is that everything to do with chronic disease is formed in the gut. Nature intended us as humans to be an ecosystem.” And yes, Naveen is not a doctor, not a scientist, but an embodiment of a non-expert himself.
Towards the end, the discussion segued back to space and Moon Express landing on the moon. “The first thing people said to me was that I’m crazy. And to me this is a sure sign that you are doing something meaningful. For someone to tell you, you are crazy, that’s when you are thinking great.“
This applies to all of us. When somebody tells us we can’t do something, it makes us want to do that something even more, and prove the doubters wrong. As Naveen says, landing on the moon, above all else, is symbolic – symbolic of what a small group of people are capable of doing.
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