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#40 Edwin Land (Insisting On The Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land)

Episode Summary

The life of Edwin Land as told through the books Insisting On The Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land and Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Episode Notes

The life of Edwin Land as told through the books Insisting On The Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land and Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it. (0:01), Steve Jobs didn't yet have the skill to build a great company, but he admired those who had pulled it off, and he would go to great lengths to meet them and learn from them. Steve Jobs on meeting Edwin Land: "Like visiting a shrine." (8:16), Edwin Land on what college should be. (14:44), Edwin Land on perseverance: "From then on I was totally stubborn about being blocked. Nothing or nobody could stop me from carrying through the execution of an experiment." (24:40), Edwin Land on technological change (in 1958): "We live in a world changing so rapidly that what we mean frequently by common sense is doing the thing that would have been right last year." (26:49), The similarities of Edwin Land and Steve Jobs (31:25), Edwin Land was Steve Jobs' hero (33:00), I will never let anyone tell me what to do, ever again. (40:02), Starting Polaroid. (41:50), How Edwin Land on how to close a deal. (45:00), How Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera. (50:45), One of the most famous product demonstrations in history. (54:00), The sales launch of the Polaroid Camera. (56:32), His dream of 1,000 small corporations. (1:01:14), Edwin Land predicts the smartphone. (1:08:00), A disregard for expense. Quality First. Walt Disney: We are innovating. I'll know the cost when we are done. (1:13:00)

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