Steve Case Chairman/CEO, Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation
One way to think of this -- and I've seen this evolve as businesses evolve, too, but it's true with companies as well as countries -- is that in the early stage when they're entrepreneurial and pioneering and risk taking, they really are attackers. They just believe there's a better way for it. At some point, when they get to a certain level of success, a certain level of scale, they shift from being attackers to being defenders. And you see that kind of ebb and flow with companies and how they evolve over the years. But it's true with countries as well if you look back in history.
So we've had, as a nation, a great run for over two centuries. I think that can continue because there are a lot of things that are unique and special around that entrepreneurial creativity, curiosity, risk taking, rewarding risk, celebrating risk, and recognizing that when you a risk, sometimes it works and sometimes it won't work, but that's part of the process.
That's something that really has been somewhat unique to the United States in the past century, but others are evolving. They're thinking about their cultures, their incentives; and that's an area to be concerned about.
I don't want to have us shift from being an attacker nation and really believing there's a better way. It started with the people who got on boats and sailed across the ocean not really knowing what was going to be on the other side but believing that it was going to be a better path for themselves and their families. We've really built on that over the past two centuries, and we've been pioneers and innovators and entrepreneurs. We just need to make sure we continue that, and we don't shift from being an attacker to being a defender.
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