The life of James Dyson as told through the book Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson
Topics discussed in this podcast:
I am a creator of products, a builder of things (0:01), The best kind of business is one where you can sell a product at a high price with a good margin and in enormous volumes. (13:30), One sentence summary of this book: Difference, and retention of total control (16:00), Misfits are not born or made; they make themselves (20:00), The parallels of running and building companies (234:30), People who inspired him (30:00), I am only celebrating my stubbornness. I am claiming nothing but the virtues of a mule (34:00), When selling something new, do not mix your messages. Consumers can not understand multiple new ideas (43:00), Entrenched professionals are always going to resist more than private consumers (47:00), Don't make your products too wide. Narrow it down (55:00), The "Edisonian Principle of Development" (1:02:01), Total control is what this whole thing had been about (1:15:00), James' Design Philosophy (1:18:00), If you make something, sell it yourself (1:31:00), James' Business Philosophy (1:33:00)
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