John Tamny On America’s Uniquely Productive Entrepreneurial Flywheel
Key Takeaways and Actionable Insights
A growth business is what John Rossman, in episode #50, termed a flywheel. Using Amazon.com as an example, he gave us this simple image.
The flywheel looks simple, but in reality it’s quite nuanced. Lower prices and a great customer experience will bring customers in, Bezos reasoned. High traffic will lead to higher sales numbers, which will draw in more third-party, commission-paying sellers. Each additional seller will allow Amazon to get more out of fixed costs like fulfillment centers and the servers needed to run the website. This greater efficiency will then enable it to lower prices further. More sellers will also lead to better selection. All of these effects will come full circle back to a better customer experience.
John Tamny sees the American entrepreneurial economy as a beautiful and productive flywheel (see Mises.orgE4E_66_PDF).
Why are Americans so entrepreneurially focused? We descend from “the crazies” — the other thinkers who came from around the world, dissatisfied with their lives, and willing to cross oceans and borders to get to a place that offers no security but offers freedom. They took the ultimate entrepreneurial leap. We got the nut cases. Steve Jobs, for example, was of Syrian descent. Could he have started Apple in Syria? No.
Entrepreneurs lead us to a better place.
John’s definition of an entrepreneur is someone who has a vision that everyone else thinks is ridiculous, yet they follow it anyway. They have no time for the way things are done today. They want something different. And to win consumer acceptance, what’s different must also be better. So they quite literally lead us to a better place. Horse draw
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