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"In this debut book, an entrepreneur views intellectual capital as securing the world’s future. Jain’s enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial mindset permeates a potent volume that is both a futuristic look at innovation and a recipe of sorts for success. Part One of this elegantly written treatise deeply explores in the broadest possible terms the thought process of the entrepreneur. The author makes a solid case for the entrepreneur as an imaginative visionary. Jain, a serial entrepreneur, celebrates in particular those magnates who take “moonshots,” or reach for the impossible. He believes they “will emerge as leaders of the new world order,” a bold if not wildly audacious prediction. Equally daring are some of Jain’s educated guesses as to where entrepreneurial thinking will take readers in 30 to 50 years, examples intended to demonstrate exciting possibilities rather than accurately predict the future. The author waxes poetic about intellectual curiosity, motivation, perception, and wisdom, but none more important than imagination—all elements embodied in the moonshot entrepreneur. Parts Two and Three of the book are shorter but no less enticing. Part Two concentrates specifically on health care and education, two areas in which Jain thinks moonshots are sorely needed. Here, his pertinent illustrations are creative, stimulating, and thought-provoking; for example, his idea to “make illness ‘optional’ ” is discussed in the context of Viome, a company he founded, which works in the microbiome space. Part Three is an exhortation for entrepreneurs to have “an openness to radical possibility” and to strive for moonshots, with some helpful advice for how to do so. “As long as you continue to learn,” advises the author, “you never really fail.” The “ten takeaways” offered at the end of Jain’s volume—written with Schroeter (Between the Strings, 2004, etc.)— encapsulate his thoughtful counsel. The prose conveys breathless, almost soaring optimism; the book exudes an infectious passion for the role of the disruptive entrepreneur in meeting the world’s challenges. There is so much genuine wisdom in this work that it is hard not to come away impressed with the breadth and depth of Jain’s insights. An exuberant, mind-expanding, and at times enthralling call for inventive entrepreneurs." — Kirkus Reviews

"Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance comes from a billionaire entrepreneur who focuses on the types of disruptive innovations that can not only change human life, but improve it in various ways. It chronicles an approach to not just accepting this change, but cultivating its presence in everyday life. 

The term 'moonshot' in Naveen Jain's lingo is designed to be a one-word summation of the "super-entrepreneur" approach to innovation, which can be applied beyond business pursuits to technological advancements and everyday life. 

Jain holds a specific idea of abundance that holds strong roots in lofty ideals ("This convergence—unprecedented in human history—will upend every notion we have about our civilization: how we live, where we live, how we work, how we get around, how we interact, even what we are. And all of these outcomes will be realized by the ushering in of a previously unknown kind of economy—an economy of abundance. An economy whose very basis lies in sharp contrast to everything that’s being peddled to and simply taken for granted by a naïve public."), pairing these visions with practical insights on how these approaches can be incorporated into everyday choices. 

From Flatland discussions to Dostoevsky, philosophy, and the roots of entrepreneurial thinking, Jain encourages the idea that bigger-picture thinking needn't come from a foundation of expertise alone: "I am not a rocket scientist, but that didn’t keep me from founding Moon Express. Or Viome, with no credentials or training whatsoever in physiology, genetics, or healthcare. My status as a nonexpert has actually been my greatest asset as an entrepreneur. This is why I have never started two companies in the same industry, ever...Every company I have started was not only in a different industry from the last, but an industry that was completely new to me. My belief is that once you become competent in a particular domain, you can only improve it incrementally—you can never disrupt it. Disruption happens when someone who has no idea about your industry begins to challenge the very foundations of everything that the experts have taken for granted." 

Thinking investors and entrepreneurs who want to move outside the box will find much encouragement in Jain's 'moonshot' approach, which supports the reason why the process is so accessible to non-technical readers: "Moonshots are possible only because audacious entrepreneurs are able to look at a problem from a perspective that the experts have never considered. Thinking in the abstract is something the industry expert can no longer do."

Much is involved in cultivating this approach. It should be cautioned that Moonshots is not a get-rich-quick scheme or blueprint for quick action, but a read to be digested slowly, savored over a period of time, and approached with the respect for complexity that it deserves. 

Would-be entrepreneurs, investors, and individuals vested in bigger-scale perceptions of life's possibilities will find Moonshots a detailed survey not just of Jain's processes and success, but the types of thinking on disruptive innovation that lead to success on many different levels. 

Moonshots should be in any collection strong in business, ideology, self-help, philosophy or technology. It's a highly recommended, decidedly hopeful probe of mankind's next possible stage of self-driven innovation and evolution." — Diane C. DonovanThe Midwest Book Review

From the Back Cover

This brilliant must-read book by Naveen Jain provides the key to unlocking the emerging new era of abundance, turning the page forever on the old and obsolete scarcity-driven mindset. Here is a powerful book that will give you the confidence to launch your own moonshot and solve any grand challenge you choose.

Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author, Philanthropist, Life and Business Strategist


Every entrepreneur should read this book!

Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Founder of the Virgin Group


Naveen Jain flips expectations by arguing that we should create more of what we need rather than consume less of what we have. Allow him to extend your frontiers of possibility and help you find your own moonshot.

Mehmet Oz, MD, Emmy Award Winning Host, The Doctor Oz Show


Abundance and wealth are clearly states of mind that translate into the ability to lead a rich life, but also improve the quality of life of others. In this wonderful book Naveen shows how living in possibility, embracing uncertainty, and pursuing your dreams with passion can lead to manifesting any vision you have. Read and be enlightened and successful.

Deepak Chopra, MD


In Moonshots, Naveen Jain shows you how to unlock the secret ingredients needed to take your own moonshot. He reinforces the vision of abundance and the fact that we are alive at the best time ever! Read this book and be prepared to take action.

Peter H. Diamandis, MD, Founder, XPRIZE & Singularity University, Author, NYTimes Bestsellers, Abundance and BOLD


Moonshots is a fun and inspiring must-read book for all who want to be prepared for a world approaching the singularity. With Naveen as your guide, you’ll learn that you, too, can play a vital role in creating a world of transcendence―an exhilarating world that keeps surpassing new heights.

Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, and Futurist


It only takes a few people―driven by belief and a strong internal compass―to materially change the landscape of the world. Moonshots shows you what it takes. Read this book to learn how to develop the mindset that can make anything happen.

Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Founder of Sun Microsystems


Moonshots is a force multiplier for the mind for anyone who dreams of creating a better future. Humanity does indeed have a bright future―but only if enough of us read this book! Moonshots not only shows us what that brighter future could look like, but how you can actually make it happen.

Tim Draper, Investor, Educator, and Author of “How to be the Startup Hero”


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Moonshots Press; First edition (October 23, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 099973640X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0999736401
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.71 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is One of the Most IMPORTANT Books You'll Ever Read
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Okay--I'm going to start by saying that this book makes me a bit angry.

And it's not for the reasons you may think: it's because this is SUCH an important book, and it's not being taught to the masses, and heralded in schools (well, of COURSE not, as they are as Jain puts it, 'too invested in the status quo' to have a book as innovative as this in their system).

This book is literally having a billionaire/genius/philanthropist in your ear, letting you know where the world is going, how to capitalize on that and how we can ALL make this a better place for humanity.

It tells you what the future looks like. It's like the Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck will be...yet the rest of mankind is happy going through life in a trance, content with incremental changes...without knowing about the tsunami of massive change that is already happening all around us.

As impressive as this book is in telling us what will happen and how life will change, the most important aspect of the book is that the reader gets a glimpse into HOW the mind of Naveen Jain works. He is, without a doubt, the most optimistic, positive, possibility-oriented person I've ever experienced--

And this book is like a roadmap to that mind.

It lets us know not what to think, but the possibilities of HOW to think.

It's amazing, it's groundbreaking, and as dense as society is right now, I don't think the brilliance of this book will be discovered until many years later. It's almost too much to handle, as the folks in mainstream media, more concerned with who is marrying who, and what somebody said about someone else can't get their collective minds around such important ideas.

Thank you, Naveen for writing such an important book.

P.S. The picture is an example of how I've marked up and highlighted this book. It's amazing. It's the textbook to the future.

P.P.S. I got the Audible and hardback versions, so I can listen, then go back and take notes. It's that impactful.
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This book can open your mind for unimaginable opportunities.

You don't have to go where the buck is, you have to go where the buck is going to be.
This book shows how can someone accomplish such a radical journey.

This book is for all those who want to create massive change in this world while creating great wealth with abundance mindset!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Me pareció un libro muy enriquecedor , me deja una nueva forma de pensar , creemos que el crecimiento es poco a poco cuando no tiene porqué ser así solamente puede ser exponencial simplemente hay que hacerse preguntas grandes que nos lleven muy lejos
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