Like most things that get pop-ified, the details are glossed over and essential elements of the original work are lost. Ideas are worthless without execution; relying on the pop version of an idea will handicap any attempt at its execution. The talk is partly an exposition, distillation, and application of Boyd’s original ideas (particularly as described in Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War) – and partly an exhortation to get as close as possible to original sources, because the lessons there are rich.
Aneel drinks a lot of coffee. He’s been doing technology full time since highschool—from startups, to consulting, to teaching, to big tech companies, to analyst-ing, and back to startups. He currently does marketing at newly launched startup SignalFx and was recently a Research Director at Gartner covering cloud operations.