When the oil tycoon John Paul Getty was asked about his rules for success, he reportedly said, “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.”
It’s a funny line, but it seems positively quaint now. It’s hard to imagine young entrepreneurs these days hoping to find their fortune in resource extraction. The days of wildcat wells have been replaced by an industry of geologists and geopolitics.
Every age has its great opportunity. At the turn of the century, automobiles attracted a flurry of startups. The consumer culture drove the post-war period and, more recently, finance was hot. The killer technology of our time is undeniably big data and building a data science capability is crucial for every enterprise.