"While war is always the easiest solution to anybody’s funding problem, you don’t want war to be the modern day driver of space….So going forward, the economic argument is a strong one, but it’s not a simple ‘A goes to B.’ It’s not ‘We need more innovation, so let’s fund innovation companies.’"
Neil deGrasse Tyson, on the rationale for supporting NASA
Funnily enough, I hear the last line of this quote a lot in relation to encouraging startups. There might be some lessons here for the entrepreneurial community. For more on this topic, check out this Q&A I did with Eugene Fitzgerald of MIT on innovation, back in December 2010.
(Source: The Atlantic)