Maverick work is lonely and DARPA provides peers and community

Presenting to peers regularly encourages you to get shit together as a general rule, but when you’re working on weird things it is harder to find those peers. DARPA helps solve this problem because A large part of a DARPA program manager’s job is focused network building.

Since it is harder to find peers when you’re working on something weird, you might decide that it is just not worth the effort. In that case you may move more slowly than if you did have peers (Connections create new knowledge.)

Adam Wiggins pointed out that a big value add of early batches at Y Combinator was the feeling of community around doing something weird.

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