1. You are intellectually curious.
You have diverse interests; you may have a tendency to fall down rabbit holes, explore niche topics or become obsessive about ideas. You probably have nuanced opinions about what the future looks like, or how it should look, and you have an inkling of the kind of ideas, technologies or types of people who will make it happen.
2. You are a discerning judge of others.
You are able to identify the overlooked and look beyond the overrated. You do not unquestioningly follow consensus or defer to authority or common wisdom; you have your own opinions about what great looks like and are constantly updating, and upgrading, your beliefs.
3. You understand and appreciate technology’s potential for impact.
You don’t need to have technical skills (although they can be immensely helpful) but you do need to believe in technology’s capability to drive change and value creation. In addition, you are not afraid to ask questions and do deep research to build your understanding of the technologies that you believe are, and will be, important.
4. You are driven.
You have an innate desire to do great work, create value and seek out knowledge, and have ideas about how you will go about it. You are not seeking a framework for success.
5. You are a network builder.
You are drawn towards smart people who are doing interesting things and they are drawn to you. You back yourself to be able to meet and gain the trust of people with interesting intellectual outputs, those who have built niche, engaged communities around their passions and groups of people pushing the frontiers of what is possible.