Don’t Stack Moonshots

Richard W. DeVaul
2 min readApr 2, 2021

When doing innovation, don’t stack moonshots. It’s hard enough to get a single-stage rocket off the ground.

SpaceX Jason 3, CC license, SpaceX Photos

Time and again, I’ve worked with brilliant people who have lots of great, innovative ideas. Great ideas that are synergistic, that could work beautifully together. And they want to stack them all in one project, like the stages of a rocket. This is bad.

Richard W. DeVaul

Founder, mad scientist, moonshot launcher. Writes on innovation, entrepreneurship, and social/queer issues. ex-CTO of Google X. @rdevaul on twitter