This Week I Learned: Work the problem step by step [2022–08–12]

Peter Brownlow
Aug 12, 2022
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

I’m inspired by the way the creators in this podcast story worked at a seemingly insurmountable problem step by step until it became doable.

  • Want to transport cargo but avoid burning fuel → powered by sail.
  • Sail is more expensive to operate → transport only high value goods, add sustainability angle to marketing.
  • Principles say to consume locally where possible → transport goods that can’t be sourced locally.
  • No producers & consumers to “just” integrate with → create them.
  • Not enough money for big ship → create business to earn money.

Result: transporting coffee & chocolate from the tropics to Europe by sail-powered cargo boats in a vertically-integrated company. Making money sustainably, by design.



Peter Brownlow

Software builder, people manager, topical deep-dive enthusiast