Change is required for progress. Yet most change is evolutionary or subtle improvements over long periods due to time, place, and importance. With so much to do, we need to make change happen.
We are on a path to technology assisting us in every aspect of our lives. It is inevitable. We have reached a point where the technology in our pockets is 10-20 years ahead of the technology around us. Our chairs, trains, roads, walls, bags, beds, and shoes have barely changed in 50 years yet we have access to the world's information in our pocket. Our goal now is obvious: Over the next 50 years we will be applying software to every aspect of our lives. It is the purpose of technology.
Q: So what is the problem?
A: We are entrenched in old technology.
Things are *very* different now. The costs of machines, apps, testing, deployment, materials, and backend infrastructure have significantly dropped in the last 5 yrs. Since 2010, I built and ran two profitable startups as a solo founder from my apartment. These were services built for mobile all running on reliable, encrypted databases (Amazon & personal tower) with various cloud services and analytics. All new technologies. All free to start.
Q: How is this possible?
A: With todays technology, we can provide *better services* at *lower costs*.
Software is our first indication of abundance. Processing power is getting better at a faster rate than ever before. And the time to upgrade is now. Primarily because customers are ready. Young people today *expect* this efficiency and are looking/hunting/begging for solutions.
Education is a big problem at the moment. A degree acts an an insurance policy, not a certificate of skill. Families are going deep into debt in an effort to secure an ever-changing future. We know creativity and problem solving are the most valuable attributes one can have because they *create value*. We need a business that uses current technologies to provide merit and guidance to interested students by helping them build many, MANY valuable things and gain knowledge, experience, and credit along the way.
Food is an even bigger problem. We all know that raising animals in order to eventually eat them is an incredibly inefficient (and crazy) system. With the current growth rate, we do not stand a chance of providing ample food at affordable prices for the global population. We need a business with a transparent system to master the logistics of farm (and lab) to table. Eliminating the 50% of food that goes to waste each year and distributing the essential and healthy foods we all need at scale.
Q: So how can we make change happen?
A: Think about it in the long term & short term:
1. Over the short term: We use current technologies to provide far better solutions than currently available. Not slight improvements. Our solutions need to be such an leap of improvement (in price, convenience, time) that if we were to stop our business, our customers would fight for us to stay in operation.
2. Over the long term: Businesses are inevitable. So we need to work on things that are inevitable. Businesses exist because they capture a moment of modern desires and provide value. Our job is to envision the inevitable future of said desire, capture the modern zeitgeist, and move the needle.
We are currently faced with incredibly daunting problems of debt, climate, food, education, and energy. But with new technologies, we have the rare opportunity to apply *better services* at *lower costs* in every aspect of our lives. And frankly, we must. It is time to upgrade and make change happen.