My big question for 2021, and one that is on the mind of every startup, is how will a pandemic-like event appear in the subsequent innovation of the global pandemic? I think we are in the early innings to see what changes Aha Moments has made to companies. And we will not know the true impact of the epidemic on our hymnal until the dust settles and we have the opportunity to reflect.
We know it will be fascinating to watch. In 2020, innovators and investors were forced to stand still, and cracks, fractures, and debris in society like never before. It was a humble year spent for the tech community, mostly inside, away and alone.
One response I’ve seen so far – not necessarily new but comes with new weight – is a multitude of innovation that focuses on reducing friction. Take the unbearable trend of public building uplift or venture capital. Shift of remote work from enabling communication to enabling passive or active collaboration. Apply the same idea to mental health, education and fitness. Heck, we’re even seeing people take the format of Y Combinator and apply it to anything that makes sense, from helping operators turn into investors to employees in their full-time company Helps try to change sides.
Although these movements did not begin due to the coronovirus, they all appear to have a huge, epidemic-shaped wire next to it.
It would be easy to dismiss these movements as petty and inconsistent. But, as my co-worker and fellow Equity co-host Danny Crickton reported this week, “Sometimes the most significant changes in enterprises and startups are usually the ones that come from the last bit of friction for action.”
Reducing friction seems like the mantra that we all need to enter in 2021.
I already hope that the innovation will come from a more diverse set of people, whether it is a hacker in-house for undergraduate women or a student-founded service that matches non-profits to graduate students. Therefore, as we enter the new year – and bear with me here – I urge you to be optimistic.
The past year at Tech has not left people tired and hopeless, it has left them active and ready.
Will there be an attraction for Qualtics for the second time?
When SAP Announced Qualtrics Coming out in July, the full-cycle moment with Equate Podcast Crew Jump made our mics guess why. Now, months later, there is a new S-1 filing, and more in color. Alex wilhelm The number of Utah-based unicorns crunched, noting that this is the second time Qualtics has filed.
Will it be the second time that the Qualtrix really needs to go public this time? Once you call through Alex’s analysis of valuation and financials, I’ll call you.
Miami, Substack and Clubhouse
If those three words in the same subredd get a definite response from you, Danny Crickton You have a bone to pick. He wrote something new this week about Tech’s cynicism, outlining how MiamiFuture as tech hub SubstackFuture as a replacement for traditional journalism Club houseThe future as a social media disruption has come under fire expectation.
The cynicism of instant perfection is one of the odd dynamics of startups in 2020. It is hoped that a startup, with one or a few founders and a couple of employees, is going to somehow manufacture a perfect product, which reduces any day. Before the potential problem becomes one. Maybe these startups are becoming popular very quickly right now, and people who understand early products are being alienated by a wider crowd who don’t understand the development of products?
Danny’s argument is to give these companies a little more grace to execute a vision they themselves are not even close to scratching the surface of. When it comes to keeping specific decision makers and businesses to a certain standard, I prefer a more fluid conversation. But I agree that writing a business because it has not done everything correctly from the beginning can hurt progress. It is easy to be angry, but why not be optimistic? Tell me your optimistic bets by replying to this newspaper or tweeting me @nmasc_.
And some good news
Speaking of humble moments and optimism, our own Sara Perez Wrote a piece about this week early bird, An app that facilitates gift investing to families and friends to children. While Acorn and Stash have similar offerings, Earlybird is bringing a new UX play to financial literacy, independence and education. There is a ton of work left to do, with obstacles to deal with and huge unicorns to compete with. Earlybirds, however, are only weeks old so there is plenty to see.
VP Caleb Frankel, Now Earlybird COO, explained the initial motivation:
“It all started with a problem I experienced years ago when my beautiful niece was born. I found myself head over heels and spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on the most ridiculous stuff – pretty much just junk gifts, “he says.” I wanted to make a big impact in his life and something he grew up with. Could really use to be. “
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Equity Pod put together a 2021 Predictions episode (Chris Gates, along with our producer, making a guest appearance on Mike!). We talk about IPO candidates, San Francisco and the future of drugs.
2020 made several million downloads to the podcast, and we are super grateful to everyone for tuning in. This year is even bigger, better, and, hey, maybe we’ll even get to joke around in each person.
Until next week,