…g to make an accelerator work around their lives and commitments — rather than the other way round. An impressive 25% of all the startups who’ve applied to Ignite 2.0 have female team members and, more impressively, a huge 75% of the teams we’ve now invested have female founders or team members. There is still work to do, but we feel Ignite 2.0 is going in the right direction.
Technology has the potential to enhance our social and personal lives by keeping us connected. But notifications show that technology also has the power to impair our lives by supplanting real connections with ones that have been commercially brokered, mediated, and processed.
If yesterday’s problem was work/life balance, then this story is about tech/life balance. The use of notifications as a dark pattern is important because it raises questions about how we regulate and control our personal use of smart technology in a world not only where it is pervasive, but also where those running key services have no qualms about bombarding us with information.
…ra commentary like “oh startup rockstar, and you must be killing it, etc…” and my answer was always “no, it’s fucking unbelievable hard, and anxious, and trying, and most of the time shit is more fucked up than you could ever imagine”. You live with that veil and it always made it worse when people wanted to interact with you but position it as only successful sounding answers would work.
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