Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break
Jennifer, Mara, Astrid & Aniyia
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This is so well stated, and captures many ideas that need to quickly enter the mainstream of startup conversations. I’ve lived between startups and corporates for a while and have seen the problem from a unique angle. In some of the most famous cases, “unicorns” used to “disrupt” by bringing transparency to information asymmetry facing customers, of which big corporates took advantage to generate profit. Now, however, skewed incentives have pushed many founders not to open markets, but rather to use their innovations in data breadth or analysis to create new information asymmetries and “black boxes” — examples are easy to find in places like fintech and martech. It’s bad for business, and as you point out, especially bad for our economy, inequality, society…Glad that people like you are shining a light on this and taking it on. Hope I can help in some way!

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