…t not to run this past too many people, since it will send you in a different direction every time. The main thing I learned is that your product is whatever you say it is — for example. Is Uber a taxi company or is it the future of transportation?
Get-rich-quick schemes are as American as Mom and apple pie, but I don’t know they’ve ever been as weaponized as they are now. The field of self-help is also frequently used as a Trojan horse for charlatans — and, as with many other industries, the internet has all but eliminated the barriers to entry. Anyone can claim to be a “life coach” or an “influencer” or whatever the next hot-button, self-bestowed title will be. They’re everywhere, firing on all cylinders, using Facebook and Instagram ads to target anyone who sets foot (inadvertently or otherwise) near their online ecosystem. Everything is turned up to 11, including the familiar bootstrap narrative.
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has launched an initiative called Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment (WEE), which is supported by the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology.
I’m hoping transportation will make the same progress computing has. Our housing issues will be solved if taking a cab from the suburbs cost less than a train ticket. International relations will improve if people could afford international travel. Sharing self-driving cars would free up space currently used for parking structures. The environment would benefit from less fossil fuel consumption. And then there are all the things that I can barely even imagine, like getting medical aid to isolated areas.