The Short Stack 🥞 Vol #4

First emailed to newsletter subscribers on January 14, 2017

Good morning all ✌️

Good morning peeps!

Just when you thought we couldn’t further overshare…

We’re making a f’n movie! (Ok, not a movie. A YouTube series.) Anthony’s been documenting his journey building Jakt, and now the whole team is jumping into a more in-depth video series. We haven’t figured out what to call it yet. Ideas? Check episode #1 here.

Yes, it’s uncomfortable seeing ourselves on camera 🙊 . But it’s also hilarious and fun. We’re growing by watching ourselves rise and fall. By giving you the real deal, we’re hoping to help other ambitious entrepreneurs avoid pitfalls and maintain mental stability.

𝟏❤️ ,
Mike

Thoughts 🗯

☝️ These are things we’ve been thinking about this w

1. Mobility, mobility, mobility.

Contributed by Stephanie Golik

We’re sometimes forced to transport via car in Manhattan. And when we do, it feels like everyone in NYC is going to the same place at the same time! A surprisingly large contributor to congestion is not people moving from point A to B, but people who’ve already arrived at B and just can’t find a place to park. In fact, circling around cities attributes ~30% to traffic congestion and the average time spent looking for a spot is 8.1 minutes. Enter startups like Flow, using data and tackling city congestion head-on. Imagine cars that park themselves or drive others around instead sitting idle. Could the need for parking be eliminated altogether? Will we own cars in the future or will a group of our friends all lease one? Autonomous vehicles could provide numerous efficiencies around transport. But what’s really interesting to us is the data and communications layer — tools that can empower cities to better understand mobility, create travel efficiencies in real-time and ultimately impact long-term infrastructure decisions.

2. Is voice the next interface?

Contributed by Anthony Tumbiolo

For the first time in a decade, interfaces other than mobile are leaving geek land (cough, Google Glass) and becoming more mainstream (cool, Snapchat Spectacles). Wearable AR and VR interfaces are slowly gaining ground through entertainment and gaming while touch and gesture interfaces are seeing some traction in retail and smart home applications. Near-term, we think voice as an interface shows the most promise. Specifically, Amazon’s AI assistant “Alexa” and its operating system for the home. It’s quicker than pulling out the iPhone (Siri) and handles a surprising number of real world tasks our phones used to — news, time, transportation (Uber), music (Spotify), shopping, weather, alarm clock, lights and more. Third, it’s open! Developers can build Alexa “skills” (apps) with less constraint than Siri and the OS can run on non-Amazon hardware. What excites us most at Jakt is the potential shift in the way we design solutions. The best UX will no longer be constrained by squeezing a limited number of features onto a mobile screen.

3. Debug Politics.

Today we’re attending an event in NYC called Debug Politics. It’s a “hackathon for anyone dissatisfied with the 2016 election cycle” and we’re excited to take part. The goal isn’t in solving all political problems in a day, but rather getting talented thinkers and builders together to have real conversations and start building on real ideas. Check out the link above and if you’re in NYC, send us a note and drop by!

Reads 👓

1. On the Vlog: 2017 Journey

by Anthony Tumbiolo, our COO

2. On the blog: Scaling A Service Business Is Hard

by Anthony Tumbiolo, our CEO

3. On the blog: Jakt’s 2017 Plan

by Anthony Tumbiolo and Michael Saloio


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