“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
Today I want to address my thoughts on technology and disruption.
Historically, technology has driven disruption. From the radio to the television to the Internet to wearables and VR, no industry has better ability to transform the world. With conflict winning the battle over peace, political polarization defeating moderation, and sensationalism Trumping [pun intended] rational thought, technology charts its own path undeterred.
When I see technologic disruption I see innovation and change on a level that no government or other private industry can provide. Uber was able to upend the transportation industry in months. Facebook continues to connect the world and aims to provide Internet access globally through its Internet.org platform. Oculus and a slew of other VR companies are pushing the boundaries of our dimensions to form a new understanding of “reality.”
This disruption, however, can be both financially profitable and socially impactful. Apple revolutionized medical research with its ResearchKit API to help gather data on medical conditions. Omaze has created a way to raise millions for charities through offering the chance at winning a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The proliferation of cell phones across the rural world has promoted more efficient markets and awareness of pressing social issues.
Each of these ideas takes a different business approach; however, each is brought together in its quest for disruption. There is this unbelievable idea in the technology industry that it is “OK” to fail often, and fail quickly, in the search for an idea that clicks. People are driven to question the status quo, invent, create etc. to no singular end. When the goal is to forever innovate and disrupt, the possibilities are limitless.
I am thrilled by the prospect of engaging in this constantly-evolving industry and trying to create my own sizable impact within it.