More SpaceX, less Snapchat

March 31 2017

Less than a month ago, Snapchat went public. An app that (at its core) lets you share photos with your friends on the internet? There's dozens of those that don't suck (and hundreds more that do).

Long story short: Startups, stop trying to solve the trivial. Solve the important.

Stop trying to make music streaming better. Solve hunger in a 3rd world country through improvements in hydroponics.

Stop trying to make owning a car a thing of the past. Focus on cutting school dropout rates in the inner city.

Stop trying to do laundry for people. Focus on improving the political system of your respective country through freedom of speech and thought.

Stop trying to build a better mousetrap. There are millions of people who don't even have one.

Stop trying to build drones for rich people to fly around. Focus on building drones that can fly themselves for search and rescue.

Stop trying to serve up a better ad faster. Focus on how to cure some form of cancer.

Stop solving every problem, and focus on ones that are hard, impact peoples lives positively, and make the world a better place.

If you're interested in continuing the discussion, please email me at [email protected] I can't promise I'll reply to all of you, but I will definitely read every single message.

James
The Midwest
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