This is the golden age of entrepreneurship, and I think humanity is fortunate that so many bright people have decided to solve some really hard problems of our times. Even when we know that history – and statistics – are not on their side and that more than 90% of the will eventually fail, their efforts need to be saluted, for they are giving up a cushy comfortable job and the opportunity to be with their friends and family or generally pursue their hobbies and interest, and instead have chosen to purse the hard path of experimentation, failures, more failures, frustration, many more frustrations….and hopefully some light at the end of the day!
However, a good number of us are getting it totally wrong.
No, we don’t 59th app to order groceries at home.
No, we don’t need 134th app to buy diapers from the net.
And we most certainly don’t need yet another mobile wallet, yet another taxi booking app, yet another bookshop app, yet another food-ordering app, yet another househunt app, yet another app to sell undies on the net, yet another…..
What we do need is something a bit more simple. For example:
- Help millions of educated unemployed create opportunities to develop our nation
- Find a way to save millions of tons of food that rots in our godowns
- Prevent farmers from committing suicide
- Find a way to raise people’s standard of living by creating opportunities for them
- Send every child to school
- Let no child die of preventable diseases
- Let there be running water in every household
- Let there be a computer in every home
- Decongest the cities and redistribute the economic activities back to villages and small towns
- Clean up nature, air, water and land
- Make better roads
- Reduce crimes
- Improve governance
- Remove (or at least reduce) corruption
- Reduce lead time (and preventable delays) in public projects
- Help people become better people
- Clean up our nation
- Make neighborhoods safe
- Speed up justice
I know there are a few of us who are working on some of these hard problems, away from the limelight, painstakingly changing the world…literally in inhuman conditions. They need to be applauded and supported. More talent needs to go there rather than using their advanced computer science degree and machine learning knowledge to find a way to make more users view online ads and click on the lead-generation links. More funding needs to be made available to solving these important problems that serve the humanity at large.
Selling diapers online is sexy. Saving a child from preventable death isn’t.
No, not another diaper-selling app please!