As we pull ourselves out of the ditch that was 2020, there are a few major themes of the future I'm particularly excited about. I'm sharing them as a way to connect more dots, meet more founders, and solicit input to further develop these ideas.
No surprise, some of the companies I mention within these trends I know personally, but I have challenged myself to share ideas still on the cusp of breakout rather than the obvious trends and winners. Here they are.
1. The notion of “decentralized” is spreading to unexpected places.
Yes, Bitcoin and blockchain-powered solutions are all the rage these days, and one side-effect is ideas for how other aspects of work and life can be decentralized. For example, Ben Rubin's /Talk is developing ways to decentralize how teams work (it turns out the very notion of “meetings” may be an archaic and wasteful vestige of centralized workplaces).
The team at Braintrust is using both the principles and technology of blockchain to build a user-controlled talent network.