This thing on? Oh hi. My first blog post, here it goes!
Wanna know what's cooler than a billion dollars? Yesterday Seth Godin posted on social enterprises. Seth is right. We've entered this gilded startup age in which silicon valley is flooded with capital and coders. No longer do titans of industry sit in dark secret rooms smoking cigars, sipping brandy on tufted leather couches determining the future of our country. Power sits with the 20- and 30-somethings who are building shit. Scary.
Yes, friends and blog readers (thanks by the way, wow you've read this far!), we're in an era of Founder Kings. And with that comes an obligation, scratch that, an opportunity. There are big juicy problems in the world. Beyond solving the sneaky problem of getting food delivered right up to your apartment door, up all 12 floors on the elevator, past the doorman. (Not knocking food delivery. Seamless, you complete me. One night I had this really bad dessert hankering, and I got pudding delivered! Recommend the black sesame btw.)
Food delivery, picture sharing, communicating digitally, workplace productivity. SOLVED. Congrats world, we've done it. Now, it's time to move on to the big juicy meaty stuff like poverty, global hunger, broken healthcare, antiquated education. Less about improving people's "moments" and more about improving experiences and improving lives.
Shameless plug: at Wellthy, we're early early stage (alpha pre-seed pre-launch pre-pre) setting out to improve the healthcare experience for people dealing with chronic conditions and eldercare. And yes it's hard stuff and serious. But wow is it gratifying; nothing better than tear-jerker thank you emails.
So yeah being rich and selling your company is awesome. Shout out to the decacorns! But, what's really cool is helping people in a profound way. Way better than any VC check or IPO. And far longer lasting, I promise.
Seth's right, in today's world every entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur. My cofounder and I call them "Startups That Give a Damn."