SUSTAIN WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
A weekly sustainable tech newsletter from a standing desk. – Dec 28, 2015
We’re finishing a very eventful year and are heading into a new one with a lot of possibilities and opportunities. I take this opportunity to highlight few things from 2015 and what I expect in 2016.
My pick for the top 5 areas from 2015 for a sustainable future.
• 3D Printing: Body parts, auto parts, complicated metals. everything is getting 3D printed. More customization. More objects are now quick to market and applications. More power to printing.
• Farming and Agtech: The agriculture revolution is a big data problem that is being solved with the application of tech – farm drones, sensors etc. Interconnected machines, connected farms, farming automation, precision drones, and resource-saving sensors provide the ecosystem a technology boost like never before
• Synthetic Replacements: Artificial spider silk, In vitro meat, are some of the replacements that have increased traction over traditional meat/livestock based products. The next five years is game changing for this industry.
• Robotics: Industrial automation improves more productivity. Energy use reduction, energy savings. Lesses waste production. Japan continues to be the forerunner in 2016.
• Autonomous Vehicles: The force is with this one. Alvin Toffler’s ‘future shock’ is applicable. Will shock both western and asian societies. There are brilliant commercial applications beyond what is popular. Imagine the glass in a self driving car. Corning is a silent winner. Electric cars are both the evolutionary and tangential to autonomous driving.
2016 – What’s in store – Some predictions!
• Space: People are thinking – ‘Really?, people can move to Mars?” How much? is it discounted round trip rate? Meanwhile, SpaceX is doing trips for NASA. Guys at Google are thinking – Should we also do rockets at Alphabet?
• Industry: Telco battle on data; Defense budgets increase for US, China, India, Russia; More energy supply and demand.
• Food: Artificial meat is a topic. More health food awareness. VCs are allergic to food delivery.
• Health: Health tech gaining popularity. Drug discovery Improvements. Better medical imaging.
• Automotive: Electric, Autonomous. Tesla, Google, Tesla, NextEV, Tesla, Apple, Tesla…
• Education: Pre-K12 students are studying the same thing. Teacher-Parent-Student app interfaces are happening. Graduates are thinking jobs. Loans are mounting.
• Business: Some giants buy, Some unicorns die, Some VCs dry, Some founders cry.
• Marketplaces: are getting corrected. Some of them IPO. A lot of talk on how unsustainable it is to lease customers through offers. Brick and Mortar is becoming Brick and Mortar online.
2016 – What people are thinking – Some predictions!
• College students: are thinking ‘Should I startup? Few are thinking ‘what do customers want?’
• PHDs: are thinking ‘Is anyone someone reading my publication?’ Should I teach?’
• Doctors: are thinking ‘What is a health tech startup? Is that a career progression?
• Parents: are thinking ‘Is my kid smart?’ Very few are thinking ‘Is my kid happy?’
• Marketers: are thinking “Why aren’t users buying?’ Few are thinking ‘Are these sought after?’
• Consumers: are thinking “When I will get all three of ‘Cheap, Fast, Good’?”
• Hipsters: are thinking ‘why are so many in beards?’ Few are thinking ‘Am I not a nonconformist?’
Cards and Companies – A comparison.
If Poker –> Business, Then Players –> Competitors | Tournament –> Industry | Table –> Market | Chair –> Customer base | Bank Roll –> Capital | Stack –> Teams | Chips –> Effort | Ante –> Investments | Hole Cards –> Technology | Flop –> GTM | Turn –> Differentiation | River –> Sales
• You win some hands and lose some hands and shouldn’t play a lot of hands.
• You play more number of winning hands than losing hands to be successful
• Muck bad hands quickly, esp. when you’re chasing, unless you have strong odds.
• Winnings should back into the stack. If you’re a solid player, you keep playing.
• Always try and win the tournament. Chip and a chair and you’re still in the game.
If you get the hang of this, it’s time to shuffle up and deal. Pick a card. any card. Hold’em. Play’em.
Arcluster had a very interesting year. We learnt a lot about the market by listening to it. We built a few products and processes and are ready for a fresh year where we implement our work for clients. Like us on Facebook.
2015 is almost over. Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter. I hope it is at least a bit interesting. Monday’s are exciting for me because of this. Also, I love feedback. Please tell me your suggestions, likes and dislikes and how this can be improved for you.