Startup cynicism and Substack, or Clubhouse, or Miami, or … – TechCrunch

If you make it, they will come, but they are sure to keep complaining about hell until they do everything.

Millions of bets were placed in the tech industry last year. Some of those bets included real venture capital dollars. Others included personal decisions on where to live: Do you bet on the future of San Francisco or do you want to participate in the development of some startup hub? Are you going to launch this new feature in your product or will you improve any of your existing ones? Do you switch jobs or stop and double down?

Yet, for all those bets, just three think that this year we have closed the industry and achieved a mass and frenzied frenzy: a wager on the future of media, a wager on the future of (audio) media, and one Bet on the future of one of America’s greatest cities.

Substack, The Clubhouse and Miami are taking compelling bets as a major tech hub. They are Soon The stakes, in the sense that much work remains to be done to truly realize each of their dreams. All three are bets of optimism: Subtec believes it can rebuild journalism. The clubhouse believes that it can revive radio with the right interactivity and create a unique social platform. And Miami is a prerequisite that you can take a top global city without a big startup ecosystem and amass the talent needed to compete with San Francisco, New York and Boston.

Nevertheless, that optimism is not technically endorsed by commentaries, who see threats, failures and obstacles at every angle.

I wish I could say that this is the constant swirl and bad news of an industry enlightening epidemic and chaos in the flux that is hitting us this year. However, in the last few years Coronism has become much deeper and more thrilled than ever to be a trending topic, with even more startups funding (and better valuing!) Than ever before, even More startups are also coming out than ever before. And those exits are collectively bigger than ever before as we saw earlier this month.

Insecurity is the fabric that runs most of these black analyzes. This is especially prominent with Substack, which sits on insecurity in technology and insecurity in the media. Tech people criticize basically “it’s just an email service!” Its simplicity is under threat, as it seems that anyone can actually be made a subtack at any time in the last decade.

In fact, they could. Is the substance easy In its core product conception, which is a DNA to share with many other successful consumer startups. this is (Or maybe better to say now,) Just email. It is Striped + a CMS editor + an email delivery service. A capable version can be written in a day by most competent engineers. And yet. No more built-in substacks, and this is where insecurity in the startup world begins.

From the media’s point of view, it has certainly been brutal over the years in the newsroom and publishing, so understandably, the level of cynicism in the press is already high (and not exactly an optimistic type for starting journalists Huh). Nevertheless, most of the criticism here is basically “nothing, which has completely stopped the bloodshed of my industry in a few years?”

Maybe they will, but will give people time to build some god. The fact that a young startup is also considered The ability It is fine to completely rebuild an industry that makes Substack (and other adjacent startups in its place) such a compelling bet. Substack, today, Cannot re-employ tens of thousands of laid-off journalists, or fix inequality in news coverage or industry demographics or end the plight of “fake news”. But what will happen after almost a decade from now if they continue on this trajectory and remain focused on construction?

The cynicism of instant perfection is one of the odd dynamics of startups in 2020. It is hoped that a startup, with one or a few founders and a couple of employees, is going to build a perfect product any day, which reduces anyone. Before the potential problem becomes one. Maybe these startups are gaining popularity very quickly right now, and people who understand early products are being alienated by a wider crowd who don’t understand the development of products?

This pattern is evident in the case of the club house, the aspects of the play that we have mostly managed to avoid at TechCrunch. It is a new social platform, with new social mobility. In the next few years no one can understand what it is going to become. Not Paul Davison (which may be where he dreams of where he wants to take it), not club house investors, and certainly not its users. Last week, the clubhouse held a live Lion King concert with thousands of participants. Who was on their bingo board?

Problems with Substack and Clubhouse? sure. But as early companies, they have an obligation to explore the building they are building, discover key features that force users to these platforms, and eventually find their development formula. There will be problems – leading trust and security between them, especially given the nature of user-contributed content. However, no startup has been established, but it has not highlighted problems during the journey. The important question we should ask is whether these companies have the leadership to fix these as they continue to build. My understanding – and imaginary condition – is yes.

Talking about leadership, which leads us to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, whose single tweet has helped spark the most absurd kerfuffle of San Francisco lovers and vitriolic pessimists around the world.

Keith Rabois And some other patriarchs and founders are traveling from San Francisco to Miami, trying to create something new and better by connecting with local industry that previously existed. It is a condition in place – an optimistic one – that can transfer the power of startups and techs outside of its central hub.

What’s strange is that the craze around Miami here seems much less changed than it was a decade ago. While San Francisco and by far New York and Boston remain clear hubs of tech startups in the US, cities such as Salt Lake, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Philadelphia, and more have started scoring some serious points. Is this Actually So hard to believe that the 5.5 million metro area and Miami, one of the largest regional economies in the United States, can actually even succeed? It may be that some key patriarchs are needed to catalyze the revolution.

Nothing made by cynic. “you can not do it!” Never built a company, except perhaps triggering a founder to start something in rebellion over the fusillade of negativity.

However it takes time to make. It takes time to take an initial product and develop it. It takes time to build a startup ecosystem and make it somewhat self-sufficient. Perhaps most importantly, it takes extraordinary effort and hard work, and not only from the eccentric individuals but the entire team and community of people to succeed. The future is scandalous – and bets pay off. So we all need to stop asking what the problem is and point out the faults, and perhaps ask what future are we headed towards? I bet I’m ready to return?