The technology that brings us closer together is the technology that I appreciate the most, even though I spend most of my time using technology that is natively individualistic and self-contained.
For example, when was the last time you used Photoshop with someone else? Exactly, it’s a very private and individual application. It’s important and very powerful but not at all collaborative.
Now, there are a number of applications that are taking more of a community and collaboration approach but very few of them are that good or they attempt to extend their usefulness in ways that do not necessarily make them more useful.
And, on the other hand, the pieces of technology that bring us together, like Apple’s Facetime, does just that – video communication and nothing else.
Do you see the gap that exists? There’s still plenty of room to create technology that brings us together for more than just replacing physical presence and that provides explicit and tangible value. This is more than just technology that connects – it’s technology that collaborates.
I want to spend my life investing in and helping to build technology that connects and provides incredible value. Most people are content with either/or – I am not.
I love the applications that we get to use and the technology that does incredible things for us, through us, and with us.
But it’s not enough to just sit there and be satisfied; there are tons of available opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs, starters, and passionate technologists to do something different, to change the world as we know it.
In the meantime I will continue to appreciate, love, and use the technology that I need to use to get stuff done; but I’ll be peaceably unsatisfied.
And I’ll Facetime with my two daughters.