Generally when I write, I like to take an objective stance rather than impose my opinion; except of course when I don’t. Due to the nature of this particular piece, however, I think I need to make abundantly clear: I think Peeple is a horrifically awful idea, not because it could not theoretically be used for good, but because so certain is the likelihood it will be incessantly abused. Put another way: the odds of the team behind Peeple successfully implementing this mind-numbing concept — quite literally, a Yelp or TripAdvisor for people you know — without imploding in disastrous, dramatic fashion, are approximately 3,720 to one.
Thing is though, it might just work. Just maybe. If it can survive the social backlash. And the inevitable defamation lawsuits. And more social backlash. And if the team can indeed implement the necessary safeguards, failsafes, anti-abuse mechanisms, and ensure that it is indeed used for a positive purpose, and if they can finally teach pigs to fly, then maybe, just maybe, it could work.
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Somebody has to come out and say it, so here goes: Silicon Valley is the new Hollywood. No, there hasn’t been a sudden explosion of film studios popping up throughout the City by the Bay, notorious for its film-unfriendly regulations and costs, but there has been a massive immigration of starving actors. Except that instead of a résumé full of TV advertisement and film extra credits, complete with a stylish black and white headshot, jawlines taught, eyes intent, the actors flooding San Francisco and the rest of Silicon Valley have LinkedIn profiles overflowing with internships and fantastical academic credentials — or sometimes, nothing at all, aside from their current startup — and a profile photo that often appears merely as little more than an afterthought. And while the wannabe actors flooding Hollywood and Silicon Valley may have vastly different résumés and career goals, they each have the same respective drives, and face the same astronomically daunting career challenges, with failure all but guaranteed in these unquestionably opposite, yet similarly risky endeavors.
In this three-part series, I’ll begin with the current state of affairs; followed by some tips and tricks on what not to do as a first-time entrepreneur; and conclude with what you should do to help maximize your chances of success. Continue reading “Be an entrepreneur, Part 1/3: Silicon Valley is the new Hollywood”