So I have something to own up to - I hate corporate events! I just hate them! I went to a corporate event yesterday on the advice of a friend who managed to get free tickets, which were originally $400 each for 2 days, on the idea that it could provide some value to JellyChip. Not that we need this right now - we've got everything in place to change the world this year. But you know, sometimes it's good to do something new. But it was the worst event in the world!
Hundreds of startups clambering for attention among a small number of investors. A sea of eager people desperate to stand out from the crowd. The main topics being AI and VR, machine learning, more AI and VR. An endless stream of people desperately keen to share their products with everyone, believing that they are smarter than the next (which is strange because you'd imagine people to be sharing knowledge and ideas). But the same robots and the same augmented reality video technology wrapped up in difference packages. It was ridiculous. It was madness.
No names will be shared in discussing this stuff but it was truly not the place to me, not the place for me and not the place for JellyChip! Our app is going so far in the opposite direction of big data, smart tech and the Internet of Things, we're on a different wavelength. Our focus is on simple impact, our desire is to change the world by combining simple technologies and allowing people to make a very real impact. Not developing smart technology, disappearing down the technology rabbit hole and insisting that my idea is better than the next. And that's difficult for some people to comprehend. I just don't get those people.
Take it from me, explaining JellyChip to people yesterday was like explaining a round world to a flat-Earther. Many people just didn't understand the need to change the model of charity. To find new and innovative ways to give, and to use people's mobile phones to enact that change. To see the huge disparity between rich and poor but to immersed in a world of technology (and personal technology) which could help bridge that gap. I think these people probably represented the Silicon Valley mindset today - that of automation, AI and chat bots. Completely clueless to the world around them in a great deal of pain and need. If they did represent the "innovation" of the world, God help us all. This coupled with the desperate look of startups in the same boat, desperate for attention, and bringing to the table the same ideas, just highlights how far removed from this world our technocrats are. Being desperate is not good.
Bottom line - I find it incredibly hard to marry JellyChip and corporate events together. We're doing something so entirely outside of the hubris of accepted "IT innovation", there's no point us being part of such communities. I think innovation doesn't look like innovation - it looks like a bad idea. And by all accounts, JellyChip is a ridiculous idea for change - in a world where the type of change we're interested in creating has stagnated.