Clubhouse, an audio-only social network, is electrifying the creator/tastemaker crowd. Unlike other social networks, Clubhouse allows participants to interact and meet in realtime without the intrusiveness of video. Launched in May 2020, Clubhouse is an invitation-only network that has seen its membership soar among iPhone owners since it’s not available to Android users yet.
NFTs, non-fungible tokens, is a new crypto asset representing digital assets like art, trading cards, or any scarce digital content issued using the Ethereum blockchain. As a result, they are unique and easily traded. Artists, gaming companies, and content creators are using NFTs have grabbed most of the NFT headlines. How about a collectible cartoon character for $18,000?
Consumers are becoming more privacy-focused. Apple has become the white knight of the privacy world. In December, the company began requiring “Privacy Labels” for all apps, thereby giving customers a way to determine what data an app collects about them before choosing to install it. Not surprisingly, some developers have failed to add the Privacy Label feature or fudged its content.
MrBeast, a 22-year-old YouTube star with 54 million subscribers, opened 300 restaurants virtually overnight and sold more than a million sandwiches in the first two months by using such new services as Virtual Dining Concepts. The parent company of Nextbite, another pioneer of the virtual franchise model, received $120 million in venture-capital funding for its 13 virtual brands.
At the moment, do you think there is light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic or are we still too far away?
Recent Innovations and Trends
Blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that allows the transmission of digital assets while dispensing with the need for trusted third parties. It’s the fundamental technology layer of all cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
The Time Compression Ubertrend is responsible for the acceleration of life, a phenomenon that encourages multitasking and an “I want it yesterday” attitude, and has led to increasingly shorter attention spans.
Fully 16% of Americans have invested in cryptocurrencies, resulting in a run up in prices in bitcoin, ether and even dogecoin. In April 2021, the crypto market capitalization hit $2 trillion for the first time.
In 2030, all Baby Boomers will be 65 years of age or older. The implication of this demographic shift is immense, with the world’s 60+ population nearly doubling to 2.1 billion by 2050.
Interest in coffee grew 32% in the past few decades, yielding a $70 billion global market. The trend is behind the fortunes of Keurig, Nespresso and Starbucks, which generates more than $25 billion in sales.
Startups are society’s most disruptive forces, explaining the urgency of incubating ventures among the more than half billion entrepreneurs worldwide. It’s also why U.S. and global venture-capital investing is setting new records.
Animated GIFs, a technology developed by CompuServe in 1987, have infused today’s social dialog. These often humorous and sometimes unexpected silent animations are now part of the cultural landscape.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) automates formerly manual procedures, such as processing insurance claims or moving a purchase order process automatically, while involving humans only when necessary.
NFTs, non-fungible tokens, have taken the art market by storm. NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” digital assets that can be purchased and sold like any other piece of property but have no tangible form of their own.
A 3D printing revolution has vaulted this once arcane technology from industrial prototyping to the glamorous world of footwear design and single-family home building, providing a significant boost to a $13 billion market.
How to Prepare for a Future of Pandemic Waves
Helpful Innovator Resources
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