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jpanarra

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I feel like the internet is still in its infancy and we are just now realizing its potential through social media and instantaneous communication. Being a bit of a history buff myself, I feel like this will be a massive paradigm shift like the printing press that changed mass communications back in the 1500s.

Which had a massive change which accelerated the renaissance era (1500s- 1700s) , where people started to CREATE on their own and taking people under their wings and training them on a mass scale which allowed for a massive technology growth.

I feel like we will go through a 'second renaissance era' we might be going through it now where people are creating on their own and sharing it to the world without gatekeepers and high cost manufacturing investments.

This is a massive advantage for us Deaf business owners and many others that were suppressed by natural means.

Even now, entrepreneurship and financially independent is becoming a 'sexy' buzz word for the general population.

Like all of history, most people are looking for the easy way out which will lead to failure for many. However, the barriers to entry will continue to drop with platforms like shopify and easy home production with 3d printers, desktop cnc's and lasers. Enabling more creation and business opportunities which will drive tons of prices down.

I believe that there is a large boom of small businesses that is coming and that wave is currently moving past it's trough and will reach the peak very quickly.

I believe that we will see many small web stores pop up on the internet and ad prices and influencer prices will skyrocket in a very short amount of time. (I'm talking wihtin the next 4-5 years)

My thoughts here, are how can we make sure we are ahead of the pack, we here on this forum are mostly naturally driven entrepreneurs and is already ahead of the curve but we have to stay on top because eventually we will be drowned out by the crowd.

What's your take on the future of the entrepreneur playing field?

I feel like we here can position ourselves in a place of advantage to support the communities we live in and give people real paying jobs that will last lifetimes.
 
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Reminds me of the themes in the book Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Have you read it? (@biophase & I voted for it for the book discussion, but alas, it didn't make the final cut).


Never read it, I'll put it on my reading list. Thanks!
 

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@jpanarra you describe very well in words what I'm feeling lately. I kind of came to a similar conclusion but wasn't able to describe it the way you did.

Although in my opinion, the timeframe is more to in the 5-10 years direction, I definitely see a huge wave of change coming on us.

I find this both scary and exciting at the same time. And for me, it's another reason I want to escape the rat race. Who knows, how long my daytime job will be lucrative?
 
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Definitely.

For filmmaking, you have YouTube and Vimeo. You don't have to go through the studio system. You have a camera, a story, a group of people and you can make movies and post it on the internet.

For commerce, Amazon is putting malls and other major retail stores out of buisness like Sears.

Netflix is creating cable cutters and is challenging Hollywood.

A bunch of ecommerce stores are gaining traction within their own niches.

I have a friend of mine who started a charity for veterans by making products using his local library's 3D Printer.
 
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I feel like the internet is still in its infancy and we are just now realizing its potential through social media and instantaneous communication. Being a bit of a history buff myself, I feel like this will be a massive paradigm shift like the printing press that changed mass communications back in the 1500s.

Which had a massive change which accelerated the renaissance era (1500s- 1700s) , where people started to CREATE on their own and taking people under their wings and training them on a mass scale which allowed for a massive technology growth.

I feel like we will go through a 'second renaissance era' we might be going through it now where people are creating on their own and sharing it to the world without gatekeepers and high cost manufacturing investments.

This is a massive advantage for us Deaf business owners and many others that were suppressed by natural means.

Even now, entrepreneurship and financially independent is becoming a 'sexy' buzz word for the general population.

Like all of history, most people are looking for the easy way out which will lead to failure for many. However, the barriers to entry will continue to drop with platforms like shopify and easy home production with 3d printers, desktop cnc's and lasers. Enabling more creation and business opportunities which will drive tons of prices down.

I believe that there is a large boom of small businesses that is coming and that wave is currently moving past it's trough and will reach the peak very quickly.

I believe that we will see many small web stores pop up on the internet and ad prices and influencer prices will skyrocket in a very short amount of time. (I'm talking wihtin the next 4-5 years)

My thoughts here, are how can we make sure we are ahead of the pack, we here on this forum are mostly naturally driven entrepreneurs and is already ahead of the curve but we have to stay on top because eventually we will be drowned out by the crowd.

What's your take on the future of the entrepreneur playing field?

I feel like we here can position ourselves in a place of advantage to support the communities we live in and give people real paying jobs that will last lifetimes.
As someone who is close to contributing to the shift you are describing, I have to agree.
 
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Renaissance phase is over.

Platforms are being consolidated and other people decide what you're allowed to put up and say.
In some areas, yes, platforms have been / are being consolidated--like video content (Netflix, Youtube, etc.), ecommerce (Amazon).

But in other areas--3D printing, AI/ML, robotics/automation--the barriers are still high, so they haven't exploded yet. While any shmo can slap together something & start selling on Amazon, or post video from their phone on Youtube, there's more learning & skill required to produce anything in the other domains I mentioned. There's still lots of opportunity.
 

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In some areas, yes, platforms have been / are being consolidated--like video content (Netflix, Youtube, etc.), ecommerce (Amazon).

But in other areas--3D printing, AI/ML, robotics/automation--the barriers are still high, so they haven't exploded yet. While any shmo can slap together something & start selling on Amazon, or post video from their phone on Youtube, there's more learning & skill required to produce anything in the other domains I mentioned. There's still lots of opportunity.

OP was referencing the internet.

Tech continues evolving. Energy. Interplanetary travel. AI. ...

Also the Renaissance wasn't an event. It spanned a couple hundred years with periods of peaks and lulls. We're in a slow phase now, and we could continue sliding down. Market has been sideways since the beginning of the year. Now we're seeing a head and shoulders pattern (though I wouldn't put much weight on technicals with the market at large).

What's the most exciting and recent announcements? Folding phones...at $2,000 . . . zzz

VR/AR are next to shake up the market. Unlike gimmicky tech (3D tvs, smart watches, ...), large companies (FB, MS, ...) continue pumping money into it, year after year.
 
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