Gave a talk to a packed room of young entrepreneurs at The Innovation Hub this morning, and had coffee with them afterwards to discuss their projects.
I spoke to them about how startups succeed by integrating into "grids" - their value chains become part of and contribute to a value grid, their technology helps build the technology grid in their space, etc. The deeper question for startups is not just 'am I succeeding' or 'am I having impact' - but "am I supporting an old grid that is part of the problem - or am I helping to build a new grid for a better world?"
In a country with massive inequality and poverty, we need to consciously design and grow new grids. We discussed how startups can draw from an old grid to fund their growth into an emerging grid in a new space - building the future, not the past.
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