Some of the most successful startups from the last decade seemed crazy when they launched. Uber asked customers to get in a stranger's car. Coinbase lets anybody buy and sell magic internet money. Lil Miquela, with her 1.4M Instagram followers, isn't a real person.
There's no shortage of fearless founders:
🚁 Zipline uses autonomous drones to deliver urgent blood, vaccines, and medicine to remote hospitals across Africa. Their drones fly at 80MPH and can deliver supplies up to 100 miles away. "I used to see the drones fly and think ‘they must be mad’, until the same drone brought me blood and saved my life."
🎙️ Lyrebird lets you impersonate anybody's voice. Ghost-written and recorded podcasts could be coming soon... or #fakenews powered by falsified audio recordings of public officials. Facehub will even let you face-swap in realtime directly on your iPhone.
🛴 Scootbee is building self-driving, decentralized shared scooters. Push a button, and a scooter will drive to you. Hop on and ride to your destination – the scooter will drive away in search of a new rider. They're launching on the heels of Bird and Lime each raising hundreds of millions shortly before Uber and Lyft announced their scooter strategies. Big competition.
💅 Wanna Nails lets you try on nail polish in Augmented Reality. Simliar to INKHUNTER (tattoos), Sephora's Virtual Artist (makeup), and Fabby Hair (hair colors)... all in AR. Next step: full outfits in VR?
☠️ Die With Me is a chat app for people with less than 5% of battery life. We promise we're not draining our battery on purpose to use on the app.
Secret Netflix categories exist, and here's a new tool to explore them. 🎥
Collaboration between designers and developers can get messy. Penpot is a multiplayer, open-source design platform that makes it easy for everyone on your team to be part of the design process.
Open source + SVG and web standards = zero vendor lock-in. Penpot also offers cloud and self-host service, giving your team absolute freedom.
Bye-bye, design silos. 👋