The possibilities technology bring make us all see it in various ways. But I think one vital realisation anyone involved in Tech must accept sooner or later is that Tech is a tool.
This is easy to miss because engaging with technology in whatever form is exciting. It is fun. One can get carried away easily. Seeing technology as a tool helped me decide against jumping on the coolest programming language around and stick with one to get very good at it. This is turning out to be a wise a decision.
Evan Williams, the founder of Medium, shares the same sentiment. He has found repeated success with internet and/or technology companies - he founded Blogger, Medium and was an early investor making him a co-founder and former CEO. Ev has this to say...
"We often think of the internet enables you to do new things,"
"But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done."
“The internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience,”
"Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company," he said. "Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time...Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps."
His recent example is Uber. "How old is the desire of getting from here to there?" "How hard was it really to do? They took out some steps in that process...They formed a connection between you and the driver."