The new generation of digital companies is poised to shake up the way people meet and spend time in meetings, with startups offering more efficient ways to make and share information.
But even though new startups have raised a lot of venture capital, they’re still figuring out the best ways to keep people happy, says Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist and former PayPal co-founder.
And some tech companies are still struggling to navigate the new landscape.
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That’s why many new tech companies want to create an environment in which people feel empowered to share their personal information and work with others, says Adam Silverstein, a partner at the venture firm Venmo who is advising startups on how to handle this transition.
“What you’re going to see is more people working in an open-source ecosystem that will be able to share more information and better work with each other,” he says.
The idea is to make the whole ecosystem open and welcoming, he says, but it’s also an effort to give companies the tools to help people work together.
For instance, Venmo recently added the ability to send texts to people in the room.
For people in a room that only has one person, they can send texts with the idea that someone else is in there, says Venmo CEO Scott Gaffney.
“We want to give people the ability not just to have their conversation in a public space, but to have it happen in a private space,” he said.
There are other challenges for the tech industry.
Companies have to work around a number of laws and regulations that could slow down innovation.
But for now, there are ways to get the most out of technology, and there’s nothing stopping new startups from making it easier for people to do so, says Silverstein.