Marc Andreessen predicts that the next wave for successful startups are startups that take over for existing incumbent businesses. Uber is “Software eats Taxis”. Fab.com is “Software eats Home Furnishings”. What industries come to mind that haven’t changed in a long time? What industries are you involved in? If you’re looking for a startup idea, consider older industries that haven’t evolved, and apply a model for them that uses software to become more efficient.
Where would I like to see innovation? Here are three areas where I expect to see innovation in the next few years.
1.) Roads and Infrastructure
I still see the same tools that are used to build roads from when I was a kid. The same slow processes, the same rigs. The same pace. The same missed deadlines for government infrastructure projects. We have wasted a lot of tax money on the lack of innovation in tools to build infrastructure in the United States.
Infrastructure is seen as an industry that creates jobs in the United States. I think this is a negative. It’s too human capital dependent. We could create the same number of jobs but create many more safe roads if there was true innovation in this sector.
2.) Housing Market
You still need guys to hammer nails. This seems incredibly inefficient. Considering the assembly lines that are used in manufacturing plants, I’m surprised there isn’t a mobile tool that can build houses quickly.
I envision something like a mobile assembly line or robotics type machine that can crank out houses quickly once a foundation is built. We have CAD software that creates electronic blueprints. What’s stopping us from the next step where a machine can build a house from the ground up using electronic blueprints?
3.) The Bathroom
Most of the things we do in the bathroom haven’t fundamentally changed in the past 50 years. I thought there would be something that would brush my teeth while I read by now. I should be able to wake up 100% clean without the need for a shower.
There are numerous wasted hours in the bathroom every year. We need to clean ourselves for a variety of reasons that I don’t need to speak about, but why does it have to be so inefficient?
Original Andreessen Predictions Post: Here is the original post about Marc Andreessen’s predictions for 2012.