The company is not dead, just everything about it is changing. I know logically it’s a good thing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s still not painful and sad.
It’s painful because it’s the end of an era. It was beautiful in it’s own way. I got almost $1M and 4 years to figure out how the business/startup world works. I understand why it’s really really hard to have lower middle and lower income paying consumers and the only people who have really done it well are the likes of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. I understand why the water situation is as messed up as it is and only getting worse. I understand why governments work the way they do (or don’t). And the thing that kills me is that I’ve finally realized that I can’t solve every single one of these problems. There are too many to solve at once. You have to pick one. And unfortunately some of them I am just not the best person to solve. Some of them would be smarter to wait for other people to solve. And I hate that. I hate when I can’t solve all the problems that I see. I feel like I am letting the world down.
But there’s another critical thing I realized. It’s that there are other passionate people in this world trying to solve problems too. Different problems from me. And I need to rely on them to solve those problems. We need to work as a team to make the world a better place. I want to meet them, and tell them what they are doing is amazing. I’ve started, and I want to get better at that.
But most importantly, I want to pick the one thing that we at NextDrop can do really really really well. One really important problem we are going to solve and do a kick ass job at it. Build an amazing product that make billions of people around the world really really happy and bring together the brightest minds to make that improbability the most probable future for our planet.
And that’s all I really have to say about that.
For now at least.