September 14, 2020

Not everything can be tech

Going to college in the Bay Area in the 20-teens, I was exposed to an insane amount of tech. I spent a decent amount of time in Oakland and San Francisco, I met a lot of people who left the life they previously knew to pursue a new company in the tech sphere. The more it surrounded me, the more I had to learn to program, and the more I had to start a tech company.

I  learned Ruby, I actually learned Rails and have a very crude understanding of ruby. I know some JS, a little about DevOps, SQL, and some sprinkles of other things. Undoubtedly this will serve me well in the future. I understand the basics and can perform some pretty simple to moderate tasks. However, trying to start numerous tech companies and failing to launch, and going through YC Start Up School unsuccessfully, I have come to one conclusion: Everything can't be tech.

Today, the world is pro-tech. So am I, for certain things. While we can, in theory, build limitless things, I believe that in reality there are things tech doesn't belong in. Tech is phenomenal for tedious time-consuming tasks, organizing our lives and schedules, recording our documents and events. It can't replace human interaction and experience everyone craves. My favorite example of this is CRM and sales automation tools. CRM tools are awesome ways of getting your contacts organized and kept track of so you can keep track of your human interactions. Sales and email automation (and robocalls) are techs attempt at recreating a human interaction, and almost every time they end up being deleted or are hung upon.

I believe in using technology to improve processes and efficiencies, to reduce expenses, create a better product, but I don't believe that tech can replace the human interaction we all have on a day to day basis.