The Near Future Laboratory isn’t a ‘normal’ organization by any means — we’re a distributed network of accomplished practitioners based in five different cities in California, Mexico, Switzerland and Spain.
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For the past years, the outsized narrative of DAO [Decentralized Autonomous Organization] as an alternative to venture capital dims the…
I’ve been struggling these months trying to write another of the required Pitch Decks you have to put together when you’re in a funding round. My eyes were glazing over looking at lots of my old pitch decks trying to figure out how best to represent the Vision I had.
You know those Org Charts you see for companies? The ones with boxes with names and titles and arrows and lines connecting employees and managers? I could draw one for Omata. It’d be pretty simple. Lots of boxes, lots of roles, but just two names, Julian and Cary.
But that doesn’t stop us from keeping true to the values and vision I’ve had for Omata since Day 0, December 31, 2014.
It takes a particular kind of persistence and grit and perserverance to continue doing what we do with only two people around.
The value in this kind of gritty operation is that we’ve built a remarkably rich connection to our fans and customers. We care about them deeply and we enjoy the connections we’re able to establish.
Unlike most technical product companies, when something goes wrong with our product it hurts my heart. I want to do anything I can to make it work again. That sometimes means doing surgery-like repairs, rather than throwing things away.
This is ambitious. Building great, meaningful, compelling products and brands start with ambition, and high hopes.