By Javed Mohammed | January 2021
Predicting the future isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And if you don’t have tea leaves, predictions require experience, vision, creativity, and good judgment. Serial entrepreneurs seem to have pretty good track records for knowing what’s coming up . They may not get it right all the time, but they are qualified to opine on their areas of expertise.
We recently spoke to serial entrepreneur and current Chief Ecosystem Officer at vFunction Bob Quillin. With four successful startups on his résumé (including StackEngine, acquired by Oracle in 2015), we thought that he could help us make sense of 2020 and set our expectations for 2021.
Quillin believes that the future is found in inflection points, or “moments of opportunity” as he calls them. In the podcast, he shares the six inflection points he believes will shape the direction of tech in 2021:
As we head into 2021, I asked Quillin what scared or excited him about the new year. “We might see more of these things—like climate change, pandemics,” he said of the macro challenges that are likely to drive inflection points in 2021. “All those things all the way down are things to be excited about, but also things that we need to be careful to manage and watch as we go forward.”