Living the new life! Why we’re not all doing it
New and innovative IT technologies have made it possible to live a more efficient life with lots of new opportunities. However, there are now so many choices that it has become next to impossible to figure out what’s actually really helpful to you. That’s why the transition to that efficient new life is going a lot slower than it should.
An example: Imagine that you’ve got this idea for a great new business! You’re really excited about it and a few of your good friends are willing to help! But to make it a reality you need funding! So you’re thinking: “I know a lot of people believe in my idea, perhaps I can use one of those new crowd funding platforms?” Well let’s see what shows up on a Google search: Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdfunder, RocketHub, Crowdrise, Somolend, appbackr, AngelList, Invested.in, Quirky, GoFundMe, Razoo, PledgeMusic, Sellaband, Teespring, YouCaring.com, Causes, Giveforward, Kiva, FundRazr, HoneyFund, FirstGiving, crowdtilt, Fundable, FundAnything, Patreon or maybe Fundly? That’s a lot of options! Maybe it’s better to limit yourself to Dutch platforms since you believe that’s were you have the most backers? Google says: Geldvoorelkaar.nl, Crowdaboutnow, Symbid, WeKomenErWel, Leadfunder, Kapitaal Op Maat, Fundyd, The Dutch Deal, Viviad, Geldoverenweer, Share2Start, or maybe Seeds is something for you? You decide it’s all too much and realize it’s easier just to borrow some extra cash from DUO.
I think you catch the drift, the choice is overwhelming. Choice is not a bad thing, far from it. But too much choice is. We as consumers have never had this problem before. Choice was limited to what was physically near you. With the internet that’s different now. And the above example is only one of many. Perhaps you’ve wanted to find a faster way to take notes, quickly sell your old stuff or maybe book a cheap holiday? In all these examples you’d most likely google for a solution and be overwhelmed with the options that you’re faced with.
How are we then dealing with this right now? We look for top 10 lists, ask on social media for recommendations or just go with the first hit on Google and keep our fingers crossed. But if I want to upgrade all aspects of my life, should I go through dozens of recommended lists, keep bugging my friends for their experiences or just go with whatever pops up first for everything I’m looking for? Doesn’t sound very appealing… And thus I still physically go to the supermarket even though I can probably get it send to me at home, I still call for a taxi, I still write down what I’ve spent this month… I still go with the tried and true methods that I’ve always used. Not really the new and efficient life that I know is out there!
How about you? Have you figured out how to live your life more efficiently, are you asking your iPhone what movies are on or are you also still taking notes on paper?
Oh! and for those actually looking for a good crowd funding platform, look at the top 10 list on http://www.crowdfunding.com 😉