Come tomorrow, the United States will wake up to a new president, and a controversial one at that. Donald Trump has rode the wave of populist nationalism into the White House, and if he carries out his threats, oh I mean campaign promises, we might see a more divided America internally, and belligerent externally.
This is disruption, far more so than Snapchat or Carousell or the like. Trump is going to be Mr Opposite - taking sides against the conventional stand or school of thought. One-China policy? Scratch that, he's going to enjoy letting Taiwan cosy up to him. Global expansion of American businesses? Not on his watch. Racial and religious harmony in the USA? Well, the Mexicans and Muslims are none too pleased to be singled out. And what's with that, all these groups starting with the letter 'M'? Next up, Malaysians? Perhaps Mormons?
My point is, Trump is exactly doing what Silicon Valley insiders have been hoping tech companies do, to overturn the Old World Order. To change practices that have become the norm, to be blatant about it, shrug off negativity and to tell all dissenters to suck it up and get lost. So we celebrate when a tech firm launches a small app that "disrupts the artisan marketplace" by having yet another website to list jewellery for sale, but we cry foul when a politically incorrect businessman turned politician does it to a greater extent.
I'm not here to celebrate Trump. Far from it. If his rash public opinions and childish tweeting behaviors are a sign of things to come, then count me out. But here's some food for thought for businesses, tech startup or otherwise - this is real disruption. Have a controversial stand, make jobs redundant, improve efficiency, and do it not for a niche market, but for the greater public. AirBnB and Uber come to mind, taking on regulators and hotels and taxi drivers and unions. Dig in for the long term, watch industries panic, struggle and fall. And it might turn to be for the better.
Be that disruptor.
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