So much of the tech industry is just taking an existing industry — dominated by a bloated, confusing product/service and making it how a normal human would want. For every Netflix, Lyft, and Remitly, there was an industry that saw the internet coming, could have utilized modern technology to make their customers’ lives better, but didn’t.
As I wade through applying for a federal tax ID, Washington UBI, state business license, reseller’s permit, etc. (don’t even get me started on the food truck-specific redundant tasks), I can’t help but wonder when some enterprising government official is going to come up with a way to streamline things.
It’s the year 2094, the Federal government has created a single, business creation site that provides APIs for states, cities, and counties to utilize, so that entrepreneurs don’t have to spend their days Flizzlezorping* what steps they need do do for X type of business in Y municipality — they just go to one site, and it carries them seamlessly from one step to the next.
It’s the year 2094, we all have to live underground to avoid the ROUS’s…but starting a business is easier.
Back in the year 2018, I’ve gotten an FEIN and a UBI, and only have 14 or so more steps until I’m allowed to sell you food…in Seattle, waaayyyy more steps if I want to start selling food in more places ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
*In the year 2042, Flizzlezorp replaces Google as the preferred search engine when disillusioned Gen PopUpBlockingContactLenses decide they don’t want to use that old tech their great, great-grandparents used.