In the days when everyone is calling himself an entrepreneur or claims to be thinking of starting a business, I often wonder what is the real, intrinsic value of some of these ideas. These weird ideas are being funded by the biggest VCs or/and accepted by accelerators. Startups going so niche, exploring weird angles of something a normal person would simply call “useless”.
One of the the latest startup I was discussing with Kuba is PetCube, a videocamera/pet food dispenser (not really, as it only throws few pieces of dry cubes as a treat) allowing you to “interact” with your pet while you are away. Although I love animals, I don’t get it. Actually… I do get that some people are so emotionally attached to their pets that they buy that. But what does it serve? We are gamifying real interactions with our pets. It reminds me a little of tamagotchi, with the difference that your tamagotchi character is your own pet.
Is this tech really solving the problem? IS there any problem? Maybe the problem is us not being able to to work out our life priorities, not enjoying time with out loved ones (may be the four and two legged ones) and working overtime for no good reason?