The other day I was asked by Lars K. Jensen to contribute 3 tips on digital development as it relates to media to his weekly newsletter, ‘Digital Ugerevy’.
Naturally, I obliged and delivered as I try to do every time a good friend of mine asks for a piece of advice or some input. And I consider Lars to be a fellow crusader through many years in trying to breathe some new life into a super challenged industry. So I was happy and eager to help
But it also got me thinking about how different the media industry is from what I am doing today. And why it made a ton of sense to leave it for someone like me.
While there are many great things to say about the media industry, it is super hard to challenge and affect. Not because people in it have figured things out, but because they think they have figured it out – and are thus very resistant to real change.
Why? Because the media industry is an industry that puts too much weight on the ego and – more importantly – ego-driven decisions.
I guess it comes with the inherent opportunities for public exposure it offers those of its tribe that puts themselves forward and out there. It’s human, I know, but still…
In the media industry there is no real price for trying to solve a problem as seen from the end user or reader. You will likely die trying instead. Because media people just know better; they are always the smartest people in the room – or so they think.
Contrast that with MedTech which is where I am currently busy trying to build a new startup ground up:
Here there is every price for trying to solve a problem for someone who is experiencing pain, agony or whatever it might be that ails them.
Here there are no-one being smarter about how to solve problems, because those trying to do it are most often deeply invested into research where they actually value figuring things out and secure the validity of what they try to bring to market before they do it. Everything else is a ‘No go’.
Here there are no-one winning an argument with “…but we usually do it this way”, because it is essentially the same thing as saying that the underlying problem will persist, and what we’re trying to do is inherently futile – which again would lead research for better solutions absolutely nowhere.
Here there is preciously little gloating. There are few if any waiting and hoping for others to fail as we’re all on the same mission to try and improve things.
Here it truly matters what you do. It is not a game.
Here there are visions of what might be if we succeed instead of longing for the past.
And I could go on.
Honestly: Is there any reason not to say “So long, media” and refocus your energy from something futile to something deeply meaningful?
I think not.
But I am still glad to try to help out and kick the can when great people such as Lars comes calling.