While considerable venture capital investments have already flowed into the software sector, the intensifying climate crisis is pushing the need for radical action to the forefront. Software is currently receiving negative publicity as seen as involving too “shy” of an effort. On the other hand, hardware and infrastructure investments, which were traditionally overlooked by asset-light venture capitalists, are gaining momentum.
As we move closer to 2030 “net zero” goals, the private sector is increasingly being held accountable for its environmental impact. It is expected to be instrumental in achieving emissions reduction targets, as well as meet other environmental goals including water & biodiversity preservation, or waste reduction & recycling. Yet, before one can envision improving their environmental footprint, it all begins with accurate measurement.
The idea of human users fostering relationships with AI may seem like a distant future concept in sci-fi movies. However, we are much closer than we think - recent developments in the UX and sophistication of AI have made it so much more realistic and persuasive… making it possible to build relationships with it.
Below we recapitulate on some of the key themes that saw major developments in 2021, which will shape the new world and open up enormous opportunities for building and investing into digital platforms — our overarching theme at Samaipata:
We started 2021 cautiously hopeful. We thought the worst of the pandemic was behind us, we were assured by plans for rapid vaccine roll-outs and above all, at least for us, we were curious how this new world would look like.