Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

Mark Suster, Sept 29, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I can't even print the title of this item without a language warning, so skip past this one if you dislike obscenity (I'll never understand why a certain type of writer thinks it's ok to offend a large segment of the world's readership). That said, I do recommend the article for its content. The argument is essentially that the myth of the instant-fame startup (aka 'unicorn') is harming real development in the tech industry and beyond. "And of course it’s not just our industry – it’s pervasive in society, this short-cut mentality." It's also pervasive in educational technology. Real growth and progress takes time and effort. We've been subject to this unicorn mythology, expected to revolutionize industry before the product has even been built. Give it time. Progress is coming. But it takes effort.

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