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If everybody had to predict what the future was when they started companies, none of the companies would be successful. Take YouTube, it started as a dating site. PayPal started out as a mobile app. Both of these companies had to evolve in order to become successful. The key to the future success is the ability to iterate, the ability to try new things and essentially figure it out as you go along. It's a right quote, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

In other words, you can't really predict the future at a great level of detail. You might be able to spot broad trends, but the timing in which these trends actually happen has a lot to do with serendipity: whether you have the perfect product and the perfect guy meets the perfect Venture Capitalist and that generates the whole thing.

So, the best way to predict the future is by focusing on "what we have now" and focus on the process that will move an idea forward rather than trying to predict what it's going to be like five or 10 years from now.
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