Thoughts on startups, technology, and the future of cities.
This is a cross-post written by Nathan Mah, originally posted on the SimpliFlying Launchpad blog. With most governments warning against non-essential travel, the number of people traveling during COVID-19 has dropped 97% in 2020 from the previous year. This doesn’t mean, however, that airports and flights are empty. Far from it. There are still hundreds of thousands of people traveling worldwide. Moreover, projections estimate we will be back to 80% of normal capacity by the start of 2021.
At Mero, we are always thinking about how the world can return to being a safe and comfortable place, just as we remembered it. Today, we’re happy to be launching Comfort, designed to bring peace of mind to building visitors and people back to work safely. Real-Time Data Provides Visitors Peace of Mind For Mero-enabled buildings, Comfort gives real-time information on the most critical restroom data. Visitors will know the number of recent visitors to a restroom, the last time it was cleaned, and whether that restroom has critical supplies such as soap.
Some Context + Growing Pains I’ve been using Sketch since I started designing ~ 2 years ago, It’s always felt like home with its familiar UI, keyboard shortcuts, overall ease of use, and well, dark mode. Being the first design tool I ever used, I found the learning curve really low which turned me into a loyal user. The constant software updates were also a nice touch. When I saw people starting to switch their workflows from Sketch to Figma, I was skeptical, to say the least.
The past 2 months have been a busy time at Mero. While we all anticipate the return to work, we used it as a time to refresh our roadmap and messaging. I’m happy to present our new branding. More than just a logo, the “New Mero” represents simplicity, minimalism and a focus that reflects our changing world. Our signature orange remains as a sign of boldness and change. We wanted our new message to provide a sense of security to our partners.
As the dust begins to settle on our current situation, most of us are sitting at home hoping we can return to our normal lives. This means wondering what life will be like when we return to work. Personally speaking, I know that I have gained a newfound appreciation for what our lives were once like in public, appreciating small things like a lunch meeting or a drink after work with friends.
From Mero: We’re here for you In these uncertain times, as the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we first wanted to reach out on behalf of the Mero team with the hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our closest partners, customers and friends are some of the most heavily impacted by the pandemic. We are extending our heartfelt gratitude to those who are working tirelessly to bring our world back to stability to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
“A thought on creativity, productivity, and making things that last.” Creativity is something I think a lot about, and I try to read anything to stimulate more of it. And admittedly, I’m aware that there could be few things more frustrating to read than an article about one’s creative process. What could be more self-indulgent? It just so happens that books from this category of productivity are not only my favourite, but have produced many classic titles.
Note: I use the word “millennial” loosely throughout this article, but I don’t define a millennial to any age category. To me, a “millennial” is someone who has comfort with technology, and embraces the progression of our digital world. “You don’t have enough experience.” This is something almost every young professional has heard early on in their career. It’s engrained in our culture to believe starting a business when you’re young is a mistake.
I’ll admit - not the lightest topic in the world. But it’s something that can’t be talked about enough. When I heard about the death of Anthony Bourdain, I was shocked. As a big fan of his travel and food shows, I had always known that Bourdain lived life on his own terms. After all, even in his high budget shows with him as the star, his true personality managed to shine through; fire-tongued, wild, and honest.
Heads down. Most of these people are my former classmates, and having recently graduated a Master’s program focused on providing the skills necessary to be an “entrepreneur”, this is a valid question. The mere existence of this type of program proves that starting a company is in vogue, despite it being more difficult than ever to build a successful company due to extreme competition. Regardless, entrepreneurship still remains an attractive option for every reason that working a typical job isn’t.