What is a technology disruptor?
A technology disruptor is a company that has the ability to change an industry both in terms of technology and business. This disruption can be positive or negative, but it will ultimately transform how we live our daily lives. In other words, technology disruptors are having a major impact on 21st century life as well as creating new opportunities for consumers in South Africa, Africa and indeed all over the rest of the world.
Technology disruptors have been around since long before today’s modern technology companies began changing society with their products at unprecedented speed. For example, when Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile in 1908 he was able to sell cars cheaper than ever before because they were being mass-produced instead of handcrafted by workers who had taken time building each car one at a time – this allowed technology to grow and improve the lives of people all over the world.
Another technology disruptor is Amazon, a company that has grown from an online bookstore into a technology juggernaut whose products have changed how we shop for everything from books to groceries as well as delivering those items directly to homes throughout South Africa through its Prime Now service – membership to and usage of this service has grown significantly in Africa over the last 12 months.
This growth has allowed technology companies like Google, and Facebook along with others including Uber, Airbnb and Tesla to become technology disruptors as well. These companies have changed the world with their technology innovations which has opened up new opportunities for consumers everywhere by allowing them access to products that were once only a dream – this includes connecting people around the globe through apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp along with services such as ride sharing on Uber’s app. Our modern world is built upon the tech disruptors’ innovations of yesterday to the point that it is difficult to imagine or even remember what life was like before these apps and services were available.
However the apps and technology solutions that entrepreneurs and tech disruptors have given us are also having a negative impact on South African citizens. These negative impacts of tech are arise both in terms of disrupting consumer habits and creating security concerns due to cyber vulnerabilities affecting millions worldwide including personal information being hacked from corporations focused on selling what they know about us to others willing to pay without our permission or even our knowledge. In addition, mobile apps and technology innovations are changing how we shop not just online but physical stores as well where many retailers including e.g. Sears, Toys R Us and some big South African high street names have filed for bankruptcy in the past few years due to technology disruptions including online commerce.
Technology disruptors can often create a win-win situation where businesses get ahead by using technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance their services while consumers get access to more affordable products that improve their lives – however, there’s also dangers associated with technology disruption which should be taken into consideration as we move forward into an exciting but unknown future.
Like our name suggests we at Next Disruptor are keenly watching out for the next big thing on the South African tech scene… if you think this is you and your startup needs a helping hand on the software / mobile app development or SaaS development fronts then let’s talk!