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Nomads Rising, AI Wars & Startups You Can't Miss ๐ŸŒŽ

Dear friends, founders, and everyone dreaming about holographic video calls like in Star Wars

Welcome to another edition of the 404trends Newsletter where weโ€™re exploring trending topics, and startups, and guessing what will explode next.

This week, we dive deep into the accelerating startups on the horizon, Amazon's hefty AI investment, and the latest findings on digital nomads in 2023. We also have some precious insights for those who aspire to become solo-founders in just 100 days.

Startups on Fire: Where You Should Be Eyeing Next? ๐Ÿ”

According to LinkedInโ€™s recent report, Ramp leads as the buzziest startup by growth and demand. Following close are Liquid Death and Whatnot. The list is dominated by companies leveraging technology, with remote roles making up over half the available jobs.

Why It Matters:

  • These startups are addressing gaps revealed by the pandemic, emphasizing health and tech.

  • Six-figure salaries and remote work opportunities make them even more enticing for prospective job seekers.

briefly:

  • Ramp: A finance automation platform with roles like Senior associate of lifecycle marketing ($127,000 to $150,000).

  • Liquid Death: A canned beverage company with roles such as Director of financial reporting and technical accounting ($159,000 to $199,000).

  • Whatnot: A livestream shopping platform with positions like creative director ($240,000 to $285,000).

Amazon's Big Move in AI ๐Ÿง 

Amazon is taking a giant leap in the AI world with an investment of up to $4 billion in the AI startup, Anthropic. With this strategic partnership, Amazon hopes to intensify its rivalry against other tech giants.

Why It Matters:

  • Anthropic, also backed by Google and Microsoft, has previously demonstrated its capabilities in the AI realm.

  • This collaboration will see Anthropic use Amazon's AWS for various mission-critical workloads.

In-depth Look:

  • Amazon's initial investment is $1.25 billion, with options to increase it further.

  • Anthropic's premium chatbot, Claude 2, is a highlight, with plans for a "Claude-Next" in the pipeline.

The 2023 State of Digital Nomads ๐ŸŒ

The world is witnessing a significant shift towards remote work and location independence. The 2023 State of Digital Nomads report offers fascinating insights into this growing trend.

Why It Matters:

  • Digital nomads are diversifying in terms of nationality, age, and profession.

  • They are leading a relatively low-carbon lifestyle, challenging the stereotype of the wasteful traveler.

Key Findings:

  • The typical nomad in 2023 is a tech professional in their early 30s from the US, earning above-average income.

  • Major cities for nomads include London, Bangkok, and New York City.

  • Surprisingly, the average CO2 emissions of a traveling nomad are lower than an average American's daily commute.

Actionable Tips and Insights

  1. Niche markets for Digital Nomads will rise. Development of specialized products and services tailored for the digital nomad lifestyle, such as tech tools for on-the-go, travel-friendly office gear, and virtual office spaces.

  2. Platforms, where entrepreneurs can share, test, and receive feedback on their business ideas before they invest significant resources, will get more popular.

  3. Companies like Ramp, Liquid Death, and Whatnot are clear indicators of where the business market is heading: finance automation, sustainable consumer goods, and live-stream shopping platforms.

Worth reading: Becoming a Solo-Founder in Just 100 Days: Is It Possible? ๐Ÿ’ก

ย "How to become a solo-founder in 100 days" has sparked an intriguing discussion on IndieHackers.

Steps to Consider:

  • Find and test business ideas from platforms like Reddit or Quora.

  • Prioritize early feedback, simplicity, and constant validation.

  • Engage with your audience and gather testimonials to build credibility.

Stay curious, keep innovating, and as always, share this newsletter if you found it insightful.

Till the next one,

Zaur

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