I wish that it was easier to get in touch with people. Not people that you went to high school with. There’s Facebook for that. Not people that you want to hook up with. There’s dating apps for that. Rather, people in the know. Decision makers. Power brokers. Movers and shakers. The kind of people who could tell me whether or not my world changing idea actually has merit. The kind of people capable of turning my dreams into reality.
To date no such way existed. Now it does. And we have the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins to thank. That’s because they’ve created a new messaging app that enables anyone to reach out to them during virtual “office hours”.
Business Insider explains how it will work:
“Called the “KPCB Edge Office Hours,” the app is basically a communication app where users can ask and get instant feedback from one of the three partners of the Edge Fund, the firm’s early stage fund focused on emerging technologies like drones, digital currency, and virtual reality. The three partners — [Anjney] Midha, Roneil Rumburg, and Ruby Lee — spend at least two hours a week answering questions in real-time, while they respond to non-office hour messages throughout the week.”
If you think about it this is really unprecedented and potentially as game changing as any of the ideas that Kleiner Perkins invests in. For the first time anyone from a barista in San Francisco to a farmer in Des Moines will have the ability to quickly and easily connect with a partner at a major venture capital firm. The insights that could be gleamed from these conversations could help thousands of young or aspiring entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, shaping a myriad of industries along the way. Better yet, it might even transform the way that venture capital funding works making it much more efficient and accessible to the smartphone generation.
I would say more and extoll the virtues of this initiative even more but I have more important things to do. Like actually using this app!
Is the Kleiner Perkins office hours app the Greatest Idea Ever?