SW is eating the world, but it needs to eat faster

In a WSJ post by Marc Andreessen in 2011, he said, ‘software is eating the world’. 

In short, this phrase refers to the idea that “software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense.”

I couldn’t agree more. And as an investor and consumer, this excites me. 

But it’s not happening fast enough. 

Yesterday I was walking into a friend’s building in the Financial District of Manhattan and passed a polling booth for NYC’s Mayoral Democratic Primary. Not only did it look unorganized, but watching volunteers slip pieces of paper into manilla folders seemed so archaic and stone-age; not to mention the margin for error seemed rather high. 

I would assume someone has looked into this to make sure we are not making mistakes all over the place, but I would be shocked if there weren’t some ballots misplaced or unaccounted for. In a world where I see software replacing traditional mail, which is one of the oldest and most archaic business in America, I can’t help but think it needs to hurry up and eat this vital part of what makes America, America: our democracy.