The Economist recently released a 16-page special report titled “A Cambrian Moment” in which it reviewed the global state of tech startups. The name is a reference to the Cambrian Period 54 million years ago where life on Earth shifted from unicellular, basic life forms to complex organisms. It argues that “something similar is now happening in the virtual realm: an entrepreneurial explosion.”
The report is broken up into eight sections, covering everything from how this entrepreneurial explosion is changing venture capital to the process of joining an accelerator to the psychological effects of being a founder in this era.
If you follow this world every day, chances are you won’t find anything startling; but as TechCrunch’s Ryan Lawler said, it might help you “see the forest for the trees.” It will certainly give you a different perspective, especially in regards to the global landscape.
If you have some time before the Super Bowl tonight, I recommend taking a look at it. The full report can be accessed here.