Lately, I’ve found a new reason to hope.

New waves of startups always begin before you realize it. There aren’t clean breaks, where the old wave of companies all go public and then everyone has a post-mortem on how that went, and then starts up again. The new wave begins while the old wave is still sorting its shit out.

And each new primordial soup is almost always inoculated against the bullshit of what came before.

My journalistic spidey sense tells me that a new wave of startups is sloshing around and forming now. I hope it’s looking at cost of the toxic cultures like Uber, Zenefits, and SoFi, and saying “no thanks, toe-stepping, hard-drinking, bro culture...”