I was thinking about what the world would be like without startups...and it wasn't pretty. And the reason was that startups are one of the biggest driving forces of progress in our society. Hence, without startups, society loses a lot of momentum.
Why is that? Well basic economics. A startup by its nature has few resources. So to survive, it needs to do 2 things:
1. address a need
2. address the need in a way that is more efficient than how that need is currently being addressed
(1) is pretty obvious. And to serve a need, but with the limited resources that comes with being a startup, (2) must happen.
It's disruptive innovation. And it can happen on a small scale or a large scale. But in the end, startups that survive end up delivering something more efficiently that had been before. And it's their brilliant execution of improved efficiency which is the key to how they survive. No startup can deliver something more inefficiently and survive. The economics just don't work.