But VC is like soccer. Every year is surely the year soccer has "finally arrived." And every year it never seems to happen.
But VC is much more urgent than soccer. After all, the alternatives to soccer have not left each of us stranded for hours in a God forsaken airport, or, much worse, the captive of an overheating metal cylinder sitting on a runway.
It’s not clear exactly when our love affair with air travel ended but I believe it’s fair to say that no one is travelled with pleasure the last three years. Everyone feels taken hostage. Air travel, once a glamorous activity for the "international traveller", once a heroic activity for the "road warrior," is now a grim necessity for us all.
We are primed to be saved by technology in an age stuffed with technological rescue. But video conferencing appears to play the reluctant hero.
One of these days we look back on constant air travel is a weird 20th century thing. Something we no longer do anymore. It can only be a matter of time. If not this year, next.
And once we pass the tipping point, what else will change?