๐ŸŽฏ How to Evaluate Markets


This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

๐Ÿ” A Reddit comment search tool
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ How to communicate effectively
๐Ÿ’ฌ A LinkedIn commenting strategy
๐ŸŽ An intermittent fasting tracker app
๐ŸŽฏ Why enter a market with existing solutions
โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



๐Ÿชถ Remember This

Could do โ†’ Should do โ†’ Must do. Not everything is a priority.



๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


๐Ÿ” Reddit Comment Search shared by AJ
A tool to search Reddit comments by username and keyword


๐ŸŽฏ New Idea or Existing Market shared by Fausto Sรก Teles
An X thread on the benefits of entering an existing market


๐ŸŽ Zero Longevity shared by Elia Zane
A habit tracker app for intermittent fasting



๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

๐ŸŽž๏ธ Jeremy Toeman was featured on CNET with Augie 


โšก Eddie Forson wrote about the speed of AI agents


๐ŸŽจ Shushant Lakhyaniโ€™s post about Canva went viral on X


๐Ÿ”ฅ Darren Travel released a new music album called Burnout Nation


๐Ÿงฉ Uwe Dreissigacker launched Blog Widgets on BlogHandy


โค๏ธ Simon sold a domain name via Love Domains



๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tools of the Week

๐Ÿฆ โ€‹Typefullyโ€‹ โ€” Grow your Twitter audience faster


โฑ๏ธ โ€‹Rizeโ€‹ โ€” Maximize your productivity with AI


๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ โ€‹Photo AIโ€‹ โ€” Use AI to do a photo shoot



๐Ÿ”ง Try This

LinkedIn Commenting Strategy

Want to grow your business on LinkedIn?

Then posting isn’t enough. Commenting brings more followers and new opportunities.

Here are 17 steps that helped Jasmin Aliฤ‡ get up to 1,000 daily followers and get fully booked last year.

  1. Write relevant, genuine and engaging comments.
  2. Reply to your ideal customers who comment on othersโ€™ posts.
  3. Engage with commenters on your posts in the first 90 minutes after posting.

Pro Tip: Do this every single day. Including weekends.



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The Science of Effective Communication

Effective communication lets you convey your thoughts, ideas and feelings to others while grasping their viewpoints in return.

In this podcast episode, youโ€™ll learn:

  • When to be vulnerable.
  • The four rules for a meaningful conversation.
  • How to form the habits of becoming a supercommunicator.



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    ๐Ÿš€ 0 to $5M Growth Hacks ๐Ÿ”— How to Get Backlinks ๐Ÿšซ Startup Pitfalls


    This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

    ๐Ÿšซ Startup ideas to avoid
    โ–ถ๏ธ A screen recorder tool
    ๐Ÿš€ How to go from 0 to $5M ARR
    ๐Ÿ”— How to get high-quality backlinks
    โœจ A collection of lightweight web animations
    โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



    ๐Ÿชถ Remember This

    Focus on the effort, not the outcome.



    ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

    Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


    ๐Ÿš€ How to Go from 0 to $5M ARR shared by Stewart Townsend
    A collection of growth hacks for different distribution channels 


    โ–ถ๏ธ Zight Screen Recorder shared by Elia Zane
    Easily create, edit and share videos, screenshots and GIFs of your screen


    โœจ LottieFiles shared by Maciej Cupial
    A library of lightweight animations for websites and apps



    ๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

    ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Vesh Thakker unlocked 1:1 Founder Intros by joining daily standups


    ๐Ÿ“จ Uwe Dreissigacker improved open rates by up to 20% for InvoiceBerry


    ๐ŸŽ Kevin Galang built an AI accountability coach


    ๐Ÿ“ˆ AJ reached 8,700 visitors for JustFree.io in 30 days


    ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Jeremy Toeman is offering 2-month premium access to Augie with the code TRENDSVC2MO


    ๐Ÿง  Shreyans Bhansali unlocked Trends.vc Masterminds by reaching a 30-day standup streak



    ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



    ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tools of the Week

    ๐Ÿ”Ž GummySearch โ€” Discover new markets on Reddit


    โฑ๏ธ โ€‹Rizeโ€‹ โ€” Maximize your productivity with AI


    ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ โ€‹Photo AIโ€‹ โ€” Use AI to do a photo shoot



    ๐Ÿ‘€ Watch This

    Avoid These Tempting Startup Tarpit Ideas

    Tarpit ideas are the startup ideas that seem good, but have been tried without success.

    They might seem so easy and good that itโ€™s unbelievable that no one has done it โ€” but when you look a bit deeper, you realize that they have been tried. Over, and over again.

    If your idea has been tried before, do your research and understand why it didnโ€™t work

    Assume the founders who tried before were very smart, very determined people.

    Whatโ€™s different now?



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    How to Get High Quality Backlinks

    Brian Dean shares the top 7 strategies that helped him get 1,600,000 backlinks for his website:

    • Use HARO to become a source for authoritative reporters and bloggers.
    • Make โ€œskyscraperโ€ content that resembles top-performing competitor pages.
    • Use content formats proven to generate links: โ€œwhyโ€ posts, โ€œwhatโ€ posts, infographics and videos.



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      MetaTrends Report #0004: Claude 3.5 Sonnet, V2A Audio, Hedra Character-1

      Welcome to your MetaTrends Report, a guide to help you navigate the 5 forces shaping our world.

      In each issue, we look at recent technology breakthroughs and emerging opportunities. We use the Five Forces Framework. Which was built on recurring themes discovered through 5,000+ hours of research and over 100+ Trends Reports.

      Whether you’re a founder, investor or just curious about the future, the Five Forces Framework will help you understand the forces shaping our world.

      The Five Forces:

      • ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage: Individuals are increasingly able to shape and impact the world. See our reports on AI Agents, No-Code and Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses.
      • ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation: The erosion of barriers to entry. Which allows anyone to build and share ideas. See our reports on Paid Podcasts, The Creator Economy and Self-Publishing.
      • ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization: The growing importance of expertise and niche solutions. See our reports on Micro-SaaS, Micro-Marketplaces and Audience-First Products.ย 
      • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization: The consolidation of power and control byย  platforms and institutions. See our reports on Programmatic SEO, YouTube Channels and Faceless Social Media Accounts.
      • ๐ŸŒ Decentralization: The shift towards distributed systems and technologies that empower individuals. See our reports on Open-Source AI, DAOs and Decentralized Finance.

      MetaTrends Reports will help you:

      • Stop Reacting, Start Shaping: Become an active player in shaping the future, rather than a passive observer of events.
      • Gain Clarity in a World of Chaos: The Five Forces Framework gives you a sense of order in an otherwise overwhelming world.
      • Turn Disruption into Advantage: See challenges as opportunities to build solutions that others haven’t imagined.

      Now letโ€™s see the forces in actionโ€ฆ

      This free issue dives into recent technology breakthroughs and emerging opportunities. We use the MetaTrends framework to find opportunities and prepare for risks.



      Claude 3.5 Sonnet: The New AI Coding Helper

      The Facts:

      • Claude 3.5 Sonnet beat all publicly-available AI models.
      • Its new โ€œArtifactsโ€ and โ€œProjectsโ€ features turn chats into collaborative tools.

      Opportunities:

      • Create a coding tutorial series using Claude 3.5 Sonnet. Teach creative people without a coding background how to code using AI. See YouTube channels such as Tiff in Tech and Thu Vu data analytics.ย 
      • Build a web-based code generator. Help non-technical founders turn images, pseudocode or natural language descriptions into real products. See Fronty and TeleportHQ.
      • Add Claude 3.5 Sonnet to your AI wrapper. Upgrade your app with the best model on the market. See TypingMind and Thinkbuddy for examples of UIs.

      Haters:

      โ€œAI-assisted coding will lead to a generation of developers who canโ€™t solve complex problems on their own.โ€
      Jensen Huang says coding will become obsolete. Until then, AI coding tools can be used to learn best practices. Even if coding from scratch will become obsolete, businesses may still need humans for higher-level tasks.

      โ€œAI models can only write code that resembles its training data.โ€
      Researchers just made AI surpass the expert sources used to train it. AI that codes on its own is not far away.

      MetaTrends Analysis:

      Claude 3.5 Sonnet is an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage, since it boosts developer productivity. The model is made by a closed-source company which points to ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization. Since AI coding assistants will help non-technical people act as developers, this is a sign of ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization.



      V2A: Generating Audio For Video

      The Facts:

      • DeepMind’s V2A creates soundtracks for videos using visuals and text.
      • It works with motion graphics and real footage.

      Opportunities:

      • Offer a service to indie game developers to create custom sound effects and background music for their games using V2A. This is an alternative to hiring freelance sound designers on Fiverr or using libraries such as BOOM.
      • A/B test your ads. Make multiple variations of audio for A/B testing to find which soundscape resonates best with viewers. The automatic nature of V2A is perfect for scaling experiments. See tools like AdCreative.ai.ย 

      Haters:

      โ€œAI audio is not as good as audio tailored to the video by sound professionals.โ€
      AI may struggle with subtle emotions, but it can already make emotive music. Sound designers can use V2A and similar tools to test ideas fast โ€” then refine them using their expertise. With the current rate of AI improvement, the sound quality will not be a problem for long.

      MetaTrends Analysis:

      V2A fits with ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation by making audio easier for everyone without expensive equipment. It also gives creators more power which is an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage.



      Hedra Character-1: AI Characters for Videos

      The Facts:

      • Hedra’s Character-1 turns images into videos of people that can sing, rap and talk.
      • The model can make videos of any length but the public preview is limited to 30 seconds.

      Opportunities:

      • Offer personalized video greetings for special occasions. Use AI characters to deliver custom messages. Think Cameo, but with AI.
      • Make a platform for creating virtual spokespersons. Help small businesses get virtual representatives for marketing and social media content. Cameo For Business does this, but with real people.
      • Build personalized video marketing campaigns. Generate hundreds of videos for specific audiences, cultures or individual customers. See how Mondelฤ“z International made an avatar of Shah Rukh Khan for ads and personalized videos.

      Haters:

      “AI-generated characters will lead to more misinformation and deepfakes. It will be hard to trust video content.”
      The concern is valid. But technology is neutral โ€” we are responsible for how we use it. Generative AI companies are also working on ways to detect AI-generated content. This is a mutual responsibility of developers and users.

      โ€œAI characters wonโ€™t replace real people.โ€
      True. But hiring real people may not fit your budget.

      MetaTrends Analysis:

      Character-1 helps creators make videos without recording themselves or hiring other people. This is a sign of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage and ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. Character-1 is closed tech by Hedra which is a sign of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.

      d accessibility. As an open-source platform, itโ€™s an example of ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. Depending on how the data collected is used, wearable glasses can also be used to advance ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.



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        ๐Ÿช™ AI Agents Pay Humans ๐Ÿ“Š B2C vs B2B ๐Ÿงฌ Longevity Businesses


        This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

        ๐Ÿ“Š B2C vs. B2B markets
        ๐Ÿ“ž How to master cold calling
        โš•๏ธ How to pain proof your back
        ๐Ÿช™ How AI agents can pay humans
        ๐Ÿงฌ The potential of longevity businesses
        โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



        ๐Ÿชถ Remember This

        Adopt the beginnerโ€™s mindset.



        ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

        Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


        ๐Ÿงฌ The Business Case for Longevity shared by Stewart Townsend
        How longevity businesses can extend healthspan and boost the economy


        ๐Ÿช™ Payman shared by Eddie Forson
        A tool that lets AI agents pay humans for tasks they canโ€™t do


        ๐Ÿ“Š B2C vs. B2B shared by Fausto Sรก Teles
        Why B2C markets are dominated by few, while B2B markets are more diverse



        ๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

        ๐Ÿ’ฌ Eddie Forson tested the speed of different language models


        ๐ŸŽต Darren Travel launched a new music album


        ๐Ÿ’ผ Kevin Galang will start working full-time on A Team Overseas in July


        ๐Ÿงฐ AJ received 2,000+ pageviews in 2 weeks for JustFree.io


        ๐Ÿค Ren Saguilโ€™s Elite Sales Athletes course is trending on Maven (Use Trends50 for 50% off)


        ๐ŸŒ Uwe Dreissigacker relaunched the homepage for BlogHandy



        ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



        ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tools of the Week

        ๐Ÿ”Ž GummySearch โ€” Discover new markets on Reddit


        ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ CodeWP โ€” Make WordPress plugins with AI


        ๐ŸŽž๏ธ โ€‹Gling.aiโ€‹ โ€” Let AI edit your videos



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        How This Cold Caller Booked 200+ Meetings in 6 Months

        Sam Byassee is a top cold caller.

        He activated 870 leads โ€“โ€“ prospects asked for more information and a follow-up.

        Learn the 3 cold calling strategies from his playbook:

        • Sam’s favorite cold-calling opening line.
        • How to meet your prospects in the buyer’s pyramid.
        • Strategies to engage prospects and inspire them to ask questions.



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        Protocols To Strengthen and Pain Proof Your Back

        Learn how to strengthen your back, build stability and lower back pain.

        • Build stability around the spine to avoid creating compression of nerves.
        • Enhance flexibility and mobility to lower muscle tension.
        • Improve overall posture and body mechanics.



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          MetaTrends Report #0003: Your Personal Health Guru, AI Video Wars, The People’s AR Glasses

          Welcome to your MetaTrends Report, a guide to help you navigate the 5 forces shaping our world.

          In each issue, we look at the most important events and new opportunities. We do so through the lens of the Five Forces Framework. Itโ€™s built on recurring themes discovered through over 5,000 hours of research for more than 100+ Trends Reports.

          Whether you’re a founder, investor or curious about the future, the Five Forces Framework will help you understand these key forces.

          The Five Forces:

          • ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage: The increasing power of individuals to impact the world. See our reports on AI Agents, No-Code and Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses.
          • ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation: The erosion of barriers to entry, allowing anyone to build and share ideas. See our reports on Paid Podcasts, The Creator Economy and Self-Publishing.
          • ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization: The growing importance of niche expertise and targeted solutions. See our reports on Micro-SaaS, Micro-Marketplaces and Audience-First Products. 
          • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization: The consolidation of power and control by platforms and institutions. See our reports on Programmatic SEO, YouTube Channels and Faceless Social Media Accounts.
          • ๐ŸŒ Decentralization: The shift towards distributed systems and technologies that empower individuals. See our reports on Open-Source AI, DAOs and Decentralized Finance.

          MetaTrends Reports will help you:

          • Stop Reacting, Start Shaping: Become an active player in shaping the future, rather than a passive observer of events.
          • Gain Clarity in a World of Chaos: The Five Forces Framework gives you a sense of order in an otherwise overwhelming world.
          • Turn Disruption into Advantage: See challenges as opportunities and build new solutions that others haven’t imagined.

          Now letโ€™s see the forces in actionโ€ฆ

          This free issue dives into the most important (and overlooked) events from last week. We use the MetaTrends framework to find opportunities and prepare for risks.



          Runway Gen-3: New AI Model Stuns The World

          The Facts:

          • Gen-3 Alpha by Runway is better at fidelity, consistency and motion compared to its last iteration.
          • Gen-3 Alpha will power Runway’s suite of creative tools, including Text-to-Video, Image-to-Video and control modes like Motion Brush, Advanced Camera Controls and Director Mode.

          Opportunities:

          • Create B-roll for your YouTube videos. Start a faceless YouTube channel without worrying about how you look, speak and act on camera. 
          • Make realistic ads. Use Gen-3 Alphaโ€™s ability to simulate physics, character interactions and 3D motions to create eye-catching ads for your business.
          • Visualize stories from books, podcasts and songs. Reach a wider audience by adding a visual component to your work.
          • Build a stock video library. Take a vertical approach and create videos for games, music artists and more. See Envato Elements, Pixabay and Motion Array.

          Haters:

          โ€œSora, Vidu, Kling, Luma and now Runway Gen-3โ€ฆ Wake me up when we have a winner.โ€
          Generative AI is a fast-moving space. It’s smart to stay informed while Sora, Vidu, Kling, Luma and now Runway Gen-3 are trying to establish dominance. Others may be using these tools while you’re just waking up and starting to notice them.

          MetaTrends Analysis:

          Runway is an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage, helping creators produce high-quality videos without technical skills. It also represents ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation, as it democratizes video creation by removing the need for expensive equipment and specialized knowledge. Since access is controlled by a closed entity, itโ€™s also an example of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.



          PH-LLM: AI For Personal Health Insights

          The Facts:

          • Google built PH-LLM, a large language model fine-tuned for personal health insights.
          • PH-LLM understands time-series personal health data from wearable devices, offers personalized insights, recommendations and answers to your questions about health.

          Opportunities:

          • Build AI-powered tools for healthcare professionals. Help them quickly understand and advise patients to improve outcomes.ย 
          • Work with wellness-focused organizations: Work with gyms to help their clients get better results. Help insurance companies save money by helping their clients stay healthy. Can you be the next CoachAi? Hereโ€™s the paper behind their research.
          • Build a personalized fitness trainer. Integrate with fitness tracking wearables, such as Fitbit, Oura or Garmin. Analyze workout data, give personalized exercise tips and adjust routines based on performance and recovery.
          • Create a mental health monitor. Track physiological markers such as heart rate variability and sleep patterns. Offer insights on and recommendations for stress management. Suggest mindfulness exercises and warn users of potential mental health dips. You can also prompt users to seek professional advice when needed.
          • Build a tool to manage chronic conditions. Help people with conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Connect to devices that monitor blood glucose levels, blood pressure and other health metrics. Give daily advice on managing conditions and remind users about medication.ย 
          • Create a nutrition and diet coach. Pair with devices that track diet and activity. Offer real-time nutrition coaching and include personalized meal suggestions based on activity levels and health goals. would determine them. Include reminders to hydrate and alerts for nutritional deficits. ONVY and Docus are trying to do something similar.
          • Build a sleep improvement tool. Use PH-LLM to analyze sleep quality, duration and patterns. Give personalized advice to improve sleep.ย 

          Haters:

          โ€œThereโ€™s no moat. Any health app can integrate with AI models and offer the same advice.โ€
          Weโ€™ve heard this critique since GPT-3. Yet lots of businesses make thousands of dollars by wrapping GPT models. Seize the opportunity while you have it.

          โ€œAI companies can sell my health data.โ€
          This is the risk with any centralized solution. The unfortunate fact is that itโ€™s also the case with โ€œprivateโ€, local LLMs (if your computer is compromised).

          โ€œAI can give dangerous health advice.โ€
          This calls for a balance between AI-driven insights and human expertise. Do not follow advice blindly. Consult healthcare providers for professional help. As an entrepreneur, recommending human health professionals within your AI wrapper can be prudent and profitable.

          MetaTrends Analysis:

          PH-LLM is an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage, helping people take control of their health and make better decisions. The paper does not share enough details or the code to reproduce PH-LLM. The proprietary nature of this means itโ€™s an example of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization (Google controlling the model).


          Frame: Open-Source AI-Powered Glasses

          The Facts:

          • Brilliant Labs built open-source, AI-powered glasses that connect to your phone and use AI apps.
          • The glasses can recognize objects, translate text and more.
          • โ€œFrameโ€ are lightweight, affordable ($349) and look like normal glasses.

          Opportunities:

          • Build a language translation app. Translate audio to text and vice versa in real-time. Help travelers read signs, menus and understand conversations.
          • Create an assistive reading app. Help people with dyslexia or other reading issues simplify text on the fly, highlight key details and read text aloud through an earpiece.
          • Build an interactive tour app. Use the glasses for education in museums or historical sites. Create audio guides and augmented reality experiences.
          • Create a safety compliance app for industrial use. Workers in industries like construction or manufacturing can spot safety hazards in real-time and get safety tips to reduce accidents.
          • Make smart jewelry. This includes necklaces and bracelets that can provide health monitoring and panic alerts.

          Haters:

          โ€œMeta and Google tried making AR glasses beforeโ€ฆ and failed.โ€
          Webvan also failed in 2001. Now we have Instacart, Amazon Fresh and Rappi. Just to name a few. Google Glass was discontinued in January 2015 before Generative AI took off. Timing is everything.ย 

          โ€œAI-powered glasses with vision can be used for live surveillance.โ€
          This critique is valid but not specific to โ€Frameโ€. Itโ€™s a new negative externality that weโ€™ll have to deal with as omnipresent devices like earbuds become equipped with cameras.ย 

          โ€œPeople donโ€™t feel comfortable hanging around someone wearing AR glasses.โ€
          The stigma is real. Time will tell whether this tech becomes socially acceptable.

          MetaTrends Analysis:

          โ€œFrameโ€ glasses are an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage by giving users access to information and abilities on-the-go. offering real-time information and accessibility. As an open-source platform, itโ€™s an example of ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. Depending on how the data collected is used, wearable glasses can also be used to advance ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.



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              MetaTrends Report #0002: AI Detects Emotions, Qwen2 > Llama3, War Drones

              Welcome to your MetaTrends Report, a guide to help you navigate the 5 forces shaping our world.

              In each issue, we look at the most important events and new opportunities. We do so through the lens of the Five Forces Framework. Itโ€™s built on recurring themes discovered through over 5,000 hours of research for more than 100+ Trends Reports.

              Whether you’re a founder, investor or curious about the future, the Five Forces Framework will help you understand these key forces.

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              • ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage: The increasing power of individuals to impact the world. See our reports on AI Agents, No-Code and Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses.
              • ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation: The erosion of barriers to entry, allowing anyone to build and share ideas. See our reports on Paid Podcasts, The Creator Economy and Self-Publishing.
              • ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization: The growing importance of niche expertise and targeted solutions. See our reports on Micro-SaaS, Micro-Marketplaces and Audience-First Products. 
              • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization: The consolidation of power and control by platforms and institutions. See our reports on Programmatic SEO, YouTube Channels and Faceless Social Media Accounts.
              • ๐ŸŒ Decentralization: The shift towards distributed systems and technologies that empower individuals. See our reports on Open-Source AI, DAOs and Decentralized Finance. 

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              • Turn Disruption into Advantage: See challenges as opportunities and build new solutions that others haven’t imagined.

              Now letโ€™s see the forces in actionโ€ฆ

              This free issue dives into the most important (and overlooked) events from last week. We use the MetaTrends framework to find opportunities and prepare for risks.



              Hume AI: The First AI with Emotional Intelligence

              The Facts:

              • Hume AI is a research lab focused on building emotionally intelligent AI.
              • It detects vocal expressions to sense emotions such as amusement, desire and disgust.

              Opportunities:

              • Build education tools. Use APIs, like Hume, to detect confusion and confidence. Use the data to personalize education. You can imagine โ€œpassive learningโ€ by integrating with a Loom-like tool. It would share suggestions to speakers when you record an async video.
              • Improve LLM interfaces. If youโ€™ve used voice chat with ChatGPT, youโ€™ve seen how easy it is to have long talks when you donโ€™t have to type. What if third-party apps like TypingMind detected emotions? They could pass this as metadata to improve responses.
              • Make dynamic mental health apps. If AI can persuade conspiracy believers they are wrong, it can help you break bad habits. Last week, we featured an AI therapist app that works based on transcribed words. What if underlying emotions were also detected? 
              • Make better games with emotionally intelligent characters. NVIDIA showed a feature with dynamic non-player characters (NPCs). This seems like a glimpse of the future with smart characters and dynamic storylines.
              • Improve customer service: AI is being deployed to provide scalable customer service. Now we can enhance these systems to detect and respond based on the emotional states of humans.
              • Build emotionally intelligent robots: Weโ€™re in the robotics renaissance. The robots will be emotionally intelligent. They will offer empathetic interactions with humans. Leading to new opportunities in healthcare, companionship, and elderly care.

              Haters:

              โ€œThe desire for things like lie detection can lead to privacy concerns.โ€
              The idea of our innermost feelings being monitored without consent is unsettling. We lie for a reason, and it’s unsettling when an algorithm exposes us as a liar. This is a reminder that technology is a superpower. As with any superpower, individuals can use it for good or evil purposes. 

              โ€œSurveillance states can use this to enhance tracking of individuals.โ€
              Weโ€™ve seen cases of mass surveillance revealed. Nation-states often are the first to use centralizing technology. This ship may have already sailed. But this also shows the need for privacy-preserving technology. This includes end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge proofs. 

              MetaTrends Analysis:

              Emotion-detecting AI exemplifies ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage and ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization. It lets developers build better apps without making the underlying technology. Companies like Hume are also an example of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization. All data from such developers flows through them. AI that detects emotion can also enhance mass surveillance. It does this by parsing data to find interesting elements.



              Qwen 2: Alibaba’s Open-Source LLM Challenge

              The Facts:

              • Alibaba Cloud released Qwen 2. An open-source large language model (LLM). It beats all other open-source models.
              • The tests cover natural language processing, coding, math, and multilingual abilities.

              Opportunities:

              • Add Qwen2 to your AI app. Developers often focus on the jobs-to-be-done. They assume that better models will come. And theyโ€™ll integrate with them. PDF.ai, Perplexity and TypingMind take this approach. If you have an AI app, add Qwen2 to the list of available models. 
              • Fine-tune models with Qwen2 as the base. Last week, we saw an open-source, fine-tuned model for law. Now that we have an even more powerful foundational, open-source model, you can do the same for other areas. 
              • Use Qwen2 for private chats. Last week, we also looked at the new space of Local LLMs. We’ve seen new use cases that are possible with better privacy. Open-source models trail centralized ones. But, the gap is closing with releases such as Qwen2. Platforms, like Ollama, make it easier to run many open-source models on your computer. 

              Haters:

              โ€œThe model may have been trained in a biased way.โ€
              Bias is inevitable in training. The same goes for centralized models. The only difference is that we have more access to fine-tuning open-source models.

              MetaTrends Analysis:

              This is the most powerful open-source model we’ve seen yet. It is an example of ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. Anyone can download and tweak the model. Open-source foundational models protect privacy. This is an example of ๐ŸŒ Decentralization. This is like other models, which can be open-source or centralized. It gives builders more power. So, it’s an example of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage.



              Stable Audio Open: Democratizing Sound Design with Open-Source AI

              The Facts:

              • Stability AI launched Stable Audio Open, a free, open-source text-to-audio model for making audio clips up to 47 seconds long.
              • The model can create drum beats, instrument riffs, ambient sounds, foley recordings and other sound effects.

              Opportunities:

              • Create ambient tracks. Some of the most popular YouTube videos are sounds that people work and relax to. 
              • Build sound effect libraries. This is a vertical opportunity that could be focused on podcasts, games and more. See general/horizontal libraries such as Pixabay, Mixkit and Soundsnap
              • Make custom sound effects for your games, videos and podcasts. This helps you make your brand unique without needing sound designers. 

              Haters:

              โ€œThe model can only create short audio clips, not full songs or longer pieces.โ€
              And this is the worst it will ever be. The rate of improvement for LLMs seems to be doubling every 5 to 14 months. Clip length will not be a problem for long. 

              MetaTrends Analysis:

              Stable Audio Open is an open-source library. It is an example of ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation and ๐ŸŒ Decentralization. It also lets non-sound designers improve products without mastering a new skill. Creators can focus on their main job. It points to ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage and ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization.



              In MetaTrends Reports, we highlight opportunities and events that others may have overlooked. But here are some more popular stories that you may have missed:

              • Apple announces new AI features at WWDC 2024. The new features will increase ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage. The hardware lock-in and privacy concerns tie into ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization
              • Jack Dorsey recently spoke on how algorithms are programming us which means that the free speech debate should be a free will debate. He also highlights the importance of decentralized social media platforms. This is emblematic of the tug-of-war between ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization and ๐ŸŒ Decentralization.
              • Former OpenAI employee, Leopold Ashenbrenner, predicts Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) by 2027. He lays out the roadmap for AGI and superintelligence in an essay series called Situational Awareness. AI, with hardware and energy as chokepoints, is a centralizing technology. Leopold suggests that nation-states take more control of the technology. This is a clear case of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.
              • Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, is building an AI-powered military drone venture named Project Eagle. The team is testing AI-guided drones in Silicon Valley and Ukraine. Since governments have a monopoly on violence, this is an example of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization.



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                  MetaTrends Report #0001: Local LLMs, AIO vs SEO, Facial Cursor Control

                  Welcome to the first MetaTrends Report, your guide to navigating the 5 forces shaping our world.

                  In each issue, we look at the most important events through the lens of the Five Forces Framework which was built based on recurring themes discovered through putting 5,000+ hours of research into over 100+ Trends Reports.

                  Whether you’re a founder, investor or just curious about the future, the Five Forces Framework will help you to navigate the 5 forces shaping our world.

                  The Five Forces:

                  • ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage: The increasing power of individuals to impact the world. See our reports on AI Agents, No-Code and Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses.
                  • ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation: The erosion of barriers to entry, allowing anyone to build and share ideas. See our reports on Paid Podcasts, The Creator Economy and Self-Publishing.
                  • ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization: The growing importance of niche expertise and targeted solutions. See our reports on Micro-SaaS, Micro-Marketplaces and Audience-First Products. 
                  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization: The consolidation of power and control by platforms and institutions. See our reports on Programmatic SEO, YouTube Channels and Faceless Social Media Accounts.
                  • ๐ŸŒ Decentralization: The shift towards distributed systems and technologies that empower individuals. See our reports on Open-Source AI, DAOs and Decentralized Finance. 

                  MetaTrends Reports will help you:

                  • Stop Reacting, Start Shaping: Become an active player in shaping the future, rather than a passive observer of events.
                  • Gain Clarity in a World of Chaos: The Five Forces Framework gives you a sense of order in an otherwise overwhelming world.
                  • Turn Disruption into Advantage: See challenges as opportunities and build new solutions that others haven’t imagined.

                  Now letโ€™s see the forces in actionโ€ฆ

                  In this free issue, we dive into the most important (and overlooked) events from last week and use the MetaTrends framework to find opportunities and prepare for risks.



                  Researchers Discover AI SEO Techniques

                  Image Source: Aleyda Solis

                    โ€œAI Optimization (AIO) is the new Search Engine Optimization (SEO)โ€ 

                  The Facts:

                  • Researchers tested 9 methods to optimize websites for AI search engines.
                  • Three strategies โ€” Citing Sources, Adding Quotes and Statistics โ€” led to a 30%-40% boost in visibility.

                  Opportunities:

                  • Build Tools to Optimize Rankings in AI Models: Put simply, this looks like Ahrefs or Moz for ChatGPT, Gemini and Claude. 
                  • Provide AIO Consulting Services: SEO experts have built great livelihoods. We might see the growth of a new specialized skill set focused on optimizing for visibility in AI models. Hereโ€™s an early glimpse. This is still an open space where you can position yourself as an authority on AI search optimization by running experiments, sharing research and educating others. 

                   Haters:

                  โ€œIn traditional search engines, such as Google, sites had many chances to rank. The game of figuring out how to rank in ChatGPT, Gemini and Claude seem like winner-take-all or winner-take-most.โ€
                  It certainly seems that way. This seems to lead to a world where the stakes are higher. Those who can afford to invest resources to rank will do so, which will make it harder for new entrants to gain traction.

                  MetaTrend Analysis:

                  AI search engine optimization (AIO) is a new domain and an example of ๐Ÿ”ป Specialization. A lot of SEO best practices transfer to AIO, yet there are new things to consider. Traditional SEO is also an example of ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization with (mostly) Google setting the rules.



                  Local LLMs: New Use Cases


                  The Facts:

                  • Pieter Levels built an AI Therapist using ChatGPT before moving it to a Telegram bot.
                  • He saw the privacy limits of centralized models, so heโ€™s aiming to build a client-side version of the AI Therapist that users can run locally. 

                  Opportunities:

                  The move to local LLMs (Language Learning Models) in applications, such as an AI Life Coach, unlocks new use cases that wouldn’t be possible with centralized models due to privacy limitations. Local LLMs offer better privacy for:

                  • Legal Advice: More private consultations.
                  • Therapy Applications: Confidential therapy sessions.
                  • Journaling and Reflection Apps: You might hesitate to send your innermost thoughts to Microsoftโ€™s servers.

                  Local LLMs could also play a role when thereโ€™s limited or no internet access. Such as disaster response scenarios, rural healthcare and maritime vessels.

                  Haters:

                  โ€œRunning models locally requires more expensive and powerful hardware.โ€
                  Welcome to the world of tradeoffs. This is a core tradeoff (at the moment) for local LLMs but they are becoming more performant which is why we can have this conversation now. Another story in this issue hints at how Apple is doing this on a grand scale. This may be an inflection point for hardware and local LLMs. 

                  โ€œProviding support for models running locally sounds impossible.โ€
                  If you canโ€™t remotely access or control an instance of the user experience, this makes this harder and is yet another tradeoff of local LLMs. Unless the LLM becomes unusable, users can use an AI model to debug another AI model. 

                  โ€œLocal LLM set up and onboarding sounds like a headache. People canโ€™t just visit a URL, they have to download and set up a model.โ€
                  UX for local LLMs will need lots of work for these apps to become popularized. User education and onboarding are solvable problems.

                  MetaTrends Analysis:

                  The use of Local LLMs for private applications aligns with the MetaTrends of ๐ŸŒ Decentralization and ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. It shifts control from entities such as OpenAI, Microsoft and Google to users. The adoption of applications using local LLMs will spur innovation around open-source AI models. Privacy and open-source are hallmarks of Decentralization and Permissionless Innovation.



                  Open-Source Facial Cursor Control


                  The Facts:

                  • Google has open-sourced Project Gameface. A facial recognition-based cursor control technology.
                  • This lets users control a cursor on Android devices using facial gestures and head movements.

                  Opportunities:

                  Similar to open-source projects, such as Whisper, Gameface is a building block with tons of potential use cases. Some use cases that stand out are:

                  • Build Accessible Apps: This video features Lance Carr – a Colorado gamer with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Heโ€™s still able to enjoy games with the help of facial recognition-based cursor control.
                  • Create Hands-Free Interfaces: Build apps that use facial control for hands-free device interaction, such as in restaurants, healthcare, manufacturing or field work.

                  MetaTrend Analysis:

                  Open-sourcing Gameface aligns with the MetaTrends of ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage and ๐Ÿ”“ Permissionless Innovation. Facial cursor control gives us another form of input to get desired outcomes. While open-sourcing this technology allows anyone to build apps without limitations or high barriers to entry.  



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                  • Microsoft’s new Recall feature for Windows 11 records everything you do on your computer. Microsoft says local storage protects your privacy. But security experts warn that hackers could easily steal the data as itโ€™s stored in a plain text database. Recall is supposed to give you the ability to easily retrieve anything youโ€™ve ever seen (๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage). But it may give Microsoft (and hackers) more control over your data (๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization).
                  • Apple’s iOS 18 will bring AI features to apps like Siri, Notes and Messages. Like Recall, this touches on ๐Ÿฆพ Individual Leverage and ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Centralization. Apple seems to focus on secure, local LLMs. Which could mean better privacy than Microsoft’s approach.
                  • The SEC approved the first Ethereum spot ETFs. A step towards mainstream crypto adoption. Now centralized entities, such as ETFs will need to think of asset custody and monetary policies from a decentralized perspective. Overall, itโ€™s a win for ๐ŸŒ Decentralization. 



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