One Big Thing
Something that someone says either to avoid answering a question clearly or to make someone believe something that is not true
WeWork, the $20 billion behemoth, just announced that it would no longer offer unlimited beer to its members.
But in announcing the decision, a WeWork spokeswoman sounded like a cartoonish version of a Silicon Valley character: “an innovative, software-driven mechanism to help manage the provision of alcohol in our spaces.”
What the hell does that sentence mean?
It means nothing.
When discussing beer, “innovative, software-driven mechanism” is a weasel language. Its lack of clarity is offensive.
The startup world is full of weasel language. No longer satisfied with being an oh-so-boring company, registered companies are now “platforms” and “communities” and “experiences” and, in WeWork’s case, a “global network of workspaces.”
As a counterpoint, I appreciate these guys: “Snap is a camera company.”
As in all things worth doing, Keep It Simple Stupid.
Start with language.