By now you probably know that 'Parasite', the 2019 film by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, won the award for best picture at the Oscars last Sunday. That's huge. HUGE! The New York Times obviously explains why this is such a big deal way better than I could: "Ninety-two years of Oscar history were shattered Sunday night when the South Korean hit “Parasite” became the first film not in the English language to win the Academy Award for best picture."
But what's that gotta do with No-Code? Well…honestly, not much. I'm going for something wider this time. A kind of a 'Ratatouille' lesson, if you will (sorry for all the Hollywood references today). Remember when Anton Ego, the food critic writes his review on the dinner made by Remy? He says: "Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere." And, look, I know we know that. But it's good to acknowledge it every once in a while.
There are a lot of artists, entrepreneurs, coders, makers, and what have you, from all over the world doing amazing things! Just check out what Sarkis Buniatyan, from Armenia, made using Webflow. He recreated the PS4 interface flawlessly!
Where he is from, of course, does not determine his success or lack thereof, but I'm a strong believer in representation, and it's cool to see people from all types of backgrounds doing awesome stuff. A decade ago it would be crazy to think about creating a tech business outside of the United States or any other of the world powers, but today they are everywhere, and founders come from diverse and interesting backgrounds, giving hope to young entrepreneurs of all kinds of origins to follow this path.
And now it's awesome to see powerhouses from different parts of the world investing and believing in this multicultural and multilingual way of entrepreneurship. For example, check out this TechCrunch piece. Latin America is taking the lead in funding women. Isn't that great?
The world is too big and there sure must be amazing things yet to be seen. But we must try to facilitate these discoveries as we advance. We have to walk so others can run. Or maybe, if possible, walk and run, so others can run by our side. Sérgio Oliveira, a fellow no-coder and co-founder of Bondlayer, from Portugal, stated it clearly on Twitter last week:
And this is what we should aim for. Let's be the next Bong Joon-ho, the next Remy, the next big thing to come from where they least expect it. If there is a time where that is possible, is now.