These two perspectives will define our life behind 2020. The  pandemic has thrown everyone into a new reality. The transition from our traditional lifestyle to isolation mode was anything but smooth.

The whole world had to learn how to work and learn remotely and organize their leisure without leaving their homes. But the lockdown has also made some marks for startups that no one could have imagined earlier.

A few months ago, we couldn’t imagine a world without public transportation and traffic jams, busy restaurants and shopping malls, over-crowded parties and concerts.

Now here it is. Governments kicked off long-awaited innovation programs to invest in healthcare technology – the industry that is getting the most attention today. And for millions of people around the world, real life has gone online – with the growth of online shopping, online classes, and even online parties.

Despite restrictions being eased in most countries, no one can say when the lockdown will end completely. Do we go back to our normal lives this summer? Or will the coming two years be shaped by social distancing due to a potential pandemic return?

One thing is already clear: we are in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

There has been a huge increase in the unemployment rate. Many small businesses closedGreat economies enter recession. That doesn’t sound optimistic, does it?

But the situation is not that bad either. The crisis also opens up many possibilities.

Here we discuss four industries that are experiencing a difficult upgrade right now. If you want your company to be on the verge of improvement – hurry up and discover the potential startup niches!

Remote Interaction – the new reality for private communication
For years, Zoom was the typical solution for online conferences and video calls. As of February 2020, it is the number one platform for all kinds of events: from birthday parties and blind dates to university classes and even city council meetings.

Currently, this is a forced measure, but experts predict that virtual meetings will continue to be a big part of our reality even after the pandemic is over.

Generation Z (also known as zoomers – what a coincidence!) prefer online communication to in-person meetings. But currently available tools still may not provide all the features that young users are looking for. And it’s a mark to check for a startup founder.

What do the myriad online communication tools miss? User orientation, social features and entertainment.

Zoom and Alike were created specifically for business needs. Companies that could not afford a custom internal communication system opted for a cost-effective SaaS solution.

Their functionality fits well in a conference room, but not in a virtual family lunch or coffee-break. Zoom security issues are also a reason to explore alternatives.

Some tools start out playing with enabled masks or changing backgrounds, but a complicated solution for entertaining group calls is on the way.

There is still a gap. And that’s one of the possible startup niches to hit with a new app, right?

First, let’s analyze the popular apps among zoomers right now. What characteristics make them so unique?

Filters, instant reactions, microformats, geolocation, augmented reality or interactive 3D models, built-in mini-games, group movie streaming, and more – any idea can be a game-changer.

Door Delivery – Eliminating the need for traditional shopping
E-commerce was slowly evolving, but it seemed that the full transformation of online shopping was just a few decades away.

Some buyers were not ready to make a decision without seeing the product with their own eyes; Some others didn’t trust the seller they couldn’t talk to in person.

And now here we are. There is only one type of shopping available during the lockdown, that is online shopping. And it turns out that basically everything can be delivered to the door: food, cosmetics, consumer electronics, furniture, gardening tools and pet care products.

Now that everyone was compelled to try e-commerce, they could evaluate the convenience of the process and the opportunity to save more time. And after taking this first step, many will not even return to classical shopping.

We are already seeing online commerce taking a huge leap forward. And when it comes to global e-commerce trends, to-the-door delivery is certainly one of the strongest. So we expect the number of P2P logistics services to grow. It sounds like a solid startup niche, doesn’t it?

International on-demand delivery companies such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Glovo first focused on food delivery from restaurants. Now they expand their services and are ready to bring anything at the doorstep of their customers.

However, high quality delivery is still not available in most small cities around the world. This means millions of people are waiting for a local company to meet their needs.

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