Privacy – remember John Lennon?

His song title Power to the people is becoming popular again nowadays, when Internet giants have no shame to exploit our personal data for undisclosed purposes. Well, mostly for money and even more power.

Source: www.johnlennon.com

As always, when a movement goes to far, opposing powers rise up, slowly first, unstoppable soon. A good sign is when industry veterans initiate or join such action, feeling that the Web is not anymore what it was supposed to be.

Have a close look at those developments:

BRAVE browser, supported by Javascript creator Brendan Eich, is giving the user all the power needed to not get skimmed off, while surfing the Web. Included is the Basic Attention Token concept, enabling users to pay for content of their choice. First step into the right direction.

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Next worth to watch is SOLID and its POD concept, initiated by Sir Tim Berners-Lee himself, the famous WWW creator. POD stands for Personal Online Data Store, promising users to be and stay the masters of their data, enabling them to share through apps, but never losing control.

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Last but not least, there is TUTANOTA, a newcomer out of Germany, offering “the world’s most secure email service, easy to use and private by design”. A fresh start, no veterans involved, as far as I know.

Another fresh approach, up to change advertisement and customer relations, is MYFAVORITO, where DISRUPTEC has been an early advisor.

 

Source of all pictures: http://www.wikipeda.org 

 

 

 

Disrupting corporate HQ

Despite mainly supported by the public, remarkably even under black and hispanic population, NYC socialists have succeeded in killing the Amazon HQ2 project. Great.

Have written few years ago that it’s time for tech companies to move out of Silicon Valley, as there is no need for such silos anymore, not to speak about the ever-increasing costs of doing business there. However, setting up shop in NYC instead is not a real change nor improvement. Gotta get out of the comfort zone completely.

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Today, looking at this HQ2 debacle, my advise is to radically diversify geographically, whereby such advise is not addressing the big ones anymore – Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and alikes – but their upcoming challengers.

As the end of Airbus 380 has shown that it does not make sense to copy a market leader strategy, if you want to win. Have a distinct different strategy and start with HQ location:

Doing business in SF, NYC or other US metroplexes has become a struggle on many frontlines.

In tropical Panama nobody would complain about becoming home of a corporate headquarter. Instead, Panama has made special bienvenido rules for them and some have been following already. Getting much more for less is easy to understand, isn’t it?

Latin America, located in the same hemisphere, sharing culture and values, is about to learn a lesson after Chavez’ socialism of the 21st century has ruined former rich and beautiful Venezuela. Won’t happen again anytime soon.

Here’s a ranking based on 2018 results, showing how Panama has succeeded in a decade-long race to catch up and positioned to become #1 in 5 to 8 years.

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There are many advantages speaking for a corporate HQ507:

 

Impressions:

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Panama Canal Atlantic locks / http://www.besserpanama.com

 

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City at night / go.getit.com.pa

 

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Pacific beach resort / http://www.besserpanama.com
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Panama Pacific islands / http://www.besserpanama.com

 

The Panama Canal is the backbone of the economy, as well as financial and business services, like ship registry. Tourism is another income source as agriculture is.

If human capital is priority #1 for any hi-tec company to thrive, then Panama is in a perfect position, by itself and being located in the middle of the Americas, with direct flights from/to 80+ cities between San Francisco and Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Toronto.

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Young professionals will easily get permanent residency. They’ll enjoy preferrable tax rules and have endless attractive investment opportunities. Imagine to purchase a contemporary 130 m² 2bed/2bath oceanview condo for $200,000.

Having done business in Europe, South East Asia and the Americas, Panama is a perfect choice, all things considered.

Bienvenido.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving along

While Cryptocoin enthusiasts are having a difficult time for a while already, the technology behind is moving along unstoppable, not just nicely.

For some eye-opening insight and outlook, George Gilders latest book Life after Google is a great read. It appears to confirm the fact that even the biggest tech firms will be overrun sooner or later. Overrun by people thinking out of the box again, developing new technologies and making it a business from the beginning, finding adequate means to fund it, not the old-fashioned VC way.

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Source: amazon.com

There goes the centralized web and the centralized funding, once grown up together. Everything has its time.

Ironically this new tech movement is taking up pace right at the time when the old gatekeepers begin to abuse their power openly and evily. Nice coincidence.

What an environment has been created over time to oust a genius like Brendan Eich as Mozilla CEO for giving $1,000 for a case they find wrong? And this is just one example.

For a guy like me, grown up in East Germany, such Social Warrior movement is like going back in a time machine, but worse.

However, nobody and nothing is useless, can still serve as a bad example.

 

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Source: ebay.com

 

 

On historic ground

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA was the place for a 500startups DemoDay this week. As advisor to Myfavorito Inc., one of the batch 19 companies, I have thankfully been invited to join.

 

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What a place: Here are the Fairchild Semiconductor patent and laboratory notebooks preserved and exhibited, dating back to the late 1950s, and being the fundament for the tremendous technological progress we experience and enjoy nowadays. Rightfully, Fairchild is described there as the “Trillion Dollar Startup”.

One of the founders was Gordon Moore, who defined Moore’s law. Based on their work and progress in early integrated circuits it projected exponential growth in number of active elements per chip and thus performance, decrease in costs. Still valid today and we are already experiencing the steeper slope of this exponential curve.

The 500DemoDay was an all-day event where 40 companies presented to potential investors , in a 2-minutes pitch on-stage and later in a more casual one-to-one environment. The event has been extremely well prepared and professionally run, fully booked by interested parties.

Our company had more than 25 serious conversations to be followed up in the next weeks.

All the best to Myfavorito.

 

 

Mission accomplished, finally

When the new economy crisis hit in 2001, our Germany-based family software business had just missed to get established in the U.S.

Fifteen years later, our sons have been successful.

 

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Experience collected during these years and marketplace knowledge diligently aquired, has led to a brandnew product with some potential.

Now participating in 500 startups’ program. Congratulations!

Want more details? Here.

 

Blackout hitting some big ones

Some days ago a coordinated attack has blocked one of the DNS hubs of the Internet, leading to hour-long blackouts of essential services. Some describe it as a test run.

As convenient it is to work with the market leaders in Web hosting, but of course they are prime targets for attacks to come. Clients, we are connected with, hosted in midsize data centers with proven track record, have been served during this situation uninterrupted.

 

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Source: blog.enake.net