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 

 

 

 

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.