Techsylvanian gold – 5 ideas to go - DAY 2
This day was just out of space… X.
Techsylvania – Day 2 really brought some “gold” information. And by that, we mean a larger spectrum of perspectives. Beyond the atmosphere, we dare to say.
1. The trend is deglobalization – Peter Yared (InCountry)
Scaling a business is a really important part of the process when it comes to a globalized world. However, Peter says that globalization is so passe, and we are entering a deglobalized era. He basically states, that with the technological evolution we are now better of if we produce locally. Even if, for now, say 3D printing a piece you need, costs more than to ship it from the other part of the world, soon it will replace it. One of the main reasons is data regulation. Even with highly globalized businesses, like McDonald’s, all data related regulation is local. This is a lot of headache for businesses.
As Peter puts it “It is not as simple as it seems.”
So, Peter, seems like in this emerging data-regulated world is better to go local? Hmmm. Well that’s an interesting shift we’ll think about.
2. The new, the better Silicon Valley? - Peter Vesterbacka (FinEst Bay Area)
First, you have to know that Peter is Finnish. He also illuminated all the Formula 1 lovers, who follow Kimi Raikkonen. Whenever he was asked after winning or coming in second place, how he felt about it, he said OK. Thus, his branding of an ice-cold man. Turns out OK, in Finnish means superrrrr!
Back to the topic – the revolutionary thought of Peter and his team is the power of their imagination. Their project is to build a tunnel between Estonia and Finland with infra and supra-structure. What is crazy about it is that the main purpose is to create “gravity”, a place with great “talent density”. Through the attractiveness of the project the talent will arrive, and everything will bloom. Hence, the best of side-products will emerge: opportunity.
Peter, we were blown away by your ideas and experience.
3. Easy access to data is like accessing trust. - Vlad Trifa (Ambrosus)
Vlad Trifa is a computer scientist, researcher, and entrepreneur with a key role in defining and implementing the application layer of the Internet of Things. Today he talked about the almost natural connection between IoT and Blockchain, insisting that democratic access to a network is fundamental nowadays. And blockchain can assure that democratic transparency.
Though, only this year people started to understand the real value of it, until now being treated a bit superficial. The easiest way to a client’s mind though is through the “traditional” consulting and only after, presenting blockchain as the solution to his need. So, the challenge in the new “love story” between IoT and the new-comer, blockchain, remains working closely with the client to get him involved in the “story”.
Vlad, we trust your opinion!
4. When you have 0 connections, where do you start? – Fang Yuan – Baidu Ventures
To be born in certain places can make the road to success easier. It also depends very much on your connections. However, turns out there is no such thing as 0 connections. But where do you start?
Close friends. They are the closest connection you have. Then, you should identify your “super connectors” – these are also your friends who won’t necessarily help directly, but they know people. As Fang Yuan puts it when it comes to getting in touch “be shameless, but not annoying”.
After them, try and meet people where they are – look for them at any kind of business gathering that could be useful for you. Techsylvania is a good example. Just then, you should search for potential “helpers” on the social network channel. When you do so, make sure you did your research. Don’t waste your time with unresearched e-mails sent out. And finally, the very best advice: look for people who are incentivized to help you.
Great advice, Fang Yuan. It makes a lot of sense.
5. There is actually a race to the moon. And not in a metaphoric way. - Tom Mueller (Co-Founder of SpaceX)
The previous speakers of Tecsylvania – Day 2, pointed to other horizons than we are not used to looking. To the impact of the place where you are born in your success, to shifting from global to local, to give importance to the network either human or virtual and creating an ideal habitat where human potential and not only can flourish.
And then there’s Tom Mueller. Taking all these ideas and launching them literally outer space. With the precision of a well-documented scientist, he talks about inhabiting and terraforming Mars, racing to the Moon for water supplies and colonization. It’s like you’re hearing a story about Columbus and his aspirations back in history, yet it’s a reality that it’s taking place parallel to our much ordinary daily life.
Space tourism is an option. Although eccentric nowadays, soon to be affordable. After all, according to his presented data, the solar system’s solid surface is about 10 times bigger than the Earth’s. Nevertheless, should we ask ourselves or not the question: do we give up on Earth, “cause it’s finite” and go for the Moon?
We just don’t slow down because “it’s not in human nature” to do so and sky-rocket to space, as Tom Mueller said?
Grounded or straight from outer space, these 5 ideas from Techsylvania – Day 2 are meant to stick to your mind just like a post-it that reminds you when you get lost in the routine that are bigger things coming your way.
Until next year, AROBS will use wisely the inspiration infused by Techsylvania days.
If you didn’t get the chance to read the summary ideas from Techsylvania – Day 1, you can find them here.
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