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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(C) SusieS

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.

 

 

Autonomous cars? Think bolder.

Just stuck in a 1-hour traffic jam few days ago because of some wires fallen across the Interamerican highway. And as this is the backbone of Panama, there is no way to go around. Time to go over it, literally.

Bad news: all the upcoming autonomous driving cars will not change this. Not at all. But the solution is above our heads: kind-of-autonomous flying objects. (AFO)

Here is what imho is the best concept and first real prototype ready to fly this year:

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  • Fast as a jet
  • vertical take-off and landing
  • light-sport category
  • 36 engines (electric fans)
  • 6 battery packs
  • 3 computers
  • 2 seats
  • 1 airframe parachute.

It is Lilium’s electric jet, developed by a Munich-based start-up that lately got a €10mio capital infusion.

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This aircraft can take-off and land on a helipad or elsewhere. No runway, no emissions. Once in the air it travels as fast as 180 mph and goes for 300 miles.

Consider it as disruption in personal travel and keep watching here

All pictures (C) Lilium Aviation

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.

 

Tearing down walls, but …

Peter Diamandis’ TechBlog starts like this today:

With all the talk of building walls, it seems to me that technology has actually been rapidly tearing down walls.

Besides your passport, what really defines your nationality these days?

Is it where you were live? Where you work? The language you speak? The currency you use?

If it is, then despite an increase in “nationalism” (i.e. BREXIT), we may see the idea of “nationality” quickly dissolve in the decades ahead… Or at least become an option you choose versus assume as a default.

Residency, currency and language are rapidly being disrupted and dematerialized by technology.

Peter is describing the world from a tech-pro perspective and I understand. Even more, as my life has been massively influenced by the teared-down Berlin wall.

There is, however, more to consider:

In Europe, countries have and are being flooded with strangers unchecked, who do not subscribe to our culture and belief system, even fight our lifestyle. Just the opposite of the e.g. Indian entrepreneur who is doing business in or with the Silicon Valley. 

In Europe, an unelected bureaucratic monster is more and more influencing the citizenry’s everyday life, changing the world in a way a “Kommissar” thinks it should be.

This kind of experiences has caused a situation when boarders are built again as defense, mentally and physically. 

And don’t forget that people have roots. Just recently I have been able to track my ancestors as far back as 1600. It is a very personal and exciting lesson in history. Kind of proud of what battles they had to fight and survive. However, these roots have not held me back in considering another part of the world home today.

The catch is that technology is developing exponentially, at high speed, increasing. Human beings can barely keep pace and societies just don’t.

What to do about it? Debug politics, teach people, develop societies?

All of it.

 

 

 

Digitalization and the growing gap

Digital technology is developing exponentially. As it grows into more and more industries, their ongoing development not only accelerates, but becoming disruptive.

The general public can’t follow, getting more and more separarated from the digital elites. Consequently, digitalization is creating fear for average people.

We must not watch this gap growing. But what to do about it?

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We can’t slow down technological development, so there is the other side only left to influence: human beings, their knowledge, understanding and involvement.

Real progress is made by advanced technology, combined with its understanding, acceptance and daily usage by as many people as possible. 

 

 

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

 

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Our core team has been part of that exceptional journey, positioning DISRUPTEC as your initial and lead contact for all digitalization.