Author: Ronald Carpentier

Male, Amsterdam, Technology, Marketing, Media, Strategy, Management, Music and stuff... The World According To Carp :-)

Red Army. Wat een documentaire. Gaat dat zien.

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I just believe that there really is goodness in every human being, and there’s magic, to the point that I’m sometimes naïve about it. But the value of rewarding people and trusting people has come back to me in my life in a karmic way that’s gigantic.

Lars Dalgaard: Build Trust by Daring to Show That You’re Human – The New York Times

Similarly, I believe that Bitcoin is the first “killer app” of The Blockchain as email was the killer app for the beginning of the Internet. We are in the process of inventing eBay, Amazon and Google. My hunch is that The Blockchain will be to banking, law and accountancy as The Internet was to media, commerce and advertising. It will lower costs, disintermediate many layers of business and reduce friction. As we know, one person’s friction is another person’s revenue.

This is why I though the most interesting thing about Nest (besides the team) was to look at it not as a thermostat but a a route to market. Nest found a clear, easy-to-communicate use case with lots of scope to avoid commoditization through software, and also scope to be used as a hub – a trojan horse – to sell other things.