Raison d’être

An interesting chapter in any blockchain implementation is getting to why a companies exists. What is the value being added in the process? Blockchain is often used to add transparency to the use case, but what if that exposes the company is not really adding value? That’s when a search for innovation leads to a more philosophical excercise.

”With transparancy caused by blockchain, companies need to critically rethink what value they are adding in the chain, or risk ending their existence.” - HBR

Fun and interesting, but not everybody was ready for that.

Privacy Commons?

As privacy online is an issue dear to me, I like to read from DuckDuckGo, Proton, Signal and various other tools on how to enhance your defenses. This piece on TechCrunch had an interesting angle. It debated if privacy would be a private matter, or a matter of the coPrivacy is a commonsmmons. On it being a private matter:

“The answer is: no, actually, not necessarily; not if there are enough of them; not if the commodification of privacy begins to affect us all. Privacy is like voting. An individual’s privacy, like an individual’s vote, is usually largely irrelevant to anyone but themselves … but the accumulation of individual privacy or lack thereof, like the accumulation of individual votes, is enormously consequential.” - TechCrunch “Privacy is a commons”

Also considering that the Conmons is a central theme in the upcoming Odyssey Hackathon here in the Netherlands, I can see this theme being applied a lot broader in an attempt to make the world a fairer place again.

Mentoring at Rockstart

Last week I became a mentor for startups in Rockstart! A cool opportunity to help startups grow and, get to grow my network and share my experience within the Rockstart ecosystem.

Rockstart is a startup accelerator, launched in 2011 and has an office in Amsterdam. Within their Smart Energy domain the host a program for a number of startups to coach them to greatness. From my role at Eneco I have been in contact with Rockstart and a number of the startups in their program over the years. I have always found the program to be well developed and thought through. The startups that were admitted are of good quality and ambitious and always good sparring partners. It is nice I can do this in return for the program and can get more involved at the same time.