Core Requirements

Data is the new oil for many and the companies realising that are changing the way they deal with their (customers) data. An interesting outset from ReadWrite describes how data availability and integrity should be a core requirement and not an afterthought:

From “Are edge computing and IIoT changing the way we think about data?”:

“For the enterprises that “get it,” this growth in data—and its increasing criticality to the business—is a catalyst to modernize their infrastructure. That infrastructure needs to be scalable to accommodate accelerating data growth and flexible to allow new ways to use real-time data analytics. As they become more reliant on data, they need to think about how to protect that valuable data. That means viewing data availability and integrity as a core requirement, not as an afterthought.” - Jason Andersen, ReadWrite

A Core Requirement. While I strongly agree with the article, it comes on top of security, privacy, etc. With so many things becoming a Core Requirement, are there any Edges left?

For security, Sia published a nice post on their stance:

“don’t roll your own crypto.” - David Vorick, Sia

Sia considers security a Core Requirement, but they only trust the absolute best to handle it for them.

Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2018

Today I attended the Next Level Conferende DBH, disussing the learning from the 2017 edition last February and looking forward to the next. I had a great time meeting up with friends old and new, got excited about the programma outline already and eager to head off for a new adventure.

The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon was a great event in Groningen, bringing together many experts together at a unprecedented scale. In a team with TNO, IBM and collegues from Eneco we achieved a second spot in the Energy track. This in turn helped us internally get better visibility for the topic within Eneco, next to a vast network in this ecosystem.

Anyone in doubt on the topic, I strongly recommend to join in this program, a next meeting will be somewhere in September 2017 and the actual hackathon in April 2018.

For more details, check the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon website.

ICO Heavy Lifters

With the dynamics in the decentralised industry surrounding ICO's, a point worth repeating is that the token buyers are unlike VC's. When it comes to their involvement with the company or token, their ties are often loosely at best. I think this is even more important when you see the quote from Fred Wilson at AVC when discussing the need for Heavy Lifters during troubling times.

"When you are picking investors, you should call around and check references. Ask about this stuff. Find out who does the heavy lifting and who goes along for the ride. Pick the one who does the heavy lifting. Because you will need it, frequently." - Fred Wilson, AVC

From: Doing The Heavy Lifting - AVC

In the case of Uber, it helped that the investors helped with the much needed turn-around by having the hard discussion. I can not imagine that a few million token holders will feel as involved with a token and have a similarly hard discussion for a similar turn-around.