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.

TAKL vs BUIDL

HODLing. While I think everybody is entitled to his or her own investment strategy, I do not provide such advice in the first place. But looking at the past conferences, a lot of focus has gone to FinTech, Cryptocurrencies or ICO’s and investment strategies. There are some good, more tech focussed ones out there, sharing talks on the tech and also the practical applications in various imdustries, to make the world actually better.

To a lot of the others I’d ask:

”Do you TAKL, or do you BUIDL?”

Over the past year I have seen more and more projects focussing on solving an actual problem instead of copying just another money-grab.

Metal-Air Battery Without Degradation?

Eos Energy Storage has developped a metal-air battery that they claim has done over 5000 cycles with no physical degradation. They have recently raised $15M which will help them to launch their Aurora system in 2014.

Zinc-air battery company Eos Energy Storage raises $15M http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/05/eos-20130521.html

The Aurora system is delivered in a standard 40’ container, and comes in 1 >MWh and 6 MWh standard sizes, built, respectively, with 2 kWh and 12 kWh >modules. Initial pricing is expected to be $160/kWh.

The specs look promising and the modular concept appeals a lot. Also their predicted cost per kWh is cheap.