Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Gogoro raises $300M for scooters
Scooter startup Gogoro announced that it has raised $300 million in a Series C funding round backed by Singapore’s Temasek, Generation Investment Management, and other new and existing investors. Gogoro, which develops both electric scooters and battery swapping infrastructure, says it has sold over 34,000 of its “smartscooters” to date.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
How many and what kind of jobs will be replaced by automation is one of the big debates of our time. Some projections seem dire: About 7.1 million jobs, with two-thirds of them in office and administration, will be lost because of labor market changes in coming years, according to the World Economic Forum.
Yet some economists suggest that automation can actually increase employment in the industries it transforms.
Less jobs or more jobs - one can be certain - they will be different jobs ..... and with the rate of new knowledge - the key is to be able to learn how to learn - and accept change.
What do you think?
Saturday, September 9, 2017
The chances are is that your details are sitting on a list that you don't know about .
You may not know that person...... but they know you !!!!
- At Equifax names and personal details (including credit cards , emails etc ) of up to 143 million people in the United States (half the USA population) U.K. and Canada have been hacked ,
- One of Britain's largest retail franchises, CEX, disclosed it has been hit by a data breach that could have compromised the information of as many as 2 million customers – including personal details like names and addresses.
- Online spam bot - A security researcher in Paris has unearthed an open web server hosted in the Netherlands that contains as many as 711 million usernames and passwords
- London healthcare group - Bupa has suffered a data breach (13 July 2017) affecting 500,000 customers on its international health insurance plan.
- Zomato, which provides users with an online guide to restaurants, cafes and clubs, reported that data from 17 million users had been stolen, including email addresses and hashed passwords.
- Security researchers at the Kromtech Security Research Center discovered a massive database of 560 million login credentials which is believed to come from up to 10 popular online services such as LinkedIn and Dropbox, obtained during previous data breaches
- Payday loan company Wonga has fallen victim to a large data breach that could have hit as many as 245,000 of its customers including bank account numbers and sort codes
- A major breach of Three network customer upgrade database revealed last November is worse than the network operator initially thought, when their network was accessed using an employee login. They said 200,000 of their 9 million was compromised.
- Sportswear retailer Sports Direct failed to tell its entire workforce that they might have had their personal credentials stolen in an internal security breach
- Tesco Bank, the consumer finance wing of the British supermarket giant, froze its online operations – after as many as 20,000 customers had money stolen from their accounts.(up to 40'000 accounts compromised
- Accounting software provider , Sage could turn out to be one of the most important in UK data breach history if its scale is confirmed. According to the firm, the employee data of up to 280 UK customers representing a large number of individual users could be at risk - this could represent the entire UK population!
- Kiddicare's customers were getting spammy Sms's - and they realised their data was compromised - they played down the fact it had let names, addresses and contact details of up to 800,000 people
- CEO of TalkTalk initially struggled to confirm how many of its four million customers were affected after hackers exploited a reported weakness in the firm's website - the ceo said it was only a mere 157,000 (was one of them you?)
- A serious attack in which a hacker was able to get his or her hands on 1,163,996 credit and debit card records from online holiday firm Think W3
- two breaches at Yahoo -- the bigger one involved 1 billion accounts, the lesser impacted 500 million
- a hack at Myspace that involved 360 million accounts
And the list goes on!!!!
In my view, knowledge is no longer a valuable commodity. It's out there in abundance. It's how you use it that's valuable.
What do you think?
Why Steve Jobs was successful:-
- Simplify - Make it simple - UX is key
- Create an ecosystem - end to end
- When behind, leapfrog - No CDS - straight to iTunes
- Put products before profit - r and d and innovation is key
- Don't be a slave to focus groups - trust your intuition
- Bend reality - make the impossible possible - find a way
- Push for perfection
- Have the brightest and the best - and work as a team
- Engage face to face - collaboration is key - shit happens when you connect and KLT
- Know the big picture and the tiniest details
- Be human and humourous - liberal arts:science and technology - the crazy ones that can think they can change the world are the ones that they invariably do
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The huge saving in labor cost keeps the hotel affordable. They plan to add 1,000 more similar hotels in the future with robots making up 90% of the total staff.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
- You can search on NexTag and PriceGrabber specifically to compare prices.
- Smartphones, and now smartwatches, do all of this.
- ZocDoc makes finding a doctor and scheduling easier. One Medical and Forward offer monthly memberships for online and data-driven healthcare. You can borrow money online through Lending Club and make payments through PayPal and Venmo.
- Smart devices like Nest collect data on your daily routines and automatically adjust your house’s temperature. Voice-controlled devices, like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home, can read your email to you or guide you through recipes as you cook.
- Dropcam’s home-surveillance camera, Ring’s smart doorbell camera lets you remotely see who is at your door. PetCube lets you play with your pets while away.
- Two billion people use Facebook and Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and others that cover this prediction.
- Expedia and Kayak offer deals based on your past purchase data. Google and Facebook offer promotional ads based on your location and interests. Airbnb offers specialized trips at destinations so you can live like a local.
- Twitter being the clear leader and streaming some games. You can leave comments in real time on sites like ESPN.
- Online advertising services target users based on your click history, interests, and purchasing patterns.
- Almost every commercial has a callout asking the viewer to go to a website, follow the business on Twitter, or a scan a QR code to add it on Snapchat.
- News sites have sections for live discussions, and interactive forums. Twitter and Facebook played roles in political revolutions in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, and the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.
- News sites and online communities focus on single topics, include separate verticals, offering more in-depth coverage on a given topic, focusing on interests rather than who you know or where you are.
- Tons of workflow software in the enterprise space revolutionizing how you recruit, form teams, and assign work to others.
- LinkedIn allows users to upload résumés and find jobs based on interests and needs.
- Users can reach out and start conversations that could lead to bigger projects directly within their apps. Sites like Upwork, enables connection with freelance designers, writers, or engineers.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|“Is AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation”|
Either way, it's worth remembering that some technology is about connecting humans with humans.
And the key to doing that is to build trust with each other!
A study of 18,289 members of Blah Blah Car, a ride sharing platform, across 11 countries , co-authored by assistant professor Mareike Möhlmann at Warwick University, professor Arun Sundararajan at New York University,
has found that 88 per cent of humans highly trusted a member with a full digital profile vs a neighbour or a colleague!
This was nearly the same level of trust in family members (94 per cent) or friends (92 per cent).
Yet only 58 per cent of respondents said they would highly trust a colleague and 42 per cent, a neighbour.
It turns out that we are far more likely to trust a stranger than their own colleagues or neighbours.
What has created this trust on sharing platforms and the gig economy - and what can business learn from it?
It seems that there are two main reasons -
- the strangers build a digital profile to let people know who they are, and this can be linked to other digital profiles.
- Second, a lot of it is driven by trust in the platform itself. (Creating a rating system and form if insurance)
"sharing your passion with the world".
Another step replacing the old economy with the gig economy - and creating the "future of work" - making workers "entrepreneurs" - which may be giving us an idea of what the future of work will look like. ( see Thomas Friedman from The New York about Airbnb's next step)
Airbnb started by enabling people to rent their home or a room in their home to strangers. Now the site is branching out to let members host "experiences".
For $75 you can make brown soda bread and Irish stew at Eimhear's house in Dublin, or for $150 go kayaking on Sydney Harbour with Matt from Glebe. Both "hosts" have five stars.
Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky told Friedman he believed the experiences business had grown tenfold this year and could become even bigger than home sharing.
He's 35, and his goal is to create 100 million new entrepreneurs by the time he retires.
"The biggest asset in people's lives is not their home, but their time and potential — and we can unlock that," Chesky says.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Four in five SMEs believe new technologies will impact their business within the next ten years
One in four SMEs (76%) have invested in technology over the last 12 months to boost their innovative capacity
Other insights included
- Upskilling you and your team through continuos education - this can be done with government and industry support (see www.bbg.business and www.paulgreenberg.com for 2 examples on what you can do)
- Social Media Presence - Only 22% of businesses surveyed have a social media presence. Those using it saw an increase in enquiries and, in 54% of cases, greater interaction with customers. The survey iindicated that half of the businesses on social media said it made doing business easier.
- Improved connectivity and collaboration with clients should be technology that SME's will give most impact to their business into the future,
- Move to cloud software is a simple innovation -. “businesses are embracing online accounting solutions over old, desktop software which can often be onerous to use.