How do you create a groundbreaking innovation?

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With the help of neuroscience, we learned how that any thought or ideas are composed of past experiences. Our 86 billion neurons provide the input and the results are stored mostly in our two brain halves. The Corpus Callosum represents a bridge between the two halves, built from 200 million axons (nerve strands) and “negotiates” inputs that become what we call ideas. Not wanting to give you a neuroscience class, this is the essence of four-year research. The impact of this discovery is so profound that we realized, the act of innovation needs to be rewritten. …


Moving from high human resource dependence to high degree of automation
Moving from high human resource dependence to high degree of automation

After Corona (Covid-19) there will rarely be anything as it was. The understanding of the fragility of our global economy, the huge digital divide, our ability to collaborate, and much more is changing right now faster than ever before. And there is no reason to go back.
We are experiencing an amazing transformation and shift, realizing what our various societies are capable of under pressure. What the most powerful people in the world failed to achieve in the past 10+ years, managed a 0.3 µ small virus — Global Digitization within 3 months.

Massive digitization amplification

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That very amplification in connectedness, however, is exposing a widening gap between digitally empowered people and the still massive digital illiteracy. Digital Interaction is a skill. That skill is composed of fast cognitive recognition, heightened content differentiation, a digital body language, multi-language communication, the ability to cut loose from old needs that for every exchange one needs to physically see each other, the mechanical capabilities to see, write and communicate, understanding the power of asynchronous communication and so much more. We learned to walk, read, write, speak, hear, and now we extend all these skills into the digital world that is no less real than our physical world. Once it is experienced over a timeframe of 6 months will not go back. …


We need more useful creative thinking. We need more successful entrepreneurs. We need more people with courage to make their ideas a reality. We need more people to solve the gazillion problems on earth.

More renewable energy, better sanitation, more clean water, better vaccination, no plastic, better food packaging, food distribution, more healthy food, more base education, better climate related information, less energy consuming transportation — the list goes on forever. And in 500 years? No change, only the list is different.

We need more people to innovate for advancement without unpredicted ripple effects. …


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The recent cryptocurrency development had put a serious dent in the crypto space. The bubble is clearly burst — very clearly. Speculative investors took quite a hit and the money flow from unknown and possibly dubious sources is drying out. What looks like a disaster to some is a very welcome clearance to others.

I’m a Crypto Valley Association Member and an investor and board member in Blockchain Valley Ventures, sitting right in the heart of Crypto Valley. Most recently I received tons of questions — “Where is it going?” “Is blockchain dead” “Is Bitcoin at its end” “Shall we sell?” “Is now a good time to buy?” …


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Valuation is the key performance indicator for success

I started my first company 35 years ago. We raised several rounds from Venture Capital Firms and valuation was one of the hottest topics. I started my second company 18 years ago using the world’s first crowdfunding platform and raised 5 rounds until we decided to make an IPO. Company valuation was an epic discussion among investors and us. Both companies started and got funded in Europe. Valuations are much more an art than a science.

Then we went to Silicon Valley and started yet another company. All my successes in Europe did not count and the valuation discussion was fundamentally different. Here in Palo Alto it was all about math and science. We raise money in the hardest time in the valley — right after bubble crash and September 11. Yet, we got a 2 million seed round done. That was absolutely amazing. Then several venture rounds as we very successfully competed with our 2 Million in the bank against the two 800 pound gorillas with 68 Million and 72 Million pre bubble cash in their banks. …


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Last week Price Waterhouse Coopers published an earth shattering landmark report about the old Silicon Valley. The Q2–2017 report showed that the highest amount of US Venture Capital went to San Francisco. $15.6 Billion have been invested in what was a sleepy tourist town just 5 years ago: San Francisco. Only $8.9 Billion, almost half, went 40 miles south to the old Silicon Valley. People who live outside California may not see the significance because both is rather close. But living there, you may notice the enormity of that shift

Learning for the rest of the world

Silicon Valley is not a geography — it is a mindset. And a Mindset can move. There is no reason to not create a great mindset actually anywhere in the world. Back in the old days, California wasn’t exactly a high tech epicenter. Companies like Fairchild, Intel, Apple and many others have been built in a rather conservative farm land. NO — there was no spirit of openness, unlimited opportunities, brave high risk venture investment or thinking without limits. It was created by a handful of people who attracted more like minded friends and created a mindset of what then became Silicon Valley. …


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In the year 2000, I was asked by IDC to write some visionary perspective for their millennium edition about the next 20 years of Internet. The essence was: “It’s not the Internet that will change the world but the applications and services that run on top of it. Websites are only the first layer of what is to come.” Today, ever closer to 2020 I want to revisit and share today’s evolution and where it may go.

Layers of the Internet

Indeed, websites have been just the very rudimentary starting point. E-Commerce has become a layer on top of websites and developed their very own world of trade, consumer interaction, consumer opinion sharing and fast access to pretty much any product from around the world. Today’s global trade has been accelerated like never before imaginable. If there is a new product in China, we can buy it tomorrow anywhere in the World. If we don’t want that product any longer we can sell it to a world wide audience. …


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The BREXIT was clearly a failure because a weak country left a strong union. But what if strong countries or states for that matter leaves a weak union? If you very carefully think through the implication, you may come to the conclusion that it is not only an interesting alternative to fix the country — it actually may be the only one.

CALXIT
Californians very much want to be independent. And California has not a lot in common with most of the the other states anyway. They would definitely find their own way to thrive with.

TEXIT
Texas has always want be on their own. Even the flag and the name of the state makes it very clear — let us alone — the lone star state. There is no doubt in my mind that being on their own would make them stronger than ever. …


The end of the Startup Scene London?

It’s a very sad day for all our friends and fellow entrepreneurs in the UK. Yet, entrepreneurs think global. “Home is where my wifi is”.

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First and foremost, the biggest looser of the Brexit is Democracy as we know it. At least in most of the world. The majority of people in any democratic country are simply not well enough educated to make such complex decisions. The impact of decisions like the one in the UK yesterday or in Greece in July 2015 have major long term effects, unpredictable by the general public. Yet it could easily happen in any EU country tomorrow. Right wing groups in many EU countries already try to go next. The real winners are the US, Russia and China who would hate to see Europe fully unite. A United Europe would instantly represent tho most powerful nation in the world and take over world leadership from the US. …


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While the US Jobs Act. Title III from the US SEC looks good at first sight, it has a lot of implications. Both INVESTOR and ENTREPRENEUR need to know the following and it has not been made very clear:

What’s up with SEC’s new Title III rule?

1) The Investor need to know that he or she will not have an easy way to get out of the investment for the next 10 years. That is the average live cycle from startup to liquidity event. …

About

Axel Schultze

CEO BlueCallom, Chair World Innovations Forum. Working on the bleeding edge of Neuro Ideation and Neuro Innovation Management. Building Innovation Software

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